Surprise Wedding

Everyone loves a Surprise Wedding

Jaye and Ra got engaged and were talking about a wedding overseas somewhere in the resort life of the Pacific Islands. But life got in the way and a plan was hatched to make their spring engagement party one all their guests would remember forever. In about a month they busily organised their secret wedding. Jaye is highly organised ( and a bit bossy to be honest) by nature, so things got done! Fortunately for her she has a sister with the same personality traits, so every detail was thought of and the result was a beautiful and smoothly run surprise wedding, including a makeshift handmade stage which was moved in on cue by the groomsmen. All this set up was done while the wedding party got back into their beautiful dresses and suits.  A military operation for sure!

I arrived (in secret) two hours before the engagement party guests were due to arrive. The bridal party were dressed and looking gorgeous. Family photographs were taken and some images of the stunning bride and her groom amongst the blossoms at the back of her sisters house. A quick change back into ‘engagement’ party gear and the guests began to arrive.

This wedding was a real family affair and everyone had an important role to play. For such a close family, this was just normal, expected and done with such generosity and love. The vows were so real and so fun, spoken to each other in both Maori and English. Jaye and Ra had a wedding that reflected who they are so beautifully and honestly.
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Spring wedding in New Zealand photographed by Maria Buhrkuhl

Spring wedding in New Zealand photographed by Maria BuhrkuhlJay’s son Jordan lead the powerful and hugely moving Haka to end the ceremony. Family and friends also joined Jordan in tis ultimate gesture of respect and honour. It moved the earth and and brought a proud tear to many guests. In fact, I’d go as far to say there wasn’t a dry eye. I struggled to keep the camera from shaking as I’ve known this awesome young man since he was a babe.Haka at New Zealand Maori wedding photographed by maria BuhrkuhlHaka at New Zealand Maori wedding photographed by maria BuhrkuhlWedding images by New Zealand photographer Maria BuhrkuhlWedding images by New Zealand photographer Maria BuhrkuhlThe evening was full of laughter and beautiful memories and moments. Jaye and Ra are so in love and their beautiful families now unite. Wedding images by New Zealand photographer Maria BuhrkuhlWedding images by New Zealand photographer Maria BuhrkuhlWedding images by New Zealand photographer Maria BuhrkuhlWedding images by New Zealand photographer Maria Buhrkuhl

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Maria