The musical Castlepoint Woolshed wedding of Caitlin and Andrew, Wairarapa


married couple walking down the aisle at their wedding in the summer sun, Castlepoint Wairarapa, Lucalia Photography

Narrowly avoiding Covid restrictions, Caitlin and Andrew were married surrounded by 152 friends and family, and a choir. Yes, a choir!


They celebrated their love on a stunning, sunny Wairarapa day at Castlepoint beach. Sharing a passion for music, Caitlin is a cellist and Andrew a pianist. The choir that performed at their ceremony is led by Andrew, when he's not up the front getting married! Other musical highlights included a best man's song; a 'first performance' instead of a first dance; and epic live band The Shenanigans.


Caitlin got ready with her family and friends at a bach right on the beach. The balcony looked down over the lawn where the ceremony was held, to the lighthouse and beyond. Her completely unique blue wedding dress by Sophie Voon Bridal matched the colour of the sea.


Caitlin's mum created the bouquets including the intricate flax flowers.


Their wedding ceremony was officiated by a choral colleague, was heartfelt and personal. The couple were joined by their wedding party in front of the driftwood arch. Both Nanna's gave readings, rings were exchanged and a kiss was shared.


Family photos were taken on the lawn followed by a quick walk along the beach for portraits. In the mean time, said family enjoyed pot luck nibbles and carried the church pews from the ceremony to the reception. I just loved how everyone pitched in to make the day go smoothly!


Their reception was held at the Woolshed, Castlepoint. This rustic historic building was completely transformed by friends and family into a wonderful fusion of driftwood, white tulle and vegan buffet.


Then came the real highlights of the whole wedding day: the music. Instead of a speech, best man Tom gave a best man's song, accompanying himself on piano; to rapturous applause. Andrew and Caitlin played a beautiful duet on cello and piano instead of a first dance. And why not?! The Shenanigans kicked off the dance floor with their high energy vibe.


I absolutely loved this couple's passion to have their wedding, their way. So many unique and personal touches made for a truely memorable day. Thanks so much Andrew and Caitlin for inviting me to document it for you.


I'm Sarah and I provide outdoorsy couples who hate awkward poses, getting married in the Wairarapa, with documentary-style photography by a new best friend, so you will feel relaxed, and your photos will be an authentic memory of your day. Please feel free to check out more of my wedding photography.


groom getting ready, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

groom, best man, groomsmen getting ready, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

wedding party getting ready, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

bridesmaid getting ready, accessible wedding, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

bride and her bridesmaids getting ready, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

bride holding her family heirloom fur jacket on her wedding day, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

wedding rings, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

Sophie Voon Bridal blue wedding dress, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

wedding party doing hair, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

bride puts on blue sandals, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

bridesmaid wipes away tears from the bride, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

bridesmaids help bride put on her wedding dress, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

guests assemble at the wedding ceremony, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

bride walks down the aisle with her father, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

bride and her dad back of blue wedding dress, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

dad holding daughter with groom and mum, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

Castlepoint wedding ceremony, Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

Castlepoint wedding with guests and choir, Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

ring exchange, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

wedding vows, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

you may kiss the bride, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

walking back down the aisle as a married couple, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

whole group photo, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

wedding party walking along the beach with lighthouse, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

groom walks in front of wedding party, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

Castlepoint view with walking wedding couple, Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

bride looks at groom's tie, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

the cape knot tie groom, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

wedding rings, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

the woolshed wedding reception venue, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

wedding couple entering the Woolshed, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

fairy lights, draping and candles at the Woolshed, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

bride walking into the Woolshed, Wairarapa rustic wedding venue

lord of the rings wedding sign,  Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

rustic ocean wedding decorations, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

rustic wedding decor, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

bride and groom laughing during speeches, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

hugs after speeches, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

at the bar, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

best man song, the Woolshed, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

vegan wedding catering, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography

vegan wedding food, Castlepoint Wairarapa wedding, Lucalia Photography