We’re opposites in a lot of ways, we see the world differently to one another but we have a lot of the same interests, which makes for fun adventures. When you’re traversing an exposed ridge high up in the mountains in the horizontal rain you don’t want to be arguing about whose idea it was. After we had been together for a while we got onto the subject of eloping one day, as a bit of a joke initially, but after a bit of discussion we realised that the idea really appealed to both of us. In November last year, our dreams and plans became a beautiful reality. We organised the whole thing in complete secrecy, and somehow against all odds managed to keep it under wraps until the day finally came. We flew into Queenstown through the worst turbulance I have ever had on a flight but the next day woke to clear blue skies. We had to be at the courthouse pretty early to get the paperwork done and after that we made our way along Lake Wakatipu, out to Te Anau and onto the Milford Sound Road. We had the ceremony in a valley surrounded by mountains and bush. The Sherwood had packed us an amazing hamper for the day, so we had lunch in the same spot, and then headed along the road towards Milford Sound, stopping on the way to explore and get photos. By the time we arrived at the Sounds, all of the tourist buses were leaving so it was starting to get quieter. We ended up arriving back in Queenstown just before midnight for late night burgers. We didn’t really have a structured plan for the day as such, we decided to take it at our own pace and let the spontaneity of the day prevail. There were definitely some ‘unique’ moments throughout the course of the day – Keas (native New Zealand parrots) trying to steal our food and remove the windwipers on our car. And at one of our photo stops a bus full of Chinese tourists pulled up and offloaded their group so our wedding party grew by about 50 for a couple of hilarious minutes – they thought it was fantastic. Stopping on the way back to Queenstown to watch the sun set behind the Kepler Mountains was unforgettable. The day comes and goes in a bit of a blur but it’s all these little moments that are what we’ll remember forever.
Photography – Bayly & Moore | Bride’s Dress – Decjuba | Groom’s Attire – Barkers | Location – Englinton Valley, Fiordland National Park | Flora – The Flower Room | Hair – Beautiful Bridal Hair | Makeup – EVE Makeup Artistry | Groom’s Shoes – Hannahs | Bride’s Shoes – Number 1 Shoes | Groom’s Ring – Goldsmiths Gallery Hamilton | Bride’s Ring – Family Heirloom | Celebrant – Rev. Jessica Foster | Catering – Sherwood, Queenstown | Entertainment – Keas | Special Song – ‘Disciples’ by Tame Impala