Waiheke Wedding Day: Chanel and Matt get married at St Peter’s Church in Little Oneroa.

Introducing Chanel and Matt, who were married on the Friday before Cyclone Lusi came a-visiting.  We were prepared for some stormy action just in case, but as it turned out, the weather was still and lovely, and we were blessed with a soft easy light that is always such a pleasure to shoot in.

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Matt and his boys got ready for the big day at a private residence in Onetangi, starting with a quick dip in the ocean for Matt…

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ABOVE: Matt’s mum making sure the boys were looking spick and span.

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We popped to Onetangi Beach for a few photos down there…

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Chanel and Matt live on Waiheke Island so she got ready with her bridesmaids and family at their home in Ostend.  Chanel’s beautiful flowers were from Virginia at Flower Gallery

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Chanel had three flower girls, who were all completely gorgeous and so lovely to photograph

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Luuurve this photo of Lance’s of two of the flower girls resting

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It’s always exciting when a bride starts to get into her dress…

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I adored Chanel’s simple and elegant Anna Campbell dress, which she wore with a matching wrist cuff… very cool.

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Chanel’s stunning make up was by Kate Smith

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The wedding was held in St Peter’s Church in Little Oneroa

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After the ceremony we spent a bit of time shooting around Little Oneroa with Chanel and Matt’s bridal party before heading to another of my favourite “off the beaten track” locations here on Waiheke…

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Like the rest of their wedding, Chanel and Matt’s reception epitomised simple elegance with the tables decorated using white lace, paper doilies and brown string.  It was held at Venue Waiheke,  which is perfectly located looking out to Onetangi beach for a true Waiheke wedding experience.

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Thanks so much for having us along to capture your wedding Chanel and Matt – it was absolutely gorgeous and such a privilege to be part of your special day. x

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New Waiheke Wedding Specialist: Wedding Websites by Charlie Brown

A few years ago I photographed the gorgeous family of Charlie Brown, self taught music producer and dubstep pioneer who goes under the moniker of Optimus Gryme. (one of my favourite pics from their shoot above)

Charlie is a seriously multi-talented individual and a helluva nice guy to boot, and has just launched a new business creating wedding websites for forward thinking brides and grooms who want an easy platform to share information about their day with their friends and family.

The websites allow people to display wedding information; accommodation details, transport, links to gift registry and even a photo gallery and are 100% updatable by the the client so if something changes it’s no sweat to update all your guests.

You can check out an example of what the functionality of the sites HERE and Charlie has an introductory offer of only $299, so if you like the sound of it, be in quick!  You can contact Charlie on info(at)myredezine(dot)com or 027 9066876

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Instagram Love

March was one of those months that really did feel like it went forever while simultaneously seeming to disappear in a snap of the fingers.  It was my first month in my new studio and this was AWESOME (and also a little challenging while we got new internet systems in place and nutted out some networking issues and all the other little things that come with ‘shifting house’).

I’m really enjoying playing with the new light sources I have in my studio and have been shooting up a storm in there, including a few ‘play shoots’ of my lovely family, portfolio shoots, portraits and shooting the promo images of eleven fighters who are preparing to jump in the ring in late May (can’t show you those yet though).  That’s not to mention the weddings… it’s been a busy month!

Some of these adventures + other random happenings of my life are on my Instagram feed… feel free to follow along if ya wanna;

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TOP ROW: Sunrise Waiheke style, Jessie in the studio, Graffiti in a Waiheke Alley
MIDDLE: Joe being crazy at the beach, Opening of Waiheke’s newest Bar/Eatery, Yellow Rose (gift from hubby)
BOTTOM: Stolen moment at sunset, The Macklemore & Ryan Lewis concert, My friend Selina working her magic at the Pacific Poetry All Stars

OK… a couple of real photos now:

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make up by the Amy Crawford from The Beauty Spot

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Frances and Richard’s Wonderful Waikopu Wedding Day…

I was pretty excited about Frances and Richard’s wedding not only because I had met Frances a few years ago when she came along to kickboxing and knew she was a fabulous, fun, beautiful girl who would without doubt be having an awesome wedding… but also because it was to be held at the amazing Waikopu, an incredible venue here on Waiheke, exclusively represented by Jan from Waiheke Island Weddings and Events.

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Now looking at the photo above and comparing it to the first image below you would be forgiven for thinking you were at a different wedding!!  The day dawned with m.i.s.e.r.a.b.l.e weather that looked to be completely set in… but luckily for us, it turned out that it wasn’t!

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Richard sorts out his brother’s tie before posing for me in front of the only sunny-paradise-island background I thought I was going to get on their wedding day.

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Fran was happily ensconsed in an amazing home in Pah Road that used to be a church, appearing very philosophical about the rain and having a lovely time with her girls.  They were being expertly tended to by Charlotte from Island Beauty (always amazing) and the very lovely and talented Amanda Sands who was busy creating a beautiful selection of plaits and curls.  The girls amazing dresses were from Miss Crabb and looked so good all hanging alongside Fran’s stunning gown

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I love the excitement on Frances’ face as she puts on her beautiful dress

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Stunning flowers by Vicky from Wildflower

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Growing up on Waiheke, Fran had spent a few summers working at Stonyridge and she arranged for she and Richard to have their ‘first look’ moment there… this made me a very very happy photographer because I adore the environment, and always luurve shooting at Stonyridge.

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Following our time at Stonyridge, we did a little Waiheke Island tiki tour with photo stops along the way enroute to Waikopu

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Wonderful Waikopu!

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The beautiful flower arrangements on the tables are the handiwork of the wonderful Vicky from Wildflower and the gold sprayed tin cans the work of Fran’s dad

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Fran was sneakily eavesdropping on the MCs as they welcomed the guests to the wedding just before the ceremony began.

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Richard’s mum was their celebrant which was a really special touch.

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I love this little moment above as Fran and Richard check out the ring!

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After the ceremony we popped up to the helipad at Waikopu for a few more photos taking in the amazing view before Lance and I left for the evening…

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Some of my favourite images from the wedding below… such a cute series of photos!

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I just adore this photo of Fran.

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Thanks so much Fran and Richard – your wedding was everything I had imagined and more… completely AWESOME!! xx

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A little bit of Audrey for your Tuesday evening…

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Sally and Dan!! Married on beautiful Waiheke Island…

I knew when I had my pre-wedding day meeting with Sal and Dan that their wedding was going to be a little out of the box… and not only because the wedding involved a helicopter ride to Mudbrick Vineyard and a limited edition ’007 James Bond’ Aston Martin, but also because Sal let slip during that meeting that she made the final decision about her wedding dress only after she checked whether or not she could ‘do the running man’ in it.  And that ladies and gentlemen is my kind of bride!

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Sal and her girls got ready for the big day at Mister & Mrs Hair and Make Up Salon in Auckland,  (Make up by Ivy and Hair by Ritchyrd).

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While the girls were being pampered, the lads were getting ready on Waiheke Island and Dan was busy doing some pampering of his own… by bathing their dog Dave. (Yeah, I know, it’s just not the same!).

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Back at their home in Auckland, Sal was doing what every good English girl would do on her wedding day… having a nice cup of tea.

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Some Louboutin love!

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I adore the photo below of Sal as she gets hit by a wave of wedding day excitement when she first sits in her London Taxi – just stunning!

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TAKE OFF!

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It’s a smart man indeed who covers his champagne when under attack from lavender!

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For our photoshoot we went to a couple of my favourite locations around Waiheke…

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Vicki from Wildflower Waiheke was responsible for the amazing bouquets and other flowers through out the day

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Grrr. :)

Mudbrick looked amazing as always, with vase after vase of beautiful flowers on the tables creating a very natural and elegant feel.

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So much fun… thanks Sal and Dan, Lance and I loved being part of your wedding  – what a fabulous day!  Thanks for having us along for the ride. xx

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