Ohope wedding photos – Grant & Michelle’s sneak peek!

Hi guys!

On Friday night, we finished photographing Kevin & Patricia’s wedding at Sarnia Park, and headed over the hills to the beautiful beach town of Ohope – just past Whakatane.
After a quick stop at Flying Burrito Brothers in Tauranga (best Mexican food out!) – we had arrived, and eagerly anticipated the arrival of morning.

With the daylight… came the rain. Only the odd shower throughout the morning – we were hopeful. However – the severe weather warnings had us a little concerned… as Ohope doesn’t have much other than beach!

In the morning, we arranged use of a few wet weather spots around the town… just in case. Lucky we did.. because it definitely came in handy later on!

We stopped in at the Salon & chatted to Mish, and met her lovely bridesmaids.. and after a few shots, we headed around to the motel to see Grant.

He was busy getting ready… watched carefully by his shadow..

Ohope wedding photos

He was also helped out on the day by his brother & sister – groomsman & groomsmaid respectively :)

Ohope wedding photos

A little note from Michelle…

Ohope wedding photos

And we were then off to see the girls.

By looking at a couple of these details.. you can already see that Mish had decided to do something a bit unique… the beautiful flax bouquet & black Chucks…

Ohope wedding photos

Culminating in her GORGEOUS black wedding dress!!

Ohope wedding photos

The black fascinator was 4th time lucky, so anyone needing a birdcage veil, I know someone with 3 spares!! :P

Ohope wedding photos

I love the way the light is hitting her eyes here – just perfect.

Ohope wedding photos

By this point, the boys had left for the ceremony, and we had shot about every angle we could in one motel room! So, despite a little showering of rain, we headed quickly out for a few outdoor shots before the car arrived..

Ohope wedding photos

Ohope wedding photos

Down at the Ohope Golf Club, the ceremony had been moved into the reception room, and the guests were awaiting the arrival. Down the aisle to Metallica ‘Nothing Else Matters’ – which fit perfectly.

I have to admit – I was really really hoping to be able to show you an image now, of everyone’s faces the first time they saw Mish – aghast that she was wearing a BLACK wedding dress…. but alas… no-one put on a suitably shocked expression for us!! I think that it just *fit* so well that no-one seemed to give it a second thought. Which I like.

Ohope wedding photos

Grant did get his sister Lucy crying during his vows though…

Ohope wedding photos

Afterwards, people had some time to come & pass on their congratulations..

Ohope wedding photos

Ohope wedding photos

Usually, I don’t tend to blog family / group photos… as we’re trying to save as much space as possible for the bridal party location shots… but I know this one will be appreciated by many. These are some of Mish’s friends who traveled from across NZ to celebrate with them – weddings.co.nz eat your heart out!

Ohope wedding photos

By this time, it was absolutely BUCKETING down… and we had just over an hour to go play photos. In the rain. And fading light.

First stop – a gorgeous little shop advertising ‘floral design and objects of desire’…. Ruby Dunes, in Ohope.

Who were closed.

Damn.

I peeked in the window, and saw the owner just switching off the lights & about to leave. A guilty knock on the door, my best puppy dog face, and we had 15 minutes of extra time that she so graciously remained behind for & let us use her shop.

Ohope wedding photos

Ohope wedding photos

Thanks again to Ruby Dunes – go to Ohope, go to their shop, and buy something. Coz they’re lovely. They also have a florist based there, so do wedding flowers & the like :)

So.. the rain had somewhat eased, and we decided to try our luck at the beach.
Down a set of cool sandbag steps, and onto the wet sand – where we quickly became progressively soggier…

Ohope wedding photos

Ohope wedding photos

Ohope wedding photos

It was now properly raining – so I ran all the way back to the car to get umbrellas… and then realized that I didn’t have the keys.
So I ran back again, and Amber took a turn – this time successful, and returned bearing umbrellas!

Ohope wedding photos

Ohope wedding photos

As we left the beach, we took the chance for a few epic sky shots on the dunes – using some lighting.
It was so wet by now – you can’t see it properly at this resolution – but zoomed in @ 100% size, you can see Grant & Michelle’s skin glistening & streaming water, their clothes getting wetter… but they took it all in their stride, and it resulted in some great shots!

Ohope wedding photos

Ohope wedding photos

Last stop – the wharf – where (thankful for small mercies) the rain had driven away the usual crowds of fishermen, leaving it deserted.

Ohope wedding photos

Ohope wedding photos

Ohope wedding photos

Ohope wedding photos

Ohope wedding photos

As the wind picked up – blowing umbrellas inside out…

Ohope wedding photos

We sought shelter under a nearby overhang – where we finished up for the day..

Ohope wedding photos

Ohope wedding photos

Ohope wedding photos

So there you have it – when Grant & Michelle went and played in the rain!

It was 100% down to what they made of it… with such adverse weather conditions, it would have been easy to get disheartened, or to decide that it wasn’t worth getting wet, so good on them for making the most of everything & just having fun – it really shines through.

Later on, back at the reception, it was still raining .. (surprise!) … and we decided to have a play with a shot we’ve been wanting to do for ages.
Inspired by Australian master photographer Jerry Ghionis … we wanted to get a cool backlit rain shot. Our mate Mike Hill has been rocking them recently too – and we’ve just been hanging out for the combination of it being raining + dark at a wedding so we could give it a try. This was our first chance… and the following image is essentially straight out of camera – that’s just how it looked on the back of the screen!

Thanks to Aaron (Mrs. E’s husband) for helping us hold the lights!

Ohope wedding photos

^^ And thanks to Grant & Mish for putting up with our geeky photographer whims & getting back out into the elements, again.

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It was a fantastic wedding – we had so much fun with you guys. Thanks for coming out & playing in the rain with us – and for having so much fun while doing so.
We are so stoked that you entrusted us to capture these memories of your day :) Enjoy the images – and many more to come soon.

Isaac & Amber.

Sarnia Park rain wedding photos – Kevin & Patricia’s sneak peek!

Hi guys,

On Friday, we headed down to Cambridge for Kevin & Patricia’s wedding at Sarnia Park.

In the morning, there were a few showers – and it was forecast to get heavier later on in the day… which it did!

We kicked off with some shots of the boys…

Sarnia Park wedding photos

Sarnia Park wedding photos

And then Patricia got into her stunning custom made dress, and was looking incredible!

Sarnia Park wedding photos

Sarnia Park wedding photos

Sarnia Park wedding photos

We’ve had a few weddings recently at Sarnia Park where the rain has threatened during the day, but by ceremony time it has cleared up enough to have the ceremony outdoors.
Guilty admission time – we’ve been hoping for ages to get the chance to shoot a ceremony indoors! So we were very happy when the call was made to shift the ceremony inside :)

Patricia made a sweeping entrance down the grand staircase.. and Holly took these next two shots.

Sarnia Park wedding photos

Sarnia Park wedding photos

Their ceremony was beautiful – celebrant Roseanne Hannah did a fantastic job!

Sarnia Park wedding photos

Nothing speaks truer of the beauty of marriage than seeing Mum & Dad holding hands in the front row.

Sarnia Park wedding photos

Mirrors on the walls also made for the chance to play around a little..

Sarnia Park wedding photos

By the time the ceremony ended, people had a chance to congratulate Kevin & Patricia, and the group & family photos were done… the rain had well & truly arrived.
Still – we managed to find a sheltered spot which conveniently had red apple trees to match our red umbrella!

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

The brickwork not only looks cool – but provides a ‘lee side’ out of the rain (somewhat).

Sarnia Park wedding photos

Sarnia Park wedding photos

At this point, we planned to head across to the lake, using the shelter of the pagoda there… but the rain was falling in sheets, and it was just too wet – even with the brollies!

Sarnia Park wedding photos

So instead, we headed back indoors….

Sarnia Park wedding photos

We got our lights out, and played with creating some interesting & romantic light…

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

To finish up, just before the reception, we had a play with something a little different – we love to challenge ourselves to create something new every time, especially in a venue we photograph regularly. So… here it is.

Sarnia Park wedding photos

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Kevin & Patricia – thanks so much for having us along to share a part in your wedding day – we had a great time with you guys!
Enjoy the photos – and many more to follow soon :)

Isaac, Amber, and Holly.

Hamilton Wedding Photographers – Daniel & Jade’s sneak peek @ Sarnia Park

Hi guys,

On Saturday, we headed over to Cambridge, to photograph Daniel & Jade’s wedding at Sarnia Park.

Daniel & his groomsmen were getting ready at his parents place – which had some perfect directional light, and a great staircase!

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Outside in the garden, the backlight was coming through the trees – and the boys were more than happy to muck around a little…

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

We bundled up into the car, and headed over to Cambridge – where the girls were dressed, ready, and waiting.
Jade’s dress was amazing – purchased from a bridal gallery in Melbourne – with plenty of ruffles to catch the light at the bottom.

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

I love the way the light is falling here – it’s essentially direct, full sunlight – which was spotlighting a patch on the stairs.

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

The ceremony took place on the cherry blossom lawn – which they had also decorated with some paper lanterns. These, along with the trees – provide a cool frame to peek through!

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Kay Gregory was fantastic as their celebrant – it was beautifully intimate & personal.

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Then it was time for a wander around the Sarnia grounds…

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

Cool little spot tucked away at Sarnia that we’ve never used before – photo by the fabulous Holly:

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

We headed down the road to Lake Karapiro – which was calm, still, and inviting – I was tempted to go for a swim!
Instead, I made do with holding the camera almost in the water..

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

Daniel & Jade down at the end of the wharf – while the bridesmaids & groomsmen look on…

Sarnia Park Wedding Photos

It was a gorgeous wedding – thanks so much guys, for having us along to share a part in it!

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Cheers!
Isaac, Amber, and Holly

New Plymouth Wedding Photographers – Rachael & Jesse’s sneak peek!

Hi guys,

On Friday, we joined the throngs of people heading into New Plymouth for the WOMAD music festival… but for an entirely different purpose.. to photograph Rachael & Jesse’s awesome wedding at St Mary’s Church, and reception at Okurukuru winery.

We even managed to make it down a day early, and had time to just relax, refresh, and scope out cool locations. The weather was murky & grey – and we crossed all our fingers & toes for the rain to stop.

In the morning, we headed around to Jesse’s parents place – where the boys were getting ready.

The mark you can see on Jesse’s hand in this shot is courtesy of stag night paintball.. I can only imagine how sore that must have been!

New Plymouth wedding photographer

New Plymouth wedding photographer

New Plymouth wedding photographer

New Plymouth wedding photographer

New Plymouth wedding photographer

New Plymouth wedding photographer

Around at the girls, things were very organized – and when we arrived, everyone was essentially ready to go.

Rachael had told us that she loved photos with strong lines & angles in them… and she couldn’t have picked a better house (in fact, House of the Year) to get ready in!

New Plymouth wedding photographer

New Plymouth wedding photographer

Rachael’s dress was amazing – beautiful gathering of fabric, and a gorgeous lace layer at the bottom.

New Plymouth wedding photographer

Rachael’s two sisters were her bridesmaids – Lorene (on the left) is a friend of ours, who’s TTD shoot we photographed in Queenstown last year.

New Plymouth wedding photographer

New Plymouth wedding photographer

New Plymouth wedding photographer

New Plymouth wedding photographer

I love the light in this shot – we almost fell into it by mistake, as we were heading into the bathroom (of all places) for a shot!

New Plymouth wedding photographer

By this time, it was off to the church – and what a church it was. Jesse’s Dad mentioned to me that he used to go there as a child – how special to be able to get married in a significant place like that! The church itself was gorgeous – beautiful sweeping arches, stone columns, and stained glass windows.

Jesse’s face – when he saw Rachael for the first time:

New Plymouth wedding photographer

New Plymouth wedding photographer

New Plymouth wedding photographer

New Plymouth wedding photographer

New Plymouth wedding photographer

Our first location for the bridal party shoot was the Te Rewa Rewa bridge – which is a striking architectural design, perfectly framing Mt. Taranaki. When we came the day before to check it out, the mountain was totally enclosed in cloud (as it often seems to be, when we visit New Plymouth) – but today, it was perfect.

New Plymouth wedding photographer

New Plymouth wedding photographer

Back down the other end, we played with the angles of the bridge, while shooting back into the sun … (nothing says ‘romance’ like the sound of a chugging generator powering the lights!!)

New Plymouth wedding photographer

Then we headed over to some cool dunes & rocks…

New Plymouth wedding photographer

New Plymouth wedding photographer

These birds flew across at just the right time, in a perfect formation..

New Plymouth wedding photographer

Sweeping.

New Plymouth wedding photographer

Well done, by the way, getting up atop these rocks … (we don’t set easy tasks..)

New Plymouth wedding photographer

Our time had disappeared – and it was time to race back to Okurukuru. When we arrived, we had a sneaky look in the next door neighbours’ field – where there was the beautiful mountain backdrop on one side… (this reminds me of ‘The Sound of Music’)

New Plymouth wedding photographer

And then in the other direction, straight down to the sea.

New Plymouth wedding photographer

It was a perfect, sunny end to a fantastic day.

New Plymouth wedding photographer

We had to hit the road, to travel back to Cambridge for our wedding the following day… which was unfortunate, because the food looked & smelled amazing!
Okurukuru boasts the regional ‘Restaurant of the Year’ 3 years running.. so we’ll need to make it another time :)

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It was a fantastic wedding – thank you both so much for having us along to share a part in it!
More photos to follow soon :)

Coromandel wedding photographers – Tam & Sam’s Opito Bay wedding – sneak peek!!

Hey guys!

On Friday night, we loaded up our car and hit the road, bound for Whitianga.

Just out of Thames, we checked our Facebook on my iPhone… oh. Tsunami warning. Hmmn.

Once we arrived, we watched the news until the warning was downgraded to just a marine advisory… and then felt safe enough to go to bed (in our room right on the waterfront!).

The next morning, the sun was brightly shining, and we watched the boaties heading out over the bar… for all intents & purposes, a normal Saturday at the beach.

We made our way over to Opito bay – an absolutely STUNNING little Coro gem that is tucked away down a gravel road, and still relatively ‘untouched’… which was where Tam’s family have their bach, and the wedding was being held.

Sam & the boys were getting ready a few doors down from the girls… the guys were chilling out, playing some cards..

Coromandel wedding photographer

Coromandel wedding photographer

I loved that the boys went without suit jackets too – such a good call, when the sun was beating down on the beach later that afternoon!

Coromandel wedding photographer

I love the simplicity of this rings shot… but also the fact that if you want to, you can interpret so many cool things about it… weaving two pathways together… lives intertwining… or it’s also just a pretty picture!

Coromandel wedding photographer

On our way back to the girls, we walked through the marquee – set up next door to their bach at “base camp”.. and had the chance to shoot some cool details – the amount of time & energy that had gone into the settings was impressive!

Each table had a theme – like paua…

Coromandel wedding photographer

And then within that, each place setting had a coaster with a photograph they had taken – that tied into the table’s theme.

Coromandel wedding photographer

After the ceremony, the guests got to enjoy the scallops that were once inside these shells!

Coromandel wedding photographer

Around at the girls place – Tam was looking stunning in her beautiful wedding dress..

Coromandel wedding photographer

Which was being touched up / sewed right up until the last moments – thank goodness for talented bridesmaids!! The paua theme was reflected in the girl’s dresses – all complimentary, but different, colours. Awesome.

Coromandel wedding photographer

A quick check in the mirror – and it was time to go.

Coromandel wedding photographer

This is Carmen. She’s a red tractor – and is a part of the family life at the beach. For the wedding, Carmen was dressed up too – and the girls made a grand entrance down the beach, parking right by the guests. I love that everyone is waving here – the ceremony took place just out of frame on the bottom left.

Coromandel wedding photographer

The trees provided some shade – and also made for awesome shadows on the ground – Amber captured this impressive image that I call ‘visual chaos’ … I love that for all that’s going on, all the lines point in to the central focus – very cool!

Coromandel wedding photographer

Many of the guests (and bridal party) were up from the South Island / various parts of the country – and were seeing the Coromandel for the first time. I love that not only did Tam & Sam get to have their wedding in such a special, significant place to them… but also they were able to share the beauty with their guests. And the Coro turned on an absolute stunner.

Coromandel wedding photographer

Earlier in the morning.. Tam asked her Dad ‘So have there been any tsunami waves”… ?

“Yes.. Three – that have come right up past the high tide mark. They’ve had to rake the ceremony area 3 times”.

Wow! During the ceremony, another decent push from the ocean meant Carmen’s feet got a little wet…

Coromandel wedding photographer

Confetti.

Coromandel wedding photographer

I love this shot, of Sam hugging both his Mum & Dad at the same time.

Coromandel wedding photographer

After the ceremony & family shots – the bridal party got down on the beach for a wander in the sun…

Coromandel wedding photographer

Coromandel wedding photographer

Coromandel wedding photographer

Coromandel wedding photographer

Coromandel wedding photographer

Then we played with some of the gorgeous backlight in the trees…

Coromandel wedding photographer

Carmen got to feature, too..

Coromandel wedding photographer

Coromandel wedding photographer

Tam & Sam jumped into the back of our car, and we headed over to the next bay, where we had so many things to work with within one tiny space that we didn’t know what to do with ourselves!

These guys were really adventurous – so we began by climbing a rock face… and at the top, was this awesome field..

Coromandel wedding photographer

Coromandel wedding photographer

The view looking back down wasn’t bad, either..

Coromandel wedding photographer

After Tam & Sam scrambled back down the cliff, I stayed up top to grab this image..

Coromandel wedding photographer

Then it was time for shoes off & a refreshing paddle in the waterline..

Coromandel wedding photographer

Finishing up, we had some beautiful backlight in the Pohutakawa trees..

Coromandel wedding photographer

Coromandel wedding photographer

On the way back to the car.. they asked whether they’d be able to climb this tree & get a shot sitting on the branch.
Who were we to say no??

I love the boats at the bottom of the frame, leading your eye up to Sam & Tam.

Coromandel wedding photographer

We finished up at the reception, and bundled everything back into the car to begin the trip back to Auckland.
On the way home, we swung by the Pepper Tree restaurant in Coromandel town – one of our fav spots to eat, and highly recommended!

It was an awesome wedding day – and all the effort put into the theming totally paid off, with an amazing, relaxed, beachy feel.

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Thanks so much for having us along to share a part in your wedding day guys – we had a ball!
Have a fantastic time in Australia – and there’ll be more images to come soon :)

Isaac & Amber.

Auckland rain wedding photos – Jamie & Chelsea’s sneak peek!

Hey guys!

Saturday… was wet. It was also Jamie & Chelsea’s wedding day – and we had an absolute ball photographing it.
The rain made no difference (in fact, urban photos were plan A in the first place.. so it just became more ‘indoors urban’ focused) – and we got some awesome shots.

The day kicked off in West Harbour, where the boys were ready & waiting when we arrived… Jamie was busy pinning the flower onto his suit jacket…

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

We ventured outdoors.. for about 30 seconds – when the brief clear spell disappeared and forced us to seek shelter again!

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

We left the boys watching the league (next stop for them, the pub!) and headed off to Chelsea’s place.

Dad was assigned the risky task of un-hooking the dress from the roof… Chelsea’s train was long enough that it nearly touched the ground from a 15-odd foot ceiling!

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

It was then time to get into it… so exciting!

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

Well… nearly everyone was excited… some had more pressing things to do – like rehearse… SO CUTE!

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

I was very impressed to discover that Chelsea’s shoes even sparkled underneath!

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

We had time for a few gorgeous bridal shots – this one was just on a blank, plain wall in the bedroom – we used a bit of lighting… and voila – stunning.

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

Next door was a garden center – where Chelsea used to play when growing up. It was also a beautiful location for a few photos with the girls..

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

… and there was a butterfly house, which proved the perfect location for Jamie & Chelsea to have their ‘first look’ moment – where they saw one another for the first time.

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

So beautiful. Their expressions when they saw one another told the perfect story – excited / nervous / anticipation – everything. Love it.

It was still raining (sensing a bit of a theme, yet??) … so we headed downtown – where we found a few sheltered spots.
In a clear break – we played with the windows..

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

These guys were master posers (which sounds somewhat like ‘Master Builders’ for models) … in fact, we ran tight on time after about 10 variations… but I’m sure they could have kept striking new poses for much longer than that!

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

And then… guess what happened???

Yup.

It rained!

So inside was the call… luckily, mirrors are abundant in Auckland…

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

As are sweeping, epic, elegant buildings… ahem. Actually they’re not abundant at all.. but if you know where to look…. ;)

On a side note – these guys had one of the best ‘dippy kisses’ I’ve seen! Very dramatic!

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

We then left and headed down to the Auckland Zoo – where their ceremony & reception was being held.

It is particularly awesome & unique being directed to the ceremony and hearing “so just go along this way, past the tigers…”

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

Down at the new Tamarin enclosure, the ceremony was ready to go – the guests had arrived – and we were ready to roll.

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

Chelsea’s vows included that she’d love Jamie ‘to infinity.. any BEYOND’ … and she even spoke the line just like Buzz Lightyear. So cool!

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

It was a short hop across to the Elephant House, where the reception was all set up to go & looking gorgeous..

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

And the guests were having plenty of fun playing with the photobooth…

Wedding photos Auckland wet weather locations

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Guys – thanks so much for having us along to share a part in your day, we had such an awesome time with you all!
Enjoy this little sneak peek – and plenty more to come :)

Isaac, Amber, and Tam.

Woodlands wedding photos – Campbell & Lauren’s sneak peek!

Hey guys,

On Friday, we headed down to Morrinsville, where we caught up with Campbell & Lauren – who were having their wedding at Woodlands in Gordonton.

We arrived in the morning around at the boys place, where the rain was brooding.. but still holding off. I love this window – strong lines + cool light = happy photographers!

Woodlands wedding photos

Woodlands wedding photos

Woodlands wedding photos

Down the road at the girls place, we met videographer Jared Brandon who’s work we’ve admired for a long time, but haven’t had a chance to shoot with!
He was fantastic – we got to see a few clips on the back of the camera throughout the day, and it’s awesome!

Woodlands wedding photos

Lauren was checking out the weather… which unfortunately, had taken a turn for the worse!

Woodlands wedding photos

While Dad sat in the lounge, checking out the rain radar, Lauren got into her gorgeous wedding dress – and it was then given the ultimate test…. can you dip in it??

Woodlands wedding photos

Lauren’s gorgeous blue eyes just popped in this light… stunning!

Woodlands wedding photos

Time for reflection.

Woodlands wedding photos

We headed out to Woodlands – where they still were making the final decision as to where the ceremony would be… and the call was made to go with the lawn + umbrellas.
The guests began to make their way across..

Woodlands wedding photos

By the time the boys headed across though… the rain had began to come down…

Woodlands wedding photos

And at the last minute, it was decided the ballroom was a better option!

A well documented arrival…

Woodlands wedding photos

The guests waited expectantly inside… as Lauren made a gorgeous entrance down the stairs.. (great edit by Mat Nimmo)

Woodlands wedding photos

Woodlands wedding photos

The ceremony was beautiful – intimate, warm (both in a lovely way and also the temperature!) – and cosy. Perfect to sit tucked inside & listening to the rain pelt down.

Woodlands wedding photos

Woodlands wedding photos

This lovely B&W edit by Mat Nimmo:
Woodlands wedding photos

After the ceremony, we rushed around clearing spaces in the reception room on the dance floor for our big group photo. As Murphy’s law would have it, just as we were set up, step-ladder inside, and ready to roll – the rain eased…. and stopped.

So we raced back around, ladder in hand, to make the most of the brief dry opportunity – couldn’t have come at a more perfect time!

Woodlands wedding photos

We used the beautiful indoors that Woodlands has on offer… at least if it’s going to rain, the option of an historic homestead is there!

Woodlands wedding photos

Edit by Mat Nimmo:
Woodlands wedding photos

Woodlands wedding photos

Woodlands wedding photos

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Woodlands wedding photos

As the rain eased back again – we ventured out onto the verandahs…

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Woodlands wedding photos

Woodlands wedding photos

Plus a couple of shots on the driveway … it was nice to have some ground underfoot that heels didn’t sink into!

Woodlands wedding photos

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Woodlands wedding photos

Woodlands wedding photos

Right at the end… the showers returned… and we decided it would be a great idea to walk through a few paddocks in the rain.

I think it was worth the trek.

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Woodlands wedding photos

Walking back…

Woodlands wedding photos

To the nice, warm, DRY reception :)

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Woodlands wedding photos

It was an amazing day – and personally, I think that the rain made for some beautiful, intimate photos.. whereas we don’t usually get the chance to shoot indoors as often at Woodlands.
Plus – I love the fact that they still braved the drizzle and got out into the field for some sweeping epic shots – best of both worlds!!

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Thank you both so much for having us along to share a part in your day, we had such a great time with you both!
Enjoy this little sneak peek of photos – with many more to come :)

Isaac, Amber, and Holly.

Long Bay wedding photos – Carl & Anita’s sneak peek!

Hi guys,

On Saturday, we headed off to the Shore to photograph Carl & Anita’s wedding.

It was a perfect, sunny day – gorgeous weather for a wedding :)

Around at the boys place, Carl was apologizing because it was fairly sparse – they had just moved into the house over the last week. But for us, that was perfect – as it meant there were no pictures we needed to take off the walls to find some clear space, and only minimal furniture that we needed to drag around!!

The boys were in very stylish grey suits…

Auckland Wedding Photographers

Auckland Wedding Photographers

Auckland Wedding Photographers

Auckland Wedding Photographers

Just before we left, the rings came on a little tour…

Auckland Wedding Photographers

So when we arrived at the girls place… we took the dress, shoes, and jewelry on a similar little excursion…

Auckland Wedding Photographers

Auckland Wedding Photographers

Anita look absolutely stunning in her dress – so elegant & beautiful!

Auckland Wedding Photographers

Auckland Wedding Photographers

Auckland Wedding Photographers

Auckland Wedding Photographers

Auckland Wedding Photographers

Auckland Wedding Photographers

Auckland Wedding Photographers

We headed outdoors into the gorgeous backlit garden – where we had time for a few shots before the boys arrived.

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Auckland Wedding Photographers

Auckland Wedding Photographers

Then, Carl arrived – and they got to see one another for the first time! Such a special moment :)

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Auckland Wedding Photographers

Auckland Wedding Photographers

Auckland Wedding Photographers

Before we headed off for our pre-ceremony bridal party photos – there was a Chinese tradition that Anita needed to complete – she holds a fan out of the car, and throws it on the ground. Her mother needs to pick it up, and quickly wrap the fan in her clothing – which is to signify Anita leaving her bad tempers behind as she embarks on a new path. I love learning about cool stuff like this!!

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Auckland Wedding Photographers

Auckland Wedding Photographers

Auckland Wedding Photographers

Then… it was time to hit the beach!!

We got down, and Anita asked straight away whether they could get into the tree… no convincing needed here!

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Auckland Wedding Photographers

Auckland Wedding Photographers

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Auckland Wedding Photographers

Auckland Wedding Photographers

Auckland Wedding Photographers

There were some cool upturned boats, which made for great backgrounds!

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Auckland Wedding Photographers

Auckland Wedding Photographers

Down at Long Bay – it was fairly quiet for a sunny Saturday, and we had the sand dunes all to ourselves…

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The page boys & flowergirl came down to the beach to join us for a bit…

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Then we finished up with a few more bridal party shots..

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Auckland Wedding Photographers

Auckland Wedding Photographers

Auckland Wedding Photographers

Auckland Wedding Photographers

Auckland Wedding Photographers

The ceremony was held at Churchill Reserve – up on the hill. It was perfect – so secluded and private, with gorgeous views out over Rangitoto, and lovely afternoon light.

Auckland Wedding Photographers

Auckland Wedding Photographers

It was cool hearing one of the aisle songs for the processional by ‘Enya’ – when we were married, Amber walked in to an Enya song. We were both in our respective positions, waiting for the bridesmaids to come down the aisle, and as soon as the music started we both caught each other’s eye from 20 metres away… one of those real ‘naaawwww’ moments ;)

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Auckland Wedding Photographers

Auckland Wedding Photographers

Auckland Wedding Photographers

After the ceremony – there was a surprise!!

We headed down to the water, where we were going to shoot one more cool image – we knew about Anita’s surprise she had in mind, so we were racing the clock.

So we got down there, and shot our beautiful, sweeping, epic photo:

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And a quick natural light shot…

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And then it was surprise time!

Now – the back story.

When they were in the booking stages, the choice was narrowed down to us, or another photographer. The decision was made more complex by the fact that we cost a little more… in fact, it was either us – or the other photographer & buying a kayak.

So Anita decided to surprise Carl & give him both – us, and a kayak!! Only, the kayak was a hire one… and they were going for a kayak in it.

Right now.

Their friends came down the hill bearing the kayak…

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And changing was undertaken…

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I can honestly say, I’ve never seen a bride in a wetsuit before!!

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Then, they were off!

Auckland Wedding Photographers

Auckland Wedding Photographers

We jumped into the car and raced around to the next bay – where we were waiting as they arrived.

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Seriously – Coolest. Thing. Ever.

Getting changed out of her wedding dress wasn’t all in vain though – as Anita then put on a beautiful Chinese gown for the remainder of the evening.

Auckland Wedding Photographers

It was a fantastic wedding – and we were blown away with the kayak thing! You guys are such a genuine, sweet couple – and we had a ball working with you & your bridal party.

More photos to come soon!

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Isaac, Amber, and Holly.