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.

andi & dan | stables matakana wedding


When I think of Andi and Dan's wedding at Stables Matakana, north of Auckland, I think cosy, warm and rustic. Mid April is always a bit unpredictable (who am I kidding, Auckland weather anytime is unpredictable!) and the windy, rainy weather wasn't quite what Andi and Dan had ordered! But Stables is the perfect venue for this type of weather with its roaring fires and warm wooden tones.

The ceremony was moved from the lawn to an undercover outdoor area which was intimate and brought everyone together. Under a divine floral arch these two declared their love, including a round of rock, paper, scissors to decide who said their vows first! 

We took off to the local countryside in a baby blue VW combi van to get some bridal party pics and were treated to misty, moody hills perfect for portrait pics, before heading back to the warmth of Stables for reception and party time.

Congrats to a lovely couple x

Dress: Daisy by Katie Yeung | Suits: Hallensteins | Bridesmaids: Evolution | Flowers: Twig & Twine | Hair: Inspired Hair by Robyn Munro |  Make up: Makeup by Meags | Celebrant: Laura Giddey | Invites: Wedding Paper Divas | Rings: Fifth Avenue | Reception Venue: Stables Matakana | Cake: Bluebells Cakery | DJ: The Ridler | Second Shooter: Ross Marchant


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