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 :)

Pre-wedding engagement session in New Zealand {Auckland wedding photographer}

Enjoy these highlights of Anna & Maciej pre-wedding engagement session in New Zealand at Karekare Falls and Piha Beach {it was such a great pleasure for me, Auckland wedding photographer, to capture such amazing moment for this beautiful couple who come over to New Zealand from Switzerland for this couples shoot just before their wedding in Poland}.

Im so honoured to document so many beautiful moments in such stunning landscapes for couples from all over the world! I just love this!

Couple shared their romantic story: “We met at the university. We are together for 5.5 years. He proposed on the Piha Beach on 31th of December 2018. She found the letter in the bottle.”

Enjoy highlights of this beautiful session!

x Auckland wedding photography - Olga Levien

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}

Muriwai Beach engagement session {Auckland wedding photographer}

Im so excited to share with you my recent gallery: Muriwai Beach engagement session {Auckland}. Anchal & Shravan had their pre-wedding photos done before fly out of New Zealand to India for their wedding. Im so honoured to be their photographer and document so special for couple moments!

We met on Tuesday afternoon and walk around sand dunes, rocks and gannet colony with secluded beach with the cave. So much love and positive emotions!

Its amazing how this couple {both born in different parts of India} met each other overseas in New Zealand {which maybe never happed in their home country}. Feels like it mean to be!

Enjoy highlights of this pre-wedding photo shoot and contact me with any questions!

Rainy engagement session in Auckland {pre-wedding photographer}

We had such amazing time with Eileen & Steve on Christmas Eve! No matter rainy weather their engagement session in Auckland on the beach and in forest was so beautiful and romantic! Im so honoured to be chosen as their pre-wedding photographer and to capture so many special moments for this couple come over from overseas to New Zealand for this photo shoot!

Couple shared their love story: “We met through work, and have been together for close to 5 years. We saw each other and thought each other were cute but things really materialized when we went for a work charity event and he was finding ways to sit close and talk to me, and the rest is history. :)” Proposal: “He proposed to me at our home as we do not like dramatic attention. It was sweet and intimate, I came home to flowers (99 roses); petals and candles on the floor, with Rihanna's Diamond playing in the background. He went down on bended knee and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes!”

Enjoy highlights of this session in the photo gallery!

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


Auckland City + Karekare Beach Pre-wedding {wedding photographer in New Zealand}

Im so thrilled to share with you a recent gallery highlights in Auckland City and Karekare Falls | Beach with Junice and Terrance who made all the way from Singapore to their pre-wedding session with me as wedding photographer, in New Zealand.

We had so much fun and positive emotions, walking on Auckland City streets, enjoying the atmosphere of a downtown with buildings, bricks, industrial and old style imperial feeling; driving to Karekare Falls and following to the Piha Beach for a little bit extra photos and atmosphere. This 3 hours photo shoot was just incredible. It was a cloudy day with no chance for a beautiful sunset, but its all about relationship, connection, emotions and candid moments, no matter weather!

Couple shared their love story: “We met at university during our 1st year but only got closer when we were doing our post grad diploma and have been together for almost 4 years”. The Proposal: “It was Junice's birthday and we had lunch at a Japanese restaurant we both like and have visited a few times. The restaurant celebrates birthdays with the chefs dimming the lights and singing a birthday song, while bringing out a birthday dessert. After the song, Terrance said that he had one more thing, - he then went down on one knee and popped the question. "To more sushi adventures ahead!" he said. “ Oh, such amazing story!

Enjoy highlights in the couple’s final gallery!


The Best Images of 2018 - Dear Photographer {Auckland wedding-family photographers | Publications - Awards}

Im so excited one of my photos been included in The Best Images of 2018 by Dear Photographer Magazine and Community. Its such a big honour for me as Auckland wedding-family photographers to be in this international publication - awards.

The photo is chosen from one of my maternity sessions in Auckland on Muriwai Beach with beautiful couple Conny & Stewart at winter time in New Zealand. Such unforgettable memories and breathtaking photo shoot!

Enjoy it!

Conny &amp; Stewart

Conny & Stewart

Pre-wedding | Engagement session on Piha {Auckland wedding photographers}

So excited to share with you a recent pre-wedding | engagement session gallery with Grace & Andrew on Piha beach and Karekare Falls {Auckland}. It was such amazing experience, a little bit pity we cant be couples wedding photographers, as they come all the way over from Canada to have this couples photo shoot in the wild and beautiful New Zealand!

Breathtaking experience and natural, romantic, beautiful and real photographs, memories for years to come!

We started our session from Karekare Falls in West Auckland and finish at sunset on Piha Beach.

Couple shared their love story: “We have been together for 10 years - nearly 11. We met while we were volunteering at a Christmas event in High School - we were volunteering to help kids make gingerbread cookies. Andrew pretended he didn't know how to tie a knot for the bags and that's where it all started. “

Proposal: “We were driving to Jasper, Alberta (which is where our mountains/ national park is). We stopped at one of the pit stops on the road to "take some photos" but he surprised me all of a sudden with a ring. Lots of cars on the road were honking (for congratulations) and thus I partly did not hear his speech (which I made him repeat again in the car) haha. Then we spent a few days in Jasper :)” Amazing story!

Enjoy highlights with candid moments!

The Voice Finalist - Auckland wedding photographer: Awards - Publication

Im so excited to announce one of my images from Josh & Linda engagement session became The Voice finalist. Its such a great honour for me, Auckland wedding photographer, to be presented in this collection with finalists from all over the world. Congratulations to all talented artist to win this Awards! All photos from collection also been presented as a publication in Click Magazine - one of prestigious international publishers.

Need to mention, there was over 48000 submissions! Im so trilled to be one of the photographers - finalists! Its like dream come true! What a great way to start a New Year!

Enjoy full The Voice collection and spot this image below in “Womanhood” category {I could not wish for any others!}

Josh &amp; Linda

Josh & Linda

P.S.: To my friends-photographers - don’t be afraid o put your work out there, you don’t have anything to loose! Dream Big and just go for it!

{also you can capture amazing moments with any equipment! My favourite Sigma 35 mm Art was in service that day and I used for this session Nikon 50 mm 1.8 Dx one of the kit lenses that I used when I got my crop camera at the beginning of photography. You just need your eye and ability to see the moment!}

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Giveaway - Engagement Session {Auckland wedding photographer}

It’s time to share the love! Im so excited to announce a ✨GIVEAWAY ✨
WIN an engagement session with L & L - Auckland wedding photographer!
Simply like Levien & Lens Photography on Facebook, tag your partner or friend who may be interested, comment with your ideal date if you can choose the location anywhere in the world! (Each comment/tag is an extra entry!)
Follow @levienlensphotography on Instagram as an extra entry!
Let the adventure begin!

The winner will be announced on my birthday, 8 January 2019 ;)

Conditions: session can be scheduled based on availability, up to 3 months time, session duration is 1 hour, Auckland region, the winner will receive 30+ artistic retouched images. Session will be transferred to a runner up if prize not redeemed in a timely manner.

Good luck! 

Cant wait to capture your beautiful, emotional and real moments!

x 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