Sophie + Todd // Port Molyneux School Styled Elopement

January 27, 2017

 

 

Click play. Breathe In. See where this takes you.

Go to the places that make your heart shine.  

This is something I’ve believed for a long time. Of course, these places are not always easy to find in a world that doesn’t always feel made for you. Other times these places shine out like stars in a moonless night. Beacons of possibility that pull on your heart.

Three times I have packed my things and prepared myself for just such a place. A land of wild geography, clear waters that broke off from pangea long ago and tucked itself on the far edge of the world. New Zealand.  

After sharing excited correspondence with Jade McNab of the Port Molyneux School at Kaka Point, Otago who found me via a post over at the Little White Books, we decided to put together a styled wedding session at her newly opened wedding space.  I traveled with Joshua, and two of our friends on a roadtrip that took us over 8k km through the North and South Islands. We arrived at Port Molyneux a few days into 2017- what a way to start a new year! A place full of dolphin green oceans, whimsical greenery like flax stalks and cabbage trees and the violet blue iridescence of the paua shells that wash ashore.  

Sophie + Todd are Jade’s newly married neighbors- farmers who are lucky enough to call this place their home. Jade put together a beautiful fern and native foraged bouquet for Sophie, which contrasted beautiful with the soft details of her chiffon gown with beaded floral back details. Todd looked sharp in a floral bowtie, brown suspenders, navy slacks and his trusty leather boots.  These two were amazing to work with- putting up with a photographer they’ve known all of 5 minutes and gale force winds. All of this is thanks to the incredible work of Jade McNab, her lovely family, our makeup artist and of course, our sweet couple Sophie & Todd! Cheers to many years of happiness and love, and to the many love stories that will grow from the moment each future couple who ties the knot at this beautiful historic schoolhouse across the street from the greenblue sea.











She knew she loved him when ‘home’ went from being a place to a person.

— E. Leventhal




































PORT MOLYNEUX STYLED WEDDING DETAILS

Destination Wedding Venue : The Port Molyneux School at Kaka Point, Otago, New Zealand | Floral Styling + Decor : Jade McNab | Makeup & Hair : | Photography: Shaina DeCiryan Photography


In light + love,


 

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i love all the feels of this wedding!!! great shots!

i love all the feels of this wedding!!! great shots!

Every little, well-thought-out detail is simply perfect. This venue is beautifully simply and has so many perfect spots for portraits. Shaina, it’s all so beautiful from first frame to last!

Thanks, Mercedes! This place is such a wedding photographer’s dream. Jade has done such a fantastic job curating every last detail of it, and a wonderful eye for modern styling! So glad you enjoyed the photos. <3

Every little, well-thought-out detail is simply perfect. This venue is beautifully simply and has so many perfect spots for portraits. Shaina, it’s all so beautiful from first frame to last!

Thanks, Mercedes! This place is such a wedding photographer’s dream. Jade has done such a fantastic job curating every last detail of it, and a wonderful eye for modern styling! So glad you enjoyed the photos. <3

This Port Molyneux School Post-Wedding Adventure is WOW – absolutely gorgeous! I LOVE how the wind picked up her dress and veil. Their portraits are so sweet and intimate. Amazing work!

Yes- this is definitely one of the wildest, windiest parts of the world. But when you just embrace it, it creates such beautiful energy, especially when working its magic with wedding gowns and veils!

i seriously love the sense of elegance in this, great work!

i seriously love the sense of elegance in this, great work!

The length of that gown and veil are gorgeous! Beautiful shots, all the details are lovely.

The length of that gown and veil are gorgeous! Beautiful shots, all the details are lovely.

Beautiful! This is such a great styled session. I absolutely love your details shots and the venue is stunning.

Beautiful! This is such a great styled session. I absolutely love your details shots and the venue is stunning.

Oh my goodness what gorgeous photos! New Zealand is very near and dear to my heart…we lived there for a couple of years and traveled throughout the North and South island seeing beautiful sights like these. You’ve captured this session and the surroundings beautifully!

Wow, that’s so neat you were able to live there also. It’s a place that stays in your heart.. I’m so glad you enjoyed your travels there, and that you enjoyed our South Island wedding session!

Oh my goodness what gorgeous photos! New Zealand is very near and dear to my heart…we lived there for a couple of years and traveled throughout the North and South island seeing beautiful sights like these. You’ve captured this session and the surroundings beautifully!

Wow, that’s so neat you were able to live there also. It’s a place that stays in your heart.. I’m so glad you enjoyed your travels there, and that you enjoyed our South Island wedding session!

WOW! What a stunning wedding venue in Kaka Point, Otago, New Zealand! So much to love about this photo shoot but I especially adore the black and white of the back of the dress down the aisle and of them kissing! Wonderful!

That was one of my favorites two- I love discovering the unexpectedly beautiful moments that evolve throughout a wedding session.. <3

These images are beautiful. Well done capturing the details and the romance.

Simply stunning. x

All thanks to you, Jade! Thanks for sharing your magical part of New Zealand with us, and creating such a beautiful space to celebrate Sophie + Todd!

All thanks to you, Jade! Thanks for sharing your magical part of New Zealand with us, and creating such a beautiful space to celebrate Sophie + Todd!

That was one of my favorites two- I love discovering the unexpectedly beautiful moments that evolve throughout a wedding session.. <3

Yes- this is definitely one of the wildest, windiest parts of the world. But when you just embrace it, it creates such beautiful energy, especially when working its magic with wedding gowns and veils!

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