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Hawaii wedding photographyI’ve known Kira for quite a while now, so spending a few days in Hawaii to document her marrying Luke was beyond a privilege. It was my first visit to Hawaii and it is EXACTLY as beautiful as on the television / internet / travel brochure you picked up. I can see why so many couples flock here yearly to tie the knot – absolute paradise. Kira & Luke are the kind of couple that you could sit down with on a couch to play some video games and basically never get up again. My kind of people, real, down to earth, generous and a little bit geeky.

Like so many destination weddings this was an intimate one, just family joined the couple for what has probably been my most relaxed wedding to date! I loved how effortlessly beautiful Kira looked on the day, the ultimate barefoot bride both in soul and attire. The entire wedding party stayed at the Kei Iki bungalows and the weather on the day itself just couldn’t make it’s mind up – rain, to wind, to scorching sunshine. But of course from the moment Kira stepped onto that beach for their authentic Hawaiian wedding ceremony – the skies were perfect.

The very sweet Hawaiian wedding ceremony can best be described as spiritual in my opinion – truly beautiful to witness the ceremony brings together not only the couple and their families, but land, sky and sea. One of my favourite things about what I do is witnessing all the different ceremonies and ways that people make their wedding ceremony their own. Kira & Luke also exchanged Lei’s during the ceremony – which draws parallels with a hindu wedding ceremony and something Todd and I integrated into our own nuptials back in February.

After the ceremony we mingled, gorged ourselves on Fresh island fruit, laughed, took photographs and in general just had an amazing time. Dinner was a traditional Hawaiian barbecue with all the trimmings – I’ve decided I could live off of huli huli chicken now! I was so sad to jump back on a plane to less warmer clients and leave behind this wonderful couple and their awesome families.

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I met Alyssa & Ben over three years ago now when I photographed their wedding back in New Zealand. Vancouver couples photography had always interested me because Canada is such a beautiful place and Vancouver is an amazing city. So amazing that these two decided to make the move there, and I absolutely can see why they did! The thing I always remember fondly about their wedding is the passion for coffee that they share – particularly Ben who works in the industry. If you’re ever on the hunt for an incredible cup, he’s definitely your guy.

I didn’t know Vancouver too well so left the location choice up to these two, who have a love of hiking and exploring the area so naturally have seen a fair bit of it. When they mentioned the word “lighthouse” to me I was immediately sold. It wasn’t much of a walk to get out to the beautiful rocks overlooking the lighthouse and we spent well over an hour enjoying the scenery and soaking up the Vancouver summer evening. We ended up walking back to the car in the dark because as usual I got over-excited and couldn’t stop shooting! I was a little worried about bears on the walk back…but turns out I had nothing to fear.

These married people still have the same zest and chemistry they made them so photogenic and easygoing in front of the lens as they did on their wedding day. Catching up with couples who’s weddings I’ve photographed and seeing where they’re at now is one of my favourite things about this job. You make so many friends it’s hard to visit a country without bumping into a couple!

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I definitely didn’t consider myself a german wedding photographer before Deniz & Calogero got in touch. Having visited Germany a couple of times in the past two years it’s a place that I found fascinating and beautiful and so varied. I had no idea how varied and cultured this wedding in particular would be though!

I spoke about this briefly online already, but this was the first wedding I have photographed where I did not speak the native language of anyone in attendance at the wedding. Luckily for me Deniz’s english was slightly better than my German so we made it work! But for me this was the ultimate testament of no matter what language you speak, where you’re from, what colour your skin is, what you serve at your wedding and what customs you may honour – love really does look the same in front of the lens. It’s cheesy but the language of love really is international, so I had no problems whatsoever.

The family and friends of Deniz & Calogero came from Turkey, Germany and Italy and they honoured customs from each area. I spent the morning at Deniz’s mothers home, in keeping with Turkish custom Calogero arrived a couple of hours later to take his bride to the wedding. Similar to the Indian culture he arrived with alot of fanfare – drums, turkish flutes and dancing, it was hard to believe the reception hadn’t even begun yet! After dancing with the men in his family he was finally let into the house to see his gorgeous bride to be, and then there was more dancing in the courtyard with everyone!

They had the formal ceremony in a beautiful field in the countryside outside of Dusseldorf, right on a lake where frogs croaked their way along with the vows much to the kids enjoyment. We made our way to the reception in a big gorgeous barn where the evening kicked off with of course more dancing! I’ve never danced so much at a wedding, the Germans/Turkish/Italians know how to party!

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Bracu is one of my favourite venues as it always provides gorgeous grounds for your wedding photos, on top of this it’s always a privilege to photograph fellow wedding industry friends, particularly when you’ve known them forever! You might remember Kady & Mike from their goat island engagement session earlier this year and if you saw that you already know how photogenic they are. I’ve known Kady since high school and now she is a talented hair and makeup artist (keep in mind if you’re getting hitched soon!). She even did her bridesmaids hair on the day itself! 

They married this summer gone at the ever stunning Bracu olive grove estate, a favourite local venue of mine. The amount of thought and detail put into their wedding was gobsmacking as they are both known among friends for being perfectionists. Keep an eye out for the wooden sculpture of their wedding date and names created solely by Mike – quite the craftsman! Another favourite feature of mine for this day was the pink hydrangea photo wall – all fresh and made for the newlyweds by a family friend as a gift.

When I say I didn’t have to pose these two at all – I completely mean it, Kady & Mike had so much chemistry it was almost dizzying to watch. Absolutely made for each other it was a complete honour to witness their love and document such a special day for them.

Florist : Sardna from Wildflowers 

Kadys Gown: Jenny’s Bridal

Makeup: Gina Petrie

Venue: Bracu

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There is an abundance of talented coromandel wedding photographers, so it’s always a privilege when I get to travel to this beautiful part of NZ for a wedding. As soon as I met Dani I knew we would be fast friends, this girl is fabulous, funny and has one of the most infectious laughs I’ve ever heard. We clicked fast. I met Dani and Mike very early on into their wedding planning (which is always fantastic) and I instantly fell in love with their plans. Dani is also the creative blogging powerhouse behind we are anthology who you should check out.

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They married this summer gone in the coromandel at Mike’s parents avocado orchard, I had visited previously one weekend and instantly fell in love with the sprawling grounds. Dani & Mike wanted to have a chic yet down to earth kiwi wedding with a intimate touch and this was just the perfect setting for them. We couldn’t have been luckier with the weather and it was one of New Zealand signature searing hot February days. I spent the morning with Dani and the girls and a whole lot of antics, including the bride being stung by a bee while her hair was in rollers! I probably should have helped more…but I just took photos of the situation. She forgave me 🙂 

I was blown away seeing the bouquets for the bridal party – mostly because Dani and her girls made them all themselves from local wildflowers! Talk about kiwi ingenuity. They also did all of the floral styling for the ceremony and reception, busy bees! I was lucky enough to have my good friend and talented photographer Kate Wark second shooting for me so she spent documenting Mike & the guys swimming in the creek, putting in some last minute hard work and having a few beers. The boys really do have it easier on a wedding morning!

Dani stole hearts and breath as she floated down the aisle in a stunning Johanna Johnson creation and I think we all had tears in our eyes, a short and sweet ceremony full of plenty of laughter and banter. Guests enjoyed lawn games and roaming the grounds while we snuck away to a couple of local spots for portraits and I have to say everyone was such a good sport about getting wet, sandy and a couple of scrapes and bruises in the process. We returned to the reception held in their gigantic tipee on Mike’s parents lawn, lit and decked out with fairylight for an evening of food, emotion, and dancing.

A beautiful day and night for a wonderful couple, I know I’ll get to enjoy their company again sometime soon, congratulations once more you two!

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Dani’s gown – custom by Johanna Johnson

Wedding planning / co ordination – Weddings by Paris

Catering – Jandals cafe, Whitianga

Wedding cake – sweet addiction

Bridal party & Bridal makeup  by Sam Hart

Bridal party & Bridal hair by Samantha Nicholls