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Photographer's Guide: 15 Epic Locations in Hawkes Bay for a Wedding

As a professional photographer, I've had the privilege of capturing countless love stories against some of the most picturesque backdrops in the world.

And if you're looking for the perfect canvas for your wedding photography, look no further than Hawkes Bay in New Zealand.

  • Nature's Masterpieces:

  • Te Mata Peak

  • Cape Kidnappers

  • Tuki Tuki River

  • Waimarama Beach

  • Vines and Vows:

  • Craggy Range Winery

  • Elephant Hill Winery

  • Black Barn Vineyards

  • Linden Estate

  • Captivating Towns:

  • Art Deco Napier

  • Havelock North

  • Sacred Spaces:

  • Old St. Paul's Church, Napier

  • The Old Church, Meeanee

  • Scaling New Heights:

  • Te Mata Estate

  • Kaweka Forest Park

  • Embracing Maori Culture:

  • Various Maori venues in Hawkes Bay

Please find links to venues where applicable for more information.

Various Wedding Venues in Hawkes Bay

This region offers a plethora of stunning locations that cater to all tastes and styles, making it an ideal setting for your wedding day.

Nature's Masterpieces

1. Te Mata Peak: As a photographer, I find Te Mata Peak to be an absolute gem. This vantage point provides sweeping panoramic views of Hawkes Bay, with rolling hills and endless skies.

Whether you want to shoot during the golden hour or under a starry night sky, Te Mata Peak never disappoints. Trust me, it's epic.

2. Cape Kidnappers: For couples seeking dramatic seascapes and rugged landscapes, Cape Kidnappers is a must-visit location. The towering cliffs and the gannet colony provide a unique and wild backdrop for your love story.

3. Tuki Tuki River: The Tuki Tuki River is a personal favorite of mine. Its calm, reflective waters create a serene atmosphere that's perfect for capturing intimate moments. The surrounding flora and changing seasons add a touch of magic to your photos.

4. Waimarama Beach: Nothing says romance like a beachside photoshoot. Waimarama Beach's golden sands and rolling waves make it a fantastic choice for candid and natural shots. The ever-changing moods of the ocean will bring depth to your wedding photography.

Vines and Vows

5. Craggy Range Winery: This elegant vineyard in Havelock North offers a stunning setting, with vine-covered hills and a unique backdrop—the Craggy Range Giants Winery. The play of light and shadow amid the grapevines creates unforgettable moments for your wedding album.

6. Elephant Hill Winery: Located in Te Awanga, Elephant Hill combines oceanfront elegance with modern architecture. The vineyards and the sea form an incredible setting for romantic shots. Whether you prefer outdoor or indoor shots, this venue caters to your every need.

7. Black Barn Vineyards: My lens has been enchanted by the iconic barn and lush vineyards of Black Barn. This venue in Havelock North offers both outdoor and indoor options, allowing you to tell your unique love story in style.

8. Linden Estate: For a boutique winery experience, Linden Estate in Eskdale is the place to be. The tranquil setting and the picturesque views of the Esk Valley make for timeless and charming photographs.

Captivating Towns

9. Art Deco Napier: As a professional photographer, I've been captivated by the historic charm of Napier. The Art Deco architecture creates a vintage-inspired setting for your wedding photography. The unique buildings and streets transport you to a bygone era, adding a touch of nostalgia to your photos.

10. Havelock North: Havelock North's boutique shops and cafes offer a wealth of opportunities for candid and lifestyle shots. The town's picturesque streets provide a charming and vibrant backdrop for your wedding photos.

Sacred Spaces

11. Old St. Paul's Church, Napier: I'm drawn to the timeless beauty of Old St. Paul's Church in Napier. Its Gothic Revival architecture and stunning stained glass windows create a magical venue for your wedding ceremony, resulting in exquisite, sacred moments.

12. The Old Church, Meeanee: This beautifully restored church in Meeanee, Napier, with its lush gardens, provides a rustic and charming atmosphere for your wedding ceremony. The intimate surroundings are ideal for capturing meaningful moments.

(From time to time, in winter, this venue offers free use for private events)

Scaling New Heights

13. Te Mata Estate: For a unique view toward the mountain, one of the top wineries for weddings in Hawkes Bay.

14. Kaweka Forest Park: For the adventurous at heart, consider the Kaweka Forest Park for your wedding. Surrounded by rugged terrain and native bush, this location offers a rustic charm and a mountain setting that's simply unforgettable.

Embracing Māori Culture

For couples interested in incorporating Māori culture into their wedding photography, Hawkes Bay offers traditional Māori venues where you can celebrate your love in a cultural and meaningful way.

These venues provide a unique and spiritual atmosphere for your special day, allowing you to honor the rich heritage of New Zealand.

In Hawkes Bay, the options for captivating wedding photography are endless.

Whether you're captivated by nature's beauty, the allure of vineyards, the charm of towns, the serenity of sacred spaces, or the heights of unique mountain locations, Hawkes Bay has it all.

It's a region that invites you to tell your love story against a backdrop as stunning and diverse as your love itself.

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