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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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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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