Hakas and Kilts! Dino and Vee’s All Saints Church Wedding
I call this one “Hakas and Kilts.” I love weddings – like, every. single. wedding. I love the ones I shoot, the ones I attend, and the ones I don’t even know about. But what I love most is the non-traditional wedding, the wedding with a twist. And this All Saints Church Wedding had more twists than a Pretzel!
There is nothing more beautiful than the blending of two individuals into one, the mysterious making of the married couple. And these two are quite a pair! Dino is a Māori from New Zealand, steeped deep in culture and beautiful heritage. Vee is an English Rose from Rye with her head in the clouds and her roots in Scotland. So when they wed, the photo-ops were non-stop.
The wedding was international, interracial, intercultural, interplanetary and inescapably awesome! I fell in love with the best man (you will too), swooned with the families and got mooned by the bride’s boys (you will too)! But let’s pause for just a moment to appreciate the beauty that is Doug. Best man, groom’s younger brother, owner of a striking head-full-o-dreads, and just a stone-cold lady-killer. Ladies, meet Doug. (Doug, ladies.)
As the guests were seated, each opened an envelope, and one-per-table was nominated as official ‘chef.’ This involved donning a chef’s hat and carving the roast, placed centre-table, and then serving each guest around the table. This was incredibly creative, and also practical.
The Scots responded later in the evening with a tribal salute of their own, confirming the mystery over exactly what lies underneath a Scotsman’s kilt… (Terrifying and intimidating were two words that came to mind and I have no doubt the Scots would have won the Scottish War of Independence, if only this strategy had been employed against the English!)
The group shots (which can be a tad tedious) were truly EPIC (take a looksie!) & I can safely say that Dino & Vee have a lot of love from their family & bunch of friends, who were TOTALLY up for anything I asked them to do! What a crowd! (Can I take you all to the next wedding?!)