The day after photographing Michaela & Rob’s intimate wedding on Waiheke, I was set to photograph a wedding on a completely different scale. Luisa & Jordan live in Melbourne, but came back home to be married in front of their large and loving family in Auckland. It was a day combining their Tongan and Samoan cultures and was just a joy to photograph.
Their ceremony was at Mt. Roskill’s Christ King Parish and then we drove an hour up North to Whangaparaoa Golf Course for the reception. (I must note here that Jordan had organised me a lunchbox for my drive and it was the cutest thing ever!) Whangaparaoa Golf Course gave us golf carts(!) and the whole bridal party could drive around the coast, giving us beautiful views and opportunity for so many photos.
Michaela & Rob’s wedding had three very important elements: their closest friends & family, great food and great wine.
Their intimate ceremony was held in the garden of Pegasus Lodge and then guests walked over to The Shed at Te Motu Winery. Whilst we had bright sun and blue skies for the ceremony, the afternoon light settled low and luminous for our shoot at the beach and in between Te Motu’s grape vines – just perfect!
I know this website is for my own photography but I thought it was the best place to share pictures from our wedding in Las Vegas. Stu & I had never been to Las Vegas, but thought getting married there was a good excuse to have an American road trip at the same time. (I also felt a traditional wedding in NZ wouldn’t be relaxing as my usual role as a wedding photographer would leave no mystery or surprises to what’s going on behind the scenes.)
Amazingly, family and friends were keen to join us and we had 40 guests from New Zealand, Australia, Seattle, San Francisco, Montana, Massachusetts, New York and Toronto (and multitudes of livestream viewers!)
The whole experience was the best and sooo easy – we spent most of our time in ‘old’ Vegas, which was incredibly charming. The people were so lovely, the food delicious and cruising around with a large group of people was a piece of cake.
These photos are taken by Lucinda McConnon, who went well beyond our brief of ‘we just want one nice photo’, the ceremony and chapel photos are by Kalin from the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel (a few of Luci’s are in there too) and the rest are by the dearest Kerri Strothard who got all of the extras as well as polaroids.