Not long after meeting Sam and Julia for the first time, I knew that their wedding would be something really special. Both Matakana farmers, this down-to-earth couple picked an amazing time to get married (Autumn) and chose to do it in a style in which only they could pull off….
The girls got prepped in The Castle, a very classy and luxurious local bed and breakfast.
My second shooter Tony hung out with the guys before the ceremony and got some great shots of Sam with his son.
Everyone was waiting with anticipation as the bridal party arrived in black Fords.
With the vows given and the rings exchanged, it was time to jump onto the John Deere’s waiting out back, and go for a bit of a ride!
At this point Sam led the convoy off-road and up an incredibly steep hill, so Tony and I parked our cars and hitched a ride with them. With all the bumpiness, we somehow managed to get a few clean shots… was pretty awesome to see Tony hanging off the outside of his tractor with one hand, shooting with the other (that’s dedication to the job).
At the top of the hill we were met with a stunning panoramic view of Matakana, Omaha beach and the surrounding areas. One of the images below gives some idea, but you had to be there to properly experience it.
With tables and benches set up, it was the perfect spot to relax and enjoy some champagne, beers, crackers & cheese.
As the sun was starting to set, it was time to let the town of Matakana know that Sam and Julia were married.
So the convoy set off down the hill and into town to do some loops of the main roundabout.
Last location of the day, the beautiful Matakana wharf… where we took photos until the light faded away.
And if you run out of natural light, there’s nothing more romantic for a farm girl than to be kissed in the headlights of a John Deere…
So after working up a good appetite, it was time to head back into town for dinner (and a few more loops of that town roundabout).
Congratulations Sam and Julia, and thank you for picking me to capture your amazing day!