Brigham Creek wedding photos – Brook & Leigh’s sneak peek!

Hi guys!

On Friday – we had the pleasure of photographing Brook & Leigh’s beautiful wedding at Brigham Creek.

Amber, Holly, and I began our day around at the boys place… where we discovered that the colour theme was black & red & white. The guys all had red socks – and a little ‘survival kit’… along with a hip flask :)
It’s funny – usually the groomsmen are needing to smuggle the hip flask in, but today it was officially sanctioned!

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Leigh had found these amazing cufflinks for Brook on Etsy – perfectly suited, considering his occupation..

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I don’t think that this smile left Brook’s face all day.

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We then headed up the road to the girls place, where things were in the final stages of readiness. It’s always so exciting, to see all the details, and planning, and preparation falling into place!
All the bouquets were done by Amy at Keepsake Bouquets – such perfectly detailed flax weaving! And so cool, that they’ll last forever.

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There were still a few decisions left to make, however..

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(for the record, red shoes for the photo shoot, and white for the ceremony – best of both worlds!)

Leigh’s bridesmaids were fantastic – and proved to be expert dress lacer-uppers too.

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Leigh looked amazing in her gown!

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We had time for a couple of quick photos with the bridesmaids…

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And then it was time to clear the decks – as the boys had arrived – and it was time for Leigh & Brook to see one another for the first time.

I just love this next shot – to me, it tells a story of anticipation, nerves, excitement, emotion – all in one deep breath.

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After they had the chance to take it all in, and a few minutes recounting the morning’s events from either side – we headed off for some shots with the bridal party, before the ceremony.

First stop – a cool old shed / yard with some interesting rustic wood textures, some long grass, biddy bids, blackberry – pretty much everything you’d rather NOT be standing in!! Still… beauty is pain ;)

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I love how the red tones in the shed (and even sometimes the stalky grass things) work in with the red in the bouquets :)

Afterwards, we headed off to a private residence nearby – which had a beautiful grove of willow trees shading the lawn (by this time, the sun was nice & warm – and the shade was a welcome respite… plus the added bonus of great light)

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Down the back was also a lovely little chestnut orchard:

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It was time for the boys to leave (well, actually a little bit past time… but sssshhh)… so we took the last few minutes opportunity to grab a couple of last shots of Leigh, before we too headed off for the ceremony.

I love this ivy wall!

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Down at Brigham Creek, the guests were gathered on the lawn, and the paper lanterns were in place!

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The boys made their entrance to a Metallica song… and our favourite celebrant of all time, ever, (and Amber’s mum!) – Peta Hardley – gathered the guests in close.

Leigh arrived with a V8 rumble, in the (conveniently red) Holden:

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And the bridesmaids began their walk up the aisle.. each with a flowergirl / page boy in hand.

Nawww…..

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One of my favourite parts of having the pre-ceremony photos is that by the time you’re walking up the aisle – you have much more chance to ‘take it all in’. And Leigh was doing just that!

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Each of the parents came forward to give their children away to each other:

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And there were readings by friends & family (one being an extract from Sex & the City!!)

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I just love the way these two look at one another.

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After the ceremony… they had a photo with their baby – bowtie & all!

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Meanwhile – the kids were being seriously cute – bouquet in one hand, tippee cup in the other! Bless.

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While I photographed the group & family photos – Amber headed into the restaurant for a peek at the setup:

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mnnnn… place settings… that double as cupcakes…. (or should it be the other way around..)

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Technically… we had done all the photos. But then we found a field.
It was in the back of our minds that we’d love to get a nice big sweeping shot… and after a quick scout, Amber discovered this gorgeous spot. Permission granted (people always look at you a bit sideways when you ask if you can take wedding photos in their paddock… they mustn’t be able to envisage it’ll look like these photos below!)

So we sidled up to Leigh… heeeyyyyy Leeeiiggghhh….. can we ask a littllleeee favouurrrr pleeeasssee……. just jump in our car, we’ll pop down the road for 10 minutes, and it’ll be really really cool.

And it so was.

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This is just a tiny selection of our favs from the day (and it’s so hard to narrow it down to just this many!) – and there are plenty more to come.

If you haven’t ‘liked’ our Facebook page yet (I almost typed “licked” but that’s entirely different) – do so, and you’ll get the recent photos pop up in your news feed – and keep in touch with our latest creations :)

Leigh & Brook – thank you so much for having us along to be part of your day!
We had such a great time – and there’ll be many more photos to come!

Isaac, Amber, and Holly.

St Matthew in the City wedding photos – Nathan & Gabrielle’s Life FM wedding season wedding!

Hey guys,

So on Monday – we photographed the winners of the Life FM ‘Wedding Season’ – Nathan & Gabrielle – on their gorgeous wedding day.

If you haven’t heard of it – basically, the concept of the ‘Wedding Season’ is that LifeFM organized a huge range of vendors across the board to donate their time / services – and then ran a competition where a couple could win an awesome wedding with basically everything taken care of – venue, dress, photos, video, flowers, cake, etc etc etc.

Nathan & Gabrielle were the eventual winners – and were such an awesome couple to work with!

Our day began around at the girls place…

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Gabrielle was a stunning bride!

Then we were off to St Matthew in the City – where the church was packed to capacity with their guests.
Nathan & his groomsmen were waiting down the back of the aisle – and made their own entrance (complete with some cool antics – piggyback included!

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Gabrielle looked so happy coming down the aisle with her dad..

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Nathan as he saw Gabi for the first time:

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Nathan’s Dad was the officiant for the wedding, which was so nice – what an amazing experience, to be able to perform the marriage ceremony for one of your children.
It’s a lovely memory for me too, as Amber’s Mum Peta (who is a celebrant) did our wedding ceremony – so very special.

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Here’s everyone!

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A little bit of drizzle had begun outside… but of course, we had our wet backup options all planned out (because we need to think of these things!!) – so kicked off at a couple of indoor spots…

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Staying with the indoor theme… just adding upside down lamps into the mix!

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Reflections.

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The rain had cleared & the sun was out (typical, Auckland!) – so we headed off to our last spot at the Parnell Rose Gardens.

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We managed to avoid most of the traffic on the motorway as we headed back out to their reception venue – Carrington’s – on the Unitec campus.

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They had a cool paper lantern + photograph train strung between the trees..

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Nathan & Gabrielle arrived – and from there, I’m sure the night just got better & better :)

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Thanks for being awesome, Nathan, Gabrielle, and the bridal party!! We had a great time working with you :)

And thanks also to Life FM for coordinating an amazing event, and having us as one of your vendors – we really appreciate it!

Until next time,

Isaac, Amber, and Mat.

St Matthew in the city & Auckland Museum wedding photos – John & Louisa’s sneak peek!

Hi guys,

On Saturday, we had the pleasure of photographing John & Louisa’s wedding – at St. Matthews in the City, a photo shoot around Auckland, and then reception at the Auckland Museum.

Our day began at the boys’ place, where John and his groomsmen were ready to roll.

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We then raced down to the Hyatt hotel, where Louisa and bridesmaids were looking stunning. We busied ourselves with the detail photos…

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And then it was time for Louisa to put on her gorgeous gown, custom made by our favourite designer – Anna Schimmel. And what a gown it was – exquisite.

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Then it was jewelry on…

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And time for a few quick shots before we left – there was some gorgeous window light coming in that really worked with the detailing on the dress…

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And Louisa just fell into ‘classic / elegant / composed’ naturally!

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Downstairs in the lobby, a few shots with Louisa and her gorgeous bridesmaids..

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And then off to St. Matthews – where the boys & guests were waiting expectantly.

Inside, there were some patches on sunlight falling through the windows – and as Louisa and her dad came up the aisle, Amber nailed the exposure just as they hit the sun… creating this awesome spotlight effect..

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While from the front I was able to catch the other side of the action…

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Their ceremony was beautiful – and the priest did a fantastic job, very intimate & interspersed with a very sharp sense of humour!
And the setting… well, what can I say?

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After the ceremony, we headed off for some photos.

At the first location, Louisa was very brave, getting out onto the wobbly, skinny plank over the water… but the results are worth the effort!

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It was SO HOT in the sun outside – so we made for our second location, and the welcome shade.
However… when we arrived, we discovered we were sharing the shade.

With a bunch of sheep.

Which was fine, except for the need to step carefully around all the things on the ground that are naturally associated with sheep!

Eventually, we found a spot clear enough to get everyone in together.

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As the bridesmaids & groomsmen made their way (carefully) back to the cars, we sneaked a few more shots with John & Louisa..

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Back in the cars – and next stop the summit… where some epic skies awaited us.

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It was nearly time to head back for the reception… so we made our way down to the Museum – where we finished up our bridal party shoot…

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Then… we were really mean – as we said that we were all finished… and no sooner were the words out of our mouths, we noticed some gorgeous light under a nearby tree… so off we trundled for a couple more – thanks guys for being patient with our whims, the shots look beautiful so it was worth the extra few minutes :)

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The guests had started to arrive – and we headed inside to catch some candid shots, while Louisa went upstairs to get changed, into a second beautiful gown – that she wore for the remainder of the evening…

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The venue was amazing – the room is set in a circle, with 360 degree views – stunning.

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I’m going to start training this little guy up… not only can he take photos, but you should see him dance!!

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It was time to sit down & sample the gorgeous food (it was AMAZING) – and also the staff & service – top notch. Check out Austins catering for fantastic food & restaurant quality service – we were really impressed.

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Friends and family gave speeches – which resulted in plenty of laughter :)

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John & Louisa went around all the tables to talk with each of the guests, and a toast at each one (luckily, they were still walking in a straight line when they headed back to the bridal table!)

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Just as the sun went down and the last light was fading from the sky, we stole them for a quick photo behind the fairy light curtain – they were all reflecting off the glass, and the warm tones of the indoor lighting makes for an electric blue sky outside..

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There was a little commotion going on towards the dancefloor… so we headed over… to discover that our little photographer from above in this blog post.. was putting on some dance moves, much to the delight of the crowd!

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DJ Andy Wilson
was quick to notice, and shifted the tempo up a few notches..

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So cute!! These kids kept going all night too… oh to have those same energy levels!

John & Louisa cut their wedding cake, and did the traditional ‘feed each other a piece of cake’… as I shot this image, I managed to catch a guest’s camera flash at the exact same split second – making for a great backlight!

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Then the dancing got underway – beginning with a lovely father / daughter dance..

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And then John & Louisa’s turn to impress…

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After which their guests came and joined them on the dance floor, and the party was well underway!

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And so on, and so forth – partying on into the night!!

Fast forward >>>>>>>>>>>>>

Two days passed >>>>>>>

And then today, we caught up with John & Louisa again, for a ‘Trash the Dress’ shoot down at Karekare Beach – before they head back home to London on Friday.
This is really a ‘sneak peek of the sneak peek’ – but I couldn’t resist just sharing a couple of them now…

So here’s what we did today:

Anna: You’ll be pleased to see we kept your gown dry…

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Trash the Dress Auckland

But Louisa’s second dress maybe got a little wet…

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Trash the Dress Auckland

Trash the Dress Auckland

And there’ll be more from this shoot in a later blog post :)

Enjoy this little collection of photos from your day(s) – and we’ll have more for you soon!

Isaac, Amber, and Melissa.

Long Bay Wedding Photos – Aaron & Melissa’s sneak peek!

Hey guys,

On Friday, we headed out to Long Bay again, for our second wedding there in 2 days!

This time though, the sun was shining, and it was hot!

Our day kicked off with the boys’ prep shots – we headed down to Albany and caught up with Aaron, who also had his 2 brothers as groomsmen.

Mum was there too, helping him tie his tie…. with a helping hand from a chair for height!

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Long Bay Wedding Photos

There were some cool lights there too, giving us a nice warm background.

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Long Bay Wedding Photos

Finally, we finished off with a couple of cool shots in the motel’s carpark – cool light & interesting lines running everywhere:

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Around at the girls’ place, Melissa was getting ready in the Sentinel – super high up on the Takapuna coast. There were some awesome views from the top of the tower…

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Melissa had a friend from London come back to be her bridesmaid, and also her brother as a ‘Brides-man’… and he was fantastic at doing up bracelets!

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Long Bay Wedding Photos

Melissa looked stunning in her dress – and had the most gorgeous, happy smile on her face the entire day :)

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There were some cool downlights in the hallway… we had to move a strange family of bunny rabbits to get this shot… true story.

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Down at Long Bay, the guests were gathered by the beach, the music started (courtesy of an awesome speaker box that Aaron had built – involving a car battery, an amp, and some 6×9 speakers), and Melissa arrived. Here’s what Aaron thought of it…

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Beautiful speckly light…

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Such a lovely ceremony – very real & intimate.

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Afterwards, we headed around the area for some photos with Aaron, Melissa, and their bridal party.

We lugged the lights all the way down to the rocks… so I thought it was only fair to use them…

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Long Bay Wedding Photos

But once we got down there, we saw that what mother nature was giving us was perfect anyway…

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Long Bay Wedding Photos

Long Bay Wedding Photos

Long Bay Wedding Photos

Then we met up with the bridal party over at the sand dunes…

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Long Bay Wedding Photos

The sun was getting hotter and hotter (as was the sand, scorching our feet!) – so the move to shade proved to be a popular call!

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Long Bay Wedding Photos

Long Bay Wedding Photos

Long Bay Wedding Photos

Long Bay Wedding Photos

Long Bay Wedding Photos

Long Bay Wedding Photos

We finished up down the road with some shots on the beach at Waieke – so that we could incorporate Rangitoto into the background.. as it has special significance to Melissa, having grown up on the shore!

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Long Bay Wedding Photos

Long Bay Wedding Photos

Long Bay Wedding Photos

Our day finished up back at Long Bay restaurant – where we left Aaron & Melissa to party on & enjoy their evening!
It was heaps of fun, and they were just the sweetest couple – thanks heaps guys for having us along to share a part in your day!

More photos to come soon :)

Isaac & Amber.

Gracehill Kumeu Wedding Photos – Matt & Paula’s sneak peek!

Hi guys,

On Sunday, we headed out for our third wedding of the weekend (and the third day in a row that I forgot to wear any sunscreen, which I’m still paying for!) – photographing Matt & Paula’s wedding at Gracehill, in Kumeu.

We stopped on our way to the boys’ place and collected Melissa, who was assisting us – and then carried on through.

When we arrived, the guys were ready to roll – and we took a few shots indoors…

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Gracehill Kumeu Wedding Photos

Gracehill Kumeu Wedding Photos

Before migrating outside – where we played around with the light a little…

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Album cover – anyone??

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Then we headed out to Kumeu, where we caught up with Paula, her bridesmaids, and family – as they were getting ready. Paula is one of 11 sisters… it was a very full little B&B!!

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There’s always time to check one more txt..

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Gracehill Kumeu Wedding Photos

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Gracehill Kumeu Wedding Photos

Gracehill Kumeu Wedding Photos

Paula was perfectly graceful and elegant…

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Gracehill Kumeu Wedding Photos

And traveled to the ceremony in her Dad’s Mercedes – which was really special.

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Paula’s father met her at the bottom of the stairs, and walked her down the aisle. This is always one of my favourite moments…

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Gracehill Kumeu Wedding Photos

Gracehill Kumeu Wedding Photos

At the end of the ceremony, they cut the cake, and then had a surprise first dance – which was beautifully choreographed – and awesome to photograph!

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After some photos with the bridal party around the grounds at Gracehill…

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Gracehill Kumeu Wedding Photos

We spent the remainder of the time with just Paula & Matt – where we captured some gorgeous, romantic images.

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Gracehill Kumeu Wedding Photos

Gracehill Kumeu Wedding Photos

The late afternoon light was perfect – trickling through the trees…

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Gracehill Kumeu Wedding Photos

Gracehill Kumeu Wedding Photos

Gracehill Kumeu Wedding Photos

Gracehill Kumeu Wedding Photos

Gracehill Kumeu Wedding Photos

Gracehill Kumeu Wedding Photos

Matt & Paula – thanks so much for trusting us to capture these images for you – it was a fantastic experience to be involved in your wedding day – and these shots are only just a taste of what’s yet to come!

Isaac, Amber, and Melissa.

Red Barn Matamata wedding photos – Steve & Ashley’s sneak peek!

Hi guys,

On Saturday, we headed down to Matamata to photograph Steve & Ashley’s wedding at the Red Barn. It was the first time we’d had the chance to shoot here – so we were excited to get out & play in some new locations!

Our day began with the boys, who were relieved to see that the torrential rain from the day before had stopped, and the sun shining.

Steve was looking very sharp in his suit…

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Red Barn Matamata wedding photos

Red Barn Matamata wedding photos

We hauled the big lights out of the car & set up this shot in the backyard – this is almost straight out of camera, hardly any Photoshop apart from a slight bump in the contrast. But essentially, this is what we saw on the back of the screen – nice, punchy colours from the lighting.

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Then it was off to the girls place, down the road.

This shot of Ashley’s dress is again almost out of camera – the dark vignette around the image comes from the flash being restricted down so it only lit a small section of the wall & dress. It’s cool being able to see the scenery outside too (although Ashley’s dad will be disappointed that none of his llamas feature in the background!)

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Ashley looked gorgeous in her dress – and it was also great to see Sam (bridesmaid here) and Alan (groomsman) again – we photographed their wedding a year ago, and Steve & Ashley were in their bridal party!

Red Barn Matamata wedding photos

Red Barn Matamata wedding photos

The chandelier in the foreground really sets off this gorgeous, warm shot…

Red Barn Matamata wedding photos

We headed outside for a few shots with the girls…

Red Barn Matamata wedding photos

Red Barn Matamata wedding photos

Red Barn Matamata wedding photos

Red Barn Matamata wedding photos

And then it was off to the Red Barn – where the guests had arrived, and everything was set to go.

Red Barn Matamata wedding photos

Red Barn Matamata wedding photos

I always feel a little nervous for the Best Man at this point… but Ben did a perfect job of not losing the rings!

Red Barn Matamata wedding photos

Red Barn Matamata wedding photos

We headed off around the grounds at the Red Barn for a few shots with Steve, Ashley, and their bridal party.

The driveway is incredible – and luckily, the clouds came to the party & gave us the soft light we needed for these shots..

Red Barn Matamata wedding photos

Red Barn Matamata wedding photos

Then, we all climbed a fence, and made our way into a rock field…

Red Barn Matamata wedding photos

Red Barn Matamata wedding photos

Red Barn Matamata wedding photos

Red Barn Matamata wedding photos

Red Barn Matamata wedding photos

Red Barn Matamata wedding photos

Red Barn Matamata wedding photos

After a few more shots around the grounds….

Red Barn Matamata wedding photos

Red Barn Matamata wedding photos

The bridal party headed back to the reception, and we snuck off to Karapiro with just Steve & Ashley for a whirlwind, 5 minute shoot..

Red Barn Matamata wedding photos

Red Barn Matamata wedding photos

When we arrived at this little landing, there was a family picnicking there… we asked the two little 4 year old-ish girls if they didn’t mind us borrowing their wharf for 5 minutes to take some photos… and as we were packing up the car to head back, we overheard “GOOD – they’re GOING”… hehe. Nice to know where you stand!

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To finish up… one more sweeping epic shot…

Red Barn Matamata wedding photos

Thanks guys for inviting us along to capture your wedding day – we had an amazing time, and love the photos!
Enjoy this little sneak peek – and more on the way soon :)

Isaac, Amber, and Holly.

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos – Matt & Lizzie’s sneak peek!

Hi guys!

On Friday, we headed down to Cambridge – where Holly, Amber and I caught up with Matt & Lizzie out at Sarnia Park for their wedding day!

Both the guys & girls got ready at Sarnia – which is great, as everything is in one place, and makes for some perfect photo locations!

We headed down to meet the guys first up…

Sarnia Park wedding photos

Sarnia Park wedding photos

Then on down to the ladies – who were chilled out, having some bubbles before the ceremony!

I loved the design on the front of this bottle…

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Sarnia Park wedding photos

Even sitting there having makeup applied… Lizzie looked stunning!

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Mum did such an awesome job lacing the dress that the bridesmaids just got to chill..

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Stunning.

Sarnia Park wedding photos

Sarnia Park wedding photos

Lizzie looks amazing in black & white – classic & elegant.

Sarnia Park wedding photos

Sarnia Park wedding photos

Holly was waiting at the bottom of the stairs – while we were taking our places over at the ceremony lawn… I love this shot:

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We had some (very welcome) cloud cover for the ceremony – which made the light nice & soft, but also took a little of the heat off!

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But sometimes, it’s just easier to sit down.

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Seeing the ceremony through someone else’s eyes…

Sarnia Park wedding photos

Sarnia Park wedding photos

Matt taking a break from his job… to do ours!

Sarnia Park wedding photos

They had a photo booth set up, which was really cool – giving the guests a chance to play up & catch some great photos… and Matt & Lizzie got into the action too!

Sarnia Park wedding photos

We headed off for some shots with the bridal party, around the grounds at Sarnia Park. The backlight in the trees was lovely…

Sarnia Park wedding photos

Sarnia Park wedding photos

Sarnia Park wedding photos

Sarnia Park wedding photos

Sarnia Park wedding photos

Then off for a couple of shots around the lake… you know you’ve got a gorgeous couple to work with when they can pull off this angle & look amazing! Love the sun flare up in the corner, too.

Sarnia Park wedding photos

Sarnia Park wedding photos

Sarnia Park wedding photos

We had a little time left – so we raced the gathering clouds, and headed down with just Matt & Lizzie to Lake Karapiro.. where we were treated to some lovely stormy skies..

Sarnia Park wedding photos

I love the moodiness of this next shot – the water splashing up in the foreground really adds to that stormy, windswept feeling.

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On the way back to Sarnia – we stopped in at a favourite field…

Sarnia Park wedding photos

Sarnia Park wedding photos

And then it was back to the reception, to enjoy the party!!

Thanks so much for having us along guys – enjoy this little sneak peek at what’s in store :)

Isaac, Amber, and Holly.

So You Wanna Be A Wedding Photographer..

We often get emails come through, asking us about gear / photography / tips / stuff.

Most times, the opening line is:

“I’ve just booked my first wedding”

Which is cool. Everyone needs to start somewhere! So use this blog post as a starting point, and a few things to think about.

Obviously, you’re not going to rush out and buy everything we’ve got here. This gear has been accumulated over a long time, and slowly pieced together.
But – there are a few things that I’d consider to be absolutely essential – and most of them relate to backup. We’ll get to that.

Generally, people ask us “If there is one lens I should buy for weddings.. what would it be?”.

We have 4 lenses on our person at every moment of the wedding day, as we shoot with 2 cameras each.. so it’s a tricky one to answer.
However – Lightroom statistics tell me that this is the order of our most used > least used lenses.

(excuse the crappy P&S photo – it’s all I have when all my lenses are in the photo!)

LENSES

So… in order of most used to least used – our lenses are:

70-200mm f2.8L IS
35mm f1.4L
85mm f1.2L
50mm f1.2L
17-40mm f4L
135mm f2L
100mm f2.8 macro
15mm f2.8 fisheye

However… if you came to me and said “I’m shooting a wedding, which lens should I buy”… I’d say… “buy a second camera”.

Backup is THE MOST important element of any wedding. On the wedding day, that means a backup camera body, spare batteries, spare CF cards, etc etc. If something goes wrong, you need to be able to keep shooting without losing a beat. Even if you just grab a second hand body off TradeMe – get a backup.

Our cameras we use:

cameras

4 Canon 5DmkII’s – we each have two of these on us all day. Because we’re shooting with mainly prime lenses, it means we have a fast way of changing from a zoom lens, to a wide lens. It also means spreading out the coverage between 4 bodies – so that if a CF card corrupted, there would still be 3 cameras with that stage of the day recorded. We also have a 30D and a 40D that sit in the car as additional backups.

So get a second camera, and then think about lenses. If you’ve got no money left after buying the backup camera – get yourself a 50mm f1.8 lens. The “plastic fantastic” – they’re about $200 and for what you pay, you can’t buy a better lens.

Speaking of backups… it’s also super important to buy:

A second battery (and third) for your camera.

batteries

And more CF cards than you’ll need. We use 16GB and 8GB cards – so that we can spread the images across multiple cards.. if one ever went bad, we wouldn’t lose as many shots as we might on a 32GB or 64GB card.

Usually, we shoot about 70GB of images at any given wedding.

cards

When you get home from the wedding – back up again!
Our CF cards don’t leave our person until they’ve been multiply backed up. If we go out for dinner on the way home, the CF cards come with us. If we go into the service station to buy gas.. the CF cards come with us.

Once home, the cards are uploaded to the computer. They’re then copied onto another computer, and our server.
We back them up onto 2 external hard drives – which are then disconnected (if there’s a massive power surge or lightning strike, you don’t want stuff connected to your computer. One of these drives lives in our car, so that we’ve got something off-site. Finally – the RAW files are backed up onto DVDs.

I’ve seen too many external hard drives fail, to trust them entirely for backups. The DVD burning process takes about 3 hours, and up to 20 discs. They are stored off site. I can’t stress enough the importance of an off-site backup. If someone breaks into your house, and steals your computer – they’ll likely take an external drive that’s lying around too. Or – if there’s a fire… it won’t discriminate between backups & originals. Store stuff offsite too. Take them to a friends place, your parents, your work, whatever.

dvds

Finally – back up your finished JPGs in the same way, once the wedding is post-processed.

So… if you’re off to shoot your first wedding:

1st – ensure you have a backup camera body.
2nd – ensure you’ve got spare batteries, and plenty of CF cards.
3rd – if you’ve still got spare money – now go play lenses. 70-200 is a brilliant workhorse lens. We had a 24-70mm 2.8 as well, but it was crap to focus and I hated it – but loved the length. If you can find a sharp copy of a 24-70mm, buy it.
4th – Backup all of your images from the day, in multiple locations
5th – Give your happy clients their photos that you haven’t missed taking / lost afterwards because your batteries went flat or your computer crashed!

From a gear point of view, that’s about it.

In terms of posing / managing groups / bridal portraits / lighting etc – consider coming along to one of our workshops later in the year, where we’ll go right through a wedding day, with models, and the chance to shoot hands on.

We can also do one-on-one mentoring – flick us an email if that’s something you’d be interested in.

Happy shooting!!

Isaac & Amber.

Whangamata Wedding Photos – Jacqui & Jamie’s sneak peek!

Hi guys!

On Saturday, we headed down to Whangamata on the Coromandel, to photograph Jacqui & Jamie’s wedding on the beach.

The first thing we discovered … was that in the bridal party, Jacqui, Jamie, Jolan, Jane, and Jeremy.. all had names starting with J. 5 out of 6 ain’t bad!!

After stopping in at the salon to say hi to the ladies… we headed around to the bach to meet Jamie, and catch up with the guys.
It was SO HOT – plus the humidity… luckily, the 3-piece suits had been avoided, which made things a little easier!

Whangamata Wedding Photos

We stuck to the shade as much as possible…

Whangamata Wedding Photos

But if you’re at the beach… and want photos on the beach… sometimes you just gotta go for it!

Whangamata Wedding Photos

After a few shots with Mum and Dad..

Whangamata Wedding Photos

We left the boys to do their own thing.. and headed off to the girls place.

Whangamata Wedding Photos

When we arrived at the apartments, we had beaten Jacqui back there… so we busied ourselves with the details, the dress (which was gorgeous!!), flowers, … and then Jacqui arrived, looking stunning.

Whangamata Wedding Photos

Whangamata Wedding Photos

Whangamata Wedding Photos

Whangamata Wedding Photos

Whangamata Wedding Photos

Then (time flies) it was time to get into the cars and down to the beachfront bach – which was perfectly set up for the wedding, with shade tents and a little aisle.

I love the contrast between the expressions here – Jacqui looking excited, Dad looking solemn. It just perfectly sums up, to me, what this moment is all about.

Whangamata Wedding Photos

Setting the scene. What an amazing spot.

Whangamata Wedding Photos

Whangamata Wedding Photos

Whangamata Wedding Photos

Whangamata Wedding Photos

Whangamata Wedding Photos

After the ceremony, we had some time to spend around a few locations in Whangamata… it was still crazy hot – so we kicked off with some shade..

Whangamata Wedding Photos

Whangamata Wedding Photos

Whangamata Wedding Photos

Followed by a meander through the dunes…

Whangamata Wedding Photos

Whangamata Wedding Photos

Whangamata Wedding Photos

Whangamata Wedding Photos

Whangamata Wedding Photos

I figured it was about time to get the generator out of the car & set some lights up – so that we could shoot straight back into the bright sun, and throw enough light onto Jacqui & Jamie to light them up against such a vibrant sky.

Here’s the final effect:

Whangamata Wedding Photos

Whangamata Wedding Photos

Down on the beach again, to finish up…

And I wonder why I get sand in my camera gear:

Whangamata Wedding Photos

We got some faint reflections in the sand too, which was cool..

Whangamata Wedding Photos

Whangamata Wedding Photos

Whangamata Wedding Photos

Jacqui and the girls – in gorgeous backlight..

Whangamata Wedding Photos

Whangamata Wedding Photos

Is this straight out of a bridal fashion shoot, or what? So gorgeous.

Whangamata Wedding Photos

It was only 5 minutes back down the road to the Whangamata Golf Club – where their reception was held.

Whangamata Wedding Photos

After dinner, we snuck back outside and set up the lights again – and whisked Jacqui & Jamie out for a sunset shoot… huge thanks to their MC, who was very gracious with juggling some of the schedule around so that we could line up sunset perfectly with a break in the proceedings!

Whangamata Wedding Photos

Whangamata Wedding Photos

Whangamata Wedding Photos

Back inside, after the speeches, they took to the dance floor. And there were bubbles!

Whangamata Wedding Photos

Whangamata Wedding Photos

Around 10pm, in the pitch black, we loaded our gear into the car… and then drove back to the beach… where Amber sat & guarded the gear – and I went for a swim!!

It was a perfect wedding day – and we had so much fun capturing the moments as they unfolded. Thanks guys, for inviting us along to share a part in the day!

Enjoy this little sneak preview of what’s in store :)

Isaac & Amber.

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos – Nigel & Carrie’s sneak peek!

Hey guys!

On Friday, Amber, Holly, and myself headed down to Sarnia Park in Cambridge – to photograph Nigel & Carrie’s wedding.

Our day began at Ohinewai on our way down, where we caught up with Nigel, his 5 groomsmen, and one ‘groomsmaid’!

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

By the end of the boys’ shots, the rain was falling in a thick mist – and we were a little worried about what we would find over in Cambridge.

Nothing to fear though – when we arrived over at the motel where Carrie & her bridesmaids were getting dressed, the weather was gorgeous.

Carrie’s dress had some super unique elements, which she had designed herself – great to see some fresh takes on traditions! That was to be a theme for the day… doing things a bit differently!

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

I love this silhouette shot – it was lit with a flash placed behind the screen door in the other room, which creates the nice white, contrasty background. I love how it accentuates the layers in the dress :)

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Carrie & Nigel’s two gorgeous sons played a role in the day… but first needed to check out that cool tent which Mum was wearing!

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

It was then off to Sarnia Park – where Dad was waiting to help Carrie from the car..

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

A few deep breaths..

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

The line of petals not only showed where the bridesmaids would stand.. but provided some great ammunition to throw over Carrie & Nigel during their first kiss!

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Adrian was the ‘chocolate boy’ … which I reckon is waaaayy cooler than flowergirl.. because you get to eat the chocolates!!

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

If there were two “moments” in an entire wedding day that I just LOVE to see… it’s these next two shots. The groom’s face as he sees his bride for the first time..

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

And a father’s face as he hugs his daughter one last time.

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Little Julian had the important job of bringing the rings up to Dad. But he didn’t want to let go.

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

I talked earlier on in the post about Nigel & Carrie doing a few things differently.
When the ceremony concluded, they headed into the ballroom, and upstairs… while the guests made their way across… they didn’t know what, or why.

Then – down the stairs came the newly married Carrie & Nigel.. and much to everyone’s delight – performed their first dance!
The skirt on Carrie’s dress was designed to unhitch – converting it into a gorgeous shorter dress.

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

They were congratulated by their guests…

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

This shot has all the makings of one of those childhood moments that develops into a lifelong argument… “You pushed me”… “No, you fell…”
Luckily – everyone stayed dry and the argument was averted!

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

We took the chance for a few quick photos inside… before heading out to join the bridal party..

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Then it was back outside into the heat – and off around the Sarnia Park grounds…

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

These next three photos were all taken within about one minute of each other… and I love the way it shows the different ways we’re seeing things, the different lens choices, and different end results.

Isaac:

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Amber:

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Holly:

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

We then bundled everyone into the limos, and headed into Cambridge for a few more shots… here’s a few of our favs!

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

These are only the tip of the iceberg – so many gorgeous shots of a fabulous day!

Enjoy these photos – and thanks for having us along to share in the fun that was your wedding :)

Isaac, Amber, and Holly.