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This Bride + Groom Arrived to Their Mountaintop Elopement in a Helicopter

Reason number 1,416 why you should hire a videographer for your wedding comes courtesy of this beautiful Bride and Groom: “Since most of our family and friends wouldn’t be able to attend, we agreed that having a beautiful video of our wedding day to share was a priority.” And thanks to Sunshine Weddings – Film & Photo, they got the video — and the wedding — of their dreams! See every magic moment from their special day now in The Vault!

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From The Bride and Groom…Q: Tell us about yourselves. How did you meet? How did you get engaged?
A: (Jackson) Outside of my regular career in finance, I follow my lifelong passion for music. I met Maridith at a very old, very small church in Houston where I sang on Sundays. After many a hot summer Sunday catching each other for quick chats after the service, I finally asked her out. Several years and an overseas secondment later, I asked her to be my wife. Through her devoted love of travel, we have explored so many breathtaking parts of the world, and our wedding in Queenstown was definitely no exception.

Q: Tell us about any DIY or personal elements included in your wedding.
A: (Maridith) The gorgeous backdrop of Stoneridge Estate and Cecil Peak didn’t need much as far as decor, but with Jackson’s love of music, we had to include a little something special. By luck we found an amazing cellist, Tomas Hurnik, willing to travel from Christchurch for the day to play the most beautiful Bach suites. His music filled the tiny chapel and added the perfect personal touch to our ceremony.

Q. What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?
A: (Maridith) While I’d always loved the idea of running away together, a destination wedding on the other side of the world wasn’t something Jackson (very much a traditionalist) had ever really considered. But once we started cultivating the idea of a “weddingmoon” to celebrate our marriage and his growing love for travel, it was full steam ahead! An intimate church ceremony, where we could both enjoy the day and really focus on the commitment we were making to each other was what we ultimately envisioned. Having lived for a while in Australia and always regretting not making it over to New Zealand, it didn’t take long to decide it would be the perfect place to begin married life and indulge in a honeymoon adventure.

Q: What was the inspiration behind the day?
A: (Maridith) In two words, relaxed and happy. We both wanted our wedding day to be one that we could look back on and remember all the little details and what we were feeling in those moments, creating a day that was relaxed leading up to the ceremony and that let every happy moment sink in. Having the amazing Minetta at The Wedding Company to organize all the vendors and details certainly helped to make that happen!

Q: Tell us about your choice of wedding location.
A: (Maridith & Jackson) That part was easy–once deciding on New Zealand as our destination, it essentially came down to “where do Melissa and Scott from Sunshine Wedding Films travel?” Since most of our family and friends wouldn’t be able to attend, we agreed that having a beautiful video of our wedding day to share was a priority. We came across Melissa and Scott’s films in researching elopement style weddings and fell absolutely in love with their work. From there, Queenstown and the magnificent views from The Chapel by the Lake at Stoneridge Estate was where we finally landed. Queenstown weather certainly delivered on the day, and we came back with a fantastic film and stunning photos that truly captured the best moments from the day.

Q: Tell us about your flowers, your gown etc.
A: (Maridith) I had the most gorgeous bridal bouquet done by Sarah at The Flower Room, Queenstown. The pale pink peonies mixed with peach roses and freesia were perfection. She also did my lovely bridesmaid Claire’s bouquet and a precious halo for her sweet daughter and our flower girl, Chloé. My dress was actually a round two selection! Breaking the cardinal rule of wedding dresses, I fell in love with another Tadashi Shoji dress after purchasing the first. The delicate lace and keyhole back of the second were exactly what I’d envisioned.

Q: Favourite memories of the day.
A: (Maridith & Jackson) We had so many memorable moments from the day! One of our favorite memories was getting to celebrate with a dozen friends who literally traveled to the ends of the earth to support and celebrate with us. We’re eternally grateful. The heli ride to Cecil Peak with pristine views of Lake Wakatipu after our ceremony is definitely another moment we’ll always cherish.

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Photography: Sunshine Wedding Films | Cinematography: Sunshine Wedding Films | Event Planning: Minette Hope - The Wedding Company | Floral Design: The Flower Room | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Ceremony Venue: Chapel By The Lake | Reception Venue: Corcomroe Abbey | Hair + Makeup: Crew Stylists Of Hair | Bridal Boutique: BHLDN | Cellist: Tomas Hurnik | Helicopter: Heliworks

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Elegant French Chateau Gilded Wedding Inspiration

If I could, I’d move right into this little gallery and take up residence. Because honestly, does it get any better?! The answer is no, no it doesn’t. With Feather And Stone behind the lens snapping up every elegant detail dreamed up by Victoria Cameron, this is one inspiration that is beautiful beyond words. Find your own meaning to the magic in The Vault!

From Feather And StoneTaking inspiration from the French inspired Deux Belettes Guest House we tell a story of romance. The humble girl feels a sense of vulnerability as she prepares herself to love and to be loved. The mood for this shoot was sensual yet delicate and quite. The MXM dresses say so much already we didn’t need to accessorize the story with too many details.

Everything from the beautiful florals to handwritten calligraphy complimented the intricate details of each MXM gown. The girl seems to melt away behind the hand beaded bodes and layers of hand dyed tool. Her hair and makeup was subtle yet defined enough to speak her natural beauty.

The Guest House was so detailed, so authentic we didn’t have to do a thing and just to create some contrast we used a backdrop in a naturally lit room to document the finer details of the day. There is beauty in simplicity.

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Photography: Feather And Stone | Event Design + Styling: Victoria Cameron | Floral Design: Rose Apple Flowers | Wedding Dress: MXM Couture | Hair + Makeup: Tracie Weaver | Calligraphy: Michaela McBride Calligraphy | Decoration: The Collector & Co | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Model: Savhanna

This New Zealand Engagement Shoot is a Virtual Beach Vacation

Grab your bikini and put on your sunnies, because this New Zealand engagement shoot from Celine Chhuon Photography is almost as good as a beach vacation. The black sand beach, the white sand dunes, the dramatic cliffs, and that wild and gorgeous moth vine bouquet add up to create some seriously breathtaking photos. Escape to all the pretty in The Vault!


From Celine Chhuon PhotographyThis engagement shoot took place on the beautiful black sand beach of Bethells in New Zealand, we set to shoot early morning which provided us with this wonderful fog surrounding the rocks.

Bethells beach is the epitome of the natural beauty of New Zealand, it is not only surrounded by the ocean but also rocks, caves, white sand dunes and freshwater streams. Maddie and Theo wanted to incorporate this organic beauty into the details such as shells, salt and fern (National symbol), and Sarah the florist created this gorgeous wild bouquet with Moth vines.

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Photography: Celine Chhuon Photography | Floral Design: Horrobin And Hodge | Wedding Dress: A la Robe | Stationery + Calligraphy: Nice Plume | Venue: Bethells Beach | Film Processing: CarmencitaLab

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