Jason and Jess

eeek I have been wanting to post this gorgeous wedding for a while.

These two celebrated their wedding their way. Its often tricky planning a wedding from overseas but with the help of some awesome vendors the day went off without a hitch.
Here is a littee slice of Jason and Jess’s amazing wedding.

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Jason and Jess

eeek I have been wanting to post this goregoues wedding for a while.

These two celebrated their wedding their way. Its often tricky planning a wedding from overseas but with the help of some awesome vendors the day went off without a hitch.
Here is a litte slice of Jason and Jess’s amazing wedding.

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Eva and Cam

“I would never be happy with anyone else as long as you walked the earth” Downton Abbey
Cam and Eva had the most beautiful wedding day. Eva styled it to perfection and collected the gorgeous vintage crockery over the last 2 years.
There was awesome music, lots of laughter and excellent food.
Here is a little sneak peak of the day.

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Christmas Mini Shoot

Mini Session Terms & Conditions December 14th, 2014

1. These mini sessions will take 15 minutes. Please be on time and ready to be photographed from your agreed booking time. The Family must be no greater then 5 people. Directions to the location will be emailed to you.

2. To secure your desired date, the session retainer of $50 must be paid within 3 days of
requesting the booking. The session retainer is non-refundable except for weather conditions as detailed in 3. Bank account is 12-3053-0591637-00. Your booking is not confirmed until this has been paid.
3. The retainer is non-refundable in the event of cancellation. In the event of bad weather, Lavara will re-schedule the session. If that date is not convenient for you then a refund will be provided.
4. If the Client fails to arrive at the session location promptly at the time of the session appointment, the session may be shortened as to not cut into the next scheduled mini session.
5. The Photographer will capture the best images seen by her on the day and as such is not responsible for missed detailsor particular kinds of image not advised to the Photographer during the 15minutes to the session. Bearing in mind that these are 15 minute sessions so if your child is not super smily or takes a while to warm up then we are unable to be held responsible for this.

6. A link to download 40 edited digital images will be delivered to the client within two weeks of the session date. The photographer has complete discretion as to which 40 images to edit and deliver. Upon delivery of the images to the client, all other images will be deleted. The photographer will not provide other images or unedited images to the client.

7. The Photographer grants the Client full rights to reproduce photos. Client may print an unlimited number of images with the printer of Client’s choosing. The Photographer retains copyrights of all images and may use images for promotional purposes.

8. The Photographer will not be held responsible for any injury accident, illness or other harm caused to the Client and or the Client’s family before, during or after the photography session.

9. The Photographer is not responsible for loss or theft of the Client’s personal property or the personal property of the Client’s family.

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Leon and Anna

What an amazing day for a gorgeous couple.
I will let the photos tell the LOVE STORY.

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Papua New Guinea adventures 2014

So I have been a little quiet for a while. THe main reason for that is that we have spent the last 3 weeks in the jungles of PNG.
My parents, Grandmother and Aunty are volunteirs there. They run an awesome hospital in the middle of the swamp. It rained and rained and rained but overall we had a very special trip spending time with my family.
Thought I would share some photos from our adventures.

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I love you more

For you see, each day I love you more. Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.
Peter and Kylie awesome engagement shoot.
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The sweetest Lum girlies.

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Anna and Leon – Auckland Engagement shoot

Anna and Leon’s gorgeous windy engagement shoot is on the blog. Love the Autumn colours.

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Kaitlin and Dan – Trash the Dress

Here is a fun little shoot we did recently. So much fun and a perfect sunset.

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Jaclyn and Ross……..Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain

Jaclyn and Ross were married on one of the wetest days of the year. It was the end of a cylcone and wow did it pour. Looking at these photos though I bet you couldn’t tell.
The sunshine came out at 4.30pm just in time for some late afternoon sunset shots. Congratulations Ross and Jaclyn on an amazing day.

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Niki and Taylor – True Love

Niki and Taylor said their I Do’s at the epic grounds of Brookgreen Park. It was the perfect afternoon light when they were married under a gorgeous floral arch with vintage school seats for the guest to sit on.
They proceeded to a lovely afternoon tea where they celebrated with family and friends. Congratulations guys on an amazing day.

Amazing Styling by The Vintage Table http://www.thevintagetable.co.nz./ and On my Hand Props Styling and Flora. http://onmyhand.co.nz/
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Family Mini Dates

Mini Session Terms & Conditions 11 May 2014

1. These mini sessions will take 15 minutes. Please be on time and ready to be photographed from your agreed booking time. The Family must be no greater then 5 people. Directions to the location will be emailed to you.

2. To secure your desired date, the session retainer of $50 must be paid within 3 days of
requesting the booking. The session retainer is non-refundable except for weather conditions as detailed in 3. Bank account is 12-3053-0591637-00. Your booking is not confirmed until this has been paid.
3. The retainer is non-refundable in the event of cancellation. In the event of bad weather, Lavara will re-schedule the session. If that date is not convenient for you then a refund will be provided.
4. If the Client fails to arrive at the session location promptly at the time of the session appointment, the session may be shortened as to not cut into the next scheduled mini session.
5. The Photographer will capture the best images seen by her on the day and as such is not responsible for missed detailsor particular kinds of image not advised to the Photographer during the 15minutes to the session. Bearing in mind that these are 15 minute sessions so if your child is not super smily or takes a while to warm up then we are unable to be held responsible for this.

6. A link to download 20 edited digital images will be delivered to the client within two weeks of the session date. The photographer has complete discretion as to which 20 images to edit and deliver. Upon delivery of the images to the client, all other images will be deleted. The photographer will not provide other images or unedited images to the client.

7. The Photographer grants the Client full rights to reproduce photos. Client may print an unlimited number of images with the printer of Client’s choosing. The Photographer retains copyrights of all images and may use images for promotional purposes.

8. The Photographer will not be held responsible for any injury accident, illness or other harm caused to the Client and or the Client’s family before, during or after the photography session.

9. The Photographer is not responsible for loss or theft of the Client’s personal property or the personal property of the Client’s family.

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Eva and Cam

I had the pleasure of photographing the gorgeous Eva and very hansom Cam. So hard to chose which ones to put on here as there are so many gorgeous photos of them both.
Love the touch of vintage goodness going on in these shot

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Jeremy and Annabelle

Jeremy and Annabelle what an amazing wedding you had. There was so many special moments, such lovely people and such gorgeous details.
It was relaxed, it was fun, It really was one of my favourite weddings ever.

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Engagement shoot competition

So excited that you would like nominate an engaged couple to win this engagement shoot.
Here are a few T&C

Terms and Conditions
1. No purchase, entry fee, or payment is necessary to enter this competition.
2. How to enter: to enter, an eligible participant must find and respond to at least one promotional post on Lavara Photography Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Lavaraphotography. Entrants must comply with the instructions contained on the promotional posts.
3.The Win and Engagement Shoot promotion commences on the 14th of March 2014 and closes on the 11 th of April 2014.
4. The promotion Prize is a 90 minutes Engagement Shoot in a central Auckland Location or as otherwise negotiated.
5. The Engagement shoot must be redeemed before December 2014
6. The prize is non-transferable and is unable to be redeemable for cash or other goods or services.
7. Prize draw winners will be notified by a comment on their winning entry. It is the responsibility of the prize winners to contact hello@lavara.co.nz once they receive notification of their win.
8. If prize winner is ineligible to receive the prize or does not respond to the notification within five working days, Lavara Photograpy may, at its sole discretion, announce alternative winners.
9. Entrants must be New Zealand residents 18 years or older
10.You agree to release Facebook from any and all claims and demands arising out of or in connection with your participation in this competition or with any of the prizes offered.

Lavara Photography is the promoter of this competition. This competition is not in any way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

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Live like it’s heaven on earth

Sheena and Andy tied the knot in February at the amazing Abbeville Estate. It was a whirl wind romance that brought them together for one of the most amazing wedding days ever. Sheena arrived on time much to Andy’s relief. She whispered sweet words to her parents before she was walked down the aisle by them both. A sweet ceremony concluded with hugs and high fives with the guests. Not needing to travel far the bridal party enjoyed homemade lemonade and sweet treats. They partied up a storm late into the night. Sheena and Andy you guys are an inspiration in so many ways. Enjoy a little sneak peek of the day.

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Your eyes close

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close. Pablo Neruda

Wow Jeremy and Erin rocked their engagement shoot. Check out the photo’s and you will see how.

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The journey of love

Rachael and Ian what can I say these guys are characters. They got style, a give anything a go attitude and a love for photography. Check out some images from their engagement shoot.

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The Best Day Ever

‘Christine and Keving ruled the school. Well actually they met in a chemestry class at uni and from then on it was a briliant romance. They got married in a gorgeous little chapple in Titirang then headed off to a Brunch reception at French Bay Yatch club. The club was styled to prefection with the bride making 120m of bunting, sourcing a couple of vintage doors, a flower wall. Need I say more. This couple rocked our socks off with their relaxed, wild, fun Fiesta. Enjoy a little glimpse into their gorgeous wedding.

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Brunch

What a yummy brunch menu.
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Keep Calm and Say I DO

Kellie and Dan were married on a perfect day at Wynyard Quarter in Auckland. There wedding was unique with a slight rock and roll twist.  Kellie walked in to all her guest cherering and clapping.  The photoshoot was epic and we didn’t even need to go far.

At the reception we walked in to see the guest wearing masks of the bride and groom. It really was halerios seeing a room full of Kellie’s and Dans.

Hope you enjoy a little sneak peek into their special day.

 








Spring Wedding Blog

Ohh I love Spring wedding photography, so thought I’d do a little feature to help inspire anybody getting married this spring. Here’s some images and tips from a few Spring weddings I’ve done. Enjoy!

 

New Blossoms are worth seeking out. They’re pretty

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And natural greens this time of year are soo gorgeous. Find photo locations that take advantage

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But not all green, you’ll overdose. Mix it up with some interesting architecture during your day

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The weather this time of year produces beautiful skies

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And can change rather quick – like all seasons in NZ – so be prepared. A few brollies, and warm shawls are great.

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I see beautiful, elegant roses lots this time of year. Here’s some seasonal flower ideas

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In spring the sun always comes out. Stay relaxed about the weather and you’ll love whatever happens.

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 Have an incredible wedding and enjoy the preparation.

 

PS: This is me in the Spring of 2011 in India. My handsome hubby and I went off on an adventure.

I’ve got a few spaces left in the odd week of spring 2013. If you’d like to check availability, drop me an email  by clicking here.

Lavara O'Hanlon

 

Emma and Stretch


Emma and Stretch were married on a glorious Saturday afternoon in Martin’s Bay with the an awesome bunch of friends and family cheering them on.
The ceremony was followed by an epic shoot on the beach with the bridal party rocking mostaches. A fun filled reception kept going all night long. Check out their love loaded wedding.



















 

Love is a big deal

From meeting these two I new I wanted to photograph them. From the way they looked at each other I could tell that Love was a big deal for them.
Here are a few photos from their engagement shoot. I can’t wait for their wedding this Saturday.





Pocahontas and John Smith


This is such a sweet love story of a Kaitlin and Dan falling in love. Thier wedding is in April next year and I am sure it is going to be amazing. Enjoy







Golden

 

A beautiful golden styled shoot to the theme of the movie Brave. Thank you to Morgan who flew all the way up from Wellington for the shoot. The awesome dresses were supplied by Natalie Chan store and Jessica Bridal. Sweet floral wreath by Roses Florist.







Renee and Reece – A Rustic Love Story

Super pumped to see the lovely Renee and Reece featured in NZ Weddings Magazine.

Check out the gallery below of some drop dead gorgeous goodness.






 

Summertime

“it’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine … it’s summertime!” ― Kenny Chesney

What are you looking forward to most about summer?  I can’t wait for my beautiful field of flowers to grow, photographing some of the most creative weddings ever and lots of summer picnics. 

They so loved….. Engagement shoot