Wellington Wedding Photography - The 2020 Guide
— By Raashka Mannie
14 August 2020
Wedding photography is the all-essential and endlessly important key to reliving your big day, capturing moments and turning them into memories.
There's so much to wedding photography. There are different styles to capture different emotions and different personalities. Marc Riboud said it best with, "Taking pictures is savouring life intensely, every hundredth of a second." In those brief moments, the ones that feel like forever and a heartbeat at the same time, it's your wedding photographer's job to ensure that you'll have a keepsake like none other for the rest of your life.
Wellington is fortunate to have a treasure trove of talented wedding photographers, each with their own unique take on wedding photography. Most of them love to travel here, there and everywhere for the perfect photo - your wedding can give them that chance. Check out our comprehensive guide to Wellington wedding photographers below.
Image by Bonnie Photographics
Bonnie Photographics has been in the business of wedding photography since 2014. Starting as a photographer for newborns, she naturally branched into events and weddings as she discovered her passion for them. "Weddings certainly do (even still) have an epic effect on me," she says. "As a photographer. Capturing those fleeting, magical moments and making them last forever is a feeling like none other." Bonnie Photographics has a natural, candid style of wedding photography, with her goal being for everyone at your special day to feel relaxed and at ease. She likes blending into the background and capturing your day as organically as possible, letting everything unfold in all its beauty.
Avodah Photo + Cinema
Image by Avodah Photo + Cinema
Settled in Palmerston North but happy travellers, Avodah Photo + Cinema have been around for the last 7 years, capturing Wellington weddings and beyond with a keen eye for detail. Avodah Photo + Cinema is comprised of an award-winning team dedicated to both wedding photography and videography. "We love to push the creative boundaries and are constantly on the lookout for new, contemporary ways to tell stories," they say. Once just as a husband and wife team, Avodah Photo + Cinema has quickly grown into a collective of creatives that adore weddings and connecting with their clients, delivering wedding photography that will leave you breathless.
Photography by Andie
Image by Photography by Andie
Wedding photography is as dreamy as it gets with Photography by Andie. She believes that wedding photography is not just about those big moments filled with fireworks, but also the little details that mean a thousand wonderful things. There's so much spontaneity and love on your special day, so capturing all of that is essential to his process. "I love using natural light, gorgeous colours and classic black and white to capture emotion and tell your story with your photographs," she says. Photography by Andie understands the importance that wedding photography plays in making the memories of your wedding day last forever, which is why she's one of Wellington's favourite wedding photographers.
Image by Kirsten Walsh
A fun-loving Wellington wedding photographer that's been around for over a decade, Kirsten Walsh is as experienced as she is passionate. With her, wedding photography is a seamless experience of connection and understanding, with pre-wedding meetings so she can ensure she captures your big day through the lens of your personality. "I will showcase your day just as it unfolds, getting all those genuine, authentic moments providing you with beautiful memories of your very special day," says Kirsten Walsh. Knowing how much time you spend with your wedding photographer, she is keen to have you feeling relaxed and happy to ensure that your imagery is as gorgeous as can be.
Michelle Davies Photography
Image by Michelle Davies Photography
The centre of all Michelle Davies Photography's work is real happiness. The very essence of joy can be found in wedding photography, and it is her goal to capture this. She works tirelessly with you to find those golden moments in your day, preserving them and guaranteeing that your wedding photography is a stunning tale of your special day. "My photography is about embracing the simple moments and appreciating the uniqueness of a person – the quirks – to develop something that isn't perfectly posed or manufactured, but real," she shares. Michelle Davies Photography has over a decade of experience when it comes to wedding photography in Wellington and beyond, and has worked over 100 weddings in that time, adding that she cannot imagine a life away from the lens.
Patina Photo + Film
Image by Patina Photo + Film
One of Wellington's most beloved dynamic duos, Patina Photo + Film is a husband and wife team that has paired up to capture your wedding in a stunning display of art. Both wedding photographers and videographers, they travel all around New Zealand following their passion. "We believe a wedding is the greatest party you'll ever throw; this idea drives everything about our business," they say. To Patina Photo + Film, the best weddings are all about amazing experiences, from having a delicious cake with your loved ones to burning up the dance floor. They want to capture those moments - those ones full of pure, undiluted emotions - and give you a keepsake you'll never forget. Everything about their wedding photography is authentic and artistic, with a perspective on weddings that is unlike any other.
Ryan McCauley Photography
Image by Ryan McCauley Photography
Ryan McCauley Photography has been a growing Wellington wedding photographer for the last 7 years. He believes in learning, understanding and the fluidity of love. To him, love takes so many forms in so many couples, ever-changing but consistently gorgeous, and this shines through in his wedding photography. "Love is not rigid, fixed and fastened, it's passionate, spontaneous, messy, soft-spoken and loud and proud at the same time," he says. "It's as diverse as the people I photograph and that what excites me the most." The most important part of Ryan McCauley's wedding photography is documenting your big day as unobtrusively and honestly as possible.
Image by Jaymee Photography
Have a photographer that knows what's most important to you - that's the key to guaranteeing perfect wedding photography, according to the seasoned Jaymee Photography. She is here to immortalise your story in all its glory while keeping everything easy and breezy for you and your loved ones. "The style of photography that resonates with me the most comes from a place of realness, laughter and love - because this is what brings us together!" she says. Based in Wellington, Jaymee's wedding photography takes her up, down and around. She also works closely with her partner to craft lovely wedding videography, which is always a bonus when thinking about your big day.
Image by Kent Chua
Kent Chua loves a good adventure. This Wellington wedding photographer specialises in destination weddings and elopements, dedicated to capturing those exciting and love-filled moments between you and those closest to you. They're a team based in Wellington and have grown to love every aspect of weddings, from engagement imagery to pre-wedding photography. They've been featured online as one of Wellington's top wedding photographers, cited for their relaxed, natural, candid, and fun approach to your special day. The team at Kent Chua loves to get to know their clients, spending time chatting over coffee to ensure that your wedding photography turns out exactly as you've dreamed.
Benjamin + Elise
Image by Benjamin + Elise
This wedding photography duo is truly a labour of love. Benjamin + Elise was born from their wish to work side-by-side, falling into the wedding industry, as they say, "largely by accident." Their photography grew in popularity as couples saw something in it that struck a chord. Soon enough, they were travelling the nation (and the globe), capturing weddings and making them last forever. "We believe in the power of storytelling and the importance of documenting your love naturally. We will provide you with a collection of images that retell your story authentically." Working with natural light and an unobtrusive, honest style, Benjamin + Elise brings you remarkable wedding photography.
Candy Capco Photography
Image by Candy Capco Photography
Natural light photography is what Candy Capco loves. A wedding photographer based in Wellington, her favourite things include soft colours and golden light - the perfect couple for capturing your big day in all its beauty. The venture of Candy Capco Photography began in 2010 and has been growing in success ever since. "It's been a beautiful adventure of getting to know great people, documenting their stories across the globe and learning a lot along the way. And I'm happy to say that after all these years I am still in love with capturing love, in all its beautiful form and rawness," she says. She describes her style of wedding photography as a documentary with a blend of modern and classic romance, preserving both little and large moments of love.
Image by Macona Images
Based in Wellington, Macona Images brings you a unique and exciting style of wedding photography. In their words, their style is "deeply rooted in wedding photojournalism with a focus on authentic natural emotion and expressive imagery." Macona Images has a strong desire to experiment and bring fresh, unusual ideas to the board when it comes to wedding photography, ensuring that your day is as exceptional as you are. To them, wedding photography is all about being vibrant, creative and fun. However, they have such an extensive palette that they're happy to let you pick between their more established styles, blending your wishes and their expertise to create something you'll truly adore.
Paul Howell Photography
Image by Paul Howell Photography
There's nothing like award-winning photography to make your wedding stand out. Paul Howell Photography is a seasoned professional when it comes to this, boasting over 20 years in the field and with a reputation in Wellington as one of the best. "A photojournalist at heart, Paul is always looking for that magical moment – a sideways glance, a giggle, a hug – the things that make weddings (and life) so special." Paul Howell Photography emphasises relaxed wedding photography, wanting to share an original story full of love and fun, with a variety of options and extras for you to pick and choose from when putting together your wedding photography package.
We Do Photography
Image by We Do Photography
Creative and fun-loving, We Do Photography is a husband and wife duo based in Wellington that is always looking for new and exciting ways to make your wedding photography exceptional. We Do Photography have been the proud recipients of NZIPP's Wedding Classic Photographer of the Year in 2014, NZ's most awarded Fearless Photographer, SLR Lounge's Top 150 International Wedding Photographers and Junebug's Weddings Best of the Best Engagement Photos in 2015. As they're a pair, you're guaranteed 2 photographers at your special day so you'll never miss a moment. In their words, We Do Photography "wants you to feel like rockstars during – and after – your wedding day."
Image by Intimate Knot
Big love and small weddings - that's the motto when it comes to Intimate Knot, a Wellington wedding photographer that specialises in tiny weddings, whether it's a little celebration for 10 or an elopement of 50. It's all about heart and warmth with Intimate Knot, wanting to focus solely on you and your partner (and your special few guests), documenting your day in all its simple prettiness. "I adore small weddings and elopements because of their rich storytelling and deeply personal components," she says. "Family and friends, love, pretty things, all wrapped up together in one beautiful day." Intimate Knot features a documentary-style approach framed by artistic touches for wedding photography that will knock your socks off, with a slew of awards won over the years for her bold and fun approach.
Michelle Jacobson Photography
Image by Michelle Jacobson Photography
Clean, creative and modern, Michelle Jacobson Photography is a Wellington wedding photographer that also shoots families, newborns and more. She likes to pair both candid and posed shots, helping you to remember your wedding day from every angle with both natural beauty and picture-perfect shots. "I'll capture the sentiment in the small moments, the discreet parts of the in-between, and those momentous interactions, which combine to give you memories highlighting all that is golden in you and your people," she says. Michelle Jacobson Photography has an eye for detail and composition, ensuring that your wedding photography makes you and your loved ones shine.
Image by Inspire Photography
Your day of romance means the world to Inspire Photography. They know how much time and effort couples invest in their wedding and they want to promise you that their wedding photography will do it justice. "We approach each wedding as a photojournalist and a fine artist to weave together all of these details, moments of spontaneity and purpose, to preserve this day of love and connection for many years to come." Made up of a detail-orientated and dedicated team, Inspire Photography works seamlessly in the background to capture your big day for wedding photography that is, as their name suggests, inspired. Their purpose-built studio is situated in Wellington, where you can meet with them to discuss your upcoming wedding and the exciting times ahead.
Billie Brook Photography
Image by Billie Brook Photography
A Wellington-based portrait and wedding photographer, Billie Brook Photography loves love. It's the core of everything she photographs, and she believes it's the core of fantastic wedding photography. She has a strong passion for capturing celebrations of all kinds, from engagements to parties, and weddings are number one on that list. "Every celebration has many stories to tell and memories to be treasured," she shares. "They bring people together in a way that ignites love and laughter, and I aim to capture that in my images." Although she resides in Wellington, she's happy to travel around for your wedding day, both across the country and the globe.
Mary Sylvia Photography
Image by Mary Sylvia Photography
Storytelling is what matters most to Mary Sylvia Photography. She's all about conveying what matters most to you with precision and passion, dedicating herself to your special day to ensure that your wedding photography is out of this world. "You should know that while we're telling that story together - the edit is going to be as important as the shot. I'll work with whatever environment you ask me to. And nothing is as important as my clients (you)," she says. A significant portion of Mary Sylvia Photography is focused on connecting with you as the client, so she can guarantee wedding photography that you're both happy with. She's worked in Wellington and across New Zealand, as well as internationally. Every step of the way, the most crucial part of wedding photography to her has always been you.
Aliesha Low Photography
Image by Aliesha Low Photography
Aliesha Low Photography has been a growing venture for years. From artistic photography to portraiture and wedding photography, this Wellington-based photographer has a bundle of talents that result in expressive, inventive and gorgeous wedding photos. Her goal is to help you achieve your vision and capture your greatest moments and everything in between on your big day. When it comes to equipment, Aliesha Low Photography is decked out, using only the highest-quality camera and technology behind it. She's an avid fan of learning and trying out new things, so you'll always have the best of the best when it comes to your wedding photography.
Meeko & Redge Photography
Image by Meeko & Redge Photography
In operation since 2010, Meeko & Redge Photography had humble beginnings. A couple photography duo, they bought their first camera for the first birthday of one of their much-loved children and their passion for wedding photography bloomed from then on. "Photography to us is about creating photos which tell stories that really happened and emotions that were really felt." Based in Wellington, this pair of creative wedding photographers are happy to travel for your special day wherever it may be no matter how big or small. Forming connections and friendships with their clients is an all-essential part of their work, and they're happy to make their way to you to deliver stunning wedding photography.
Image by Sarah McEvoy
A wedding photographer settled in Wairarapa and Wellington, Sarah McEvoy began photographing weddings in 2003. In her seasoned opinion, a wedding needs 3 things: your most favourite people all together in the same place, some yummy food, and some killer tunes. She captures weddings in Wellington, Wairarapa, and Kāpiti, but can often be found further afield around New Zealand. "Photo time is slipping away from the party for a few minutes with your besties to pop a bottle of bubbles and scoff some cheese and crackers," she says. "It's time alone to hold each other's hands tight, look at the person you just married, and have zero control of the silly grin spreading across your face. It's going for a wander, it's not posing, and I promise, it's not taking you away for two hours."
Yvonne Liew Photography
Image by Yvonne Liew Photography
A natural light photographer with a varied portfolio, Yvonne Liew Photography has so much to share and so many ways to share it. From wedding photography to newborns, she follows her passion and instincts when it comes to capturing the moments that matter most. She has a strong background in arts, studying Design and majoring in Advertising and Visual Communication, then diversifying her experience by working as a graphic designer in New Zealand and London. When it comes to weddings, she loves doing it all: elopements, engagements, big wedding bashes and tiny, sweet ones. "Fun, natural and creative. Letting you be you," she says. What could be better than that?
Jinal Govind Photography
Image by Jinal Govind Photography
Born and raised in Wellington has taught Jinal Govind Photography the love of the outdoors, which has led to his discovery of his love of photography. Adventurous and experimental, he's travelled around the globe to ignite his on-going passion for photography. "All about capturing those raw moments and letting it flow organically. You'll see that most of my work happens with the elements of nature. I love weddings. If you ask me to join you on top of a mountain, heck yes, I'm in!" he shares. Fun-loving and good-natured, Jinal Govind Photography has a candid and natural approach to wedding photography, incorporating his love for nature and freedom into his work from start to finish.
Tim and Nadine
Image by Tim and Nadine
Tim and Nadine have been on the scene for the last 7 years, capturing weddings and having the time of their lives. "We find inspiration in clean lines, negative space, beautiful architecture, photojournalism, and real connections. We love meeting new people and going to new places," they say. They absolutely love doing everything and anything when it comes to weddings, from DIY board game receptions in community halls to black-tie ceremonies in ancient places. During the summertime, Tim and Nadine describe themselves as nomadic wedding photographers, travelling all over the globe to capture weddings and glorious moments of love. They work mostly in Wellington and Auckland, but they're always more than happy to hop on a plane and make your wedding photography dreams come true.
Lucy Li Photography
Image by Lucy Li Photography
Lucy Li Photography believes that she lives in the coolest (and windiest) place in the world, Wellington, and is totally in love with it. Expressive and emotive, she loves being daring in her work and bringing new angles to wedding photography. "There's not much else more rewarding or humbling than having the opportunity of photographing special milestones – days full of emotion that you will treasure for the rest of your life," Lucy says. She wants to help you to look back on your wedding day and feel the same giddy rush of emotions, the same happiness and misty joy that comes with one of the greatest days in your life. Her wedding photography focuses on sharing your story and being unique to you, with, as she says, "none of that posed jazz."
Moon Flower Photography
Image by Moon Flower Photography
For weddings, elopements and love. Moon Flower Photography was born from the love of collection - illustrations, train tickets, maps and other big and little things that mean the world to the founder, Anahita. Wedding photography, in her eyes, is rooted in nostalgia and tangible triggers for glorious memories. "That's where I step in," she says, "to help you relive one of the biggest days of your life and connect the dots for you and your people to look back on." Moon Flower Photography wants to be there with you to make your day as special as can be, documenting it authentically and with all that precious vulnerability that comes with wedding days. She has been featured in countless publications, such as Together Journal, New Zealand Bride & Groom and Woman's Day New Zealand, and divides her time between New Zealand and Europe.
Lisa Maree Photography
Image by Lisa Maree Photography
You can make magic with still images - Lisa Maree Photography is here to show you how. Based in the stunning Kapiti Coast and open to travelling anywhere love takes her, Lisa is a wedding photographer that is all about capturing raw, authentic moments between two people who are crazy in love. She immerses herself in your day and your emotions so she can be sure to document your full story from start to finish, leaving you with wedding photography that will remain precious to you for years and years. "I do believe there is nothing better than capturing all precious moments life has to give in photographs," Lisa says. "I want to take you right back to that exact moment."
Image by Sabrina Karin
For candid and documentary wedding imagery, both of which are cherished and imperfections are celebrated. With a degree in psychology, a lot of Sabrina Karin's work is rooted in bringing the intangible into reality and preserving them forever. This is especially true for wedding photography, with her empathy and connection to your story spilling into her imagery and shining through alongside your love. "It is always such an honour to be chosen as a photographer, and the wild romanticism of watching love manifest itself into a family has no expiry date," Sabrina says. "I live for loving on my sweet boys, and documenting raw human connection through my imagery." Wedding photography is the peak of capturing the very best of love, and Sabrina Karin is so happy to do so for you.
Image Siaosi Photography
Take a gander at Siaosi Photography, run by Jenny Siaosi, a Master Photographer with the New Zealand Institute for Professional Photographers. Yes, you're making extra sure you're getting incredible wedding photography when you choose Siaosi Photography. Working solidly with instinct and experience, she focuses on connections, heartfelt moments and good times. Her style is natural, timeless and elegant, using light and composition to its full advantage. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, Siaosi Photography prides herself on being a Wellington wedding photographer that lives outside of her studio in search of natural, creative and relaxed shots of your biggest day.
Brady Dyer Photography
Image by Brady Dyer Photography
Over a decade of experience makes Brady Dyer Photography one of the most trusted Wellington wedding photographers around. Be it weddings, portraits, headshots or commercial shots, he has experience in pretty much everything - including wedding videography, his most recent and successful venture in the industry. "Brady's enthusiasm for any job is sparked from the fact that no two jobs are ever the same. There is a strong need always to be creative and push the boundary, and this is what he prides his work on." Brady Dyer Photography is a team of innovative Wellington photographers, their work recognised and published in New Zealand national publications. Versatile, adaptive and attentive, this team is committed to bringing you wedding photography that will touch your heart.
Anna Munro Photography
Image by Anna Munro Photography
A colourful team with creative ideas, Anna Munro Photography, was started by Anna Munro in 2010. In the last decade, she's grown rapidly and networked widely, so well-known in Wellington that she's one of their favourite wedding photographers around. Anna Munro Photography has an established studio in Karori that specialises in newborn photography, run by Cerys and Miranda. They also run Little Annie, which offers quick and easy pop-in portraits around NZ and now Australia – soon to be around the whole wide world! When it comes to wedding photography, Anna Munro Photography is a seasoned professional and has won countless awards and been featured in several decorated publications.
Tabitha Woods Photography
Image by Tabitha Woods Photography
Timeless beauty is what Tabitha Woods Photography is after. Since 2005, she has been out and about in Wellington, with love for life, nature and all mediums of art. With a photojournalistic style that she has been honing for years, she focuses on capturing your wedding day in as gorgeous and organic a way as possible. Tabitha Woods Photography has a strong background in art, from acrylic painting to sculpting, dabbling in visual arts and allowing it to help her grow her diversity and innovation in wedding photography. When it comes to your big day, she has an easygoing and bubbly approach, wanting you and your guests to feel as comfortable as possible on the most fabulous day of your life.
Image by Haran Photography
Reflecting both the East and the West, Haran Photography strives to strike the delicate balance between the cultures and capture your wedding photography in a whirlwind of beauty. He's been in the wedding photography industry for over 6 years, with a strong background in art as well as engineering, allowing him to apply a certain methodical science to the fluid creativity of photography. "[He] particularly enjoys portraiture, aiming to bring out the subject's personality in each captured moment. He continually looks forward to giving his viewers new perspectives on everyday life." Haran Photography is based in Wellington and has won a series of awards for his work, including NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards in 2014 and Kodak Gold Awards in 2013.
Jo Moore Photographer
Image by Jo Moore Photographer
Jo Moore Photographer does so much: wedding photography, celebrations, events, families, graduations and pets. Diverse and full of adventure, she has a true passion for capturing those moments of pure joy and love, which is why weddings are one of her favourites. Aside from fantastic wedding photography and an attentive photographer, working with Jo Moore Photographer also means promoting animal welfare. An advocate for animals and their health, she works tirelessly to donate to animal charities and raise awareness, in particular with the SPCA New Zealand (especially Wellington Centre), and HUHA (Helping You Help Animals). "Donating my time to both these incredible organisations is a way for me to help animals in need - to give back," she says.