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A waiheke island wedding – the quintessential kiwi summer, two people in love and a whole lot of family and friends.
Waiheke island weddingWaiheke island weddingSo here we go! Zailie & Micah are the kind of people who are so down to earth you want to hug them immediately. I adore Waiheke island, it’s only a 30 minute ferry ride off the coast of Auckland but feels like a world of it’s own. It’s no wonder these two chose this little slice of heaven for their big day. Waiheke island weddingWaiheke island weddingWaiheke island weddinghttp://nisharavji.com/waiheke-island-wedding/http://nisharavji.com/waiheke-island-wedding/http://nisharavji.com/waiheke-island-wedding/http://nisharavji.com/waiheke-island-wedding/http://nisharavji.com/waiheke-island-wedding/http://nisharavji.com/waiheke-island-wedding/http://nisharavji.com/waiheke-island-wedding/http://nisharavji.com/waiheke-island-wedding/http://nisharavji.com/waiheke-island-wedding/http://nisharavji.com/waiheke-island-wedding/http://nisharavji.com/waiheke-island-wedding/http://nisharavji.com/waiheke-island-wedding/Zailie’s gown by Nicola Dawson

Hair and makeup by Alison Brewer

Florals by Twig & Twine

 

Earlier this year I went on the adventure of a lifetime, I had the pleasure of visiting Iceland a couple of years back but I never dreamed I would return to photograph a wedding there. But here’s a couple of preview images of the gorgeous Jen & David and their Iceland elopement, more after the jump…

Iceland elopementIceland weddingIcelandic horseOkay so here we go! You all know already how much I love elopements, the intimacy and the adventure of it all. This Iceland elopement wasn’t a true elopement however as Jen & David brought two dear friends along for the ride too which made it all the more special.

Jen & David hail from Christchurch in my home turf of New Zealand, the irony of living somewhere incredibly scenic yet travelling thousands of miles to marry elsewhere was not lost on them. These two are the kinds of souls who would spend every waking moment hiking or trekking or exploring this amazing earth of ours – so Iceland seemed the perfect fit. I couldn’t have been more privileged to hear from them as Jen is a photographer herself – always flattering. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – the best part of this job is the connections and friendships I get to make and these two were no different.

Jen had done so much research for this trip she could (and probably should) write a book on getting married in Iceland, and it all paid off. From the perfect remote waterfall spot for these two shy lovebirds to have their ceremony, to an amazing celebrant, glacier trip and evening meal for everyone. The format was a little unusual from my everyday wedding. We started bright and early with hair and makeup at the cute airbnb home we were all staying in before driving out in absolutely pouring rain to our location. We had a small hike to the waterfall from the car so in some amazing human feat Jen managed to get that entire amazing Louise Anderson wedding dress on underneath and inside her leggings and jacket. It was quite a site to behold (I would know I was the one in fits of laughter as we tried to make it work behind closed doors).

Initially these two had planned a ceremony in front of the waterfall when we went to scout it out (which of course was a perfect summers day) however in the pouring rain they actually ended up marrying underneath it as it was the most sheltered spot! A hugely emotional ceremony whizzed by and we had a whole day to play and take portraits until the evening! (A photographers dream come true).

This wedding is also featured in the latest issue of together journal if you’d like to see it in print and also pick up a beautiful publication.

Jen hand painted the invitations on wood!This is a natural hot spring (Jen’s not crazy…in that way)David is an avid lego collector and a friend bought him a little Lego bride and groom wedding gift, I love the grooms face below!Iceland wedding photographyIceland wedding photographyIceland wedding photographyIceland wedding photographyIceland wedding photographyIceland wedding photographyIceland wedding photographyIceland wedding photographyIceland wedding photographyIceland wedding photographyIceland wedding photographyIceland wedding photographyIceland wedding photographyIceland wedding photographyIceland wedding photographyIceland wedding photography



Featherston wedding photographyA Featherston wedding is the stuff of kiwi kids story books in my opinion, this gorgeous little town at the bottom of the North Island of New Zealand is like stepping through a time warp in the best way possible. Rolling countryside, lakes, rivers, and a sleepiness about it you can’t help but fall in love with. So I can completely understand why a couple of years ago, Mary and Michael decided to pack up the lives they knew and make the move south to settle here. 

I’ve known and had the pleasure of calling Mary a friend for a few years now, she was actually a tutor at my university during our degree! And if any of you have ever admired my logo – she is the type mastermind behind it too. Make sure you keep an eye out for the wedding invitations – done of course by Mary from her wonderful studio shared with Alice – Faber and Lo.

There were so many elements of this wedding that I absolutely adored but will refrain from writing you a novel. The gorgeous bungalow that you see pictured is the home that Mary and Michael have purchased and as you already know I love when brides get ready at home or somewhere sentimental! Mary’s dress was an original vintage which she found online, vintage to the point where it was held on to her with the old metal press buttons, and went on piece by piece as if it were a pattern! I adored her dedication to original vintage. 

We set off for the church in Mary’s fathers motorhome! Another favourite touch, the ceremony was intimate and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house! Martinborough had no shortage of amazing portrait spots so I had to restrain myself from taking them out for hours and hours, the time with your guests is just as important. We arrived at the quaint Martinborough town hall for the cutest reception I’ve ever seen and my absolute favourite touch – the first dance. 

This wedding is also featured in Issue 5 of Together Journal.

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Strictly speaking there was no dancing, in fact instead of having a first dance these two opted for a first song! Michael played guitar and Mary sung an version of Florence and the machines girl with one eye that would make Florence step down – I have no idea where she was hiding those lungs! Just beautiful.

new zealand pre wedding photographyI absolutely love shooting New Zealand pre wedding photography, also known as an engagement session. I’ve known Sammie for quite a few years now and loved getting to know Troy during this two day adventure we took in the central plateau. As you can already see, Sammie is a complete beauty and the chemistry these two share was so easy to document.

I have to throw a special mention out to Sammie for donning that gorgeous red gown for the shoot despite being close to 8 degrees – definitely not dress weather! I was so privileged that the above image also won me a place in the Junebug 2016 best of the best engagement pictures competition, you can see the entire gorgeous collection here.

The central plateau of the north island of New Zealand often gets overshadowed by the beauty of the south when it’s just as beautiful! These images were shot on the Desert road drive from Taupo to Mt Ruapehu. Complete wilderness in every direction and at this time of year just the smallest dusting of snow on the top of the mountains.

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New Zealand northland beach wedding

Those of you who have visited the very beautiful Matapouri bay will know what a magical place it is. On my first visit to this particular Northland beach I felt like i never wanted to leave again, just breathtaking. So I was pretty excited when Jesse & Kawiti got in touch for their big day, Kawiti’s family and ancestors have lived in this bay for generations, the stories and legends the ocean holds here are remarkable and I wouldn’t do them justice to even attempt to share them! 

It seemed only fitting for these two to tie the knot on this stunning slice of New Zealand, a new zealand northland beach wedding was just so appropriate with Kawiti’s family home being just a short walk from the beach. These lovebirds returned from London for a super laid back, super kiwi wedding weekend with loved ones. I was also lucky enough to have my dear friend Gen from London shoot this one with me and of course my indispensable assistant Jay. We had a blast to say the least, hanging out with Jesse and her eight bridesmaids was chaotic in the best way possible!

It was a sight like no other to see Jesse, her parents and her bridal party in all different shades of purple, making their way to the ceremony near Lion Rock and passing swimmers, beach cricketers, surfers and having all these wonderful strangers applaud. I love unexpected surprises like this on Wedding days, it all adds to the joy.

Kawiti is an Opera singer, and the Avocado orchard where they held their reception is also a place where he is well known for performing. Underneath the stars we spent a warm summer evening dancing the night away, laughing and enjoying several performances from talented friends and family.

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