Kate and Gary – Matapouri Bay Wedding

When Kate and Gary emailed us asking if we were free to photograph their wedding at Matapouri Bay…..we were over the moon! We were hanging out for this one all summer! Alex has holidayed at Matapouri every year since he was still in his mum’s tummy! It’s a place he knows like the back of his own hand. We drove up on the day of the wedding and had breakfast on the dunes overlooking Woolley’s Bay nearby. Kate and Gary looked AMAZING and were married barefoot on the beach. We realised that if we were being married again, this is exactly the way we’d want to do it! For a while there it was touch and go with the rain…..Gary, a sailor, nervously paced around the beach house as they got dressed – glancing at the horizon often and refreshing the weather reports on his phone. It almost rained enough to call it off….but thankfully, come time to be married, the clouds only produced little droplets, nothing more. Not that anything could dampen the spirits of Kate, Gary, their family and friends.

We love the moody sky against the whites they are both wearing and the soft tones of the beach and dunes. Following the wedding the guests enjoyed ICECREAM while we went for a stroll down the beach for some bridal party photos. There are a bunch of cute baches on the dunes down the estuary end of Matapouri Bay. We knocked on doors but on this particular weekend not one of them was occupied but they were too cute to pass up. If you own one of the baches in these images, THANKS!….we assure you…nothing on the dunes in front of your house was harmed in the making of these photographs! Overall….an epic day with one of the most loveliest couples you will ever meet! Kate and Gary are currently sailing somewhere in the Caribbean on their own yacht!

Bon Voyage Kate and Gary!

C&Axx

Kate Eaglen - Thanks guys, the photos look just awesome. Couldn’t have dreamt up better photographers.

Kate/MagnoliaRouge - Awww Kate you looked so stunning… the whole wedding is just beautiful! Great job C&A!!

Eleanor / Jel - The B&W landscape of Kate at the beginning is just stunning. It took my breath away for a second.

Steph | bubblerock - What a lovely wedding… the pictures are so beautiful and it looked like the perfect beach wedding.

Coralee - Thank you ladies! Yes, they were a very good looking couple! And Kate was a knock out alright! Coralee x

Kate Eaglen - Thanks guys, the photos look just awesome. Couldn't have dreamt up better photographers.

Erica McQueen - Magical! (like always)

Erica McQueen - Magical! (like always)

We’re off to do some work…so here’s a bit of fun for your week…

We’ve got an enormous amount of work to do getting the past month’s weddings out to everyone. So we’ve had our Monday morning coffee, made a game plan, and are planning on putting our heads down and working double time all this week (and Sunday after this Sat’s wedding). If all goes to plan….we should be way more up to date by next week. Basically, we’re tuning out for a week…..but before we do that we wanted to leave you something a little different. Disclaimer: We realize that animated GIFs are so 1999….and can be pretty cheesy. But you know what….we couldn’t help ourselves and they’re actually pretty awesome. We didn’t have a tripod….and it was all a little impromptu…but here’s two little scenes from our wonderful day hanging with Shannon and Jeremy on Saturday. Enjoy and we’ll see you all soon!

C&A xx

Tanya Austen - haha this is fricken awesome! that car is ridiculous! I love it!

Jessica Rishworth - love it!

Jen - Haha! LOVE the animated gifs!!!!

Tanya Gordon - haha this is fricken awesome! that car is ridiculous! I love it!

Steph | bubblerock - Hahaha! That is funny :)
Next time FILM it, rather than fast shoot it… and use a tripod… if you can… makes it more steady and smooth :)
But those put a big smile on my face!!!

alex - haha. totally steph. It was Coralee’s job to pack the tripod on Saturday…so you can take that up with her :-)

Eleanor / Jel - Haha, 1999 was pretty cool… (maybe not). Go game plan. See you on the other side!

Jessica Rishworth - love it!

Lauryn Hedley - more pictures! woot!

Lauryn Hedley - Hey @[100003740973263:2048:MarkandKaren], @[540111534:2048:Kathy] and @[1494859969:2048:Alan] check this out

Nichole Jane Wilkie - I love the first photo…so sweet :)

Kathy Clist - hahaha, more fun stuff to keep us going :)

Lauryn Hedley - more pictures! woot!

Lauryn Hedley - Hey MarkandKaren check this out

Lauryn Hedley - Hey MarkandKaren, Kathy and Alan check this out

Nichole Jane Wilkie - I love the first photo…so sweet :)

Kathy Clist - hahaha, more fun stuff to keep us going :)

Sarah Hayes - Wooooow

Sarah Hayes - Wooooow

Introducing Shannon and Jeremy

As the days get shorter and the sun begins to set earlier, it can sometimes be a challenge to get that perfect light we all want as wedding photographers. Not yesterday!…..Yesterday was a dream! Shannon and Jeremy were blessed with the most stunning autumn day ever as they were married yesterday at St Mary’s in Parnell. After the ceremony we spent some time in the Auckland Domain at a spot that was special to them both. The bridal party must have thought we were drunk or something. We were both going crazy yelling and jumping all over the show because of how awesome the soft afternoon light was. We got some great photographs of everyone before heading off to Gracehill for the reception….but trust us….we could have stayed here ALL afternoon! The top two images are pretty much straight out of the camera……just one lovely couple and some incredible autumn sunlight. Much more of this goodness coming soon! C&A xx

Natalie Berryman - such stunning photos, you guys look fantastic! Hope it was a day you’ll never forget! xo

Eleanor / Jel - Oh my goodness, the light is spectacular! Beautiful couple, beautiful images.

Natalie Berryman - such stunning photos, you guys look fantastic! Hope it was a day you'll never forget! xo

Christine Mary Powell - Congratulations to you both Good wishes. You both look lovely from Carens mum.

Christine Mary Powell - Congratulations to you both Good wishes. You both look lovely from Carens mum.

Lucy and Ben – Behind the scenes and the 35mm film frames

Hey, it’s Alex! Surely you’ll remember Lucy and Ben from this lovely little preview post a few days ago…After we shot away from their morning ceremony we spent a bit of time with the bridal party down at Wynyard Quarter. We didn’t have much time so Coralee led the way photographing digitally and I spent the time sneaking in film frames over her shoulder. Haha. I’m sure the bridal party think I’m ridiculous popping up every now and then from behind in the shadows. We had such fun with the wonderful Lucy, Ben ad their bridal party. The digital files always take us a while to get through thousands of them at this time of year…but we were patiently awaiting the arrival of these few films from the Lab. FujiColor PRO400H and Kodak BW400CN and the most incredible looking bride and groom (who at this moment are enjoying their honeymoon in DISNEYLAND!). I always have to say that this is not the official wedding post…There’s plenty more goodness shot on digital being worked on as we speak….but here’s another little peek. Film, grain, blurryness, smiles, and two gorgeous newlyweds :-) Alex.


Meg Amor - Wow! Isn’t that just gorgeous and they look gorgeous and happy. Sometimes I see bridal photos and I wonder how long the marriage will last, just going by the energy in them… but these are fabulous!

Ashliegh Higgans - These are beautiful! I love how “semi untraditional” she is with her dress!

Denise Beaumont - Sometimes longer than EVERYBODY thinks

Kate Robinson - Awesome Alex! I love film. :)

Steph | bubblerock - Nothing beats film! Keeping sneaking them in!!!

Meg Amor - Wow! Isn't that just gorgeous and they look gorgeous and happy. Sometimes I see bridal photos and I wonder how long the marriage will last, just going by the energy in them… but these are fabulous!

Ashliegh Higgans - These are beautiful! I love how "semi untraditional" she is with her dress!

Eleanor / Jel - I LOVE her dress. It’s such a beautiful contrast to her hair. Nice film treats!

Denise Beaumont - Sometimes longer than EVERYBODY thinks

Katie Johnston - Beautiful photo’s guys. Look like you have an amazing day! Congratulations.

Katie Johnston - Beautiful photo's guys. Look like you have an amazing day! Congratulations.

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