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..

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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!

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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…

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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…

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Coromandel wedding photographer

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

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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…

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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..

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Coromandel wedding photographer

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

If you’ve enjoyed these images, head over and “like” our Facebook page – where you can keep up to date with our latest creations!

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.


  1. Sam & Tam says:

    Wow!! Thanks so much guys! These photos far exceeded all our expectations, you’ve made our day that much more memorable. You were AWESOME on the day – fun, professional, and you never got in the way.

    Without even having seen any photos, many of our guests commented on how good you guys were!

    We feel very lucky that we picked you and will be recommending you to anyone getting married in the future. Can’t wait for the rest of the photos to come through!!

    Thanks again!

    Sam n Tam

  2. Alana says:

    Absolutely stunning photos!! Congrats

  3. Jessi Sehnert says:

    wow absolutely stunning photography!!

  4. Nikki says:

    Amazing photos of an amazing day – you will be thrilled with these photo’s in the years to come. Credit to the photographers for capturing it all.

  5. Phil T says:

    Photo’s look awesome!!! Good work Perspectives.

    We were wondering who had stolen all the sun from Oamaru way and from these photo’s it looks like the west coast did. Hope you guys had a great day.

  6. Sharon says:

    Stunning photos…fantastic creativity!

  7. Robbie says:

    OMG what fabulous photos. You really captured the spirit of Tam & Sam’s day. Do you ever come to Australia for jobs? if so I’ll be recommending you to everyone I know. You should be so proud of your work.

  8. Robbie – we sure do! Happy to take jobs in Aussie – so appreciate any word of mouth!! Obviously it adds the cost for flights / accommodation – but that’s not overly expensive between NZ & Oz anyway 🙂

  9. Erin says:

    Love the photos, how beautiful! especially the location shots they are awesome momentos.

  10. Tobias says:

    Wow, those photos are truly amazing. Congratulations to the wonderful couple and the spectacular photographer.

  11. Bronnie says:

    Wow, these are beautiful photos!! I’m so glad you all had such an amazing day. Kev and I were thinking of you xx

  12. Rochelle WB says:

    LOVE the pics Tam! So lovely-you look stunning! Looks like a wonderful day
    Congrats & much love
    R x

  13. Gina Moore says:

    Fantastic, totally fantastic, love them!

  14. Richard Moore says:

    Wow, these are great, will have to tell everyone!!!!!

  15. Verity says:

    Such fantastic photo’s of what looks like a totally amazing day!! Tam you look so lovely and everything came together so well.

  16. Jenny says:

    Beautiful Tam! Morice ward say you’re gorgeous x missing you

  17. Jane says:

    What stunning photo’s! I love the one with both Sam and Tam under the veil. The photo’s really capture the essence of the whole day. Magical! 🙂

  18. annette mead says:

    hi tam and her new husband have enjoyed looking at the weeding photo you all looked amazing especially the bride and groom and so very very happy all the best annette xxx

  19. Flippin’ awesome photos of an incredible day!! Absolutely perfect details, perfect people, perfect use of light, perfect editing, perfection everywhere!! Looooved sharing in your day Sam and Tam, and loved watching you guys do you thing so awesomely Isaac and Amber! Spectacular work… can’t wait to see the rest! xoxo

  20. Sue M says:

    These photos truly do capture the joy, beauty and delight of this wonderful day and prove your company name is very appropriate. I caught the bride’s bouquet so theoretically I’m getting married soon. If so, I will definitely be booking you as my photographers.

  21. Congratulations! These are awesome photos!
    Thank you very much for sharing me all the happiness. These makes me with big smile and fulfilled my heart with warmth. wish to have these as desktop picture. 😉 Specially the one in the Pohutakawa trees!

  22. Raewyn says:

    These photos are amazing! Tam and Sam looked like they had such an amazing day in a beautiful location.
    You seem to have caught the essence of them both in the photos and if I find myself getting married in NZ you are definitely top of the list for photographers.

  23. Kaori Arigaya says:

    Congratulations! I wish your love grow forever!

  24. Cath Dillimore says:

    Wow wow and wow. These photos are amazing. Hard to choose which is my favourite because they are all so good. I love the way you have blogged the day. Such a fun way to see the day through your eyes. Keep up the great work.

  25. Oleg Bari says:

    Awesome wedding coverage !!! Beautiful images !!!

  26. John and Lyn Crook says:

    Those are really cool photos. Thanks for the opportunity to share your happy day. May God really bless your marriage!

  27. Barry and Deb O'Neill says:

    Fantastic photo’s and such a beautiful area to have them taken in.

  28. Matthew R says:

    Really top class pics and a beautiful looking location. Nice touch with the tractor 🙂 Congrats guys.