The Landing at Homebush wedding - Marie & Matt

Everything about Marie and Matt’s day was the ultimate photography dream! It was also really special having my sister and her partner as guests at the wedding, as well as my talented partner Karl who was shooting video. Marie looked stunning and The Landing at Homebush was the perfect location for photos.

Dress by Maggie Sottero
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Dress: Maggie Sottero
Make up: Charlotte Wilson Beauty
Hair: Kirsty Macrae
Catering: Blue Carrot 
Groom Suits: Barkers Menswear 

Planning your Wedding - Preparing for your family photos

When it comes to family photos I understand how tedious this part of the day can feel for the Bride and Groom, as well as their guests. If you have a big family and a short period of time to do these photos it can become overwhelming. Here are a few tips that always work really well for my couples.

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Make a list of the different groups you want photographed, including which members of the family are involved (it can be a good idea to write individual names so we don’t miss anybody). Reading from a list will be much faster and easier than winging it on the day.

Think about the order in which you do the groups. It can be a good idea to take photos with grandparents first so they can then relax.

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If you have an MC (or any family member) ask if they can help by gathering people from your list and keeping them near so when their name is called they can be ready.


Family photos can take longer than expected, sometimes 5 minutes per group. Taking the photograph is really quick, but finding guests and getting everyone into place is where time slips away on us.

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If you have younger children involved with your family photos I think the biggest piece of advice is to just go with the flow. They may not want to do it, I have a few tricks up my sleeve but sometimes it’s a matter of waiting for a different moment to get photos with them.

Martinborough Tree Church Wedding - Rachel and Edward

Rachel and Edward travelled from Auckland to Martinborough to tie the knot. I spent the morning with the girls at Rachel’s family farm. I always love being out in the country since I grew up on a farm and instantly felt inspired by my surroundings.

Rach and her bridesmaid’s looked amazing! The forest green bridesmaid dresses were a great colour, earthy tones are always good. Another detail which caught my eye were the flowers used for the reception decor. Rachel hand picked these from Holbrook forest Garden in Carterton. This added a personal touch!

While I was with the girls, my second shooter Ana from Moonflower Photography caught up with the guys before heading off to Martinborough Tree Church for their ceremony. Thanks for spending the day with us Ana!

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Thanks to all the wonderful vendors involved, it is always a pleasure working with you and bringing the day together.

Flowers: Beverly from Tree Top Flowers Martinborough 
Flowers on the tables were picked by Rachel from Holbrook forest Garden in Carterton 
Make up: Emily Bertram from Masterton 
Dress: The Kate Moss designed and made by Jane Yeh Auckland 
Mens Suits: Barkers 
Food: Salt street food
Celebrant: Reverend Steve Thomson
Band: The Relatives and Uncle Monkey Wellington 
Ceremony venue: Tree church Martinborough 
Reception: Ata rangi vineyard  

Planning your Wedding - Hair tips with Dollhouse 'Do

I often hear brides say “I don’t know where to start” when it comes to planning their wedding. There are so many articles online telling you what not to do and how you should have your wedding day, it can be overwhelming. Talking with your vendors can be really helpful. We are here to help with the planning process and then turn your ideas into a reality.

I caught up with Natasha from Dollhouse ‘Do to get some of her best tips when it comes to hair styling. Not only is she so much fun to be around, but her hair designs are amazing and I recommend her to all brides!

What are some of your favourite hair styles and what have been the biggest trends so far for 2019? 

A lot of people are wanting that soft-romantic-whimsical-undone look. That, or Hollywood Glamour waves. There are two photos that 80% of brides send me, no lie. My biggest advice is to keep scrolling on Pinterest and Instagram. There are many photos past those first two! Braids are really popular too, especially for bridesmaids. 


Hair up or hair down? This one can have an impact on photos, I love natural curls left down but in Wellington we are always up against the wind. What are some key aspects that brides should consider when choosing a style? 

Picking your hairstyle comes down to 5 components:
-Venue (indoor/outdoor/weather)
-Dress (high neck/ strapless/heavily detailed/simple?)
-Theme (so many to choose from)
-Hair type (thick/thin/long/short/coloured)
-Face shape (Do you want strands framing your face/ears covered?) 

When looking on the internet for inspo, look for photos of models that have similar condition/quality hair to you. If you want big Hollywood glamour curls, and you have short/thin hair, you will be disappointed. But there are so many other great styles for that hair type!

I sometimes have brides who want the soft "wispy" bits at the front around their face, but they haven't had them cut prior to the wedding day, so then the long strands at the front come across very 90's. I have often been handed blunt kitchen scissors on the day to cut those bits in. Just be prepared so we don't have to do anything crazy!


Why are hair trials a must?

I need to make sure that that picture that you sent to me for inspo of Reece Weatherspoon on the red carpet is going to be able to happen. We don't want heartbreak on the day when we find out your hair won't hold in that style. I need to make sure you are feeling confident and beautiful with out worrying about your hair on the day.

It's also for timing. During your trial we determine how much time you need on the day, we will then have accurate timelines for the day and everything will run to schedule. If you have your hair down, it's good to get a gauge to see how long the curls lasted/when they dropped. We can always use different methods and products to achieve different holds, so if they fell out quickly we can change our technique to make sure that doesn't happen on the day.

It's also to make sure I am comfortable with your chosen style. I imagine it would be very stressful if I had never seen your hair before and had to make it pretty on the biggest day of your life. Trials are a must, trust me!


Do you have any hair care tips for brides leading up to their wedding day? In particular, the day before?

Make sure you have "day old hair'“ (that it hasn't been washed freshly on the day). If your hair is too clean it will not hold as well, and we need your hair to survive for 12 hours and through a lot of dancing.

If you wan't "wispy bits" to complete your soft style, make sure you get them cut before the day.

Wear a robe or a button up on the day, would hate for you to accidentally mess your hair up when taking off your t-shirt.

One last tip, it’s a good idea to have your hair dry and brushed before I arrive, you don't want timelines thrown off because we have to dry hair or brush out a birds-nest. 

One piece of final advice you give to your brides?

Your wedding day can feel like a circus, just remember that you are in complete control of everything and you are the one who gets the make the final decisions, so don’t be afraid to speak up. You are the Ring Master and we are there to help you make sure you put on an excellent show!