Waiheke Wedding Photographer || Ken and Amber’s beautiful wedding at Goldie Vineyard

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I’m really excited to share this gorgeous wedding with you… Ken and Amber’s day is absolute proof that you don’t need a perfect blue sky day to create an incredible wedding.  Their day was very romantic and full of candlelit goodness, joy and warmth as they tied the knot surrounded by their family and friends at the fabulous Goldie Vineyard.

Ken started his day at a private bach in Palm Beach with his groomsmen, who were all laid back and having a great time in the lead up to the day.

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The rain was in and out through out the day with a sprinkle here and there as we left to visit the girls who were getting ready at Onetangi Beach Apartments.

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You’ve gotta love a bride who wears white leather converse on her wedding day! (A wedding day gift from her equally awesome groom).

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I just adore this photo above of the back view of Amber’s dress, which she had custom made in China.   Amber is such a poised and beautiful bride and I loved photographing her!

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The rain was holding off so we braved the elements to get a glimpse of the ocean… but as you can see below, the wind whipped up and we ended having to go back inside pretty promptly!

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So so pretty – I love all of these images, shot with a lensbaby to create that lovely soft dreamy feeling.  Amber chose Kelly from Auckland based salon Morgan and Morgan to do the hair, and Deb Tan to do the make up for her and the girls.

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Due to the weather, the ceremony was held in The Tasting Room, Goldie’s wet weather venue.  Ken was showing signs of nerves as he waited for his beautiful bride…

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Their ceremony, which was officiated by the lovely Irene Armstrong, began with a Chinese Tea Ceremony to honour their parents.

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The wind had picked up a bit so we did a few photos inside before braving the elements up on top of the famous Goldie hill.

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It’s pretty hard to control massive orange balloons in windy situations and by and large I think they did a pretty good job… almost!

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While we were off shooting, their guests and family played some games and enjoyed the fun and frivolity of The Amazing Traveling Photobooth which Ken and Amber had hired for the occasion.

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When all the guests had gone through to be seated for the reception we had time for a few more photos in the candlelit Tasting Room…

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Amber’s response to one of the groomsmen yelling “Get a room!” while they were kissing.

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Lovely!! Thanks Amber and Ken for choosing us to capture your incredibly beautiful wedding day.   Enjoy this sneak peek! x

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Melissa and Craig featured in My Wedding!

OOh, check out my beautiful bride Melissa in the latest edition of My Wedding mag…

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Styling by the wonderful Sophia Hoadley at My Waiheke.

(iphone pics using Hipstamatic)

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George and Steve’s beautiful wedding album…

I felt really privileged to capture the wedding day of George and Steve earlier this year… George, the editor of the Waiheke Marketplace, is a very stylish and fun loving woman so to be chosen to capture their day meant a lot to me.  Hope you enjoy these few images of their album, showcasing their beautiful wedding day…

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Steve’s bridal party, which included his teenage son, provided a relaxed and easy-going start to the day.

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The beautiful George!  I especially love the gorgeous black and white photo above of her laughing with her mum, sister and niece… such a beautiful family moment.

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They had their wedding at the new home of close friends, with historical landmark Putiki-o-Kahu, (otherwise known as ‘Maori Hill’) in the background on a blindingly hot Saturday in March.

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After their wedding we went for some photos at a fabulous local walking track in Rocky Bay which is a favourite Sunday stroll location for George and Steve and provided the a perfect ending to their day.

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GEORGE AND STEVE’S ALBUM CHOICES:
ALBUM STYLE: 10X7″ Matted Style
ALBUM COVER: Silver Buckram Linen, with names embossed.
PAGE COLOUR: White
OVERLAY MATT COLOUR: White

 

 

 

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Queensberry Wedding Album \\ Waiheke Wedding Photographer

Miwako and Masatomo received their wedding album last week … this is what they said:  “We really love the album and we believe it will make us always feel happy when we look at each photo.  The wedding photos are treasure in our lives…”.  So lovely getting comments like these!

Here are a few shots of the album from their beautiful wedding at Mudbrick Vineyard, one of Waiheke Island’s finest wedding venues…

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Above: Masatomo and Miwako’s first page, which had a see through title page over the top of it giving their names and the date of their wedding.
Below: Their intimate wedding meal was set up on Mudbrick’s mezzanine floor area which is the perfect size for a small gathering.

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A detail showing the gold pages

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Their wedding was in June and it was one of those perfect Waiheke Island days, crisp gorgeous blue skies with just a hint of the autumn leaves still on the Mudbrick vines.

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Their last page was my favourite!

ALBUM STYLE: Matted 10×7″ album
COVER: Ivory Bookbinders Linen with names blind embossed
PAGE: Gold
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NZIPP Infocus Conference round up

Like a lot of creatives I know, I believe strongly in ongoing education and continuing to push myself both personally and photographically – I love the quote from hip hop artist/poet Dessa, “education is the clay on which the imagination acts” and try to not let my creative mind sit idle too long.

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One way I do this is by attending the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers (NZIPP) conference every year. This conference follows on from the annual print awards and is always well worth the price of the ticket.

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I’ve been to a few conferences now and I’ve got to admit that this year was especially good with presentations by a selection of awesome and inspiring photographers including Aussie wedding and fine art photographer Dan O’Day, International landscape photographic zen master Michael Kenna, and NZ photographers Rachel Callander, and Sara Orme plus a ‘shoot out’ involving the incredible Esther Bunning, Richard Wood and Aussie photographer Kylie Lyons.

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Dan O Day kept the laughs and the inspiration rolling

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The two highlights for me were the lovely and very inspiring Rachel Callander and the inimitable Dan-O’Day (just view his Phase Onesies videos with the equally excellent Todd Hunter McGaw to get the jist of how much of a laugh he was to have at the conference!).

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Richard Wood getting his Goldie on

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Esther creating one of her amazing double exposures

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Kylie showing us how it’s done in the editing suite

Like previous years, I came away feeling challenged on loads of things within my business and personal growth, and also with a contented sense of belonging to a beautiful, artistic, connected community.  The whole conference was excellent… next year is in Queenstown so if you are a professional photographer, book it into your calendar… you won’t regret it.

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Alice and I trying our best to teach Blair the “Waiheke Represent!” sign :D

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