Auckland pre-wedding | engagement session - Anita and Jay {New Zealand wedding photographer} Parnell Rose Garden

We met with Anita and Jay on Sunday afternoon, it was a chance of rain, and we got it, but still manage to enjoy our session - engagement photo shoot in Parnell Rose Garden {Auckland, New Zealand}. I so excited about this pre-wedding session and can't wait to be their wedding photographer just in one month time! Not long to go now!

Engagement sessions always a great way to better know the couple and feel how we all roll, get some stunning photos, especially with make-up and hair trial and get a little bit more freedom than on the wedding day.

The couple shared their love story, how they met: "From the groom's perspective:
We first met on my first day of work where I was starting a new at the Auckland City Hospital as it's liver transplant team pharmacist. We worked in very different departments so the only time we managed to interact each other was via mutual friends or after work we'd stop and have a chat with each other before going home. 
It was before Christmas in 2016 that we were invited by mutual friends out for a kayak trip out at Puhoi. I had thought about asking her out before this but wasn't quite sure of the circumstances, so this kayak trip was an excellent opportunity to get to know each other better ... And here we are... "

How was proposed: "Full story: I had already thought of three occasions to propose that was already in our calender, Waiheke for her birthday, June where we would be visiting the Franz Josef Glaciers and August where we would be going to Wellington. 
I had hinted it would be June with the glaciers as we would be taking a helicopter up and so it would be an exceptional occasion but little did she know I was thinking of the soonest date possible straight after her birthday on Waiheke. 
We arrived in Waiheke when the weather was less than ideal; I had booked us to stay at the Oyster Inn, one of Anita's favourite places on the island. We started the day by having a small picnic by the beach, I would have done it then, but the wind was just too much, and I would have had to shout my lungs out and she probably still won't hear, and I might not even be able to her answer... so that was a no. We went back to the inn and had a bit of tea, I also had brought bottle of our favourite champagne (Perrier Joet, even at our wedding) to have possibly after I have proposed, but Anita suggested we have this with dinner, so I thought okay well I guess I'd have to do it before dinner. Now coming back to after our picnic, we had a bit of tea at the inn and then retired to our room, I just felt it was the right time, we were alone, private and I decided to get on my knees and asked her to marry me there and then in the room and of course she said yes. Now we get to enjoy the other two activities I had set up earlier. " Such a beautiful memories!

Enjoy these highlights in the gallery!