Our Christ­mas fairies

NZ House & Garden - - HOMES -

Pho­tog­ra­pher Belinda Mer­rie and stylist Tracey Strange Watts have been weav­ing NZ House & Gar­den Christ­mas magic to­gether for a decade or more. This year Belinda rounded up a trio of fairies for our shoot on page 16 – her five-year-old daugh­ter Lily and next-door neigh­bours Anna, six, and Lucy, eight. The girls were smit­ten by the tu­tus and $10 an­gel wings, says Tracey. “You should have seen their eyes when they saw them. That shot of them wear­ing them play­ing down by the beach will be a huge mem­ory for me. They looked so happy.” Tracey’s vi­sion for the shoot was of a long, fes­tive lunch. “Re­laxed, sunny and as ef­fort­less as it’s pos­si­ble to be over Christ­mas. I love the feel of it – the breeze show­ing in the silk stream­ers and table­cloth, the free­dom of the chil­dren danc­ing round, the Chi­nese lan­tern flow­ers in the Fairy Flow­ers ar­range­ment, the cute up­side-down rose­mary trees on the cake. Look­ing at these images I will make sure my Christ­mas is a lit­tle more re­laxed than usual. It looks like fun.” As for Lily? She’s barely been out of her tutu since the photo shoot and is hop­ing for a “real” mi­cro­phone from Santa this Christ­mas. Ap­par­ently her hair­brush just won’t cut it any more, says Belinda.

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