Katie and James' Vintage Autumn wedding at Homestead and Woolshed

“Ruth captured our whole day perfectly. All of the shots were ‘natural’ and not forced as we felt so comfortable with her. Ruth just made everything so easy and we love how excited she was about the whole day. We love all of the little details and special moments that she photographed, too.”

Katie and James got married in autumn at the lovely The Homestead and Woolshed on Racecourse, which is a stunning woolshed and restored homestead in Omakau. It was one of the most fun and emotional weddings I’ve photographed with even the weather playing ball!

Getting Ready

Katie got ready at the gorgeous Homestead on the property with her three sisters Meagan, Abby and Georgia, who were also her bridesmaids. The atmosphere was full of excitement with these bubbly ladies! James got ready in Ophir with his brother and Best Man Michael, sister Lisa and close friend Damian. I love how Lisa was included in the bridal party on James’ side!


Katie and James had an emotional 'first look' at the historical Bakery Cottage in Ophir, followed by epic location photos up in the stunning Central Otago landscape with their bridal party.


The ceremony was a beautiful service in the gorgeous garden at the venue. 

During the ceremony they had lovely readings from friends and family. It was such a personal service and so emotional. Katie and James also had chosen to have a wedding anniversary wine box, where they both placed their handwritten letters to be opened on a date in the future.

The Reception

After the ceremony, the guests enjoyed lawn games and a giant jenga along with canopies. The late afternoon light was simply divine and I was delighted to sneak Katie and James away for a few more portraits.

The reception was held in the woolshed and everything was decorated with gorgeous rustic gold, red and white. Katie and James chose The Homestead and Woolshed on Racecourse because of its amazing location, wonderful rustic woolshed and its fabulous host Judy. No wonder they just fell in love with it!

The evening filled with speeches, laughter and tears inbetween delicious food. Katie and James’ first dance was a fantastic performance which everyone enjoyed. With Neil Chilton playing live it wasn’t long until all the guests were on the dancefloor for the rest of the wedding.

Katie and James’s wedding was just the happiest occasion and everything I love about weddings, as I’m sure you can tell from all of their photos!

If you’re throwing a rustic or autumn wedding, get in touch!

The dream team behind the day included:

Venue: The Homestead and Woolshed

Hair and Makeup: Road to Beauty

Flowers: Ruby Tuesday

Dress: Venus

Celebrant: Glennys Logan

Catering: Wanaka Catering

Musician: Neil Chilton

Photography: Fluidphoto