Andrew & Jess - Ascension Wine Estate, Matakana

This weekend, we had one of those stunning New Zealand summer days, where the crickets buzz in the grass,  the sun beats down relentlessly, and a cooling wind blows in off the sea. And I photographed Andrew & Jess' beautiful vineyard wedding with the lovely Amanda, from Amanda Wignall Photography.

We started off in Omaha, where Andrew & Jess were getting ready in an amazing beach-side bach.  Two of Jess's bridesmaids had travelled all the way from Canada, to be with her on her wedding day, and there was an atmosphere of fun and laughter as the girls got ready.  

Jess and Andrew chose to have a first look, as they were getting ready in the same location.  First looks are always fun, they take the pressure off both Bride and Groom, as they have seen each other and calmed their nerves before walking down the aisle.  It also meant we were able to get some lovely photos of them seeing each other, all dressed up and ready to go!

After going to the beach for some photos, we all set off for Ascension Wine Estate, for the ceremony and reception.  Ascension is such a gorgeous venue, with rows of vines stretching off up the hills, and offering shade from the beating sun!

The day was perfect, from Jess's amazing dress, to the beautiful blue skies, to the perfect ceremony, filled with tears of joy and happiness... loved every minute of it!

**Sue has now relocated back to the UK and is available for wedding and engagement photography around Gloucestershire, South West England and beyond**