Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos – Jason & Hilary’s sneak peek!

Hi guys 🙂

On Saturday last week, we made the trip down from Auckland to Taupo, where we photographed Jason & Hilary’s wedding at Huka Resort.

Jason is from Canada (and he, his family, and their Canadian guests reaffirmed my belief that Canadians are some of the most polite, lovely, and genuine people in the world!). It’s winter in Canada.

Hilary is from NZ (Tokoroa, if you want to be specific!) – and is an Iron Woman champion. I have a lot of respect for anyone that can swim. And then bike. And then run. I don’t think I could manage one single stage of either.. let alone the whole lot!

About 5 minutes before we arrived at the boys’ place to begin the preparation shots… my mobile rang. It was Jason – “umm.. the suit hire place forgot to include one of our suits. And it was my one. We had to drive back to Hamilton, and are now in Putaruru on the way back.. so an hour away”…

Oops. So we instead began around at the girls.. making excuses for the boys so that Hilary wouldn’t find out!

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

The detailing on the back of Hilary’s dress was gorgeous.

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

The bridesmaids were all school friends of Hilary’s… and they were fantastic. So willing & enthusiastic to help them out, and nothing was too hard. Just perfect examples of keeping the bride stressfree & looking out for her. Well done ladies!

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Around at the boys’ place – things were coming together, and Jason was ready to go.
He had a smile on his face the entire day!

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

The groomsmen did a great job – always on hand to hassle Jason & get him laughing!

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Then it was off to the gardens, where they were going to see each other for the first time.
Hilary’s Dad about to help her out of the car..

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Anyone who thinks that meeting beforehand to do photos will “lose that special moment when you see one another for the first time”… obviously needs to see these next few shots.

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Their parents were also there to experience the special moment – which I thought was lovely.

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

The boys all had embroidered boxer shorts with ‘groom’ or ‘groomsmen’ written on the back.. and were keen as to drop their trousers & show the girls. This is what they thought..

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Then it was off to Kinloch, where we were doing the majority of the bridal party photos.

On the way, we stopped at this great field… and had some time with just Jason & Hilary.

And then we had some more time.

Finally… we had to check out where the bridal party had ended up… their car had broken down. We weren’t toooo worried though, as while we waited we had the time to shoot these images:

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

The clouds had been rolling in all morning – and the skies were looking very dramatic… so we got our lights out & made the most of it.

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

We then headed down to Kinloch proper… and caught up with the bridal party. A few little spits of rain were just beginning… but the parasols came in handy as umbrellas!

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

By the time we finished up, the rain had begun to fall… and the boys hopped into the cars to drive back to Huka Resort. We needed to give them a headstart before following along with the girls… so had time for a couple more shots.

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

As we drove back to the resort, we were so thankful for doing the photos before the ceremony… as by this time, the rain was pelting down… and it didn’t stop. In fact, the following day, camping grounds in Taupo were evacuated due to flooding – and most of the North Island was battered by the weather. Perfect timing.

It did mean that the ceremony was moved inside the chapel at the resort – which was beautiful. I loved the Maori designs on the paneling inside.

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

One of the readings in their ceremony talked about a Native American belief that butterflies carried wishes to the Great Spirit. The guests were invited to think of a wish for Jason & Hilary.. after which they released some beautiful Monarch butterflies.. which made their way out the windows of the church and off to the Great Spirit. It was very beautiful.

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Over at the reception… they had a canvas which people could paint cute little love hearts onto. But some people were more adventurous in making their mark!

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos
Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Every single flower on this cake is made from sugar. Isn’t that incredible!

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

They also had a cartoonist at the reception doing caricatures of the guests. He was AMAZING. Some super cool drawings resulted.

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Later in the evening, we were introduced to the ‘shoe game’ .. which is a tradition (from Switzerland?? I think??) that involves taking off your shoes, and each having one of your own, and one of the other’s, shoes. A variety of questions were asked… “who is more romantic”.. etc… and they needed to raise the shoe of the person they thought best fit, without seeing what the other thought.

It was super cute – and they actually agreed on 90% of all the questions!

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Later in the evening, we did a few fun photobooth shots with a frame…

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Jason & Hilary had prepared a surprise, choreographed first dance – very cool!

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Then everyone was showed how it was REALLY supposed to be done:

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

The party kicked off, the dancefloor was full, and people had a great time!!

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Just before we left at the end of the evening, we managed to sneak a few final romantic shots..

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

Huka Resort Taupo wedding photos

We headed home – shattered, but content after witnessing a gorgeous couple having a beautiful wedding.
And we listened to the rain on the roof.

Thank you both so much for trusting us to capture your day – we had a blast doing so.
Enjoy this little taste of what’s to come.

Isaac & Amber.


  1. Mish says:

    Wow yet again another stunning album 🙂

    I can’t pick my fave shot…. like them all so much!

    PS what a gorgeously happy couple! x

  2. Anita says:

    The photos are fantastic. Almost had a wee cry at the look of anticipation on your and Scott’s faces when you were about to see each other. Such love throughout all the photos, and I think they showed the character of the entire bridal party. The first shot of all the bridal party with the parasol was one of my favourite. Congratulations Hilary and Scott.

  3. Anita says:

    Sorry, too many long days at work! Jason, not Scott. It’s Mr & Mrs Scott 😀

  4. Ange Leigh says:

    Amazing photos! Hilary you looked so beautiful and Jay you scrub up ok too! It looks like you had an amazing day and have some beautiful memories. Congratulations.

  5. Jo Taylor says:

    What lovely photos, glade the weather stayed fine for your photos and that you had a lovely day. You both look very stunning. Congrats to you both.

  6. Mary-Ann says:

    Lovely photos. Captured the light and spirit really well.

  7. Emma says:

    What stunning photos, cant wait to see more, we all knew you’d look stunning Hilz (oh and you Jay!!)

  8. Maria says:

    Fantastic photos! Congratulations Jay and Hilary. Wish you love, love, love!

  9. Hilary Scott says:

    Oh my goodness! I am soooo excited to see these! Now I can’t wait to see the rest! Thank you so, so, so much for your hard work (looong day)! You were so wonderful to work with and fun! I also appreciate all the extra things you did which helped our day to run smoothly. I can’t wait to see the rest! Hilary xo

  10. Casey says:

    Amazing photos – I really feel like you’ve captured the love that Hilz and Jason have. Was awesome having you flitting around during the festivities that evening too! 🙂 p.s. love the blog as well, it was like I was able to be apart of the whole day

  11. erin says:

    just perfect! stunning pictures.

  12. Allecia Swale says:

    Amazing photos!!!! was a fantastic day everyone looked beautiful… such talented photographers to catch all the special moments!

  13. Keri-Anne Sullivan says:

    What a beautiful wedding congratulations to the both of you.

  14. Sue says:

    What awesome photo’s, they really capture the couple and what they feel for each other

  15. gwendie scott says:

    wedding extraordinary photos were fantastic well done congratulations to two super kids

  16. Donna says:

    One word – STUNNING! You captured the essence of a magical couple and a magical day. Thank you so much!

  17. amy davies says:

    beautiful photos, the wedding was a blast!

  18. Paul Blackman says:

    These are are some of the most amazing photos I have ever seen, this couple looks magical on their special day, well done! Merry Christmas.

  19. Johanna Blackman says:

    The photographic artistry is only exceeded by the beauty of the bride and groom.

  20. Allie Joynt says:

    absolutley stunning…well done hilz and Jay on a fabulous wedding..congratulations and lots of love
    Allie and Madison

  21. Marcelle Mathis says:

    Dear Hillary and Jason

    The pictures are absolutly amazing. You bouth look so fantastic! A very good photographer 😉 greetings from switzerland and all the best…Marcelle

  22. Glynn Hadley says:

    Incredible photo’s! An amazing record of your wedding.

  23. Michael Allison says:

    Well Done Hilz, and WOW, just amazing and wonderful photos that have been taken

  24. Diane Highnam says:

    Beautiful wedding!! So happy for you both!!! The pictures are gorgeous and your photographer did a wonderful job of capturing the love you share! Even tho I was on the other side of the world, the photos brought me right there!

  25. Randie Scott says:

    Fabulous pictures in a stunningly beautiful area. We so much wish we had been able to be there and look forward to seeing you when you return.
    Uncle Randie

  26. Kathy Wedler (alexander) says:

    Congrats you guys!! You had a beautifull wedding! Hope it was everything you dreamed of and share a wonderfull life together!

  27. Stefanie Pemble says:

    Awesome pics… So you can find beautiful scenery outside of BC hey! You guys look amazing. Congratulations again

  28. Chris Link says:

    Hey Beem and Hillary what a tremendous set of photos! I can only imagine the energy that was in the room that day! Congratulations!

    Chris Link..

  29. Rene says:

    Congrats you two! The pics are absolutely beautiful! The bride looks amazing, and jay.. U didn’t look so bad ur self. Wish u guys all the best in ur new like together!

  30. Katie says:

    Oh my gosh, you were gorgeous Hilary … not all that surprising really! Loved the storm cloud shots and the parasols and the ones of each of you just before you were to meet up. Beautiful!

  31. Terry Helinski says:

    Congratulations to the beautiful couple! The photos are stunning, and that dress—wow! You both look so happy. I second Diane’s comment–the photos really brought us to you.

  32. Alain says:

    Hilary, Jason, congratulations! Pictures are great. Looks like we sent our best reps from Canada….’polite, lovely and genuine’….way to go.

  33. Shorty says:

    Congratulations Hilz and Jay, WOW the most amazing photos which capture the love you share and the story of an awesome day.
    Arohanui Shorty XOXO

  34. Joan & Rob says:

    Absolutely stunning pictures. Well done to the photographers, and to the ‘subjects’ for being so photogenic. You will never tire of revisiting your special day with these photos.

  35. Margaret says:

    What beautiful photos, I especially love the one of Hilz in focus with the bridesmaids around her, great to see the later night ones from after I had to go home a very special wedding.

  36. Jen says:

    So impressed with the photos, you guys did an amazing job! Turns out that bad weather was good for something 🙂 You really captured the fun mood of the day!

  37. Brendon says:

    Congrats on the wedding guys! What great shots! See you soon!

  38. Rodrigo - Manning Park says:

    I have to say those pictures are amazing. Congratulations guys, its really good to know that you stayed together after that crazy season at manning.

    Come visit

  39. Diana says:

    Absolutely BEATIFUL pictures!! I expecially love the one with you and your dad when you are sitting in the car. The ones with the cool sky in the background are also beautiful. Awesome memories!

  40. Diede says:

    Wow! Looks like you guys had a perfect day! Congratulations to both of you!!!!

  41. Candace says:

    Just beautiful! Hilz and Jay you guys look stunning! Can’t wait to see the rest. 🙂

  42. Paula Heron says:

    Congratulation Beemu!!! You have a beautiful bride and the two of you radiate love, excitement and bliss in your wedding photos. All the best to you both for a lifetime of memories as precious as your wedding day!
    With love from Hemlock,
    Paula & Dave Heron

  43. Kay says:

    Looks like you had a beautiful day for your wedding. Sorry we couldn’t be there. Love your pictures & thank you for sharing them with us all. Best wishes to you both.
    Uncle Curt & Auntie Kay

  44. Lois & Gordon, Tokoroa says:

    What a stunning bride you were. What a dramatic day. I loved the storm cloud photos especially. Not many people get ones like that! Marianne and Adolf must be soooo proud of their beautiful and fun daughter.

  45. Jason Scott says:

    Thank you all very much for the kind words, without our wonderful families, and friends we would not have been able to have such an amazing day. And a HUGE thanks to the 2 best perspectives in all of NZ, Isaac and Amber, you guys captured our special day for us to reflect upon for years to come. Thanks again everyone!!!

    The Groom.

  46. Kathy McG says:

    A fantastic happy day…..thanks xxx

  47. Donna says:

    Simply stunning photos!!! Congrats Hilz and Jay xo

  48. Tamie Macdonald (Hay) says:

    Fantastic shots – I love the one of Hilary sneaking around the totatas when she first met up with Jason!
    Congrats guys!

  49. Stacey Laird says:

    These photos are amazing! I wish more than ever that i was there but these photos make me feel as if i was! Im so proud of Jason and so happy to have Hilary apart of our family! xo

  50. Rod and Wendy says:

    Excellent photography capturing the warmth and Love of a beautiful day to 2 very special people. We’ve had enough rain now though! See you in July . XXX

  51. Kodie says:

    What amazing photos! You guys made the day so great and kept everything so relaxed – and what great photos! congrats again Hilz and Jay!!!

  52. doneye says:

    omg gorgeous fotos!!!!!! wow it looks like a amazing wwedding !!! hope ur day was wonderful 🙂

  53. Lindsay & Wade says:

    Simply beautiful photographs reflecting a wonderful start to married life captured by fantastic photographers.

  54. Annette & Geoff says:

    Hilz & Jay your wedding was a truely beautiful occasion captured by your photographers in these awesome photos. We hope your wishes of the day carried on the wings of those butterflies come true xoxo

  55. Brian Hollaus says:

    Hilary and Jason, congratulations on your special day! Your photos are unbelievable. They did a great job capturing all the excitement and love that day. All the best to Mr. & Mrs. Scott!

  56. Kyle and Tracy Kittles says:

    Absolutely beautiful photos!! Beautiful dress, beautiful bride, handsome groom….. awesome couple! MAkes me want to get married again! These pictures truly display the love you have for each other. xox Congrats again!

  57. German says:

    Beemo and Hilz !! those are amazing photos!!!! congrats to you guys! a big hug from Chile! keep it true!

  58. sarah g says:

    Hilz I still can’y get over that kiss!! Lovely photos

  59. Fiona & Pete says:

    Hilz & Jay you both looked so amazing it was hard to recognise either of you not wearing your ski or tri gear. These photos capture some wonderful and special moments from an unforgettable occassion – thanks for sharing it with us xox

  60. Wanda says:

    Congratulations Hilary & Jason! These amazing photos show your happiness and enjoyment. It looks like you had a day of great celebration to mark the beginning of your lives together as Mr and Mrs Scott. 🙂

  61. Meg from America says:

    Pictures made me feel like I was there. I like the one where Hilz is grabbin’ Scott’s tie!#&@((#*!!!!

  62. Mindy Sjogren says:

    Such amazing photos!!! What a superb day!! Love u both very much! Hope you two had a fab week of relaxation!! Keep in touch my beautiful friends! XO

  63. Rich Faulkner says:

    Awesome of photos of an exceptional day! Wonderful to meet and spent the days with you. All the best! Peace, love and courage

  64. Maree says:

    WOW! Absolutely magical photos of a spectacularly in-love couple!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! So happy for you guys and stoked your day turned out so perfectly! xoxo

  65. Laine & Kevin says:

    Wow! What beautiful pictures! Love love love them…congratulations to you both!

  66. Jude Thomas says:

    To Hilz and Jason, thanks for the chance to share your stunning photos. You looked absolutely beautiful Hilz.

  67. Sarah Grimes says:

    These photos are fun, romantic, and absolutely beautiful.