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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.

Santorini wedding photographerNicole & Jeremy are based in Sydney, Australia but decided early on to keep their wedding an intimate event and escape to the beautiful greek islands to make it official.

Their wedding was one of the hottest days I’ve shot in Europe and it was a bit of a challenge for everyone – I sincerely admired the guys in suits! Not to mention the 200 odd stairs or so up and down from their venue, the very beautiful Danas villas. Being from Australia I think the bride and groom and their families coped a little better than me with it!

They married overlooking the caldera at one of the most beautifully styled ceremonies I’ve seen to date, styled by the ever creative Maria from tie the knot Santorini. Maria was also was the wedding planner and put together this decadent event. Nicole looked like she walked straight off the catwalk in her custom Helen English gown all the way from Sydney, I know Jeremy wasn’t the only one to gasp when she appeared at the end of the aisle! She also rocked out the entire day (including all 200 stairs) in a pair of divine Jimmy Choo’s.

We escaped off for pictures  while their guests cooled off with champagne and mingled while the sun set, as we returned they arrived to a beautiful table scape set by candlelight. An absolute vision to sit there and have a meal with their nearest and dearest as man and wife.

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Wedding planner: Maria Sila, Tie the knot Santorini

Nicoles Gown: Helen English

Makeup: Renia Bledaki

  • Katie

    Every photo is just divine! Such a gorgeous wedding and beautifully captured xoReplyCancel

  • You’ve captured this wedding beautifully Nisha!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    I can’t wait for you to capture our day! XReplyCancel

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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