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Natalie + DominicMillar Road Wedding, Hawkes Bay

 

The Hawke’s Bay is such an amazing place to get married. The grass in summertime turns a golden yellow that is a dream to photograph, and the variety of locations you can utilise are huge. Think rolling hills, riverbeds, sandy or rocky beaches, white cliff walls, redwoods. Oh man, I could truly go on and on…but, I think I could paint this picture even better with some photos from Nat and Dom’s beaut late summer wedding at Millar Road.

The ceremony was held at Pukehou Church, the quaintest, sweetest church on State hi-way 2, and the party continued at the ever gorgeous Millar Road. 
Flagship Events provided the shelter while the minimalist tables were styled by Aleisha at Lucy Chase. The bride, Natalie, who is the owner of Wellington store: Let Liv, crafted her and Dom’s big day with a curatorial and design expertise.

All in all, the whole day was simply superb, filled with sun and laughter and I thoroughly enjoyed capturing it – thank you so much for having me Nat & Dom!

Dress by Juliette Hogan | Makeup by Josie Brenstrum
Flowers by Kim at Lushka Flowers | Marquee by Flagship Events | Tables and decor by Lucy Chase
Jaguar Mark II by Unique Car Rentals | Reception at Millar Road

 

 

Julia + GrahamThe Old Church Wedding, Napier

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Julia and Graham were married on a true blue spring day. Clear and bright with scattered sun showers, the day was electric with that kind of energy you get in early spring and the budding anticipation of two wonderful humans doing this crazy thing called marriage.

Their wedding had a touch of Old Hollywood inspiration with a heck of a lot of classic elegance. The bridesmaids wore tones of champagne and gold, topped with fur shawls. The men wore timeless tuxedos. The Old Church in Napier was perfect for their vision, made stunning by the amazing florals by Lushka.

When she first got in touch, Julia mentioned that she was planning on wearing red on her wedding day. I was sold straight away. She not only wore that amazing dress, she embodied it.
Bright and vivacious, I loved photographing her and Graham in the last light on the Tutaekuri Riverbed.

I’m so thrilled to share this wedding, not only because I think these two are gorgeous, but because I love encouraging those out there that are planning their wedding day to not shy away from picking a date in August or September.
Yes it will be a bit colder, but the light is to die for.

To the brides, how about colour. Sure, not everyone can wear red on their day, but there are so many gorgeous shades of pastel or metallic tones which absolutely sing in photos.

Go on, embrace the extraordinary, like Julia and Graham.

Dress by Angela at Swish Bridal Design | Hair by Suzanne Hardy | Makeup by Cushla Bower | Flowers by Lushka | Groom attire by Ted Baker Tuxedo | Getting Ready location at Blackbarn Retreats | Ceremony & Reception at The Old Church, Hawkes Bay

 

 

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Florence + EvanCornwall Wedding, England

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Florence and Evan were married on a historic family estate on the south coast of Cornwall.

The wedding was an intimate black tie affair with family and friends traveling from the States, New Zealand, Denmark, Norway… the list goes on.

I was so excited to photograph these two not just because I think I think that they are wonderful humans, but because I knew that experience of a black tie Cornish wedding would be something unlike a lot of the weddings I usually capture in New Zealand and I was not disappointed.

Everything about their day was packed with significance: from the gorgeous old home with a maze of hallways covered in Victorian style family portraits, to the foxglove bouquet that Florence gathered from the surrounding fields, right down to her beautiful dress made by her mother and the watch gifted to Evan the morning of the wedding.

All around were humbling reminders of the past, the passing beauty of the present and the hope for what is to come.

Thank you for sharing your day with me Evan and Florence.

Dress by Susanna Wilson | Hair by Trevor Boyd | Makeup by Karoline Jesson | Flowers by the bride | Groom attire by Moss Bros.
Ceremony at Tregaminion Chapel | Reception at Menabilly | Photos on location at Tregrehan Gardens

 

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Katie + RobSt Georges and By George! Auckland Wedding

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Katie and Rob were married at St Georges in Epsom- the one with the actual wedding bells.

Having known Katie and Rob for some time I knew that they would have a well-considered yet unconventional approach to their wedding and they did not disappoint. The whole day was packed to brim with their individual style helped along by friends and family. Rob’s Mum and Aunt Ruth crafted the foraged flower bouquets using colours picked from Rob’s family tartan while Katie’s Dad married the couple in a hilarious and relaxed ceremony that suited them just right.

The bridesmaids were decked out in deep shades of gold, sky blue and navy while Katie’s dress was the definition classic simplicity; a perfect combination of vintage lace with a modern cut.

I love the joy and laughter Rob and Katie shared throughout their day despite the pouring rain that graced us half way through the photos. Playful and generous in their the love, the pair have no pretense about their life together. Shaped by years of friendship, the whole day was a reflection of their togetherness, where their unique personalities both find a home.

Vintage Dress by Linda McCarthy studio, reconstructed by Kate Tomson | Bride hair & MU by Karenina Jackson
Maids Hair by Monique Byrne & MU by Heidi Kauta| Bridesmaids wore assorted Penny Sage and Miss Crabb
Flowers by Helen Betts and Auntie Ruth | Groom attire by House of Scotland Kilt
Groom and Groomsmen shirts by Our Legacy | Cars are Neil Tolich’s Buick, Renee Duncan’s BMW, James Siever’s Land Rover
Reception at By George! in Kingsland

 

 
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Twenty FifteenA Year In Review

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Yesterday I put the finishing touches on my final wedding of 2015.

And while last year didn’t bring us self tying shoelaces and hoverboards it did bring me personal growth, a new home town and encounters with some true blue people. So thank you all you beautiful humans for inviting me into your magical and unique worlds and allowing me to capture it through my eyes.

Here’s to you guys.

Special thanks also to Greta at Together Journal  | Everyone at A Bit More Soul | Kate at Magnolia Rouge | Soph and Si of Bayly and Moore | Natalie McNally | Homestyle Magazine | Sony at Truly and Madly | Urbis Magazine | Blackbird Gem and all the vendors, blogs and amazing photographers who have supported me and given me a thumbs up emoji when I needed one.

 

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Mark + ChristyCentral City and Kumeu, Auckland Wedding

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Mark and Christy were married at Mt Albert Methodist.

She rocked up in a friend’s classic Mercedes- grey blue and packed with memories they shared together. I could tell that Mark and Christy were a couple that everyone adored. Those that attended their ceremony couldn’t seem to contain their joy. Matthew Hutching, a groomsman and member of Christy’s band The Bonnie C, played Amazing Grace on the pedal steel guitar during the ceremony and the peaceful hush that feel over the church was beautiful.

I absolutely loved the casual nostalgia these two brought to their day. The super 8 film cameras panning the background in every shot, classic cars, tea and cake in the church hall and I’ve never seen a guy pull off a cravat like Mark did. Christy oozed grace and ease in her amazing two piece dress, and I had a blast cruising the city with the bridal party, drinking Giant craft beer and Champagne.

Christy and Mark brought something to their wedding day that you can’t conjure or learn from a Pinterest top ten list.
They brought authenticity and pure childlike joy and it was an absolute pleasure to capture.

Dress by Colleen Harrison | Hair by Chris at French Revolver Studio | Make Up by Marine Dogliano at Phoenix Cosmetics |  Flowers by Eden from The Botanist  | Flower Hair Wreath by Jess Emerson | Suit by Dave and Rob at Suits on Broadway |  Damler from Terry at First Class Classics  | Reception at a friends barn in Kumeu, Cindy and Mark Brickell

 

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Ashley + JohnnyPoderi Crisci, Waiheke Island Wedding

Meet Ashley and Johnny. Their Waiheke wedding was blessed with weather to die for, incredible food and wine at the perfectly rustic Poderi Crisci Cellar and the most amazing flowers and table decor I have ever laid eyes upon-thanks to the infinitely talented botanical styling of Annie O.  Ashley and Johnny put so much love into their big day, and it showed. Surrounded by their nearest and dearest with wine barrels in a dark, moody cellar, along with a seemingly unending supply of delicious Italian cuisine. You really can’t get much better than that. Special thanks to Jonny Davis for being my second shooter on the day.

 

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