The Milk Station Otaki

Highlights from Second Shooting with Jenny Siaosi

I sometimes team up with Jenny from Siaosi Photography. I love being a second shooter,  it's a chance to shoot from a different perspective (which can be challenging at times) and get creative without so much time pressure. Plus I get to meet even more amazing couples! 

I usually bring a second shooter along to my own weddings at no extra charge. You receive a lot more coverage and it's great just having that extra hand to help the day go smoothly. 

Here are some of my favourite moments from the previous season with Jenny. 

First look Groom and Bride
Wairarapa wedding ceremony
Bride and Groom pop a bottle of Champagneon their wedding day
Bride and groom walking down the wedding aisle together
Bride holding her wedding dress
Kissing in the olive grove
Father walking his daughter to the wedding ceremony
Groom saying his wedding vows
Bridal party photos at The Milk Station, Otaki
Father of the Bride
Sunset over Wellington city

Top Wedding Venues Wellington

Choosing a wedding venue is normally one of the first things that couples decide on. Its a big decision so I hope this post will inspire you!

Most of the weddings I have shot have been in the Wellington and Wairarapa area. There are some gorgeous venues out there! Three of my favourites to shoot at are Lacewood in the Wairarapa , The Landing also in the Wairarapa and The Milk Station in Otaki. These venues are very accomodating for your ceremony and reception, plus they have beautiful grounds for bridal party photos. See a few images bellow. 

Lacewood - wedding venue wairarapa

Lacewood is an elegant country venue at Tuhitarata Estate, located in South Wairarapa. They can accomodate up to 200 guests and can provide overnight accommodation for 22 people during your wedding. The grounds consist of a 1860s homestead, a restored barn, cottages and 300 year old native bush on either side. Their philosophy is to provide excellent service, ensure the original atmosphere of Tuhitarata Estate is preserved and work closely with the best local suppliers.

Bride and Groom walking through long grass in wedding photos

The Landing - wedding venue wairarapa

The Landing is set amongst several beautiful gardens in Wairarapa.  They accommodate up to 100 people for wedding parties. Surrounded by oak trees and crab apple trees there is a renovated main house which is available for accommodation.

The Landing is a perfect outdoor wedding venue Wairarapa


The Milk Station - wedding venue wellington

The Milk Station located on the Kapiti Coast has contemporary character and a Mediterranean style. With many of its original features intact it is a recognised historical venue.  The main building dates back to 1926 and the original church 1893. It’s recent renovation is inspired by early Italian architects. For your wedding you can choose from indoor or outdoor spaces, make use of the five-star accommodation and have up to 200 guests.


Tips when choosing your venue:

Set the date but remember you cant control what the weather does - have a plan A and B incase the rain shows up at your summer wedding. I love photographing in the rain but I don't think your guests will be too keen on the idea! 
What sort of vibe do you want your wedding to have - formal or something innovative? Your location needs to fit with your ideas. Do lots of research. 
Think about travel time to your venue - are there any events on that may hold you or your guests up in traffic on the day? Allow extra time for road works. 
Communicate with the caterers when planning your timeline for the day - usually the bridal party photos slot in before the reception, we don't want to make you late for your meal, allow extra time if we need to travel to another location. 

Okay the thing is.. you might not need to spend mega bucks on that location everyone is talking about. There may be a location where you or your partner grew up, somewhere significant. You could find a location based on memories that you share together as a couple. There are endless possibilities and the decision is yours to make. Even if you can’t hold your wedding ceremony at that special place perhaps you can shoot your bridal party photos there. Team up with your photographer and go exploring to find the perfect spot to suit you.

Mediterranean Style Wedding at The Milk Station - Abby and Andrew

It was my pleasure photographing Abby and Andrew's wedding alongside Jenny Siaosi at The Milk Station. This was my first time shooting at The Milk Station and it is everything everyone raves about! The venue complimented Abby and Andrew's wedding perfectly. I love all the peachy pastel colours. Take a look at their special day..  

Groomsmen's bow ties and cuff links
Groomsmen writing his speech for wedding reception
Detail photos of the back of Brides wedding dress
Bridesmaid's wedding dresses
Bride looking at her bridal makeup in mirror
Bridesmaids ready to walk down the wedding aisle
Bride walking down wedding aisle at The Milk Station
The Milk Station Otaki
Bride and Groom exchanging wedding vows in garden wedding venue Wellington
The Milk Station Otaki
Bridesmaids laughing in wedding photos
Bride looking beautiful in her wedding photos
bride and groom
Detail photograph of wedding flowers
wedding photographer
Wellington wedding photography