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! 

Rustic Wedding Chic - New Zealand DIY Farm Wedding - publication {Auckland weddings photographers}

Excited to share with you a recent publication of Kathleen & Steven's wedding in Gisborne {New Zealand}, where we, as their photographers, travel all way from Auckland to this gorgeous DIY farm destination wedding, one of the best weddings ever with freedom vibe and cosy atmosphere!

So great to see our photos again, go live around the world in prestigious international publications like this one from Rustic Wedding Chic.

Enjoy this publication and more photos in the gallery on our Blog!

Kathleen & Steve

Kathleen & Steve

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


Bushmere Arms - Gisborne Wedding {New Zealand destination weddings photographer} Megan and Chris

Megan & Chris

Such amazing time in Gisborne with shooting beautiful destination wedding - Megan & Chris get married in Bushmere Arms - stunning garden venue with traditional atmosphere! Need to mentioned I captured two weddings in Gisborne on this Waitangi weekend, its great to meet so many amazing people and document important for them story.

Day started in Megan nana's house on the farm, follow with first look on picturesque hills and forest, groom getting ready with his groomsmen in family house and ceremony with reception in Bushmere Arms {Gisborne, New Zealand}. We also had a short drive to a vinery, we just can't miss this opportunity especially knowing that its part of Chris's family routs.

It was great to meet couple again after our engagement | couples photo shoot few months ago in Hamilton Gardens, such a great memories! Bride and groom met each other 10 years!!! ago in high school and as Megan said: "Going strong since then". :)

Happy future together!

Enjoy this highlights in the video slideshow and gallery:

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Great Creative Team:

Dress: Bridal Solutions {Tauranga}, Veil - Handmade
Suit: Bond & Co {Tauranga}
Flowers - made by Nana and Aunty Jo
Makeup - RaquelHair&Makeup {Gisborne}
Hair - House of Hair
Celebrant - Judith Wright; MC - Steve Burke; DJ - DJ Magik
and New Zealand & International destination wedding photographers - Levien & Lens Photography 

Rustic Garden Wedding published in Paper and Lace {New Zealand destination weddings photographer}

Im really excited to share with you amazing news - Elisah & Heremaia's rustic wedding in Liddington Gardens {Kerikeri, Northland, New Zealand} just been published on Paper & Lace, one of he biggest NZ publishers and such amazing wedding blog. Its happened right on my birthday and its not accident, amazing editor Jax planned it on purpose.

paper & lace publication {levien & lens photography}

I been so happily surprised to read a birthday wishes right inside the publication. Thank you so much Jax, Paper & Lace, Im really appreciate your kind words, and so happy to be a friend of such amazing company with so much care around! You doing beautiful job with helping brides around New Zealand with their wedding planning and inspiration, Im happy to be featured and be part of it!

You can have a close look at ELisah & Heremaia's wedding day in our Blog and also enjoy brand new publication in Papare & Lace.

Enjoy it!

rustic garden wedding published in Papar and Lace {New Zealand destination weddings photographer}

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rustic garden wedding published Paper and Lace - Aucland - New Zealand weddings destination photogpraher

New Zealand Real Wedding published in Brautsalat {Auckland NZ weddings-engagement photographer}

Excited to share with you amazing news: Maya & Andy's wedding in St Margaret's Cafe {Karaka, Auckland} been published in Brautsalat - this prestigious publisher contacted me for feature few of my weddings as they just in love with my work - thank you so much for so kind words, Im appreciate it! Its great to see New Zealand weddings published overseas in international blogs and magazines, what a great honour!

{amazing I just had a look at their wedding gallery yesterday - remembering my last wedding of 2015 | 2016 wedding season! what a good timing :)}

I love when our beautiful, real and romantic weddings getting published!
Enjoy this publication!
Great Creative Team on wedding day:
Venue/Catering St Margarets Garden Cafe
Stationery & Signage Vista Print
Hair Olivia Adams, Salon St Bruno
Makeup Luci Hare and Natalie Rose, Blooming Beauty
Celebrant Darryl Parker
Brides Dress, Accessories & Shoes Secret Lace Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses Meryn Wakelin
Grooms Suit & Accessories Frank Casey
Rings Peter Minturn
Music Russell Wills
and your photographer Levien & Lens Photography

15 random facts about me {New Zealand lifestyle wedding photographer}

I feel its really important to connect with you, know more of your story, thats why firstly I opening for you my story and my personality. I even decided to create a special page on my website with

15 random facts about me,

New Zealand and destination lifestyle wedding photographer

  • Im a peoples person and love to hug everyone (just making you aware!);
  • I was born in wild and cold Siberia and then spent my life in gorgeous historical city Saint-Petersburg, Russia;
  • If you travel in past You can find me in childhood sitting near the window and reading a lot of books especially classic novels, romances and fairy tales; but I also loved to play soccer with neighbours kids;
  • I love FOOD from different cultures, love to try something new (my favourites are any type of cheese and Italian food, pizza's smell just magical!);
  • I met my husband overseas in Europe where we spent amazing holidays (Brussels, Paris, Disneyland, Roma, Florence, Venice (with Murano, Burano, Torchino), Florence, Milano, Lake Como - oh, sweet memories!);
  • I studied a lot in my life, easy enough and even earned PhD (in pedagogical science);
  • I love sport, especially figure / ice skating {I started trainings when I was 25 and won a few international competitions medals after a few years of intensive trainings); 
  • I have two little ones (a boy and a girl) who make my life busy, very active and interesting {never knows what each day will bring to you, ha-ha};
  • I love everything with music and dance - musicals,movies, reality shows (The Voice, X-Factor etc.), I studied all types of dance - from ballet to hip-hop and found my favourite - jazz!
  • I find inspiration everywhere - art, movies, music, TV, people around, sounds and smells and love to go with the flow;
  • My husband is a real kiwi - relaxed and easy going man (I try to learn these skills from him, ha-ha) and we love to watch different series at our down time, if we have any :);
  • I love to observe and understand people, love to bring my psychology knowledge in practice; Im a peaceful person and even in risky conflict situations try to understand other persons position;
  • I love everything new and being creative; atmosphere works great to me: the wind blowing hair and clothes, rain drops around, fog etc.; also great to be at the nature and see and use in photography these stunning landscapes {lucky we are in New Zealand};
  • I love to travel {my first speciality is geography}  and I did a lot of travelling especially around Europe;
  • and last but not least I love to talk with new and unknown people and find out their stories, facts of their life and personality, and if I start to talk its hard to stop, ha-ha!

so get in touch with me and tell your story!

Fog at lake {New Zealand lifestyle wedding photographer}