Whimsical Wonderland Weddings UK published Lilac Rosenvale Garden Wedding {New Zealand wedding photographer}

Excited to share with you amazing news: Shantelle & Kelly's lilac garden wedding {Rosenvale, Waikato, New Zealand} just been published in Whimsical Wonderland Weddings - beautiful UK & International wedding blog.

Its a great honour for me, their wedding photographer see pictures goes live in such a prestigious publication.

Enjoy these beautiful highlights, have a look at extended couple's gallery in our Blog and let me know if you have any questions!

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Photographers | Levien & Lens Photography with Olga Levien

Dresses | Thalia Boutique

Suits | Dorset Suites

Flowers |  Petite Posy Florist

Hair | Mint Hair Design

Make-up | Lillybeth: A Beautiful Education

Celebrant | Sue Collins

MC |  @Warren Willmot (brother in law)

Caterers | Classique Caterers

Venue | Rosenvale

Naked cake | BJ’s Cake

Décor | Cake Flowers: Florabunda & Cake

Wedding timeline - Planning 101 {Auckland weddings photographers}

Wedding timeline is one of the most important things on the wedding day and many clients ask us how better to plan photography events and how many hours of coverage do they need for capture all important moments. As wedding photogpraher who captured many weddings around New Zealand & International Im happy to share my experience and give some time frames for orientation.

Of course each wedding and their timelines are unique. Following information just something what can be considered for make your wedding day more enjoyable and create perfect conditions for stunning photos. Take on only those points what suits your situation!

Getting ready

Getting ready: Maya

Getting ready: Maya

1. Getting ready - 1.5-2 hours. Minimum time for getting ready photos is 1 hour {we usually start shooting when make-up, hair half way through. If you would like us to capture some special events as first look with dad, family portraits, lots of pictures with bridesmaids, many details shots etc you need to add on time. Better prepared beforehand all special for you items what you want us to capture {it will save the time and make morning less stressful for you}. Groom getting ready photos usually faster ones {as there no make-up and hair done :)}, but if groom planned something special with his groomsmen {as play golf on the morning, fishing, shooting etc.} definitely let us know, we would love to capture a complete story of your wedding day.

First look

First look: Madeline & Barry

First look: Madeline & Barry

2. First look - 30 min - 1.5 hours. First look is a special event which became more popular lately {not for traditional couples}. Its a moment when groom seen his bride before the ceremony {turn back to her walking towards him and then turn around}. First look is emotional moment and flow into the bridal party and couples photo shoot {thats why its up to 1.5 hours long}. This event allow to save some time between ceremony and reception when couple traditionally doing photo shoot on location, or add on extra location and variety for images.

Wedding Ceremony

Wedding ceremony: Ilinke & Shaun

Wedding ceremony: Ilinke & Shaun

3. Ceremony - 30 min {outdoor} to 1 hour {traditional church ceremony}. Ceremony usually take between 30 min and 1 hour. We need to arrive on site 20-30 min before ceremony starts to capture details, guests arriving, groom waiting etc. Also allow yourself at least 10-15 min after ceremony for greetings, relax and hug your family and friends.

Family Formals

Family formals: Kara & David's wedding

Family formals: Kara & David's wedding

4. Family photos - 20-40 min {depending on amount of groups}. Something to consider: big group with all guests can take up to 10 min, each small group up to 3 min. We usually recommend to have up to 10 groupings as its can be exhausting for couple to wait for everyone and keep tuned {they are usually starving and thirsty at this moment {needed provide some drinks and snacks}. Also good idea to have a shepherd - a person who know well the family and can gather people together {which save a time}. Good to have a little breath after family photos {drink and snacks} to refresh.

Bridal party + Bride & Groom session

Bridal party: Kathleen & Steve wedding

Bridal party: Kathleen & Steve wedding

Bridal party: Hana & Aidan wedding

Bridal party: Hana & Aidan wedding

5. Bridal party and Bride & Groom intimate session - 1.5-2 hours. Minimum time for photo shoot is one hour {20 min - tidal party photos and minimum 30 min bride & groom photos with basic amount of photos}. Extra time give more opportunity to be creative, walk and talk, relax and go with the flow. Also allow extra time if there few locations or travelling involved. Many couples worried about their guests waiting for them, but believe me your guests are fine, they talking, enjoying outdoor games and other activities, snacks and drinks. If you would like to mix & mingle with your guests its a good idea to arrive to reception 30 min before its starts and have a good chat with all family members and guests.

Bride & Groom session: Georjarna & Gareth

Bride & Groom session: Georjarna & Gareth

Best time for photos: morning or during two hours before the sunset. Placing couple photo shoot in this time frame can be ideal but often impossible at the wedding day. We used to work with different lighting conditions. Solutions can be: moving ceremony to later time during summer as 3.30-5 pm {later is better for outdoor ceremonies, otherwise there can be tricky lighting situation with light and shade and hot spots on the faces}. Winter weddings usually scheduled with 1-3 pm ceremonies. 

Sunset Bride & Groom intimate session: Jenny & Andrew

Sunset Bride & Groom intimate session: Jenny & Andrew

Other option: have a separate photo shoot just before the sunset during summer time - sneak out of reception while guests eating their dinner, relaxing, chatting.

One more option for night lovers - get creative photos when sun go down, at late evening with dark and moody atmosphere:

Night time photos: Ellise & Wasim

Night time photos: Ellise & Wasim


Reception: Megan & Chris wedding

Reception: Megan & Chris wedding

6. Reception {coverage depending on amount of events planned, usually its around 3-4 hours, including speeches, dinner, cake cutting, first dance, father-daughter dance, mother-son, guests dancing + any more cultural traditions}. You can move these events around to suit your needs and what you like to do, its your time to enjoy rest of the day.

First dance: Chauntelle & Jayden

First dance: Chauntelle & Jayden

Full day coverage {from getting ready till guests dancing usually around 9-10 hours {if there late evening events planned its comes to 11-12 hours which is rare}. Small weddings, elopements usually take around 3-5 hours. 

Hope this orientation and tips with wedding timeline will help your planning. Let me know if you have any questions! As I said each situation is unique, just allow yourself time to breath and move from one part of the day to another without rush and enjoy every moment!

Sony & Ryan

Sony & Ryan

Its your time, time of your life!

{Other thing to consider - having a wedding planner can make you life so much easier and save lots of hours planning, putting things together, looking for wedding vendors and communicating with everyone. Experienced wedding planners know exactly how make your day run smoothly and allow you fully enjoy your time}.

Wedding reception

Wedding reception

We will help you with everything run smoothly!

x Warmly, 

Olga & Matt

Guests dancing {Langham}

Guests dancing {Langham}

Best of 2016 | 17 {New Zealand wedding photographer | Auckland weddings photography|

Time goes so fast, one more wedding season in New Zealand just fly away. Its a great time to reflect, look back and say Thank you to my awesome clients for amazing time and support! Its not even possible without you!

We shot over 20 weddings in Auckland, Kerikeri {Northland}, Russell {Bay of Islands}, Leigh, Kumeu, Tauranga, Lake Taupo, Gisborne, Wellington; we been all around New Zealand, on South Island as well {Queenstown, Wanaka}. Also there was many beautiful and emotional engagement sessions {pre-wedding photo shoot} which made our hearts sing.

Matt, my second photographer and husband been always next to me in the wedding team. We work as a clock - understanding each other without words, support each other and share creative ideas. Its made our journey easy, flawless and more exciting. Our two little ones stayed at home well looked after by nana. Thank you so much all these amazing people for help.

Also need to mentioned great wedding photographers community, many meetings with creative minds for tea/coffee, its so great to share common passion, share ideas and recharge with positive vibe. Not forgetting an amazing vendors {venues, make-up artists, hair stylists, wedding dresses designers {we having amazing partnership with talented designer Trish Peng}, flowers, suits, and all wedding suppliers, the list is endless!}.

Also need to mention two wedding workshops what I visited {yes, learning never stops and they are a great way to get some inspiration and learn a new tool box}: Two Mann {amazing husband and wife team from Canada, Erika and Lanny a true inspiration!} and Free the Bird {Jai from Australia is a creative mastermind}. So good to met them and other inspiring photographers!

As you see past season been productive, positive and full on! We are so excited to recharge {not so we have much free time at this winter months} and looking forward to our next season 2017 | 18 {fully booked, but there always a spot for epic wedding :)} and even 2018 | 19 {as bookings are already open and filling up fast}. Its can be hard to imagine we plan so far in advance but its world of weddings :)

Enjoy this video slide show with highlights and our favourite photographs. Let me know if you have any questions!

x Warmly, Olga {Levien & Lens Photography} - Auckland, New Zealand wedding photographers.

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Wedding Album {Auckland weddings photographers - New Zealand}

Wedding Album is one of the real things what can remind you of great moments on your wedding day. Its a treasured memories for years to come!

Thats why I feel its really important wedding photographers offering this option to our awesome wedding clients. I renewed my Welcome Guide with pricing and decided to offer my couples an option to upgrade their wedding packages with Album included. Its a Lifetime option.

To get feeling of the album and real wedding story unveiled have a look at following videos which I specially recorded for you! - 12 x 12 " Wedding Album from Kara & David's wedding on Waihi Beach {Waikato, New Zealand} and Photo Book from Madeline & Barry's wedding in Leigh {another awesome thing - photo book can be a great present for your parents or for you to keep your memories in light and easy way}.

You can get a real feel and touch on upcoming Waikato Wedding Expo {25 June, Hamilton Gardens} or Wild Hearts Wedding Fairs {22 July, Auckland}. Come and say Hello and get a feel for it!

Wedding Album

Photo Book {perfect gift for your parents}

Contact me with any questions! {Auckland - New Zealand wedding photographers}


30th in Highwic {Auckland event-wedding photographer}

We had such amazing time in Highwic {Auckland, NZ} where Danae celebrated her 30th birthday with close friends and family. It was unusual event to shoot for me as a wedding photogpraher, as usually Im capturing beautiful weddings around North and South Island, but this event was a real treat and gem, it was such a pleasure to capture all these special for Danae and her family moments!

This venue have such a special warm and cosy atmosphere, some traditional and rustic feel. Guests been entertained by games outdoors and indoors, snacks and drinks under the tent; and special part of the day - irish dances. There was so much fun - all people really enjoyed to learn new steps and patterns, move in the rhythm and just feel the music.

Need to mentioned we also had a following session in Cornwall park where we had opportunity to capture some extra portraits with girls :) {I been stuck in traffic before then, I had no idea it was an Adel's concert on, so been terribly late for the shoot, I been so sorry but we still manage to get beautiful and treasured pictures with Danae's close family}.


Raj tent club - {4m pavillion tent to go outside the Billiard House} 

La Lumiere - festoon lights{to hang in some of the trees}

Pop Roc Parties - miscellaneous party supplies from them

Highwic House - Venue

Little Bird Unbakery and Raw Kitchen - cakes/slices

and Auckland wedding photographer - Levien & Lens photography

Enjoy this video and gallery!

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Wedding Society Award - Best wedding photographers worldwide {Auckland New Zealand weddings photographer}

Excited to share with you some news: one of my images just won Wedding Photographers Society Award May'17 {Best wedding photographers worldwide}. So honoured to be in the row with such a talented international & destination wedding photographers from all around the world and represent New Zealand wedding photography {Im serving mostly Auckland, Waikato, Northland and Bay of Plenty areas, but travelling everywhere in NZ and around the globe}.

Enjoy these amazing images on Wedding photographers society website and have a look at our image from Kara & David wedding on Waihi Beach. It was such a beautiful and emotional, warm and cosy atmosphere. Couple been ready to do adventures things, climb up the rocks and its totally paid off in great memories and stunning photographs {which as you see get acknowledgement around the world}. I appreciate every minute with this couple and wish them all the best, happy future together in Canada.

Kara & David, Waihi Beach

Kara & David, Waihi Beach

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{The Point of View} Art of Storytelling - Image Featured {New Zealand wedding photographer}

Excited to share with you amazing news - just found out Art of storytelling featured image from Kara & David's wedding in their weekly contest in theme {The Point of View}. Its definitely was unusual point of view directed by vision and inspiration. Love to create something different but connected to the couple's story, which was obviously a beach theme as Kara & David travelled all way from Canada to New Zealand to have amazing beach wedding on Waihi Beach {Flat White cafe}.

Enjoy this feature publication and let me know if you have any questions!

New Zealand wedding photographer - {the point of view} - art of storytelling image featured

My 365 Everyday moments - May 2017 {Hamilton lifestyle wedding photographer}

Hi everyone! Wedding season in new Zealand is coming to the end and i been crazy busy to catch up on editing and other things but manage to get a few images with my personal lifestyle everyday moments with kids and family for my "mostly 365 Project" :) 

Enjoy this gallery with my everyday moments in May 2017 around Hamilton, Auckland {ClickinWalk at Muriwai Beach and surroundings:

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Castaways Resort {Auckland wedding photographers} Jenny and Andrew

Jenny & Andrew

I'm so excited to share with you highlights of my last wedding of this summer season in New Zealand - Jenny & Andrew get married in Castaways resort {Auckland, NZ} surrounded by their close friends and families. It was amazing outdoor wedding {as its get close to winter season we had such a cold wind on the top of the hills and freezing weather, but its not stand of the way of this beautiful couple celebrating their special day with their guests}. Couple contacted me looking for their wedding photogpraher just few months ago, I just love these sort of short notice weddings! I been happy to provide them a custom wedding photography coverage. 

It was great to meet all their friends and families {some come from all around the world, including China}.

Couple's romantic story: "On May 4th 2017 we will have been together for 3 years.. We met at a party through a mutual friend who has a habit of setting people up without them knowing! Andrew took me out for an ice cream at the Auckland Domain where, as Andrew's good fortune would have it, we happened upon a jazz band that was playing. We then went out on a hike in the Waitakere and watched the sunset."

How was made a proposal: "Andrew took me on a surprise long weekend holiday to Paihia and Russell - it was a warm November Guy Fawkes evening and he proposed under the stars on the balcony where we could see the fireworks across the harbour in Russell. He admitted later he was supposed to propose when we hiked up the Pinnacles in the Coromandel a few weeks earlier - but his plans got rained on - literally!" Such a romantic story!

Great was to have an amazing day in Castaways! Enjoy this video highlights and gallery with my favourite photographs!

bride standing on balcony {Castaways - Auckland wedding photographers}
bride getting ready {Castaways - Auckland wedding photographers}

Great creative team:

Cake - Isabelle Edmonds
Band - Twistin’ The Swing 
Make-up - blush baby (Nicola May)
Rings - Andrew's is made from Dinosaur bone, meteorite and titanium
Bouquets and boutineers - made by JJ Luo
Dress - tailored by Christine Taylor
Celebrant - Cameron Stuart
Suits - Hallenstein Brothers
Castaways Resort staff were amazing - especially Kim and Kyle {notes from the bride :)}
and Levien & Lens Photography - New Zealand and destination wedding photographer

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Happy wedding anniversary {Maya and Andy} - St Margarets Cafe {Karaka - Auckland weddings photographer}

Congratulations to Maya & Andy celebrating their one year anniversary! So excited for you guys :)

Your wedding in St Margarets Cafe {Karaka, Auckland} was just amazing: full of positive emotions, love, warm and cosy atmosphere. Such a perfect way for us, Auckland wedding photographers to finish off one of the best wedding seasons. We met so many great, warmly welcoming people - your close friends and families. It was such a pleasure to capture all beautiful and emotional moments.

Enjoy some highlights from Maya & Andy's special wedding day in St Margarets Cafe {Karaka}.

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Hitch'd wedding fair {Auckland wedding photographers} Corbans Estate Art Centre

Thank you so much to everyone for coming to hitch'd Wedding Fair in Corbans Estate Art Centre {Auckland, New Zealand}. We had an amazing time and hope you did too. It was a pleasure to meet lovely brides & grooms looking for their wedding photographers, talk through your wedding details and thank you so much for kind words about my work, Im appreciate it!

I am delighted to announce the lucky winners of our Spectacular Giveaway: 
Joneet Lal, Rochelle Davy, Megan Jamieson, Tayla Davies and Danielle Cuthers.
Congratulations to our winners!

Please claim your prize via email: info@levienphotography.com or contact through the website.

It was great to see all amazing vendors and find a new friends as well. Look forward to future meetings and collaborations!

I've been so busy talking with brides & grooms with their close friends and families so totally forgot to take camera in my hands and capture some moments around. Only had a few images from the stand set up {better something then nothing :)}

Great time at Conbans Estate Art Centre!

Levien & Lens photography - Hitch'd wedding fair
Levien & Lens photography - Hitch'd wedding fair - Auckland photographers
Levien & Lens photography - prints at Hitch's wedding fair

Look forward to next year Hitch'd wedding fair!


Destination wedding published in Elysian Bride New York {New Zealand weddings photographer}

Excited to share with you great news - Hana & Aidan's destination New Zealand wedding just been published in Elysian Bride New York. It was amazing wedding with emotional and beautiful atmosphere in Russel, Bay of Islands; near traditional historical site and amazing beach rocky landscapes.

Enjoy this publication and let me know if you have any questions! {check out couple's highlights gallery in our Blog}

Hana & Aidan, Duke of Marlborough

Hana & Aidan, Duke of Marlborough

New Zealand destination wedding Photographer:  Levien & Lens Photography | Wedding gown: Secret Lace Bridal | Bridesmaid dresses: Made by Julie Smith | Accommodations: The Duke of Marlborough | Grooms suit: Barkers | Groomsmen suits:  Hallenstein Brothers | Flowers: Donna Nicholas | Wedding bands and engagement ring: John Franich Jewellers | Hair- Laurel Stratford Wedding Hair Stylist Make Up – W.I.X Makeup; Celebrant – Ida Birch MC – Andrew Brees


Pre-wedding engagement photo shoot - Muriwai Beach {Auckland wedding photographer} Fiona and Silas

Fiona & Silas

Our pre-wedding engagement photo shoot with Fiona & Silas on Muriwai Beach {Auckland} was just amazing. We met with couple few months ago when they been looking for photographer for their upcoming wedding in Matakana.

Stars come together and we right away felt a good connection at first consultation :) Long story short pre-wedding session was a great idea and allowed us to see each other again, walk and talk and get some stunning photographs on the way :)

Couples story just amazing, Fiona shared some info: "We were from the same school growing up in Malaysia so we've known each other since we were 11. Never really talked to each other more until we met each other in Otago, Dunedin where we studied. We went to the same church, served on the team together, through Easter camp we got to know each other a lot better and realised we had endless things to talk about! We've been together for almost 5 years!" Proposal was really romantic too: "Planned to go to Gold Coast for a fun weekend with friends who were in on the plan. Last night before we left, we were taking photos as a group by the jetty, I had someone take a video while pretending to just take photos. Got on one knee and popped the question."

Our time together was so treasured and beautiful, couple really show up all their emotions and feeling towards each other, it was a great pleasure to observe moments happening unfold, couples love and care towards each other.

Enjoy these video highlights and gallery {nailing photos to certain number for the Blog post was really hard to not overshare as each image from this gorgeous session so deeply speaks to my heart!}

ClickinWalk 2017 - Muriwai beach Auckland {New Zealand lifestyle photographer}

Im second year in a row took part in international ClickinWalk and helped to organised it in Auckland, New Zealand. We been doing it in Wynyard Quarter last year, check Clickinwalk 2016.

This time we decided to make it more challenging and head over to Muriwai beach {Auckland, New Zealand} for shooting more landscape photography just before the sunset {funny enough we still tend to put people in the shot, to make a point of interest :) hard to give up what we use to}. It was a great opportunity to enjoy surroundings, breath in and try some technics as double exposure, camera painting with slow shutter speed, freelensing and more. We also talk about photogprahy, how to became a ClcikPro photogpraher and even thought about organising CM camp in New Zealand. Fingers crossed!

It was amazing walking, talking and evening at Riverhead Tavern with amazing women-photogprahers, ClickinMoms. Look forward to next year and more challenges and inspiration to try something new on another walk and talk.

Enjoy these highlights in unusual for me genre, but its make life more interesting! :) Highly recommend to everyone to change the routine and try something new and unexpected!

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Click - What to expect when second shooting - for photographers {Auckland wedding photographer}

Excited to share with you: my tips and advice for photographers just been published at Click "What to expect when second shooting at a wedding" {by Levien & Lens photography - Auckland and Destination wedding photographers}.

I know exactly how its feels when you just starting out with shooting weddings or wanting to step up into new role. I discuss in this article for Click following questions:

  • What do you need to know about the second shooting role?
  • How long should you be a second shooter?
  • How do you start shooting weddings as the main photographer?

and much more.

Head over and let me know if you have any questions! Im happy to help and answer any questions you have.

Im really excited for your photography journey in amazing world of photographing weddings!

Bracu - First Presbyterian Church {Auckland wedding photographers} Ilinke and Shaun

Ilinke & Shaun

I been really excited about Ilinke & Shaun's wedding after their special engagement shoot where we spent amazing time on one of the Auckland beaches {Ilinke's mum made a special flower crown for her}. As a wedding photogpraher I love to spend time with couples beforehand to better know each other, feel on ease on the wedding day and get some great shots of course :)! Couple's wedding took place on amazing day in First Presbyterian church with traditional ceremony and following reception in Bracu {Bombay, Auckland, NZ}. There was such amazing atmosphere with great families and friends! 

Ilinke shares couple story: "Shaun and I met through friends. One day he invited me for a walk on the beach and a coffee. To this day this has been our favorite thing to do; it's a peaceful activity that allows us to connect and spend quality time together. ~In high tides or low tides i'll be by your side~" Their proposal was just amazing: "Shaun and I travelled with our family and friends to Wellington. I was getting admitted as a lawyer in the High Court of New Zealand. After my admittance we took a walk down the waterfront as the sun was setting; Shaun proposed at the love-lock bridge. There were bag pipes in the background by coincidence. He had a lock engraved and we threw the key in the sea and locked in our love. We got back to celebrate with friends and family. " Such a great and romantic story!

I love how couple incorporated their special tradition in their wedding day: "Shaun loves playing golf and i love watching golf. Instead of table numbers we have table names of the golf courses I have lived on growing up, Shaun's favorite courses he has played and the courses we wish to travel to together." Such original idea and I can totally relate to this as my husband Matt {second photogpraher} just loves playing golf. :)

Amazing day for amazing and truly loving people!

Happy future together!

Enjoy their beautiful wedding highlights and gallery!

reflection bride in the puddle {Auckland wedding photographers NZ}
bride and groom laughing in Bracu {Auckland wedding photographers}
couple sitting on the bench in Bracu {Auckland wedding photographer}
bride and groom in gazebo {Bracu - Auckland wedding photographer}

Great Creative Team:

Dress- Alma J Bridal Boutique
Suit- Barkers
Flowers - Twig & Twine
Jewelry- Roman & French ( earrings / bracelets) and Michael Hill (rings)
Make up - Lipstick and Co 
Hair - McInnes & Co

Wedding sign - Wild C
and Auckland wedding photographers Levien & Lens Photography {thank you to my husband Matt for assistance}

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First look with dad {Auckland-Waikato-Bay of Plenty wedding photographer}

Its not a secret first look with groom became more and more popular lately {the moment when groom see the bride for a first time before the ceremony}. Im as wedding photographer capturing a lot of these beautiful moments on weddings all around New Zealand {mostly Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty areas} and overseas. 

But for traditional couples who prefer to see each other when bride walking down the aisle, there a great alternative and such a special moment: first look for bride and her dad. Its such a treasured moments and memories. I always exited to see happy tears and lots of emotions around {even if Im a photographer and observer I still can get teary as well :)

If you looking for tips to organise this moment, here they are:

1. Keep dad away from bride's getting ready location for some time {so he don't had a chance to see his daughter-bride accidentally before the curtail moment}.

2. Let dad take the best position turning back to the bride's location {can be great to set this scene at the getting ready place or just next to it where plenty of space for photographer to walk and shoot around the moment and bride have space to walk towards her dad}.

3. Let dad wait for a few minutes {its can make the anticipation and emotions even sharper and photographer had a chance to let know the bride her dad is ready and she can start walking and grab his attention when she close}.

4. Make sure mum + bridesmaids {or other family members} can observe the scene nearby. Its really special moment for them as well. Quit often then family members hug each other, cry or laughing.

5. Turn around! To make this moment happen Bride can call her dad, touch the shoulder or close his eyes when she comes closer {all depends from personalities and what feels right to do at this moment}. Make sure its not too early, but just next to the dad.

6. Let moment happening unfold {bride, dad, family and bridesmaids just enjoying the moment and photographer capturing all the emotions, moments and details from far and close.

Illustrating this moments I just want to showcase these amazing emotional event with first look {bride and her dad} from my two recent weddings {second wedding gallery not even ready yet, but these moments with dad was so treasured and emotional}.

Enjoy it!

Kara and her dad {wedding highlights in the Blog}

Ilinke and her dad {final gallery in progress :)}

and Juliette with her dad {this capture won NZIPP Iris Award in Wedding Classic category}

I just this morning been catching up with Juliette after in cafe and it was so nice to chat about her and Jonny and her amazing family. {one year after their wedding gone so fast! time just flying!}

first look with dad - Castaways {Auckland wedding photographers}

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Everyday moments - April - 365 Project {Auckland-Hamilton-Tauranga lifestyle wedding photographer}

Amazing month April, keep going third year in a row capturing my personal everyday moments with kids and family. Such amazing time together on playgrounds, mini-golf, cafe, museum and home.

One of my April images been featured in LooksLikeFilm, yay! :)

Enjoy these highlights - images with so different moments and emotions around Hamilton NZ, Auckland, Rotorua,Tauranga and other areas where we had day trips {and just remember - my boy turned 5 years old, such a big date, we spent this time celebrating his birthday in Rainbow Springs and Agrodom, great memories!}:

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Flat White Waihi Beach {New Zealand - Waikato wedding photographers} Kara and David

Kara & David

Our journey with amazing couple started from their letter over one year ago, where I found out that Kara & David living in Canada planning their special New Zealand coastal wedding in Flat White Cafe {Waihi Beach, Waikato, New Zealand} and they are looking for two photographers to capture full day of special for them event with families coming from NZ South Island, Australia and Canada of course, all around the world!

Im not surprised with couple's choice of beach theme {believe me, Waihi Beach such a great choice} as Kara & David are adventurous, outgoing, loving nature. Flat White cafe been an obvious choice as couples love story started in coffee shop in Edmonton, Alberta. "They spent the day wandering through Edmonton and getting to know each other. Although Kara did not understand a word that Dave said, she knew there was something different about him, and they have been together ever since."

Proposal: "Dave popped the question New Year's Eve 2015 at Kaka Point beach, New Zealand. Dave had spoken to Kara's father, Jeff, prior to leaving for New Zealand. Jeff, an upholsterer, used his sewing skills to make Dave a special pouch to store the ring so that Kara did not find it on their holiday."

Their day was truly amazing and special, surrounded by friends and family, getting ready, first look with dad {brought tears in everybody's eyes}, ceremony in front of cafe {bear foot on the beach, I even went in the water to get some shots from the ocean with the waves, believe me I did it many times during the day, on bride and groom intimate session as well ;)}, family photos, bridal party shoot {groomsmen been climbing up high on the massive tree which reminded of Lord of The Rings :)} and couple photos was just stunning {bride and groom been climbing on the rocks, standing in the waves and much more!}, with sunset mini photo shoot of course, just before the reception roll on with speeches, dinner, cake cutting, first dance, father-daughter dance and guests dancing away! It was such a honour to capture all these moments.

Enjoy this video highlights and gallery!

Great creative team:

Wedding Coordinator - Melanie Gearson - Flat White Cafe
Bride's Dress - Paloma Blanca 
Bridesmaid Dresses - Adrianna Papell 
Groom's Suit- DKNY
Groomsmen Suits - Hallenstein Brothers 
Flowers- Beach Blooms Waihi Beach
Jewellery- @Karley Smith Jewellery Vancouver (http://karleysmith.com/)
Makeup- Junebug Wax and Lash (http://www.junebug.co.nz/
Hair- Stylist 2 U (Tessa Wilkinson-Joyce) 
Celebrant- Joy Stembridge
MC - Gerald Schenk & Sam Anderson

and New Zealand & International wedding photographers - Levien & Lens Photography {thanks to my husband Matt for great assistance!}

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LooksLikeFilm feature {Auckland NZ lifestyle wedding photographer}

Its such a great surprise to see my personal lifestyle image featured in LooksLikeFilm - community with over 40000 amazing photographers from all around the world. Its a great honour for me to be in this company with so talented wedding and lifestyle family photographers.

Im as wedding photographer and mama of two little ones capturing a lot of everyday moments, running my 365 project and really enjoying this special time. Its good to see images featured in different publications, blogs and magazines which means a lot to me, bring extra value to my work and more meaning.

Thank you so much! Im really appreciate it! 

"Split second on playground can be powerful"

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