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Touching Wedding Video from Queenstown, New Zealand

This video just made my day. All my worries disappeared, thanks to this love story. Sunshine Wedding Films took an already beautiful wedding and turned it into a piece of art, capturing the emotional words of one eloquent groom and some of the prettiest sights I ever did see. So forget your troubles and fall in love with love over this clip, and full gallery by Larsson Photography, below.


From Sunshine Wedding Films… This particular film is our all-time favourite. It’s a short trailer for a local NZ couple who travelled to the resort town of Queenstown for a very intimate wedding of just 23 guests. Casey is originally from China, George from Chile, they met at university in Christchurch and their family came from all over the globe to be here.

We made this film to be deliberately about Casey and George and the intimacy shared between them on their wedding day – it’s possibly the most romantic one we’ve done. The film is interspersed with parts of a beautiful poem read by George to his wife and shows off multiple, stunning locations – a small private lake, an old woolshed, a mountain-top shoot on the Southern Alps and an underground winery barrel-room. We also included a little bit of stop-motion and time lapses to add to the whimsy of the film.

They had their ceremony on a small jetty by a lake at Bendemeer, which is an exclusive development on the outskirts of Queenstown and their reception at an old woolshed at Peregrine Winery. With amazing heartfelt styling from Queenstown planner Laura from Mint Events, the woolshed was transformed into a magical and whimsical space with a butterfly theme which echoed details on Casey’s dress and jewellery. (She wore two dresses from well-known NZ designer Louise Anderson Bridal on the day – a white lace wedding dress followed by a gorgeous red one for the reception) There was incredible attention to detail in every aspect of this wedding from the cake and cake pops right through to the notepaper on the wishing trees. Amazing photos were captured by Fredrik Larsson of Larsson Photography – a gentleman to work with.

We LOVE this film as Casey particularly has a serenity which is transfixing on screen. She and George were amazing to work with and trusted us to do whatever we asked of them. Every time in front of a camera they seemed to forget we were there and we were able to capture moments of two people who simply adore each other. Pretty much why we make wedding films.

Photography: Larsson Photography | Cinematography: Sunshine Wedding Films | Event Planning: Mint Events | Floral Design: The Flower Room | Wedding Dress: Louise Anderson Bridal Design | Cake: Cherry Blossom Cakes | Ceremony Location: Bendemeer | Reception Venue: Peregrine Winery | Hair Stylist: Absolutely Fabulous Hair | Band: LA Social Club | Fairy Lights: Wanaka Marquee And Party Hire | Helicopters: Over The Top | Transport: Classic Car Journeys

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New Zealand Wedding Film from Noelle Williams Photography

I love, love, LOVE wedding films. They make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and always, always make me shed a tear or two. And when they are as adorable as this one from Noelle Williams Photography, I can’t help but smile from ear to ear. It’s why I thank my lucky stars my job is to share it with all of you – so sit back, hit play, and get ready for an onset of happiness…

Photography + Cinematography: Noelle Williams Photography | Ceremony + Reception Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

New Zealand Wedding from Peta Mazey

I’m pretty sure if I was invited to this wedding captured by Peta Mazey, I would still be there. Because there is no way I’d ever want to leave.  Not only was it hosted at the Groom’s gorgeous family farm, but it is overflowing with personal touches crafted by this duo and their talented family. I’m talking personalized, hand made spoons for each guests – that level of personal. From the dress to the flowers to the cake and right down to the food they ate, this talented group of folks created not just a lovely wedding, but one with a whole lot of heart. See it all here.

From Peta MazeyChloe and Matt’s Taupo, New Zealand wedding was a total DIY showcase, with nearly every detail being overseen by the couple and their friends and family. The wedding was held on Matt’s family dairy farm, with an addition to a hay barn being made to make for the perfect reception venue. The ceremony was officiated by Chloe’s grandmother and Matt’s family minister. Matts sister hand made the personalized spoons for each guest, the boys hunted all the meat for the day. One of Chloes sisters designed the dress and her school friend made it. Chloe even baked her own cake and decorated it with flowers from Matt’s mother’s garden. Chloe’s friend Liora from Toodles Noodles was the head designer/decorator and other friends pitched in to do flowers and hair. The list goes on and on… This couple have some talented loved ones. Beyond all the pretty details it was a day full of joy and love and fun, reflective of this awesome couple. The cricket was a hit, with the bride even having a bat in her wedding dress!

Photography: Peta Mazey | Styling + Stationery: Toodles Noodles | Caterer: The Mihi Cafe | Tents: Wildernest | Band: The Unfaithful Ways | Hair: Jenna Grey + Caroline Antonsen | Makeup: Lucy, Beauty on Location

Auckland New Zealand Wedding from Sutherland Kovach Studio

I spend my day dreaming. Dreaming of the most perfect details, of the sweetest love stories, and dreaming of the celebrations that bring them all together. So when I come across a wedding like this one from Sutherland Kovach Studio - a wedding I swear is prettier than I could even dream up – I make sure to cozy up real close. And when its all topped off with a Jenny Packham gown that just happens to be too pretty for words – we’re left with a wedding that’s being filed under my favorites for sure. See so much more here.


From Sutherland Kovach StudioRebecca and Mat decided to fly to Rebecca’s hometown of Auckland, New Zealand for a summery wedding in December at the gorgeous Mantells of Mt Eden. They chose to do a first look before the actual ceremony to maximize their time with their photographers and their guests. Mat waited for Rebecca on a secluded beach, with an amazing view of Auckland’s renowned Rangitoto Island.  At the wedding venue guests mingled to sweet sounds of jazz music and sipped on special concoctions of sentimental cocktail mixes. Rebecca and Mat put a lot of thought and time into creating a wedding with details that everyone could interact with on the day. A gorgeous time capsule in the form of a vintage suitcase was created to hold a recipe for longevity and rekindling when it is opened. Guests were encouraged to write special messages at the reception and Mat and Rebecca exchanged love letters along with their vows which went into the time capsule along with their favourite wines and other treasured memories of their journey so far. 

Wedding Photography: Sutherland Kovach Studio | Wedding Venue: Mantells Mt Eden in Auckland, New Zealand | Event Planning + Design: Bride+ Groom | Wedding Stationery: Bride+ Groom | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin

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Sarnia Park Wedding by Lavara Wedding Photography

There is nothing like some sweet romance to cure those moody Monday blues real fast!  We are bringing it by the bucket full this fine morning with a New Zealand stunner by Lavara Wedding Photography.  With a mix of feminine antique pieces and fun DIY projects by the lovely bride and her family you know you are in for a real treat.  See it all in the full gallery!

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From the Bride…Florence has been called the Athens of the middle ages, and the beautiful home of the Renaissance looked stunning when we arrived there in the European summer of 2010. It hadn’t yet been a year since we first laid eyes on each other, but we were in the middle of our overseas adventure through Europe, and somehow Max had chosen the perfect place to propose. There were roses, fine Italian food and wine, and a street musician – all which fell into place seamlessly and without plan, as if fate was lending a hand. We walked the cobbled streets home that evening and when we got to the famous Piazza Michelangelo, overlooking the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo and the luminescent Tuscan city itself, Max finally got down on one knee. Being eager to begin our new lives together the planning for our wedding began the moment we had our feet back on home soil.

After the trip of a lifetime, and with both of us embarking on new university studies, there wasn’t too much money to go around. With a little innovation – and a lot of generosity, creativity and inspiration from friends, family, and our florist (Petal Passion) – we pulled things together for less. The theme was romantic antique. My mum utilised her scrapbooking skills to make gorgeous invitations (pearls, ribbons, embossing), and her best friend was enlisted to make the cake, provide the canapés, and do our make-up. To save on the table decorations, arrangements of old books, doily’s, strings of pearls, china, silver, pewter, glass and crystal were thrown together. Most of these coming from my Grandma’s estate and my Mum’s antique collections. These charming centre-pieces tied in well with both the old elegance of Sarnia Park and the lace and pearl detailing of my dress.

We had both the ceremony and the reception at Sarnia Park. The guests were able to enjoy the beautiful grounds awash with autumn colour for the afternoon while the bridal party were whisked around the nooks and crannies of the venue for photos. The reception was an incredible time for us, celebrating with all our loved ones – the perfect start to the rest of our lives together.

Venue: Sarnia Park / Floral Design: Petal Passion / Invitations: Mother of the Bride / Wedding Photography: Lavara Wedding Photography