We met up with Katherine and Richard for an engagement session at Tihiotonga Centennial Park in Rotorua during the cherry blossom season in the Bay of Plenty.
Katherine and Richard met in the French Alps on December 27, 2014. It was Katherine’s first day traveling, so she was pretty jet-lagged when she and a friend met up with Richard, but she was also ready for a trip full of adventure. Since neither of them could snowboard, they naïvely accepted Richard’s suggestion of lunch at the pub halfway up the mountain. He “accidentally” took them on the highest ski run, and both of them failed the chairlift dismount. A very entertained Richard then got to be their knight in shining armour and won Katherine’s heart—after he’d finished laughing at the way the two of them had flown through the air, of course.
A year and a half later, Richard proposed at the top of a hill outside San Miguel’s church in Grenada, with the ring that Katherine had always dreamed about. Now, they continue to travel and try new things—like surfing—and to support each other in sickness and in health already. They’re both ready to take this next step!
For this adventurous couple, we wanted to find the perfect colourful backdrop, and Tihiotonga Centennial Park seemed like the perfect fit. The cherry blossom season in Rotorua usually only lasts for about a month in September, but it’s a must-see during the New Zealand spring season, especially at the park. There is a gorgeous alley of cherry blossom trees there, and there is simply nothing to compare to that natural beauty.
Richard & Katherine, thank you for letting us be your engagement photographers and for telling us your touching love story. We are so excited for you two to be married at last!