This may be the biggest bridal party we ever photograph! Ten bridesmaids, Ten groomsmen, eight flower girls and eight page boys, plus the bride and groom! We snapped over 1,000 photos.
I visited Meli at her brother’s house in the morning. Hair and makeup was being done and all the girls were getting ready into their dresses. Then it was Meli’s turn to get into her dress. There was an emotional moment for all, when Meli’s daughters did the finishing touches to her stunning bridal look.
My second photographer, Phil, visited Simon and took photos of him and his groomsmen waiting for the big moment to arrive. Then it was off to the Church for the ceremony.
The bridesmaids and flower girls were perfectly in time when they walked down the aisle of the Church and then Sele and Mefi walked Meli down the aisle and Naomi & Ao gave Meli away.
Meli’s and Simon’s daughter sang throughout the service.
Amazing coordination with the bridesmaids and groomsmen all forming a guard of honour type line, during the recessional, when the bride and groom exited the Church.
The bridal party then went by limos to the Botanic Gardens. The rain managed to hold off all day, right until we got to the Botanic Gardens for the bridal party photos. The bridesmaids changed into other dresses in preparation for the reception. During this time, there was a shower, then an unusual ray of sunshine that just shone down for a few minutes.
The bridal party kept us entertained with all their entrances into the reception venue. Great dance moves down the red carpet!
The evening went very well, with lots of dancing, smiles and Samoan cultural performances throughout the night. All the guests really enjoyed themselves.
The cake was an impressive 12 tiers in total!!!
Thank you Simon & Meli for choosing us as your photographers on such a special day. All the best and enjoy your life in Christchurch together.
Check out some photos from their special day below, more in the gallery below and the slideshow with a few more!
Ceremony Venue EFKS East Tamaki
Reception Venue Manukau Event Centre
Hair and Makeup Lexia Dyer
Photographers Natalie & Phil from Natalie Pasco Photography
Entertainment DJ Viane
Transport Hollywood Limos
Cake Sweet Secret Cake House
Groom’s Accommodation Botany Motor Inn
Bridal Party Photo Location Auckland Botanic Gardens
Candles Cass' Candles
Dance Group Sivamua Dance Group