Posts tagged Hawkes Bay wedding photographers
Authentic rustic DIY country wedding - Char & Russ at Taniwha Gardens

The first thing I ask a couple when they are considering working with us on their wedding day is ‘what elements are most important for you?’ This helps me understand who they are as a couple and how Andrew and I can work with them to create bespoke photography that reflects all their priorities. Every couple is different but the ones we enjoy working with the most talk about a sense of celebration and a focus on friends and family ahead of styling and colour schemes.

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Natalia & Andy's nod to tradition at St Matthew's Church & Sileni Winery

These days thanks to the beautiful but relatively new tradition of getting hitched in the great outdoors, we don’t get to document many church weddings. That made Natalia and Andy’s day a real treat for us, as there is a sense of ceremony, history and spiritual significance that comes from exchanging vows in a church. With a cathedral-length veil, morning suits and a long row of little attendants to lead the way, the ceremony almost had the feel of a royal wedding…and who doesn’t like a bit of that?!

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Rob & Angela's tiny wedding at The Farm, Cape Kidnappers

It is hard to imagine anywhere with more beautiful views of New Zealand’s ruggedly beautiful coastline than The Farm at Cape Kidnappers. But the exclusive nature of the luxury lodge has meant I haven’t been able to share images from a real wedding shot there before. So I’m really excited that Rob and Angela so generously have let me do so, but also that their tiny wedding was perfect in every way - not just beautiful to look at, but emotionally quite special to be part of.

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The Belle Époch - Styled Shoot with the HB Collective

A styled shoot inspired by the golden age of the 'Belle Époch', an exciting era in history when women were breaking out of the man-made moulds that had bound them for so long to embrace a new freedom that was of their own making. We have seen this same theme in wedding stying in recent years and wanted to celebrate a modern bride's freedom to do as she pleases, her way...for her day.

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BEN + RUTH - COUNTRY WEDDING

Ben and Ruth are a chilled out Kiwi couple who believe in keeping it real. They wanted a wedding that reflected that, with a focus on friends, family and the things that matter rather than the complicated trimmings. A country wedding at the chocolate-box-cute church down the road from Ruth's parents' home was followed by a reception at the local hall of small Hawke's Bay settlement, Maraekakaho.

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LAURA + ROB - BLACK BARN RIVERSIDE

Hawke's Bay native, Laura, describes herself and new hubby, Rob, as 'truly laid back humans' and so it went without saying that was the vibe they wanted on their wedding day. Under the stars and beside the slow-moving Tukituki at Black Barn Winery's riverside wedding venue, roving canapés replaced a formal sit-down dinner and guests sat down on large vintage rugs strewn amid lanterns and flowers to enjoy the speeches. 

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Matt & Jenna - Engaged. Te Mata Peak in the Golden Hour, by Eva Bradley.

Anyone planning a wedding knows they can be complicated. That's why we adore engagement sessions. They are, quite simply, about two people in love. There's no dress to fuss over, no bridal party looking on, no timelines to stick to beyond those set by Mother Nature and there aren't 100 people waiting for us to hurry up and be creative so the party can get started.

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Hamish & Bridget - The Old Church, Napier

Falling in love is not something that happens literally to people, unless you're Hamish, of course. Eight years ago he walked into a student flat in Palmerston North and was so overwhelmed when he saw his future wife for the very first time that he fell over the clothes horse. A few impressive dance moves the following night (which he busted out again on their wedding day) and Bridget was his. Forever, as it turned out.

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Andrew & Nikki - The Old Church - Hawkes Bay

Like all good love affairs, my one with Andrew and Nikki Mills' wedding day started in the bedroom. Laid out on on the blood red brocade of the Old Church Villa's 'red' bed was a treasure trove of loveliness to photograph; sparkling diamonds, soft rose petals in muted hues, satin gowns and (sigh)...Badgely Mischka heels. Yes, it was love at first sight

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Kim & Steve's wedding at The River Lodge, Hawkes Bay

My driving goal for any wedding is to create images that will remind my couples in years to come not just how they looked on their wedding day, but how they felt. Laughter, tears and all the emotions in between are the moments my camera and I hunt for. Sometimes that can be a challenge, but with Kim and Steve Marples it was a bit of an understatement to say capturing emotion was easy

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