What began with a phone call, 19 years later turned into Upoko and Teresa’s wedding day.
All we can really say is, What a fantastic wedding! This day was special, personalised and included everyone spending time together and partying with each other.
We knew this would be a great day, especially given how organised Teresa was with everything when we initially met. Everything ran to perfect time on the day.
The day began with the couple getting ready. Time was spent getting hair and makeup done. After a little rap music by Tupac to calm Teresa’s emotions and a few Coronas to settle Upoko, they both met to be married at St Johns Presbyterian Church.
The ceremony was short and sweet, with an emotional reading done by the couple’s children.
Then we headed to the Viaduct, where bikes rode us around Viaduct Harbour, where the couple secured their hitch'd wedding padlock on the fence. Lots of onlookers greeted and congratulated the happy bridal party.
When we entered the reception venue, family and friends who are no longer present were honoured by lighting a candle.
The whole night was overflowing with brilliant food and drinks followed, lots of laughs, jokes and a lot of beautiful music, Cook Island dancing and singing.
The couple’s children sang their first dance song with the band, Music of Tone.
Thank you to Teresa and Upoko letting us be part of your special day. Both of you, your friends and family all made us feel very welcome.
The couple would like to make a special thanks to Make up by Pare, Hair Slay by Cedric and Graze Away.
Some highlight photos from their day below and slideshow at the bottom of the page.
Ceremony Venue - St Johns Presbyterian Church, Papatoetoe officiated by Reverend Margaret-Anne Low
Reception Venue - Maritime Room, Princes Wharf
Hair - Hair Slay by Cedric
Makeup - Make Up by Pare
Bridal nails - Regal Nails
Invitations - Imprintz
Grazing Table - Graze Away
Florist - Hareesh
Cake - Bluebells Cakery
Bridal Dress - Astra Bridal
Grooms Attire – Zara and Hallensteins
Bridesmaids Dresses - ShowPo
Groomsmen Attire – Barkers and Hallensteins
Jeweller – Michael Hill Jeweller
Bikes – Bikeman
Band - Music of Tone
Dance Group - TSI Dance Group
Photography - Natalie Pasco Photography
MC -Aka and Roi
Bridal Party - Sarah, Natalie, Torrell, Nooroa, Hutch, Joe, Chay, Matt
Silke and Troy married last Friday, overlooking Whiritoa Beach, on an extremely hot summer day. This couple met at Hot Water Beach when Silke (who comes from Germany) was on her O.E.
The ceremony location was beautifully decorated with a sand aisle, shells and dreamcatchers. Their day was personalised with both unity sand (the pouring of two coloured sands into a bottle) and a handfasting ceremony, where their hands were tied together as they ‘tied the knot’. The colours of the ribbon represented Germany and Waikato.
The couple were showered in rice as they walked back down the aisle as husband and wife.
They were presented with a German game where the couple were presented with a white sheet and a heart shape drawn on the sheet. They had to use one hand and work together use scissors to cut out a heart shape. This is to symbolise overcoming their first challenge in their marriage. Troy then had to carry Silke through the heart that they had cut out.
At the reception, with their love of games, the couple had each guest table roll a dice in order to determine who went up for dinner first.
A very relaxed, beautiful day.
We wish you a happy marriage! Wir wünschen Euch eine glückliche Ehe!
The slideshow is at the bottom of the page, with some of the highlights from the day.
Music - Chris Paki
Caterer – Kiwi Spit Road Company https://www.srcc.co.nz and German Bakery Waihi http://www.thegermanbakery.co.nz
Celebrant – Kate Mullaney
Florist – Phillipa Mills
Videographer – Karen
Cake - Kaye
Hairdresser – Olivia Noble
Jeweller – John Hart
Reception Venue – Whiritoa Surf Club
Equipment – Whangamata Party Hire https://www.whangamatapartyhire.co.nz
Photography - Natalie Pasco Photography
Thanks to all involved and especially Whangamata Party Hire.
This week I photographed cute Rubani, together with her family.
She really liked the basket and managed to fall asleep in it, which made for some really precious photos. She was very well behaved and even managed to smile in her tutu outfit.
There is a slideshow at the bottom of the page with some of the photos from the shoot.
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Glen and Mel were married at Soljans on Friday 18 January 2019.
A little bit of rain was not stopping these two love birds! The beautiful vineyard setting made a fantastic backdrop for our photos. Celebrant Laura Giddey made Glen and Mel’s wedding ceremony very personalised and fun.
Thanks to Soljans for the coordination in making the evening run so smoothly and for the yummy food. MC Michael did a fantastic job. Also to Glen and Mel and extended family for making this a fun, relaxed wedding to photograph. We wish you all the best for your future together.
Lots of great jokes and laughter had by everyone.
Here’s a sneak peak of Glen & Mel’s wedding photos.
Venue: Soljans Winery
Celebrant: Laura Giddey
The tranquil grounds of West Lynn Garden located in West Auckland, New Zealand was the location of Tuloto and Faaloia Nimo’s intimate evening wedding. The 4.5ha garden was originally planted in the early 1980s, and is run by an incorporated society and teams of volunteers.
A beautiful evening had by all.
Congratulations to you both.
Here are some of their highlights from their day.
Venue - West Lynn Garden
Celebrant - Jan McCallum
Photography - Natalie Pasco Photography
Congratulations to Uta and Tara, who married Saturday 29 December 2018 at a short and sweet mid-morning service at Massey Homestead. The sun was shining bright and it was an extremely hot day.
Massey Homestead is a historic building on Massey Road, Mangere East, Auckland, New Zealand. It is designed in an English colonial style with regency details. It features native timber throughout the homestead and red bricks from Melbourne, Australia. It is a wonderful location for a wedding ceremony.
A two Z Creation did a fantastic job with the set up and decoration the beautiful grounds.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and Tara looked beautiful in her wedding dress which was very intricate in design and had a cape attached to the dress.
An afternoon reception was held at the Church LDS in Mangere East.
Best wishes to you both and your daughter. Great fun had and gorgeous smiles captured. The flower wall at the reception proved to be a hit as well.
Here are some of the highlight photos from their day.
It was a beautiful, bright, sunny day for this Tongan wedding rich in culture, tradition, family and friendship.
Andrew and Melissa tied the knot at St Marys in Avondale, then travelled via stretch hummer limousine to Musick Point for photos and then on to the Pakuranga Rugby Club for their reception.
After a bit of sprint to make it to the Church on time, Melissa arrived at the church to meet her Dad. She had no idea that he was going to wear his full Scottish attire to the wedding. So it was a lovely surprise for her. Then the beautiful beaded necklaces were placed on Melissa and Andrew made by Andrew’s aunt.
The ceremony commenced and Andrew sung Melissa down the aisle. Listening to the sound of the choir was also very harmonious.
Everyone in the bridal party looked amazing with the colour of the bridesmaids red dresses complementing the surroundings of the beach.
Congratulations to you both, blessings for your future together.
The slideshow of some of the highlights of the day is at the bottom of the page or you can view more coverage of the day over on the Queensberry site, over at this link https://nataliepascophotography.queensberryworkspace.com/andrewandmelissatatafu
Some of you may remember this couple's maternity session from 2017. Well now baby Zara is 14 months old!
Here's a couple of the latest family photos taken at Eastern Beach, Auckland, New Zealand last week.
Last weekend, I had the pleasure of photographing and meeting Jack and his parents for their family photoshoot. The family dog Jess also came over and we went to the local park for a couple of shots.
Here's a few of my favourite photos and a slideshow (at the bottom of the page).
What a cute little boy!
Why do photographers charge so much?
My prices are pretty affordable, compared with other photographers. For example, in the photography industry newborn shoots can be in the vicinity of $1,200 for all digital photos and weddings can be anywhere in between $2,500-$5,000. However, often I get people who will not understand the process of what is involved when taking photos. It’s not just the time that you are with me getting the photos, then I upload them and send them to them. A whole lot of other things happen. It is a process.
Preparation. It is likely I will receive on average around 10 emails from you, making appointment time, discussing what you want for your shoot, changing appointment times. Then there are the emails back from me, letting you know about your shoot and what to bring with you, which is all time. This is likely to take an hour.
Then there is the preparation time for me sorting out the area of where your shoot will be, creating Pinterest boards, getting ideas for your shoot. This will take at least half an hour.
If you’re booked in for my full wedding package, there may be a pre-consultation with you before your big day.
There may be travel time for getting to your location. Or, if not, setting up my home studio with all the props, lights, backdrops, ready for your shoot, then packing it all down. This will take at least an hour.
Then there are hours doing the shoot, two hours minimum for a newborn shoot, eight hours for a full day wedding.
After your shoot, an hour at least culling and sorting through which photos are suitable for editing.
About double the amount of shoot time to edit your photos and retouch them. So if your shoot is two hours, it will be four hours editing time.
Another hour to upload your photos to Google Drive, send them to you.
Then there may be photos you want changed, made into black and white etc.
So as an example, let’s add it up for a newborn shoot. All up that is 10.5 hours on average for a newborn shoot (and that’s on the lower side of an estimate of number of hours). My current price is $200. $200 divided by 10.5. You do the maths. You probably pay your house cleaner, hairdresser or therapist more than this.
Then I have the running costs of my business. Camera equipment is not cheap. Then there’s all the accessories. Batteries, memory cards, lights, power, computer. All the props I have to supply. Not to forget petrol, ACC, business insurance and taxes.
I have only been in the industry a couple of years. My prices will increase as my experience grows. Quite simply, they have to in order for me to continue paying my living costs.
I hope that this gives you an insight on why photographers charge the price they do.
Natalie Pasco Photography