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!)

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






Looking for something to do on beautiful Waiheke Island this Queens Birthday Weekend?  Pop on in to my studio in Oneroa and visit my new exhibition, Laugh.

Laugh is a collection of playful studio portraits of a troupe of local improvisational comedians… from quirky faces to alter-egos, come along to see character portraiture with a twist!

The gallery hours during the exhibition are 10am – 4pm, showing until Sunday the 10th June.  xx

laugh exhibition

laugh exhibition_marketplace

Fabulous support again from the two local papers … love this Waiheke community spirit.  Above, the front cover of this week’s Waiheke Marketplace and below, an article in the Gulf News.

laugh exhibiton_gulf news


Goodness me, what a fabulous wedding to end my 2015/16 season with!  Diane and Glenn had an incredible day with their closest friends and family at the wonderful Cable Bay Vineyards.  I knew from the moment I started talking with Diane over email and phone that this wedding was going to be a bundle of energy, love and laughter and I was not disappointed in the slightest.

Diane is a lover of glamour and sparkle and her wedding day was a stylish affair; amaaaaazing dresses, bow ties, lush red roses and the cutest little flower girl to lively up proceedings.  I have so many special moments to share in this post… Diane and Glenn, I hope you enjoy this selection of images from your day! xx

It’s just too exciting!!

Beautiful make up by Charlotte from Island Beauty.

While the girls were getting ready in Palm Beach, Glenn was overseeing the team from Flower Gallery working their magic at Cable Bay…

Yep, the bubble machine is working 🙂

Arriving at Cable Bay in a Rolls Royce from Waiheke Roller… someone’s excited!!

Following their vows to each other, Glenn also made a vow to Diane’s daughter Lara which added a really lovely touch to the ceremony, overseen by popular waiheke celebrant Irene Armstrong.

Love this shot!!  Diane’s dress was made by her sister in law Rosemary Whitehead and was a such a stunning gown… I loved the see through sides and sexy lacy back.

I must admit that this is the first time I can remember a reception starting with a dance-party but that is exactly what happened at Diane and Glenn’s wedding… such a great idea, and meant that Lara could enjoy the fun before she nodded off later in the night.

Wow!  Such a fun night … thank you Diane and Glenn for ending my wedding season with a bang!! xx