For the free spirited and wildly in love

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

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MEET YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER

Hey lovers and friends, I’m Zara (a.k.a. Za or Z), your wedding photographer and creative planner. Mixing an ‘old soul’ style with a timeless modern feel, cheers to the beginning of our newfound friendship! 

Perfectly imperfect, your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure where you get to call all the shots! With a super-inclusive, open-minded approach, I’d love nothing more than to capture what makes your day wonderfully unique and celebrate you just the way you are. 

I’ll pep talk you into having the best day ever. From holding your tissues to filling your plate with cake and chatting with your nan and pa, your gorgeous photos and joyful moments are safe with me.

Natural, emotive and film-esque, with a touch of grunt, let me do all the memory-makin’ work while you do you. I’ve got you!

New Zealand wedding photography for old school romantics

Based in Gisborne, chillin’ with my fur babies

More about me

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"Thank you @zarastaplesweddings for capturing our day in the most incredible way. Your stealth, kind directions, easy going personality and no worries attitude made each moment so much fun. Thank you so much for going above and beyond with the baby bump shoot, travelling to 6 different locations, 12+hr day & whipping out the super8 (Can't wait to see it). Richard and I loved working with you again and will treasure our photos forever."

amy-kelly & Richard

“Zara was an absolute pleasure to work with. Her enthusiasm, passion and creativity captured the most beautiful moments of our day. She worked alongside a pair of videographers and was nothing but a team player and professional. We felt like we had the dream team! Even though it was raining (torrential), she was so supportive and committed (went above and beyond/got absolutely soaked). Thank you for providing us with the most amazing photos that we will cherish forever”

Michaela & Zane

“Still pinching myself that we got THE best photographer in New Zealand. We are incredibly blessed to have had Zara capture our day and truly believe she is so much more than a photographer. Every time we needed anything she’d be the first to run after it (even with a bridal party of 12!). Zara’s attention to detail, direction, friendly nature and hype-girl attitude makes her the best in business. The photos are more than we ever could’ve dreamed of, providing us an opportunity to relive every moment.”

Marnia & Cameron

“Wow! They are incredible! You have such a gift with photography. You made us feel so comfortable and we really appreciated the time you took to make us feel that way. We are going to cherish these photos forever, thank you.”

Briar & Marshall

"Thank you Zara for capturing our day in the most incredible way. Your stealth, kind directions, easy going personality and no worries attitude made each moment so much fun. Thank you so much for going above and beyond with the baby bump shoot, travelling to 6 different locations, 12+hr day & whipping out the super8 (Can't wait to see it). Richard and I loved working with you again and will treasure our photos forever."

Sharnee & Nathan

Shooting weddings near, far and everywhere

Love has no borders in this beautiful world of ours. Always itching to explore new landscapes and pet all the animals that come with it, my travel bucket list is neverending. From New Zealand’s most scenic hangouts to Italy, Japan, infinity and beyond, I’m always down for a destination wedding or whirlwind elopement. 

These are just a few of the places I’m dying to travel to. If you’re in the midst of planning your own epic wedding adventure, let me know where you’re thinking of and the dates, I’d love for our paths to cross!

travel dates

Hawkes bay

OCT 2021, Nov 2021, Feb 2022, March 2022

Rotorua

14 Jan 2022

Tauranga

20 Jan 2022

7 May 2022

Morocco (covid depending)

 2023

MY BUCKET LIST

Africa

back to Japan

ITAly     Canada     swiss Alps

Exploring Mother Earth, adventuring the unknown

Whangamata

Let’s celebrate your endless love

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Shine bright and fearlessly, just the way you are

Here’s what makes me happy dance for days

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Magic for friends, lovers and soulmates

Capturing your authentic, sky-high moments