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