Monthly Archives: March 2014
Kat & Sarah | NZ wedding photographer | Te Arai Coast Lodge

Kat & Sarah –  chose  the amazing Te Arai Coast Lodge for their wedding day. The place is just incredible !!  the girls Googled ‘mid century design venue’ and found it!! –  The house is located somewhere in the middle of Mangawhai Heads, very close to Pakiri Beach.  When we arrived,  K&S + their team of friends were about to start setting up the stunning table, so perfect for us to cover all the preparations.

K&S both originate from the UK, so they  were joined by many friends and family who’d made the long trip over.   A friend jet in from Dubai and of course guests who live here in Auckland.  A lovely part of the day was being joined by their eight nephews and nieces!

For their palette/theme –  K&S decided to choose simply styles and design they liked. They ended up with a natural vibe land lots of whites, pinks and neutral touches.  The flowers gave that burst of colour that they wanted to have.

They did all of the planning themselves  – we’re both project managers by trade so it came quite naturally to us!  We’re also both art graduates so love the opportunity to get back into anything creative!  We did the planning over the course of about a year – starting with our amazing venue and letting that spark ideas and dictate all of the details afterwards.

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I asked them what inspired to decor their beautiful table:

We just had a vision for it!  We wanted it to be social so the long table was a great way to bring everyone together.  We really like vintage tableware so went for cut crystal glasses but simple plates so it wasn’t OTT vintage.  The chair tiebacks were inspired by Pinterest!  And we love lace, so it was great to have touches of that.  We also felt that the lodge itself was such an amazingly beautiful place that we didn’t need to do much else – so the table was always going to be our focal point.

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Kat sewed the bunting and made the chair tie backs using fabric from Spotlight!

The name cards (invitations and save the dates) were printed from

The place holders were from

Straws and favour bags from

Sarah handmade the candle holders from old jars that we collected, wrapping them in twine and filling some with sand.

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Rach & Ash | A Secret Garden themed wedding |auckland wedding photographer

Rach & Ash chose ‘Secret Garden” as their themed for their wedding… always lucky to be an auckland wedding photographer and find location spots for everybody!  Check out the super romantic photos around the Winter Gardens and  Judges Bay – which matched perfectly with their theme.

Pink, green and gold coloured their wedding beautifully.  The Stunning bouquets and flowers at the Receptios where by Dellene Hunt, a Cambridge based Florist


I would recommend brides to make sure they have plenty of time to plan and enjoy the process of organising their wedding! You only get to do it once, so have fun!

Pinterest really is the greatest tool when planning a wedding. It provides so many ideas and inspiration for everything you can imagine.

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The stunning DRESS:  Rach designed her dress:  “I picked the fabric and had it made by Cathy Francis. A dress maker based out in Bucklands Beach. I had always known what I wanted my dress to look like, it was just a matter of finding someone who could make it – and Cathy was perfect!”

The BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES were purchased from Natasha Millani in Australia.

The GROOM and GROOMSMEN SUITS were from Dorset Suit Hire and waistcoats from Exclusive Suit Hire.

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They had approx. 80 guests made up of close family and friends.

Rach’s mum made the cake!

Most of the decorations were DIY,  they collected about 80 jars over the past year!

THE BEST PART:  Becoming Mrs Wee and seeing everyone so happy

FOR THEIR HONEYMOON: R&A escaped to Queenstown.


Such a pleasure to be your photographer, thanks for choosing me!

….wishing you all the very best now and always, Jess xx