This Coromandel marquee wedding was a really special one. For me people and love (as cheesy as it sounds) is why I do what I do. After skyping Sara and Jean while they were hiding in a Colombian hostel pantry in the early ours of the morning, I knew I wanted to work with them. You know when you meet someone for the first time and you instantly connect, I'd hit jackpot.

From the moment I stepped into their company I felt like an old friend. The conversation flowed and they looked after me like I was part of their family. From booking my beautiful bach, filling up my fridge with food and seating me with the guests at the wedding, it was kindness on another level. And because I felt so connected when I look at these images, I really feel like I've captured the essence of their lives, which I possibly wouldn't have captured had they not been so willing to open their lives to me.

Sara and Jean were married on Sara's aunties front lawn overlooking the beach. After the ceremony was over guests strolled down the road to the clear marquee that was styled and decorated by the legends Two Fox Styling and Sophie from Muck Floral. These guys did such an incredible job and were such a dream to work with. These guys are machines and are such hard workers. Thankfully the rain held off for all the important bits and only started to rain on our way back to the reception when Sara and and Jean made one of the best entrances I've seen. After some guests were chosen randomly to sing a song speeches started, some of the funniest I've heard, topped with an MC that had a wit to die for, I've placed him in my top three!

After the formalities, Graeme James got the P-A-R-T-Y started and it was sick. They shoved the tables aside to make room for a dance floor and it was crammed, they even had a conga line, I've not seen a conga line at a wedding since I was 13. After 15 hours of shooting I dragged my broken body back to my bach but it was worth every ache. This wedding will always stay close to me because I wasn't just the button pusher, I was really part of it.

If you want to check out their wedding video by the amazing Love Solider you can check it out here. Also a huge thank you to James from Patina Photography for being my wingman.

Dress: Karen Willis Bridal | Make Up: Luxe and Co | Make Up: Hannah Carter | Florist: MUCK Floral | Styling and Hire: Two Fox Styling | Videographer: Love Solider

WeddingsMelissa Mills