Carla + Nick // Waiheke Island Wedding, New Zealand // Destination Wedding Photographer

Alastair and I were flown to New Zealand as She Takes Pictures He Makes Films to capture Carla + Nick’s stylish wedding, held on Waiheke Island… a little slice of pure paradise. Perfect beach after perfect beach, lush forests and glorious vineyards.

Carla + Nick (both Kiwi expats, now living in NSW) celebrated with their closest friends and family in a beautiful vineyard, after a morning of fishing and relaxing with friends at their respective rented baches (or shacks, Aussies call them). The party lasted well into the night… and the next day. Possibly even the next day.

Look out for many appearances from their adorable little lady. What a squeezable face.

*UPDATED: You can now see Alastair’s beautiful short film from the day below.

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“I knew as soon as were engaged I wanted Lucy Spartalis and Alastair Innes to shoot and film our wedding.   I have never seen better wedding photography or footage than the thoughtful and sophisticated style in which they work.  We were blown away with emotion and gratitude when we received our photographs.  The attention to detail, even down to the packaging (a beautiful selection of printed shots set on recycled card, in a personalised wooden box & USB stick all tied up in ribbon), to the imagery of our casual “before” shots, candid wedding guests having fun (a favourite for the album), the ceremony, food and formal photos.  They were able to capture the harsh New Zealand light and turn it into a series of soft, magical images throughout the day and into the night.  Through the photos and the film it’s almost as if Waiheke Island is another character in our wedding story – which we love! xx” – Carla + Nick



Cloe - Looks like such a great day – I love your style Lucy! Incredible!

Zosia - Beautiful work, Ms. Spartalis. I’ve been loving following your work :)

Yvette - Incredible shots! Love Waiheke!

Eric Ronald - Beautiful images and great storytelling my friend.

Victoria + Edin // Werribee Mansion Wedding // Melbourne

I have become a social anthropologist.

It’s one of the most wonderful perks of photographing weddings; for a whole day, I step into the lives of other families and become part of one of their most treasured memories. I hear their music, try their food, learn about their history, what traditions they value, how they show their love… and on top of all of that, I have the honour of capturing it all.

Seeing two different cultures be tied together by love is extra special. When two people with families from different parts of the globe commit to each other and bring those families together, we realise how much we are all alike; and yet how much we can also all learn from each other’s stories.

Victoria is Australian-born Chinese, and Edin immigrated to Australia from Bosnia as a child. Both had family visit from their homelands to celebrate their wedding in the grounds of the Werribee Mansion. They paid tribute to Victoria’s heritage with a tea-ceremony, and danced into the night to traditional Bosnian dance songs.

Thanks to Linda Hampton for her wonderful assistance.





Kate@MagnoliaRouge - Beautiful Lucy x

David Goodman - Stunning work Lucy.

Jack Charles // Editorial Portrait for Broadsheet

The above image is still one of my all time favourites of my own work – actor, elder, musician and national treasure, Jack Charles.
It was captured in 2010 (before this blog existed) whilst Charles was on a break from rehearsals for the hit theatre production ‘Jack Charles vs The Crown‘. We only had a few short moments to get the shot, but that was all that was needed.
His hands were white with clay – much of his time on stage he spent behind his pottery wheel; a reference to the strength that his love of the craft brought him throughout his time in jail.
My dear friend Shelley Blake wrote the accompanying piece, featured in Broadsheet.



Jane Folland - Brilliant portraits!

Olington van Sansinghausen - Both great images. First is insta-classic. Perfect.

Ellie + Ollie // Relaxed Edinburgh Gardens and Pope Joan Wedding // Melbourne

How to have a stress free, awesome wedding, a la Ellie + Ollie:

1. Different Hotels? No. Get up and get ready and head out together.

2. Have your portrait session first – travelling through the sites of your first date. First stop: Edinburgh Gardens and the surrounding streets, then the Tin Pot Cafe. *May include visit from male nuns holding beers.

3. Head to the Pinnacle for a beer with your besties.

4. Back to the gardens for a quick, fun ceremony. *May include appearance from a massive curious black dog. 

5. Last stop – Pope Joan. Eat excellent food, drink lots of beer, have Ritchie 1250 from PBS spin classic soul tunes, and dance the night away.

And that’s how it’s done.

Ellie + Ollie are absolute legends. The right things mattered on the day – good company, great times, no stress. I loved this wedding, and am lucky to have met such an awesome couple (and their excellent friends and family).

Special mention needs to be made of Ellie’s incredible bouquet – the work of master flower rangler Petra at Pomp and Splendour. YES.

Thanks to John Possemato for his assistance.

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Jakub - Beautiful work, Lucy!

Olington van Sansinghausen - Frigging hell you are damn good.

Gemma - Wow. Your photos really do this incredible rock star couple justice. And that’s a really tough ask! This wedding was one of a kind – a fantastic day and a celebration of true love.

Eric Ronald - Nice one Lucy!

Lauren j Marshall - Love it Luce! Great colours and compositions xx

Glenn - Awesome wedding, awesome photos. And every wedding needs more dog!