Everything feels a little more romantic in winter.

The short days that melt into warm evenings by the fire… the warm glow from people’s windows… the gentle, muted tones of the winter landscape. So much to adore. xx

Danielle and Patrick are a couple I felt very lucky to have met, and to have photographed a tiny part of their story. Their winter wedding in Hanmer Springs felt so utterly them… full of thought and care, understated elegance, appreciation for their close family and friends… all capped off with a toast to the All Blacks and an amazing dance floor. 😀

Approaching Hanmer Springs in winter

Danielle and Patrick held their wedding at beautiful Braemar Lodge in Hanmer Springs. A Sunday wedding meant guests could all stay in the lodge that evening… which gave their day such an amazing, close-knit feeling. xx

Wedding shoes at NZ wedding Flowergirl in window light in black and white Flowergirl and mother of the bride Getting into dress at Braemar Lodge Danielle bridal portrait Groom getting ready for winter wedding

There had been dreams of maaaayyyybe heading outside for an outdoor ceremony… but as the rain ran down the windows, things were definitely moved indoors. And it was perfect – an intimate spot for a wintery day. xx

Braemar Lodge indoor ceremony Guests watching wedding First kiss

As guests enjoyed canapes, we braved the mud and rain for the riverbed. This bridal party were amazing!

Bridal party photo down at the riverbed for a winter rainy wedding in Hanmer Springs

Along for the day was friend and wedding photographer extraordinaire Paul Tatterson. Such a special treat working with him… I love this frame of his, below. xx

Bridal party with umbrellas at riverbed for winter Hanmer Springs wedding Bridal party with umbrellas at riverbed for winter Hanmer Springs wedding Winter Hanmer Springs Braemar Lodge wedding Winter Hanmer Springs Braemar Lodge wedding Winter Hanmer Springs Braemar Lodge wedding under black umbrella Winter Hanmer Springs Braemar Lodge wedding Winter Hanmer Springs Braemar Lodge wedding

This little sign below lit up with LEDs… Patrick made it. xx

Table for signing and gifts and wishes at Braemar Lodge Reception with flower girl Black and white guest candid Black and white guest candid

If you weren’t already in love with cosy winter weddings, I think the view that evening from Braemar Lodge would have sealed it. 5pm passed, the sky darkened to a deep ink, and fairy light lit up the venue with a warm glow.
Guests with cell phone wedding

Wedding reception candid Flowergirl during reception First dance Dancefloor at Braemar Lodge Dancefloor at Braemar Lodge Dancefloor at Braemar Lodge DJ Boogie Beats at Hanmer Dancefloor at Braemar Lodge Dancefloor at Braemar Lodge Hanmer Springs rainy wedding flash photo taken in winter

A million congrats, Danielle and Patrick… all the best for your amazing future together. xx