Okay that title is slightly misleading. If what you want to do is elope in your own literal back yard, spectacular, fantastic and I’m in! But let’s take a wider view of what ‘home’ means and include this whole beautiful country especially my back yard – Central Otago and the Maniototo.
I know some of you will be looking down the barrel of changing your plans. And whatever your plans are changing from, you absolutely get to take some time to stomp around shouting that it’s not fair, because it’s not! But then you get to decide what it is you want to do – postpone till later, brilliant plan! Look at what else you might love, also a brilliant plan!
And some of you have started planning your wedding over the last few weeks, congratulations!
And some more of you just want something to read with pretty pictures that’s not about lock down life (welcome, enjoy!)
Whatever your situation, I want to share a few spots I know about around Central Otago and the Maniototo. They work whether you’re thinking big or small.
This is Oliver’s in Clyde. And they have everything, luxury, history, food that makes me unintentionally moan out loud with happiness every time I eat there, great coffee and style to die for.
Stay the night in one of their beautiful suites and get married in their front garden surrounded by lovingly tended gardens, the next day. Or we could go into the hills with a local photographer and find an amazing spot (you’ll find a whole bunch of talented photographers over on my trusted vendors page Trusted vendors.) With of course a celebratory dinner in Oliver’s award winning restaurant after!
What to do the next day? Well Clyde has a lot of delicious fine dining on offer. There’s wine tours, good coffee everywhere you look, movies, The Otago Central Rail Trail, in season there’s fruit picking… maybe I should just give you the link to Central Otago tourism! https://www.centralotagonz.com/trade-and-media/tourism-central-otago
This is Nikki and Ben’s wedding above Blue Lake at St Bathans. One of my favourite out of the way spots… After the ceremony they went to Pitches Store for a celebratory lunch, and their reviews were of the rave variety!
This is Erin and Andrew’s Naseby wedding. In the backyard of Andrew’s family crib (bach/ holiday home if you’re not from Southland).
There are a thousand (not literally) but so many beautiful, quaint holiday homes available to rent in Naseby that will not only give your whole elopement a relaxing calm vibe but look the absolute cutest in your wedding photos.
Or if relaxing for an entire weekend isn’t your thing you could combine a sweet elopement with a whole lot of mountain biking on some of Central Otago’s best tracks in Naseby Forest. https://www.centralotagonz.com/visit/naseby
And finding everything you want or need for your elopement is not a problem. Photographers, flowers, hair and make up, food, wine, a wicked awesome celebrant, Central Otago and the Maniototo have got you covered!
Whether you’re thinking big or small, happy planning and massive congratulations! And if you want to have a chat, please get in touch and we can talk about what your Central or South Otago wedding looks like and how I can help you do it #yourweddingyourway styles! Fill in the handy contact form below or all my contact details are over on my contact page. For the moment via Skype or Zoom at our respective houses is the best way to go, but feel free to make a coffee or pour a wine while we talk.