Batman | lifestyle wedding| by Gail Pomare | Christchurch, NZ

Of all the love stories I’ve told through my photography this one is my favourite – Kieran (the groom) is my oldest son. My first born. My first experience of unconditional love. This big boy of mine has been my everything for 30 years, even when he didn’t think that was the case. It’s hard to let your boy go and be someone elses man, when to you he will always be your baby. But let go you must. So you pray, and hope and pray some more that he will be loved, respected and cherish – warts and all.

For love conquers all.

Love is patient, Love is kind,
It does not envy, it does not boast,
It is not proud, it is not rude,
It is not self-seeking,
It is not easily angered,
It keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil,
but rejoices with the truth.

Love always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.

Love bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends.

Love never fails

(Corinthians 13:4-8)

Kieran met Sandra at a local online site, they fast became friends and their story began.  Together they are building a little family of their own with two beautiful girls Bailey and Olivia. We love having Sandra and the girls as part of our family. I’ve always wanted a daughter ha! On their wedding day Mac was most excited “Yay, finally I have a sister” he said.

But I can’t help but wonder if she knew what she was signing up for when agreeing to marry my boy.

Every. Thing. BATMAN (including their wedding)

Kieran was joined by his friend Cory as best man, and younger brother Macallum as junior groomsman

Sandra was joined by her long time friend Simone as bridesmaid,  oldest daughter Bailey – junior bridesmaid and occasionally youngest daughter Olivia as flower girl.

This wedding was a compilation of the love and work of family and friends. The wedding ceremony was held at the Edmonds Factory Gardens on Ferry Rd, Christchurch. They were married in front of family and friends by wedding celebrant Tania Johnson Scott. She did a beautiful job of telling their story and including a special mention of Sandra’s dad Ray, who died several years ago.

Hair and Makeup by friends Amy and Kelly

Bridal flowers by friend – Nicky

Bridal Gown – the brides lovely gown was originally her mothers and was reworked and altered by Marjorie (Kieran’s grandmother) She also made the bridesmaid dresses.

Grooms(men) and Mother of Bride, Mother of the Groom flowers – Jessie, a friend from Sandra’s work.

Videographer – Kevin (Sandra’s cousin)

Photography – Gail (Kieran’s mother) assisted by Lucy – long time friend.

Food – self catered by amazing family and friends

Gorgeous Cake – Stacey of Calala Cakes

Limo – provided and driven by  Waka (Kieran’s uncle)

Reading – Macallum (Kieran’s brother)

Music provided by step dad Mike from requests.

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The reception was held at the New Brighton Rugby Club. The bar staff were fantastic. Many people spent many hours helping to transform this room and behind the scenes Thank you Kathryn, Liz and Pete, Lucy, Aunty Shirl, Sophie, Joy, Max and Ali and the missionary sisters. Your love and assistance was undoubtedly appreciated.

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later in the evening we went outside to capture some fun shots in the beautiful light.

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and how cute is this little grand daughter of mine.

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Rancy Tomasson - January 20, 2016 - 5:18 am

Congratulations on your son’s wedding Gail. Lovely pictures. So nice to see the creativity and joy your family brought to this occasion. Blessings to all of you.

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Beautiful Colour | Lifestyle Wedding | by Gail Pomare | Gilroy, California

I was invited to assist my friend Ivan Makarov in photographing a reception for a beautiful couple Kyle and Cali. Photographing a reception is always fun to me because I am very much a lover of detail. The colours of this wedding were thrilling, the lovely little details set my arty loving heart all alight. The table center pieces were hand drawn by Cali’s grandfather in chalk and all the family was involved in decorated the day. I love me a good family project.

Home made apricot jam as a wedding favour, HELLO! and to ride off into the sunset…awesome

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They belong together | Lifestyle Wedding | by Gail Pomare | San Jose, California.

Not only was it a gorgeous day, a beautiful setting and a stunning dress, but here was a couple wonderfully committed to each other and the sense of TEAM a marriage affords. It was delightful to see all the elements for their wedding that they had crafted and made together. They are in it to win it for sure, and I wish them the very very very best.

I’ve always wanted to photograph a wedding in black and white. I love the timelessness of such images but of course, I knew I would miss the infusion of colour in the details. So forgive me for processing these in BW, to appease my timeless soul, while I add a little punch of colour at the end.

I assisted Ivan Makarov during this beautiful wedding in Los Gatos, CA.  I really enjoy working with Ivan, he is a phenomenal photographer but a male-female team can cover all bases! woot!

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Carolina & Michael | Lifestyle Wedding | by Gail Pomare | Bay Area, California

My friend and fellow photographer Patricia invited me to assist her with capturing the wedding of Carolina and Michael. When I saw the beautiful church I nearly did a foot clap in mid air, but when the bride stepped from the car, I about fainted. Carolina is drop dead gorgeous, and Michael counts himself to be one lucky guy, Carolina is just as swooning over her man. I love weddings.

When you are there assisting another photographer you are not there to tell YOUR story of the couples wedding day, you are there to tell the story of the hired photographer. You don’t always get the chance for the best shots but you add the detail to the story they are telling.  I’ve been both, the story teller and the detail filler-in-er. Either way it’s a privilege to share a day with a couple and their loves.

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As a mother of sons, I am rather partial to photos of Mama’s loving and caring for their boys. The delight on this Mama’s face as she prepped her boy to go be a husband was thrilling to me.  I look forward to the day I am in her shoes.

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and let’s not forget Dads. Dads rock!

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Awaiting the main event to arrive was not wasted, look at this princess. Delightful

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I suspect Michael was feeling like the luckiest man in the world as he watched his stunning bride coming down the aisle toward him on the arm of her father.

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One thing I love about a wedding where a Brazilian is involved, there will also be a P. A. R. T. A. Y with a heap load of dancing… these guys rocked all night

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Investing in my passion… | by gail pomare | San Jose, California

I don’t know what I was thinking, but perhaps I might just well have been really naive or something because I thought photography would just unfold as this amazing career, exotic locations, prize winning images gracing the walls of fine galleries, grateful over-the-moon clients knocking my doors down and sipping mocktails on the beach the rest of the time.

Not so.

It is a LOT of hard work. HARD YAKKA as is commonly said in my homeland for anything that is hard work.

But it’s work I am thoroughly whole heartily invested in.

I am  invested in my education of the industry because I am so passionate about weddings. love . marriage… all that gooey stuff.  Sometimes, as luck would have it, that investment in education means I get to spend some time chatting with some truly inspirational people, both in the photography world and the business world. Jasmine Star is one of the most highly sort after, inspirational speakers/photographers/business women I have ever had the good fortune to meet. Patricia and I went to an evening Jasmine hosted in San Francisco awhile ago. I loved meeting up with some people I had ‘met’ online before… I am such a face to face girl!!  It was a fascinating evening, thrilling and informative… I have never been much a groupie with anything, but I will count myself on the J-Star bandwagon for here on!

Here are a few snaps from the night.

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