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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.

This chic garden wedding was a highlight for my New Zealand season this year. When Katie & Jonti first got in touch with me about their day I could tell that detail was important to them and they had an eye for style.

They married at one of my favourite Auckland venues, so secluded and beautiful – The Ambers bed and breakfast in silverdale. This venue is divine and features a stunning tree-lined driveway leading you into the gorgeous villa awaiting at the end. I spent the morning with Katie and her line up of victorias secret-esque bridesmaids at an exclusive cliffside auckland home overlooking the ocean. Meanwhile I was lucky enough to have Steph from Bubblerock shooting Jonti and the guys over at Room 104 in the city where they spent the morning being pampered and getting ready. See if you can spot Spencer, Jonti’s gorgeous little french bulldog in his custom made suit for the day. Absolutely dashing.

When Katie showed me her Inbal Dror wedding gown I just about fell over, actually I think I might have. It was like seeing a unicorn – just too beautiful that it just couldn’t be real. I don’t think I breathed in the entire moment whilst she put it on, just breath taking. Like so many of my couples, Katie & Jonti decided to optimise the time they spent with their guests by doing their photos beforehand – which meant I got to shoot a first look! The stunning cascading marble staircase was an easy choice and watching Katie float down behind a semi-nervous Jonti was one of my favourite moments of the day.

The ceremony was a perfect combination of  funny, romantic and laid back and we quickly moved into mingling, lawn games and divine canapes. The reception was much the same and it was easy to see in the speeches just how well loved these newlyweds are.

 

Credit where credit is due:

Katie’s Wedding gown | Inbal Dror

Bridesmaids dresses | The reformation – New York

Jonti’s suit | Crane brothers

Flowers | The botanist

Venue | The Ambers

Cass and Todd got in touch with me about a year ago enquiring about Melbourne city wedding photography. That subject line instantly had me excited because I adore the city of Melbourne in Australia and it’s one of my favourite places. I have known Cass since I was a teenager and as I’ve mentioned countless times it’s always a pleasure to photograph someone I know beforehand.

Cass is a kiwi born and raised and made the move over the ditch to be with Todd where they’re now settled. When they mentioned to me that their ceremony would be on Melbournes iconic Brighton beach my ears perked up. I immediately thought of Brighton beach in the UK of course, and low and behold Melbourne has it’s own tiny version of Brighton beach! Complete with gorgeous coloured changing sheds, a bit of a photographers dream to have so many elements to work with on the day.

The rain held off for the ceremony but came and went throughout the day, this couldn’t dampen everyones spirits though – I don’t think Todd & Cass would’ve noticed a tornado they are so in love.

Cass’s gown is by Mia Solano

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