If you know me, you’ll know how much I enjoy weddings that feel unique. It is so easy to create a perfect cookie-cutter day using the best vendors that says nothing about you… and that breaks my heart. Because a wedding is more than a performance; it’s two real people.

Laura and Dan definitely know themselves, and their wedding was joyfully these two from start to finish. Held on a Monday afternoon in the heart of Christchurch with just the few formalities you need to make it a wedding… this was instead a very special, very intimate celebration of two awesome people. x

Laura and Dan's Christchurch wedding

Meet Laura and Dan, on our catch-up the evening before their big day!

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Laura has the cheekiest smile imaginable… and it was out in full bloom when we arrived the morning of. x

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The shawl above was made by Laura… featuring symbols of all the things she loves. x

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Soon Dan was back from setting up at Avebury House… and so we had a ‘first look’ before heading out for some portraits before the ceremony.

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Loved this! We made a visit to their old flat, from back when they lived in Christchurch.

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Most weddings are planned as late night events, but these two instead wanted something closer to an afternoon picnic. Lots of sun, music and good company. And a taco truck. 😀

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Beautiful Laura outside Avebury House. This girl is all about the little touches… she even made the bouquet herself. Gorgeous!

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After a quick ceremony with the wonderful Julie Lassen, these two took a few minutes to themselves to take it all in. x

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Dan and Laura never quite planned it this way… but their wedding ended up having quite a Mexican theme. Loved the music and food!

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As the sun lowered and the party moved a little more indoors, we took five minutes to wander through the grounds…

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Laura and Dan… so delighted to have been able to photograph your wonderful day! Hope married life thus far is utterly magical. xx