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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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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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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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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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Ash and Matt’s Engagement Shoot

Happy Valentines Day!  To celebrate luuurve today I thought I would share a gorgeous recent engagement shoot with these two love-birds.  Matt and Ash volunteered to be models for the lovely Lavara and myself during a recent play-shoot we did.  This was a session that Lavara organised one evening just for the sheer enjoyment of shooting and it was fabulous.  We couldn’t have asked for a better couple, Matt and Ash had amazing chemistry and happily followed us down narrow trails to some of Waiheke’s hidden spots.  Hope you enjoy!

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This last shot was lit by cell-phone!  Lavara’s idea that she had seen somewhere.  I must admit I was a bit dubious as to how it would turn out but I love it… the perfect amount of illumination for the subject.

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Melissa and Craig’s beautiful wedding day at Goldie Room

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Melissa and Craig were our last wedding of 2013 and we honestly could not have asked for two lovelier people to round off another year of beautiful weddings with.  Dream clients 100%, with wonderful friends, guests and family to make the day even better!

We met Craig, his groomsmen and a couple of friends (theirs, not ours) down at Onetangi Beach where beach cricket was the order of the day, along with a game of steal the cricket stick flag suggested by a mischievous groomsmen… unfortunately this made Craig rather sandy so the obvious solution was to throw Craig in the ocean.  Well obvious to me and the groomsmen, but maybe Craig wasn’t so keen on the idea!

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Meanwhile at the Onetangi Beach Apartment, right across the road from the beach, Melissa and her girls were silently preparing for the ceremony.  The atmosphere was hushed and had a very sacred feeling as they prepared… not because of any planned reverence but because Melissa (who by all accounts is never unwell), had laryngitis and was saving her voice in the hope that she could say her vows when the time came.  :-( Lemon.  Honey.  Ginger.  Repeat.  Lemon.  Honey.  Ginger.  Repeat…

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The veil going in!!

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Melissa’s hair and make up was done by Jen from Bridal Beauty and her stunning flowers were by Virginia from Flower Gallery

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The wedding ceremony itself took place at Goldie Room, a favourite venue of mine which has nailed the perfect mix of casual charm with wedding day elegance… styling by the ever stylish Sophia from My Waiheke

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Our bride arrives…

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And yes, Melissa’s voice came through and she made her vows, slightly husky, but definitely audible!

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We took a few photos around the picturesque grounds of Goldie Vineyard while Melissa and Craig’s guests played a selection of vintage games (available from the Vintage Amusement Company) and enjoyed fun antics in The Amazing Traveling Photobooth, available on Waiheke Island from My Waiheke Weddings and Events

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Melissa looking completely beautiful above, while the boys totally rock the boy band shot!

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Melissa and Craig’s cake was created by Mary Wright from Food with Flair (insider information: we stayed to photograph the reception dinner so I got to taste the cake and it was very yummy indeed!)

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Reception styling from Sophia at My Waiheke

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I can confirm that some pretty wicked dancing went down on the 21st December last year!

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And for something completely different, Melissa and Craig set up a toastie station to curb those late night munchies that can hit at the most inconvenient of times…  Utter brilliance!

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Ahhhhhhhhh, lovely lovely lovely.  Such a beautiful day.  Thank you Melissa and Craig, and all the very best for your beautiful future together.  If it’s anything like your wedding day it will be filled with lots of laughter, joy, and the sincere love of those that surround you.  xx

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