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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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This riverside engagement session features the lovely Rebekah and Matt whom I had the pleasure of meeting just over a year ago. I actually attended high school and remain friends with Matts sister Laura and travelled to Rarotonga in October to document her wedding! It’s always extra special when I get to photograph people from my home town.  It’s easily one of the best parts of my job – when I attend a wedding and there are already so many familiar faces, not only does it make the job easier but I feel like I’m continuously attending one big gorgeous family reunion.

We didn’t venture far for this session and it’s just on the banks of the waikato river. I know I’ve said this time and time again but we really do live in a wonderful country where locations like this are always just a stones throw away. We had a beautiful evening and the entire area to ourselves, bar a few thousand mosquitos who did get a small feast sadly. The local bridge pictured here is quite iconic in the area and I feel silly that I’ve never thought of shooting on it previously – it really is a remarkable structure.

These guys tie the knot this Saturday in the Coromandel and I’m dying to see this gorgeous girl in her dress!
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When you get a beautiful sunset engagement I obviously have no control over it – but when it does happen I’m left in awe every time. My friend Alexa calls this a “The world is amazing” moment. And during this session I had plenty of those. I am so crazy excited to share this beautiful engagement session with you guys today as I had so much fun working with this beautiful pair. They gave me complete and utter creative control and as many of you who are fellow photographers will know – this is when you can create your best work. We shot this pre wedding session in Taupo in the central north island of New Zealand. Atop of a hill in some local farm land there was fantastic views across the lake and beyond and when that sun went down – I swear I was cartwheeling.

Yes this started out as a seemingly perfect sunset engagement shoot, and it was by many accounts however you’ll notice towards the end of the shoot there’s a pretty rad looking van featured. These guys arrived in this van and told me it had recently been purchased for a two month road trip around New Zealand (living the dream right?!), keeping in mind we were shooting at the top of a hill I thought it did pretty well to get up there in the first place. However hilarity ensued when we realised it just wasn’t going to start on it’s own, so there’s some pretty funny shots of these two push starting it to head home at the end of the session.

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What I love about when it comes to waikato wedding photography, is more often than not you have mutual friends with the couple, or you end up being friends, or your friends are at the wedding! I think this is the case with most weddings in new zealand perhaps, being such a smaller and wonderfully friendly country.

Anyway I digress, but this was the case with myself and the very gorgeous Kirsty & Cody – who are good friends with my good friend Mel, hence how we came to meet and I came to document their day and gain two new friends in the process. It was an absolute stunner of a day, perfect sunshine reflecting out on the waikato as I made my way down south to red barn. Both families got ready in seperate gorgeous homes so I set off for the girls first. The usual mayhem of hair and makeup was in full swing and I just about fell over when I saw Kirsty’s beautiful lace, blush tone gown. Back over at the boys however they had one poor groomsman tying all of the ties as is often the case!

 

Without a doubt my favourite moment of the ceremony was watching Kirsty and her father laugh their way down the aisle, and watching Cody belting out the words to John legends “all of me” in an attempt to keep the floodgates closed. An absolutely beautiful ceremony for a gorgeous couple.

 

Kirstys gown by Maggie Sottero

Makeup by Tessa Aitchison

Hair styling by Jodi Mazzola