We couldn’t have asked for better weather on this Spring like day, last Sunday, 12 August 2018, when Jackson and Caroline were married at Abbeville Estate. This venue is a hidden gem, located out by Manukau Airport in Auckland, New Zealand. If you haven't been there before, you wouldn't know it existed!
Abbeville Estate showcases beautiful historic buildings, which is perfect for a wedding and makes a lovely backdrop for photos.
Caroline and her bridesmaids got ready at Abbeville Estate, with hair and makeup done by the artists from the Honey Tree. What an amazing job they did! After some pre gin and tonics, it was showtime
Jackson got ready with his groomsmen and then proceeded to have some time and a beer with Caroline’s brother, Paul at the Manukau Memorial Gardens before getting married.
The guys arrived in style in the Chrysler to the ceremony.
Caroline looked beautiful as her two sons walked her down the aisle to Jackson in his styled white suit jacket.
There were many speeches and performances throughout the night from the Fijian and Samoan sides of the family. Lots of singing and dancing all round. There was great choreography to the song 'Day-O'.
Thanks to all the staff at Abbeville and the Great Catering Co, who did amazing work from start to finish for the big day.
To Jackson and Caroline, a lovely day, you are perfectly matched and we saw the love you have for one another. Best wishes for your life together Mr and Mrs Ratunigaloa.
Slideshow with highlights of the day at the end of the post.
Venue - Abbeville Estate
Caterers - The Great Catering Co
Hair & Makeup - Honey Tree Hair & Makeup
Florist - Matan Flowers
Cake - Decor Cakes
Brides Dress - Kelly Bridal
Bridal Shoes - Mi Piaci
Flowergirls dresses - JJ House
Suits - Hallensteins
Slideshow highlights from the day
This may be the biggest bridal party we ever photograph! Ten bridesmaids, Ten groomsmen, eight flower girls and eight page boys, plus the bride and groom! We snapped over 1,000 photos.
I visited Meli at her brother’s house in the morning. Hair and makeup was being done and all the girls were getting ready into their dresses. Then it was Meli’s turn to get into her dress. There was an emotional moment for all, when Meli’s daughters did the finishing touches to her stunning bridal look.
My second photographer, Phil, visited Simon and took photos of him and his groomsmen waiting for the big moment to arrive. Then it was off to the Church for the ceremony.
The bridesmaids and flower girls were perfectly in time when they walked down the aisle of the Church and then Sele and Mefi walked Meli down the aisle and Naomi & Ao gave Meli away.
Meli’s and Simon’s daughter sang throughout the service.
Amazing coordination with the bridesmaids and groomsmen all forming a guard of honour type line, during the recessional, when the bride and groom exited the Church.
The bridal party then went by limos to the Botanic Gardens. The rain managed to hold off all day, right until we got to the Botanic Gardens for the bridal party photos. The bridesmaids changed into other dresses in preparation for the reception. During this time, there was a shower, then an unusual ray of sunshine that just shone down for a few minutes.
The bridal party kept us entertained with all their entrances into the reception venue. Great dance moves down the red carpet!
The evening went very well, with lots of dancing, smiles and Samoan cultural performances throughout the night. All the guests really enjoyed themselves.
The cake was an impressive 12 tiers in total!!!
Thank you Simon & Meli for choosing us as your photographers on such a special day. All the best and enjoy your life in Christchurch together.
Check out some photos from their special day below, more in the gallery below and the slideshow with a few more!
Ceremony Venue EFKS East Tamaki
Reception Venue Manukau Event Centre
Hair and Makeup Lexia Dyer
Photographers Natalie & Phil from Natalie Pasco Photography
Entertainment DJ Viane
Transport Hollywood Limos
Cake Sweet Secret Cake House
Groom’s Accommodation Botany Motor Inn
Bridal Party Photo Location Auckland Botanic Gardens
Candles Cass' Candles
Dance Group Sivamua Dance Group
I first met Fanta and Meleane in January, when Tabula Rasa held their wedding open day. They chose this beautiful venue to host their wedding ceremony and reception.
Tabula Rasa (Latin for ‘new beginning’) couldn’t be a more perfect location to tie the knot. Located in Ramarama, Auckland, the luxurious setting provides multiple areas to capture photos. Particularly beautiful with the autumn colours of May.
Fanta, who comes from Ethiopia and Meleane from New Zealand of Samon descent (or as Fanta describes, his New Zealand Queen), met through a Christian dating site. I soon learnt this love match almost didn’t happen, as Fanta was hit by a car while out cycling one day.
The bride was ready on time, however the bridal car decided not to start! However, it wasn’t too much of a delay.
The page boy and flower girls were a little shy to walk down the aisle. It was a beautiful religious ceremony officiated by the Pastor. They received their blessings and prayers from the family and friends.
The church band played almost the entire time and there was beautiful singing and numerous dance performances from friends and family throughout the night.
We heard speeches from Meleane’s father, the maid of honour, Tooa and Meleane’s brother, David, who took on the role of best man in place of Fanta’s best friend Willy.
The beautiful cake was made by Meleane’s sister in law Emma. Thanks to other Meleane’s brother, being the MC for the day, who did a great job getting everyone organised and the day ran smoothly.
For their guest book, guests were asked to sign their names next to their favourite verse in the Bible.
Lots of dancing followed the reception meal.
Your day was beautiful and very special. I wish you both nothing but the best marriage. Enjoy your life together!
Below is a slideshow of some of the highlights from the day.
Warm Regards, Natalie
Photographer: Natalie Pasco Photography -Auckland Wedding Photographer
Venue: Tabula Rasa, Ramarama
Makeup: Michaela Kaye Makeup
Slideshow below of some of the highlights from the day:
All the way from England, Nick and Natalie’s love has travelled a long way in distance and in years, via South Africa, then Australia and then on to make Rotorua, New Zealand, their home. They have been together for 18 years and decided on 21 April 2018, to make it official.
Their wedding was held at Whakarewarewa or known as the Redwood Forest in Rotorua. This forest is known for its magnificent Californian Coast Redwoods. These towering trees, and the fresh forest air create a truly enchanted environment. Perfect for an enchanted wedding!
For the morning preparations, they prepared their backyard with a beautifully decorated marquee for their shindig reception. We had four seasons in one day and the weather was a mix of sun, rain and wind. This attempted to wreak havoc with the marquee, but luckily with the aid of the neighbours while we were at the ceremony, they managed to secure it.
The bridal transportation was very unique, a mint green VW camper, part of the VW Club. Fantastic transportation to get the bridal party around in. We dropped Nick and his best man Erik at the Corner Pub for pre drinks before the ceremony, as Natalie and her sister, Coralie had their makeup done at the house.
Natalie’s best friend Iain made the journey over to New Zealand from Spain and took on the role as 'father of the bride substitute' for the wedding. Both of Natalie’s parents were remembered with their photographs on the registry table.
Natalie & Nick’s daughter was a flower fairy and looked magical with her wings. Such a pleasure to photograph.
Natalie walked down the aisle to the Proclaimers song, “I’m on my way” and then they both walked down the aisle together to Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades”. You will see from the photos a record, with their names and the Ace of Spades then became the guest book for people to write on.
Family and friends did a fantastic job assisting on the day with everything.
Congratulations once again to you both and thanks for inviting me along to share and capture your special day! I can’t wait to see your wedding video.
Here are some of the highlights from the day in the slideshow below.
Venue: Whakarewarewa, Redwood Forest New Zealand
Florist: Living Colour
Hair: House of Elliot
Makeup: Suzie Rutz
Cake: Made by Natalie
Transport: VW from the Bay of Plenty Volkswagen Club owned by Harriet Adlam
Videographer: Rob Shumski
Slideshow of Photos:
The venue for the celebration was at the Thistle Inn, Thornton, Wellington, which is the oldest pub in New Zealand, the pub is full of charm and rich in history including stories of Maori Chief Te Rauparaha who used to pull up in his waka (canoe) outside the bar in the early 1840s and legend goes that bar staff were too fearful of him to charge him for his drinks, so he drank for free.
Rafal and Helen’s ceremony took place in the upper level of the Thistle Inn, aptly named the Katherine Mansfield Room, where Katherine Mansfield a famous New Zealand writer, used to write poetry in this room.
Coinciding with it being St Patrick’s Day, 17 March 2018, the Thistle Inn venue set a celebratory atmosphere.
I researched a bit (thanks Google!) and found out there are a number of different traditions at a Polish wedding, which differ from a New Zealand wedding. If you’re at a Polish wedding, the name of the month probably contains the letter "r" (in Polish, that includes March, June, August, September, October and December). It’s thought that these months will bring good luck to a marriage.
Also check out the Helen’s shoes. Tradition has it that they mustn’t be open-toed – future wealth and fortune would fly right through the open toes.
The ceremony flowers and cake featured pinks and the reception blues. Despite what some were thinking, it wasn't a wedding and a gender reveal party.... Along with a New Zealand feel by adding paua (abalone) shell to the tables.
With a five minute photoshoot and then in a relaxed setting, Helen and Rafal greeted family and drank champagne before the big moment of becoming husband and wife.
Pinky Agnew officiated the ceremony. She spoke about how Rafal and Helen chose their home town in Wellington to hold the ceremony with immediate family and also how Helen and Rafal had been through a lot already together, especially the way Rafal cared for Helen after her motorbike accident.
Everyone in the family had a role to play in the wedding, Helen’s father Chris, gave Helen away and the mothers, Diane and Wanda, presented the wedding rings for exchanging.
Rafal’s parents, Roman and Wanda, presented Helen and Rafal with bread. This gift of bread is symbolic – bread is offered so that the couple may never know hunger. They also presented the couple with two glasses – one of vodka, one of water. They selected a glass each. Tradition says that whoever ends up with the glass of vodka will ‘wear the pants’ in the relationship. Can you guess who got which glass?
We then sat down for a lovely post ceremony meal.
Rafal and Helen designed a unique personalised wedding. A lovely coming together of two families.
Congratulations Mr and Mrs Janaszkiewicz! May you continue to love, support and be happy with one another.
More photos of their day are below.
Celebrant - Pinky Agnew http://www.pinkyagnew.com
Venue - Thistle Inn https://www.thistleinn.co.nz
It was back to Landsendt, where Alexander and Kiri married on Saturday 10 March 2018. Landsendt is a beautiful tropical paradise in Auckland, New Zealand. It feels as though you are actually in the tropics. Accompanied by amazing weather for March.
Wayne Toleafoa officiated the ceremony and told us how Alexander and Kiri met, via Vodafone Chat. It proves technology can be beneficial and find you love!
Big shout out to the bridal party who were easy going and we captured a few fun poses with them.
Stephen Ah Chong kept the guests entertained with music.
Their cake was red velvet with buttercream and cream cheese filling. It looked stunning.
Below is a slideshow to see some of the snapshots of their day.
Thank you for sharing your day with us!
Just 30 minutes from downtown Auckland is a hidden gem, a tropical paradise, you really feel like you have stepped on to a tropical island at Landsendt Tropical Garden, in the heart of Oratia, West Auckland, New Zealand.
The weather aligned with the tropical theme and was hot! Luckily the rain held off right until the last photo was taken, then a few droplets started falling from the sky.
We were booked just the day before to shoot this wedding, where Danny and Gabrielle’s friends and family joined them in this cosy tropical garden venue.
This beautiful venue, aligns with the couples’ heritage, originally from Niue, with 17 years together and 7 years engaged, it was a truly magical day. The bride's grandfather officiated the ceremony.
Fantastic moments and smiles captured. Such a special day filled with love.
Thank you so much for inviting us to your wedding and sharing your special moments. Here are some of the photos captured.
Luckily the rain held off yesterday for Reuben & Elizabeth's wedding.
Reuben & Elizabeth decided on a sweet, intimate wedding in Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand with just their immediate families.
The ceremony took place at Peace & Plenty Inn, in their tropical backyard.
Reuben’s brother Dylan, serenaded the guests on guitar while Elizabeth’s mum, Margaret walked her down the garden aisle. Dylan was the best man, ring bearer and read a Celtic poem during the service. Cathleen, Elizabeth’s bridesmaid looked stunning in her blue dress.
After the ceremony, we went across the road to get a few photos with the magnificent trees and vistas around Devonport. We managed to take a number of photos in an hour, (that was all up including the ceremony time!)
Afternoon tea was served at Peace & Plenty Inn inside the Victorian villa.
Congratulations on your wedding day! I wish you all the best for your future.
Here’s a few more photos from the day (click to view full size).
Natalie Pasco Photography