Waihoanga Lodge Otaki - Yuming and Bevan's wedding

Yuming and Bevan loved the idea of an outdoor wedding surrounded by nature. Waihoanga Lodge in Otaki was the perfect venue for making this happen.

The day started off with some rain which didn’t bother anyone. I loved the relaxed and easy going atmosphere. Yuming looked so beautiful in her red dress! Take a look.

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Peggy's Graduation Shoot - Wellington

Graduating from your studies can be one of the most memorable moments in your life. It’s a time to celebrate with your friends and family, and a time to reflect on all of your achievements.

Peggy and her family traveled to Wellington for her graduation ceremony. During the time they were here they wanted to document this occasion and explore the lower part of the North Island. We met up on the coast for a grad shoot.

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Boomrock Wedding - Lizzy and Luke

Luke and Lizzy started their day in Wellington City getting ready with friends and family, followed by their ceremony at St Mary of the Angels. This Chruch has to be one of my favourites in Wellington.

We then made our way out to Boomrock for their reception party, stopping for bridal party photos along the way. The view was stunning, as always!

I loved the delicate and modern details of this wedding, combined with the rustic wood textures of the pine forest and Boomrock.

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Bride getting ready for her wedding
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Bride putting on her wedding dress
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Bride putting on her wedding veil
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Groom tying his tie
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St Mary of the Angels Wellington Church
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Groom seeing his bride walk down the aisle
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Boomrock wedding reception
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Thank you to my second shooter Sam for coming along with me and to all the wonderful vendors involved!

Hair - Dollhouse Do
Make up - Amy McLennan
Flowers - Melissa Jane Flower Studio
Dress - Sally Eagle

Amanda's 30th Birthday at Sudbury

I love birthdays! It’s the perfect occasion to get together and celebrate. You can also use it as an excuse to have a ‘birthday month’, if you’re like me.

Friends and family came together to celebrate Amanda’s 30th birthday at Sudbury. I was asked to come along and take some photos. Take a look!

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If you’re having a birthday and want to remember the day with awesome photos, get in touch for more info!

Wedding Planning - Top Tips For Brides!

Wedding planning can feel overwhelming at times which is why I like to keep the photography side of things easy! I’ve put together some of my best tips and advice to help with your planning.

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YOUR WEDDING TIMELINE

It's best to chat with your vendors about a timeline for your wedding so we can help the day run smoothly. Here are some tips to keep in mind for your photos.

PREPARATION PHOTOS

Get your girls together and open the bubbles! Chat to your hair and makeup stylist about the best time to start your preparations in the morning and take into consideration what time your photographer will be arriving.

If you want photos of the guys suiting up, hold off putting your suits on until your photographer arrives. Sometimes an activity like throwing a ball around or a game of cards can look great in these photos, but if you just want to share a glass of whiskey with the lads that's cool with us too. 

Colourful bridal bouquets by Twig & Arrow

CONGRATULATIONS

Allow some time (maybe 20 minutes) after your ceremony for guests to come up and congratulate you, before jumping into family photos.  This is a special part of the day and your guests will want to hug and congratulate you!

LARGE GROUP PHOTO

Some couples choose to not do a large group photo of everybody. If you decide you would like one, it can be a good idea to do this shortly after the ceremony before guests separate around the venue too much.

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FAMILY PHOTOS

The formal family photos can take longer than expected and sometimes it can take 5 minutes per group. It can suit grandparents more to do these groups first so they can then relax.

BRIDAL SHOOT

It's becoming popular to have a 'first look' and your bridal shoot before your ceremony. This is definitely something to consider, I'm all for it. It's less traditional which might work for you, it also calms your nerves sooner!

Talk to your photographer about your own ideas for the bridal shoot. I recommend allowing 1-hour minimum for this part of the day, depending on the size of your bridal party Take into consideration adding on travel time if you are traveling to a different location.

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YOUR BRIDAL SHOOT

The bridal shoot is one of my favourite parts of the day! I like to start off with the whole bridal party and then the three of us separate from the group for couple photos, this is a chance for you two to have a breather and say 'Yay we are married!'

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KEY TIPS

- What time do you want to have your photos, is this going to provide you with the best light?
- Travel distance from your venue, is this going to give you less time for photos?
- Location, do you want beachy, urban, nature, landscapes? 
- Weather, is the location exposed to wind and is there any shade (bright sunny days require some shade)? 

If you're not too sure about the best time of day for photos or want some recommendations for a location, let me know! Sunset is always my favourite time to photograph, this might not work with your schedule but we can always sneak out during your reception for these shots. 

I love natural shots and I try to keep my directions to a minimum.  While you laugh and be in each others company I will be working my magic.

Hair by DollHouse Do Wellington

I’d love to hear from you. Involve your photographer and other vendors as much as possible. After all, we are here to help and make your wedding day awesome!