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Kate + Joe | Little River, Christchurch

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

Some weddings speak to my soul, and remind me why I fell in love with photographing them and Kate and Joe's festival style nuptials was one of those - the union of two people who really just belong. It felt like hanging out with old friends at the most rad venue ever. The eco lodge provides just an effortless, boho backdrop. Paired with Kate's dress from the op shop and Joe's killer shirt, everything came together in the most beautiful way. Oh, and how could we forget Winston the foxie! Please give me all of the yurt weddings.

Kate and Joe's advice would be to look at each wedding tradition and discuss if its right for you. Add or remove things so that everything feels natural and 'you'. All you need to be married is to sign the certificate and repeat certain words - the rest of the day is yours! When I arrived the couple were already dressed and ready for couple portraits, followed by a gorgeous ceremony and a festival style picnic dinner.

They most definitely did that with a venue, attire and an approach to their wedding which represent them and their values. Okuti Garden has SO MANY backdrop options on site which definitely helps if you want to keep things stress free; it means we can pop away when the light is just right, you spend more time with guests, and we don't have to watch the clock. I so enjoyed this unique, eco-conscious, laid back and relaxed wedding.

Venue: Okuti Garden |

Food: The Paella Fella | Kates Dress: OpShop! She wore her own shoes and coat

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