Romantic engagement | pre-wedding photo shoot - Muriwai Beach {Auckland wedding photographer}

Im so thrilled to share with you a recent romantic engagement | pre-wedding photo shoot at Muriwai Beach {Auckland} with Hannah & Jordan. I can not wait to be their wedding photographer, not long to go now!

We had such amazing time walking around secluded part of the beach, climbing rocks and getting in the water, meeting a beautiful sunset and chatting about couple’s upcoming wedding.

Enjoy highlights of this session at Muriwai {Auckland} in photo gallery!

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Beach pre-wedding - engagement session in New Zealand {Auckland wedding photographer}

I’m so excited to share with you my recent beach pre-wedding - engagement session with Courtney and James in New Zealand {I’m as an Auckland wedding photographer always thrilled to capture for couples so special moment at their pre-wedding photo shoots}. It allow us to know each other better, feel on ease on the wedding day and feel each other, know how we roll.

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Raglan Beach pre-wedding engagement photo shoot {Auckland - Waikato wedding photographer}

So excited to share with you highlights of Jenna & Brodie breathtaking engagement session on Raglan Beach {Waikato, not far from Auckland, New Zealand}, it's such an honour for me, wedding photographer to capture such a special for couple moments on heir pre-wedding photo shoot!

We just walk and talk before the sunset; couple shared their beautiful and romantic story:

"We met February 2015 at work. Jenna a brand new police officer and Brodie had been on the street working as a police officer for a few months already. We were in the same section and worked together as partners in the police car together. After several months of being colleagues and becoming good friends, we fell in love. It has been two years since." The proposal was made in just unbelievable location: "On the top of Machu Picchu mountain overlooking Machu Picchu ruins."

It was a real pleasure to spend such a fantastic time with this gorgeous, romantic, emotional and crazy-in-love couple!

RAGLAN BEACH PRE-WEDDING ENGAGEMENT SESSION {AUCKLAND-WAIKATO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER}
Raglan Beach pre-wedding engagement photo shoot {Auckland wedding photographer

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Redwood Forest - Lake Rotorua pre-wedding photo shoot {Bay of Plenty weddings photographers}

I am so happy to share with you today a beautiful pre-wedding | engagement session with Elizabeth & Tony in Redwood Forest and Lake Rotorua {Bay of Plenty, New Zealand}.  Even more excited now about couple's upcoming wedding in Black Barn on Lake Tarawera, such a great honor to be their wedding photographers!

We started our engagement photo shoot in the dark forest, walking among tall trees to talk about little details, couple's story and other moments and then on to Rotorua city, lake side, with geysers nearby.  Liz shared some details about their relationship:

" We have been together for nine years; we met when we were teenagers through mutual friends, and our paths crossed 2 or 3 times before we started dating. We are both from Tauranga, so it was great having so many friends who now got to know each other because of their connection to us and each other".  

Fantastic proposal story:

"He proposed at home!!  We have a cat called wolf which means everything to us, so he wanted Wolf to be there for the proposal.  Tony also knows I don't like too much attention in a crowd, so he wanted it to be private so that I could react naturally.  He hung an envelope of the front door which has the letters Y E S N O, and when I opened the door, he was holding a sign which the letters were designed to fit into.  He had arranged Champagne and booked a car to come pick us up and take us to a special dinner.  Greatest night!"

Sounds like unforgettable memories!

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Pre-wedding engagement session on Karekare Beach {Auckland wedding photographers} Megan & Chris

Megan & Chris

Amazing time with Megan & Chris on their pre-wedding engagement session on Karekare Beach {Auckland, New Zealand}. Im as wedding photographer always excited to spend amazing time with my couples beforehand, get to know each other for feel on ease on the wedding day and get some stunning photographs, of course :)

Megan come over here all the way down from USA "I was visiting New Zealand for only three weeks but met Chris and decided to stay. Going on five years and he proposed on the New Year's countdown." Such a great story, sometimes things happening how mean to be!

This day was truly special, full of positive emotions, lots of walk on the sandy beach and near waterfall, enjoying amazing New Zealand wild landscapes. Pictures turned just fantastic!

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Bethells Beach engagement-couples photo shoot {Auckland wedding photographer} Katrina and Marc

I met Katrina & Marc on Bethells beach {Auckland, New Zealand} at one of the Saturday's afternoons, they such a sweet couple, it was a real pleasure to walk together on the beach, talk about their engagement and wedding 's plans and get some stunning photos in between, emotional and romantic candid moments at pre-wedding session.

Couple shared their story:

"We met at university. The first thing Marc said to me was that he really wanted someone to cut into the rat bowel (because it was said that it was supposed to stink out the lab) – which made me laugh and I haven’t stopped laughing since. We’ve now been together 5 ½ years. We’ve travelled to a few places Samoa, Rarotonga, Bali and most recently Hawaii, as well as around New Zealand."

Proposal: " My friends and myself included were convinced that I was going to know when Marc was about to propose since we’d been together so long, we all expected that I was pick up on any subtle hints or clues. BUT one Tuesday (October 18th 2016) it happened! The day before Marc gave me a cute letter describing that he loved me and wanted a future together, but he did romantic things like that occasionally so I didn’t expect a thing. Then on the Tuesday when he got home after having our usual chat on the couch he said he had another letter… He gave this to me and there were no words apart from “this way up” and then cut out holes. I asked if this went with letter no.1 and he said yes and I fetched that (still none the wiser – expecting that he had planned a trip or something). I brought the letters back and then laid the cut out one on top of no1 and it said “Will you marry me”. Then when I moved the letter away from my face Marc was there down on one knee! Marc truly did surprise me because I couldn’t speak for minutes!". Such a great and romantic story!

It was amazing time on the beach just before the sunset, enjoy this video highlights from our engagement-couples photo shoot on Bethells Beach and highlights of couple's final gallery:

Pre-wedding engagement beach photo shoot {Auckland weddings photographers}

Im really excited about upcoming Ilinke & Shaun's wedding, especially after couple's pre-wedding engagement photo shoot on one of the North Shore Auckland beach.

Ilinke's mum hand made a flower crown for this session, its looks so gorgeous! Amazing work!

Couple story: "We met through friends but what followed was an instant connection based on mutual respect, wanting the same things out of life and lots of laughter. We love watching movies and cooking together but mostly love experiencing life together by going on little adventures where we get to see new areas like waterfalls or little coffee shops etc"

It was amazing time together on the beach walking around and breath in all the atmosphere and get some romantic and playfulness moments captured.

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Intimate engagement - couples photo shoot {Auckland wedding photographer} Tania and Vincent

We met with Tania & Vincent just before the sunset on Sunday evening in Parnell Rose Garden for their couples - engagement photo shoot. Lucky couple won our Giveaway with Auckland weddings. Im so excited about their upcoming wedding, congratulations and happy future together!

As photographer I love to capture special for couple moments in natural and artistic style. We had such amazing time together, pictures turned so beautiful, emotional and romantic with some intimate feeling what I really like.

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Engagement Session Giveaway {Auckland-Hamilton-Tauranga wedding photographer}

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year + Christmas Holidays!
I decided to prepare a special gift for my awesome clients | friends and followers - ENGAGEMENT SESSION GIVEAWAY!
1-2 hours on location photo shoot with all best hand-edit high resolution files and my time and talent!
1. Like my Facebook page Levien & Lens Photography if you still not and post with Giveaway ;)
2. Leave a comment - tag your friend or fiancé;
3. Share post with your friends if you would like :)
Conditions applies: You might be engaged. Session can be scheduled during 3-5 months based on availability in Auckland-Hamilton-Tauranga-Rotorua and surroundings areas. Photos can be used for Levien & Lens Photography portfolio and promotions.
Results will be announced after Christmas Day, 25 December 2016.
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Trelise & Alan

Trelise & Alan

Karangahake George engagement | couples photo shoot {Auckland-Waikato wedding photographer} Madeline & Barry

What a great time in Karangahake George {Waikato, New Zealand} we had with amazing couple - Madeline & Barry on their engagement photo shoot. Im as photographer never seen such a stunning location with plenty of photo opportunities! River, stones, mountains, concrete constructions {one of them even look like Jungle Book!}, mines, tunnels, wiggly bridges and much more. We been lost there forever enjoying walking on the tracks and talking, discussed couple's upcoming wedding in Leigh {up way from Auckland}, coming up really soon, just in few months time and had a great time together!

Congratulations on your engagement! Look forward to your wedding!

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Waikato wedding photographer - engagement photo shoot - Karangahake George
New Zealand wedding photographer - couples photo shoot - Karangahake George
Auckland wedding photographer - engagement session Karangahake George
NZ wedding photographer - engagement session - Karangahake George

Piha Beach couples photo shoot {Auckland wedding-engagement photographer NZ} Trelise and Alan

We had such a great time together with Trelise & Alan {our engagement photo shoot giveaway winners from Auckland Weddings} on Piha Beach {NZ}, their wedding coming up next year around Christmas time, so excited for this amazing couple!

I just loved this atmosphere on the beach - rocks, waves, sand, sunset! We had so much beautiful, romantic and emotional moments with this fun loving couple. Amazed by their love and energy!

Trelise told a story of the proposal, so beautiful and romantic!:

"Alan proposed on our 1 year anniversary in Santorini, Greece in June 2016. We had woken up early to watch the sunrise, so the paths were empty except for us. It was beautifully quiet, a lovely warm temperature, and just such a beautiful moment. We were at a view point on the island, looking out towards all the white houses and blue roofs, with the sun rising behind them, and we had a blue domed house right next to us (which we now refer to as "Our Dome"). Alan got down on one knee, on a cobbled path, and had to wait a few moments for an answer from me as I thought I was still asleep and dreaming!! A beautiful stray dog was the only witness to our special moment. We then had a champagne breakfast at our Cave, and spent the rest of the day out on a catamaran exploring Santorini and swimming in the bluest of blue oceans." Amazing dreamy moment!

I love every single moment of our session, there was freezing, windy,cloudy and sunny. We are survived the weather conditions! :) 

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couples photos {Auckland engagement wedding photographer}
couples photo shoot {New Zealand wedding-engage,net photographer BW}

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Kumeu farm engagement session {Auckland NZ wedding-couples photographer} Hana and Aidan

Beautiful engagement session and great time with Hana & Aidan on their farm in Kumeu, Auckland NZ (there was just enough time before pure rain started, so much positive emotions though!).

Hana telling a story of their relationship: 

We met on a blind date set up by a mutual friend. I needed a date for my Uncle's wedding on Waiheke island and Aidan put his hand up to take me. 3 years on and we've gotten engaged :)

Excited about their wedding up north in Russell, not long to go now! Im so excited to be their wedding photographer and appreciate couple share with me so special moments!

Enjoy this video with best photographs from photo shoot and special gallery!

Kumeu farm engagement session {Auckland NZ wedding-couples photographer} kiss
Kumeu farm engagement session {Auckland NZ wedding-couples photographer} BW

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Hamilton Gardens engagement photo shoot {New Zealand wedding - couple photographer} Megan and Chris

We had amazing time in Hamilton Gardens {New Zealand} with Megan & Chris, such a beautiful and romantic couple. Im really excited about their upcoming wedding in Gisborne next year, such a honour to be their wedding photographer, especially after knowing this couple and spent with them more time! This engagement photo shoot definitely helps us better know each other, understand how we are roll and feel more relaxed on the wedding day and get more natural photographs. I love to spend more time with my awesome wedding clients!

This couple have amazing story as they met each in High School and over 10 years together! What a long happy time! Their love became even stronger.

We met at Saturday evening in Hamilton Gardens {its been close to rainy weather but luckily we managed to finish our session just before pure rain starts. There was some spacial atmosphere. Love is all  around!

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intimate bride and groom moment - Hamilton Gardens {New Zealand wedding - engagement photographer}
BW romantic couple intimate moment {New Zealand engagement-wedding photographer}

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How He Asked by The Knot - engagement photos publication {Auckland wedding photographer}

Its a great news to find out that our engagement photos from Ellise & Wasim's session on Muriwai Beach been featured in How He Asked by The Knot. Its a great pleasure to see this publication with beautiful couples story about their first meeting, proposal and relationship.

Its a big honour when such a big publisher decided to accept your engagement or wedding submission, such a great honour for every photographer. 

Im actually working on Ellise & Wasim wedding gallery {their wedding happened just couple of weeks ago in Markovina Vineyard Estate, Auckland, it was amazing day with special atmosphere and bride + groom loos so stunning! Stay tuned, pictured coming soon in our Blog. :)

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Muriwai Beach couples-engagement photo shoot {Auckland wedding photographer} Ellise & Wasim

Ellise & Wasim

It was a great opportunity to meet Ellise & Wasim on Muriwai Beach {Auckland} to do their couples-engagement photos just few weeks before their wedding. Yes, sounds crazy, but we decided to go for it for have more opportunities to get stunning photographs in different from their wedding venue location, have another atmosphere, and feel more freedom {not every couple allow themselves on the wedding day running in the waves, climbing up to the rocks, get all wet, sit in the high grass and more exciting moments. But I actually know a few of my couples who even walk in the waves in the wedding dress, ha-ha!}

Engagement photo shoot is a great opportunity to know each better, understand how we are roll, feel more relaxed on the wedding day and get more amazing photographs :)

For me as a photography artist its a great opportunity to know better couple and also get some experimental creative shots {sometimes there no time in the wedding timeline for this, but I always try to create as much romantic and real photos as I can :)

So those Sunday morning we met each other on Muriwai Beach, such a stunning location with dunes, black sand, rocks and big waves. We had a bluest with Ellise & Wasim, especially when wave unexpected come close to the edge of the rocks where guys been standing in romantic pose :) Its was extreme, but I love every single moment of our session: all tho beauty and rocks around. Unforgettable memories.

I will tell you this couples story after their wedding. Keep eye on our new publications in one month time ;) Stay tuned!

Ellise & Wasim also surprised me with a gift - basket full of some amazing goodies. Its a great pleasure to receive such a wonderful present, thank you guys that you think about me and created such a wonderful present! {you can see a picture with gift on my Instagram, I just can't help myself and shared it with everybody :) See you guys on your wedding day in Markovina.

Enjoy this video and gallery as we truly enjoyed it!

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Fun couples photo shoot {Auckland wedding-engagement photographer}

What a positive, full of fun and laughing, photo shoot I had last weekend in Auckland. Kylie & Warwick just amazing couple.

Guys met each other 2 months ago and feel strong connection. It was first their pictures together.

I love to shoot these special for couple moments with relaxable atmosphere, fun and joy. It's a treasure to see their raw emotions and feelings!

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Elegant Formosa Golf Resort Wedding {Auckland couples-engagement photographer}

What an elegant wedding I captured last weekend at Formosa Golf Resort in South Auckland. This couple looks just stunning and photographs turned out just amazing. Meet...

Dominique & Owen

Venue: Formosa Golf Resort | Celebrant: Neena Maxwell

Makeup: Makeup by MeagsHair: Camilleri HairDesign

Decor: Lautofa Tulagalua | Bouquets: Flowers by Lisa | DJ: Andy Wilson

What a great place guys choose for their wedding - beautiful golf course in picturesque sea side location with views of Rangitoto island.

Getting ready moments started at Formosa Villas with beautiful set up, light, views, Dominique and her best friends - three bridesmaids met me while doing their makeup and hair. The atmosphere was full of fun and positive emotions. Girls been in villa 10 while boys in villa 12 had their own fun. I been heading over to get details shot with wedding rings and some creative shots with guys  :) 

Weather been rainy all morning so ceremony moved inside the lounge (planned to be an outdoor), but lucky rain eventually stopped and we had opportunity to get all main family shots done, guests had cocktail hour and we with bridal party, Dominique and Owen moved to travel around golf course on 4 seater golf cart (I been riding at the back, holding tight :) 

What a great location shoot with intimate session and some fun shots. Could be the best memories ever for stunning couple and their bridal party. Need to mentioned we had siblings from both sides in the party, what great traditions!

Reception been beautifully set up with white colours decor and light material around. What an airy feeling its created! Music been on and guests impatiently been waiting main couple to come in. What a great party just happened, amazing atmosphere!

Dominique & Owen, happy future together!

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Intimate photography - couples moments {Auckland-Hamilton wedding | engagement photographer}

Intimate couples moments are one of the most important and special at wedding day (and engagement session as well). Each couple is so different and have own special wedding schedule and ideas in place, but still very important to have at least half an hour during this hectic time to have quiet romantic moments and get stunning photographs.

These pictures will be one of the most treasured ones and these moments along away from the guest will give you some ability to rest and relax.

Thats why I always recommend to include an intimate session | location shoot in the schedule and do my best to have enjoyable and relaxable time together.

There could be different options to incorporate these moments in your wedding day: first thing in morning after getting ready (its often goes with first look), between ceremony and reception, during the reception (have some moments away from the guests and get stunning light at sunset).

I also love to do bridal session (pre-wedding photo shoot) or post-wedding photo shoot, which allows to choose different location (be really far from the wedding location and have different atmosphere). No on elicited in time, so no hurry! Everyone feel relaxed :) Also its gives the ability for brides trash the dress (lay on the sand, move in the water, what can be big fun!).

Intimate photography - couples moments {Auckland-Hamilton wedding | engagement photographer}

For example, one of my recent weddings with Daria & Dmitry been in Auckland city (Russian Orthodox church and Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron), so there was no option for incorporate outdoor photo shoot on the nature, so we organised beach post-wedding session 2 weeks after their wedding. Pictures turned just amazing!

Intimate photography - couples moments {Auckland-Hamilton wedding | engagement photographer}

Sometimes location just perfect for natural shots. My last weekend wedding been at South Auckland Formosa Golf Resort. It was so great to have a ride around golf course located next to the seaside with amazing views.

Intimate photography - couples moments {Auckland-Hamilton wedding | engagement photographer}

It is so important to do an intimate session in this stunning picturesque views!

Intimate photography - couples moments {Auckland-Hamilton wedding | engagement photographer}

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Casting call | Auckland-Hamilton couples photographer

Casting Call
I am looking for:

- Two crazy in-love couples who are easy going and would like to have fun lifestyle session. If you a blond with long hair + a brunette with short/medium hair + a redhead with long curly hair definitely note that in your message!

No modelling experience necessary. Sessions will take place in Auckland-Hamilton. Send me a message on Facebook page or contact me if you are interested.

Featured Costal New Zealand post-wedding session | Auckland | Hamilton Wedding Photographer | The Westchester Wedding Planner

Its a big honour to be featured in social media, especially in wedding categories. My recent post-wedding photo shoot with Daria & Dmitry been featured in The Westchester Wedding Planner.

Guys just a stunning couple! It was amazing experience to capture their wedding in Russian Orthodox Church in Auckland and Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron at the waterfront. It was full of fun and romantic moments, natural emotions, candid shots traditional wedding. What a great memories!

Daria & Dmitry just love wild New Zealand nature. Thats why we decided to organise a post-wedding session on beautiful Kariotahi beach (Waiuku, Auckland). Pictures turned just amazing, and blow me away :)

This couples session been featured already in few reputable publishers and Im really appreciate all these attention to my work.

Thank you guys! Love our time together!

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