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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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I say this every year, which is a good sign! But 2015 was the best yet, I can’t believe what was crammed into 12 months and I am so grateful for every single experience. This year was a rollercoaster both personally and professionally. I photographed your weddings everywhere from Australia to the Bahamas, France to Seattle, Norway to the Amalfi Coast and the list goes on.

I wanted to take the time to say a huge thank you to each and every person who allowed me to document you this year, who chose to fly / drive /train /donkey me to a wonderful place and witness one of the biggest days of your lives. I leave 2015 not only with some beautiful photographs but with a fuller heart as cheesy as that sounds, with a whole lot more friends and a whole lot more insight into the world thanks to all of you. I will be forever grateful. 2015 was also the year I married the love of my life and experienced my own big day. I have so many people to thank that I’m not even going to attempt to write it out here, but you know who you are.

I hope you’re all welcoming 2016 with wide eyes hungry for adventure, experience, friendship and love. See you soon!

Nisha x

These last five images are actually from our wedding and I can’t take credit for them! They are the work of the completely wonderful and beautiful inside and out Danelle Bohane.

  • What a lovely post about your great year. I really enjoy your pictures soooo much. Have a happy new year! Cheers from Germany 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Wow so many beautiful pictures Nisha, looks like an amazing year. Can’t wait to see you in NZ! xReplyCancel

    • nisha

      Thank you Gen!! Yes so exciting I’ll be seeing you next week!ReplyCancel

  • Really wonderful pics – And you as a bride looks gorgeous – love it!!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura taylor

    I couldn’t of thought of a better person to have as our sidekick for our big day !!! XxReplyCancel

  • Just gorgeous stuff, really special moments.ReplyCancel

  • Utterly stunning, beautiful work Nisha! NxReplyCancel

  • Fantastic images Nisha, looks like you had a great year! All the best in 2016.ReplyCancel

I first met Dan a few years ago now when we worked at the same company, he is one of the most enthusiastic, genuine and kind people I’ve ever met. He also has a pretty severe case of “always-the-groomsman!” and he won’t mind me saying that. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve seen Dan be a groomsman! So it’s going to be an extra big pleasure to see him as the Groom and wed the very gorgeous Claire in a couple of weeks time.

I got to spend an entire evening with these two out at a favourite spot on some sand dunes that we used to visit as kids. These two were just so easy to photograph as they have so much natural chemistry and love to laugh. I absolutely can’t wait for their Wedding!

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Whitianga beach wedding

If there’s one tradition kiwis from the north island of New Zealand proudly uphold and look forward to every year – it’s long hot summers spent in the Coromandel. I’m sure Becky & Matt planned their Whitianga beach wedding with this history in mind and it was an absolute joy to be there.

These two are from my hometown so it was a very special wedding for me to be lucky enough to document – Matts sister is a good friend of mine and I knew alot of the friends and family in attendance. Making it even more of a joy. Becky caused an absolute stir when I posted pictures of their engagement session earlier in the year – I’m sure you’ll agree she is a real natural beauty.

They chose to get married beachfront with a simple outdoor ceremony with their nearest and dearest, from there we took advantage of the many beautiful bays that Whitianga offers for their portraits. I must give the bridesmaids a special shout out here for braving sets of stairs down to the beach in stilettos! Absolute troopers you ladies, and much appreciated.

From there we boarded Beckys fathers boat to ferry us across to their marina-side reception to dance the night away with family and friends after a beautiful meal. All in all a perfect day really.

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Lauren first got in touch with me about photographing her wedding to her high school sweetheart in Greece, she fell in love with the country on a trip with a girlfriend a few years ago. Sadly the greek dream couldn’t be fulfilled for a variety of reasons but instead morphed into a much more adventurous and romantic escape – a caribbean elopement!  (these two by the way were actually married years ago in 9th grade when Heath “proposed” with a toy ring, they still have it today!)

So Lauren got back in touch with me – and I had to google St Martin, or Saint Marteen depending on what side of the island you’re on. This tiny island in the caribbean is actually owned by two different countries, and this is well reflected whilst you’re there. You could have dutch pancakes for breakfast and croissants the next day by driving a few minutes. It’s half dutch and half french, a beautiful phenomenon I haven’t experienced in such close proximity in any other part of the world.

St martin is also very famous for it’s incredible plane landings – the island has one of the most fascinating airports in the world as the planes land so close to the beach nearby that it’s not uncommon for beach goers to be blown over by the jet blast of incoming aircraft. One of the images you’ll see below is actually shot from my landing so you can see how close we were!

This is one of the sweetest, most intimate elopements I’ve ever photographed and Laurens gorgeous eye for detail really shined through in so many elements. I particularly loved the little box of sweet love letters and notes passed to each other in classrooms over the years. As soon as I started chatting to Lauren online I knew we would be friends even if we never got to meet! That’s the best part of my job, meeting so many kindred souls. On arrival she presented me with a beautiful embroidered bag full of gifts from her home town – mostly edible! A girl after my own heart. I spent three days here with these two and I’ll be honest – I will never forget it because there were also a few hilarious misadventures! I won’t go into too much detail but on the day I flew out, the airport experienced a bomb scare and all roads to the airport were closed! This resulted in two hours of cocktails on the beach with the newlyweds. Silver lining.

I LOVE this guy – he emerged from the sea just after the ceremony, strolled right up to Heath to present the newly weds with some sand dollars and shook their hands in congratulations! top knotch.