They go together like “Copy and Paste” Newlyweds Brigette and Corbin

Another one close to my heart

One of the best parts of being a professional wedding photographer and the owner of Dolce Wedding Photography  is watching people in love and Brigette and Corbin are the perfect example  🙂  On this occasion there was also a huge part of me that could relate to the position the beautiful bride was in, her dad had become sick and they had to bring the wedding forward…we picked up on the urgency and were there to make it happen!

On arrival we were greeted with a brunette, a blonde and a red in an intimate tango with white and blue which turned out to be a photographers dream!  Corbin and the lads rocked the 50 shades of grey card which in turn as a group shot gave us the strongest colour palette to date.

While Craig and his Kombi peddled the bride and her tribe to her husband to be an intimate group of friends and family gathered at The Corporate Club  donned in winter woolies and mittens for this late June affair yet jack frost didn’t phase this spontaneous bridal party from getting those unique shots we love so much…

We had an absolute ball working with this bunch of individuals staying till the “Daddy Daughter” dance until we said our goodbyes… Here is just a glimpse of this beautiful couple and we look very forward to doing it all again wither her Gal Pal, BFF, Alicia for her shindig in 2019!

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Don’t sweat the small stuff ! Newlyweds Grant and Kiri

Will it matter a year from now…. ???

So many people I find nowadays get caught up with worrying about the small things in life yet in the big scheme of things mean absolutely nothing. Last year I lost my best friend, my hero, my king, my father to pancreatic and liver cancer and it was because of that I wanted to help an incredible couple full fill their dream…. Dolce Wedding Photography covered the wedding and since meeting with Kiri, Grant and their loving family it has been an amazing journey and I have created an incredible friendship I’ll treasure forever ! Here is their story…..

Kiri Reynolds lost her home in the Christchurch earthquake. Then life got worse.

Moving to Kaikoura for a fresh start, Reynolds and her family bought a small transport business in 2012. Their new home was damaged in the November earthquake and after returning to Christchurch, they soon had to move yet again, when the owner’s son wanted somewhere to live.

Then she was diagnosed with stage four bowel and liver cancer, in March.

So the people of Christchurch gave her a modern day miracle, helping put on a dream wedding.

Reynolds, 49, married Grant Collins with her three children by her side this month. The community raised over $25,000 for the ceremony, which was planned in a lightning-fast eight weeks.

Collins green-lighted a friend’s Facebook post asking for help to organise the big day, which was still a secret to his terminally ill soon-to-be wife.

Her tumours, which she was receiving aggressive chemotherapy for, had gone untreated for nearly 10 years. They were not discovered until she was admitted to hospital with pains in her side.

Unfortunately it was “just a case of bad luck”, she said. The diagnosis came after seven already devastating years for the family.

The couple’s home was red-zoned and “written off” in the Christchurch earthquakes, which sparked a lengthy battle with their insurers. Their young son Kiarn developed asthma because of the residual dust, then Reynolds’ elderly parents died in quick succession.

Collins moved to Brisbane, landed several job offers, and was in the process of setting up a new home for the family to join him in. A call from Reynolds with the news of the cancer put him straight on a flight home.

Close friend Tracey Gaskell said she was desperate to help, and posted in the Christchurch Brides and Grooms Facebook page asking for help make Reynolds “wishes come true”. She was “swamped” with offers of support. Over 50 commenters offered to provide a venue and decor, a cake and to officiate the “elegant and classy” wedding.

“Everyone started saying, we’ll donate that, we’ll give that and it went from there really. So then I went round there and said, would you get married if we could do your wedding for nothing, and they said yes yes yes,” Gaskell said.

Reynolds said without the community support, the Rangiora wedding “just would not have happened”.

“When I found out, we thought about having a bit of a backyard barbecue thing because we’ve always talked about getting married, but even that would have been expensive and even if we had that kind of money, I wouldn’t spend it on that. I want to do things with the kids, maybe take them on holiday and just spend time with them.”

The community response had been “incredible”, Collins said. “It really shows there are good people out there, and they were willing to do anything for us, it was pretty overwhleming.”

When the idea was first thrown around “we thought it would just be nice tables with a tablecloth”, she said. “But they had beautiful big flowers, a runner and bows on the chairs. All the details were there, no one treated us as second rate,” Reynolds said.

The bridal party, including the couple’s children Kiarn​, 10, Artisa​, 8, and Reynolds’ daughter Savannah, 20, were gifted outfits for the day and the dress was lent to her by a local bridal shop.

Reynolds said she hoped sharing her case would highlight bowel cancer as the “silent killer”. She said there was a lack of publicly-funded testing for the disease in a country with one of the highest incidences of bowel cancer in the world. More than 3000 people are diagnosed, and 1200 die from the disease each year.

It was shocking how she had gone from perfectly healthy to nearly bed-ridden in mere weeks, Reynolds said.

Givealittle page has been set up to support the family. The Daily Mail article can be viewed here

Last days for your 10% off + a FREE Engagement Shoot offer.

Last days to redeem your special offer…

A huge Thank You to everyone that entered our Standard Wedding Package Give Away… It was amazing the success the show has had for the up coming season and we are so happy to announce the lucky winner of the Standard Wedding Package is… Alice Tomlinson of Christchurch.

As a promotion following the show we are offering a 10% discount to all who entered our competition at The Great NZ Bridal Show until the 11th of July. If you would like to meet and discuss your big day and what we can offer please contact us to arrange a time to meet with you. You can check our three structured package options at

16/17 season, 36 couples, 2 international, 34 country wide, 5 choppers and 1 incredibly happy operator. Tickled pink we look back at the incredible, unique and unforgettable moments we have shared with so many amazing couples this season and we look forward to an equally successful season to come.

“The long and the short of it” Newlyweds Ursula and Mini

I love my job as a Wedding Photographer

A couple of years back I remember meeting the closest thing to a real life Mickey and Mini – A Christchurch Bar and a few too many fantas, I couldn’t help but be drawn into the unique display of admiration they had for one another as I watched in awe I dreamed of one day I may have the same!  Little did any of us know  back then id be shooting their special day.

Meet Mini (Stu) and Ursula, a perfect example of what love is and what love should be. A unique bond built on trust, honesty and a whole lot of shits and giggles. As a wedding photographer I had a field day being smack bang in the middle of this soiree capturing so many beautiful memories of these two and their dashing posse of chosen ones.

The nuptials were signed and sealed at the beautiful Langdales in Christchurch where we were privy to a stunning array of colors as the sunset left little to the imagination before cueing in what turned out to be “the party of the season”

Ursula and Mini, Dolce Wedding Photography were honored to be a part of what was such a magical day!


Canterbury Bride of the Year 2017

Dolce Wedding Photography is proud to be involved with this years Canterbury Bride of the Year!

We would like to invite all of our brides and posse’s from the past two years to dust off that dress, and strut your stuff on the 15th July at Addington Raceway to win a great range of amazing prizes and also to support a great Charity.

Canterbury Bride of The Year is extremely fortunate to have industry leaders supporting the event and supplying some wonderful prizes in support of the event and the ‘Bowel & Liver Trust’.

In support of the ‘Bowel & Liver Trust’ you will have the opportunity to purchase mystery envelopes at the event. Audience and entrants can purchase a $20 mystery envelope. All mystery envelopes will include prizes well in excess of their $20 value with some lucky recipients gaining envelopes of great value. All proceeds will go to the ‘Bowel & Liver Trust

Audience spot prizes will be given out over the course of the evening. These will be given out to the general audience and also to newly engaged couples. Watch our Facebook page as we detail prizes over the forth coming weeks.

The event has chosen the Bowel & Liver Trust as their chosen charity to support for 2017.

Our 2017 event will provide an opportunity for guests and the contestants at the event, to purchase mystery envelopes featuring sponsored items and vouchers for a fee of $20 with proceeds going to our chosen charity.

The value of the envelopes will all be in excess of $20 with some lucky recipients gaining envelopes of great value. We are accepting entries for Brides, Bridesmaids and Flower girls that were in wedding parties between 2015 and this current year, that would love to relive their wedding day memories showcasing their gowns to friends, family and other brides to be. You can enter by submitting your entry form to Event Professionals before 23rd June 2017.

All information can be downloaded from this age or visit

Competitor Entry Forms

Information for Entrants

Dolce Wedding Photography is sponsoring A Boudoir Shoot to one lucky lady for this event so make sure to enter and be in to win!



Saving the “Best till Last”

“Thats a Wrap” Dolce Wedding Photography’s last wedding of the season.

When you think of the number 18 there are many things that spring to mind….

Louisiana became the 18th state of the United States in 1812. The American actress, Grace Kelly (1929-1982) was officially married to Prince Rainier III of Monaco. There are 18 letters in the Scottish Gaelic alphabet. Argon has the atomic number 18.

On this occasion 18 is the number of amazing individuals Dolce Wedding Photography got to work with yesterday being our last wedding of the season. Anyone who knows us will know we love wet weddings and we also love big wedding parties, so this one really took the cake in “Going out with a bang”.

Nicole and Brendan + 16 were an absolute dream to work with between the rain showers, and we couldn’t have asked for a better way to end the season..

36 couples, 2 international, 34 country wide, 5 choppers and 1 incredibly happy operator. Tickled pink we look back at the incredible, unique and unforgettable moments we have shared with so many amazing couples so we’ve hit rewind on the season to share with you a few of our personal favourites….

A Ride For the Bride

Every Bride Needs a Ride…

Dolce Wedding Photography is excited to finally announce that we are expecting……

We’ve managed to keep it a secret for a couple of months until we got the all clear and we cant wait for you to meet the new addition to the family…

Combining forces, intelligence and pure genius we’ve teamed up with Selwyn Wedding Car Hire and now offer this stunning we number to your chosen photography package for a deal to spin your wheels! Call it a “One stop Shop”, a “Photo Plus a Moto” or simply a bloody good idea!

We have a 65′ Impala available at a special rate when booking in addition to your chosen photography package. Packages prices for both Photography and the Impala please enquire at


Timing is Everything

My love hate relationship with GPS…as a Wedding Photographer

Somedays we are great together, but many we aren’t. Unfortunately the “close enough” pin point simply does not fly with me in my chosen profession as a wedding photographer yet on this occasion its lack of direction and accuracy proved to be a blessing.
As the sun started its decent became fully aware that playing our cards right may indeed give us quite the kodak moment. Craig and Sharon seemed happy enough for me to take the reigns and no time was wasted in taking full advantage of the situation at hand. In the hour we spent on this Engagement Shoot we managed to capture some truly candid and romantic moments between these two. Like the soup to her spoon, or the bubbles to his bath there is no doubting what this duo is all about…..
As the sun started its decent almost on cue were given a light that money couldn’t buy! This sunset was definitely worth being late for and in return we were given the soft afternoon glow id be hoping for. I could obviously give all credit to my navigation failure for this perfect timing but I won’t, instead I’ll opt to use this…..

Timing is everything. If it’s meant to happen, it will.

For information on booking an engagement shoot with Dolce Wedding Photography email us on


We’d like the RAW files…..that old chestnut!

The dreaded email I wish I didn’t have to answer…

Wedding Photography is without a doubt my biggest passion, I absolutely love my job, my clients and ofcourse the process in which I perform to give back the ultimate magical story of your special day.

Upon reading this email that graces my inbox from time to time I try really hard not to be upset with my clients who ask instead assuming they didn’t really understand the full meaning of RAW. After informing me that Photoshop nor lightroom is not part of their lingo their request is becoming clearer in the fact they didn’t really understand what they had asked me for.

RAW files simply do not open in Preview or Paint, these are very large files that are subjected to software high enough in the food chain that not every tom dick or harry happens to possess, after clarifying that then comes the feeling of insult that you do believe you can edit RAW images better than myself after the 11year intimate relationship adobe and I have together.

Obviously these requests have come from individuals that admire my work which is fantastic, the way I capture emotion, intimacy, love and the way each photo has been presented…that my friends is the product that I am selling, the complete, edited finished product that I have managed to perfect of the 11 years of shooting. I have spent long hours in researching, practicing and finally producing the look of my images in which I wish to produce to you as the story of “Your Wedding Day”…

Bright cross processed and spot color flowers came and went as fast as chatter rings and pro yo’s for a reason, the latest craze that quickly disappeared need I say more…Culling through thousands of images to find the best is what we do, hours and hours of sorting, adjusting, enhancing is all the process we as photographers do to produce the selection of images that catches they eyes of couples who book us for their special day…

To sum it up….Giving RAW files is an inaccurate representation of my work, the work you see presented on my website, and social platforms is the FINISHED PRODUCT in which you liked enough to pay for….. After all who walks into a bar and asks for the ingredients of a beloved Heineken when all they wanted was an ice cold beer?

Ill leave you with some of our images we pride ourselves in delivering from your special day.





Don’t want to pay for your Wedding Photography??

Win it Instead!

Wedding Photography is definitely something we’d be taking very seriously if we were to ever dive into the world of Martial Bliss…. You see the truth is with a  large percentile of weddings you will find the suits are returned, the wooden rounds, table runners, photo booth props, wishing wells and  mason jars are quickly  auctioned off to the next over zealous brain hunting bride, the cake gets eaten, the flowers wilt in water, and the dress is hung in the unlikely case it will some day don your daughter…. unfortunately photos are one of the very few things apart from your new hubby you have that is a physical reminder of your special day….

So many moments captured that you will treasure for years to come, a reminder of the small things you overlooked or cant quite remember, the family shots you may never get again and of course that magical kiss that sealed your love….

Wedding Photography is an expense that everyone will mull over differently, and some time skimping on this part can cause regret after the fact…

WELL GUESS WHAT! Heres your chance to Win your Wedding Photography with Dolce Wedding Photography. Come and enter at stand 12 and 13 at The Great NZ Bridal show on Sunday 9th April at Addington Raceway. One lucky winner will be drawn on stage after the 2pm fashion show 3rd Floor, come and have a chat to Sophie and fill in an entry to be in the draw!