Yolanda + Sam’s love story is one for the story books.

I have watched their story unfold from the sidelines over the span of a decade, from high school sweethearts to being apart for several years in opposite corners of the world, to meeting again at our wedding (yes, our own wedding!) and rekindling the sparks between them that never burnt out despite so much time and so much distance.

To see them get married in the most beautiful little chapel in Mirepoix in the South of France, was truly one of the most magical days I’ve ever experienced.

There was so much love from every single angle.
Between Sam + Yo, from their families, from the friends that had travelled over from New Zealand and the friends that had travelled from England and afar.

Yolanda’s flower crown was made the morning of the wedding from foraged goods found in the grounds of their venue, Chateau de Queille, her dress purchased in Australia with the help and guidance of her older brother and Sam had her beautiful ring handmade in Timaru, New Zealand before he asked her to be his forever in Brussels, Belgium.

One of the standout moments from their day was when the groom and groomsmen performed a haka… Their passion and their powerful voices echoed throughout the tiny little chapel, a moment that sent shivers up every single person’s spine and one that won’t ever be forgotten. I don’t have words to describe the emotions at that moment - they were almost tangible, and I caught myself with tears streaming down my face as I experienced the full beauty of our Maori culture.

Their day was full of moments like this - constant glimpses of raw emotion, pure elation and uncontainable joy from all parties involved that this day had finally come, that Yo + Sam were MARRIED and that this was just the beginning of their beautiful journey.

I think I’ll let their images tell the rest of their story… Enjoy x