EMILY ADAMSON PHOTOGRAPHY » Emily Adamson is a wedding photographer based in Queenstown. Named Classic Wedding Photographer of the Year 2017 by New Zealand Institute Professional Photography.

Anna & Andre / Vava’u / Kingdom of Tonga

When I think of Anna & Andre’s wonderful wedding, I think firstly of how welcoming and fun they and their families are, all the preparations for the traditional Tongan feast, travelling to Andre’s grandfathers land to take sunset photos amongst the coconut trees, the smell of the Umu, the taste of taro and Lu Pulu, the watermelon drink Otai, heavy tropical rain downpours and diving into the ocean.

Their heartwarming ceremony was held on a pier just outside the house and was only interrupted by the sea snake swimming past. I loved documenting this special wedding and of these two families becoming one, and I’m still daydreaming about going back and swimming with whales.

Venue: The Whale House, Vava’u, Kingdom of Tonga 

Dress: Bedgley Mischka

Suit: Crane Brothers

Ring: Naveya & Sloane

Jewellery: Chanel