Terri Wara: A Beach Wedding

Terri & Will

Storyteller: Terri Wara, New Zealand

Groom getting emotional as he says his vows to bride

What was the best moment of your wedding day?

I’m going to say the ceremony. It was so lovely. My husband was struggling to say his vows due to raw emotions. It was so beautiful and I felt very privileged to be the woman he chose to stand up there with him. He feels the same.

Left, kids on the beach. Right, bride and groom at the altar on the beach with child underfoot

What is your favorite image in the book and why?

Too many to choose but my favorites are of my children. Their innocent faces with no intention of making nice for the camera, created some amazing photos showing their true selves.

Wedding guests writing Just Married in the sand

What is your favorite story behind an image in your book?

The writing on the beach that said ‘just married’my sister in law and niece did this without our knowing. It was a simple gesture but meant so much. We asked for no gifts, but things like thistime and thoughtfulness are true indicators of gifts from the heart. It looked really cool and we got to leave a mark behind on the beach we were married on. For a while anyway hehe.

Bride and groom barefoot on the beach

What do photos mean to you?

Photos mean capturing moments that we cannot see ourselves because we are present in them. It’s so special to be able to do that and one of the many benefits of a modern world. We regularly look at photos as a family to reminisce times. Only unposed photos allow this to happen which is why our book is full of genuine memories.

Bride and groom with their children on the beach

What bit of advice would you give to someone creating their own wedding memento?

Make it real. Forget how you want it to look and let it come naturally. That’s when it truly ends up looking beautiful


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