Steven Sandbrook Photography

Bruce and Nicola

This wedding was different.  I mean Really different to your run-of-the-mill "Let's have a different wedding" kind of different.  
To begin with, Bruce proposed to Nicola one beautiful evening, on the roof of a 40-foot high aeroplane hangar on Ohakea air base!  It doesn't get much more thrillingly romantic than that!

The closening friendship had lasted more than seven years - since their early teens - and even at the age of twenty, the young avionics technician was ready for marriage.  Over a couple of months of engagement, the wedding was planned down to the last tiny detail.  
Believe me, they packed a lot into their big day!

It was fairytale.  They made it fairytale - the kind of stuff engaged couples dream of, and mostly it came from hard work and good friends.  An 80's Mercedes luxury sedan was magically obtained the day before the wedding as a getaway car.  The cake was hand-crafted to utter perfection.  The photographic locations just gave so many opportunities - especially the train tunnel.

I had better explain what I'm talking about.  I was trying to come up with an idea for a wedding portrait for this spirited young couple that would really ring their bells, and stand out as a memorable image.  Then it hit me - use the local train tunnel, and set it up as a classic hero "Fleeing from the train" scene.  They loved the idea.
Well, it took some setting up, with a generator, ladder, a huge fire-yard light, and two lookouts - in case any real trains came along! - but the end result was a photograph to wonder at.  It's the first one in this gallery, and many have commented on it.
I still get a thrill when I see it! 

Take a look. 

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Tunnel - Yes this photo is unedited. Getting ready at Protégé Hairdressing Bridesmaid hair Beautiful Bridesmaid Pre-wedding confabulation Bridal eyelashes Bridal Giggle Hands Helping hands - buttoning up the dress Bride Bridal Portrait Special delivery Wedding Service Exchange of rings The first kiss You may now kiss the bride - but not too long! Presentation of the Couple Signing the register A Married Whisper Kiss in the stairwell Guard of Honour for an RNZAF wedding Incredible Wedding Cake - Hand-Crafted by Clare Sandbrook Wedding portrait - Spitfire courtesy of Joe Deere An Avionics Technician's dream: His wife in one arm, and a genuine Spitfire behind him! Aviation Love Bridal party with Spitfire Shivering Bridesmaids! True love Carried over the threshold...  Perhaps! Honeymoon suite...? Wedding portrait - Strong foundations Now look deep into my eyes... Direct our steps by Your Word - and let no iniquity have dominion over us. Standing on the Rock Kiss Kiss Kiss! Cling Tunnel - Yes this photo is unedited. Mischievous groomsmen Groom speech Wedding speech Speech prompt - The Cucumber Embarrassing speech time Bride & Groom Family Portrait Dancing the Virginia Reel Reception - Couples Wedding reception Grand Bridal Portrait String of Monkeys Two Monkeys in love Infinity All alone in Monkey Bay Love on the rocks A hand up The way up to the rock climbers' wedding portrait The rock climbers' wedding portrait - Monkey Bay Love on top of the world Sunset portrait Newlyweds on top of the world You and me, babe