Some faves from 2015…

Ooooh, it’s nearly 2016!!  I love this time of year, looking through the images I have taken form the year that has just been and choosing a few to share as my faves… this year it’s a bit of a mix of wedding moments and some of my personal shooting with one or two of my kiddos thrown in there for good measure!  Thanks for coming along for the ride x

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Happy New Year Everyone!  Hope your 2016 is everything you hope for… 😀

Elopement Wedding at The Boatshed, Waiheke Island

This little beauty is the last wedding of 2016 for me and was such a gorgeous way to finish out the year.  Paul and Helen flew from the UK to combine their magical wedding on Waiheke Island with a leisurely honeymoon in New Zealand.  What a perfect combo!

Choosing to get married at The Boatshed above Little Oneroa beach, Helen and Paul pulled out all the stops to craft a beautiful and intimate day celebrating their love.

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Helen’s bouquet, from the Waiheke Flower Company, not only looked beautiful but it smelled absolutely divine!

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Paul started his day with a wee trim under the careful hand of Jules from Hair on Waiheke

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Paul’s cuff links were handed down from his grandfather and had been in the family for many years.  Helen gave him a gift of a pocket watch time-piece to celebrate the wedding day.

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While Paul was hanging around downstairs looking effortlessly dapper, Helen was having a great time with Amy from The Beauty Spot Waiheke and hairdresser Jules as they prepared her for the big day…

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Waiheke Island Celebrant Irene Armstrong checks in on proceedings…

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Helen’s beautiful dress was from Jonathan James Couture

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I am very pleased to be able to confirm that the wedding cake which was the work of Mary Wright from Food with Flair was absolutely delicious!!  (One of the perks of photographing an elopement is that I usually get to share in some cake and bubbles following the ceremony!).

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A friend of the couple had written an amazing poem for them which they loved reading together following the ceremony…

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A sneaky shot of Helen and Paul having a bit of a smooch while I went off  to recce the grounds for our photoshoot at The Boatshed.

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Paul and Helen are keen gardeners and love spending time in their allotment at home so the Boatshed’s amazing garden was the perfect place to start our photo shoot…

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Then we were off to Onetangi Beach where we met some furry friends!

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We stopped by a vineyard as our time together drew to a close but by then the rain that had been threatening all day finally made an appearance!

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All the very best Helen and Paul, I know you will be loving your amazing holiday around New Zealand … what a fabulous way to get married in true style!!   Thank you for choosing me to photograph your special wedding day xx

Queensberry Wedding Album

Love getting emails like this one when Catherine received her gorgeous Queensberry Wedding Album this week …

Hi Emma,  Thank you so much for the absolutely stunning album. It by far exceeded my expectations. We love the way our album captures our special day. The layout and choice of photos are beautiful.
Thanks again for everything,
Have a great Christmas

Catherine and Stefan x

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ALBUM STYLE: 14×10″ Queensberry Storybook Album
ALBUM COVER: Chocolate Leather, with their names embossed

Have a great weekend everyone, Christmas is almost here!
😀
Emma

Amy + Daniel at The Goldie Room

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Amy and Dan tied the knot at wonderful Waiheke venue, The Goldie Room a couple of weeks ago.  Weather-wise it was a bit of a mixed bag with rain for a lot of the day in the lead up to the ceremony.  But this lovely couple’s easy going attitude to the weather meant that it was not a problem at all and everyone had a great time in the comfort of The Goldie Room’s cosy indoor spaces.

We started our photography coverage with the boys in their Palm Beach bach…

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There was quite a bit of fun and hilarity as I shot the portraits of the boys… in fact, Dan’s mum said they could hear the laughter from their house on the hill… yep, that’s them waving in the photo below from the house with the flag!

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I thought a friendly ‘pose off’ was in order and the boys were happy to oblige…

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Meanwhile, at the girls house things were coming along nicely under the expert hands of Amy from The Beauty Spot Waiheke and Jules from Hair on Waiheke…

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We had time for a few photos outside before we left for Goldie Room where we were meeting Dan and the boys for a ‘first look’ moment and pre-ceremony photo session.

 

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Love this sense of anticipation in these!

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Cute van by Kombi Experience

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We gave up on the outside shooting as the rain started to gt a little harder and opted instead to shoot in the stylish tasting room…

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As the guests started to arrive, the girls were bustled into the vintage Kombi van and taken for a bit of a drive which gave us time to capture the cute reception details.

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I think Amy got a little dose of the nerves when she pulled up :)

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It was a really moving ceremony with lots of laughter and a few tears…

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By the end of the ceremony the rain had cleared and we were able to go for a little walk around the gorgeous Goldie grounds including the lush grapevines and lone pohutukawa tree on the hill.

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Thanks Amy and Dan for inviting us to capture your beautiful, fun and easy-going wedding day… wishing you all the happiness in the world! xx

Waiheke Elopement: Den and Doug at Delamore Lodge

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Well it’s no secret at all that I LOOOOVE me a good elopement!  Eloping to Waiheke Island is definitely one of the better ways to have a stress free wedding day with all the enjoyment of a romantic holiday on a beautiful island.  An island which, by the way, was recently rated by Lonely Planet as the 5th Best Destination In. The. World.  Not too shabby, Waiheke.

Combine a stress free elopement with a magical venue like Delamore Lodge on a beautiful spring day and you have an easy recipe for a spectacular wedding … without further ado let me introduce you to Den and Doug, all the way from the United Kingdom!

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I loved Den’s dress, and flirty little lace number she brought over from the UK that suited her perfectly!  Doug was decked out in Scottish splendor in a kilt with all the trimmings.

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Den makes sure her man is looking ‘just so’.

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Final reading of the vows before the ceremony begins (love the look on Den’s face here!!) 😀

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Den and Doug’s wedding was officiated by local celebrant Rosemareyn van der Sluis who did a beautiful job of their simple and heartfelt ceremony.

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Delamore Lodge… absolutely spectacular!

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We spent a little bit of time photographing around Delamore Lodge before heading out to a couple of Waiheke locations that I thought would suit Den and Doug.  Definitely one of the great things about elopements from a photographers perspective is the freedom to explore and spend a little bit more time indulging in the creative photography session without the time constraints I would normally have on a wedding day.

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Keen walkers, who love nothing more than a good ramble, I thought a bit of native NZ bush would be a great start to our session.

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Congrats Den and Doug!  All the best for your beautiful future together… hope you enjoyed your fabulous weddingmoon in New Zealand! xx

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