Currently in Kaikoura and heading to Christchurch. Wanting to marry on Monday because they were flying out on Tuesday. I so wanted to make it happen and knew in my heart that we would make it happen!
I directed them to the government website and made the suggestion they email to the Christchurch office their papers with credit card details and explanation of why they needed to get the papers processed. Acting on my suggestion we agreed a venue and they went to work to get the papers emailed off. On the Friday afternoon I knew it was all going to come together! Why? Because the lovely person on marriage desk at BDM asked me what part of the Botanic Gardens they were going to get married in.
So that was sorted and I went to work on a ceremony. I emailed it to my couple visiting from England.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, they went shopping for a dress and shoes for the bride, and a suit for the groom. Saying the ceremony was perect - a full day sorting the wedding details. (Later finding out with the brother living here they went for a full day skiing on Sunday).
My lovely couple were heading out early on Monday morning to collect the marriage documents. They also wanted a photographer! At short notice I located Johanna Macdonald Photography who met the budget to be with us and at short notice could meet us in the Botanic Gardens.
We were going to meet in the car park. On my approach to the entrance, I realised that our meeting plan
was not going to work! It was lucky I was able to advise the bride and groom to go to the other car park.
I was out of my car with the umbrellas trying to spot the photographer, when the couple pulled up, with the bride’s brother (Brendan). Here in Christchurch, working on the rebuild, and from England. For the record Katrina's family are from Northern Ireland but her immediate family have been living in the UK for 25 years).
So we headed for the sheltered spot for the ceremony and it was very special and intimate.
Katrina, born in Dungannon, Northern Ireland (procurement manager) looking beautiful in a dress with white shoes. Chris, born in Reading, England (pharmacist) wearing a smart suit were married. As Brendan and I followed them around various parts of the garden, with Johanna the photographer taking photos, we got to see special moments as Chris picked up his wife and carried her over wet ground for special photos. Brendan was very nice young man, and I think Christchurch is lucky to have him here. He is going to hopefully make a Christchurch girl very happy one day. I said there was no panic - when the time was right! I suggested the family travel from Ireland and England to be at his wedding.
I don’t need to tell you about the wedding very much because the photos I attach tell the story.
Thanks for letting me share in your wedding Katrina and Chris.
So pleased it all came together.
I am sure you will live happy ever after!
Photos from Johanna Macdonald Wedding Photography