As much as I love photographing ‘first time’ weddings, with the excitement and anticipation, I adore a good ‘second’ wedding too! Second time ’round seems a lot more relaxed, and there’s not so much obligation to adhere to the usual traditions, so the day is uaually more of a fun celebration with no set rules.
This was exactly the case for Sharon and Matt, both previously married, for their gorgeous wedding at one of my favourite venues, the Deck at The Prince. While they toyed with the idea of running away and eloping, it was important to them for their family and friends to be part of a bigger celebration, so these two cycling enthusiasts (thankfully) went ‘sans lycra’ for a night, (with Sharon in a stunning Jane Hill gown, and Matt suited up with “the most expensive tie ever!”), had a great party with the people closest to them, including Sharon’s family from New Zealand, and Matt’s ‘grown’ children, who each played a part in the proceedings.
In a refreshing break from tradition, this bride and groom got ready together, were ‘announced’ in to the party together pre-ceremony to mingle with their guests early, and to get treated to an upbeat rendition of The Beatles’ “I Saw Her Standing There” by Sharon’s maid of honour, and Matt’s daughter Poppy and two of her friends. The official papers were witnessed by Matt’s two sons, as Sharon’s brother serenaded the couple (and the crowd) with a stirring performance of the Maori love song “Pokarekare Ana”, which left very few dry eyes in the house.
Add to the stunning location a magnificent St Kilda sunset, and another shot at wedded bliss seems like a pretty good decision for these two!