Auckland wedding photos – Tamara & Daniel’s sneak peek!

Hey guys,

On Friday, Amber, Holly and myself headed up to Auckland to photograph Tamara & Daniel’s wedding.

We headed around to the boys place first up – where we caught up with Daniel practicing his guitar (he sang Tamara into the ceremony as she walked down the aisle – so beautiful!).

Then it was off to the girls – where we found hair & makeup nearly all finished (well done!) and everything laid out just so – all we had to do was arrive & take photos of it!

Tamara and her girls looking gorgeous..

Next, it was back to Tamara & Daniel’s house (where the boys got ready) where they would see each other for the first time – as we were doing the bridal party shots pre-ceremony.

Daniel stood in their garden with his back to the entrance, and Tamara walked across – and he turned around & saw his wife-to-be for the first time.
It looked like this.

Next stop – Cornwall Park.
We went for a drive around Cornwall Park earlier in the day to have a look at the ceremony location, which was on the Kauri Steps. We had assumed that the Kauri Steps were the big, main steps at Cornwall Park – where we have photographed quite a few ceremonies in the past.

As we drove up, we noticed a smaller set of steps, leading down to a grove of trees with beautiful autumn colours. It was the best place in the entire park – and we just had to get some shots there before heading off to the planned locations.

Well, it turns out that these smaller steps were in fact the Kauri Steps – so the one spot in the whole of Cornwall Park that we loved the most on this particular day, was in fact Tamara & Daniel’s ceremony location! How perfect is that 🙂

Here’s what it looked like..

After finished up here, it was back to Ellerslie for some shots next to an awesome graffiti wall that Tamara had scouted out and found.
By this time, the overcast cloud from the morning had mostly gone – and with the wall in full midday sun, we had some tricky light to work with.
The solution? Absolutely blast it with the studio lights, and overpower the sun! The result = bright & punchy colours, so cool and suit the location perfectly!

Amber had a play with the fisheye lens..

This next wall / building was on the other side of the carpark – about 3 metres away from the graffiti wall. Gotta love versatile locations!

Our final stop on the photo shoot was Ellerslie Racecourse, where the contrasting doors make for a really interesting background!

The girls then headed off to touch up, and the boys went off to the ceremony (with a quick stop at KFC en-route – ahh, it’s good to be a guy!).

Daniel’s father was the minister for the ceremony… I think it is such an honour to have your marriage officiated by a parent (Amber’s mum was our celebrant when we were married) – so personal & special, both for the parents, and the bride & groom.

The ceremony was beautiful – intense & emotional.

The bubbles were overlooked by most of the guests.. but the little ones didn’t miss a thing, and made good use!

Afterwards, we had a few minutes to sneak just the two of them up to the summit of One Tree Hill for a few more shots…

The last stop on the wedding tour for the day was Butterfly Creek in Manukau, where they had their reception.
When we arrived, we got some shots of the room before everyone headed in…

Tamara had made the lanterns by herself, out of tissue paper – and they looked fantastic! I wish we were there late enough to see them all turned on!

The tables were named for concerts they had been to, with the name of the album that the band was touring at the time.
This idea really resonated with me – as Amber & I go to every concert we can, so it was awesome finding another couple for whom music plays such a big part!

Finally… what Butterfly Creek wedding would be complete without some photos involving butterflies??
The Butterfly house is so humid, that our cameras fog up nearly instantly going in there!

After unsuccessfully chasing butterflies for 10 minutes of so, we thought that this was as close as we were going to get…

But then, the lady in charge managed to catch a butterfly in her hands, and pass it along to Tamara & Daniel. You can see it’s wings blurring in her hand as it takes off.

It was a beautiful, honest, and fun wedding day – thanks for inviting us along to share a part in it!
Enjoy the photos, and enjoy Raro!!

Isaac, Amber, and Holly 🙂


  1. Hero says:

    Beautiful photos! Tamara is stunning and I’m loving Daniels fro. Can’t wait to see the full album.

  2. Lauren says:

    Gorgeous photos and a very beautiful bride! A day filled with emotions – Wonderful!!

  3. Sheetal says:

    Beautiful – I wouldn’t expect anything less! The Graffiti wall photo was amazing!
    Can’t wait to see the rest!

  4. Charlotte says:

    Beautiful, as always guys! The look on Daniel’s face when he turned around to see Tamara brought tears to my eyes, as did their faces during the ceremony. What a stunning wedding! And amazing photos 🙂

  5. Gemma says:

    Gorgeous photos Tamara & Daniel, you looked gorgeous!! & the day looked like it was perfect… congratulations! … we drive past that wall in Ellerslie all the time (live up the road) & would love something similar in our photos : )

  6. Claire Higgott says:

    These are absolutely stunning, they really capture the emotions of the day. So happy I was a part of it all Daniel and Tamara, thank you so much. I can’t wait to see the rest of the pics! xx

  7. Jen says:

    What awesome photos, and what a way to present them on your blog!
    I love it!

    Favourite photos were the ones on one tree hill. But they were all very beautiful. Congratulations guys 🙂

  8. Isabella Manson says:

    Michelle sent me the link to these previews of your wedding, what a beautiful day for you both to remember and done in such style.

    Tamara you looked stunning and I just loved the girls dresses, what a wonderful colour. The richness of colour was beautiful against your dress.

    Your flowers were gorgeous, I remember Daphne had a rose bush with a similar flower in Totara Street and it was one of her favourites. She loved roses.

    Daniel you and the guys looked so handsome and so cheeky.

    I would love to see the rest of your photos.

  9. Michelle says:

    Awesome photos as usual! The emotion and fun of the day is captured so well.
    I especially like the one with the fisheye lens and also the ones on top of One Tree Hill 🙂

    Congrats Tamara & Daniel 🙂
    Bet you are absolutely stoked with your photos

  10. Jess Harrison says:

    wonderful photos, absolutely love the photo of them infront of that huge tall thing lol not sure what it is, great work isaac and amber

  11. Julia says:

    Wow these photos are AMAZING! Captured the day beautifully! Will definitely be keeping keep you guys in mind for when our day arrives!

  12. Mandi says:

    Great images and story. Beautiful

  13. Mike Hill says:

    very cool set of images, the fro is just so cool. They are going to be over the moon with these.

  14. Tamara & Daniel says:

    We’re so happy with the photos, can’t wait to see the rest!! Meanwhile we’re off to Raro/Aitutaki today for our honeymoon 🙂 I’m so glad that we got a sneak peek before we took off!

  15. Narisa says:

    Gorgeous shots!! You guys look amazing!! Wow!

  16. Rafi says:

    These pictures are absolutely amazing, my favourite is the one after the girls with the bubbles – the high angle one in the field – looks very movie starish. Great going guys – you both look really hot!!

  17. Leanne says:

    Wow! These photos are absolutely amazing….it was a GREAT day.

  18. MrsBuchanan2B says:

    Holey Moley what a BEAUTIFUL wedding – the photos are amazing and I actually felt myself tearing up ……


  19. Talia says:

    These are works of art. Congratulations again Daniel and Tamara what a beautiful day.

  20. Tracey Hazelwood says:

    I love these wedding shots! Absolutely gorgeous! I guess it helps to have such stunning subjects!

    I like the really unique shots, like the graffiti wall!

  21. Karen says:

    Amazing photos!! Loved the autumn leaves and Tamara you were totally stunning!! I loved how the photos capture both the happy moments and also the love you two shared 🙂

  22. Tessa says:

    Tamara girl you looked stunning and have avery magical glow about you , what beautiful beautiful pictures of you all

  23. Steph says:

    The photos are absolutely stunning – just as Tamara was. Can’t wait to see the rest!!

  24. Fallon says:

    Tamara you look stunning! What a gorgeous wedding!!

  25. Ron and Val says:

    These excellent photos give more than a two dimensional, coloured account of ‘sneak peek’ – they also depict the empathy of the photographers with the locations, the wedding party and in particular with the bride and groom. A professional, vibrant record of a union that we were pleased to attend and will treasure.

  26. Hi Tamara and Daniel,
    We were so pleased to get your wedding photos from your Nana.
    They are beautiful photos of you both and of your wedding party. Your photographer has to be complimented.
    I met you when you were a little girl Tamara when we visited your family while we were on a holiday from Canada.
    Jim and I wish you both a long and happy future together.

  27. Patrick says:

    Awesome pics of a beautiful day! Just BEAUTIFUL!! congrats once again guys! wish you all the happiness in the world!

  28. Karen says:

    Simply beautiful, captured the joy and emotion of the day perfectly.