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Wedding Stories

Ian and Brenda

I photographed Brenda and Ian's wedding Friday 15th February 2013 at the stunning Cibo restaurant in Parnell. As usual, I arrived at the ceremony address five minutes ahead of the bride, to find the Celebrant had not arrived. I googled her contact numbers, called her, found she was still in the office, discovered she had written down the wrong date and arranged for her to come as soon as possible. Because we were under strict time pressure to be out of Cibo's by 4pm for their dinner service, I realised I had to re-arrange the wedding day and take control of the situation.

I needed to speak with the bride and ask if she would be happy that we do the creative braidal party photography before the ceremony so as not to waste time.  We decided to continue down the aisle to her set music, meet her awaiting Groom and then I would announce to the guests that we had to re-arrange the schedule. We were back in 40minutes from photographing in Judges Bay and re-ran the ceremony happily. I just needed to make up 10minutes of lost time overall which was achieved by keeping the group/family photos brief and well organised.  

Overall, my experience in the wedding industry and my management of each wedding day helps each day run smoothly and remain under control. Many photographers would never have realised the celebrant was not present and the day could have been quite disrupted and photography sacrificed. 

Here's what Brenda and Ian wrote in an email to me whilst on their honeymoon.


" Hi Cate

I would just like to say a big thank you for your professionalism on Friday. Your handling of the celebrant debacle and management of the whole photography process was outstanding. It certainly relieved the pressure from Ian and I and we are very appreciative of that!

We know the photos are going to be fantastic but without even seeing these we would highly recommend you to any one considering a photographer for any special event.

Thanks again for helping to make our day a success.

Kind regards

Brenda & Ian "

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Shannon and Nigel

I photographed a wedding in Pauanui where it rained most of the day. It was just one of those muggy, misty days where if you went outside at any time, your hair would drop and you'd have a thin mist of rain on your face within seconds. Totally unpredictable.  I photographed a wedding on a day like this in Matarangi last season but the bride actually preferred it to a sunny day. Those shots were amazing too...but anyway, back to this recent wedding.  My bride was guttered which is understandable, but she did all the right things. She had bought a bunch of parasols from www.parasoul.co.nz which photographed brilliantly and she has also arranged a few huge white golf umbrella's (I have since found for $5 each at the Clearance Shed in Albany!) which fitted her and her groom underneath when we went down to the beach. Now me, well I got quite wet but that's a different story. And totally unimportant!
The shots on this day turned out amazing!  I spotted a house which had really awesome louvetec shutters and an internal courtyard. So I grabbed my umbrella and knocked on their window and asked if I could bring a big bridal party across for a few shots. They loved it. It was brilliant entertainment for a rainy day and the shots came out awesome! 
All in all, I actually prefer shooting on a misty, rainy day. I love the look on people's surprised faces when I show them the shots.  You not only get gorgeous soft light on a day like that, but you also side step the harsh shadows which are present on a sunny day (not to mention the sweaty forehead and arm pits! yuck.) 
So never fear, if you are prepared with your parasols or umbrella's we're sure to have a blast on your wedding day and the shots will look awesome!

“We found Cate Rainbow absolutely wonderful! Her creativity and ability to adapt to the weather conditions on the day was fantastic, making our wedding photos look amazing despite the rain. Cate was very relaxed and professional and we were just so thrilled with our wedding album. Friends and family have commented on how fabulous it is and that it’s the best they have seen. We would highly recommend Cate to any other Bride and Groom looking for a high standard of work.”
 – Shannon and Nigel – 31st January 2010

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I have enjoyed the last year of life in the slower lane with a new baby (now one!) but I'm now looking at booking season 2017 of weddings and I've started a new project which will be revealed before Christmas. I've been focussing on more photographic art rather than portraits. Wait and see!

Some of my most proud photography projects to date:

-Sponsored by Alfa Romeo for 2 years
-Sponsored by VW for 1 year
-Photographing Ralph Schumacher for BMW
-Chris Dixon for BMW
-Bob Geldof
-Malcolm McLaren (manager of the Sex Pistols)
-3 Cookbooks
-Head photographer for Continental Car Services for 6 years
-NZ Fashion Week for 5yrs
-Trademe founder Sam Morgan
-Multiple TV personalities
-Dexterity Productions (TV stills)
-Homegrown TV (stills)

About Cate


With 15 years in the photography industry, Cate has not only the experience but also the natural eye for detail and flare. Cate started out in the television industry, then moved to photography where she found her true passion!

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