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Okay………as a photographer I can attest to this. The single most nerve wracking thing next to taking photos of other people is being a photographer and trusting other photographers to capture you when you finally do get in front of the lens! Christchurch wedding photographer Dean Norrie of  Star Photographers was recently faced with the Million Dollar Question…..as a wedding photographer……….WHO would be good enough to photograph his wedding??!

Dean’s Answer??! ….” Luckily we have on staff at Star Photographers where I work two excellent photographers that captured all our special day to a very high standard that would satisfy any perfectionist photographer ( especially on the most important day of his life – his own wedding!)”

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Sarah Johnson & Dean Norrie were married at St. Barnabas Church in Christchurch followed by their reception at Ilam Homestead where Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures” was filmed. They had a beautiful spring wedding with gardens of rhododendrons and azaleas. Sarah takes us on the guided tour……….

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 The Proposal

Our first holiday together was at Hanmer Springs thermal pools & spa. We continued to go there for holidays as we really loved to soak in the hot thermal pools. To my huge surprise while in the pool Dean produced a very large blue sapphire diamond cluster ring and asked me to marry him reminding us of our first holiday together, closeby there was a photographer who captured this moment and the photos were for sale as post cards which were sent to both parents with our great news.

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The Location

St Barnabas church was where both our parents got married  and we both got christened at; therefore really significant to us both. The bride and bridesmaids (Neighbours) all lived around the corner from the Ilam homestead, we  used to play  and fish for eels in the avon river there. We had both spent many years working around the world but were often homesick for our garden city Christchurch.

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The Wedding Style

We share a love for birds and especially white doves which symbolize love, peace and because they pair up for life and are totally committed to each other. Our theme for our wedding was 2 Doves, feathers, bird cages and the colour duck egg blue. The bridemaids dresses, grooms mens ties, flower girl, our Miniature schnauzers tie, the cake, chocolate place names, menus and invites, church order of service was this beautiful soft colour.  At the Church we had 2 bird cages on roman pillars with a white dove in each cage at the church entrance, after the service we set them free.

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The Music

We both really love music which was the highlight to our wedding, I loves Opera and Dean loves Jazz. We hired two amazing sopranos to sing us up the aisle ‘Dome epais le jasmine Lakmè’ (Flower Duet) we sang ‘All things bright and beautiful’ as a Hymn because we love nature. The sopranos then sang ‘Barcarolle Les Conte d’Hoffman’ while we lit a unit candle. We then walked out of the church to organ music ‘Arrival of the queen of Sheba’ then set 2 Doves free to ‘Amazing Grace’ by a Bag Piper and to acknowledge our Scottish heritage and new journey together.

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 Our photo tour was at our favourite locations around Christchurch, The Christchurch  Gothic arts centre, tram ride around the city loop,  and punting on the avon river.

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The Reception

At our reception we had a cocktail party downstairs with a  3 piece jazz band  trumpet, double bass, and piano, they also played upstairs over dinner. For  our  first dance Dean sang to me with the back  up of the band  ‘It had to be You’. This was so romantic and special to both of us.

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 We had white dove biscuits and Cadbury mini eggs at the tables along with bird cage candle holders, and one big bird cage that lit up behind the bride and groom’s table.

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Advice  to Brides to Be

I took on a mammoth task making my own 3 tiered wedding cake made from fruit. The bottom tier was 14 inches followed by 10, and 6 inches for the top tier. My end goal was to achieve an English Wedgwood china look, with carrying the duck egg blue theme. Each cake was cooked, stored and iced to perfection, only to discover that on most wedding cakes the bottom tier is the only edible cake and the other cakes can be polystyrene and then iced. With the anticipation of yet another aftershock as a result of our recent earthquake, assembling your top tier is recommended on the day, not the night before your wedding.

Thank you Dean and Sarah for sharing your wedding with us all!!Keep rockin’ the two of you, and most importantly keep having fun together!  Blessings to you both!! And keep safe in Chch.

Dean & Sarah on Holiday in Queensland

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Sadly the beautiful landmarks featured in this wedding were also badly affected by the recent Earthquake in Christchurch…The Arts Centre received extensive damage and is currently closed until furter notice.

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The tram was affected in the centre city…

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Ilam Homestead has recently had it’s chimney through it’s roof and whilst it survived it is currently closed until further notice and St. Barnabas church has sustained extensive cracking and is awaiting to hear if it will be given the stamp of approval – it currently holds all services outside….

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3 Responses so far.

  1. Julie says:

    I love the dancing shot…it’s very romantic! And that large birdcage is AWESOME!!! So sad to see all those landmarks destroyed.

  2. Yes very sad indeed. And yes that dancing shot is totally awesome and I agree on the birdcage too!

  3. Samantha says:

    This couple look like they had a lovely time together. Very romantic that he sang to her! Awwww. Love the way they decorated…..that lantern is a great idea. I love the pic of them releasing the doves.