Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love, what is unique about you and your relationship:

Urvashi was recently promoted to her dream role as a new Mum. She spends her days raising our 6 month old boy, Nayan. Along with this, you will find her exploring the outdoors or trying out new recipes in the kitchen.

Divesh is a marketing guru by day, and a father/DIYer/gym junkie at all other times. He loves his cars, finding things to fix or build around the house, but most of all, coming home from work to the loving smile of his son.

We’re both easy going, love spending time with our close friends and family, enjoy exploring the wonders of New Zealand, and appreciate a good wine or two at our favourite vineyards.

Tell us why you decided to have a pre-shoot in advance of your wedding?

We’d both never experienced a professional shoot before, and we knew that time was going to be sparse on our wedding day, so we wanted to not only get comfortable in front of the camera, but make it as easy as possible for Skye to capture all of the beautiful moments before, throughout and after our wedding day.

What was the pre-shoot like?

We were able to enjoy a few shoots with Skye – an initial engagement shoot at Piha, which got both of us used to the camera. This was followed by our wedding day, which was a full-on day (6 hours of shooting). The pre-shoot was actually the ‘post-shoot’ – an opportunity to capture some more fluid shots before our intimate dinner reception the day after our wedding. 

Time was extremely limited and Skye wanted to take advantage of the golden hour. She had thought of the perfect location, which was in Auckland CBD amongst old buildings and quiet streets. We both felt super comfortable, relaxed and had a few laughs with Skye.

How did you decide on your photographer? 

Our photographer was a really important decision for us as we wanted someone to not only capture the special moments on our wedding day, but to be able to have each photo tell a special story through the emotions we expressed. 

We were able to sample some of Skye’s work through Divesh’s cousin, and were immediately drawn to her style. After meeting with Skye for an initial consult, we instantly connected and although liking her portfolio was important to us, we felt the connection with our chosen photographer was just as important, because at the end of the day, this individual is spending 12+ hours with you!

What were the benefits of having a Pre-shoot? 

It was a great way for us to get to know Skye, and simultaneously allowed Skye to get to know us as a couple. It helped us feel more relaxed and natural with her around, but more importantly gave us a chance to celebrate tying the knot after a very full-on wedding day.

Any advice for other couples planning to get married? Would you recommend a pre-shoot? 

Take the chance to meet a few photographers and be prepared to ask them questions. Share what is important to you as a couple. If you have a videographer too, make sure they can work in tandem, so you’re able to get the best of both worlds. 

Photography: @_skyecarterphotography / Divesh’s Attire and Shoes: @cranebrothers / Urvashi’s Dress: @darkpink_ldn / Rings: @naveyaandsloanejewellery / Urvashi’s shoes: @mi_piaci / Makeup and hair: @chay_roberts_makeup

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