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.”

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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}

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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.

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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.

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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 :)

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.

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

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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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

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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

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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:

Tawharanui Winter Wedding - Koru House: Christie and Jason {Auckland elopement-engagement photographer}

Im so excited to share with you this Tawharanui Winter Wedding in Koru House {near Matakana} - where Christie & Jason get married surrounded their close friends and family with two little ones, such a beautiful day with cosy atmosphere! The weather was just perfect!

It was a pleasure for me, Auckland photographer, to drive out to country side to shoot this amazing wedding at a short notice {love spontaneous adventurous couples} between winter elopement and engagement photography.

Im so excited to share with you how I shot this wedding, my husband Matt filmed me shooting, and Im so excited to share all me tips and advice to wedding photographers worldwide. Watch me capturing these beautiful, emotional and real moments in my Online Course "Tales of the Moment", get in quick, this photography workshop on a high demand and even been extended till 21 August, then materials go in the Click Store and you can learn it at your own time!

Enjoy this video slideshow and photo highlights in a gallery. {I also excited, one of these photos been featured in LooksLikeFilm, amazing community with top international photographers! Such a honour and an award!

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


Kauri Bay Boomrock - Clevedon: Celeste and Leo {Auckland wedding photographers}

Kauri Bay Boomrock {Clevedon} such a stunning location in Auckland, not surprising Celeste & Leo choose this wedding venue to celebrate their special day. It was great honour for us to be their wedding photographers.

The weather was so amazing for this autumn wedding at the end of May. There was still plenty of beautiful colours on the trees. It was so great to spend a day in such an amazing place with everything on one site and to meet the sunset on the hills just before the reception.

Couple shared their love story: "12 LONG Years! Haha! We meet at high school, so yes high school sweethearts. I first caught sight of Leo as he was standing in the bus line. My friend liked his older brother and was pointing him out but all I saw was Leo. I was smitten. Leo first caught sight of me at a Rowing Regatta and during Mufti Day at school. We were friends for about a year and half before we actually became boyfriend and girlfriend. We've never looked back. We definitely have had our ups & downs but each bought our relationship a new memory, a new strength, growth in our love and friendship. We are so alike we can think of each other and one of us will call the other. Just like ESP. Two peas in a pod."

Their proposal was so amazing: "We were on holiday in BC, Vancouver. It was late Jan and still snow was all around. We booked a day trip out to Whistler where in the morning we did zip lining. Absolutely amazing! But Leo wasn't himself. I just thought jetlag. He then said he really wanted to do the peak to peak gondola. I turn and here Leo is down on one knee, and with the cheeky grin I know and LOVE so much he simple said. "Will you marry me". I cried and said "Yessss!" So we're so overcome with love and happiness (Leo because I said yes and me because I'd only been waited 11 years) that we spend the whole day taking photos with the ring on the wrong finger!"

Enjoy this video slideshow and highlights in the gallery!

Congratulations to happy couple! {one of the images in this gallery been featured in LooksLikeFilm, such amazing community of world best photographers}

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Great Creative Team:
Dress: Jessica Bridal
Bridesmaids: Honey Peaches & @Forever New
Suits: Hallenstein Brothers.
Rings: Bride is Pascoes The Jewellers. Groom is KAVALRI 
Bride Braclett: PANDORA and Earrings: Swarovski
Makeup: Kate Solley Makeup Artist
Hair: Boutique Bride
Flowers: Dianna Marie "think flowers"
Celebant: Letitia Voss
MC: Stewart Pinny
Coordinator: Amanda & Yaman Kauri Bay Boomrock
Music: Spotify
and Auckland wedding photographers - Levien & Lens Photography L & L

The Travelling Dress Collective {New Zealand pre-wedding photographer}

I'm so excited to share with you a new publication of our amazing The Travelling Dress Collective project - where nine photographers from Australia and New Zealand come together to photograph just one dress with their unique Voice and Style.

It was such fantastic experience and so talented group of artists. Can't believe how this turned out. This dress was so gorgeous - made by Purity Lace Design. It's so amazing to see how different artists found something unique with their approach. You can look up their gorgeous work following the links: Camilla FrenchFrancisca JorgensenDanielle DobsonPeta HoodHelen WhittleKristle RicciMelissa BrownJulie Guertin and me, Olga Levien.

Have a read all stories in The Travelling Dress Collective project Blog and have a look at more photos in our recent engagement publication. Tina & Tony made their way from Australia to have a pre-wedding photo shoot in New Zealand. It was a great pleasure to capture so special for couple moments. Tina, this breathtaking dress and wild secluded Karekare beach {Auckland , New Zealand}  - all come together to create some magic! Love every single moment of our session!

Clevedon Farm Wedding: Olivia and Mark {Auckland weddings photographers}

We so excited to share with you our recent Clevedon Farm wedding where Olivia & Mark get marries in Vin Alto Winery, bride's home full of such a sweet childhood memories. This wedding was shot by Matt, my associate photographer and husband, together with Kimberley, second photographer. I think they done such an awesome job. I could FEEL the atmosphere, emotion and moment while I been editing this wedding in my custom style. It's so great to realise we have such amazing team of talented Auckland wedding photographers!

Couple shared the story of their proposal: "We were meant to go for a walk in our favourite park one afternoon, and Mark had hid champagne and flowers under the bed for when we returned, and booked dinner - but it ended raining - so it was in the lounge!" They love cooking together and their ideal date night "A lazy Sunday afternoon in the kitchen together making dumplings from scratch and eating them :)"

Enjoy this video slideshow and a photo highlights in the gallery:

Clevedon farm winery wedding {Auckland wedding photographers}
Clevedon farm vinery wedding {Auckland weddings photographers}

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Great creative team:

Dress: Martina Liana from Alma J Bridal Boutique
Suit: Tailor made from Working Style
Makeup & Hair: Olivia Davies from Servilles Academy Newmarket
Celebrant: Val Moore - Celebrant
Flowers: Clevedon Flowers and Mother of the Groom
Rings: Diamonds On Richmond
Zest String Quartet ; DJ: MIX it DJ
and Matt at Levien & Lens Photography - Auckland based wedding photographers. Thank you Kimberley for second shooting!

Top 100 Wedding Photographers 2018 | Best Weddings Photographers Worldwide {Auckland elopement photographer}

So excited to be included in Top 100 Wedding Photographers 2018 by Wedding Photographer Society - Best Weddings Photographers Worldwide Magazine.

It's such a huge honour for me, Auckland elopement-wedding photographer to be in this publication with premier international destination wedding artists. Such a great place to be! I amazed by the level of talent in this magazine.

Enjoy the featured publication and breathtaking imaginary!

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North Auckland Farm Wedding: Sophia and Jethro {New Zealand weddings photographer}

Fantastic time with Sophia & Jethro in North Auckland at their farm wedding near Mangawhai and Puhoi. As a wedding photographer, I love to capture beautiful weddings all around New Zealand and beyond, but farm - barn weddings have such a unique, freedom atmosphere with great spirit. We start getting ready in Mangawhai and then went to the farm at Puhoi, also ha an excellent opportunity to visit Wenderholm Regional park for couple's session with the bridal party, and finished at the reception under the marquee with 200 guests. It was such amazing day with a great atmosphere. 

The couple shared their love story with the proposal: "After an alpine hike in the Milford sound, on a snow-topped mountain at sunset (with wine and cheese) :) AMAZING!"

Great Creative Team:

Makeup- Kate Manihera- Makeup Artist
Celebrant - Sandra Turner
MC - Sarah Drum & Daniel Gillespie
Band - The Dukes of Hammersmith
Flowers - My little flower company, Mangawhai
and Olga at Levien & Lens Photography - Auckland based wedding photographers. Thank you Gemma for second shooting!

Enjoy this video slideshow and highlights in the photo gallery:

Top 60 Elopement Blogs and websites for Eloped couples {New Zealand - Auckland wedding photographer}

It's incredible news: we are included in Top 60 Elopement Blogs and websites for Eloped couples by Feedspot. "The Best Elopement Wedding blogs from thousands of top Elopement Wedding blogs in our index using search and social metrics." 

This list based on utterly organic search results and amount of visitors as well as a quality of the content.

I'm so excited and honoured to see these fantastic results. Thank you to our beautiful couples for constant support and love. Elopements are one of my favourite events to capture, there so much intimacy, beauty and emotions in a short time frame, in most stunning locations of Auckland and New Zealand.

Its so big honour for me, wedding photographer to be chosen for this amazing adventure!

Hope you enjoy it!

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top 60 elopement blogs and websites for eloped couples {New Zealand Auckland wedding photographer}

Black Barn Lake Tarawera: Liz and Tony {Auckland - Wakato - Bay of Plenty wedding photographers}

So beautiful location and so lovely couple: Liz & Tony get married at Black Barn, Lake Tarawera. It was a pleasure as their wedding photographer to capture so beautiful, emotional and natural moments in a documentary approach. Need to mention we met the couple on their engagement session beforehand {check our Blog}, and had a fantastic time exploring Redwood Forest and Lake Rotorua.

We, Auckland wedding photographers, made all the way from Auckland through Hamilton and Rotorua to such a beautiful place at the lake. The bride was getting ready at Princess Gate Hotel while groom been getting ready at the venue. All day run so beautifully and unbelievably warm and cosy.

The couple shared their love story: " 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". 

Great Creative Team:
Addictive DJ's New Zealand
Lemongrass Catering Company Limited
Hallenstein Brothers 
Jessica Bridal - Dress
Our flowers
Forever New
Naveya & Sloane Jewellery - engagement ring
Hammond Jewellers - wedding rings
Final Touch MakeUp Artistry - NZ 
@Love is in the Hair
Jackie Brown - celebrant
Love in a box - Vintage Caravan Bar - Caravan Bar
@Cake Away

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

Enjoy the video slideshow and highlights in the photo gallery: