Winter Wedding at Tarureka Estate for Nicole + James

Nicole + James | Tarureka Estate

Wrapped up another long epic wedding season with the small intimate and chilled out winter wedding of Nicole and James at Tarureka Estate.

It was freezing, everyone was relaxed and it was the best day! A few sneaks from the weekend.

Cake Crafted and Co | Dress Sally Eagle Bridal | MUA Emily Rose Makeup Artist | Caterer Chef on Demand | Celebrant Ros Ross | Stationery Framed by Maren | Flowers Floral Collaborative 

Wild Hearts Wedding Magazine feature | Sharni + Michael

Sharni + Michael’s  wedding at the Old Mill is featured in the annual issue of Wild Hearts Magazine

Sharni + Michael’s wedding at the Old Mill is featured in the annual issue of Wild Hearts Magazine

I’ve been waiting to get my hands on this little gem and can finally share a sneak of the goodness within.

Sharni Michael McGregor amazing wedding is featured in this years annual Wild Hearts magazine. Here’s a little sneak, to see the full wedding grab a copy at one of their awesome wedding fairs, online or if ya book me I might even give you one 😘 Special shoutout to all the vendors too, some talent right thurrr!

Pretty grateful to be featured amongst some of the best photographers in New Zealand including little legends Charlotte Kiri Photography + Ana Galloway Photography yeeeooow

Venue The Old Mill | Celerant Nichola Nicholson Celebrant | Dress - remade by Rhoda Green Sewing Seams | Hair Loco Hair | MUA Josie Brenstrum | Cake Pretty Little Details | Bridal/groom flowers Magdalen Hill | Ceremony/Venue florals | Floral Collab - Foxy Flora, Magdalen Hill Florals, Evoke Floral Stylist, Beaukayes Florist + florist friends Christina and Kristen | Co Shooter Meredith Lord Photography | Music Alex Richardson | Stationery For Love and Paper

New Zealand Weddings Magazine Wedding of the Week | Callum + Rebecca

Rebecca + Callum’s winter wedding is featured over at New Zealand Weddings Magazine as wedding of the week - you can also get ya grubby hands on Issue 67 for all its printed pagey goodness.

New Zealand Weddings Magazine | Wedding of the Week
Click here for full feature

Black Barn Bistro |  Magdalen Hill  |  Forever Bridal, Belfast  |  Rachel Haworth  |  Make Up Etc  |  Pretty Little Details Co.  |  I Do Glamour Weddings | Bad Panda


“The mind must reel when it comes to figuring out what you’d like to do for your wedding reception. Round tables? Long tables? How about no tables at all? What about seating? Metal chairs? Wooden? And don’t even get us started on lighting and florals! The options are positively endless, which is why we’ve rounded up 20 of our fave table styling ideas to set you off in the right direction”

Rebecca + Callum’s getting more love over at Hello May, check it out here

Black Barn Bistro |  Magdalen Hill  |  Forever Bridal, Belfast  |  Rachel Haworth  |  Make Up Etc  |  Pretty Little Details Co.  |  I Do Glamour Weddings | Bad Panda

Pretty Little Details of Cake goodness over at Hello May

“We’ve been hoarding naked and semi-naked cake images over the last few months because, well, who doesn’t love a bit of cake spam! Our Insta feeds are filled with amazing creations from some of our fave cake makers on the daily so we thought why not contribute to the sugar overload with this roundup”

Rebecca + Callum’s Pretty Little Details x Magdalen Hill naked gold flake cake goodness and a whole lot more featured over at Hello May, check out the little cakey write up here

Black Barn Bistro |  Magdalen Hill  |  Forever Bridal, Belfast  |  Rachel Haworth  |  Make Up Etc  |  Pretty Little Details Co.  |  I Do Glamour Weddings | Bad Panda

Meredith + Braeden winter wedding at Tarureka Estate

Braeden + Meredith soaking in that sweet winter light

Winter, when you get to rug up warm, wear cardigans and snuggle in front of the fire. And that’s what Meredith and Braeden did for their winter winter at Tarureka Estate. So relaxed, so much chill and a lot of singing and rapping by the ladies made for a stellar day in the Wairarapa.

Here’s a few frames from their sweet day under the winter sun, so good!

Venue Tarureka Estate | Dress Karen Willis Holmes at Paperswan Brides | Hair Emily Faye Belle | MUA Victoria Faith | Flowers Melissa Jane Flowers | Catering Crescendo | Dessert Bar Cake & Kitchen cafe Upper Hutt | Suits Barkers

Should I enter the NZIPP IRIS awards?

So you’re thinking of entering the NZIPP IRIS awards? Quick answer, don’t.

A lot of people ponder and think about entering the IRIS awards each year. I entered last year and I actually enjoyed the whole experience. From deciding on what images to enter, to sorting out the print then finally attending and sitting in on the judging.

How much does it cost? Way too much to be honest. The minimum amount of images you can enter as a non member is one, with a maximum of 10.

Entry Cost Breakdown
$95 per print entry (I entered three)
$110 nzipp official print case (it literally is a $5 plastic case)
$110 handling fee (that’s some soft hands)
$15-20 for matting (all prints need to be mounted on regulation sized board)
$30-80 per actual print 
$15-35 courier postage
= about $400 for one image for a non nzipp member
You can enter up to 4 images per category and 10 images in total

I bit the bullet and entered three, which I thought may do ok after discussing with a tonne of people (IRIS entrants past and present, non photo people and photographer friends). I came away with a Bronze for my crying bride (which one judge said “it’s a standard shot you get at every wedding” - right-o mate), which was nearly a Silver. My running in the rain just missed out on Bronze and was the only image in the wedding category downscored after they discussed it (haha legit was the only one, it was quite funny sitting in on the judging when that happened, had a great crew of photogs around me to laugh at me haha). And, finally my Tarureka one just missed out on Bronze but was later DQ’d anyway as it was too similar to previous entries (that Tarureka barn is too distinctive), which was fair enough, but there have been previous entries using that same location that never DQ (and actually got awarded), apart from the building, I thought it had enough variation in it to be different, but guess not - unlucky uce. Inconsistent much? - a little more about that later

I’m also in a couple of New Zealand photographer groups where this discussion gets brought up every year. And the main thing that NZIPP members or people who are pro IRIS always bring up is that it is a print awards. And that is why the whole awards side of the event is pretty shit. First and foremost it should be a photography awards focused on photography not the print. If you want to enter a print awards, there is already the Pride in Print awards, which is legit and where some amazing things get entered in. IRIS should be about the photo, photography and photographers.

Another thing, again, it is not really anything to do with photography, especially in the wedding categories and to be honest, the majority of the categories. How I see it, it’s a photoshop, illustrative, hobbyist, Uncle Tom has the flashiest camera that he takes on Safari taking photos of dead elephants type event. So if you’re an out in out professional photographer more specifically a modern wedding photographer, it’s not going to be your cup of tea. In saying that, I saw some amazing illustrative and composite work, especially some of the commercial stuff, talent x3000.

Lastly, the judging is borderline super poor. Again, it’s a whose who of who the hell are these people that I’ve never heard of before or who aren’t really well regarded or respected (one of the judges even got caught stealing other peoples work and banned for life, Saad much!? - ps her stolen work is prime example of what NZIPP and these awards are about - photoshop collages, no photo in sight, where my glue stick at?). There was the odd splattering of ace judges, but most, as like the awards itself is hobbyist or amateurs just sitting in on the old boys/girls club of the NZIPP round table. Some images that get judged poorly, you’re like “the fuck you guys looking at?” Then some images that get judge well you’re like “the fuck you guys looking at?” I think the inconsistency bugged me the most, one second they would go off the marking schedule, then the next image would be presented and a judge would cry because it tugged at their heart strings; cue childhood sad sob story. The comments and texts from friends and family watching the livestream were hilarious yet so true, but not for me to repeat haha. The aussie judges loved anything kiwi cultural eg hakas, and the kiwi judges hated anything kiwi cultural eg hakas haha. But I definitely recommend sitting in on judging though, it’s really good fun, even better if you go with a few mates. It’s also intriguing to see what does well and what doesn’t and the judges take on them.

So straight off the bat, the return of investment is pretty bad. If you’re on the fence, don’t do it. Buy a new lens, go do a workshop run by someone you respect and is actually in the current industry or go on a holiday and recharge your soul. There were some great images and some well deserved awards, but the majority were head scratching, not a photo or shot by someone your Uncle Tom would hire (direct Flash shot at F8 or above - cue jumping bridal party, couple holding an umbrella in the rain or the groom squad squatting like they’re on the cover of the next boy band album) - not quite my cup of Gin and Juice.

Would I enter again, probably not (unless they opened up an online non print category ps where do videographers get their dues too, shoutout to the video boys and girls). Was it worth it, hell no. Should you enter, it’s your money but to be honest you’re better to invest into courses, workshops, a new lens or a sick holiday.

Peace out, and as TJ Hunt says, keep moving forward, yeeeowww!!!

A little autumn wedding love at Orlando Country

Ellette and Jack throwing up the hearty shakabrahs!!!

I loooove the colours of autumn and it’s actually the best time of year for guys to wear suits (suits in summer is crrrrazzzzy haha, feel for you lads). As soon as I met up with Ellette and Jack over a cold one I knew these guys would be a tonne of fun, and they were exactly that on their wedding day. We had all the treats, confetti cannons, smoke bombs, sparklers, chainsaws you name it they had it.

Here’s a few images from their sweet autumn wedding at Orlando Country, can’t wait to crank out more!

Wedding Dress Lovers Society | Ceremony Venue Orlando Lake House | Reception Venue Manawatu Golf Club | Florals Hellebore Design | MUA Janet Rowe Makeup Artist  | Hair Jolt Hair | BM dresses ASOS | Videographer E. Three | Spray Tans Endless Summer Tans | Cake Vanilla Pod Designer Cakes | Wedding rings Elyse Boutique Jeweller | Bride/bridesmaid robes & blankets Gilmac Hospitality Specialists | Band Infinity – Tim & Amy | Flower girl dresses Farmers  | Theming Speakeasy Events 

A little Wild Hearts Wedding love on the blog today

Penelope + Mikey featured over on the  Wild Hearts Blog

Penelope + Mikey featured over on the Wild Hearts Blog

It's Friday and the new edition of Wild Hearts wedding magazine is available. But while I wait to get my hands on the latest issue, here's a Friday treat for ya. Penelope + Mikey's wedding featured over on Wild Hearts bloggo.

Wild Hearts Feature | Penelope + Mikey

Dress Grace Loves Lace | Planner Bespoke Events & Marketing | Hair Belles & Brides | Rings The Village Goldsmith | MUA @Laura Simpson | Hire The Pretty Prop Shop + Event Essentials | Suits Barkers | Marque TopKåta - Tents for Events | Florist XOX Floral - Wedding florist | Caravan Bar Alfie the Caravan Bar | Glamping Tents Just Hitched Ltd | Film Wild Souls NZ | Co shooter bossss Andrea Stephens Photography | David LeDavid Le Design & Photography

Milk Station goodness for Laura and Garry in Otaki

Having the time of their lives - Laura + Garry

Having the time of their lives - Laura + Garry

Coming into the home stretch of weddings to take me through to mid June and I was back at The Milk Station for Laura and Garry’s bloody brilliant wedding. A huge bridal party, with Bridesman Patty doubling up as celebrant. The giant Chad rocking as MC and little Stanley busting out the greatest tiny dinosaur impressions ever. Oh and Laura, that dress, wowee no words, just that.

A gaggle of sneak peeks, more to come!

Celebrant Patrick Keenan | Caterer NOSH | Cake Petit Fours | Florist The Wild Rose | MUA La Belle Amie | Hair Luscious Hair and Beauty | Dress Allure Bridal | Suit Tarocash | Co Shaka Shooter Sink or Surface