Weddings On Waiheke » The wedding Blog of Waiheke Wedding Photographer Emma Hughes

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    Welcome to Weddings on Waiheke, the blog of award winning wedding photographer Emma Hughes. I use this site as a way to share all the wedding goodness that happens here on Waiheke Island, along with a smattering of tips and tricks for your wedding day.

    I hope you enjoy your visit... please feel free to get in contact if you are keen of having a chat about my photography services for your wedding day.

    Image thanks to Lenka Tengblad (Thanks Lenka!)

Wow.  Just one little word to describe this beautiful wedding day.  Beautiful, big-hearted, fun, happy people were in plentiful abundance at this special wedding, traveling from as far afield as Scotland… a definite touch of magic in the air all day long.   Not to mention the bagpipes!  And the beautiful doggies, Archie and Farrah who were special guests of honour on the day.

The boys began their day at Palm Beach with a relaxed and easy vibe that carried on through the day…

Craig and his groomsmen had little gift-boxes with socks, cufflinks and a belt for them to wear on the wedding day, and unbeknownst to Craig, Dana had slipped a secret gift into his one…

Turns out Craig is no slouch when it comes to ties so that was lucky!

I reckon there must be all kinds of proud feelings as your brother gets ready to marry the love of his life, and I reckon this photo below of Craig and his brother John captures some of that.

Dana and the girls, along with the Mums and Dana’s Granny were getting ready in Surfdale in the expert care of Amy and Connie from Beauty Spot Waiheke, and Auckland hairdresser Natalie Dent.

The beautiful doggies, Farrah and Archie were in fine form (they had traveled up earlier in the week – from Christchurch by car – thanks to Dana’s Mum and Dad, so it was a pretty big day for them!).

Dana’s mum helped her into her beautiful Essence of Australia gown, purchased from Wilkins Bridal in Christchurch.  Meanwhile, the girls waited eagerly for their first glimpse of Dana.

Love bougainvillea!

Dana and Craig had decided to have their photos before the wedding ceremony so we organised their first look moment at a local reserve.

You’re head and shoulders above the rest Craig!! 😉

Back at Goldie Estate, things were looking very fine indeedy, with loads of lovely touches including individually planted succulents from Set in Concrete, and lots of beautiful flowers on the tables… the handiwork of Dana’s mum who is a florist (and also did all the bouquets and buttonholes for the wedding party).

Let’s get this party started…

Craig and Dana’s friend Nicole got her celebrant’s license especially for them and did a great job of officiating her first ever wedding!

I’m pretty sure that Craig didn’t stop smiling the whole day, but this is a particularly gorgeous post-kiss ‘cat with the cream’ moment.

Meanwhile, Farrah keeps everyone entertained with her back scratching antics!

…And I must applaud their guests for their impeccable timing – a double direct-hit rose petal bullseye as they walked up the aisle is an impressive feat!

Love this moment as Nicole releases some tension after the ceremony while receiving a loving hug from Dana’s mum. xx

We raced up the hill for a couple of quick shots in between the showers with the majestic Goldie pohutukawa tree and the vines, before Dana and Craig returned to their guests to begin their wedding reception… I get the feeling there would have been some excellent speeches that night!!

Congrats Dana and Craig… you guys completely nailed it!  Wishing you a wonderful and happy life ahead, filled with all the good stuff.  Thanks for inviting us to capture your wedding day. xx




  • Jordan Whicker - Hey guys,
    Can I have the contact details for your wedding piper?


I must admit that I have a real soft spot in my heart for elopement weddings… they are always so personal and intimate, and such a lovely day to be part of.  Capturing the occasion for family back home is so important, and a great reason to make sure a professional photographer is on hand to capture the big (little) day.

Alex and Guy decided to elope to Waiheke from the UK for their special wedding day and chose to stay and have their ceremony at the wonderful Boatshed, which looks out over Little Oneroa beach.  Following their ceremony we went down to Oneroa beach for some photos before finishing up at Cable Bay Vineyards, where the happy couple had booked their evening meal.

Alex and Guy bought special gifts for each other from a fabulous online shop called Not on the High Street; Alex chose cuff-links which show the longitude and latitude of where Guy proposed and where they married, and Guy got Alex a lucky penny from the year of her father’s birth and engraved it with a special message on the back (the cufflinks were engraved too).  So sweet!

Alex (and her friend Becky, who lives in Auckland and was able to come and join in the celebration along with her husband Ralf), had a relaxed and easy start to their day with hair done by Nikki Thompson from Waiheke Hair and Nails and make up by Charlotte Edwardes from Island Beauty.

Guy was keeping himself busy remembering how to tie a windsor knot in a separate part of The Boatshed.  It was a beautiful summer’s day, and he was beginning to feel the heat a little in his stylish three piece suit.

Ready to go!

Alex wore some vintage family earrings, featuring a central sapphire set in sparkley jewels with a pearl drop; a lovely mix of playful and elegant (rather like the bride herself, methinks!).

Alex and Guy had a private meeting together in the gardens before arriving hand in hand for their ceremony.

Alex and Guy had a good ol’ kiwi pavlova as their wedding cake (seen here with their bridal ducks, mascots who are traveling around with them and being photographed in new locations along the journey).

Love this one above!!

The vines at Cable Bay were perfect!  Fresh and green and the perfect height for photos, not to mention the lovely soft light we were lucky enough to have as the day drew to a close.

I adore these photos of Alex looking relaxed and happy as she plays with her gorgeous dress, purchased from Isobels’s Bridal, (located conveniently just down the road from her home in the UK).

Thank you so much Alex and Guy – I had a most excellent day with you both and loved capturing your Waiheke Island elopement for you.  Hope you family and friends enjoy seeing this selection of photos from your day…  Please feel free to leave a comment for the happy couple.







  • Mr & Mrs Crisp - Oh Emma thank you. We are speechless! You captured our day perfectly and we are really grateful to be able to share these gorgeous photos with friends and family. We love each and every photo. Thank you so much.ReplyCancel

    • Sam - Such beautiful photos of what looks like magical day!ReplyCancel

    • Emma - Thanks so much for your comment Mr & Mrs Crisp! So pleased you love your photos xxReplyCancel

  • John & Sue - The day looked magical, both of you look so happy. The photos and blog brilliantly captured the mood of the day … we can almost feel the glow, from the NZ weather but especially from you two!ReplyCancel

  • Beccy & Ralf - Wow!! I love them all! And great notes to explain them! What a fabulous way to showcase your pics. And thank you again for letting us be part of your special day xxxReplyCancel

  • Caz - Wow – Absolutely beautiful pictures – memories of your special day to treasure forever. Congratulations Alex and Guy xxxReplyCancel

  • Emilie and Alex Hannam - These photos are just stunning! I love the commentary that accompanies the photos too – a real love story. Really pleased you both enjoyed your day xxReplyCancel

  • Sue Cullen - Alex and Guy, wonderful photos you both look so happy wonderfull memories of a special day.

    ps Alex you looked stunning xxxxxReplyCancel

  • Val - Just perfect. What a lovely way to record your day. So romantic. Stunning photos, you both look so relaxed and happy. Congratulations! This is your special time. Enjoy every moment and continue to make memories to treasure. Lots of love to you both.ReplyCancel

  • Jocelyn kemp - Jocelyn and Laurie

    What a wonderful way to record and remember your special day. You made a beautiful bride Alex . CongratulationsReplyCancel


I’m squeezing this little post into the end of the week cos it sometimes feels a bit weird to toot my own horn!  I was recently down in Wellington for the annual New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers Iris Awards where I picked up a bronze and two silver awards in the Wedding Classic category.  I usually enter 10 prints over several different categories at the Iris Awards but this year I only entered one wedding category due to being a bit pushed for time (the awards were a couple of months earlier than normal) so I was delighted with my results.

I also judged again this year and for the first time felt kind of comfortable in the role.  That’s OK, it’s only taken 6 years of judging for me to get to this point which I guess shows how seriously the judges take their job!

emma hughes judging at New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers Iris Awards

An Iris Awards panel consists of five judges, and these judges are cycled around by the Panel Chairs who do an exceptional job of ensuring that no judge is sitting before their own work or the work of any other photographer they have opted not to judge.  (You are, of course, not allowed to judge your own work, your spouses work or anyone who works for you, but in addition to this you are able to nominate photographers you do not want to judge.  For me this means choosing not to judge any other professional photographers who are based on Waiheke Island.)

Here are my winning images:

NZIPP Silver Iris AwardNZIPP Silver Iris AwardNZIPP Bronze Award

Thanks to my amazing clients whose beautiful weddings got me my awards; the lovely Nat, (silver award) Den and Doug (Silver Award), and Jeremy (Bronze Award) and his funloving groomsmen… what a bloke won’t do for a cold brew on a hot day, aye? 🙂

You can see all the award winners HERE

Have a great weekend everyone x





  • Bridget Hughes - Em your photos are amazing xxReplyCancel