{jon + zilla} ~ wedding ~ bethell’s beach, new zealand.

To build a home.

Isn’t that what it’s all about? It hit me in the middle of the reception when I saw Zilla and Jon surrounded by friends and family in the house where Jon grew up. The beautiful house where Jon’s parents had brought up all their children was now the setting for Jon’s wedding.

And it was perfect.

I hope I one day get to experience something like this again. For now I leave you with my impression of this day of days. I hope I managed to capture it well enough.

The lovely blog  Polka Dot Bride is featuring this wedding today, head over there for more detailed info.

  • March 12, 2010 - 4:17 am

    Ryan Ray - INCREDIBLE WEDDING!! Wow, loved the whole series!

  • March 12, 2010 - 4:20 am

    Mårten - Hey Jonas!
    That truly was the best yet.
    Görbra!
    mårten

  • March 12, 2010 - 4:20 am

    benj haisch - I think I just quit photography.

  • March 12, 2010 - 4:20 am

    benj haisch - PS, those beach cave portraits are amazing.

  • March 12, 2010 - 4:21 am

    brandon emerson - beautiful post with some amazing shots. I love the one of the couple with the arch of the cave over them.

  • March 12, 2010 - 4:23 am

    hugh - jonas, i like ur pictures. a lot.

  • March 12, 2010 - 4:25 am

    morgaine - umm “well enough”?!! Jonas this is pure delight for the eyes… i adore every frame.

  • March 12, 2010 - 4:31 am

    Sofia - Amazing photos. Mycket lycka i dem, lycka som syns på bild, det är bra jobbat!

  • March 12, 2010 - 4:31 am

    santa barbara wedding photographer - i’d say this post is better than buttercake. that’s a bold statement – hugh can attest.

  • March 12, 2010 - 4:35 am

    Jenny J - these kiwis are for me. the lady with her tongue out, wrestling for the bouquet… i wanna shoot her wedding.

  • March 12, 2010 - 4:37 am

    Hillary - Wow! Those made me smile. :-)

  • March 12, 2010 - 4:46 am

    joanna brown - Such beautiful images I love NZ and you really captured their country and spirit and the images are outstanding the last one just took my breath away felt like I was there.

  • March 12, 2010 - 4:48 am

    Jeff Ambrose - Jonas that cave shot is beyond brilliant, bravo.

  • March 12, 2010 - 4:50 am

    kyle - Last image. Handheld or tripod?

  • March 12, 2010 - 4:53 am

    Jonas - kyle: handheld at 1/8s, I think.

  • March 12, 2010 - 5:03 am

    zUdio - These are great, Jonas; wonderful eye as always. I like the low contrast B&W. I do wish there were some split toned ones in here, though! Keep ‘em coming, I am always awaiting updates =D

    All the best, Z

  • March 12, 2010 - 5:04 am

    Anna - You really caught the essence from the surroundings.
    Last frame makes me wanna book a ticket today and just go there. Bello!

  • March 12, 2010 - 5:12 am

    Mark Kalkwarf - Brilliant stuff once again. You tell the story so well through your images. I feel like I was a guest at this wedding after going through the shots. So much real emotion. You the man!

  • March 12, 2010 - 5:26 am

    Solveig - You are indeed amazing! I feel a bit like Benj Haisch..;)

  • March 12, 2010 - 6:03 am

    Jon - Sh!t. Hot.

  • March 12, 2010 - 6:07 am

    Luisa Brimble - WOW!!!!! Jonas what I love about your images is there is always an element of surprise. I see a lot of blogs of wedding photographers, the more commercial ones. Your images are always so different every single time. I’ve said time and time again that you are truly inspirational and your images are always so FREAKIN’ AWESOME!!!!

  • March 12, 2010 - 6:17 am

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  • March 12, 2010 - 6:22 am

    gabe aceves - beautiful work jonas. there are some amazing images here. my favorites- the girls in a scrum for the boquet. ha!

  • March 12, 2010 - 6:25 am

    Paul Von Rieter - As usually you have left me in awe and slightly blown away. Beautiful work. Your story telling through imagery is so amazing.

  • March 12, 2010 - 6:25 am

    Steve Elmer - Boo-friggin-ya!

  • March 12, 2010 - 6:43 am

    Penny Burgess - Feels like I was there. Simply beautiful.

  • March 12, 2010 - 6:45 am

    James Moes - Crush.

  • March 12, 2010 - 6:54 am

    Lainey - That was all kinds of gorgeous. Amazing.

  • March 12, 2010 - 7:13 am

    Tobbe - Amazing, Jonas. Love the fact that you don’t repeat yourself from wedding to wedding, but rather evolve your style and techniques.

  • March 12, 2010 - 8:05 am

    joanna - one word: Wow!

  • March 12, 2010 - 8:13 am

    Jason - Beautiful work as always Jonas, inspirational. Great story telling. Love it.

  • March 12, 2010 - 8:17 am

    ryan flynn - sweet sassy molassy.

  • March 12, 2010 - 8:18 am

    Dennis Pike - c’mon man, my tolerance for awesomeness is only so high. I just about overdosed on this wedding. That 2nd shot of the post… holy crap. I want a print. seriously… I want a print

  • March 12, 2010 - 8:22 am

    MrsMW - Tears in my Eyes – soo beautifully captured! – I hope too that one day 1 get to experience such Unified Love, comradship,Fun wedding day. You are a Magician!! :)

  • March 12, 2010 - 8:41 am

    brett maxwell - what an amazing beach! and of course the rest of it too.

  • March 12, 2010 - 9:00 am

    Hillary - Look up the song To Build A Home by The Cinematic Orchestra. It fits perfectly with your sentiments.

  • March 12, 2010 - 9:04 am

    Micah Cordes - wow. nuff said.

  • March 12, 2010 - 9:08 am

    Matt Stanton - I love the top down view on the wedding table. Your story telling leaves me with such vivid images in my head of how the day was, a remarkable gift.

  • March 12, 2010 - 9:12 am

    Az - These are so beautiful Jonas.

  • March 12, 2010 - 9:42 am

    Rafa - Great pics Jonas, congrats!

  • March 12, 2010 - 9:43 am

    Alan & Karen Woo - Loving the location shots!

  • March 12, 2010 - 9:46 am

    David - Brilliant. That’s what I think. And how the F do you keep getting better?

  • March 12, 2010 - 10:29 am

    Drew - Jonas you’re in my top 3 favorite wedding photographers. Its incredible to watch your photography grow with each wedding you shoot. Thank you for sharing this magical wedding with us.

  • March 12, 2010 - 10:52 am

    Kat Braman - love love love that b&w with the tiny little person and the house.

  • March 12, 2010 - 11:06 am

    Briony - these are magical!

  • March 12, 2010 - 11:14 am

    Joey Chandler - Very, Very cool cave. That was a great find. And really love the softness of your people shots. Makes it feel very welcoming. Impressive work.

  • March 12, 2010 - 11:35 am

    Zach Anderson - “Hey, go stand in that cave.” Shutter Clicks. That’ll do. Seriously awesome post.

  • March 12, 2010 - 11:56 am

    Kelly Ry - What stunning scenery with images to match.

  • March 12, 2010 - 1:23 pm

    Steve Koo - Beautiful stuff, Jonas. I know that I’ve seen it before, but even seeing it again, the portrait in the field with that cloudy sky behind them is stunning.

  • March 12, 2010 - 2:46 pm

    Stewart Leishman - So inspirational!

  • March 12, 2010 - 3:12 pm

    Alen Abdula - Whenever I visit your site, I end up digging trough your past weddings; spending quite some time looking at your amazing work. Another great wedding. Keep up the great work Jonas!

  • March 12, 2010 - 5:26 pm

    Maria - Amazing photage as usual.
    I happened to be listening to “Goin’ to Acapulco” (Jim James & Calexico) when I watched them, and the two was a perfect match.

  • March 12, 2010 - 6:18 pm

    Sebastian - HEEEELT MAGISKA BILDER!!!! Tack för inspirationen…

  • March 12, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    Sara - Well Jonas, you did it again. As some one else said, it feels like I was there. And the dress, oh my god, the dress! It might just be the prettiest dress I’ve ever seen. Keep up the good work Jonas, the couples having you shooting their wedding are more lucky than they can ever imagine.

  • March 12, 2010 - 7:17 pm

    Berit - Underbara bilder av ett festligt, personligt och stimmigt bröllop. Min absoluta favorit är strandbilden där de står och ser ut över havet i den våta sanden, tätt tillsammans, vackert!

  • March 12, 2010 - 8:16 pm

    Linda - Jag rös efter första meningen, jag fryser efter sista bilden. Du har ju fångat det så otroligt bra att det är inte klokt.

  • March 12, 2010 - 8:38 pm

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  • March 12, 2010 - 8:58 pm

    Kar Yee - very nice pictures. i love it!

  • March 12, 2010 - 10:14 pm

    Phill - This doesn’t help alleviate my lust for travel in the slightest! :~) Your landscape work is beautiful Jonas. The wedding work is, needless to say, likewise. It’s great to see how yet again your distinctive visual accent doesn’t mask the individual voice of the wedding that you’re documenting. Beautiful story-telling imagery.

  • March 12, 2010 - 11:56 pm

    ellinor - wonderful.
    and that’s all i have to say.

  • March 13, 2010 - 1:40 am

    JoachimT - Your pictures is more than just art!

  • March 13, 2010 - 2:26 am

    Therese - Du är helt fantastisk! Som vanligt!!

  • March 13, 2010 - 3:10 am

    GAry - That’s extreme awesomeness, so inspiring, so pretty!!

  • March 13, 2010 - 5:27 am

    Daniel Dunlap - Holy Moses! Why do you have to be so awesome? Seriously Jonas, your work is truly amazing and inspiring!

  • March 13, 2010 - 8:59 am

    boody - UGHHH! I would totally get married just so you could take my wedding pictures!!!! Since you’re booked for a while, I still have a chance! I’ll work on it. haha. But seriously, your photos reign supreme. =)

  • March 13, 2010 - 11:23 am

    Heather Kanillopoolos | Mid-Michigan Photographer - ….I quite literally don’t know what to say. Incredible, incredible.

    You have a mystic way of making me feel like I am right there with them- but with such emotion and presense that I almost feel embaressed for intruding into thier moment.

    Love it.

  • March 13, 2010 - 11:46 am

    Brad O'Connor - Your pictures have an amazing tone to them… very intimate

  • March 14, 2010 - 4:35 am

    Timothy E Kaldas - Jonas, as always these are fantastic. I love the wide shots of the bride and groom, particularly with them at the beach facing away reflecting in the water. That image is a classic. Great storytelling. You’ve captured so many special moments.

  • March 14, 2010 - 6:47 am

    Katie - Simply wonderful Jonas. Moving images which speak volumes. You are such an inspiration.

  • March 14, 2010 - 1:53 pm

    Chu - The phone just rang & snapped me out of this most incredible LOVE dream I was having with my eyes open!

  • March 14, 2010 - 11:59 pm

    Graymask - The pictures near the cave are wicked!

  • March 15, 2010 - 5:04 am

    Anna - Brilliant! Beautiful!

  • March 15, 2010 - 11:34 am

    Ben Godkin - WOW! You got some EPIC B&G shots! Amazing!

  • March 15, 2010 - 7:39 pm

    Caroline - Very nice pics. You can feel the joy and love.

  • March 15, 2010 - 8:14 pm

    Lotta - Amazing, amazing pictures! Right now, you’re my favorite photographer! Damn! You’re good man! Hej dig Jonas! :D

  • March 16, 2010 - 2:00 am

    Anne-Ma - I really like your pictures! Love the colors also!

  • March 16, 2010 - 5:49 pm

    Gina Fabish - Man Oh Man! You take amazing photos!!! Just love your work very inspiring :-)

  • March 17, 2010 - 8:06 pm

    ffiona - More inspiration for my sole, your work is gorgerous, imaginative and complelling. I love the true to life and vibe it protrays.

  • March 17, 2010 - 8:13 pm

    Roberta - Wow – what an incredible location! The cave shot was just awesome, and loved the close up of the sand.

  • March 17, 2010 - 11:42 pm

    Eric Kotara - Holy Cow what a great wedding. You have soooooo many fabulous shots and creative angles here I am astounded you managed it all in one wedding. Something to aspire to for sure.

  • March 21, 2010 - 9:03 am

    ashley parsons - sheesh, brother!!! as if you needed another person telling you, but I couldn’t resist…These are mind blowingly beautiful. you continue to amaze and inspire me. cheers!

  • March 22, 2010 - 7:19 am

    Leon - Jonas you’re a huge inspiration – thank you!

  • March 26, 2010 - 8:04 am

    punam - wow, Jonas. Just wow.

  • April 12, 2010 - 6:06 am

    Cliff - I don’t like coming around here very often because it usually ends with my jaw smashing off the floor. Once again you blew me away. The portraits are lights out on this set Jonas.

  • July 2, 2010 - 10:07 pm

    Liz Foley - Inspiring work. The use of gray scale and grand landscape is reminiscent of Ansel Adams. Rich textures and beautiful lighting. Well done.

  • August 19, 2010 - 9:05 pm

    Rik Pennington - A great document of the day, but those bridesmaids look ferocious!

  • August 21, 2010 - 11:04 pm

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  • August 25, 2010 - 9:37 am

    Sofia i London - beautiful! where bouts in nz is this? I shot a wedding on the beach in Whangamata a few months ago =)

  • December 3, 2010 - 6:01 am

    A Christchurch Wedding Photographer - Beautiful. I’m a wedding photographer in New Zealand as well and it’s great to see this from another perspective. Keep up the great work :)

  • August 11, 2011 - 3:23 pm

    Joseph - Your photography is truly art. I love your images and the compositions and detail you capture.

  • March 21, 2012 - 4:02 pm

    wedding photographer melbourne - Beautiful, especially in love with the dress!

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  • September 25, 2012 - 11:21 am

    Warren Williams - Just came across this post, and beautiful images. Bethell’s Beach is our local, and so amazing. You’ve done such an amazing job capturing the ruggedness of the landscape, and beauty of the couple!

  • March 19, 2013 - 11:08 pm

    Noelle - As usual, these are absolutely gorgeous photos of a beautiful wedding. I especially like the ones in the grove of trees and in the cave. The landscapes are unbelievable!

  • September 8, 2013 - 4:34 pm

    willy yep - That’s awesome!!!it seem like to tell a story of their love.how can you do that amazing.

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