Delaware Estate - St Mary's Church {North Shore wedding photographer}

Im so excited to share with you one of the beautiful events in Delaware Estate and St Mary’s Church {North Shore} - Gabrielle & Luke’s wedding that I had honour to be photographer at.

Couple shared their story: “Luke and I have been together just over 9 years. We met when I was about 14 and started dating when I was 16, we have been through a lot together. When I was in year 11 I was in a very bad accident and was in a neck brace for months, Luke was incredible. When I was 19 my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer stage 4 and after horrible treatment she recovered. 4 years later my Dad was diagnosed with neck and nose cancer who also had to go through severe treatment. Once my Dad's treatment was coming to an end, we found out my Mums cancer had returned. 6 weeks later my mum passed away. Life hasn't been easy, but Luke has been there through it all with me and has always been there for my family, just as I am for him. We are not only partners, supporters but just best friends.”

Great Creative Team:

Wedding Planner - Becks at EnvyEvents; Band - The Pick upz; Make up Artist - Agnes; Hair - Amy; MC - Matai Rangi Smith; and Auckland wedding photographer - L & L photography {Levien & Lens}, thank you Tashina for assisting.

Enjoy highlights in photo gallery, contact me with any questions!

Orakei Bay - Kings Garden Cafe {Auckland wedding photographers}

This was one of amazing event in Orakei Bay venue and Kings Garden Cafe {Auckland} where Danielle & Hugh get married surrounded by close friends and family. It was a honour for me, their wedding photographer, to document such a special moments on this day where even rain cant stop on the way of this celebration. We spent the couples photo shoot at Hobson Bay walkway between the ceremony and reception at cafe.

Couple shared their story: “He proposed on a Samoa trip. We were snorkelling out in the deep and he hid the ring underwater on a piece of coral... I thought I had found someone elses beautiful diamond ring by chance, I turned around and he was on one knee ! ROMANTIC” Such incredible story!

Great Creative Team:

Dress: Bariano Suit: Cerruti Flowers: Roses Mt Eden Makeup and Hair: Rouge & Scout Celebrant: Cora-Allan Wickliffe and Auckland wedding photographers - Olga at L & L, Levien & Lens photography.


Mudbrick - Waiheke Island: Danielle and Jarryd {Auckland wedding photographers}

Amazing day in stunning location - Mudbrick Vineyard on Waiheke Island {Auckland} with beautiful people - Danielle & Jarryd celebrated their special day with their friends and family. Its such a honour for us to be their wedding photographers and capture so many emotional and real moments!

Couple shared their love story: “We met through mutual friends at uni. We will have been together 8 years on our wedding day. He proposed on Christmas day at home with just our daughter and his parents around. It was perfect for us as we are quite private people. “

Great Creative Team:

Dress: Pronovias Suit: Custom Working Style Flowers: Waiheke Flower Gallery Shoes: Brides - Siren Jewellery: Earrings "Stephanie Browne Australia" Bracelet "Bo Runga" Rings "Meadowlark and Walker and Hall" Grooms Scarf "Versace" Grooms shoes "Aquila" Makeup "Made-Up" Hair "Rebekah Cuthers" Celebrant "Rev. Fei Taulealeausumai-Davis" Coordinator: Mudbrick Vineyard "Karen and Beccy" MC: Lloyd Eveni Music: Playlist no DJ. Graphic Designer "Juice Design Company"

and L & L - Levien & Lens photography - Auckland based New Zealand wedding photographers

Contact us with any questions!

Enjoy highlights in this video slideshow and photo gallery:

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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Best of 2017 | 2018 {Auckland wedding photographers}

Its time to reflect and look back at our amazing season when winter is a half way through and say Thank you to our awesome couples for constant love and support, we treasure every moment with you and so glad you choose us to capture so special for you moments.

Enjoy this Best of 2017 | 2018 {from yours L & L - Auckland wedding photographers}. We cant even count amount of epic weddings and engagement photo shoots, publications in prestigious magazines and awards. We been included in many top lists of best wedding photographers worldwide, such a big honour and such a pleasure to make all dreams come true. Thank you our awesome couples for this experience, it is impossible without you!

Can't wait and see what 2018 | 2019 season will bring {we booked up for most popular dates, but there still some chance your date is still available, don't hesitate to contact us}.

It was amazing year and we also have such amazing news - our big educational project that we worked on during one year!!! goes live - "Tales of the Moment: Your Secret Formula for Picture Perfect" BY OLGA LEVIEN with Click Photo School. Check it out if you want to improve your photography, find your sweet spot!

This photo gallery even can't fit all our fantastic engagement and wedding photo shoots!

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20 Top Wedding Photographers by Hongkiat: TOP 12 Wedding Photographer Society 2017; 100 Photographers to Watch in 2018 by Click & Company; Rangefinder Contest Winner, TOP 100 photographers Shoot & Share contest wedding couple category; NZIPP Iris Awards {9 awards}, Top 60 Elopement Blogs; Lemonade & Lenses International Contest Winner, Editor's Choice 2016-2018


Darshika and Joneet: Colourful Indian Wedding | Church Ceremony {Auckland weddings photographers}

Why do I love to capture cultural weddings? Because they have rich traditions, warm and cosy atmosphere and colour! Like this Darshika and Joneet's colourful Indian wedding with a church ceremony in Auckland, NZ. It such a pleasure for wedding photographers to meet such fantastic inspiration. We started our day in Manukau, follow to the church at East Tamaki, then bridal party and bride and groom photos in Auckland Botanic Gardens and finish the day with the amazing reception at Pukekohe. Ladies had a chance to change their outfit and showcase their beautiful sari. 

Great Creative team:

Great Creative Team:
Wedding planner - Eleven eleven events & Styling NZ. 
Videography - Revera Studio
Celebrant/pastor - Ps. moses singh. 
Dress - Bridal Brilliance alterations - amie (Bow & Lace Dressmaker / Designer Auckland NZ). 
Shoes - Chaos & Harmony 
Grooms outfit - Rembrandt
Makeup - Heather Vette Makeup & Nails 
Hair - Olga Gill Makeup Artist
MC - Dakshay prakash (brides brother) 
DJ - Jastin raaj. 
Florals - Joie De Vivre & Little Leaf Florals 
Cake - Magnolia Kitchen 
Arch for wedding - Event Styling Co.
Flower wall - The Flower Wall Co
and Olga at L & L - Levien & Lens Photography - Auckland wedding photographers. Thank you Mala for second shooting!

Enjoy this video slideshow and highlights in photo gallery:

Auckland indian wedding with church ceremony {New Zealand wedding photographers}
indian wedding with church ceremony {Auckland weddings photographers}
Auckland botanical gardens wedding
beautiful indian wedding by L & L {Auckland wedding photographers}

Landsendt Tropical Garden: Emma and Sean {Wedding photographer in Auckland}

Excited to share with you highlights of wedding gallery in such amazing location as Landsendt Tropical Garden {West Auckland, New Zealand} where Emma & Sean celebrated their special day with their closed friends in the warm and cosy atmosphere. Even rain can't stand in the way of such emotional event! It was an honour for me as their wedding photographer to capture all crucial natural and documentary moments with the artistic and creative vibe!

The couple met each other five years ago through the mutual friends and kept a long distance relationship. The proposal was made over the phone {first time hear such fantastic story!}. The couple relationship is exceptional, it's incredible to know what they said about each other: "Shahab is straightforward funny with the most innocent eyes in the world. She is so pretty and has a big heart."

Enjoy video slideshow and photos in the gallery:

Landsendt tropical garden - bridal portraiture {Auckland wedding photographers}
wedding reception details - pink and gold {Auckland weddings photographers}
Landsendt Tropical Garden {Auckland wedding photographer}
Landsendt Tropical garden wedding {Auckland wedding photographer
cake cutting ceremony {Auckland wedding photographer}
bride and groom dance - black and white photo {Auckland wedding photographers}

Great Creative Team:

Wedding Planner - Anya at Weddings by AH
Dress - Pronovias
Hair - Hair by Hannah
and Olga at Levien & Lens Photography - Auckland based wedding photographer

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Gracehill VIneyard Estate: Jazz and Tim {Wedding photography in Auckland - New Zealand | Kumeu}

Jazz & Tim

Gorgeous people, warm and cosy atmosphere, fantastic location - it's all about Jazz & Tim wedding at Gracehill Vineyard Estate {West Auckland, New Zealand} - near Kumeu - Waimauku where we, couple's wedding photographers had an opportunity to capture such special moments and dance away with emotional music.

The couple shared their love story: "Our meeting was by chance, which turned into an uninvited facebook request, several posts back & forth and eventually a Christmas in the park date." They are six years together, and the proposal was made at "the Empire State Building, during a holiday in the USA", such romantic place, it might be unforgettable! 

Great Creative Team:

dress - Made with Love - Unique Bridal Collection
suit - Tommy Gun
makeup - Connor Adams 
hair - Hair by Hannah
celebrant- Auckland Marriage Celebrant Sarah Bloxham
MC - @Ash Nolan
DJ - DJ Roopam and
Levien & Lens Photography - West Auckland based wedding photographers

Enjoy these video highlights and a photography in the gallery!

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Gracehill wedding details {West Auckland wedding photographer}

Happy Anniversary {Bay of Islands - Northland wedding photographer}

I just last weekend been in Northland {such a pleasure to be a wedding photographer on Leanne & Tim wedding} and remembered my two beautiful couples who get married exactly one year ago: Hana & Aidan in Russell {Bay os Islands} and Elisah & Heremaia in Kerikeri {Liddington Gardens}.

Its hard to believe, time flies so fast! Their weddings were just amazing, with their own unique and unique atmosphere. They both were unforgettable.

Enjoy these weddings highlights - from old classic style Duke of Malborough Hotel and rocky beach in Russell to elegant and romantic rustic chic garden wedding in Kerikeri!

Happy future together!

Hana & Aidan

Waitakere Estate - West Auckland wedding {New Zealand weddings photographers} Susannah and Jayden

Susannah & Jayden

Our wedding season start rolling with Susannah & Jayden's wedding in Waitakere Estate {West Auckland, New Zealand}, where couple spend time with close friends and families in such picturesque surroundings. 

Jayden shared couple's love story:

"Susannah and I worked at the same company but never saw each other. One day we we're separately called into a group meeting, once Susannah started talking I was mesmerised. A few months later I moved onto the same floor and kept saying hello, eventually she said hello back and the rest is history." I love how was made a proposal: "I proposed as per Indian tradition; I asked her father for permission, then took Susannah to India to share the celebration with her family."

It was amazing wedding with beautiful and romantic atmosphere, full of positive moments, laugh and relaxed atmosphere.

Such a  great start of the season!

Great Creative Team:

Venue coordinator - Renee
Dress - The Bridal Outlet
Suit - Cambridge Clothing Company
Flowers/Decorations - Themes by Design
Hair/Makeup - Ruth Baron
Celebrant - Margaret Sauvarin
MC - Tiffany Campbell
DJ - DJ Cade (@Discotech) 
and Matt from Levien & Lens Photography - New Zealand weddings photographers

Contact us with any questions!

cake cutting - bride and groom at reception {Auckland wedding photographer}
bridal portraiture {Auckland wedding photographer}

Wedding timeline - Planning 101 {Auckland weddings photographers}

Wedding timeline is one of the most important things on the wedding day and many clients ask us how better to plan photography events and how many hours of coverage do they need for capture all important moments. As wedding photogpraher who captured many weddings around New Zealand & International Im happy to share my experience and give some time frames for orientation.

Of course each wedding and their timelines are unique. Following information just something what can be considered for make your wedding day more enjoyable and create perfect conditions for stunning photos. Take on only those points what suits your situation!

Getting ready

Getting ready: Maya

Getting ready: Maya

1. Getting ready - 1.5-2 hours. Minimum time for getting ready photos is 1 hour {we usually start shooting when make-up, hair half way through. If you would like us to capture some special events as first look with dad, family portraits, lots of pictures with bridesmaids, many details shots etc you need to add on time. Better prepared beforehand all special for you items what you want us to capture {it will save the time and make morning less stressful for you}. Groom getting ready photos usually faster ones {as there no make-up and hair done :)}, but if groom planned something special with his groomsmen {as play golf on the morning, fishing, shooting etc.} definitely let us know, we would love to capture a complete story of your wedding day.

First look

First look: Madeline & Barry

First look: Madeline & Barry

2. First look - 30 min - 1.5 hours. First look is a special event which became more popular lately {not for traditional couples}. Its a moment when groom seen his bride before the ceremony {turn back to her walking towards him and then turn around}. First look is emotional moment and flow into the bridal party and couples photo shoot {thats why its up to 1.5 hours long}. This event allow to save some time between ceremony and reception when couple traditionally doing photo shoot on location, or add on extra location and variety for images.

Wedding Ceremony

Wedding ceremony: Ilinke & Shaun

Wedding ceremony: Ilinke & Shaun

3. Ceremony - 30 min {outdoor} to 1 hour {traditional church ceremony}. Ceremony usually take between 30 min and 1 hour. We need to arrive on site 20-30 min before ceremony starts to capture details, guests arriving, groom waiting etc. Also allow yourself at least 10-15 min after ceremony for greetings, relax and hug your family and friends.

Family Formals

Family formals: Kara & David's wedding

Family formals: Kara & David's wedding

4. Family photos - 20-40 min {depending on amount of groups}. Something to consider: big group with all guests can take up to 10 min, each small group up to 3 min. We usually recommend to have up to 10 groupings as its can be exhausting for couple to wait for everyone and keep tuned {they are usually starving and thirsty at this moment {needed provide some drinks and snacks}. Also good idea to have a shepherd - a person who know well the family and can gather people together {which save a time}. Good to have a little breath after family photos {drink and snacks} to refresh.

Bridal party + Bride & Groom session

Bridal party: Kathleen & Steve wedding

Bridal party: Kathleen & Steve wedding

Bridal party: Hana & Aidan wedding

Bridal party: Hana & Aidan wedding

5. Bridal party and Bride & Groom intimate session - 1.5-2 hours. Minimum time for photo shoot is one hour {20 min - tidal party photos and minimum 30 min bride & groom photos with basic amount of photos}. Extra time give more opportunity to be creative, walk and talk, relax and go with the flow. Also allow extra time if there few locations or travelling involved. Many couples worried about their guests waiting for them, but believe me your guests are fine, they talking, enjoying outdoor games and other activities, snacks and drinks. If you would like to mix & mingle with your guests its a good idea to arrive to reception 30 min before its starts and have a good chat with all family members and guests.

Bride & Groom session: Georjarna & Gareth

Bride & Groom session: Georjarna & Gareth

Best time for photos: morning or during two hours before the sunset. Placing couple photo shoot in this time frame can be ideal but often impossible at the wedding day. We used to work with different lighting conditions. Solutions can be: moving ceremony to later time during summer as 3.30-5 pm {later is better for outdoor ceremonies, otherwise there can be tricky lighting situation with light and shade and hot spots on the faces}. Winter weddings usually scheduled with 1-3 pm ceremonies. 

Sunset Bride & Groom intimate session: Jenny & Andrew

Sunset Bride & Groom intimate session: Jenny & Andrew

Other option: have a separate photo shoot just before the sunset during summer time - sneak out of reception while guests eating their dinner, relaxing, chatting.

One more option for night lovers - get creative photos when sun go down, at late evening with dark and moody atmosphere:

Night time photos: Ellise & Wasim

Night time photos: Ellise & Wasim

Reception

Reception: Megan & Chris wedding

Reception: Megan & Chris wedding

6. Reception {coverage depending on amount of events planned, usually its around 3-4 hours, including speeches, dinner, cake cutting, first dance, father-daughter dance, mother-son, guests dancing + any more cultural traditions}. You can move these events around to suit your needs and what you like to do, its your time to enjoy rest of the day.

First dance: Chauntelle & Jayden

First dance: Chauntelle & Jayden

Full day coverage {from getting ready till guests dancing usually around 9-10 hours {if there late evening events planned its comes to 11-12 hours which is rare}. Small weddings, elopements usually take around 3-5 hours. 

Hope this orientation and tips with wedding timeline will help your planning. Let me know if you have any questions! As I said each situation is unique, just allow yourself time to breath and move from one part of the day to another without rush and enjoy every moment!

Sony & Ryan

Sony & Ryan

Its your time, time of your life!

{Other thing to consider - having a wedding planner can make you life so much easier and save lots of hours planning, putting things together, looking for wedding vendors and communicating with everyone. Experienced wedding planners know exactly how make your day run smoothly and allow you fully enjoy your time}.

Wedding reception

Wedding reception

We will help you with everything run smoothly!

x Warmly, 

Olga & Matt

Guests dancing {Langham}

Guests dancing {Langham}

Best of 2016 | 17 {New Zealand wedding photographer | Auckland weddings photography|

Time goes so fast, one more wedding season in New Zealand just fly away. Its a great time to reflect, look back and say Thank you to my awesome clients for amazing time and support! Its not even possible without you!

We shot over 20 weddings in Auckland, Kerikeri {Northland}, Russell {Bay of Islands}, Leigh, Kumeu, Tauranga, Lake Taupo, Gisborne, Wellington; we been all around New Zealand, on South Island as well {Queenstown, Wanaka}. Also there was many beautiful and emotional engagement sessions {pre-wedding photo shoot} which made our hearts sing.

Matt, my second photographer and husband been always next to me in the wedding team. We work as a clock - understanding each other without words, support each other and share creative ideas. Its made our journey easy, flawless and more exciting. Our two little ones stayed at home well looked after by nana. Thank you so much all these amazing people for help.

Also need to mentioned great wedding photographers community, many meetings with creative minds for tea/coffee, its so great to share common passion, share ideas and recharge with positive vibe. Not forgetting an amazing vendors {venues, make-up artists, hair stylists, wedding dresses designers {we having amazing partnership with talented designer Trish Peng}, flowers, suits, and all wedding suppliers, the list is endless!}.

Also need to mention two wedding workshops what I visited {yes, learning never stops and they are a great way to get some inspiration and learn a new tool box}: Two Mann {amazing husband and wife team from Canada, Erika and Lanny a true inspiration!} and Free the Bird {Jai from Australia is a creative mastermind}. So good to met them and other inspiring photographers!

As you see past season been productive, positive and full on! We are so excited to recharge {not so we have much free time at this winter months} and looking forward to our next season 2017 | 18 {fully booked, but there always a spot for epic wedding :)} and even 2018 | 19 {as bookings are already open and filling up fast}. Its can be hard to imagine we plan so far in advance but its world of weddings :)

Enjoy this video slide show with highlights and our favourite photographs. Let me know if you have any questions!

x Warmly, Olga {Levien & Lens Photography} - Auckland, New Zealand wedding photographers.