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Best Documentary Wedding Photographer, Wairarapa, Global Wedding Awards 2023


Bride and groom run through the rain towards their outdoor marquee wedding, Masterton, Wairarapa

I'm so happy and humbled to be able to finally announce that I've received a Global Wedding Award from LUX Lifestyle Magazine!


Best Documentary Wedding Photographer 2023 - Wairarapa


bride wearing sunglasses and a white dress singing on a dark dance floor, Wairarapa wedding photographer Lucalia Photography

Business award

The Global Wedding Awards recognise successful and professionally run businesses. Congratulations to all the winners. It's truly an honour to be in the company of such great fellow wedding businesses across the globe.


Sometimes being a wedding photographer can be a pretty lonely job. Being recognised as the best Wairarapa wedding photographer; for all the late nights; weekend time away from our family; and imposter syndrome feels just gives us a little pep in our step.


"The awards programme supports those dedicated individuals and businesses who bring dreams to life, and ultimately influence the happiness of many. Spanning the entirety of the sector – from wedding venues to cake designers, to planners and digital planning software – the Global Wedding Awards 2023 aim to provide each valued vendor with the opportunity to showcase their excellence. In doing so, we hope to congratulate and applaud each for their hard work and well-earned successes!"



groom assisting a bride to climb onto an old tree stump in a forest park, Wairarapa wedding photographer, Lucalia Photography

Documentary wedding photography

To be awarded specifically in the category of documentary wedding photography, makes my heart sing. It's something I'm incredibly passionate about, which most people are unaware of.


Documentary photography captures what naturally occurs in front of the camera, without direction, staging or posing. It is not forced or fake.

This style of photography tells your story through the capture of real moments. It documents events you would normally do on that day, even if the photographer wasn't there.

Memories are expertly documented through the photographer's people skills; emotional intelligence; years of experience; use of composition and light; observation, patience and anticipation.



close up of a bride wearing a blue wedding dress with her ring finger illuminated by a shaft of light, Wairarapa wedding photographer, Lucalia Photography

Thank you to my awesome outdoorsy couples

I couldn't have achieved this award without the incredible support of my wonderful couples and their fantastic whānau I have had the privilege to capture. Thank you so much for trusting me to capture one of the most important days of your lives so far. I love bringing my creativity to document your vision for your wedding. Your style is my style: I love the natural, outdoor ceremony locations you choose; the organic, native florals; and meaningful, personal touches.


Your feedback and kind words mean so much.



wide angle photograph of Taureka Estate wedding venue homestead from the tennis court with a bride walking towards the house, Wairarapa wedding photographer, Lucalia Photography

Feel free to check out my Wairarapa wedding photography.


Lots of love, Sarah xx

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