Malinda and Farid’s wedding day!

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Malinda and Farid got married at The Estate in Church Bay, one of my favourite venues on Waiheke.  They had an amazing day, surrounded by family and friends who had traveled far and wide to attend their special day.

Farid got ready with his family at a gorgeous bed and breakfast called Enclosure Bay which had epic views overlooking … you guessed it, Enclosure Bay!

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Meanwhile, at Outstanding in Oneroa, another of Waiheke’s fabulous accommodation places, Malinda was happily being pampered by the ever lovely Jules from Hair on Waiheke and Amy Crawford from The Beauty Spot, who is newly (ish) arrived on the island, and a wonderful addition to Waiheke’s make up experts!

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Love this moment as Malinda’s dad sees her in her dress for the first time

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Wish I could claim credit for this great photo of Lance’s, taken as Malinda watched her bridesmaids getting their photographs…

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Love these photos above and below, some of my faves taken with my trusty lensbaby as Malinda prepared to leave for the ceremony at The Estate

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Yep, Farid is ready to go!

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We decided to stay at The Estate for the wedding photo shoot and spent a bit of time ambling around the many great areas at this lovely venue.

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Malinda holding court with the boys

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The weather on the day was a bit of a mix with the sun coming in and out for most of the day, but we were fortunate to get some beautiful blue skies along with a lovely (albeit brief!) sunset later in the evening.

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Malinda’s beautiful flowers were the handiwork of Virginia from Flower Gallery

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Farid and Malinda booked us to stay on for the reception which was a lot of fun, with dancing and lots of laughter… especially as the happy pair were announced in by their MC!

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Malinda’s dad’s speech was excellent – he made reference to a dowry being owed but Farid was two steps ahead of him with miniature versions of the required pig and goat already on hand!

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Thank you so much Malinda and Farid for inviting us to capture your lovely wedding day… wishing you much love and happiness in the years ahead.

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Coming this week …

Coming this week… Farid and Malinda’s lovely wedding at The Estate

The Estate Waiheke Island

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Gaia Rowntree Exhibition…

Next Sunday evening, on the 14th of December, I am excited to be hosting a one night only exhibition of the paintings and photography of local teen Gaia Rowntree at the Emma Hughes Photography Studio space in Oneroa. (106 Oceanview Rd, Oneroa.)

Gaia is fundraising to attend ACG Senior College in Auckland for her final year of school… the school was so impressed with her that she has received a half scholarship but still needs to find several thousands of dollars in order to attend so she and her family are working towards making her dream a reality through several different events including this exhibition.

Gaia Rountree exhibiton, hosted at the Emma Hughes Photography gallery

I’ve been really impressed by Gaia’s photography and think she has a fabulous future ahead of her.

Please come along for a glass of wine & nibbles, and to support this talented artist.  Sunday 14th, starts at 7pm.

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Pre-wedding / engagement / ‘cherish the dress’ photography shoot!

Well as you can tell, I wasn’t quite sure what to call this shoot!  My business is a happy mix of Wedding and Portrait Photography … always has been … “Anything People” is what I tell anyone who asks what I love to shoot (and thus I manage to avoid the regular requests to shoot the spectacular houses and holiday homes that are so plentiful over here on Waiheke Island!).  For me there is just not the same level of satisfaction in shooting something I can’t make smile!!

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Occasionally these two worlds of portraiture and wedding photography collide like it did when I photographed Thanh and Tao recently for their pre-wedding Waiheke Island photos which will be shown at their wedding over in Vietnam next year.  In between now and then they are also having a pre-wedding day shoot in Vietnam so are bound to have an awesome array of images to celebrate their love together.

It’s not very common in New Zealand to shoot your photos on a completely different day to your wedding BEFORE the actual date, although I do get several enquiries each year from couples looking to do a “Wedding Shoot” separate of their wedding day for one reason or another;  sometimes they haven’t been happy with the images they had received from their photographer on their actual wedding or had run out of time on the day… or they just want to play dress up again! (a most excellent reason if you ask me!).

Whatever the reason, it’s such a lot of fun to travel this beautiful island with a couple of lovebirds and no time constraints. OK, enough of my talking, let me share some images with you from Tao and Thanh’s shoot… we started with a few engagement portraits in regular clothes at one of my favourite quick-stop spots.

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Tao and Thanh were so wonderful to photograph and seemed to really enjoy the shoot.  They had a very relaxed and loving connection with each other which always makes my job easy!

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We popped into the my studio in Oneroa and I did a few quick shots in there before we headed out to explore the island again.

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I just looooooove this photo above…

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It’s so nice to have the time to go to different locations and get such a range of images that you don’t normally have the time to capture on a wedding day.

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Onetangi Beach Wedding Photo on Waiheke Island

Um, wow Onetangi Beach… you are looking pretty amazing!

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We were fortunate to have a brief golden sunset to end the day.   (A little too brief actually, but I’ll take what I can get!)

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And then it was home again on the next ferry to Auckland… thanks Thanh and Tao for sharing a really enjoyable afternoon with me here on the Island of Weddings (as I heard someone recently refer to Waiheke as!).  Enjoy your beautiful life together x

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Frances and Richard’s Queensberry album…

One of the favourite moments in the whole interaction with my gorgeous clients is when they collect their album – it was such a buzz to see Frances and Richard’s enjoyment of actually seeing their wedding photos in print, especially in such a gorgeous album as the Queensberry Magazine Style albums I offer.  There was some gushing and ooh-ing and a bit of ahh-ing… music to a happy photographers ears!!

Here’s a few images of their finished album:

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Frances and Richard’s Choices:
ALBUM: 14×10″ Queensberry “Magazine Style” Album
COVER: Chocolate Leather with their names embossed

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The Jassy Dean Garden Safari Art Auction

This morning I dropped off my contribution to the Waiheke Art in the Garden Art Auction, which is part of a HUGELY popular annual event here called the Waiheke Island Garden Safari.  This year it is being held from the 7th – 9th November (this weekend!!) and is the major fundraiser for the Jassy Dean Trust, a charity that distributes financial support for sick kids here on the island.

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“Forgotten” : 16×16″ image printed on archival canvas

The Art Auction is being MC’ed this year by John Hawkesby and will be held at Pie Melon Bay, which is breathtakingly gorgeous.

Pie Melon Bay (Rorohara) on Waiheke Island

(And just as a side note, if any of my future brides are looking for a spectacular venue, Pie Melon Bay is available through Jan at Waiheke Island Weddings and Events… so … you know… just putting it out there Universe!)

This year will be the 14th Annual Garden Safari, and there are some amazing gardens to come and wander through – tickets available online at iticket – $35 each for a whole weekend’s worth of Garden Goodness! (kids are free).  Come and support a great cause!

PS  Get the full details HERE

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