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.

rosie & garrett | DIY farm wedding, auckland


Driving to Rosie and Garrett’s wedding on Garrett’s family farm in rural Helensville, had me full of anticipation. After meeting with them a couple of weeks before the wedding, hearing that his Uncle was a set designer and was building all sorts of things for the wedding left me feeling a bit, well, excited to say the least. One of the most impressive things he built (with help from Garrett’s Dad) was their ceremony backdrop - full of toi toi and beautiful flowers which gave it a boho vibe suiting the day perfectly. The guests sat on hay bales and after the ceremony retreated to a stretch marquee decorated to the nines that lit up spectacularly like a sunset once it was dark. There was a bit of everything in this day - DIY meets rustic, meets boho, meets farm. I just loved it all! So magical.

We were treated to a beautiful expanse of Muriwai Beach for their portraits then headed back to eat amazing food and party with their friends and family. It was truly an amazing day!

As featured in Together Journal

Dress: Anna Schimmel | Suits: Rembrandt | Flowers: Blossom & Wild | Hair and Makeup: Sarah Knight | Rings: Michael Gibbon | Celebrant: Nivana Johnson | Cake: Garrett’s Aunty | Catering: Bodienes Gourmet | Marquee: Stretch Tents | Venue: Garrett’s family farm | Styling: Garrett's Uncle and family members