Destination Wedding - New Zealand

Ryan + Amy

Friendships that are formed while traveling last a life time. This was the case when I met Ryan + Amy while sailing Croatia 4 years ago. We had a common interest for travel and could always pick up where we left off.. 

An invitation to shoot their wedding at the historic Woodlands Estate, New Zealand was an honour! The entire wedding was filled with emotion, love and laughs. Their ceremony was the most authentic I have ever captured. Pam Bayes, the celebrant was amazing! She was a huge support for Ryan on his wedding day and became the shoulder to lean on for both the Bride + Groom.

Grey clouds loomed over the venue for the entire day. This didn't spoil the wedding one bit! The ceremony moved indoors but made it far more personal and real. I couldn't have asked for better light to shoot the portrait session. The venue itself is pretty awesome; Woodlands Estate is a treasured historic homestead and public garden estate. There are various old bridges, secret gardens, huge oaks trees to play around and the homestead interior hasn't changed since the 1800's.

I’d really like to visit this beautiful venue again! I’m sure there are so many more little areas to explore that we didn’t even touch on. If you’re getting married at Woodlands Estate and are looking for a photographer, I'd love to hear from you.

THAT Dress: ~ Hair + Makeup: KTIZO, Hair & Skin ~ Dress: Bridal Gallery  ~ Celebrant: Pam Bayes ~ Flowers: Petite Posy  ~ Venue: Woodlands Estate ~ Catering: Kerr & Ladbrook

Tarren + Sophie ~ Cairns Elopement

It was an hour into the engagement party when Tarren + Sophie surprised their guests by exchanging rings and becoming Mr and Mrs Olufson. Tarren + Sophie originally planned to host a large wedding in Cairns. However a low-key and more intimate kind of wedding was more appealing. At the end of last year I received a call from Sophie explaining she wanted to change dates and have me photograph her surprise wedding. I was totally pumped! I LOVE surprises.

Close family and friends arrived at Wharf One, Cairns, to what seemed like any ordinary engagement party. Music by Drew entertained close family and friends and the venue was decorated with flowers by Nine Blooms. 45 minutes into the party the fun was about to start! Sophie had done a sneaky runner... and not from Tarren! She was preparing to walk down the aisle.

As unaware guests mingled, Sophie returned with a wedding dress on and her father leading her down the aisle. It was the perfect celebration! While guests were on a high from the surprise and Wharf One kept the drinks flowing and stomachs full, I took the newlyweds on a portrait session.Locals congratulated the couple and the skies created an epic show of colour. I'd love to see more surprise weddings. Why isn't this trending?!


THAT Dress: Reformation  ~ Hair: Zedd Hair & Beauty  ~ Makeup: Brow Babes  ~ Rings: Bejewel, Cairns ~ Celebrant: Exquisite Weddings ~ Flowers: Nine Blooms  ~ Venue: Wharf One ~ Doughnut Cake: Duke's Doughnuts ~ Music: Drewboy

Ben + Ash

I couldn't have asked for a better way to end the 2017 wedding season! I was lucky enough to catch a flight to New Zealand for Ben + Ash's wedding. I met them 3 years ago in Spain at a festival called, La Tomatina. Back then they were single travelers looking for adventure. The love of travel connected these two and love bloomed in the world's largest food fight.

THAT Dress: Kylie J Bridal by Christina Rossi  ~ Suits: Frank Casey, NZ Hair + Makeup: Made-Up by Ruth Baron ~ Flowers:  ~ Venue: Kumeu Valley Estate ~ Cake: Cakes by Kobi ~ Vehicle: Kombined Experience ~ Video: Dream Life

Where to begin! Right from the start Jason was a great communicator, calm, approachable, knowledgeable and went with the flow regardless of the situation. During our wedding, he continued to be all those things and more as he captured perfect, in the moment shots. After the wedding, Jason spoilt us with the most incredible sneak peak shots while we waited for our photo package to arrive. Receiving our photos was quick and has left us with memories we will treasure forever. His professionalism, passion and personality makes Jason our number one pick for photography. We highly recommend him to anyone and everyone.
— Bride, Ashleigh



Episode 2017, Series 1

I've decided I'm going to start a series! Not a Netflix series, but an annual series which will feature a selection of memorable photos from each year. Episode 2017 has taken me to New Zealand, Bali and many beautiful local destinations. Because this is my first wedding season Series 1 is just the teaser!

I couldn't have made this post without an amazing team of Brides, Grooms, family members, florists, celebrants, caterers, venues, make up artists, hairdressers and musicians! There's not much of a wedding without these people! Thank you to all that I've met in 2017, who have become close friends and have spread the word about The Raw Photographer!

Episode 2018 will be just as action packed. Double the weddings, triple the destinations and a whole lotta fun!

Lincoln + Emily

Tucked away among the rolling hills of Malanda, Lincoln + Emily celebrated love and the beginning of their lifelong journey together. The location, Quinola Lakes, took me back to my childhood - covered wagons, waterslides, pine forests and a reception set on a basketball court! Lincoln + Emily added a touch of country with hay bales, cowboy hats and a trailer converted into an esky.

On that day, Lincoln + Emily invited me into their world. They expressed so much love and peace for one another during the photoshoot, it felt like I was part of the furniture (which was perfect!). I captured so many unforgettable moments. I will always remember leaving the scene and glancing back for one last look, to witness Emily + Lincoln alone for the first time as husband + wife. See for yourself in the images below. It was a wet wedding but nothing could dampen the spirits of Lincoln + Emily.

THOSE Blooms: Bud n' Bloom ~ Dress: Devine Bridal ~ Hair + Makeup: Envy Hair Studio ~ Venue: Quinola Lakes, Malanda