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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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Rachael getting ready | wedding photography auckland

Have to confess that after choosing all these images to upload them on my blog,  I have realized, well…. reconfirmed!! how truly I love shooting wedding photography and how much I love being around brides when they are getting ready for their big day!…

Stunning Rach and her bridesmaids got ready at Rach’s mum house.  Loved her  colour palette of:  pink, green and gold stemmed from her Secret Garden theme. Bouquets were incredible pretty!

The Proposal:

Here’s Ash’s  story on how he  proposed to Rach, they met 7 years ago through mutual friends:

Rach and I had the afternoon off on the Friday June 1st 2012, we were overdue for a picnic so the plan was to prepare a picnic basket full of the things she loved (chocolates, cheese, champagne etc etc) and propose at Cornwall park in the sun.  However, the night before I could tell she knew it was coming, and I began to panic about the delivery, there would be no way to hide the basket without her knowing was what about to happen. So early that morning at 6am having hardly slept, I decided I would surprise her then and there, I set up the picnic basket by our bed and proposed while she was half asleep!  Of course she said yes!… and we still spent the day at Cornwall park having a picnic.



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Invitations and all wedding stationery was by Kate Jones @ Inkprints:

Hair was by Danielle Bryce and makeup by Sarika Patel.

Flowers were by Dellene Hunt, a Cambridge based Florist.


Janelle & Paul | wedding photography Auckland

Aprox a year ago, I met with Janelle & Paul  @ Auckland CBD to talk about my style of covering wedding photography….  was very happy when they booked me as their wedding photographer!  So here I am a year after, sharing their beautiful photos: from beginning to end. Enjoy!

J&P met through a mutual friend back in 2011.  One year after, Paul proposed to Janelle  while enjoying a sunset over Waiheke Island.

My day started covering the boys at Hotel de Brett…. alway a pleasure to shoot @Hotel de Brett and always fun covering the boys getting ready.   After that,  we went to cover the girls getting ready.  Janelle was looking not only stunning, but also very elegant and classy!  Loved her hair and make up done by Leisa Welch.  Her amazing gown was by Manuel Motta from Modes.

They had their ceremony and reception at Cassels – located in the beautiful Waitakere Ranges.

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Thankssss J&P for choosing Jessica Photography!


Mia…. Getting Ready_Waiheke wedding photographer

Stunning Mia got married at Mudbrick on Waiheke Island.

Please take a look at the stunning accesories….  loved it all!!!





She had the most beautiful proposal on the Whitsunday’s….
“Karl surprised me with a ride in a helicopter over the Whitsunday’s in QLD Australia, we landed on Whitehaven beach. Where we landed he had a picnic waiting with all my favourite food. After we had eaten he got down on one knee and proposed. It was AMAZING! And the most perfect place for a proposal”. 

Flowers – Blush By Kelly Amundsen.
Hair – Kieran Knight.
Make up – Abby Jayne Black
Invitations- The little paper pantry.