Matt and Alice were married in Taupo at the Hilton Hotel. It was a beautiful location. The day after the wedding, Alice and Matt got fully dressed again (with hair and make-up done as well) and we headed to Tongariro National Park to get photos and video on both sides of the mountains. The amazing drone footage in the late afternoon sun is gorgeous. The bride and groom shots were really something special.
Alice and Nick were married at Cossars Wineshed in Tai Tapu Christchurch. It was a beautiful wedding in amongst the vines. I think the small piece of the Alice song in the middle of the video sum's up the fun of the day. They were a great couple to work with who gave me plenty of their time to get these shots - which makes for a stunning result.
Shannon and Gavyn were married at Flat White in Waihi Beach. They are both into cars and country music, so the wedding film needed to incorporate both. Even the colour grade used was to give the film a country and western and slightly retro feel - without being over the top. They are both such a lovely couple and so easy to work with. Gavyn was behind much of the creativity of the day from table settings to decorations, and cake idea. There's something really genuine that comes through from both of them. in the film
Leigh-Anne and Brent were married at Fountain Gardens. They had a large bridal party who were great fun to work with. Both Lee lee and Brent were relaxed and went with the flow for the day. I really love the dancing shots and the change to Black and White - which when I was editing just seemed to fit the mood of the song and the footage. I pull it back to colour as I didn't want to overplay it - but the desired effect is to draw you deeper into the scene and I think it does well. I'm always thinking creatively about the best way to drive the story.
Samantha and Drew were married at Red Barn in Karapiro. It's a very scenic location halfway between Hamilton and Tauranga. This is a 6-7 minute version of a wedding film - which still shows plenty from the day. There was a lot of tree blossom floating about - and it looked like it was snowing. Sam and Drew were really relaxed and happy to pop out for 15 minutes at sunset to get some fantastic shots.
Brigitte and Warwick were married at Brackenridge in Martinborough on 23 December. It was a beautiful day and they were a gorgeous and really fun couple to film. They are good friends of Dane and Sarah whose wedding I filmed a couple of years prior. In fact two Grooms from previous weddings I had filmed were in the bridal party. Dane and Cory (Jennifer and Cory's Wedding in Waihi Beach). I think this wedding film shows how big a day can be - I love the sunset and how close we were to the venue - but it also looked remote, the shots at the first dance and ending shots, the shots of Warwick with Lockie (his son), There were so many great parts to the day.
Tony and Sonya were married at the beautiful Castaways Resort in Waiuku on the West Coast of Auckland. There are some beautiful moments captured using the location and lighting, particularly around sunset. I really like the transitions in the wedding dance and the way the First Look worked out. A really fun day.
Michaela and Adam were married at Old Forrest School in early November 2017. They have been together since they were 16 years old. They were a fantastic young couple who we're relaxed and happy to go with the flow of the day. Their first look was one of the best. And the buttercup shots in the forest contrasted so well with the style of wedding dress and Adam's suspenders and white shirt. The thing I really like is how even the most overcast day can produce the most stunning images. Light is our friend and foe at weddings.
This is a 22 minute wedding documentary about Tess and Chris's surprise wedding in Queenstown. They had invited everyone on the premise that it was a joint 30th Birthday - with a rumour that Chris may propose to Tess which would make it an engagement party (to help entice people to come). In fact - he proposed some 6 months prior. Filming began in Wellington three months prior to film the preparation. I then filmed the wedding day and we filmed another afternoon in the Southern Alps by Helicopter. What else can I say. You really should just watch this one.
Jennifer and Cory were married at Flat White Cafe at Waihi Beach. It was a perfect day and they were relaxed and just really enjoyed their wedding day. They have a group of amazing friends and family. I really like the way this project came together in a cinematic way. I think it shows the value of taking some time out from photos to shoot a video sequence with me - and to try and get these shots around sunset. While the drone shots look great - the close-up detail shots combined make it work so well. I like the gopro shots in the van towards the end - and how about those ending shots!
Kristy and James had a beautiful wedding at Bethlehem College Chapel and the reception at Olive Tree Pyes Pa. The weather was a bit hit and miss - so lots of shots on the run. I like the way this wedding film gets in close with the lens. It shows wedding films don't need to be complex to be cinematic and beautiful. Simplicity and good post production is what makes this wedding film stand out. They were a fantastic young couple to work with. I like way the story flows and it's such an easy wedding film to watch and enjoy.
Zoe and Zane were married in Tauranga at the Olive Tree Cottage. The wedding day was raining heavily - so I offered to do some extra filming one afternoon after the wedding with their dogs along the beach around sunset. This was because the photographer and I struggled to get bridal shots on the day due to the weather. I think this is a perfect example about how a wedding film can integrate footage and that we will always make sure we create a wonderful wedding film. Zoe and Zane were brilliant and fun and didn't let the atrocious weather on the day dampen their spirits or wedding one bit.
Emma and Bryan had an amazing country wedding at Woodlyn Park near Waitomo. It was a beautiful day and the locations made for some amazing footage. I love the way the light works it's magic in the opening scenes in the old theatre. I also like the shots in the forest especially the way it was filmed hiding in the bushes to give it depth and a sense of solitude and togetherness. The first dance was amazing and what would a country wedding be without some line-dancing. I also like the way the gopro on the quad bike added an extra quality and moment for Emma and Bryan who were wonderful to work with.
Stephanie and Ben were married at their family home and lifestyle block in Gisborne. There are some great parts to this wedding film, from the opening sequence with the part of the Father of the Bride's speech narrating over the first look - to the cinematic beach shots and couple shots backlit against a tree next to their home. Great loving couple who had great families enjoy their amazing day with.
A tale of two lakes. Lake Tarawera and Lake Okareka. This is one of my favourite wedding films. It's cinematic and beautiful. But it incorporates some raw footage from guests using their phone cameras at the end of the film - and a nice part with a Gopro in the campervan in the middle. This adds to the overall feel and style, and fits with both Mel and Tim's personalities. I like the first look at the start, the boys jumping off the jetty, the moments with Mel and her daughter getting ready and the first dance. A gorgeous wedding film.
Jasmine and Cory were married at Old Forest School. This tops our most fun wedding film chart. Jasmine and Cory had an amazing day and their wedding film reflects their gregarious nature and fun-loving personalities. The opening car scene is unique and very cool. There is a beautiful sequence in the middle of the film among the trees using a drone weaving between trees. The reception has some beautiful moments - and not even heavy rain stopped the dancing late into the night.
Brooke & Bryce were married in Pukekohe. They were married on a private farm with a Peninsula for the ceremony and a stretch tent for the reception. We managed to get some beautiful cinematic shots near sunset as the sun broke through the clouds. There is some amazing drone footage with the sun setting and some great shots in the long grass. Brooke and Bryce were easy going and relaxed. We didn't need much time to get these shots - and shows that a few planned minutes filming at sunset has some amazing results.
Alice in Wonderland inspired wedding. A gorgeous wedding and both Amanda and Dave were fantastic. Their frivolity and love was captured perfectly. I know how much effort they put into the details for their wedding day, so it was important to capture those details. I wanted to create something that was a nod to the theme, without it being cheesy. The opening music gives it a real cinematic feel with the smoke machine in the forest and costumes. But I bring it back down to a more simple and meaningful soundtrack to compliment the moments - and to not overwhelm the creativity of the wedding day itself - although I couldn't resist a subtle nod with some motion graphics in the middle.
Nicola and Shaun were married in Cambridge. You have to watch the opening scene on this wedding film. We used the drone to go backwards as the wedding party moved into shot one by one. We didn't have any music so I was singing Upton Funk (poorly) to help get everybody dancing. I also love the shots in the forest with the colours and light filtering through the trees. There is also a cool sequence with the wedding party after the ceremony in the wedding film. We worked closely with the photographer to get a range of shots of the day - and the wedding party was fun and up for trying ideas. Nicola and Shaun were so relaxed and I really enjoyed being part of their wedding day.
Rebecca and Paul were married in Bali at a private beachfront villa in Canggu. This was an amazing wedding to be involved with. Paul and Rebecca were guests at my first ever wedding film, Kesten and Ben. They were so relaxed and fun to work with - it really comes through in the wedding film. It was only me filming and I had camera's everywhere. Drone, gopro's, three's Canon DSLR's running - so it was frantic. What I most like about this wedding film, is not the amazing location - but the way Rebecca and Paul draw you into them as people. But the end of the wedding film, you have a real sense you know them - and would like to to know them!
Sarah and Dane Coles were married at Lacewood in Martinborough. This was a fun wedding to film with plenty of All Blacks and very fun families and friends on both sides. I like the impromptu moments that the film captures and also just the fun nature of the day. This film shows people are the story of any wedding.
Kesten and Ben were married at Old Forest School. This was my very first wedding ! I still rate it as one of my absolute favorites wedding films. I spent a long time planning how to film it and nothing went to plan. But we got some fantastic shots and once in post production, it all came together. I'm really proud of this wedding film and it single-handed launched the whole business for me. A big thanks to Kesten and Ben
Young Love. There's something really amazing about two beautiful young people getting married. I could have made the worst possible wedding film, and it still would have been fantastic. Chelsea and Taylor's love comes through in almost every moment. They are such a genuine couple and were incredibly easy to work with. Filmed at Chelsea's family home neat Katikati, it was a perfect spot with a multitude of locations to film.
Ariel and Tom were married in Auckland. Both have very strong Christian values and it was important their spirituality was part of the wedding film as it is a big part of their lives. It was also the coming together of Ariel's wonderful family from China and Tom's from Tauranga. I really like the films moments with just Ariel and Tom - and using speed-ramping when they practiced their first dance outside in a field. It was a gorgeous day for everyone at the wedding
Tiffany and Texas were married at Markovino
Leisel and Scott were married in Lake Tekapo
Katrina & Ben were married at
L'Orange in Tauranga
Kate & Scott were married downtown Auckland
Shannon & Lloyd were married in Pataua
Ella and Andrew were married in Tauranga
Catherine and Matt were married in Rarotonga
Chrissy and Paul were married in Long Bay
Carrie and Jamie were married at Old Forest School
Amelia and Egan were married in Auckland
Natalie and Nick were married in Omaha Beach
Paganne and Robin were married in Napier
Jen and Brian were married at Old Forest School
Shannon and Gray were married
Tarisi and Kiro were married in Parnell, Auckland
Ariane and Laurie were married in Ohope Beach
Sarah and Tony were married in Tauranga
Kirsty and Daniel were married in Matakana
Craig and Dianne were married in Katikati
Alana and Grant were married at Old Forest School
Amie and Elliot were married at Old Forest School
Nicky and Steve were married in Tauranga