A City Full of Hope: The Bighorn Engagement Session

If you’ve been following my blog posts, hive, you know that Christchurch, New Zealand has been through a lot in the past three years. In September 2010, an earthquake struck Canterbury (the region where Christchurch sits) measuring a magnitude of 7.1. It really scared a lot of the residents in the city, but the Cantabrians braved it and kept moving on with everyday life, even though a multitude of aftershocks followed. It was normal for them (and I guess Californians could understand this factoid).

However, on February 22 of the following year, at about lunchtime on a normal working day, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocked the city. It was located much closer to Christchurch than the September earthquake, and the results were catastrophic. Buildings fell, roads literally tore apart, houses were destroyed, and 181 lives were lost.

Now, I wasn’t born in New Zealand. But Mr. Big was. The news of the earthquake really shook him to the core. Because he couldn’t get in contact with any of his family or friends for the first few hours of the quake, he began to get extremely anxious. I was right there with him (he was working from home) and attempting to do my best to keep him calm, but having just met his family and friends and connecting with them during that time, I was freaking out myself.

We later found out that all of his friends and family were fine, and for that we consider ourselves extremely lucky and blessed. But at the same time, every time we visit this beautiful city, we’re reminded of that dark few hours where we just didn’t know.

Now, I’m guessing a lot of you are wondering what this has to do with the engagement photo shoot. Well, a lot actually.

We wanted to make sure that, even though the photos are relatively happy, including PDA, we wanted to capture the city itself. Since February 22, 2012, Christchurch and its people have picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and gotten on with it. Through the horror of the quake and the devastation that followed, the Cantabrians have shown strength, resilience, and, most of all, hope that is not only inspiring but captivating.

And that was what we hoped to portray when we used Christchurch as our backdrop. Yes, the city is in ruins. But it’s still beautiful all the same. Mr. Big and I believe our photographers were able to capture both the city and us as an engaged couple.

But I’ll let you decide!

So without further ado, here are some of the photos.








And my favourite:


This just really captures us!

Now before you guys go, I suggest you also watch the spasticity that is Mr. Big’s and my engagement stop motion:

Yeah, we’re strange.

What do you guys think? I’m in love with them! (But I’m biased.)

(All images and video copyright to the fabulous StudioSomething)


Mrs. Bighorn Sheep

Sydney, NSW, Australia
Wedding Date:
February 2014
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  1. campfire Bee
    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:35 am

    These a great! You should have shared more! 🙂

  2. rucksack Bee
    rucksack 518 posts, Busy bee @ 9:00 am

    Love these photos – and the story behind them!

  3. msbicycle Bee
    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 1:50 pm

    I love that stop-motion video!! You guys are so cute together!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:16 pm

    I can’t watch the stop motion at the moment, but the engagement photos are so adorable! I will definitely watch it when I am not at work 🙂

  5. gondola Bee
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:28 pm

    Cute video!!

  6. bighornsheep Bee
    bighornsheep 115 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:02 pm

    @Mrs. Campfire: I wanted to! But I didn’t want to overload people with our faces, hahah!

    @Mrs. Rucksack, @Mrs. Bicycle, @Mrs. Gondola: Aww, thank you guys! 😀 <3

    @Jacofblues: Thank you! <3 When you watch the stop motion you'll see how 'tarded we are. Well, I am, lol!

  7. msfilly Bee
    Mrs. Filly 85 posts, Worker bee @ 4:56 pm

    I love your pictures and I LOVELOVELOVE the stop motion video – you guys are adorable!!

  8. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:50 pm

    These are so cute!

  9. pyramid Bee
    Mrs. Pyramid 104 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:44 am

    Your photos turned out so cute! And I love the idea of you guys showing off the city that means so much to you. And that stop-motion video is really cool! Do they just have a second shooter recording just that or what?

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