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Our Lucky Break.

22 Jul

In a previous post, I explained our initial ideas. We were desperate to have the wedding in Christchurch, and I won’t lie, disappointed that we couldn’t. Our Hunter Valley wedding, however, has worked out phenomenally, however, and we’re so very happy to be celebrating in such a significant place with our nearest and dearest.

However, our Christchurch story doesn’t end there.

You see, this year, Mr Big turned the big 3-0. He wanted a “low key” celebration, but I wasn’t having that. He had previously thrown me a dress-up-as-a-superhero-surprise-25th which lead to pictures like this:

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I didn’t have costume. Hulk sad. I was wearing a jumper with an Assassin’s Creed hood though!

(I would put more up… but I don’t want my friends to kill me.)

But I digress, Mr Big was turning the big 3-0 and I wanted him to celebrate in style!

And so, I forced prodded him to have it in Kiwiland. He finally caved agreed and we started planning our trip! At the same time, Mr Big and I were thinking of what to do for our engagement shoot with our wonderful photographers. We originally were thinking of going to Cockatoo Island for the e-session, a little island in Sydney harbour, and had originally intended on having it in August.

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The industrial part of Cockatoo Island. There are also convict areas and underground tunnels that were used to shelter people from falling bombs during WWII! The tiny people in this photo are: Mama Bighorn, myself, Groom’s Homie Oddball, and Mr Big. I know… I’m short. / Image taken by MoH M&Ms during a trip out to the beautiful spot.

I shot an email to Ellen and we back-and-forthed for a little bit. The months between September to December would be busy for them (wedding season!) so that left June, July, and August. It’d be winter in Australia, but that would be fine for Mr Big and I. We love winter more than summer.

With that, we tried to narrow down a date. I remember mentioning in passing that we would be in New Zealand in July, and hence, August would be best for us. To my surprise, we got this reply back from Ellen:

We’re also heading to NZ in early July – when are you going and where? We fly into Christchurch I think on the 14th! Would you like to do the shoot there if we’re in the same place at the same time? Haha!

I can honestly say my hands were trembling with excitement.

I quickly called Mr Big to ask if we would be able to (and was met with voicemail; he was in a meeting at work) and then waited anxiously for his reply. I tried to be realistic about it, for example, we might not be in Chch (Christchurch) during the same time as them, Mr Big might not like the idea, etc. but then he called back.

He was as keen as I was. (Probably even more so!)

WOOT!

After back-and-forth emails with Ellen, we decided on an approximate date and time. We’d be meeting up with them in Christchurch at a particular spot, assigned during the week leading up to the date. We’d also grab their mobile numbers to communicate accordingly.

So it was settled.

We’d be having our engagement shoot in Christchurch, during the winter. What’s even better? We’d be having it the day before our third-year anniversary together! During the lead-up we scouted out areas and spent an entire day with De-Papa Big in doing so. He also gave us the ‘Quake Tour’, which he does every time we visit so that we can get an idea on how the city is progressing every visit.

We started off in Avonside, a red-zoned area that was particularly damaged in the 2011 February earthquake. The last time we drove through Avonside, Mr Big mentioned that he wouldn’t be surprised if zombies came shambling out of the houses. The whole neighbourhood is in relatively disrepair, with houses sagging down sadly or some even burnt (that’s what upset me the most).

We felt it disrespectful to take photos, especially engagement ones, in Avonside, so we vetoed that idea. Instead, we simply drove around to have a good look at the neighbourhood which, to my knowledge, will be turned into parklands. De-Papa Big mentioned that they may even keep some houses up in memoriam to the damaged houses and changed lives of the quakes.

With that sombre mood, we decided to move on to a more populated part of Chch. Enter, the Cathedral Square:

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Mr Big and I posing for a photo in the Cathedral Square. This place used to be surrounded by tall buildings.

For those who don’t know, the Cathedral Square is named for the Christchurch Cathedral which sat in its centre. And for those who are curious as to what it looks like, this is what it used to look like:

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The Christchurch Cathedral. / Image taken via Wikipedia.

And this is what it looks like now:

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The damage done to the Cathedral after both 2010 September earthquakes, several aftershocks, and the massive 2011 February earthquake. You can’t see it from here, but the spire is in rubble to the left of this picture. / Image via Chris Hewitt, A Kiwi at the Camera.

Whenever I look at pictures of the Cathedral, I still feel sad. I could go on about why, but I won’t bore you guys with the details. We decided we needed to move past the sombreness from both Avonside and the Square, so we decided to explore the ‘space-fillers’ surrounding the Square. We found this one:

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Surf-Turf chairs! We look like two little kids, haha!

From there, we moved to New Regent St which is just.so.charming! Here’s a picture pre-e-session of my being a retard on New Regent St:

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I know you’ve guys seen this picture before. It’s the best picture I have of New Regent St…

We decided to buy coffees and chat for a little before we moved on. Our next stop was the RE:start mall, also known as the “container mall”.

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Mr Big and I – I’m still drinking my coffee. And yes, that sign does say “lingerie”, since we were right next to one!

It’s a shopping mall made completely made of shipping containers. It’s such a nice spot to rest, relax, and shop around. We even managed to buy a “ring box” (it’s not really a ring box, but we made it one!).

We also scoped out the cardboard Cathedral in front of Latimer Square, but felt it didn’t really capture what we wanted.

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The cardboard Cathedral at Latimer Square, still under construction.

So with our location scouting done, we put a plan into action!

In the next post, I talk about a something that’s pretty important in e-session shoots. Clothing!

What do you guys think of these locations? Did anyone else get a ‘lucky break’ in your wedding plans?

(All photos personal unless otherwise stated.)

Rain, Rain, Go Away… No Seriously, Rain, GO AWAY!

22 Jul

Guys, I’m freaking out!

The weather forecast is looking pretty hairy for GP and I on our engagement shoot.

Lookie here:

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Weather forecast on Wednesday 24 July in Christchurch, New Zealand // Image taken from metservice.com

As you can see – it’s raining on Wednesday. “Showers. Light winds.” to be exact…

I LOVE the rain, but if it does rain on Wednesday, it means we have to find an alternative place to do our photoshoot! I don’t know if our photographers can photograph in the rain, and don’t want to push them into a situation they’re not comfortable with!

Before we checked out the weather forecast, we were fairly certain what we wanted out of our shoot. You see, on Sunday, we toured Christchurch with GP’s dad and were able to get a good feel of the place. The tour was originally to check out the progress of the city two years on from the February 22 quake, but an email from our photographers also turned the tour into a “where to go for an interesting photoshoot” day.

GP’s dad was an awesome tour guide, and took us through the residential red zone of Avonside. Last time we went through there, GP mentioned that he wouldn’t be surprised if zombies came shambling out of the dilapidated houses. It’s sort of sad to see, but the city is getting much better.

From there, we moved to the Cathedral Square, which has finally opened up, and were able to get a glimpse at the Christchurch cathedral. GP’s dad mentioned that it would probably be good to get some pictures of the cathedral, and we agreed. It is a quintessential part of Christchurch’s history, and therefore, GP’s history as well. As we continued to tour through the centre of the city, we formed a good plan for the shoot.

We would start the photoshoot in the Cathedral Square, in front of the Earthquake-ruined cathedral there – to pay remembrance to the Earthquake that shook GP’s city. From there, we wanted to move to another (happier) area – the space fillers surrounding the square. Like this:

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GP and I on the Sunday, being big kids on the space-filler armchairs and couches set up next to the Cathedral Square // Personal Image

 

From there, we’d move to a street called New Regent St which is just. so. charming. (Side note: the Rendezvous Hotel is there, where we’ll be staying for GP’s 30th birthday 🙂 ). I (unfortunately) don’t have any pictures to show you guys since all we did there was buy coffees, chat and move on. We then wanted to move on to the RE:Start Mall, which is otherwise known as the “Container mall” – a shopping district made out of shipping containers (very cool and creative place).

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A busker (‘The Mullet Man’) performing in the RE:Start Mall square. Can you see the shipping container café in the background? // Personal Image

There’s also the infamous “Cardboard Cathedral” in front of the Latimer Square. (Ironically enough, the Latimer Hotel was one such venue we were potentially thinking of having out wedding). But that’s not really ‘complete’ as such and GP isn’t too happy to be taking a picture with it!

Alas, if it rains heavily, we may not be able to do the shoot outdoors. And we’re both RACKING our brains on where to go for an indoors shoot. As you can see, our Sunday tour was absolutely GORGEOUS! The sun was out, and it was a nice, cool day. I’m just hoping the forecast is wrong…

We could potentially travel out of town to do the shoot, which may be an idea if the weather decides it hates us in Christchurch. I don’t know any places to go though, so GP will have to take charge.

Does anyone else have ideas for an indoor shoot!?