Journal

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NZIPP IRIS Awards 2018

This shot from Leonie's wedding was award Bronze at the recent IRIS awards

I'm not a big fan of art type awards as it's pretty subject on what people think is good or bad compared to what is technical correct and what takes skill and the right moment. So to be honest I'm not a big fan of NZIPP or the IRIS awards hence I never entered before (a lot of it is just photoshop editing and composite imagery rather than a photo, which overall the competition is still) but I thought what the heck, let's see what this thing is all about and it would be a good experience none the less.

So, off the bat it was a hugely expensive process, from the high cost per print entry, the hidden handling costs which were huge and then actually getting around to actually printing and mounting my images. I ended up submitting three images in total, I would of loved to of entered more but when it is around $150-200 per print that shit adds up.

The images I narrowed it down to were the barn image of Ché + Adam dancing at Tarureka (pretty iconic photo spot which everyone gets done at Tarureka, beautiful place, some pretty versions had been entered previously and had been awarded silvers so was a good bet). The 2nd one was from Brigitta + Fred's wedding at Wharerata running in the rain, I loved that moment, and the image and that wedding so I had quite a bit of emotional connection to it. Both these images just missed out on getting Bronze by a couple of points, with one judge wanting Brigitta as a high Bronze so that was great to know. 

The final image I entered was from Leonie + Mark's backyard wedding. It was just after the ladies had finished getting ready and they went straight into an impromptu pray. I just tried to be discrete and quiet as possible but also take a few snaps to capture the moment. I love being in these tight emotional moments, and to capture it was ace. One judge had this image as a Silver, and tried his best to fight for it against the judges, in the end it missed silver by a couple of points, but to have the one highly respected current wedding photographer judge get the emotion in the image and what it takes to only be in that space and moment but also capture a tear was great.

So to come away with a Bronze (which was nearly a Silver) and just miss out on a couple more was successful, I learned heaps, I realised competitions like these are fun and I met a bunch of other awesome creatives. Would I enter again? Probably not, it's too fucking expensive, it' s not really a photo competition and it's not really relevant in this day and age in its current format. Maybe if the judges were more relevant, the actual focus was on photos rather than some composite photoshopped picture or there was more defined distinct categories maybe I might look at it again. But in it's current state it doesn't really have a place in the current wedding industry but in saying that, congrats to all the award winners and other creatives who took the plunge, it takes big cahoonies to have you work displayed in public to get judged.

Now back to smashing out real photos for real people and smashing life, yeoooow!!!!

www.davidle.co.nz

Sarah + Andrew // The Milk Station, Otaki

The Milk Station in Otaki has to be up there with one of my most favourite venues in New Zealand, it's a place you don't need to go off site for photos or really do anything to it and it still just looks so good. Then you add in the styling of Sarah + Andrew and it takes the place to whole new level of perfect.

Full preview in the link below
https://davidle.co.nz/sarah-andrew-milk-station

Film Sink or Surface
Co Shooter Toni Larsen
Dress Astra Bridal / Sottero & Midgley
Jewellery Meadowlark
B Shoes Mi Piaci
BM Dresses Claire Palmer
Groom Farrys 
Suits Hallensteins 
Cake Sweet Bakery & Cakery 
Hair Mel Campbell
MUA Emma Kate 
DJ DJ Max 
Photobooth Photobooth Fun
Celebrant Pinky Agnew
Caterer Simply Food

Victoria + Sam // Brackenbridge Country

I don't really have a "wedding season" that I work too, which means I shoot weddings all year round, in all weather conditions that little old New Zealand throws at us.

Victoria + Sam got married on a brisk winters day, down in the Wairarapa utilising some of the best venues, all mixed in with sun, rain, wind and fog. The ceremony + reception was held at Brackenbridge Estate, we did the first look at Burnside Church and drove into the back blocks of Pirinoa to Pallisters Ridge for the bridal photos.

Checkout the full gallery in the link below
Victoria + Sam // Brackenbridge

Brackenbridge Estate  |  Pallisters Ridge  |  Burnside Church

Escaping winter to Rarotonga

We escaped the wet windy winter for the beautiful wet windy island week in Rarotonga. When things don't go to plan on your wedding day, you've just got to roll with the punches.

Jade + Lee's destination island wedding, check out the full post in the link below!
https://davidle.co.nz/jade-lee-cook-islands

Bridal Studio |  Florabunda

A little magic at Wharerata

Beautiful late autumn colours, some great vendors and the team at Wharerata doing what they do, Sarah + Nav's wedding is up on the bloggo!

Sarah + Nav
https://davidle.co.nz/sarah-nav-wharerata

Cake The Crafted and Co Hair Veronica Jayne MUA Kate O'Hara Bride's Dress Modcloth BM Dresses Kilt Groom Barkers Groomsmen Van Meer Suit Hire Venue Wharerata Rings Partridge Jewellers Stationery Belle Hannah Papiere Etsy

Amanda + Ryan // Together Journal Feature

 Amanda + Ryan's wedding at  Tarureka Estate  has been featured over at  Together Journal.

Amanda + Ryan's wedding at Tarureka Estate has been featured over at Together Journal.

Amanda + Ryan's wedding at Tarureka Estate has been featured over at Together Journal. Checkout the full feature in the link below. Beautiful styling, classic venue and that dress!

Click the link below for the full feature
Amanda + Ryan // Together Journal

Dress Bride The Bridal Atelier Melbourne / Rue De Seine, Roxy dress
Bridesmaid Zimmermann
Flowergirl Witchery Kids
Bride Shoes Wittner
Bridesmaid Shoes Windsor Smith
Groom and Groomsman suit Peter Jackson
Groom and Groomsman shoes Florsheim
Hair Beneath the Veil Nicole Brown
Make up Renee Tomuri Makeup Artist
Celebrant Patricia Robbie

Together Journal

Amanda + Ryan’s wedding at Tarureka Estate has been featured over at Together Journal

Dress Bride The Bridal Atelier Melbourne / Rue De Seine, Roxy dress
Bridesmaid Zimmermann
Flowergirl Witchery Kids
Bride Shoes Wittner
Bridesmaid Shoes Windsor Smith
Groom and Groomsman suit Peter Jackson
Groom and Groomsman shoes Florsheim
Hair Beneath the Veil Nicole Brown
Make up Renee Tomuri Makeup Artist
Celebrant Patricia Robbie

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That sweet Palmy rain at Wharerata

Oh my lordy, when Palmy turns it on it really turns it on. It pissed buckets on Saturday but lucky for Sarah + Nav, they planned their wedding inside at the beautiful Wharerata hidden away in the gardens of Massey University.

Chilled, styley and fun loving peeps - more people like Sarah + Nav pretty please x

Oh and here's a quick gazillion multiple exposure wizardry because everyone likes a little Harry Potter magic .... (disclaimer, I have never watched or read Harry Potter...my bad)

Cake The Crafted and Co  |  Hair Veronica Jayne  |  MUA Kate O'Hara  |  Bride's Dress Modcloth   |  BM Dresses Kilt  |  Groom Barkers  |  Groomsmen Van Meer Suit Hire  |  Florist Jillybud |  Venue Wharerata  |  Rings Partridge Jewellers |  Stationery Belle Hannah Papiere Etsy

Cook Island Wedding Film

We escaped the wet windy winter for the beautiful wet windy islands...Took some photos, danced in the rain and shot a little film, check back soon for full bog post, yeeeeooooow!!!

Short film for Lee + Jade's sweet intimate island wedding

Bridal StudioCrown Beach Resort  | Nixon  |  Florabunda

#formyBrada #whatyoupacking #jagermeister #fourheartsonestone #premiumboy #IamaMAN #trusttheprocess #destinationwedding

Georgie + Glenn // Wairarapa Wedding

 Georgie + Glenn's backyard wedding is up on the bloggo!!!

Georgie + Glenn's backyard wedding is up on the bloggo!!!

Must admit I love backyard weddings. Georgie + Glenn's was one of those. We dodge the rain most of the day, but even a little moistness couldn't dampen the smiles off these cheeseburgers. Beautiful colour palettes, babes for days and one classic original from Lloyd, click the link below for the full preview!!

G2Hitched
https://davidle.co.nz/georgie-glenn-wedding

Florals He Puti Puti |  MUA The Villa Beauty Therapy  |  Catering Broughton and Moore  |  Dress Hello Romeo Bridal Boutique  |  Stationery Emma Cate Design |  Suits Barkers  |  BM Jewellery Zoe Porter Jewellery  |  Rings Chele Clarkin - Cambridge Collection and Geoff Taylor Goldsmith |  BM Outfits Robyn Pascoe dressmaker for skirts and Decjuba  |  Cakes Glenn’s mum Maria  |  Band The Relatives |  Marquee Festival Hire Masterton 

Sarah + Andrew // The Milk Station

The Milk Station in Otaki has to be up there with one of my most favourite venues in New Zealand, it's a place you don't need to go off site for photos or really do anything to it and it still just looks so good. Then you add in the styling of Sarah + Andrew and it takes the place to whole new level of perfect.

Beautiful little details, gorgeous colours and an amazing set up. Here's a few frames from their wedding from this weekend, soooo good, can't wait to share more!

Film Sink or Surface |  Co Shooter Toni Larsen  |  Dress Astra Bridal / Sottero & Midgley  |  Jewellery Meadowlark |  B Shoes Mi Piaci  |  BM Dresses Claire Palmer |  Groom Farrys  | Suits Hallensteins  |  Cake Sweet Bakery & Cakery  |  Hair Mel Campbell  |  MUA Emma Kate  |  DJ DJ Max  |  Photobooth Photobooth Fun  |  Celebrant Pinky Agnew |  Caterer Simply Food  |  Stationery Bride

Jono + Caitlin // Wallaceville House

Wedding season has been treating me to some awesome couples who are surrounded by awesome people. This weekend took me back down to Wellington for the wedding of Jono + Caitlin and my first time shooting at the majestic Wallaceville House tucked away in the hills of Upper Hutt.

As always we had some quality banter, adventured in the country side, jumped some fences and took some bloody sweet photos - and I got to hang with my boy Ben from Sink or Surface, so good!

Treat yourself to some pics above, make sure to keep an eye out for more!

www.davidle.co.nz

Film Sink or Surface | Venue Wallaceville House | Shoes Tony Bianco Shoes | Dress Brides of Sydney Miranda | Grooming Barkers Groom Room 

Leonie + Mark // Backyard Wedding

Smashing through the editing in my freezing cold office - delivered a bunch of weddings and blogged a few too, checkout Leonie + Mark's peeeerfect Backyard Wedding, link in the below!

Leonie + Mark // Backyard Wedding
https://davidle.co.nz/leonie-mark-aokautere

Dress Paperswan Bride | Suits Barkers | BM Dresses boohoo.com | Hair Rose's Haircare and Beauty | MUA Christiana Cleland - Makeup Artist | Cake Beth's cakes | Ceremony Aokautere Community Church - Palmerston North

Lisa + John // Nocton Woolshed Clevedon

I love being a part of new things, and this one was the new Auckland venue Nocton Woolshed in Clevedon where Lisa + John tied the knot over the weekend.

It was unbelievably cruisey, like so cruisey that after the first look and bridal photos pre ceremony, John got undress and went for a swim. Great vendors, great banter and great people, love it, check out a few sneak frames from their Auckland wedding.

Venue Nocton Woolshed |  Catering TownMouse Catering  |  Cake of Cheese Cheesecake Shop  |  Hair by Chels  |  MUA Smitchy  |  Film  Shaun Paul Creative  |  Co-Shooter Olga // Wild & Grace

www.davidle.co.nz

10 years of lovin'

With this old wedding gig I get to meet some awesome and talented people. One of them is the best Celebrant this side of the long white cloud, Patricia Robbie. We've done a few weddings together now, and she is easily the best I've worked with, super lovely, super professional and goes the extra mile doing all the little things to help your wedding day go super smooth.

She got in contact with me recently to take a few snaps of her and Jeremy for their 10 year wedding anniversary. We met at a random beach on the Kapiti Coast, we wandered the sand dunes, met a random lost dog and took some snaps.

Happy anniversary team, hope you enjoy your kid free week! PS If you don't have a celebrant, look no further, you won't regret it!

www.davidle.co.nz

A Mission to the Peak

Happy Easter and happy long weekend. I spent my long weekend in the sunny Hawke's Bay, and between my little break away I had the pleasure of documenting the wedding of Nicole + Ben held at the beautiful winery that is Mission Estate in Napier.

The best day, with the most gorgeous blooms and breathtaking first look views at the top of Te Mata Peak. Here's a few sneaky peakies from this weekend!

Mission Estate Winery  |  Cameron Jewellery Max Wilson  |  Avodah  |  Nicola Nicolson Petit Fours  |  Ame Karenee  |  Micki Michau  |  Hallensteins Bridal Studio  |  Beaukaye Florist  |  Works by JC  |  Miss frou frou Volume DJ

#G2getHITCHED

Must admit I love backyard weddings. Georgie + Glenn's was one of those. We dodge the rain most of the day, but even a little moistness couldn't dampen the smiles off these cheeseburgers. Beautiful colour palettes, babes for days and one classic original from Lloyd, ahhh so freakin' good, can't wait to share more!

www.davidle.co.nz

Florals He Puti Puti |  MUA The Villa Beauty Therapy  |  Catering Broughton and Moore  |  Dress Hello Romeo Bridal Boutique  |  Stationery Emma Cate Design |  Suits Barkers  |  BM Jewellery Zoe Porter Jewellery  |  Rings Chele Clarkin - Cambridge Collection and Geoff Taylor Goldsmith |  BM Outfits Robyn Pascoe dressmaker for skirts and Decjuba  |  Cakes Glenn’s mum Maria  |  Band The Relatives |  Marquee Festival Hire Masterton 

Brooke + Cam // Glenview Country

Another wedding another weekend away to hang with beautiful goodhearted people. I hung out with Brooke + Cam down in Wellington for their super chilled wedding at Glenview Country Gadrens. The Hutt put on a stunner, check out a few frames from this weekend!

Dress Rue De Seine  |  Venue Glenview Country Gardens 

www.davidle.co.nz

Amy + Joel // Cossars Wineshed

I flew down to good old Christchurch for the wedding of Amy + Joel at the swoon worthy venue that is Cossars Wineshed. Canterbury turned on the sunshine, they had DONUTS!!! As their wedding cake and there was plenty of tears + laughter during the speeches.

Was hard to only show a couple, so here is a heap!!! Can't wait to share more!!

Dress Paperswan Bride  |  Cake Donut Boutique  |  Hair Rachel Pope  |  MUA Janna Tew  |  Accom The Red Barns  |  Venue Cossars Wineshed |  Grooms Sergio's  |  Catering Catering Depot  |  Celebrant Sarah Gnad

Rochelle + Stewart and all the treats!!

I kicked off March with a super cruisey sweet Friday wedding at Caccia Birch for an old high school friend Rochelle and her lover Stewart. Was such a sweet day with their 3 beautiful kids heavily involved, plenty of food and treats all day, plenty of refreshments and the most polite and sweetest burnout I've ever seen!. If only all weddings were this chilled! Here's a handful of picture goodness from their wedding!

Caccia Birch House The Chalet  |  Blush  |  Crafted and Co Mustard Folk Boatshed Catering  |  Spitroast Catering  |  Sarah Kelly  Sonny Tatana  |  Bridal Studio Tania Greenland  |  Witchery  |  Hellebore  |  Van Meer