Dreamcatchers, surfboards, braided hair, gumboots, pine needles, crashing waves, sandy toes, rosy cheeks, soggy dresses, happy hearts…..a little peek at Coral & Andys bohemian forest wedding day. Here’s a few to wet your whistle…
When you meet Coral & Andy they are the kind of couple that just ooze good vibes, I can’t really explain it but it’s amazing. The instant I met them I knew I wanted to know these two for a long time, and when I met their families the love and warmth I sensed was completely logical – these guys have some pretty awesome support networks.
Their wedding took place in a stunning Coromandel forest backing onto a beach – I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect and symbolic location for a surfer & a mermaid. They got ready a few kilometres apart at seperate classic kiwi beach homes with their families and close friends. They put SO much DIY into the day, Andy was in the garage for weeks prior whipping up signage, games, tables meanwhile Coral and her band of merry ladies were busy making dream catchers, sewing bunting and building a custom lace teepee. I love how much vision these two had for their day whilst putting their guests first.
The ceremony location was dreamy but completely flooded for days beforehand, on the morning of the wedding though we were offered some relief and it looked as if it would hold for the day. Coral made it down the aisle to a very chuffed Andy and their spiritual ceremony began. About halfway through big fat drops of rain slowly began to fall and the umbrellas, ponchos, raincoats, sun umbrellas, and anything that provided shelter went up! And the way these two dealt with torrential rain midway through their wedding led to some of my favourite images of all time.
I think you’ll agree that the joy they showed could never be dampened (pun intended) and I love the way that if anything – they embraced this watery gift like beautiful confetti from the sky! We retreated back to the bach for a bbq reception afterwards and a night of dancing that will not soon be forgotten.
I must also take the time to thank my lovely husband Todd for helping me out with this wedding, driving me around and sheltering me and my cameras with an umbrella all day so I could keep shooting! x
Dress from Felicity Bridal
Marquee – Bay of plenty stretch tents
Band – Only brothers
DJ’s – Andy Hawkins (DJ wreckage), Gray Russell (DJ Substrait)
Acoustic musicians – Jasper & Jane Hawkins
Celebrant – Evelyn Adams
Beer wall – sip sip hooray
Hair and makeup by Charlie Mclean