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Wedding and portrait photographer based in Auckland, New Zealand. My passion is capturing people's stories with a natural, documentary style of photography.

nicola & gareth | abbeville estate, auckland wedding photographer

 

Driving up the tree lined driveway to the historic Abbeville Estate Homestead on a warm sunny day gave me all the feels and I was pretty excited to a fun day ahead of shooting Nicola & Gareth's wedding.

It happened to be my own wedding anniversary that day and I had to laugh at the similariities as I made my way through photographing all the beautiful details - Nicolas bouquet was much like mine 5 years before featuring lisianthus, and her garter was spookily similar to mine - both borrowed from our mums! 

Nicola & Gareth had their first look out on the verandah of the homestead then we set of for photos around the property with the bridal party. The ceremony was held under a huge tree in front of a beautiful wedding arch. Guests, many who had made their way to NZ from Wales where Gareth is from,  then mingled in the courtyard as the sun made its way down before heading inside to an elegantly decorated dining room for the reception.

Enjoy the highlights of this gorgeous, romantic day.

As featured on Stuff's Wedding of the Week

Venue: Abbeville Estate | Celebrant: Kerry Sorensen-Tyrer | Dress: Maggie Sotero | Suit: Barkers | Hair: Blush Baby | Bridesmaids: ASOS | Flowers: Flower Studio | Stationary: DIY |  Cake: Mandy the Caker | Rings: Naveya & Sloane