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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

It gives me great pleasure to share this wedding with you all, Alyssa & Matt and everyone at their wedding just absolutely wore their heart on their sleeves and weren’t afraid to show the people they love, just how much they love them. Bit of a wedding photographers dream really. I’ve known Alyssa since school and I first had the privilege of photographing these two nearly two years ago now for their engagement session at Whangamata beach which was a true testament to how much they trusted me as they got up at 5am for it! I knew today would be special for so many reasons and it was an honour to be a part of it. They chose the waikato to have their wedding at the historic Woodlands venue in Gordonton. I always feel like waikato wedding photography is cheating a little bit because there are just vast expanses of beautiful landscape to shoot in!

I think Matt had the hands-down coolest groom-father of the bride end of the aisle moment I’ve ever seen, a handshake, brought into a big hug with enough tears in the room to flood a small city. These two went to so much effort to make sure they had the small, beautiful personal touches to their day that would make it unique and theirs. Alyssa’s flowergirl stole hearts as she sprinted down the aisle towards her Dad and the bridesmaids  in coral lace gowns were upstaged only by Alyssa herself.

The night finished with a semi-successful but very funny sky lantern release and dancing under the stars – a perfect evening with perfect company.

  • Alyssa Garratt

    A snapshot of our wedding day from our incredible photographer Nisha Ravji. Such beautiful photos that Matt and I will treasure forever. Thank you so much xxReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Edward-paul

    Just beautiful Alyssa & Matt…..HugzzReplyCancel

  • Clare Sokimi

    Wow – what an amazingly talented photographer Nisha Ravji Photography is. Alyssa Edward-Paul and Matt will be able to relive their day over and over with these wonderful memories. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Di Scott

    Stunning pictures Nisha!ReplyCancel

  • Dorothy Forrest

    Oh My Lissy XX I am crying all over again xx Just so so Beautiful XX Love you so very much xx Your Nanny XXXReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Edward-paul

    Beautiful photos. …!!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • such amazing photosReplyCancel

Engagement photography New Zealand

We’re pretty luck to live where we do, living in new zealand means we are absolutely spoilt for choice. And when you combine this with a lovely couple like Kady & Mike, who are willing to get up in the wee hours of the morning, do their hair and makeup and rock up for a sunrise shoot because we were on the east coast of the country – well it doesn’t get much better than that.

I’ve known Kady for years now and was so privileged when she asked me to photograph her wedding this February, not only is she stunning in front of the camera but she puts alot of work in behind it. She is the talented owner of be beautiful hair and makeup and I’ve had the pleasure of working along side her several times so it’s nice to see her in front of the camera and the star of the show finally!

Mike started out this session like so many of my grooms, not super into being photographed and a little bit hesitant. You definitely can’t tell from the images though – these guys just oozed natural chemistry and sometimes I think they just forgot I was there too!  See if you can spot the adorable and fun matching tattoos that these two have done…We had a fantastic time splashing about the rock pools and enjoying the serenity of having the entire bay to ourselves. That’s one thing I never stop marvelling at in this wonderful country of ours – at any given moment if you choose, you can drive less than an hour and have a stunning beach all to youreselves.