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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.

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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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Rustic Romantic Bella Vista Lodge Wedding

Not gonna lie, I teared up big time (like to the point of sniffles) after watching these two commit their love to each other in Moving Films‘ beautiful film. The Groom’s reaction was more than I could take—it made my heart swell, to say the least. And what made this day even more special were the little touches, the infusion of family and friends and of course, the gorgeous style and design. It’s the perfect way to start off Friday—see the full gallery from Maree Wilksinson!

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From the beautiful Bride…Our wedding day was better than we could have ever imagined! We loved every minute of it. We did not have a wedding planner so I planned most of it but I had lots of help from my sister who was my maid of honour, our families, wedding entourage and friends. We wanted a day where our families and friends can relax and enjoy and our wedding venue, Bella Vista Lodge, was the perfect place for that with its luxury boutique style lodge that spells indulgence. It was a bit of a drive for most of our guests but it was definitely worth it. The panoramic views were amazing and we hired the entire venue which made it even more special, exclusive and intimate. We had all our preparations, hair and make up done in the lodge. It was very relaxed and the wedding party had time to enjoy food platters and champagne while getting ready. We had the ceremony in the garden outside overlooking the picturesque hills of Tauranga and Mount Maunganui. We then had our reception in their beautiful, spacious function room.

The theme of our wedding was rustic and pinterest was a great source of ideas for the look that we were after. I had put together a wedding portfolio during the year categorising each component of our wedding from flowers, table settings, down to the design of our dessert table. Our wedding stylist was wonderful and she made our vision happen.

As it was an outdoor garden wedding, the style of our wedding ceremony included a beautiful chandelier with curtain draping and a centrepiece table resembling an altar. We also had a unity candle on the table which was part of the ceremony and both our Mums lit it symbolising the coming together of both our families. We had bible readings during the ceremony as well which incorporated our Christian beliefs. At the end of each aisle were tree trunks with jars of fresh flowers. We also had musical scores folded into cones containing rose petals which was thrown by our guests on our first walk down the aisle as a married couple. A string quartet played during the ceremony and afterwards while our guests enjoyed their canapes.

As most of our guests traveled quite a distance to attend our wedding, we ensured that they were spoiled. We had a Magnum ice cream cart which was fitting as our wedding was on a beautiful hot summer day. We also had a lemonade stand and a picnic area where guests can relax and put their feet up while having their canapes. Additionally, we hired a giant jenga and other lawn games for our younger guests.

As we wanted our wedding day to be as personalised as possible, some of our things were DIY. For instance, our escort cards were made of burlap which we then shaped into hearts. We used letter stamps on a lace for each of our guest’s name and this was individually sewn on the burlap. For our wedding favours, I was able to recycle small bottles from work which we then filled with potpourri. For its finishing touches, I used ribbons and corks that I found online. My husband’s cousin is a graphic designer so we were blessed to have her design our save the date cards and our wedding invitations, both of which were letterpress printed. We used purple baker’s twine to put the whole invitation together and had a calligrapher to hand write the names of our guests, which made it really special. My husband’s cousin also designed our wedding program which we made into a fan using popsicle sticks tied with different shades of purple ribbons.

One of the most special details in our wedding was having my grandmother’s ring which she wore since she was eighteen hanging on my wedding bouquet as my ‘something old’. My grandmother passed away a few years ago and it was my way of remembering her on such a special occasion. For my ‘something blue’, we had our initials and the date of our wedding embroidered in blue and it was sewn in my wedding gown and a matching one sewn in my husband’s suit pocket. My ‘something borrowed’ was diamond earrings from one of my bridesmaids and my ‘something new’ was a diamond necklace.

My wedding gown and veil were both from Pronovias. It took me a good few months to find my dress but it was definitely worth it as I love it very much! Our bridesmaids wore purple flowy gowns from Donna Morgan and each bridesmaid wore the design they are comfortable and confident in. They were all so gorgeous! My husband wore a grey suit from Armani and the groomsmen wore suspenders with a bow tie, which perfectly suited the theme of our wedding.

The whole wedding preparation can be quite overwhelming and brides like myself tend to get caught up with every small details, making sure that every single thing is perfect. What I realize in this whole experience is that what counts the most at the end of the day was not how well things were executed but rather the presence of loved ones, families and friends celebrating such a special occasion with us and dedicating the day and our marriage to the Lord Jesus. That in itself made our wedding memorable.

Photography: Maree Wilksinson Photography | Cinematography: Moving Films | Floral Design: A Floral Affair | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Cake Away | Brides Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Makeup Artist: Natalie De Los Santos | Hair: Beautiful Hair By Brooke Duffy | DJ: Right Royal Racket | Groom's Attire: Armani | Officiant: Mark Holt | Ceremony Music: Animato String Quartet | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Bella Vista Lodge | Dessert Table: Nona's Homemade Cakes | Jewellery: Blue Nile | Photobooth: The Amazing Travelling Photobooth | Stylist: The Heirloom

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Bohemian Inspired Backyard Wedding at Cheltenham Beach

You’ll want to sit down for this one ladies and gents. Why you ask?  Because with the help of Red Creative this couple took wedding style up a notch. With their boho-gypsy vibe and gorgeous details, every image snapped up by David St George will make you want to stop and stay awhile. See them here.

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From Red CreativeFrom the moment Richard, Jessie and her mum first described their dream for the wedding we were excited. We knew it would be personal, intimate, and loads of fun. Together we planned the wedding to be a progressive event with the guests taken on a journey from the welcome drink until the final dance.

All of the paper goods were designed by the talented bride and included marbled backgrounds and a gilt gemstone monogram. This design was incorporated throughout the wedding on bar fronts and signage.

On arrival, guests were treated to an iced wedding tea cocktail in the bar tent and then mingled on the lawn enjoying music in the relaxed lounge spaces.

The ceremony took place over the pool on a custom built stage. The bride wore a spectacular sequinned gown and carried an organic bouquet of tulips, dahlias, garden roses, berries, snapdragon, asparagus fern, lisianthus and beech foliage.

Guest’s were invited to participate in the ceremony by each adding a flower to an arrangement begun by Jessie, Richard and Richard’s daughter.

Following the ceremony canapés were circulated and guests were ushered across the road to McHugh’s Restaurant which had been transformed with coloured lighting, draping and tablescapes with natural linen cloths, sequinned overlays and centrepieces of floral, potted ferns, antlers, succulents, vegetables and fruit.

For dessert and dancing we transformed the house once again. Bringing it to life with lighting including festoon bulbs, chandeliers and lanterns suspended from the magnificent pohutukawa trees. Dessert was a selection of homemade treats contributed by friends and family members as well as the most impressive cheese board served with whisky.

They danced the night away under the stars by the ocean and the pool.

From The Bride…Our wedding was at my parents home, we wanted it to be comfortable and welcoming for our guests with a gypsy-bohemian vibe. Red Creative jumped on board our magic carpet, took the steering wheel and transported my parents home into another realm! They were so competent that the whole process was not only a breeze but enjoyable too. Being creatives ourselves we know the importance of trust with a client, when you have a clients trust you know you can work at your best and give the best results. This was our attitude with Red Creative, we loved their work and knew they would do an amazing job so trusted them completely. We were included in the fun parts of the process, and didn’t have to deal with the not so fun bits, so it was great!. Nothing was impossible for the Red Creative team.

Photography: David St George | Event Design: Red Creative | Floral Design: Red Creative | Reception Venue: Mchugh's Of Cheltenham | Lighting: La Lumiere | Celebrant: Yogamani Marriage Celebrant | Beer: Hopscotch Beer Company | Furniture: Villa Kula NZ | Planning: Red Creative | Tents: Raj Tent Club NZ