13 September 2016

Andrea & Ryan | Wedding | Tauranga

It's so special being a part of every wedding we photograph.. It's a day of celebration and joy, surrounded by a couples closest friends and family.  And when that couple is part of your own family?  Swoon!

Enter: Andrea and our new brother in-law Ryan!

Both Andrea and Ryan's mornings were spent preparing at family's homes just a moments walk from the gorgeous white sandy beaches of Mount Maunganui.  So this was the perfect place for their First Look.. The Mount as the backdrop and the open sea as the outlook. 

The lush forest next to their wedding venue, was a stunning spot for bridal party photographs.. There was a light drizzle coming through, but there was no way anything was going to dampen the fun of this day!

The ceremony was held under the trees at Old Forest School, a beautiful vintage wedding venue, nestled in the community of Pongakawa.  Followed by champagne, wine and tasty treats from The Dutch Queen - a nice touch connecting with Andrea's Dutch heritage.

The old school barn was the rustic reception area, with the tables featuring hand made (and branded!) wooden cheese boards for each guest, made personally by Andrea and Ryan.  With olive leaves and rosemary as decoration, each setting looked perfect.

The Monroe's band, lead by sister Nicola, continued the celebrations into the night with everyone hitting the dance floor and partying up a storm! This was a one awesome celebration from start to finish!

Oh, and Andrea and Ryan.. We can't wait for you guys to bring along some more cousins for Zach! ;)



30 May 2016

Jade & Tom | Wedding Video | Tauranga

We loved sharing in Jade and Tom's beautiful Tauranga wedding..  Starting the day at Mount Maunganui for the bridal preparations, with a First Look on the beautiful beachside.  The setting at Olive Tree Cottage was a perfect back drop for a garden wedding, followed by champagne and canapes in the scenic country setting. 

And for something a little different, instead of our normal photography, we had the opportunity to video this gorgeous couple share vows and celebrate their love with friends and family! 

And what a awesome celebration it was..!

Jade & Tom | Wedding Video from Deborah de Graaf on Vimeo.

06 April 2016

Michelle & Tri | Family Beach Photography | Tauranga

During our family photography shoot at Mount Maunganui beach this weekend, people kept stopping and telling us what a good-looking family we were photographing.. And we couldn't agree more!

We had a fabulous time with Michelle, Tri and their two gorgeous girls Mia and Annabelle at the Mount beach! We just love the fun and relaxed moments you get at the beach - perfect for  a young family!

We had previously done a family shoot when Mia (now 3 years old) was around the the same age as Annabelle is now {see the photo shoot here}.. And what little cuties they both are!  We love being able to capture these special moments as families grow - swoon!