new zealand wedding photography

Te Mata Peak Engagement by Catherine Te Reo

Renee and Josh live in Napier so what a better location than Havelock Norths golden Te Mata Peak for their engagement.  I also have to touch on what a small world NZ is.  Renee contacted me a few months back about my photography.  Her Mum must have recognised my surname because she pointed out my Dad used to be their neighbour, and then Renees Dad pointed out he used to be my Husbands old league coach.  I love how everyone is connected its like you have this unsolved mystery with a stranger that you need to uncover :)  

Thank you for such a lovely afternoon guys!  I can't wait for your wedding.

ps. I count my lucky eggs everyday because I am seriously blessed with the job I have.  I get to travel to beautiful locations (with husband in tow), AND spend the afternoon with two amazing people.  We had bitterly cold wind, icicles on our eyes lashes and driving rain for the most part - if you love what you do everything turns into a positive, I'm looking at the photos thinking "did we really have terrible weather?" make everything you do worth it - when you do - the sun always shines.  Okay I need to stop reading online motivational quotes.  Big ramble from me today.

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Craggy Range Wedding by Catherine Te Reo

Natalie and Elliot had an ah-ma-zing wedding in the beautiful Hawkes Bay.  It was a treat to be in Havelock North for these "I Do's".  Even better - StyleMe Pretty loved their wedding so much they featured it on their blog!  So heres a little piece cut from the blog:

From the Bride…"One year ago i got woken up at 2am in the morning and flown to a tropical island were my husband completely surprised me and proposed.

Planning our wedding brought me so much joy —  I could be a wedding planner full time!
Me and my husband knew that we were the ‘All or nothing’ types of people so we planned a wedding with the thought in mind that we would only do it once!

I had one year to plan my wedding, but thankfully since I work in event management I didn’t struggle when it came to organizing. I set a timeline for myself and tried to tick off a few tasks each week when I had spare time.

I researched like crazy (mainly getting inspiration from Style Me Pretty of course), and i didn’t give up on my vision. I felt like I knew exactly how I wanted the day to look — an elegant garden affair.

I am not a DIY person so every little detail I had to look into & finding somewhere and living in a small town my options were limited.. but i did it.

Our day was like a fairytale. We were married at one of the most amazing vineyards in New Zealand wine country at Craggy Range. We had our ceremony outside, reception inside, and then a separate marquee set up next to a lake for dancing.

It was a 14-person grooms party which made it that much more fun! I think the more, the better. We have friends who are brilliant musicians and they created there own cover band for our wedding which was a major highlight.

Overall all the thing I loved the most about our wedding was that I had put so much love and time in to planning it that when it came to the day every thing was special in some form or another….. and and also to top it up off I got too marry the man of my dreams and begin an adventure together for the rest of our lives. :)

I hope you like our day as much as we do.." - Natalie Cole

Photography: Poppy Moss Photography | Flowers: Sugar Snap | Dress: Ru De Seine | Stationary:Wakefields Digital | Wedding Shoes: Benjamin Adams | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jill Demechey | Make Up:Heather Vette | Hair: Melissa Reid | Jewelery: Alluvium | Marqee Hire: Capri Events | Venue: Craggy Range

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Kareshma and Raj II by Catherine Te Reo

Here is Part Two of Raj and Kareshmas Wedding celebration.  Kareshma wore the most beautiful Anna Schimmel long sleeve gown, the beading and details were just exquisite (we had to be careful around Bosley the Cat - he loved it just as much as everyone else).  Raj and the boys turned heads with their very suave Working Style Suits. They said "I Do" at St Georges Church in Epsom and then had the party at Villa Maria Winery at Airport Oaks.  We had ample time for photos and worked up a photo storm at Cornwall Park and in Mangere Bridge.  It was another very cool day and I have to thank everyone for being so friendly, welcoming and generally just amazing to be around - so much laughing, cheering and warmth.

Special mentions to Kate Wark of Kate Wark Photography for being that special second photographer gal who helped me with the boys and ceremony.  Cant wait to work together again (Mexico? Japan? Tahiti? Any preference? Hehe) and Rachelle Fisher for the amazing makeup!  You are so good at what you do, I can't wait to see more work of yours!

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Kareshma and Raj by Catherine Te Reo

Kareshma and Raj are the craziest most fun couple ever - as soon as I met them for our first meeting I knew we would be friends even well after the wedding.  Easy to talk to, easy to laugh and joke around with.  I was lucky enough to spend two amazing days with them for their two-part wedding celebration. For the first day we started off at Cornwall Park for their bridal session where Kareshma arrived in the most beautiful White Sari I have ever seen.  She looked absolutely stunning! Raj was looking very dapper rocking his suit like a Prince.  We then followed up Cornwall park with their Ceremony at the Mahatma Ghandi Centre in Mt Eden.  As my first time shooting an Indian Ceremony I was completely taken back with the explosion of colour.  All the women looked stunning in their colourful Sari's and as a photographer who loves colour - this was a dream come true!  

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