Auckland Wedding Photographers – Pearce & Waione’s sneak peek!

Hi guys!

A couple of weeks back, we had the pleasure of photographing Pearce & Waione’s beautiful wedding ceremony at The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Khyber Pass… followed by their reception at Okahu.

When we arrived in the morning, there was barely a cloud in the sky – it was an amazing day. Which is all the more stunning, considering that the day before… the backyard at the boys’ place was completely underwater with a crazy storm!

 

Pearce admitted that there were definitely some nervous moments as they crossed their fingers for good weather tomorrow. Prayers answered!

 

Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos

 

Around at SkyCity hotel, we caught up with Waione & her bridesmaids… who each had these cool different coloured ribbons to fasten their shoes…

 

Okahu wedding photos

 

^ but more on that, later.

 

Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos

 

I love this next shot. Is that not the cutest, most genuine smile ever!

 

Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos

 

The church was pretty spectacular inside! We weren’t quite the first ones in there – but near enough 🙂

 

Okahu wedding photos

 

The boys made their way nervously to the front… the guests filed in…. and we were ready to roll. At this stage, I’m tucked away up the front of the aisle, ready to catch Waione and her Dad as they walk in… while Amber is outside – capturing the side of things the guests don’t see while they wait…

 

Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos

 

I love how stoked both Pearce & Waione are as they look at each other.

 

Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos

 

Our first photo location was literally right across the road. But before heading across… we had to quickly get this shot on the left:

 

Okahu wedding photos

 

Spot the difference from the earlier shots shot… Waione has a ‘something blue’ ribbon addition to her shoes, too 🙂

 

Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos

 

We couldn’t resist the temptation to bring the lights out here… I love the shadow that is cast on the wall, too.

 

Okahu wedding photos

 

For our next stop, we headed up Mount Eden. The day before, when we did our final location scout – we couldn’t see anything from the summit – just rain clouds everywhere. Lightning, thunder – the works. Fast forward 24 hours… and we were blessed with this.

 

Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos

 

I like the view back down to the harbour bridge at the bottom of this one:

 

Okahu wedding photos

 

Super wide:

 

Okahu wedding photos

 

As we walked back across to the cars.. we were approached by some tourists that wanted to get a photo. Pearce & Waione were so gracious, and even put on a pose & smile for them! World famous in… somewhere?

 

Okahu wedding photos

 

As the reception was at Okahu, we figured we’d finish up with a few shots down on the beach at Kohimarama. As we crawled through endless stop-start traffic, and saw how packed the beaches were.. we tried to figure out if there was some event or concert on the beach that day. In the end – I think the conclusion was that it was the first sunny weekend day in the last month, and people were just making the most of it!

 

Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos

 

This is the setting for the reception at Okahu – perfectly perched over the water…

 

Okahu wedding photos

 

As they entered the reception room, they were called in with a karanga.. and welcomed with a haka. As wedding photographers, it isn’t something we see every day – but it makes us super proud to call Aotearoa our home.

 

Okahu wedding photos

 

Everyone took their seats, and looked out the windows to this:

 

Okahu wedding photos

 

As the sun dipped behind the city, the speeches began…

 

Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos

 

Pearce was given a childhood bike back from his dad… and the room was treated to a spine-tingling ‘a cappella’ performance.

 

Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos

 

Having seen some awesome cultural elements already – we were also treated to a Cook Islands performance group, to honour Pearce’s Cook Island heritage.
Having spent a good amount of time in Raro over the last few years.. seeing this gave Amber & I such a longing to be back on the Rock! Looking forward to April 🙂

 

Okahu wedding photos
Okahu wedding photos

 

It was funny that, after having been up on the dancefloor participating in the cultural group’s performance for the last 15 minutes, that the next event was the ‘first’ dance!

 

Okahu wedding photos

 

We had been scoping out these fairy lights all night… and there was no way we could go home without convincing Pearce & Waione to come over for one last shot!

 

Okahu wedding photos

 

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Pearce & Waione – thank you both so much for inviting us to share a part in your special day, and for welcoming us along as your guests for the evening. We had such a good time with you all 🙂

 

Enjoy the photos!

 

Isaac + Amber.