Oh my goodness. I don’t even know where to start with this wonderful wedding!
Anya contacted me last year about shooting her wedding in Auckland, and from the moment she told me about it I knew it was right up my alley. It was to be a Russian/Maori/French DIY affair, and it just happened to be situated in Titirangi, one of my favourite places on earth.
I finally met Anya in Auckland the day beforehand, after months of emails back and forth – and we clicked immediately! I loved how relaxed she seemed about the whole day, and after a trip out to the venue to scout, I was super excited about the day ahead.
The day dawned an absolute cracker, a perfect 25 degrees and no wind.
Anya & Nils had decided to get ready at a friend’s penthouse overlooking Rangitoto, and as they were in the same place, they adopted a Russian tradition where the groom has to get past the 3 bridesmaids, who each ask him a question about the bride. The bridesmaids are then given a gift, he moves onto the next one – and finally sees his bride! It was so cute, and rather hilarious as he stumbled his way through the questions.
Before we headed out to French Bay, we went around a few locations that Anya had picked out – including the amazing mural depicting a Michaelangelo painting in the central city. Anya & Nils had hired a couple of amazing classic Chevys, one of which decided to hiccup all the way to the ceremony. Quite hilarious to drive behind!
The Pohutukawa trees that lined the small bay made the perfect backdrop for some intimate couple shots, and as people started to arrive, Anya and the girls headed to the next bay before they made their entrance.
The day was topped off by a beautiful ceremony, a haka, tear-jerking speeches, the breaking of bread, amazing food & dancing!
Another wonderful wedding I was so privileged to be a part of.
Anya & Nils, congratulations and may your lives be full and happy! xx