When I met Chloe & Tom back in March, for their beach engagement session, I knew straight away that theirs was going to be a great wedding to photograph! They are such a fun couple and had a wonderful laid back attitude to their wedding, and this came through in the style of the day, from start to finish!
I absolutely loved inviting these couples into my new studio, hearing their stories and learning a little more about their thoughts on a successful relationship. Some of these couples hadn't had a professional photo taken since their wedding day, so it was amazing to work with them and watch them relax and enjoy their time with each other in front of my camera.
I am sure, during your search for an Auckland wedding photographer, that you have come across the idea of an engagement shoot a number of times! Some wedding photographers offer them as an add on for a package, some don't offer them at all, and some include them as standard. I fall into the third category, and here are 8 great reasons why I think you should consider an engagement session as part of your wedding photography.
The first wedding of the season is normally one of mixed emotions for a wedding photographer. I swing precariously between absolute excitement at getting to experience more beautiful weddings, meet new couples and do what genuinely makes me happy - photograph people and their gorgeous weddings; and extreme nerves - what if I have totally forgotten how to use my camera?!!
I first met with Shana & Dan a few days before their maternity shoot, to have a chat about outfits, and ideas for their session, We decided to do the shoot at their home in Orewa. The light was just stunning there, and they had just finished setting up the nursery which was looking lovely. They were both very keen for their shoot to be as relaxed as possible, which I love, and it really suits that at home look.
James and Asal got married on a beautiful late summers day, at Mantells on the water, a quirky, classy and fun wedding venue in Auckland city centre.
Their wedding matched the venue perfectly, it was a gorgeous day, and the love James and Asal had for each other brought a tear to many eyes (mine included!!) After the ceremony, the newly-weds tied a length of rope into a reef knot - a knot that gets stronger the more it is pulled, and a symbol of their relationship. It fitted in perfectly with the harbour-side location, and really resonated with me as I was given a ring in the shape of the same knot by my Fiance!
Amanda (Amanda Wignell Photography) and I went to meet Emma, getting ready at her family bach in Omaha and what a way to start a beautiful day! We were greeted by her lovely family, and made to feel comfortable from the moment we walked in. She had a small bridal party of her sister and best friend, and there was so much love between the three of them.
Markovina Vineyard is a very popular wedding venue in Kumeu, Auckland, and it is easy to understand why! I absolutely love the chilled out vibe you get there, and the vines covering the roof of the restaurant are just amazing - it feels like you are in an indoor forest, not to mention the beautiful grounds for the ceremony. (Plus they always look after us with snacks...way to my heart!!)
Andrew & Julia travelled from their home in Australia, back to Andrew's home-town Keri Keri, to say their vows in front of family & friends in the stunning Opito Bay.
Their theme for the day was Peace, Love & Rock'n'Roll, and everyone chipped in to make the day the success that it was. Julia's bouquet of vintage brooches was made by Andrew's very talented Mum, Andrew's Grandmother officiated the ceremony, and all the family chipped in to help decorate the reception at Opito Bay Cruising Club. The result was lovely and the day was definitely filled with Peace, a lot of Love, some pretty Rock'n'Roll dancing, some happy tears of joy, and a lot of laugh-out-loud moments!!