He was her rock, and she was his Ruby ….Newlyweds Ciaran and Ruby
I don’t really believe in cliches but meeting these two it was love at first sight. With my wedding attendance history its my hope that every day rolls on out like that of a well rehearsed Oscar nomination. With many a run sheet and flow chart available, a back up plan for the back up plan and the bridal emergency kit on board I’d “push play on this soiree!”
This is the Britten Stables – by Dolce Wedding Photography
Its not often you get presented the opportunity to shoot against such a unique iconic piece of history. A project of such grandeur only possible with the love, commitment and passion that was poured into the restoration of this family home by Isabelle, Tim and “pint sized cute as a button” AdalineRead More
3 outta 3 aint bad!
My love of country music is somewhat frowned upon by some and I find its usually those whom have not been privy to this incredible toe tapping, hat tipping genre that makes us city gals giddy. The torn jeans, the seductive twang, the country boy manners that echo…yes ma’am…. Its fair to say when it comes to ticking those boxes in search for your perfect lad the answer is simple “Save a horse and ride a cowboy” and thats exactly what this young las did… meet newlyweds Rob and Sarah.Read More
“One mans junk is another mans treasure”- Austinvilla Estate Wedding
If you had of told me 29 years ago Id be in attendance at this particular wedding I would have assumed I was the one twirling down the isle in layers of tulle about to marry the man of my dreams….truth be told I couldn’t have been more wrong. I’d certainly like to think I had my finger on the pulse but at that age I more likely had my finger up my nose. It appears that Josh somewhere in between those adolescent years he realised that love is far too beautiful to be hidden in a closet and I just simply didn’t get the memo.
There’s no business like snow business….
Inspirational shoots, Styled shoots whatever you wish to call them, there is a great debate in the wedding photography world about the merits of doing one nowadays, personally I’ve never been into debating, its simply no fun because I’m always right, but as far as styled shoots go they had me at hello. WHY?? Well google LOVES new content and as a small business keeping up with the latest trends and bringing unique content to our readers in an industry thats constantly evolving is crucial in maintaining our rank alongside fellow competition. We all know that unless your trying to hide a dead body Page 2 of google is not going to do you any favours.
“Word of Mouth” “I heard it through the grapevine” “verbal evidence” call it what you wish, but to me its undeniably the most powerful form of advertising. On this occasion gossip prevailed and again Dolce Wedding Photography was thrown into one of the most memorable days that ended up a favourite of the season.
Over a hill and far away one couple, an entourage of their finest companions, 2 smooth rides and a dog called Maddox proved that sometimes the road of life can take unexpected turns and you have no choice but to follow it to end up in the place you are supposed to be. Meet Cilla and Andy, a couple that went together like sunshine and whiskey.
In the 11th hour… Dolce Wedding Photography was handed the power…..
I’m still not at that stage in my life where I’m ready to share everything I have with another human being, but i’ve been shooting for Dolce Wedding Photography for some time now and I’m not at all shy in saying I have a pretty good handle on how this “I do” gig goes down
Time and time again I’ve seen it happen, over and over I’ve heard the wedding dress horror stories, and dare I say it the hours and hours of editing to fix those popped buttons, the sheer waists, and the interesting shade of stucco.
Yes I’m not married, nor getting married but at least I know I”d look like a tool in tulle! Ladies I can not put into words the importance of seeing the professionals when choosing your wedding dress, lucky for me Lisa at Brides of Merivale has done exactly that!
For her and her team it’s not just a business transaction it’s a carefully managed process of making memories to deliver the most beautifully fitted, meticulously finished wedding dress of your dreams to wear on your Wedding Day. Every bride, regardless of budget should go and see her, have a chat and start the process of finding that dress without the stress of online gowns that are poorly made, cheaply manufactured that simply aren’t what you thought they’d be.
This is the one day you want to be perfect, go see the perfectionists at Brides of Merivale!! www.bridesofmerivale.co.nz
Lisa Dermott from Brides of Merivale wrote…
“There is much talk recently about purchasing dresses on line. We thought we would share some of our vast experience on the topic.
Each year we recieve dozens and dozens of calls from desperate brides who have either brought a gown online or purchased a dress from another store who does not follow through with inhouse alterations (often sub contracting out to seperate alteration businesses). Most brides are left with ill fitting dresses and are told that either the desired finished look cannot be achieved… or the cost will be expensive.This often takes what should have been a happy experience, and turns it into a very stressful one… at a time when you should be feeling exicited about your big day.
The talk around town is that dresses from bridal stores start at $2000… and that much cheaper options can be brought from overseas factories at a fraction of the price. This is simply not true. At Brides of Merivale we have dozens of stunning gowns under $2000 and a range of gowns to purchase off the rack from $400 on sale.
When you hear of sucess stories of brides who purchased from on-line stores for $260+ believe us when we say there are 100 disaster stories for every 1 sucess story. We often hear of brides purchasing more than 1 online gown in the hope the next one will be better.This simply chips away at the brides already limited budget. Brides often find if the the gown can be brought to the point of ‘just wearable’… the cost to do this is often more than the cost of the original dress.
Lets just be blunt… the fabrics and laces used are cheap, they are full of static that sticks to you and this coupled with in appropriate lining layers often resulting in see through dresses, especially in back lit circumstances such as standing infront of your guests at your ceremony with the sun behind you… or dancing at your reception infront of lights. The stucture of the bodices is often inadequate causing wrinkles, pouches and general ill fitting garments. Details including laces and beading are often glued on causing major issues when altering including marks that cannot be removed and yellowing stains…. Oh and we must mention the gowns that come in too short!!!
In the last year we have seen photos of brides on their wedding day, in cheap imported dresses with buttons falling off at the ceremony, seams splitting, dresses that had to be hand stitched by a bridesmaid 1 hour before the ceremony… is that something you are willing to take a risk with?
So what is our advice? Quite simply… come in and talk to us about your desires and budget. We try our best to work with all walks of brides and their budgets and often create a brides desired look by altering a similar style to achieve your dream wedding dress.
Blue Steel Swag weds a Pocket Full of Dynamite – Dolce Wedding Photography
As a Wedding Photographer stepping onto the Air New Zealand flight I knew i’d have my work cut out for me with this one. It was clear to me these two had gone for the the “upsized” option when planning their nuptials and this was going to be on hell of a hum dinger affair with all the bells and whistles.
Go Big or Go home sprung to mind when I spotted the 70 something bottles of Moet, the 12 + two bridal party, the 3 choppers, the 100+ BFFS, the Malibu boats towed by the latest Rangeys…. yes everything was certainly on the GRAND scale of things, apart from one… our pint sized pocket rocket bride Renee….