Here is a glimpse of some recent weddings I was lucky enough to capture.
Hannah and Jesse had a lovely Friday afternoon ceremony in front of the Surf Club at Mangawhai Heads. Mangawhai is my local beach and it was so much fun to do some exploring there with these two. Even though I have swum, run, surfed and rock-hopped there countless times, it's always great to see and enjoy this piece of paradise with a fresh perspective.
I spent a fantastic day with the lovely Kayla and super-cool Chris in and around Glenbrook south of Auckland on their special day. It was a really fun, relaxed wedding with lots of personal touches and a tonne of laughs.
Laura and Bernie were married in a stunning mid-winter ceremony at the rustic Woolshed in Matakana. It was a cool, but sunny day with the most beautiful white, wispy clouds streaked across the sky. Bernie and the boys prepped in Omaha, while the girls were at Laura's brother's place in Matakana.
Emma and Cam were married on a beautifully clear and calm winter's day in my local area Matakana. We had first met the previous year at the Weddings Matakana Expo and when they told me about their winter wedding plans, I was so excited as it's great working on days that aren't crazy-hot and there is always the chance of fantastic late-afternoon light.
Hayley and Olivier had a wonderful wedding at the stunning Castaways Resort in Waiuku. This is one of my favourite venues to photograph at, as I love the wild, black sand vistas of Kariotahi Beach. Hayley is a Kiwi, whilst Olivier is a Frenchman, so their wedding had some wonderful international touches and of course guests from all over the world who came to celebrate their love.
Hannah and Santi are such a fun, beautiful couple to be around and it was an absolute pleasure photographing their summer wedding at Kumeu Valley Estate. Santi is from Spain, so it was great to share in his Spanish language and culture, as well as meet his family and friends that had traveled so far to share in this wonderful day.
Lauren and Lance's wedding was set on a secluded private property out in the beautiful countryside of Maungatapere, just west of Whangarei. Lauren's dad has this meandering river, which runs though a glade on his land. It made the perfect spot on a roasting Northland day for these two love birds to tie the knot. Lance even built a bridge across the river to all their loved ones could keep their feet from getting wet. What a guy!
I had quite the adventure in January, shooting Anna and Ben's flawless wedding just out of Greytown. The ceremony and reception were both held on Ben's family farm, about an hour and a half north of Wellington. It was one of those days where things just went right! The weather, the venue, the guests, the bridal party - everything was amazeballs. Could it have been about 10º cooler... sure... but that just meant the beverages were that much more refreshing!
I had the privilege of seeing Ranita and Luke - two people who I can only describe as being madly in love, get married in fantastic fashion at the gorgeous St Francis Church in Devonport. Just quietly, I took one of the best full group shots ever with everyone in front of the Church and even managed to avoid getting hit by the passing traffic - love that 16mm lens!
Tristan is a happy guy - always up for fun. Never, in all the years I have known him have I seen him as happy as on the day he married Nicki. For me, seeing him, absolutely smitten, but also totally grounded and seeming to just float along with the bliss and splendor of every moment, was a truly moving experience. You know when you see two people that are so totally in love that nothing else seems to matter - there's just this bubble of sunshine that kind of draws in everything around them... that was Tristan and Nicki. Perfection
Sammy and James are madly in love with life, laughter and of course, each other. Like many couples these days, they met online, organised a date, then another, hit it off - big time. It didn't take long for James to realise he had met his match and the (second) love of his life Sammy - after his beautiful daughter Olive...
May and Mark had a beautiful Catholic wedding ceremony at Sacred Heart Parish in Ponsonby, followed by a stunning reception at Kauri Bay Boomrock. Family is incredibly important to this couple, with both families in attendance for the bride and the groom during the preparation. It was a busy morning, but so beautiful to see just how much this marriage meant to everyone - not just the two of them.
Chad and Louise are such a wonderful couple and their wedding day was such a pleasure to be a part of. They had a beautiful wedding ceremony in Leigh, in a small reserve across from the venue Valhalla. Louise actually grew up coming to a local bach in Leigh, so it was super-cool that we were able to go down to the boat sheds next to the old bach and get some shots.
I had an awesome time at Ascension Wine Estate in Matakana with Sam and David. I think it's fair to say that these two basically giggled and laughed their way through the whole day - at times I had to tell them off for smiling so much! With David being Jewish, I also got to learn a lot about Jewish wedding culture, such as raising the huppah (a cloth canopy above the couple at the ceremony),
I flew over to Sydney to shoot this amazing wedding of Steve and Jess in March 2017. At the time, New South Wales had just had massive storms, which had actually destroyed a lot of beachfront land and property. You're probably thinking "oh crap, wedding disaster ensues" but this is a perfect example of why rainy weather can be a blessing in disguise!