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So the summer wedding season is finished for 2019 in New Zealand and I'm now in France to photograph a stunning wedding at the Chateau de Vallery. The chateau, a Renaissance gem, is one hour south of Paris in Burgundy.  

I've been exploring the magnificent halls, stone spiral staircases, sumptuous rooms, galleries, pool, Oriental Pavilion, dovecot and extensive grounds for photo spots.

The excitement is mounting as guest arrive and case upon case of posh frocks and hats are unpacked. Tonight will be a wine tasting in the cave (cellar) followed by tagine dinner in the Oriental Pavilion.   Tomorrow is the big day.

Marshal Saint André and later the Princes and Princesses of Condé made Vallery "the most beautiful chateau in the world". The novel "La Princesse de Clèves" refers to it as the chateau of seduction and love. The book "Princes, Muses and Weddings" by P. Vansteenberghe, takes a look back at the celebrations that have taken place at the chateau and the arts of fireworks, dinners, dances and seduction. 

Moss Patterson at the Royal New Zealand Ballet

It's a real honour to be photographing choreographer Moss Patterson again.  This time creating a new work on the dancers of the Royal New Zealand Ballet for the upcoming Choreographic Series, which shows 1 - March 2019 in Wellington and Christchurch. It's an incredible experience to see the classically trained dancers interpret new choreography by one of Aotearoa New Zealand's top Maori choreographers.

Prime Minister, Jacinda Adern at the Royal New Zealand Ballet Nutcracker

Such a thrill to host Prime Minister, Jacinda Adrern at the Royal New Zealand Ballet's Nutcracker on Saturday.

Patricia Barker, Artistic Director (left) and Celia Walmsley, Interim Executive Director (right), Royal New Zealand Ballet

Honoured to be working with the fabulous Royal New Zealand Ballet, a world I know well from my many years in performing arts management. Whereas my world used to be performing arts management first and photography second, except for very special sojourn such as this, now it is photography first.

Such a privilege to be appointed Interim Executive Director and to work alongside Artistic Director, Patricia Barker, the great team and particularly the astoundingly talented dancers at the RNZB. Of course the camera is never far from hand so watch this space.

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Surrounded by family, friends and copious amounts of love and laughter, these two gorgeous people tied the knot on top of the world! They chose beautiful Queenstown, Aotearoa New Zealand to join hearts and families from both Aotearoa New Zealand and Sydney, Australia. As the sun cast magnificent, oblique golden light on them they declared their love, long time friendship and commitment to each other.

Jessie McCall and Celia Walmsley

Thank you to everyone who came to the opening of our exhibition - The Epitome of an Oxymoronic Endeavour last night at Wellesley Studios as part of the The Auckland Festival of Photography. So proud to have collaborated with the very talented Jessie McCall, choreographer and dancer, on this work. Huge thanks to John McDermott, Michael Parmenter, Wayne Barrar,Caroline McQaurrie, Peter Miles, Katrina Todd, the Wellesley Studios, Behnaz Farzami, Deb Brandley and Paul Newman for inspiration and support in the creation of this work.