Ohope wedding photos – Grant & Michelle’s sneak peek!

Hi guys!

On Friday night, we finished photographing Kevin & Patricia’s wedding at Sarnia Park, and headed over the hills to the beautiful beach town of Ohope – just past Whakatane.
After a quick stop at Flying Burrito Brothers in Tauranga (best Mexican food out!) – we had arrived, and eagerly anticipated the arrival of morning.

With the daylight… came the rain. Only the odd shower throughout the morning – we were hopeful. However – the severe weather warnings had us a little concerned… as Ohope doesn’t have much other than beach!

In the morning, we arranged use of a few wet weather spots around the town… just in case. Lucky we did.. because it definitely came in handy later on!

We stopped in at the Salon & chatted to Mish, and met her lovely bridesmaids.. and after a few shots, we headed around to the motel to see Grant.

He was busy getting ready… watched carefully by his shadow..

Ohope wedding photos

He was also helped out on the day by his brother & sister – groomsman & groomsmaid respectively 🙂

Ohope wedding photos

A little note from Michelle…

Ohope wedding photos

And we were then off to see the girls.

By looking at a couple of these details.. you can already see that Mish had decided to do something a bit unique… the beautiful flax bouquet & black Chucks…

Ohope wedding photos

Culminating in her GORGEOUS black wedding dress!!

Ohope wedding photos

The black fascinator was 4th time lucky, so anyone needing a birdcage veil, I know someone with 3 spares!! 😛

Ohope wedding photos

I love the way the light is hitting her eyes here – just perfect.

Ohope wedding photos

By this point, the boys had left for the ceremony, and we had shot about every angle we could in one motel room! So, despite a little showering of rain, we headed quickly out for a few outdoor shots before the car arrived..

Ohope wedding photos

Ohope wedding photos

Down at the Ohope Golf Club, the ceremony had been moved into the reception room, and the guests were awaiting the arrival. Down the aisle to Metallica ‘Nothing Else Matters’ – which fit perfectly.

I have to admit – I was really really hoping to be able to show you an image now, of everyone’s faces the first time they saw Mish – aghast that she was wearing a BLACK wedding dress…. but alas… no-one put on a suitably shocked expression for us!! I think that it just *fit* so well that no-one seemed to give it a second thought. Which I like.

Ohope wedding photos

Grant did get his sister Lucy crying during his vows though…

Ohope wedding photos

Afterwards, people had some time to come & pass on their congratulations..

Ohope wedding photos

Ohope wedding photos

Usually, I don’t tend to blog family / group photos… as we’re trying to save as much space as possible for the bridal party location shots… but I know this one will be appreciated by many. These are some of Mish’s friends who traveled from across NZ to celebrate with them – weddings.co.nz eat your heart out!

Ohope wedding photos

By this time, it was absolutely BUCKETING down… and we had just over an hour to go play photos. In the rain. And fading light.

First stop – a gorgeous little shop advertising ‘floral design and objects of desire’…. Ruby Dunes, in Ohope.

Who were closed.


I peeked in the window, and saw the owner just switching off the lights & about to leave. A guilty knock on the door, my best puppy dog face, and we had 15 minutes of extra time that she so graciously remained behind for & let us use her shop.

Ohope wedding photos

Ohope wedding photos

Thanks again to Ruby Dunes – go to Ohope, go to their shop, and buy something. Coz they’re lovely. They also have a florist based there, so do wedding flowers & the like 🙂

So.. the rain had somewhat eased, and we decided to try our luck at the beach.
Down a set of cool sandbag steps, and onto the wet sand – where we quickly became progressively soggier…

Ohope wedding photos

Ohope wedding photos

Ohope wedding photos

It was now properly raining – so I ran all the way back to the car to get umbrellas… and then realized that I didn’t have the keys.
So I ran back again, and Amber took a turn – this time successful, and returned bearing umbrellas!

Ohope wedding photos

Ohope wedding photos

As we left the beach, we took the chance for a few epic sky shots on the dunes – using some lighting.
It was so wet by now – you can’t see it properly at this resolution – but zoomed in @ 100% size, you can see Grant & Michelle’s skin glistening & streaming water, their clothes getting wetter… but they took it all in their stride, and it resulted in some great shots!

Ohope wedding photos

Ohope wedding photos

Last stop – the wharf – where (thankful for small mercies) the rain had driven away the usual crowds of fishermen, leaving it deserted.

Ohope wedding photos

Ohope wedding photos

Ohope wedding photos

Ohope wedding photos

Ohope wedding photos

As the wind picked up – blowing umbrellas inside out…

Ohope wedding photos

We sought shelter under a nearby overhang – where we finished up for the day..

Ohope wedding photos

Ohope wedding photos

Ohope wedding photos

So there you have it – when Grant & Michelle went and played in the rain!

It was 100% down to what they made of it… with such adverse weather conditions, it would have been easy to get disheartened, or to decide that it wasn’t worth getting wet, so good on them for making the most of everything & just having fun – it really shines through.

Later on, back at the reception, it was still raining .. (surprise!) … and we decided to have a play with a shot we’ve been wanting to do for ages.
Inspired by Australian master photographer Jerry Ghionis … we wanted to get a cool backlit rain shot. Our mate Mike Hill has been rocking them recently too – and we’ve just been hanging out for the combination of it being raining + dark at a wedding so we could give it a try. This was our first chance… and the following image is essentially straight out of camera – that’s just how it looked on the back of the screen!

Thanks to Aaron (Mrs. E’s husband) for helping us hold the lights!

Ohope wedding photos

^^ And thanks to Grant & Mish for putting up with our geeky photographer whims & getting back out into the elements, again.

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It was a fantastic wedding – we had so much fun with you guys. Thanks for coming out & playing in the rain with us – and for having so much fun while doing so.
We are so stoked that you entrusted us to capture these memories of your day 🙂 Enjoy the images – and many more to come soon.

Isaac & Amber.


  1. Charlotte says:

    OMG they are amazing (not that I thought they’d be anything else!) … Mish you were a stunning bride and it was an amazing day, thank you so much for letting us share it with you!

    And thanks Isaac and Amber for being such awesome photographers!!! The trips in the rain were definitely worth it!

  2. Jodie Cox says:

    Wow, wow wow! These look fab…. and good on you Mish and Grant for getting out there and going with it!!!! You two look so happy – your big day FINALLY arrived! 😉
    I must say, you all managed to keep looking immaculate even though it looks like it was pouring down, you must have been saturated! Mish, that dress must have been heavy when wet!?

  3. Morgan says:

    adore adore adore adore adore
    WELL worth the wait!
    You’re incredible guys….x

  4. Fallon says:

    Had a wee tear or two! I just am in LOVE with the colours and the photos are just truly stunning. That last one with the rain is breathtaking! Mish you looked so amazing, I just can’t get over how beautiful everything looks! Amzing, amazing, amazing! Congrats guys 🙂

  5. Michelle says:

    Mish, you look amazing.
    Totally incredible.

  6. Amelia says:

    Awesome. As expected!
    And I have the same dress as Kirsty at home, but she rocks it better than me… 🙂

  7. Holly says:

    The photo where M&G are walking down the beach and Mish is holding her dress out, and you can see her tattoo – Mish you are so beautiful in that shot, it was my fav pic so far until I saw the backlit rain pic – now that is amazing!
    Well done Isaac and Amber!

  8. Sandra says:

    What an amazing record of what was an incredible day. I knew that photos would be fantastic, but these just blow me away. The happy look on your faces Michelle and Grant is beautiful.

  9. Tracey says:

    Absolutely stunning photos – congrats!

  10. Lisa says:

    WOW the photos are fantastic, what a fun day we had! Congrats Michelle and Grant xoxo

  11. Felix says:

    WOW!!!!!!!!!! Amazing amazing photos…Mish you look so so stunning and I adore your dress..I just want to see more now!!!!! Super work Isaac and Amber 🙂

  12. Jo P-A says:

    Gorgeous pics Mish. Awesome job Isaac & Amber 🙂

  13. Tamara says:

    Love the photos. Looks like you had a fantastic day Mish 🙂

  14. Louise says:

    A very special thank you to Issac who has gone beyond the call of duty and provided enough technical support to the isolated London contingent that I have finally been able to see these photos. It was a beautiful wedding day (despite the rain) and I don’t regret sitting on a plane for over 24 hours in each direction for just a week in the country because I wouldn’t have missed it for the world… and these photos show why. You two photographers are clearly as clever and talented at your craft as the bride and groom are perfect for each other. Well done!

  15. Lucy says:

    These are stunning!

    What a fantastic day and what fantastic photos.

    Congratulations again Mr and Mrs Townend and well done Issac and Amber for your good job capturing the day

  16. Anna (P-ALP) says:

    Speechless! These are so stunning!! Mish you are simply gorgeous! Issac, Amber – amazing!

  17. Leverino says:

    Omg lolcat you and grant look sooooo amazing, you look hot and the dress man I dnt knw what to say… Just that you are a beautiful bride in thee most awesomest black dress out loving the chucks …. Just my thing lol
    Can’t wait for you to come back to work hehehehehehe.
    Enjoy your honeymoon.

  18. Willie says:

    Thats cool Michelle!! Congrats Carazy Cat Lady!! LOL
    See you when you’re back at work!!

  19. Nette and Rob says:

    What beautiful photos of you all!!!!!! Michelle, you look absolutely stunning, and Grant very handsome too. The colours are amazing, and the beach shots just lovely. If this is the sneak preview, bring on the other photos!!!!! Congratulations to you both, a very special couple, and dear friends to our Jodi xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  20. Rhiannon says:

    I don’t know the couple but felt I needed to comment, and say that both the photos and the bride are absolutely STUNNING. So beautiful!

  21. Toni Moffatt says:

    Wow Michelle, I didnt get to see you at your dress fittings but Mum said you looked gorgeous in your dress and she was right, you both look amazing, your photos are stunning.

  22. Drifty says:

    Gorgeous pics of a gorgeous bride!! You looked amazing Mish and the love between you and Grant captured in the pics shows what a fantastic day it was! Have to agree about that rain shot – it looks totaally amazing 🙂

  23. Mish & Grant says:

    We LOVE the photos and just can’t wait to see the rest!!

    There was never any doubt about the outcome of our photos being any less than spectacular but we are just blown away … I can’t describe really how happy we are about them!

    We had a fantastic day (yep even in the rain!) and it was so much fun working with Isaac and Amber who were super cool 🙂

    and thanks peeps for the nice comments about us and our day 😉 x


  24. Rachel says:

    Wow love the photos and the rain shot – truely unique

  25. Divya says:

    Hi Mich


    You both look Awesome !!!!


  26. Paula says:

    awwwwwwwwwwww i dont even know you but your dress is gorgeous, who made it for you? I would love a dress like that

  27. Julie-Anne says:

    These are some of the coolest wedding photos I’ve ever seen. The ones in the dunes with the grey sky and the rain shot are fricking awesome! They’re so good it almost makes you want rain for your wedding day! Way to make the best of what some people would freak out about. What a cool couple and talented photographers. Tumeke.