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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.

When I say this was a laid back summer wedding, it’s because Georgie & Nathan are two of the most easygoing and down to earth people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. From the moment we sat down for coffee I knew there was no way we weren’t going to be friends. Both Georgie & Nathan are pilots so you might remember their engagement session about a year ago where we appropriately shot at the low flying zone in Auckland where planes can go so low they dip their wheels in the water sometimes! I can’t believe how quick the time has gone between now and then and now they’re married!

I spent the morning out in the countryside with Georgie at her parents place, where I was instantly in love with Caesar – a five day old lamb who had taken up residence in the Roy’s lounge as his mother had passed away. I think you know you’re at a real kiwi wedding when there’s a lamb in the lounge and he’s not for eating! Georgie easily stole the show back however when she came out in that beautiful Alma J bridal gown and left us all breathless. This was nothing compared to Nathans reaction when he saw her at the end of the aisle! Hair and Makeup was done by the very talented Ali of Ali’s Makeup Station.

Their wedding was a bit of a photographers dream – their reception ended at 6pm which meant I had nearly two hours at sunset with them to shoot portraits, as you can probably tell by the pictures there’s almost nothing Nathan & Georgie would have done for me in these photographs creatively.

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When Laura & Matt first asked me to photograph their Cook islands wedding I couldn’t have been more thrilled, I’ve known them both since high school so it was so lovely to be able to document the wedding of two people I’ve known for over a decade. It was such a pleasure to travel to the beautiful island of Rarotonga to spend a few days with these guys and their closest family and friends.

I was lucky enough to spend a whole day with the wedding party the day before the big event and included snorkelling (Granted in torrential downpour), cocktail drinking and my favourite thing – Eating!. I think one of the best things about escaping to a beautiful island to have your wedding is that it instantly puts everyone in a relaxed mood and it’s impossible to be stressed!

Laura was an absolute vision as you can see from the images, and without a doubt my favourite moment was watching Matts face overcome with happiness as she came down the aisle. A beautiful ceremony on the beach was followed by canapes before I snuck the bridal party away to some pretty amazing scenery for portraits.

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A few months ago I had the opportunity to shoot a Cannes Wedding with the amazing Morgane & Brendan. These two have an incredible story, Brendan is Scottish and Morgane is French, they’ve travelled the world and are currently living in Singapore and decided to marry in the south of France! When they asked me to come along from London to spend a few wild days with their closest family and friends it was an easy choice! I’ll take the time here to also give a huge thank you to Zosia from Aparat photography for second shooting this with me. I absolutely couldn’t have done it without her and we had a fantastic time.

On the Wednesday we photographed the civil ceremony with an intimate group, I love how with legal weddings in France are conducted by the town’s mayor! Just amazing, like something out of a wes anderson film. On the saturday I spent the morning at a stunning chateau in the hills that Morgane had hired to spend with her girls and family. It was an absolute scorcher of  a day, hence the guys spending most of the morning in the pool! The church where they had the ceremony was one of the most beautiful I’ve had the pleasure been in and just had such a presence. We finished the afternoon at what has to be one of the most luxurious Chateau’s I’ve seen and had the pleasure of visiting. Morgane had a full cuban band which were I swear actually from Cuba!

  • ah such beaut work Nisha and Zosia!ReplyCancel

  • Patty Lagera

    Once again, my mind is blown by your work, Nisha and Zosia!!!! <3 <3 This is insanely amazing.ReplyCancel

I absolutely adore a Italian destination wedding, particularly when it takes place in the beautiful quaint little town of Santa Maria. Laura & Ben flew in from the UK and decided to have an intimate wedding of just immediate family and friends and escape to Italy and then throw a huge party on their return home as newlyweds! A wonderful idea and a brilliant way to do things. They were aided by the wonderful Julie of My Secret Italy who as always, flawlessly put together their beachside wedding full of tons of surprises for everyone. Including finishing the evening with fireworks out on the water as we watched absolutely enchanted from the sand.

It was such a privilege to travel from London to spend the time with these two amazing families and by the end of it I felt as if I’d known them a lifetime. Ben and Laura gave me complete creative freedom on the day including letting me take them up to Castellabate at sunset for some shots without letting me know that Ben has a fear of heights! He was such a trooper however and battled through with a grin on his face for most of it…