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.

kristin & simon | omaha wedding


Get your tissues at the ready.... Kristin and Simon overcame so much to get to their wedding day in the beautiful Omaha, making it ever the more special and emotional. A brief rundown of their story follows...

Shortly after becoming engaged, this super lovely and down to earth couple received some devastating news; Simon had been diagnosed with a meningioma brain tumour. It was an extremely rough year for the couple as the tumour affected Simon's way of thinking and feeling which put their relationship in jeopardy. The overwhelming stress of this awful situation led to Kristin suffering from extreme depression.

From what seemed like rock bottom for Kristin and Simon, arose a beautiful love story with a happy ending; Simons tumour was removed and with his improved health they found their way back to each other and began planning the wedding they had once dreamed of. To overcome these obstacles and get to this day made for a heap of emotions and tears shed during the ceremony and speeches. To have been a part of Kristin and Simons wedding and made to feel so welcome and part of the family was a huge honour and I'm so privileged to have captured these memories for them.

Venue: Omaha River Retreat | Celebrant: Jillian Taylor | Dress: Kelly Lin Couture | Suits: Hallensteins | Bridesmaids dresses: Alanah Hill | Hair and make up: Beauty on Demand | Flowers: DIY | Jewellery: Swarovski | Rings: Michael Hill, Pascoes and Kristin's Nanas | Catering: Spit Roast Company | Cake: Simons Sister