Journal

Here's you'll find my latest work, the love stories, my adventures and everything else I do.

Stuffs Wedding of the week // Amy + Joel - Cossars Wineshed

Amy + Joel’s wedding at Cossar’s Wineshed in Christchurch has been featured over at Stuff as Wedding of the Week. Check out the full write up in the link below, great yarns!

Amy + Joel // Cossars Wineshed Christchurch
Stuff Wedding of the Week

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

Red Rocks Wellington Engagement

Had my first mission out to Red Rocks Reserve on the bottom coast of Wellington on the weekend with Sarah-Jan, Ben and their two puppies.

As per typical Wellington weather it blew a gale but the sun was out and we managed not to be attacked by any fur seals while venturing out on to the rocks (they are camo as F).

Here’s few quick frames from their sweet little Saturday evening engagement shoot, looking forward to their wedding at Tarureka next year, yeeeow!

www.davidle.co.nz

Red Rocks Wellington | Ford | Tarureka Estate | Wellington Weddings

Rebecca + Callum // Black Barn Hawke's Bay

 Rebecca + Callum // Black Barn Wedding

Rebecca + Callum // Black Barn Wedding

The Hawke's Bay winter wedding of Rebecca + Callum at Black Barn is now up on the blog. Checkout this beautiful day with the perfect bunch of wedding vendors you could ever find! Link below!

Rebecca + Callum // Black Barn
https://davidle.co.nz/rebecca-callum-black-barn

Black Barn Bistro |  Magdalen Hill  |  Forever Bridal, Belfast  |  Rachel Haworth  |  Make Up Etc  |  Pretty Little Details Co.

Lacewood Wairarapa Wedding

Trying to find the perfect summer wedding venue in the Wairarapa or Wellington? Lacewood Estate in Martinborough is the perfect spot. A little look back at Nina + Kevin's wedding with one of the most joyous and largest bridal parties I've shot featuring a little salsa dance!

Full blog post
https://davidle.co.nz/nina-kevin-lacewood

Lacewood | Daisy by Katie Yeung | Penny Rose | Amba Holly | Stiletto Studio Cakes | Show Me Your Mumu | Rembrandt | Table Flower

Desert Road hangs

The end of winter is near and I had the chance to explore the Desert Road with Sink or Surface. While we were there we tee'd up a little engagement shoot with Kelsi + Ben whose wedding we're shooting in November.

We braved 4 seasons in one day, Kelsi + Ben were troopers and we got to end the shoot with a few snacks supplied by the awesome team at Babco (go check them out for their world famous wood fire pizzas, cruffins and they even do wedding catering!)

Full post
https://davidle.co.nz/kelsi-ben-desert-road

Toyota  |  BABCO  |  Sink or Surface

Winter wedding at Black Barn Vineyards

Oh my goodness oh my guinness, Rebecca + Callum rounded out my winter wedding season with a goddaaaam!!! They held their wedding at Black Barn Vineyards down at the Olive Shed on a bloody ripper of a winters day in the Hawke's Bay.

Beautiful details, beautiful vendors and beautiful souls. Fiddly dee potatoes it was bloody good! Can't wait to blog the bits out of this swoon worthy wedding, but for now here's a sneaky dozen to get you by, yeeeeoooow!!!!

www.davidle.co.nz

Black Barn Bistro Magdalen Hill  |  Forever Bridal, Belfast  |  Rachel Haworth  |  Make Up Etc  |  Pretty Little Details Co.

Starry eyed at Te Mata Peak

This weekend was the end of my winter wedding season at Black Barn Vineyards in Hawke's Bay New Zealand
And here’s the last shot from Rebecca + Callum’s wedding, where I gave a crash course on astrophotography to Jason from Bad Panda Productions - aka I talked sh*t while we stood in the cold next to our cameras, yeeeeeow!!

Can't wait to share some beauty's from their wedding, check back soon!

www.davidle.co.nz
#nzweddingphotographer #baileysandmoreish#hawkesbayweddings #tematapeak #blackbarn#astrophotography David Le Sarah Le David Le Design & Photography Sony New Zealand Te Mata Peak

Amy + Joel // Cossars Wineshed

 Joel + Amy's wedding at Cossars wineshed

Joel + Amy's wedding at Cossars wineshed

Amy + Joel's wedding in christchurch at Cossars Wineshed. Beautiful dress, sick haircuts and donuts instead of cake, check out their wedding on the blog!

Amy + Joel // Cossars Wineshed
https://davidle.co.nz/amy-joel-cossars-wineshed

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

Fiji Weddings, bula vinaka!

I've got the sweetest job in the world. When it's the middle of winter and you get an email asking if you would like to fly over to sunny, warm, beautiful Fiji, you respond, heck yes!!

I was lucky enough to document the small intimate island wedding of Win + Lou on Lomani Resort. Their closest friends and family travelled from all over the world, married beachside and celebrated the night away with their outdoor reception under the stars. Bula Vinaka!!!

www.davidle.co.nz

Audi and Volkswagen // Robertson Prestige

 Recent commercial shoot of Audi + Volkswagen for Robertson Prestige

Recent commercial shoot of Audi + Volkswagen for Robertson Prestige

In between all the love stories I try to sneak in a few commercial shoots just to change things up. And I'm a big fan of cars so when the opportunity arose to team up with my good mate Ben from Sink or Surface to shoot a bunch of luxury Audi + Volkswagens for Robertson Prestige, it was a dream combo.

Check out the link below for a sneak of our shoot plus the full film from Sink or Surface.

Audi + Volkswagen // Robertson Prestige
https://davidle.co.nz/robertson-prestige-commercial-shoot

NZIPP IRIS Awards 2018

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

Art type awards are pretty subjective on what people think is good or bad, compared to what is technically 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 (the majority of the event/award categories are photoshop editing and composite imagery rather than a photo) 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 $200-250 per print things start to get quite expensive.

I narrowed it down to three images in the end. The first being the barn image of Ché + Adam dancing at Tarureka (pretty iconic photo spot which everyone gets done at Tarureka, beautiful place, some simple 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 (there were five judges, with the highest and lowest scores removed - but with the ability for judges to challenge and fight for either a higher or lower score). 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. During that shot I just tried to be discrete and quiet as possible but also document that moment. I love being able to document these moments, and to capture it was ace. One judge had this image as a Silver, and tried his best to fight for it to bring it up from a bronze, 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, meant it was a successful event personally, 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 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 a lot of courage and humility 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