I'm a destination wedding photographer based in Tauranga, New Zealand, documenting adventures worldwide. I shoot untraditional wedding images in a creative documentary style. Your wedding will be the funnest day of your life, I don’t want to interfere with that, I want to capture it as it unfolds naturally.
Aleece and Chris took a little adventure on their wedding day up Te Mata Peak in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. An amazing view to share with the one you love.
The portrait session is the only time of the day when the bride and groom get to spend any time alone, so I like to take them on a bit of adventure, go for a cruise around, catch their breath and take a few snaps before returning to the party.
I try and make my portrait shoots as much fun as possible, less about posing and more about the couple being themselves and having a good time. And when a horse is involved and it's having a good time, everyone's having a good time!
Mrid and Aash had just changed into their second outfit of their wedding day and were about to make their entrance into the reception when we shot this quick portrait in the evening light.
Here in New Zealand I get to shoot a lot of weddings on family farms and homes in rural areas. It's fun to incorporate elements from the family properties into the portrait shoot.
Becs and James had their wedding in a forest here in New Zealand. During their portrait shoot I let them stroll ahead into the woods and gave them a bit of space just to be themselves and fired off a few frames from a distance sniper style. On a wedding day the portrait shoot is really the only time the bride and groom get to spend alone together, so I make sure I give them an opportunity to enjoy this time.
This photo was taken at sunset during a quick break of the reception speeches. The New Zealand sun is really intense and even as it was setting this day the light was still super harsh, and I wasn’t very happy with what I shot. But fortunately as we were walking back to the venue I noticed this tree which helped diffuse the sun nicely and create this interesting backdrop..
Erica and Wayne got married at the amazingly beautiful Lake Tarawera in New Zealand. Instead of driving to ceremony Erica and her bridesmaids took the scenic route and traded a wedding car for a wedding boat. Sipping champagne on the roof of a vintage launch on such a beautiful day, the girls really arrived to the wedding ceremony in style.
I’d never shot a wedding before that involved sabrage which is the act of knocking the top off a bottle of champagne with a sword. The bride had never done this either, and her technique wasn’t the best smashing the entire top half of the bottle off. A shard of glass actually hit a flower girl cutting her arm, but the wound was minor and just required a band-aid. And now she’ll have a little reminder of the wedding forever.
I always encourage couples to make their bridal party shoots more of a fun adventure. These are their closest friends on the greatest day of their lives so I think it’s important to give them some time to just hang out together and enjoy the day. Add one hungry goat which is partial to flowers and it’s laughs all round. Then once it’s time to shoot the bridal party photos everyone’s more relaxed and is genuinely having a good time which is what I aim to portray in my wedding images.
Amie & Elliot got married in an old school house in the forest which unsurprisingly is called Old Forest School. Amie arrived in an amazing 1965 Mercedes which has only ever had one owner so we took an opportunity to go for a post ceremony cruise through the woodland roads
I’d had this idea in my head for a while so I was stoked to find a couple that were keen to schedule a shoot that coincided with the full moon. Unfortunately it was very cloudy that evening, but there was a little gap in the clouds at the perfect moment. They ended up with an unique photo and got to witness an amazing moonrise first hand.
Wedding cars come in all shapes and sizes. This classic old Land Rover was the perfect vehicle for Jess & Jordan’s forest wedding, we just had to get it started.
Anna & Cormac were quite a shy couple and really didn’t want traditional posed wedding photos. So we planned an hour of fun activities on their wedding day exploring secret forests, making friends with sheep, goats, pigs, dogs and kittens (the goats were pretty keen on Anna’s bouquet) and we also discovered a flying fox! They had such a good time, and that’s exactly what your wedding day should be about.
Bali is often referred to as “The Island of Love” and it’s the perfect place to get married. Kimberley & Craig had an amazing wedding day at Villa Bayuh Sabbah, perched on a cliff top, 50 metres above the dazzling azure sea, with spectacular bird’s eye views from the Bukit Peninsula. This was the last photo I took for the day and ended up being their favorite
I was shooting some portraits of the groomsmen when I turned around and noticed the girls having such a good time dancing in the long grass. Way to show up the guys! I just love capturing genuine moments at weddings.