Elope at Home

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…

Real Weddings: Steph and Scott’s Cromwell Wedding

As usual I’m writing this from my home office (kitchen table), but today I’m surrounded by my family, also working or studying from home.  If you’re reading this in the future – remember that time we all stayed home for ages because of the germs? (It’s just the easiest way to explain to a 3…

Real Weddings: Louisa & Travis

On Louisa and Travis’ wedding day they both changed their name.  I love love loved so much about their day (especially how ‘their wedding their way’ it was!) but this was my favourite part.   Growing up Travis’ maternal grandparents played a huge part in his life.  As they’d had only daughters their name would have…

To kiss or not to kiss

PDA.  You either reacted with yeah whatevs or threw up a little in your mouth. There is no right way or wrong way to feel about PDA, your own or someone else’s… but right now I’m talking about your own. Because it can feel like it’s expected of you.  That on your wedding day you…

Real Weddings: Kyle and Melissa

What has meaning and relevance is different in every relationship.  It meant a lot to Kyle and Melissa that they share their wedding day with their immediate families, but that it also be an adventure.   And so Kyle and Melissa brought their families with them to Wanaka, where they tied the knot on the…

Real Weddings: Lauren and Rick’s Gifted Wedding

I’m lucky to get to do what I love, so so SO lucky!  On April 27th I got to share some of that luck with Lauren and Ricky, the winners of the Gifted Wedding at The Port Molyneux School in Kaka Point. I couldn’t decide which photos to share… so prepare yourselves for a lot…

Real Weddings: Karli and Dan’s New Year’s Eve Heliwedding

What a wedding is, is different for every couple.  Just like what the best imaginable dinner is, is different for every person For Karli and Dan, their perfect wedding was atop a mountain in Queenstown.  With me, an amazing photographer to capture it all (big ups to Andy Brown) A wicked as tie ordered specially…

Real Weddings: Adam and Ariel

So usually when I’m booked for a wedding it’s with months or even years’ notice… and then every now and then I meet a couple like Adam and Ariel.  Adam messaged me on the Sunday and within a day we had locked them to elope at Moke Lake on the Thursday… yes that’s right 4…

What’s a Registry Wedding… and What’s a Registry Alternative?

So a registry wedding used to mean you made an appointment and went to the courthouse and were married in a courthouse room by the duty registrar.  You could have some but not many witnesses and the words of your ceremony were non-negotiable. As of June this year Births Deaths Marriages has opted to discontinue…

Real Weddings: Natalie and Callum’s Rainy Day Wedding

Here’s the thing about Central Otago – it doesn’t rain often, but occasionally it does rain, and when you book your wedding in, you have no way of knowing if your chosen date will be one of Central Otago’s few rainy days or not. When the weather doesn’t play the game you have two choices….