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So… this year I had a significant birthday.  Despite living on the beautiful island that is Waiheke, I had never been on a ‘tropical island holiday’ so to celebrate (and to avoid having to throw a 40th birthday party), Lance and I decided we would take the kids to the Edgewater Resort in Rarotonga!

We managed to organise the whole thing without letting our darlings know that anything was up, and broke the news to them on the morning on my birthday… the same day we flew out!  I’m pretty sure they could hear my daughter’s excited scream all the way down the mainstreet on Oneroa!

It was a really lovely time and so special to be able to step out of the daily grind for a few days.  The weather was a bit dodgey when we first got there but got progressively better each day until we left.  We snorkeled a little (the water was not overly ‘tropical’), read, walked along the beach, drank the occasional cocktail and sat around on loungers doing not much…  H+A+P+P+Y!!

Here’s a few pics from the trip.

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And my favourite shot from the trip… you’ve just got to wonder what that little fishy was thinking!! x

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Waiheke Wedding Photographer || Ken and Amber’s beautiful wedding at Goldie Vineyard

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I’m really excited to share this gorgeous wedding with you… Ken and Amber’s day is absolute proof that you don’t need a perfect blue sky day to create an incredible wedding.  Their day was very romantic and full of candlelit goodness, joy and warmth as they tied the knot surrounded by their family and friends at the fabulous Goldie Vineyard.

Ken started his day at a private bach in Palm Beach with his groomsmen, who were all laid back and having a great time in the lead up to the day.

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The rain was in and out through out the day with a sprinkle here and there as we left to visit the girls who were getting ready at Onetangi Beach Apartments.

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You’ve gotta love a bride who wears white leather converse on her wedding day! (A wedding day gift from her equally awesome groom).

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I just adore this photo above of the back view of Amber’s dress, which she had custom made in China.   Amber is such a poised and beautiful bride and I loved photographing her!

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The rain was holding off so we braved the elements to get a glimpse of the ocean… but as you can see below, the wind whipped up and we ended having to go back inside pretty promptly!

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So so pretty – I love all of these images, shot with a lensbaby to create that lovely soft dreamy feeling.  Amber chose Kelly from Auckland based salon Morgan and Morgan to do the hair, and Deb Tan to do the make up for her and the girls.

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Due to the weather, the ceremony was held in The Tasting Room, Goldie’s wet weather venue.  Ken was showing signs of nerves as he waited for his beautiful bride…

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Their ceremony, which was officiated by the lovely Irene Armstrong, began with a Chinese Tea Ceremony to honour their parents.

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The wind had picked up a bit so we did a few photos inside before braving the elements up on top of the famous Goldie hill.

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It’s pretty hard to control massive orange balloons in windy situations and by and large I think they did a pretty good job… almost!

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While we were off shooting, their guests and family played some games and enjoyed the fun and frivolity of The Amazing Traveling Photobooth which Ken and Amber had hired for the occasion.

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When all the guests had gone through to be seated for the reception we had time for a few more photos in the candlelit Tasting Room…

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Amber’s response to one of the groomsmen yelling “Get a room!” while they were kissing.

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Lovely!! Thanks Amber and Ken for choosing us to capture your incredibly beautiful wedding day.   Enjoy this sneak peek! x

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Melissa and Craig featured in My Wedding!

OOh, check out my beautiful bride Melissa in the latest edition of My Wedding mag…

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Styling by the wonderful Sophia Hoadley at My Waiheke.

(iphone pics using Hipstamatic)

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George and Steve’s beautiful wedding album…

I felt really privileged to capture the wedding day of George and Steve earlier this year… George, the editor of the Waiheke Marketplace, is a very stylish and fun loving woman so to be chosen to capture their day meant a lot to me.  Hope you enjoy these few images of their album, showcasing their beautiful wedding day…

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Steve’s bridal party, which included his teenage son, provided a relaxed and easy-going start to the day.

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The beautiful George!  I especially love the gorgeous black and white photo above of her laughing with her mum, sister and niece… such a beautiful family moment.

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They had their wedding at the new home of close friends, with historical landmark Putiki-o-Kahu, (otherwise known as ‘Maori Hill’) in the background on a blindingly hot Saturday in March.

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After their wedding we went for some photos at a fabulous local walking track in Rocky Bay which is a favourite Sunday stroll location for George and Steve and provided the a perfect ending to their day.

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GEORGE AND STEVE’S ALBUM CHOICES:
ALBUM STYLE: 10X7″ Matted Style
ALBUM COVER: Silver Buckram Linen, with names embossed.
PAGE COLOUR: White
OVERLAY MATT COLOUR: White

 

 

 

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Queensberry Wedding Album \\ Waiheke Wedding Photographer

Miwako and Masatomo received their wedding album last week … this is what they said:  “We really love the album and we believe it will make us always feel happy when we look at each photo.  The wedding photos are treasure in our lives…”.  So lovely getting comments like these!

Here are a few shots of the album from their beautiful wedding at Mudbrick Vineyard, one of Waiheke Island’s finest wedding venues…

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Above: Masatomo and Miwako’s first page, which had a see through title page over the top of it giving their names and the date of their wedding.
Below: Their intimate wedding meal was set up on Mudbrick’s mezzanine floor area which is the perfect size for a small gathering.

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A detail showing the gold pages

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Their wedding was in June and it was one of those perfect Waiheke Island days, crisp gorgeous blue skies with just a hint of the autumn leaves still on the Mudbrick vines.

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Their last page was my favourite!

ALBUM STYLE: Matted 10×7″ album
COVER: Ivory Bookbinders Linen with names blind embossed
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