The Hunting Lodge {wedding photographers in Auckland}

Amazing time in The Hunting Lodge, one of the most exciting wedding venue with modern architecture and barn feel at stunning location with amazing hills and vinery. Such a pleasure to shoot there for us, wedding photographers in Auckland {New Zealand}.

Nicole & Brian come over from Hong Kong to celebrate this special day with their close friends and family. It was amazing day full of love and laugher.

“Their story began in 2014 when they were colleagues at the same company. Their friendship began as friends and the chemistry of love was ignited after a special Christmas boat party. Brian shared that this next step was just natural. They had so much in common, but it was special, and they both realised their friendship had a very special sparkle. They shared the same values, they enjoyed the same challenges, and they genuinely supported each other and trusted each other’s judgements, they were truly best friends. Their relationship blossomed and their love grew and deepened. When Nicole headed to the Netherlands to study, their trust and love was strong, and it sustained them both, and they were able to have a successful long-distance relationship for 2 years.”

Proposal” “In August 2017 Brian planned the proposal, He wanted to make a special surprise for Nicole. He told Nicole he had to work overtime when he was actually decorating their home. After dinner Brian suggested that Nicole go to the ATM, she needed a bit of persuasion but in the end off she went. And a very very relieved Brian had a few finishing touches for the surprise when Nicole walked in the door. Everything went according to plan, except Nicole turned on the lights and reduced the level of romance, but , to Brian’s delight Nicole said YES.”

Enjoy highlights of couple’s wedding gallery:

Best couple | engagement photos - Shoot & Share {Auckland wedding photographer} Award

So incredible news just happened - I been announced in the best couple | engagement photos by Shoot & Share contest based on public votes. Its such a honour for me, Auckland wedding photographer, to receive this award - 5th place from over 46000 submitted photos just in this category. Its a pleasure to be in the row with so talented international photographers. This is an amazing awards with opportunity for audience to choose their favourite photos. To be in the top 20 is a big honour {by the way announcements still going, fill free to watch first places in the video slideshows}

Thank you so much to my awesome couples who make all dreams come true in emotional, artistic, and real photographs!

Enjoy this best photos with winners!

Rotorua Government Gardens - Blue Baths {Auckland wedding photographer}

Jo & Regan get married in Rotorua {NZ} Government Gardens - Blue Baths at the Gazebo, such a beautiful location. It was a honour for me to drive from Auckland to be their wedding photographer and capture so many wonderful moments, full of love and laugher!

I met couple before for their engagement session in Auckland Botanic Gardens, so meeting them again on the wedding day was like seeing an old friends! Day went just magical, and so perfect! Dancing took a special part of the day, guests been dancing away right after 7 pm {i never saw such incredible movement with so many people dancing together Macarena, Bruno Mars and so many other songs including a Baby Shark} :)

Couple shared their love story: “We met online (find someone) in June 2014. Our first date was at the Hamilton Lake, Regan bought us coffee and we sat and talked for hours. It was perfect.” Proposal: “At the top of a turret at Warwick Castle, England. He had incorporated our close friend to take photos. It was amazing.” So beautiful memories!

Great Creative Team:

Dress - Astra Bridal Bridesmaids dresses - mix bridal Suits - Hallensteins Flowers - Flaxation Bridesmaid necklaces - stone arrow Make up - Haley Mana Hair - Mel Freeman Hair and Styling Celebrant - Pastor John Ferris MC - Uwe Mana DJ - Pulse DJ’s

and New Zealand wedding photographers - L & L {Levien & Lens photography}

Enjoy this celebration highlights!

The Officers Mess {wedding photographers in Auckland}

Tea & Michael wedding was in The Officers Mess {North Shore} and was just epic, we, their wedding photographers, truly enjoyed such amazing atmosphere with their close friends and family in Auckland. Need to mention not a long time ago we captures Tea’s brother wedding in Kerikeri, bring back memories! So good to see again old friends Elisah & Heremaia and their big friendly family!

Couple shared their love story: “we both meet in the navy 2012 and have been together for 6 years “, he proposed while on a cruise in Fiji . So romantic!

Great Creative team on the wedding:

dress - Maggie soretto; suit - custom made in Singapore; flowers - Wild & Yellow; hair and makeup - Amber from verdo; celebrant - Navy Padre; DJ - Highkings and Auckland based wedding photographers - L & L - Levien & Lens photography.

Enjoy highlights in photo gallery:

Omaha Beach backyard wedding {New Zealand weddings photography}

Im so excited to capture beautiful, emotional and real moments in any location, not only in Auckland. This time Sybille & Aadil celebrated their special moments at Omaha Beach and had a backyard wedding at their parents property with stunning views to the rocks and ocean.

Informal mingling right after the ceremony and walking on the beach, reception at the marque, so many beautiful memories. Couple come all the way over from UK to New Zealand to celebrate these moments.

Enjoy this wedding highlights!


The Hunting Lodge {West Auckland wedding photographer}

One of the beautiful venues that I had a honour to capture Nikki & Blake beautiful moments, at The Hunting Lodge Winery {West Auckland}. Its such a pleasure to be chosen as couples’s wedding photographer and capture natural and candid, emotional and romantic moments.

Love story: “We met in 2010 at a wedding, we started dating in 2014 and have been together since. He proposed at Mangawhai Beach, Labour weekend 2017”.

Creative Team:

Dress by Modes Bridal Suits from Barkers Hair & Makeup by Serenity Celebrant is Jennifer Frieling Ceremony Music by Nikau Quartet DJ - Ron Pereria Floristry by Twig and Twine and West Auckland wedding photographer - Olga Levien L & L {Levien & Lens photography}

Enjoy highlights of couple’s wedding gallery:

Nocton Woodshed - Clevedon {Auckland wedding photographer}

One of the fabulous venues that I shoot recently is Nocton Woolshed in Clevedon, such a dream for any couple and Auckland wedding photographer. Amazing location on the top of the hill, with stunning views and a great atmosphere!

Lexie & Marcus decided to get married in New Zealand, made their way from New-York {USA} and have such a awesome time with their friends and family!

Couple shared their story: “We met in New York at a bar when we were 23 and spent a week getting to know each other before Marcus left the country for good. After a year and a half of long distance, Lexie moved to New Zealand and we've been together since (7.5 years).” Proposal: “Surprised at Lexie's Finnish ancestor's cabin in New Hampshire. “ Such beautiful memories!

Enjoy this wedding ceremony on the beach following the reception in the Nocton Woolshed {Clevedon, Auckland} - highlights in the photo gallery!

Creative Team: Celebrant: JJ Johnston Day-Of Coordinator: Gail Hackwell MC: Hamish Ellis DJ: MixIt and Auckland wedding photographers - Olga Levien {L & L} - Levien & Lens photography :)

Everybody's - Auckland City {New Zealand wedding photographer}

I’m so excited to share with you highlights of recent gallery: Claire & Scott get married at Everybody’s - industrial venue in the heart of Auckland City {New Zealand}. Im so glad to be their wedding photographer and capture so many beautiful, emotional and real moments!

Couple shared their love story: “We met up for a drink at Shanghai Lil’s. Scott was the only person in the bar so it was easy to spot him despite him not wearing the party hat he had promised. The bar was odd. It eventually filled up with urban hipsters and lost tourists in sensible hiking boots. About 10pm a 70 year old piano singer came out wearing every string of beads she owned. The date was fun. Scott was chatty and friendly and I was struck by how normal he was. Scott proposed on a weekend away in Taupo. We were having the most beautiful dinner in a private dining room with an open fire. We were a little tipsy and started chatting initially about nothing much but it progressed to how lucky and happy we were to have each other and then Scott got down on one knee and proposed. I burst into tears and instantly said yes. Scott didn’t have the ring on him. It was in the room. He had everything planned to propose the following day.” Such a romantic story!

Great Creative Team:

Becks - Envy Events dress: Anna Schimmel suit: Ted Baker from Life for Men, Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna flowers: Becks shoes: Badgley Mischka jewellery: Diamonds on Richmond; Fifth Avenue makeup: Beauty by Alexandra hair: Amanda Peston Peirce celebrant: Penny Ashton - Hot pink celebrant coordinator: Becks - Envy Events MC: Andrew Reding band: The Gramaphones Dessert table: The Shamrock Cottage

and New Zealand wedding photographer - Olga Levien at Levien & Lens photography {L & L}

Enjoy these photos - highlights of couple wedding day:

Best Couples | Engagement | Pre-wedding Photographers on LLF in 2018 {Auckland wedding photographer}

Im so excited to make a list the Best Couples - Engagement - Pre-wedding photographers on LLF in 2018 {LooksLikeFilm - the biggest community of wedding and family - lifestyle photographers in the world!!!}. It such a big honour for me Auckland wedding photographer make this prestigious list and be in the row with insanely talented photographers from all over the world!

Enjoy the 70 most beautiful engagement photos and one of them with gorgeous Kathryn & Michael {their engagement session on Muriwai Beach}, cant wait till their wedding at the end of March {have a look at their engagement session photo gallery highlights!}

Thank you to my awesome couples who made this come true!

Best Couple | Engagement | Pre-wedding photographers on LLF in 2018 {Auckland wedding photographer}

The Officers Mess - Fort Takapuna sneak peek {Auckland wedding photographer}


Congratulations to Tea & Michael who just get married at The Officer Mess {Fort Takapuna, Auckland}. Its such an honour for me to be their wedding photographer and document such treasured moments in so stunning location with views to Rangitoto Island and special atmosphere.

It not surprising couple chose this place as they met each other in navy, everything falls in places as a mean to be. It was also nice to see all the family again as we, L & L captured eats older brother wedding not long time ago, so good to see old friends, bring back memories!

Here is a quick sneak peek with couple’s first look and moments through the day. More images from the final gallery coming soon.

Waterlily Gardens - Waihi {Auckland based wedding photographer}

Amazing time at Waterlily Gardens in Waihi where Nina & Carl celebrated their special day with close friends and family. Im as an Auckland based wedding photographer been happy to travel to this gorgeous place with everything in one site {getting ready cottage, beautiful gardens, ponds, stream and a wedding venue with great atmosphere}.

Even rainy day can’t stand on the way of this beautiful celebration with emotional first look on the grounds, short trip to waterfall and relaxed time at ceremony and reception on site.

Couple shared their love story: “Me and Carl met 5 years ago at Uni. Then after a few months of dating things became official when we went for a weekend away in Waihi. It’s been a fun 5 (nearly 6) years together, from our graduations, to moving to Korea for a year and travelling together, to moving to Taupo for a couple of years and now ending up back in Hamilton to further our careers and be closer to family. What I love about Carl is life is always an adventure, he makes me laugh everyday and remember what is truely important in life <3 “.

The proposal happened “Spontaneously , I had planned to do it at a later date, but I had the ring with me over summer. We had just spent the week celebrating Christmas with our families and were at the beach in Waihi relaxing. I had never felt more in love with Nina and felt that the moment was right so we went to the beach and as we were walking along I got down on one knee and proposed. We went for a picnic and celebrated in our favourite spot on top of Bowentown hill overlooking Waihi beach and Anzac bay. Waihi is special to us as it where we spend our summers and it is also where we first officially got together nearly 5 years earlier.”

Enjoy highlights of this special wedding:


Great Creative Team:

Wedding planner - Rachael Pride dress - Brand: Made With Love, Style: Ella flowers - Kayla Schuler makeup - Ririmakeup (Rhi Kaipo) hair - Serena Ross celebrant - Megan McCurley coordinator - Rachael Pride & Jess & Bernie MC - Jess and Bernie Band - the strange arrangement

and Auckland wedding photographers - L & L {Levien & Lens photography}, by Olga Levien


Best of 2018 - wedding and engagement photography in Auckland {New Zealand weddings photographers}

It was such an amazing year! Im so happy to share with you Best of 2018 - our wedding and engagement photography in Auckland, New Zealand and beyond! It was such a honour for us, your weddings photographers to capture so many beautiful, emotional and real moments, so many incredible adventures!

We captured weddings and engagements | pre-wedding shoots in Auckland, Tauranga, Rotorua, Leigh, Matakana, Hamilton, Christchurch, Fiji and many more.

Im so proud for my Online Class “Tales of the Moment” that launched in August and got around 1000 participants from all over the world, with so many warm and positive reviews!

It was year of big achievements, so many international awards and publications {including Rangefinder, Junebug Weddings, Click magazine, The Voice, Dear Photographer, Lemonade and Lenses, NZIPP Iris Awards and many more}. We are so grateful for these opportunities!

This acknowledgement mean a lot, but much more mean for us heartwarming moments and amazing celebration with our couples!

Thank you so much to our awesome couples for your constant support and love and all these amazing moments together!

Enjoy these candid, documentary, fine art moments in video slideshow and a photo gallery

Kumeu Valley Estate - Lauren and Damon {West Auckland wedding photographers}

Im so excited to share with you highlights of the Kumeu Valley Estate wedding where Lauren & Damon celebrated their special day. It was such a special moments in West Auckland, we had such a honour as wedding photographers to document every single treasured memory.

We started the day at getting ready in Riverhead {West Auckland} and then follow to ceremony in the Kumeu Valle Estate and warm and cosy reception. This venue is one of the best in our list as wedding photographers for rustic atmosphere.

Couple shared their love story: “We met at the place we both worked at a Restaurant in Albany. We both had a love for food/wine and travel. We have now been together over 7 years.” Proposal happened at weekend getaway in Coromandel, in a treehut cabin, proposed amongst the treetops.”

Creative Team:

Dress: Astra Bridal Makeup/hair: Rouge & Scout Flowers: Zimzee Flowers (Tash) Celebrant: Jenny Pullin MC : also Jenny Pullin Band: Wolves & Ravens Special lighting: la lumiere

and Auckland wedding photographers - L & L {Levien & Lens photography}, thank you Matt and Natalia for assistance

Enjoy highlights of this wedding in the video and photo gallery:

Batch Winery - Waiheke Island {Auckland wedding photographers}

Excited to share with you a recent gallery at Batch Winery on Waiheke Island - such a great place to be in Auckland {all wedding photographers can only dream about such a stunning views and amazing photo opportunities}. Josh & Linda had such a beautiful wedding celebration with their close friends and families. SO treasured and beautiful moments from getting ready in cottages to the ceremony on top of the hills with breathtaking views, couples shoot on Onetangi Beach and back to the Batch.

Couple shared their story: “We met at school in the UK at 12 years old. We became boyfriend and girlfriend for a while. Josh moved to New Zealand and we both lost touch for years. Became friends on facebook and while Linda was travelling in NZ in 2009 we met up as friends and then stayed in touch as friends on facebook. Josh went over to the UK to meet Linda's family and friends and pick her up, and now we're getting married! We have now been together 4 and half years and been engaged 2 years.”

Enjoy highlights in the photo gallery!

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5 Five Knots + Domain: Amanda & Tim {Auckland wedding photographer}

SO excited to share with you a recent wedding at 5 Knots and Domain where Amanda and Tim celebrated their special day with close friends and family in Auckland. It was such a honour to be their wedding photographer. Such amazing romantic, warm and cosy atmosphere!

Couple shared their proposal story: “He preposed to be outside the water fountian infront of the Belliago in Las Vegas at night.” So beautiful!

Enjoy highlights of this wedding:

L & L {LEVIEN & LENS PHOTOGRAPHY} - YOUR AUCKLAND BASED WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Markovina Vineyard Estate: Chrissy and Craig {Auckland wedding photographer}

Im so honoured to capture this beautiful couple’s moments in Markovina Vineyard Estate, where Chrissy and Craig celebrated their special moments with friends and family {in Auckland, New Zealand}. I’m so glad to be their wedding photographer and document such beautiful, emotional, and real moments.

Couple shared their romantic story: “We met at work in the Police and were on the same frontline section together. We got along so well and our friendship turned into something more approximately 6 months later and have been together ever since. By the time we get married it will be just over 7 years of being together, we built our first house together and have so much love for our two pets, Nala (dog) and Leo (cat).”

How did he propose? “We planned a trip away to Queenstown for our 6 year anniversary and Craig told me he was going to organise our anniversary dinner. We stayed in an amazing private hotel over looking the lake and on the morning of our anniversary we got up and went skiing for the day which was so much fun. When we returned to our hotel I got dressed (as told to by Craig-without knowing what we were doing) and we walked down to Botswana Butchery where Craig had arranged for a private dinner in one of their private rooms. After our delicious dinner we walked back to the hotel and a car was waiting for us. We got into the car and were driven to Onsen Hot Pools (which are private hotpools overlooking the Shotover River). Shortly after I was told our pool was ready and that we would catch up with Craig on our way to the pool however we didn't see him so the lady said she would direct him to where I was afterwards. I was lead to our room where I opened the door and saw Craig staying there, he had gotten changed into his full suit with tie and jacket. There was a deck surrounding the pool and on one side of the deck were 6 photo frames with photos of memorable moments in our relationship (buying our first house, overseas holidays, our cat and our dog) to the other side were letters standing up saying Marry Me with red roses and some bubbles underneath. He said a little speech and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Craig had designed the engagement ring himself and it was exactly what I wanted. Everything about he proposal was prefect in every way.” This is such an amazing story!

Great Creative Team:

Dress - Alma J Bridal

Grooms suit - Rembrandt

Groomsmen suits - Hallenstins

Flowers and table set up - Susan Rogers Florist

Makeup and hair - Charlie Mclean

Celebrant - Carlie Blanchett Burton

MC - Brides brother

DJ - Beatworks Aron Hall

and L & L {Levien & Lens photography} - your Auckland based wedding photographers! CONTACT US with any questions!

Enjoy this video slideshow and highlights in photo gallery:


Post-wedding photo shoot in Auckland {New Zealand wedding photographer}

You may already saw a sneak peek from this post-wedding photo shoot in Auckland {New Zealand}, it was such a pleasure for me meet Emma & Shaun again as I been a wedding photographer on their special day half year ago {time fly by so fast!}.

It’s like meeting an old friends, we already know each other, moved through amazing experience on their wedding day and know exactly how we are roll.

Emma truly surprised me bringing three dresses to this photo shoot, it’s like an eye candy, so amazing gowns! We changed three outfits {her two weddings dresses, and one amazing red dress!}.

Such a pleasure to walk and talk and capture some beautiful, natural and emotional moments, documenting such treasured memories!

Im so happy I been chosen as their wedding photographer and capture so romantic memories on Muriwai Beach {Auckland, New Zealand}.

Enjoy highlights from this beach photo shoot:

The Hunting Lodge: Eric and Nono {Auckland wedding photographers}

It was such a beautiful sunny winter day at The Hunting Lodge {Waimauku} where Eric & Nono celebrated their special day surrounded by close friends and family. Such amazing time for us, Auckland wedding photographers, to capture so many beautiful, emotional and real moments!

Couple shared their story: "t was July 7 2016 during a mid year getaway at Raglan. After a home cooked dinner we were relaxing and watching Chocolat starring Johnny Depp. My (Eric) heart was racing and I could barely focus (not because of Johnny Depp…). One hour in I asked Nono to grab another cider from the fridge. She was cosy and did not want to leave the sofa. Thankfully I won the most clutch round of paper scissors rock of my life and she reluctantly went. I had hidden the engagement ring in the fridge next to the drinks and coincidentally, the engagement ring box resembled a small box of chocolate. Thinking it was a welcome gift from our airbnb host she pranced around the room in excitement! She brought it over and was not keen on sharing the "chocolate". I told her that I should open it for her, got on one knee, muttered a few sentences while trying to maintain my composure and proposed to her. I picked the date July 7 so it’d be easy to remember, 07-07." Such a romantic tale!

We had such amazing time on this wedding day! Enjoy these highlights in video slideshow and photo gallery:

Top 50 Best of the Best Destination Photo Contest Winner by Junebug Weddings - L and L {Auckland - New Zealand wedding photographers}

I'm so excited to announced one on my photos with Tina & Tony at Karekare Beach made it in Top 50 Best of the Best Destination Photo Contest by Junebug Weddings. Its such a honour for me L & L {Levien & Lens photography, based in Auckland New Zealand photos by Olga Levien} to be in such talented company of wedding photographers from all over the world.

Its truly unbelievable to make this list of best wedding photographers in the world!

I appreciate this opportunity and truly grateful for this acknowledgement.

Have at look at all these amazing international destination photographers art work and enjoy this photo with Tina & Tony who made their way from Australia to have their photos taken by me, Olga Levien, Auckland based wedding photographer!

We had such a blast! 

Destination Fiji Wedding: Divya and Gino {Auckland - New Zealand wedding photographer}

I'm so excited to share with you my recent Destination Fiji Wedding with Divya & Gino, I'm so thrilled couple asked me to come over this island from Auckland - New Zealand and be their wedding photographer.

The day was just magical with warm and cosy atmosphere, beautiful sun and clouds, amazing people around and friends that come all the way to Fiji from all over the world.

Couple shared their love story: "We have been together for almost 6 years. He took me to a restaurant on the beach where we had one of our firsts dates and proposed on the beach"

Their wedding was right on the beach area next to Sofitel Hotel. Such a gorgeous place to be!

Enjoy these highlights in video slideshow and photo gallery:

Great Creative Team:

Decorations: Grace creations Wedding dress: Megs Tailoring

and International Destination wedding photographers - L & L - Levien & Lens photography - Auckland based weddings photographer.

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