Samantha Donaldson Photography
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Stories | Wedding & Portrait Photographer Auckland

I photograph weddings, engagements, families, maternity, newborns and commercial. My style is natural and organic, focusing on telling a story.

alyson & shane | minneapolis wedding


This was more than just photographing a beautiful wedding for me. This was capturing my brother-in-law marry my new sister-in-law in Minneapolis, meeting my sister-in-laws family for the first time, and a family trip through America. So many experiences all rolled into a month long trip all for this special day. I have to say I’m a very lucky lady!

Alyson and Shane are international teachers – she’s from Minneapolis, and he’s from Auckland. They met in Dubai and have lived and travelled through many countries since, currently residing in Hong Kong. So it was only fitting to play on the globetrotters them with old suitcases and globes being the basis for styling.

After a first look in an industrial alley, we captured some beautiful shots of the pair and their bridal party before joining their family and friends to say ‘I do’. What followed was an epic party at Aster Cafe on the banks of the Mississippi River where I’m not ashamed to say I let my hair down!

Brides dress: Miss Bride Wedding Shop, Hong Kong  | Sash belt: Etsy: MRB Creation | Brides Rings: Etsy; McFarland Designs | Grooms Ring: Hub Jewellers | Make Up: SM Make Up | Flowers and styling: Hadley Road | Vintage Rentals:  On Solid Ground | Venue: Aster Cafe | Band: In The Fields


Samantha Donaldson