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.

alice & winston | napier, hawkes bay wedding


Alice & Winston's wedding in the Hawkes Bay countryside just outside of Napier certainly didn't go to plan. I exchanged several phone calls with Alice the day before the wedding to talk through wet weather options for what was meant to be a summery garden wedding when in reality we were battling some of the worst rain of the summer. It was decided to move the ceremony inside to a cute little church but in the end the weather gods stopped the rain so that we could wander the amazing gardens at Trellinnoe Park for some sweet pics!

When I met with Alice and Winston to discuss their wedding plans, they talked about a fun, laid back 'non cookie-cutter' wedding that represented them. They are actually the cutest pair - full of jokes and light hearted, fun mockery towards each other. So what they planned for their big day certainly suited them to a t. The evening was full of musical performances from friends, laughter, love and the piece de resistance; a pizza truck from Napier's legendary Pipi restaurant. It was exactly what they wanted. 

Congratulations to the most lovely pair! And looking forward to capturing bridesmaid Sophie's wedding in February!

Venue: Eskdale War Memorial Church and  Trelinnoe Park, Napier, Hawkes Bay | Dress: Jane Yeh | Hair: McCarthy Mobile Hair & Make Up | Bridesmaids: Dressmakers| Flowers: Brides Mum |  Cake: The Caker | Rings: Naveya & Sloane and Walker & Hall | Invites: DIY | Catering: Pipi Truck