Dean and Bonnie's Love Festival


What do you get when you put summer, music, food trucks and a whole heap of love together..... A LOVE FESTIVAL and thats exactly what Bonnie and Dean created for their special day. Both Bonnie and Dean are involved with Northern Bass, which is a music festival held in Mangawhai over the New Year period. Dean actually proposed at Northern Bass by popping the question on the main stage screen, while thousands of people were dancing up a storm......nailed it!! So what better way to get married than to have a festival of your own. Held on a friends property this was a major diy event. Dean and Bonnie had everything sorted and with friends and family coming together they created magic. With over 200 friends and family in attendance, this was one big love fest! After the beautiful ceremony held amongst the chestnut trees, guests were treated to games, food trucks, Dj sets and bands playing jams for everyone to boogie into the night too. Perfect day for a well deserving couple.


Thank you to Bonnie and Dean for putting me on the door list :p xx


Louis and Jillians DIY wedding x


Some people like to get someone else to organise their big day and others take it all upon themselves to create their vision and that is what Louis and Jillian decided to do. Held on a farm in the Hunua Ranges this was a day filled with love, family, friends and sooooo much pretty detail. Jillian and Louis did all the crafting themselves and I was blown away at the detail.  Jillian and I actually bonded over her staunch stance on the flower budget hehe and she was overly happy with the result, thanks to Michele from Clevedon Flowers! Louis and Jillian took a casual approach to their day which is my kind of wedding. Both getting ready at the family home (in seperate rooms) joined by Jillian's son, while friends and family continued with setup like they did this every weekend. It was well oiled machine. A first look in the front garden over looking the farm, followed by photos with the bridal party on site. Unfortunately the weather wasn't looking too flash so the outdoor ceremony was moved to inside of the reception marquee. This would bother some people but not these two, everything was taken in their stride and even when it didn't end up raining and turned into a beautiful arvo they didn't complain. After a beautiful ceremony the reception began and we snuck off for a few minutes to capture the last of the days light. I'm always a tad emotional during speeches (softie I know) but I actually needed a few tissues for this one. Amazing words from proud Fathers, loving bridesmaids, a cheeky brother and an emotional haka lead by the grooms best man. Once the tears had dried it was time to party, everyone together just like it should be xx

Special thanks to....

Michelle from Clevedon Flowers, who did a beautiful job with all the flowers and made Jillian a very happy bride and me a very happy photographer!

Sonia from I Heart Pretty, who had to put up me gushing over her amazing use of colours, absolutely stunning job with hair and makeup!

And I would like to thank Jillian and Louie for having me capture their day and for trusting me and my hike up hill requests :p

J xx