Gracehill Vineyard Estate {West Auckland wedding photographers}

Im so excited to share with you highlights of Megan & Daniel celebration in Gracehill Vineyard Estate {West Auckland}, such a beautiful location for a wedding with beautiful atmosphere and everything on one site, such a dream for all wedding photographers! {need to mentioned we had amazing time on couples pre-wedding | engagement photo shoot, so much fun, love and positive emotions!}

Couple spend their special day surrounded by their close friends and family. It was a great honour for me to be their wedding photographer and document all natural and candid moments through the day.

Couple shared their story: “Daniel and I met at university through a mutual friend, soon started dating and then spending all our time together. We've now been together for 6.5 years, and are at a very comfortable stage of our relationship. As Daniel says - it's like we're already married. He proposed while travelling in Japan, we were visiting the snow festival in Hokkaido, which are gigantic snow and ice sculptures. After a fun evening sightseeing and eating, we were walking home down a quiet snowy street and Daniel proposed on one knee in the snow.” Oh such a beautiful memories!

Couple been really excited on their wedding day “Hearing each others vows, and having a really fun day with each other and all our friends and family”.

Enjoy highlights of this elegant wedding in Gracehill Vineyard Estate!

Great Creative Team:

Dress - Sottero & Midgely Suit - custom Flowers - DIY Shoes - Kathryn Wilson Makeup - Rae Sacha (@rae_makeup) Hair - Dry&Tea Celebrant - Kubi Witten-Hannah and your Auckland wedding photographer - L & L {Levien & Lens photography}

Gracehill Vineyard Estate {West Auckland wedding photographers}
Gracehill Vineyard Estate {West Auckland wedding photographers}
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Gracehill Vineyard Estate {Auckland wedding photographers}

Im so excited to share with you highlights of Amy & Michael’s wedding at Gracehill Vineyard Estate, such a stunning venue in Auckland, paradise for all wedding photographers with everything on one site {beautiful old style building, gazebo, vineyards, pond, trees and much more}.

Couple shared their love story: “We met during uni - both studied engineering and met through common friends would have been together for 7 years in 2019”, proposal: “We went to Sydney in Aug 2018. I knew he would propose during this trip. Michael suggested to go for a walk in the botanic garden before dinner but I was too lazy. So instead of proposing in the botanic garden at sunset, he just did it in front of the restaurant outside of Opera house. He wanted the moment to be intimate not in front of everyone in the restaurant. “

Creative Team:

suit: barkers flowers: Wildly Madly Deeply shoes: Ziera Shoes Jewelry: Naveya & Sloane (engagement ring). Tiffany & Co (wedding bands), Swarovski (necklace, earrings, and bangle) Makeup: Ellie Choi Hair: Yujin Lee celebrant: Valeria Antipenko coordinator: William Adair MC: none DJ: Mixit DJ

and Auckland wedding photographers - L & L {Levien & Lens photography}

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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}

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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"

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Contact us with any questions!

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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:

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


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!

Love and Lavender publication: Vineyard Wedding in Auckland {New Zealand weddings photographer} Markovina

Excited to share with you great news: Trelise & Alan's wedding in Markovina Vineyard Estate {Auckland} just been published in Love & Lavender, such a beautiful weddings blog. It's such a pleasure to see our photos in this prestigious international publication.

Bring back memories! Such a beautiful day in West Auckland with the couple and their close friends and family. Have a look at this feature - publication in Love and Lavender {love this name, by the way, so gorgeous!} and more wedding details on our Blog!

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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}

Trelise and Alan: West Auckland - Markovina {Kumeu} wedding {New Zealand wedding photographers}

Excited to share with you a beautiful and emotional wedding: Trelise & Alan get married in Markovina Vineyard Estate {Kumeu, West Auckland - New Zealand} surrounded by close friends and families. It was such fantastic time and a great honour for us, their wedding photographers to capture all candid and raw moments.

The best thing we met on their engagement photo shoot on Piha Beach one year earlier and one of our photos even won an Iris Awards NZIPP. It was just fantastic!

The couple shared their love story and proposal: 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." That's how couple described each other: "Alan re Trelise - caring, stubborn, beautiful, passionate, honest Trelise re Alan - loving, carefree, handsome, calm, loyal".

This wedding was a day of their lives!

Enjoy this video slideshow and highlights in the gallery and contact us with any questions!

bride getting ready {West Auckland New Zealand wedding photographer}
mother of bride wiping tears from brides face at getting ready - Auckland top wedding photographers
bride and groom laughing at reception speeches {West Auckland Kumeu Markovina wedding photographers}
bride and groom cake cutting at reception - Markovina {West Auckland best wedding photographers}

Amazing Creative Team:

Dress - made by brides mum - Maryanne
Suits - Hallenstein Brothers
Shoes - Grooms - Barkers, Brides - own
Jewellery - Naveya & Sloane Jewellery 
Makeup & Hair - Lipstick and Co
Celebrant - Kimberly Sanders, Lucky in Love Marriage Celebrant

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The Hunting Lodge - Muriwai Beach - Kumeu wedding - HU's Art Farm {Weddings photographers in West Auckland, New Zealand} Tayvia and Kyle

As a wedding photographer, I'm so lucky to meet awesome couples and capture so special for them moments on weddings in beautiful venues around New Zealand and beyond. This time I'm presenting you a highlights form amazing Tayvia & Kyle's wedding in The Hunting Lodge and HU's Art Farm, so beautiful venue in West Auckland, Kumeu. 

Even raining weather can't stand in the way of emotional celebration. We walk in the rain on couples special session at Muriwai Beach and Woodhill Forest. Such a great memories!

The couple shared their love story: "We met on a snowboarding trip with our families in 2013". How was proposed: "we went down to a wharf near where I live, and he popped the question in the pitch black haha".

Enjoy these video slideshow and highlights in the gallery:

The Hunting Lodge west Auckland wedding {Kumeu weddings photographer}
Kumeu wedding photographers - bridal portraiture - West Auckland
Muriwai beach bride and groom photo shoot {West Auckland wedding photographer}
bride and groom entering reception in The Hunting Lodge {Auckland - Kumeu wedding photographer}

Venues: HU's Art Farm, The Hunting Lodge Winery

Wedding Dress: custom made by a family friend, Marata.

Makeup: done by bridesmaid Hannah.

Celebrant: Robin Stolph

Hair: Hair by Hannah

and your photographers - Olga & Matt at Levien & Lens photography {L & L} - West Auckland, Kumeu, Matakana wedding photographers

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Women Getting Married - Rainy and Rustic New Zealand Vineyard Wedding - Markovina {Auckland weddings photographers} Publication

Excited to share with you a publication from international wedding Blog - Women Getting Married "A Rainy and Rustic New Zealand Vineyard Wedding" with Ellise & Wasim in Markovina Vineyard Estate {Auckland, NZ}. Its such a big honour for us, Auckland weddings photographers to get featured in such prestigious publisher and a great pleasure to see photos from this amazing event go live around the world. 

Ellise & Wasim wedding was just so beautiful and emotional, and even rain can't be a constrain on their special celebration day.

Have a look at publication and more photographs in our Blog {need to mentioned the wedding took place around one year ago, so Happy Anniversary to this beautiful couple!}

Women Getting Married - Rainy and Rustic New Zealand Vineyard Wedding - Markovina {Auckland weddings photographers} publication

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Villa Maria Wedding published in German Blog Hochzeitsplaza {Auckland - New Zealand International Weddings Photographers}

Excited to share with you fantastic news: Jessica & Chris's wedding at Villa Maria Winery {Auckland, New Zealand} just been published in prestigious international german blog-magazine Hochzeitsplaza {Romantische Hochzeit auf einem Weingut in Neuseeland}. We, Auckland wedding photographers, always so thrilled to see our awesome clients | friends weddings go live in the world. So happy to share this unique event.

This classic and elegant wedding was just amazing, full of beautiful and emotional candid moments, we documented a complete story of couple's special day with all our passion and love for romantic wedding photography.

Enjoy this publication and contact us with any questions!

Thank you to Great Creative Team:

Dress: Tiffany's Vancouver Bridal
Suit: Barkers
Flowers: Orlando Flowers
Shoes: Trousseau
Make up: Martina Phillips
Hair: Makeup Station
Celebrant: Auckland Marriage Celebrant, Suzanne Teague 
MC: Giovanni Pericolini
DJ: DJ-Marrs
and Auckland wedding photographers - Levien & Lens Photography

Happy future together, Jessica & Chris! It's such a great memories about your wedding!

Ellise and Wasim - Happy Wedding Anniversary! {Auckland weddings photographers} Markovina

Time is flying so fast!  Just want to say "Happy Wedding Anniversary" to Ellise & Wasim!  Your wedding in Markovina {Auckland, NZ} was just amazing with a warm and cozy atmosphere.  Even rain can't stand in the way of a joyful celebration!

I look back on this wedding with such a warm feeling!

I wish you a happy future together, and many more years to come!

Enjoy a few highlights!

Vineyard wedding in Auckland published - BG Bridal Gallery {Waikato - Bay of Plenty weddings photographers}

Excited to share with you: Jessica & Chris's vineyard wedding in Villa Maria {Auckland, New Zealand}, has just been published by BG Bridal Gallery.  It is such a huge honour for us, their wedding photographers, to see our Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and other New Zealand weddings featured around the world in prestigious Blogs and Magazines.

Their wedding was elegant, beautiful, full of laughter and natural moments. We spent an amazing time in Cornwall park with "first look", and then on to the ceremony and reception at Villa Maria next to the grapevines and great landscapes.  We loved every moment of this gorgeous wedding.

Have a look at the publication in BG Bridal Gallery and more images from couple's wedding in our Blog!

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Vineyard wedding in Auckland - BG Bridal Gallery {Waikato - Bay of Plenty weddings photographers NZ}
Villa Maria Vineyard wedding published in BG Bridal gallery {Waikato - Bay of Plenty NZ weddings photographers}

Markovina Vineyard Estate {Auckland-Kumeu wedding photographers} Michelle and Shane - winter weddings

Michelle & Shane

Excited to share with you highlights of Michelle & Shane's wedding in Markovina Vineyard Estate {Kumeu, Auckland, NZ}, where me and Matt had a honour to enjoy this fun and romantic atmosphere and been an official wedding photographers on the day. Thank you so much to lovely couple for sharing so special moments, we been happy to document everything happening around unfold: emotions, candid moments and relax vibe with cosy atmosphere.

Couple met 4 years ago through mutual friends {Zowie and Michael both in wedding party}. They shared romantic story: "We met through the Brides best friend Zowie. Her husband Mike worked with Shane and for about 6 months both Zowie and Mike were trying to set up a blind date between Michelle and Shane. Finally the date happened, and there was an instant connection made. Proposal 2.5 years later, with a gorgeous view, on the deck of the house we purchased earlier that year, Shane proposed on Michelle's birthday"

This winter wedding morning started for us at Lichfields and Vineyard Cottages with bride and groom getting ready, first look with lots of emotional moments and then amazing ceremony and reception in Markovina Vineyard Estate {warm and cosy wedding venue}.

Enjoy these video slideshow highlights and gallery with our favourite images!

Great creative team:
Dress: Parkland Bridal Sarah Vincent
Bridesmaids dresses: Pagani
Flowers: Kauri creek gardens
Jewelry: Michael Hill
Make up/Hair: Lexia Dyer makeup and hair
Celebrant: Lee Weir - Marriage Celebrant
DJ: Karl Rooney
Wedding singers: McCaskill & Brown
and Levien & Lens Photography - New Zealand & International wedding photographers {thanks to Matt for great support, creative ideas and amazing assistance on the day}

Contact us with any questions!

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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.