What a great way to finish the last day of a strange year with a fun, wait, the super fun wedding of Darnielle and Brendan at one of my favourite Manawatu wedding venue, Roseburn Park. It was a beautiful hot summer day, and I had to be in short in order to survive the day.
I have been to quite a few Maori weddings in my lifetime, but this was the first wedding where a few of the traditional chants and blessings were carried out. It was certainly an honour to be part of such intimate moments with families involved. Traditions, families values, and love.
During the walking down the aisle, Darnielle's mum sang a beautiful traditional Maor song/chant. As explained, and I hope I got this correctly, its a blessing, and asking the people before to look after and protect the couple. And just at this moment, a bird flew by and circled the proceeding for a brief moment. Unfortunately, it happened so quick I could not capture this scene. But talk about coincidental and fate.
The rest of the day was just a blur, with lots of crazy jokes, laughters and hugs and kisses. It certainly made the last day of the year very memoriable and once again remind me how much I enjoy being a wedding photographer.