Farm weddings are just the best. They are always full of those rustic characters that really showcase the rural nature and scenery that New Zealand has to offer. Of course, those farmers are always full of craziness that just make wedding photography super fun in every way. Hamish and Natalie's farm and rustic wedding was no exception.
The Manawatu wedding was held on Hamish parent's farm that has been in the family for 4 generations. The farm was vast, stretched as far as the eyes can see. The wedding ceremony was held in the front garden, while the reception took place in a farm shed that has been extensively tidied up by the boys. Farm sheds are certainly getting more popular as wedding venues, very Kiwi feel about it. Apparently, all the timbers of that shed came from the farm and has stood the test of time for over 120 years. What a wonderful wedding venue they both were.
Hamish with his two brothers and Alistair, the best man, got ready at the farm. I like to think the boys getting ready photos pretty much sum up the day, the craziness and the fun that we had through every minute of this epic wedding day. When it came to the photos in front of the shed, I was just cracking non-stop when they were constantly pulling out all these whacky farm tools from the shed. They certainly made great wedding photography props, for sure.
Natalie and her girls got ready at a nearby farm, like 2 doors down, so convenient. It is always nice from a wedding photographer's point of view where the driving time is kept to the minimum. Long driving always wedding photos a very stressful process.
I love her two little flower girls, who remind me so much of my two girls also. The little one is always copying the big sister, and never wants to miss out on anything. Just so cute and adorable. And I just love how much Natalie enjoys the company of these two little sisters and having them as part of her big day. And that rainbow sparkly nail polish was just epic.
The ceremony was beautiful with funny-as vows (as expected) from Hamish and Natalie. There were lots of hugs and kisses from the 150+ guests afterwards, and just a lot of buzz and excitement in the air. Very typical of farm weddings I tell you, people are always happy and chappy when they are on a farm 🙂
We drove for a good 20 minutes to go to Hamish and Natalie farm for the bridal photography. It was stressful, hectic, frantic, but definitely worth the drive. The view from the top of the hill was just epic, and you can just make out Mt Ruapehu in the background on a few of the bridal photos. I love rugged rural landscape, so the bridal location was just amazing in every way.
So please, enjoy the photos, and enjoy the love that these two share with each other, and Pip 🙂