Ever since I can remember, I’ve dreamt of immersing myself in a styled photoshoot. Not only would it allow me to connect with talented vendors in the wedding industry, but I knew it had the potential to be an extraordinary experience.

Driven by my all-or-nothing mentality, I delved into the planning process. What aesthetic did I envision for this styled shoot? What vibes did I want to emanate, and where would this vision find its perfect canvas?

These questions are where all of my planning started. After some deep thought, I realised that I had always envisioned a truly breathtaking setting for my own wedding one day. While I am fortunate to live in the beautiful New Zealand, I wanted this photoshoot to be something different, a location that would truly capture the essence of love and dreams. I instantly knew that Europe was the ultimate destination for me, a place that held so many dreams and so much love in my heart. Imagining and dreaming of an Italian wedding made my vision come to life.

I envisioned this styled photoshoot to inspire fellow New Zealanders. A unique and captivating collection of images that demonstrates that even if circumstances prevent us from traveling abroad, we can still create a stunning European-style wedding right here in our own beautiful country. All we have to do, is think outside the box because guess what? I have a wee secret for you… it’s all in the details!

Lisa – With Love, Auckland

When it came to turning my dreams into reality, there was one vendor I absolutely had to have onboard – Lisa from With Love. This incredible Auckland based wedding planner and stylist has become not just a trusted professional, but also a dear friend.

With her expert guidance, my thoughts and ideas were taken to a whole new level. Lisa’s execution exceeded my wildest expectations. She truly went above and beyond for me, and I have no doubt she treats all her wedding couples with the same exceptional care!


Abby – Puketutu Island Estate, Auckland

I have to say, the venue you manage Abby is absolutely breath-taking! The look and aesthetic of my vision were executed flawlessly at Puketutu Island Estate. Abby was amazing to work with, helping to facilitate all the plans with ease. The communication was clear and the process was seamless. I can’t express how grateful I am that my first styled shoot took place at such a luxurious location. Honestly, I couldn’t believe my eyes, it was like a dream come true! Thank you for everything, Abby.


Brooke – Brooke Tyson Ritual, Auckland

Let me tell you about the woman who ignited my passion for styled wedding photoshoots. I had the privilege of capturing two of Brookes’ stunning gowns during the 22/23 wedding season, and I was absolutely blown away. The way her designs perfectly complemented my photography style was like a match made in heaven. I just knew I had to photograph more of her incredible pieces!

From the very beginning, I was drawn to Brooke’s talent and knew she had to be part of my styled shoot. Her designs were exactly what I needed to bring my vision to life. If you’re searching for a wedding gown that is truly unique and will transport you to a cherished moment in time, then I urge you to get in touch with Brooke today. Her gowns are in a league of their own.

Brooke, I am so grateful for everything you brought to this shoot. Without you, it simply wouldn’t have been the same. Thank you for your remarkable work.


Chris – Crane Brothers, Auckland

When it came to selecting the perfect attire for the groom, I had lofty aspirations. I wasn’t interested in just any suit, I wanted something truly exceptional and luxurious. That’s why I reached out to Crane Brothers, an incredible bespoke tailor known for their impeccable craftsmanship and high-quality products. When I received an email back from Chris, it felt like winning the lottery! I knew that having Crane Brothers on board would elevate this entire styled shoot. If you’re searching for a suit that will not only stand the test of time in terms of quality, but also make a lasting impression, Crane Brothers is the place to go. Thank you, Chris, for your passion and trust in this project.


Courtney and Nick – Models and Real Couple

Let me share a little story with you. About 5 years ago, a young woman named Eilish was shopping at Glassons and couldn’t resist spending some money she probably shouldn’t have. But then, something amazing happened. She spotted a beautiful woman working behind the counter. Without hesitation, Eilish approached this captivating woman and boldly asked if she was a model. And that’s how it all began.

Courtney, the stunning woman, agreed to let Eilish capture her portrait. They had an incredible photoshoot in a sunflower field and quickly became friends. As I started planning this styled photoshoot, I pondered the idea of using professional models. But deep down, I knew I wanted the connection between the couple to be genuine.

Then it hit me! I realised that there was no need to search far and wide for models. I knew a gorgeous pair right there in Auckland who would be willing to have their photograph taken. And that pair is none other than Courtney and Nick. I am at a loss for words when it comes to describing just how amazing they were!

I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to Courtney and Nick for being a part of my exciting journey. I am so thankful that you trusted me and my vision. I know it wasn’t an easy task for Nick, who is your typical kiwi bloke. But wow, I have no doubt that when I capture your actual wedding next year, you and Courtney will absolutely shine.

You are one of the most stunning couple I have ever had the pleasure of capturing. Thank you for being a part of this incredible experience with me.

Prita – Prita Fermah Makeup, Bay of Plenty

You are my dearest friend, and I couldn’t imagine working on this project without you. I wanted our team of amazing vendors to bring their creative and unique styles to the table while still staying true to the vision. When I shared this with you, you came up with an absolutely stunning wedding look that I had never seen before. Your talent is truly incredible, and I am so grateful for your contribution. The effortless, air-brushed skin combined with the sultry eyes and pop of peachy pink tied in perfectly with the florals of the day. Thank you for being the best!


Layla -Layla Kaisi Collection, Auckland

Meet Layla, the renowned jeweller making waves in New Zealand. Her exquisite, made-to-order engagement rings are the talk of the town! From the very start of her journey, I knew I had to have her gorgeous designs. Each piece is truly captivating and one-of-a-kind, boasting a wide range of intricate styles. And that’s not all – Layla also offers a stunning selection of earrings and necklaces that perfectly complement her bespoke rings. Working with Layla on my styled shoot was an absolute pleasure, and I’m so grateful to have found a good friend in this incredible industry. Watching Layla flourish and make her mark in this exciting world has been nothing short of inspiring.


Kayleigh – Kayleigh Creates, Hamilton

I feel incredibly thankful that I stumbled upon Kayleigh and her amazing Instagram profile. I had been searching high and low for a hairstylist who could bring my vision to life, and when I saw Kayleigh’s work, I just knew she was the perfect fit! Not only is she incredibly talented with hair, but she’s also a skilled makeup artist. If you’re in need of someone who can do both, Kayleigh is the person for you! She absolutely nailed the brief by working with the model’s natural hair part and creating a stunning look that effortlessly captures the essence of a European destination. Thank you, Kayleigh, for your incredible talent!


Urban Gourmet, Auckland

Indulge in the irresistible delights of Urban Gourmet! From delectable sushi to freshly baked scones and macaroons, their mouth-watering selection will leave you craving for more. Our team was beyond grateful for the generous and beautiful spread they provided. A heartfelt thank you to Urban Gourmet!


Ainsley and Michelle – Floral Centric, Auckland

This amazing mother-daughter florist team made my floral dreams a true reality!! I shared my mood board to convey the desired aesthetic and colour scheme for my styled photo session, and they flawlessly brought it to life. Their vintage yet timeless floral arrangements transport you to a truly enchanting and romantic scene. I am immensely grateful for their incredible work in bringing my floral dreams to life. Thank you ladies for your incredible mahi, I was in awe!


Dena – Willow Lane Events, Auckland

Looking for exquisite European-style furniture? Look no further than Dena from Willow Lane Events! The key to achieving a perfect wedding look lies in the details, and Dena’s stunning pieces made our table-scape truly shine. The deep brown, French-inspired chairs were a personal favourite of mine, effortlessly transporting us to a charming French cafe. Thank you, Dena, for adding that touch of elegance!


Courtney and Marie – Royal Laboratorie, Hamilton

I’ve gotta say it again – nailing that perfect look for your wedding is all about the details. Lisa from With Love, she is the genius behind those stunning table-scapes. And let me tell you, when it comes to high-end, destination-style table and glassware, she knew exactly where to turn. Courtney and Marie provided us with the perfect items for our European styled shoot. The standout for me? Those gorgeous off-white frill plates. I wish I could stock my whole cupboard at home with them! Thank you for bringing the that luxury, destination-feel to our styled photoshoot, Courtney and Marie, from Royal Lab.


Lily – Drape Linen, Auckland

Searching for the ultimate linen to adorn your tables and amaze your wedding party? Look no further than Lily from Drape Linen. Her gorgeous products effortlessly brought our entire table-scape together! The earthy tones flawlessly complemented every element, weaving a cohesive masterpiece. Gratitude to Lily and your amazing business for completing the puzzle!


Amanda – Inker Tinker, Auckland

Wow! I was blown away by Amanda’s incredible work. Her attention to detail and creativity are truly unmatched. She completely exceeded my expectations and brought my vision to life. I was absolutely in love with the stunning designs she created. When it’s my turn to get married, there’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll be reaching out to Amanda. Thank you so much for your amazing talent and hard work, Amanda!


Lynda – Crystal and Cord, Hamilton

I turned to the social media community for recommendations on a New Zealand-owned company that offers beautiful, custom-made hair accessories for weddings. A name that popped up was Crystal and Cord, run by the talented Lynda. Once I took a closer look, I couldn’t contain my excitement at how her pieces could instantly enhance our wedding looks. If you’re in the market for unique, high-quality accessories that are made in New Zealand, you absolutely have to check out what Lynda has to offer. I was so impressed that I can’t wait to get my own Crystal and Cord products in the near future. Thank you, Lynda!


Melissa – Nectar Photography, Auckland

Mel, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for the amazing job you did capturing all the behind the scenes moments of our exciting project. This project was incredibly important to me, as it was a labor of love that I poured my heart into. Having you there to document all the hard work and dedication that went into it was truly a blessing.

I cannot thank you enough for your professionalism and skill. Thanks to you, I can now revisit and relive a day that not only stands out as a highlight in my career, but in my life as well!



August 17, 2023

A European styled wedding at Puketutu Island Estate, captured by Eilish Burt Photography

A Dream Come to Life: My European Styled Photoshoot | Puketutu Island Estate, Auckland

Eilish Burt


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  1. Eilish!! These are incredibly stunning! Your portraits are pieces of artwork, I love how you’ve included motion and the warm dreamy tones. I love the group photo at the end – so much talent and heart poured into this Styled Shoot. Well done xxx

  2. Tom says:

    So good. Well done Eilish!