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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

I spent Easter weekend doing some French alps engagement photography for Sarah & Paul, who are possibly two of the coolest people I’ve met. Paul owns a ski school and Sarah is a makeup artist (UK brides consider her!) and they spend half of their year in Meribel in the French alps. I was lucky enough to travel to this incredibly beautiful place to document a little bit of their lives there. The entire town reminds me of something you’d find inside a snow globe and we were lucky enough to get the snow to match. Highly unseasonable within April as it’s meant to be spring, it snowed for two days straight and being from NZ it was an absolute treat to witness.

Sarah & Paul just took such amazing care of me while I was there, including recommending a restaurant where I had the best meal of my life! They still couldn’t convince me to get into a pair of ski’s though…accident waiting to happen.

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This native new zealand engagement session took place in the North Island of New Zealand with the ever lovely Melissa & Josh. They first got in touch with me about a year ago and with Melissa being a photographer and Joshua a videographer, I instantly knew we were on the same page and I couldn’t wait to document them.

As you might imagine, these two are pretty keen on the great outdoors and spend alot of their free time exploring this wonderful country of ours. I’m a big believer in documenting something you love doing for your engagement session and this couldn’t be true enough for these two. Initially we had planned to shoot much further south and it would’ve involved almost a whole days drive, but Murphys law we awake the morning of their shoot to pouring rain southwards. They took the lead on the location for this one and led me to a beautiful and secluded bay an hour north of Auckland. It never ceases to amaze me how many hidden pockets of paradise New Zealand has.

Melissa & Josh actually get married tomorrow and I absolutely cannot wait, the crazy, beautiful energy these two have just can’t be contained and I know their wedding will reflect that too.