Glenn + Keryn
Marquee wedding Auckland
Photographed by Amber + Zahn
This is the story of Keryn and Glenn and a dog called Ted.
When I first met Keryn and Glenn a year ago, they excitedly showed me photos of their amazing wedding location. Keryn’s parents’ farm was to be the backdrop and they had already scoped out the perfect spot for their ceremony and reception – a gully tucked just behind the ridge surrounded by rolling hills and gnarled Pohutakawa. To say I shared in their excitement would be an understatement.
As the day rolled closer – I was watching the weather forecast intently, and I wasn’t the only one. At 2:45am on the morning of the wedding, Keryn’s dad was awake, hitting refresh on the rain radar. It wasn’t looking good. Torrential rain was starting to turn the relatively steep farm track to mud and there was a worry guests wouldn’t be able to reach the top! By first light, Ian was out on the tractor laying down gravel to try and keep the track passable. Months and months of work had gone into getting this site ready, reshaping the land, planting grass seed and then trying to keep it alive in the peak of summer. Farm fences had been dismantled so the aged and moss covered wood could be used to build a rustic bar and hand painted signs directed and guided the guests – there was no way a little water was going to hold them back!
Not only did the rain stop just in time – but in one of those epic weather anomalies – so did the wind! This coast is almost constantly buffeted by super strong, blast you with sand, knock you sideways winds – and by the afternoon – there was just the smallest hint of a breeze.
This was ideal as we headed to one of the most awe inspiring spots on the farm, the clifftops! These cliffs are essentially grass covered sand dunes, with a landscape so foreign looking – they resemble something out of a sci-fi movie. We were absolutely blown away by this incredible place – as was Glenn who had never seen this part of the farm before.
It’s at this point I must mention the star of the show – Ted the dog. Ted is just a wee bit obsessed with his Mum and Dad, and everywhere Keryn and Glenn go – Ted goes too.
As Keryn was getting her makeup done – Ted was snuggled close on her lap. As Keryn was getting into her dress – Ted decided the train was the perfect place for a nap. As we snuck in a few bridal portraits before we headed out the door – Ted posed up a storm right by Mum’s side. Come the end of the night, Ted listened to all the speeches from Mum and Dad’s lap and even joined in on a bit of dancefloor action.
Keryn and Glenn – we can’t thank you enough for trusting us to capture your day. We are over the moon happy with the photos and cannot wait to share more with you soon.
In a bizarre case of “how small is New Zealand?” – We had both Perspectives teams out photographing weddings this Saturday, and at the end of the day Isaac messaged me saying “hey – guess what? My bride knows your bride!” Keryn and Kirsten had got to chatting about wedding plans and realised they were both getting married on the same day. Which lead to the “who is your photographer?” question. There was a slight panic when they both said Perspectives (“have we double booked?!”) but it all made sense when they checked who their photographer was. If you’re keen to see what was happening down in Taupo on this day – you can keep an eye out for Kirsten and Jeremy’s blog post that will be coming very soon.
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