The Top 10 of 2009 – Vote For Your Favourite Wedding Photos!

Hi guys,

2009 was a busy year for us – over 50 weddings, countless amazing images, and super happy clients!

We’ve put together a little selection of our favourite 10 images from the year… which was an amazingly difficult task!
Obviously, we can’t include a shot from every wedding – but these are a few which stood out to us. If there is a particular photo of ours that you think we’ve missed & deserves to be in the top 10, send us an email & we’ll include it.

So there it is – vote for your favourite image by posting a comment, with your name & the number / name of the image you’re voting for – and help us decide (just for fun!) the “2009 Wedding image of the year”.

To spice things up a bit, we’ll give a framed enlargement of the winning photo to the couple who’s photo is voted #1.

Only one vote per person please – we’ll monitor the email addresses / IP addresses so no ballot stuffing!

Get voting – closing date for votes is 5pm Sunday 28th Feb.


In no particular order, here are the images…

#1 – Colin & Nicky in the Britomart Train Station – they were so positive about the rainy weather on the day, and we headed for an indoor location… without a permit. So after being chased out once by security, we managed to get this shot. I love the backlighting which outlines their faces, and the cool colour tones.

#2 – Rebecca at Woodlands – this was actually a quick grab shot at the very end of the bridal party shoot – Rebecca was walking down this muddy track all by herself – I just love the combination of the unlikely environment and the fact she’s all by herself. I find this quite a haunting image, and it has stuck with me all year.

#3 – Sarah & Ian on a misty dune at Karekare beach. Epic. This looks straight out of Lord of the Rings for me – majestic, misty, almost ominous! These guys came all the way from Canada to be married in beautiful Aotearoa – and to me this encapsulates our country.

#4 – Maureen pirouettes in front of a conveniently placed “pirouette” sign! This wall was out the back of one of our photo locations, and – like many of our favourite shots, was almost an afterthought. I like the punchy colours, and obviously how the text on the sign reflects the action in the shot. It sums up Maureen & Rino’s wedding – urban & funky, while still being elegant & graceful.

#5 – Kevin hopes the rain will clear for the wedding that afternoon (it didn’t). There are many elements about this image I like – the symmetry of the deck, the reflection on the wet wood from the flash coming in from the side, the moody clouds… but most of all, I love the beam on Kevin’s face – the fact that it’s raining, and he didn’t let it phase him one bit.

#6 – Sarah & Ian decide to get right into the waterfall during their wedding shoot at Karekare. OK – we know that there are 2 of Sarah & Ian’s shots in our top 10… but when you get into a waterfall on your wedding day, you’re allowed to be one of the photographer’s favourites! This is just an epic, adventurous photo!

#7 – Larissa holds back the tears as her dad walks her down the aisle. This for me, is one of the most emotional captures of my year. I love the expression on her face – it’s so real. To me, this sums up what weddings are all about, and I just love it.

#8 – Matthew & Sarem at Woodlands. A while back, we were looking for a photo to go onto a wedding canvas montage alongside the word “love” – this was it.

#9 – Glen & Amanda at Woodlands. Again – this image just speaks to me about love. I like that it’s almost a bit cheeky, they just couldn’t stop smiling the whole day, and I really get a sense of that from this shot.

#10 – James & Terianne at Vilagrad. I submitted this image for a print competition a while ago and the judges loved it – they commented on the significance of the wine barrels representing the maturing of a relationship that is marriage… I dunno – I just think this is a beautiful photo of an amazing couple!


  1. Gemma says:

    #6 – Sarah & Ian in the waterfall

  2. mike says:

    # 6 is the best

  3. Carrie says:

    Wow… love Sarah and Ian’s waterfall shot. Definitely #6!

  4. Sara says:

    # 6 – Sarah and Ian in the waterfall!!

  5. Ashley says:

    Number 6 is absolutely amazing! Very romantic.

  6. Keri-Anne Dilworth says:

    # 1 LOVE it !

  7. Lauren says:

    #6 – Sarah & Ian in the waterfall

  8. Michelle says:

    I LOVE #6 – Such a beautiful pic!!!!

  9. Vanessa L says:

    By Far #6 is the best! It is amazing! what a good looking couple too.

  10. Jackson says:

    This was my fav one too Riss : )

  11. Surrey says:

    Love the emotion of no. 7!

  12. Charity says:

    #6 is lovely.

  13. Sara J says:

    #5 OK I’m biased! My darling husband the morning of our wedding – he has a beam like that most of the time and it brings me joy every day. Love you Sweets x

  14. Berna says:

    #6 Sarah and Ian in the waterfall – so beautiful

  15. Samantha says:

    Love what you captured in #7

  16. Susan says:

    love the glorious waterfall beside the beautiful couple in #6

  17. Tracey says:

    #6 is simply Gorgeous!

  18. Maddy says:

    #6 is soooo nice I hope you win Sarah

  19. Lord Seamus says:

    #7 Is mega. Tugs on the heart strings just a little

  20. Jodi says:

    Definitely #6. My fiance and I would do the same thing! I love it Sarah…I’m crossing my fingers for you!

  21. Michelle Adams says:

    #6 Sarah and Ian in the waterfall is amazing!!

  22. melissa O'Malley says:

    # 5 Is the best. I love the reflection of Kevin on the deck and the clouds in the background.

  23. Chris Mudgway says:

    #5, A reflection of Kevin! Always smiling and happy no matter what… Plus I love the richness of the wood grain.

  24. Sharon says:

    #6, What a beautiful picture!!!!

  25. Norma says:

    Number 6 for sure – it’s a most unusual setting for a photo.

  26. Sherry says:

    Sarah and Ian in the waterfall is beautiful!!

  27. Catharine says:

    Number 6 is awesome…. definitely the best

  28. Sue says:

    #6 Sarah and Ian

  29. annabelle says:

    I LOVE number 1. very cool. i like the blurry background, with the edge of light around the couple.

  30. Karyn says:

    I love the light in #2 – the way its hitting the bushes on the left and the whole framing of the shot. My pic πŸ™‚

  31. Larissa Hudson says:

    I do love number 7 – it does so perfectly capture all the emotions right then! and my dad laughing at his own lame jokes as he tried to help me keep it together! Thanks guys it is a perfect shot!

  32. Amy says:

    number 7 – larissa.

  33. Terianne says:

    Number 10 πŸ™‚

  34. lenny says:

    no 10 is amazing

  35. James says:

    No 10 photo is awesome

  36. Jayson says:

    #2 is just stunning!!! Loved it as soon as I saw it!!

  37. Joe says:

    definately number 10 it really brings out the beauty in the relationship.its incredible

  38. Rino says:

    No 4!!! any photo that can make ugly construction zone in the middle of Auckland CBD look good gotta be a good photo πŸ™‚

  39. Laura Houchen says:

    I love number 7, it makes me smile, and brings a tear to my eye!

  40. Amy says:

    #6 Sarah and Ian in the waterfall its great

  41. Jackson says:

    By which I mean #7. I should double check before I post things…

  42. Number 5 is the best because it is unusual & captured the moment. Kevin’s beaming smile shows a truely happy groom.

  43. Leah says:

    #4 unique, modern, funky shot and yet still elegant. This works perfectly!

  44. Siobhaun says:

    #6 – simply majestic…

  45. Charlene says:

    #6 is the best for sure!

  46. Barbara says:

    #6. Ian and Sarah in the Waterfall.

  47. sue says:

    #10 stunning photo, great lighting

  48. Steph says:

    I pick #3 – Sarah & Ian

  49. AJ & Dave says:

    #3 – we love Karekare beach (even on the moody days)!
    Congrats Sarah and Ian xx

  50. #8 – I love the colours and you can feel the depth of relationship between them….its amazing – Gabe H,

  51. Mom & Dad Willert says:

    Sarah’s MOM absolutely loves #3 but Sarah’s DAD thinks that #6 is by far the most beautiful wedding picture ever! They both are, but in order to make our decision we flipped a coin and DAD won out! So, we vote for #6 – Sarah & Ian in the waterfall. Your photography is outstanding!

  52. Bruce says:

    # 6 for sure – it’s absolutely beautiful.

  53. Sarah says:

    #6 is so beautiful, what a memory for the happy couple!

  54. Megan says:

    No. 10!! Love everything about it, the mood, the couple, the lighting and the maturity of the setting.

  55. AARON says:

    #5 has so much in it. The amazing stormy clouds,the depth of field, the awesome reflection in wood of all things,the stunning colour and grain in the deck,outstanding symetry, the cool white brolly and then theres the radiant groom. What a composition!

  56. Louise says:

    #6 is truly magical!

  57. Flora says:

    Definitely no. 6 is very romantic (and brave to ruin such a gorgeous dress)

  58. Michael Smith says:

    Photo 8 – simply stunning, as it captures the romance and love that form the bonds that make a marriage work!

  59. Nicole says:

    #8!!!! Matthew and Sarem! Such a beautiful photo, they look so in love its as if everything around them in that moment doesn’t matter, its just them and no one else.

  60. Renee says:

    #8 Absolutely gorgeous, my fav by far!

  61. Jennifer says:

    #8 Just gorgeous!

  62. Ngan says:

    #8 – Matthew & Sarem at Woodlands. Beautiful! Even though the bride is turned away from the camera, you can still tell she’s smiling.

  63. Sandra says:

    Number 8 Matt & Sarem – Beautiful, Just Beautiful!

  64. Giselle says:

    #8 all the way!!! Love the colours and the emotion in the photo!

  65. Anna says:

    Thats the best!!!
    makes me warm and fuzzy cause it represents love!

  66. Kimsa Heng says:

    Photo #8 beautiful pic, they look so deeply in love and its as if everything around them in that moment you can feel the depth of relationship between them, Matthew so perfectly emotions right then and plus he has show a ring, it’s absolutely beautiful wedding photo.

  67. Lauren Sturgess says:

    #8 Sarem and Matt.
    Gorgeous photo

  68. Vick Birrell says:

    definitley number 9. The colours are gorgeous and the photograph is very expressive. absolutley beautiful.

  69. Courtney Coombe says:

    #8 Thats what love is all about!!

  70. Vick Birrell says:

    *sorry that is to say number 8 (Matt and Sarem)

  71. Samii says:

    I like number 8, it’s sooo cute πŸ™‚

  72. Linda says:

    Number 8, beautiful couple πŸ™‚

  73. Jill says:

    No. 8 is stunning! I love the expression on Matt’s face…it says it all!

  74. Tamara says:

    Ooo difficult decision (for me it was 5 vs 6), #6 gets my vote, love it!

  75. quoc says:

    #8 no doubt about it, looks so cute matt and sarem, beautiful picture guys

  76. QMAN says:

    #8 for me xoxo

  77. Reid says:

    #6 is easily the best one!

  78. Rommaney Fallas says:

    #8. The beginning of young love is a wonderful thing. The groom expresses love for his new wife in an endearing, soft, caressing and protective hold with closed eyes, using only his senses. Beautiful…

  79. Rachel Kate says:

    #8, Matthew and Sarem!!
    Love it πŸ™‚

  80. TeaTerrina says:

    number 8. nice. ( :
    here’s an exert from a poem that I’m reminded of:
    As fair art thou, my bonie lass,
    So deep in luve am I;
    And I will luve thee still, my dear,
    Till a’ the seas gang dry

  81. Sotra Thompson says:

    Number 8! Matt and Sarem!

  82. Matthew Smith says:

    #8 This was the best day of my life, and this photo captured the moment so perfectly. Great word to describe it Issac! “LOVE” Thanks for all your support guys!

  83. Saveth says:

    Number 8 all the way!

  84. Sarah Ann Pon says:

    I like number 8!

  85. Rhonda says:

    #8. It just oozes love. Simply awsome!

  86. Scott says:

    #8 GORGEOUS shot, simple & genuine

  87. Alina says:

    #8 lovely shot!

  88. Liz says:

    #8 Love the focus – It’s all on Matt and Sarem – no distractions plus you gotta love that dress!

  89. Malina says:

    #8 You can actually feel the warm fuzzies oozing out of this picture. love the colours, very romantic!

  90. Kaylene says:

    #8 Dreamy shot

  91. Sarem Smith says:

    #8 Well i had to vote for myself lol
    Thanks for all the nice comments guys. Stoked to be in the top 10! Fab work Isaac and Amber. You guys did an amazing job πŸ™‚

  92. Hera Te Hira says:

    #8 Sarem and Matt

  93. nan & pop says:

    “Happiness Is” – “The Perfect Picture”
    Nan & Pop sent their love

  94. channa says:

    #8 – Matthew & Sarem at Woodlands

  95. Jom says:

    #8 – magical!

  96. Justin says:

    Number 8 Easily!

  97. Sarah Hudson says:

    Number 8!!!!!
    Absolutely beautiful πŸ™‚

  98. Ratha says:

    #8 – Matt and Sarem – Absolute Perfection!
    (nice back view of the dress) πŸ™‚

  99. Rin and chirssy says:

    #8 is great mate!!!

  100. Bronwyn says:

    What beautiful photos!! I vote for No 8. It shows off the dress, the flowers, but most of all the couple’s love for each other.

  101. Melissa. says:

    Number 8.
    Sarem and Matt. (:

  102. Amanda says:

    Definately #8 – Matt & Sarem.. Gorgeous!

  103. Jess says:

    #8 Matt & Serem

  104. Terri says:

    #6 – Best Picture !

  105. Carolyn says:

    # 6 is the most beautiful by far. What a great idea for a wedding photo!!!!

  106. Angie says:

    #6 – Best Picture

  107. Kelsey C says:

    #3. WOW! These are all amazing! You’re so talented.

  108. Andissa says:

    #8 the color and the expression shows a deep meaning and warmness.

  109. Julie says:

    Number six is so pretty!!! and I love that they are in the water!!!!

  110. Katie says:

    #6 – By far the most beautiful wedding picture I’ve ever seen!

  111. Paula says:

    #8 definitly – the couple look amazing

  112. Jamie says:

    #8 looks gorgeous. I love it

  113. Scott Haii says:

    #8 sorry bout it

  114. Tara says:

    #8, BEAUTIFUL!!!

  115. Judy says:

    #6 – without a doubt!

  116. Kayla says:

    #6. Absolutely beautiful and so unique

  117. Sami says:

    #8 guys

  118. lyndal0ve says:

    #8 hands down!! very tender and intimate. complete love

  119. Jenna says:

    #10 – James & Terianne

  120. Angela Hopewell says:

    Number 8 – Matthew and Sarem

  121. Deb B. says:

    #6 – Sarah and Ian – simply amazing!!! simply the best!

  122. alana says:

    #6 Sarah and Ian – best picture!

  123. Kerri, Jeff and Cole says:

    We love #6. Beautiful Picture!!

  124. Jamie, Dylan, Ripley & Grayson says:

    #6 is amazing! We love that you got right in!!

  125. Joni says:

    #6 Sarah & Ian How much more amazing can it get!

  126. Lea says:

    #6 – Sarah and Ian! That picture is just profoundly, GORGEOUS for lack of a better word!

  127. ken and betty jones says:

    #6 Sarah and Ian
    absolutely a wonderful moment caught forever

  128. Alanna says:

    #6, Sarah and Ian in the Waterfall. Beautiful!

  129. Carey says:

    #8 What an image of romance:)

  130. Erin says:

    #8 beautiful couple!

  131. Kiran says:

    #8 for sure lovely picture

  132. Lindsey says:

    #6 for sure…it is BEAUTIFUL….LOVE IT πŸ™‚

  133. Lauren says:

    #8 is definitely my favorite.

  134. Haidee says:

    #5 – Awesome Pic!

  135. Breanne says:

    #3 ….SO BEAUTIFUL!

  136. Eugenie says:

    #5 That beam on Kevin’s face tells it all, a very happy content man – Good luck Kevin.

  137. Ing RinKalyan says:

    I pick #8 Mattew & Sarem .Its really look so beautiful couple in the photo.Matt’s face show full of love ^_^

  138. Mike Sigley says:

    #5 Great photo of Kevin always smiling regardless,

  139. Andrea says:

    #6 Amazing photo!

  140. Abbie says:

    # 5 – such a smile! – umbrella shot reminded me of singing in the rain… Classic

  141. Lauren says:

    Number 8, so pretty :):)

  142. Gina says:

    #8 great photoshopping without over doing it.

  143. Darryl says:

    Number 6 – outstanding!

  144. Natalie says:

    #6 for sure. It is awesome and creates such wonderful thoughts.

  145. Michelle says:

    wow a hard choice,

    I vote for #3


  146. Peter says:

    # 6 is our favourite.

  147. James says:

    #8 AWESOME

  148. Siobhan says:

    # 6 is the best, truly an amazing shot.

  149. Marcus says:

    Number 8.

    They both look stunning & so so so happy together.
    Great photo!

  150. Billy says:

    I like #4, creative in a different way from some of the others. Some photographers would have easily missed that opportunity.

  151. Sarah says:

    #6 – Our favorite picture and we had an amazing time! Thanks Issac and Amber!

  152. Terri says:

    #6 is Amazing !!

  153. Deb says:

    Love # 6 Sarah & Ian’s waterfall shot – how unique is that?!

  154. Chantelle says:

    #6 Sarah and Ian!! An absolutely fantastic photo!! A spectacular memory of such a special day. Love it πŸ™‚

  155. Michael says:

    I’d have to agree, #6, love the waterfall.

  156. valerie says:

    #6 Sarah & Ian! What a gorgeous pic! love it!

  157. Lindsay says:

    #6 Sarah and Ian! πŸ™‚

  158. Catherine says:

    #6- Sarah and Ian in the waterfall- stunning!

  159. Murray says:

    My vote is for #6- the couple in the waterfall.

  160. Kristy D says:

    #6 Sarah and Ian!! Stunning… Breathtaking… what more can I say??

  161. Lynn says:

    #6 Sarah & Ian…..amazing shot!!!!!

  162. Ian says:

    #6 – Great day, great photographers!

  163. Andy says:

    #6 Sarah and Ian!!!!

  164. Warren says:

    Number 6! What a great experience!

  165. Zane says:

    Good Luck!

  166. Zack says:

    Good Luck Sarah and Ian

  167. Lynn says:

    Beautiful Picture #6

  168. Zane says:

    Opps….forgot to put my number….#6 Good Luck!

  169. Tracey says:

    Love it for sure! #6

  170. Sharon says:

    #6 for sure,, such a beautiful shot!

  171. Leigh says:

    #6 – Sarah & Ian in the waterfall
    Love it!!

  172. Nadine says:

    #10, luv the lighting around the couple πŸ™‚

  173. Inde says:

    8 is the best, 6 has a nice waterfall but 8 is a real wedding photo

  174. Michelle says:

    #8 it is simple and gorgeous. love that it is so focused on the couple and their feelings

  175. Sara says:

    I love #1!

  176. jenniferjc says:

    #3 Cause they look gorgeous, and Im a LOTR fan, and you are so right πŸ˜‰

  177. Lauren says:

    #6 – Sarah & Ian at the waterfall is amazing!

  178. Alex says:

    #8 is amazing.

  179. Dearne says:

    #10 Great photo!!! Love it.

  180. Nick says:

    #10 is fantastic

  181. Louise :) says:

    #2 beautiful composition, detail. Romatic blur.
    they are all great but this one stands out to me, a great shot. well done.

  182. Dianna says:

    I loved them all but #8 is the best, such emotion!

  183. Louise =) says:

    #6 Amazing shot. I just love it =) That couple must have been sooooo pleased with there photo’s.