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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: Carmencita Film Lab

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10 Pretty Things We Love About: Sunshine Weddings – Film & Photo

We’re happy people, we like happy films.” And with that, I knew I was going to really like Sunshine Weddings – Film & Photo. I eagerly dived in to learn more about this husband and wife dynamic duo who capture weddings all around Queenstown, New Zealand. They’ve got all the right info on where to get inspired and how to choose that wedding videographer that best tells your story. See it all below – and head over to their profile to see some of their best work!

1. How did you get into wedding films?

It’s been many years now! Scott started way back in the day with large bulky video cameras and long (pretty dull) documentary edits. A wedding photographer friend of his suggested he should look at wedding videography as at that time there was no one local doing it. He had been a professional skydiver and was looking for a new direction after a bad crash. I have a background in publishing with a design degree and studied photography so it made sense that after we met and married I joined the team. It’s been evolving ever since.

2. What’s your personal motto, or a phrase that inspires you creatively?

Making people smile.

3. Can you describe your aesthetic in three words?

Individual: The biggest thing for us is that every film should reflect the couple’s individual personalities. We don’t work to formulas and never start with preconceived ideas about how it should be. Rather the filming, editing, audio, music and even colour grade will be informed by what we know of the couple and the wedding day itself.

Happy: We’re happy people, we like happy films. That doesn’t mean that’s all they’re about, wedding days are layered events with a huge range of emotion involved so there will possibly be parts in there that will bring a tear to the eye too. However every wedding we have been to is overwhelmingly a happy affair so we want people to simply feel good after watching one of our films.

Real: It can be a challenge to make films that remain about a couple and not about the filmmaker or editor. We film real people, not actors or models so it’s not always about the most beautiful shot or a tricky filming technique but simply capturing and telling the story in an authentic, honest way. Being able to do this really comes down to the relationship and trust we have with couples so this is an important part of the process.

4. What are three things you can’t live without?

1. Family: Our daughter is about to turn three and is getting more interesting and funnier every day (and louder).
2. Good wine and conversation at the end of a long day.
3. Laughter.

5. Where do you find inspiration?

In wide open spaces and time to let the mind wander, think randomly and be open to whatever comes along.

6. What’s your favorite social media platform?

We’re a bit late to it but are getting a little addicted to Instagram. Clients have been loving an extra 15sec Instagram teaser clip and we will be doing wedding photography as well as films for summer 2015-2016 so we are looking forward to putting some new work up.

7. What is a film detail that often gets overlooked, that you wish got more attention in the planning process?

Time. And by that I mean a couple allowing more time on the day to relax and experience the moment. As filmmakers it’s the spontaneous, candid moments we want to capture. And these don’t happen when a stressed couple is running from place to place following a ridiculously tight schedule! It’s your wedding day, stop and enjoy it and we’ll get those moments on film.

8. What do you think is the most important question a client can ask, when deciding who to hire for their wedding’s filmmaker?

Who does your editing? Whether it’s an in-house editor with strong studio interaction and a consistent style or freelancers. Good post production takes a long time and especially for large, busy studios it’s often necessary to outsource editing from a business perspective. However it’s such an integral, creative part of the process. If the editor is a person you develop a relationship with before the day, who gets to know you, films on the day, so knows every moment captured, talks to your friends and family, experiences the atmosphere and emotion of the wedding and sees from first hand experience what you’re all about, it will make for a more personal film. Editing and post-production is where all the puzzle pieces come together and the story starts. Scott edits all our films and when working on a wedding film we both critique throughout the process and ask 1. Does this reflect the couple and 2. Is this a “Sunshine” film.

9. What’s been your proudest professional accomplishment as a wedding filmmaker?

Spending up to 20 hours on a wedding day and travelling home with Scott knowing that we still like each other and respect each others work.

10. When you’re not working, what do you like to do for fun?

Going on family adventures, beach trips, mountain biking, making stuff, good wine and conversation, cooking… We’re incredibly lucky that we live in a peaceful, beautiful part of the world and have the freedom to do these things.

See some of Sunshine Weddings – Film & Photo’s best clips here!

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Photography: Sunshine Wedding Films | Videography: Sunshine Wedding Films | Calligraphy: Lauren

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Vintage Chic Lace + Cherry Blossom Wedding Inspiration

Get ready dear readers because we’re about to bring a dose of sunshine to your screen. Thanks to the talented hands of Wanaka Wedding Flowers paired with the talented lens of Fluidphoto this is one inspiration you’re going to want to pin PRONTO! From the fab floral crown, to the something blue seating, we’ve got it all waiting in THE VAULT!

From Blossom and Lace was inspired by all the cherry blossom in spring as it creates a romantic theme and works well with a lace dress and feathers. We wanted to incorporate some vintage ware and Shirley from Wanaka Wedding Flowers styled the shoot in her own garden under 25 cherry trees that line the drive as well as using items from her large range of hire props. Just like with a real wedding, some special props were used. One prop was an Ostrich feather cape which Shirley’s father brought back from South Africa in 1949 when he played rugby there with the New Zealand All Blacks. Pri from Ican models had the look in that gorgeous gown by Essense of Australia , enhanced by Janine our make up artist and Sally, the hair stylist, to create something exotic while Ruth, from Fluidphoto, captured it all.

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Photography: Fluidphoto, Ruth Brown | Floral Design: Wanaka Wedding Flowers | Wedding Dress: House Of Kavina, Hilary Samuelson | Makeup Artist: Janine Joseph | Hairstylist: Sally Sharp | Linens: Pacific Linen, Jody Van Strik | Model: Victoria Booth - ICAN Models