Waiuku wedding photographer | Matt and Kim

I feel so honoured to have been invited along to Matt and Kim's wedding! The ceremony was held in Matt's parents back garden, and it was glorious looking out over the estuary while they exchanged vows.  I don't know if this is a common thing for wedding photographers, but I kinda fell in love with these guys who really looked after me throughout the day and were so down-to-earth and friendly.

Heading away with Matt and the groomsmen in the morning to their bach down the river to shoot clay pigeons was a whirlwind adventure, and I had so much fun at their hunting man-cave. Coming back to see Kim get her dress on with lots of help from her mum and bridesmaids, then to document their first look made me so happy! Then we explored old sheds and fields of a family friend and had a picnic (all with Kim wearing high-heels after just recently healing from a broken ankle) and came back to all the guests arriving for the ceremony. The speeches all had me grinning from ear to ear and I was enjoying them so much I had to keep reminding myself to take photos. It really felt as though the bridal party, and all the guests were one big family which I suppose is what happens after 10 years of being together before tying the knot. I really find it so hard to choose just a few images from such epic wedding days. So here is a selection... (a few hundred).

Wanaka wedding adventure | Amanda and Owen | Rippon Vineyard

I went to a friends wedding. Without the kids.  I spent two nights away from them. It's the first time I've ever spent a night away from them. The wedding was in Wanaka, so we flew over the amazing southern scenery, drove over the crown range, found our apartments, got ready for the wedding, joined the rest of the guests to watch the ceremony and watched the helicopter fly off to epic photography locations. I drunk lots of beer and had an awesome time. I took my camera because I couldn't not bring it. It's really really rare that I get to visit places like this. So here are a lot of scenery photos and photos of my friends AND some photos of the most amazing bride and groom. Thank you to Simon Darby for letting me pop out for a few minutes to get a few shots of Owen and Amanda (and letting me use his lens). And then some next day hangover photos and skating and climbing and more scenery and then it snowed on our way back to Queenstown! I probably wasn't dressed for snow.

Omaha wedding photographer | Ben and Tiff

I was asked to come and help out at Ben and Tiffany's wedding by Gemma Flay Photography since she knew I was keen to get experience. Driving over the hill after passing through Omaha with all it's extreme new building to the old farm house was an amazing contrast and an adventure in itself. I was wondering if the gravel road would ever end. It did... next to an amazing little set of private beaches and two houses that were completely the opposite from each other.  

I arrived early enough so I was able to go and meet the bride, and have a minute with her and her bridesmaids while they were getting ready in the big house on the hill. Then I went to photograph the Groom and groomsmen getting ready in the old house. In the tiny room with 6-8 people crammed in at any given time, the room that was about 10 degrees hotter than any of the other rooms, with the old duvet and the old mirror that was too short and had butterfly stickers on it. Funnily enough, again, these are my favourite photos of the day. I loved being a fly on the wall recording the moments between the four brothers and the close family friends. The nerves, the tension, the fiddling with bow ties and cuff-links. You get the picture. And then after the ceremony the groom twirling his new ring on his finger. The girls Facebook status update break. The Double Browns. The beach. The eyelashes. The groomsmen and bridesmaids...

The afternoon was beautiful, with the bride and her two daughters all looking gorgeous. And knowing the hard time they had all been through in recent times with their youngest daughter having gone through surgery and chemotherapy, made being there, at their place, all the more meaningful. Then I left before the reception began. I'm sure the rest of their night was full of laughter and happiness. Here are some of the photos I took... my second wedding photographing experience!