new zealand

Country shindig | Michael + Sophie

Michael and Sophie. World travellers, sailors, fishermen, barn builders and now these two can add being husband and wife to their long list of amazing things they have accomplished together. We were so excited to document their big day, and to find out they were getting married on their family farm on Northlands East Coast was pretty darn special. The day was filled with howling laughs, the highest of high fives and hooting humans in every direction. Oh the celebrations! Michael and Sophie wanted everyone to let their hair down and have a good ol' hoedown, well that they did. And very well. Garden vibes overlooking the bay, endless local brews flowing, hilarious speeches, sweet golden light and numerous dance offs ensured everyone helped kick start what will be one heck of a marriage. 

Rugged West Coast wedding | Zac + Kate

Zac and Kate wed under a homemade archway made from driftwood with an amazing backdrop of Muriwai's Maori Bay. The rain clouds left just in time for Kate's father to walk her down the path and across the rich black sand to give her away. The bride looked simply stunning in a creative spin on a traditional wedding dress, which was ever so fitting for their beach theme. You couldn't dream up a more perfect beach wedding if you tried. There were countless amounts of handmade details that were put into this day by all who surrounded them. 

Zac and Kate both grew up in Muriwai on Auckland's ruggedly beautiful West Coast. Growing up in a small community together, it wasn’t until one night when Zac's "sweet dance moves" caught her attention that she couldn't keep her eyes off him… according to Zac. Unbeknown to the couple, Kate's sisters had actually been planning their marriage a year before they had even got together. A story that was meant to be. After a year of dating, Zac couldn't wait any longer and with a very sweet touch, proposed to Kate on the cliff tops overlooking their backyard where they were soon to be married.

The reception was held at Kate's beautiful family home. Not only was their home built by her father, but he also hand crafted all the tables, chairs and finer woodwork items made especially for their big day. So much love! They celebrated the joining of these two souls and shared a few drinks overlooking the magical backdrop of Muriwai at sunset. Perfection. 

A big thanks for having us along. We hope you two have the most amazing adventure in Mexico.  

F & P xx