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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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Whimsical

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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Queenstown, New Zealand Wedding from Alpine Image Company

When a wedding is this beautiful, you have to stop and stay awhile.  Or more accurately, stop and stare awhile.  Because days like this?  They are sooo chock-full of beautiful details and sooo filled with magical moments, you need more than just a few minutes to soak it all in.  From the breathtaking Stoneridge Estate setting to the beautiful blooms from The Flower Room to the gallery of gorgeous captured by Alpine Image Company, it’s what we call a swoon-fest from start to finish.  See it all right here.

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From the Bride… Simplistic timeless elegance are the words that come to mind when I reflect on our beautifully perfect wedding day. On our wedding day we woke up at the stunning Arrowfield Luxury Apartments, to crystal clear out of this world scenery; which is standard at this diamond of a location. As the day proceeds, Nadine captures special moments which depict our intense feelings of love and joy. She portrays the beauty of our bridal party, the caring support of our family and the attention to detail, which all lead to an idea that love is the moment that lasts forever. 

Wedding Photography: Nadine from Alpine Image Company | Ceremony Venue: The Chaple by the Lake, Stoneridge Estate in Lake Hayes, Queenstown, New Zealand | Reception Location: Stoneridge Estate in Lake Hayes, Queenstown, New Zealand | Event Planning: The Bride | Floral Design: Sarah from The Flower Room | Wedding Cake: Melissa from Cherry Blossom Cakes | Favors: Devonport Chocolates | Wedding Invitations: Jessica from Huetopia Design | Transportation: Classic Carriage | Wedding Dress: Bliss by Monique Lhuillier | Bride’s Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. + Michael Hill | Bride’s Veil + Pins: Natalie Chan | Bride’s Nail Art: Cherry Nails | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaids Jewelry: Pandora | Groom + Groomsmen Atire: Belmoral Suit Hire | Hair: Crew Haircutters | Makeup: Lauren Weir, Maid of Honor

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New Zealand Wedding by Simply Perfect Events & Experiences

Happy Wedding Wednesday, SMPers!  Are you ready for a morning, noon and night of stunning weddings and a plethora of swoon-worthy inspiration to pretty up your day?  We sure hope so, because we have quite the lineup in store for you lovelies – and we just can’t wait another minute to share.  So, clear your calendars for a whole lot of gorgeous and don’t forget to check out those galleries, where even more pretty awaits!

If I could take a last-minute vacation to anywhere in the world, I’d pack my bags for New Zealand ASAP.  The lovely countryside and breathtaking views never fail to seriously AMAZE me – and when you add a captivating wedding like this one captured by Stellar Photography to the mix, well.  I am over the moon.  All planned brilliantly by Simply Perfect Events & Experiences, there’s not a moment of sweet NZ goodness that won’t leave you smiling from ear to ear.  Click here for more!

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From the Bride… With Nick being British and me a Kiwi, both currently living in Melbourne, we had guests travelling from all around the world. It was important to us that our wedding day was a true party where everyone could meet, relax and celebrate! Our love of travel, coupled with Nick’s fascination with history and the fact that many were travelling to celebrate with us, meant that vintage travel was the obvious theme that we tied in through details. We had so much fun with the planning of the day and working with our florist and our coordinator Sarah to ensure the styling of the day all came together so well! We tried to weave in significant details throughout the day wherever possible — I wore one of my grandmother’s silver brooches on my bouquet, and Nick drove to the ceremony with his best man in a Triumph Spitfire, the same car that his parents had on their wedding day in 1972! Tying in London, where we met, we had a double decker bus transport our guests from the ceremony to the reception, and the bridal party arrived in black London cabs. We couldn’t have hoped for a better location for our reception. The Winehouse & Kitchen is quintessentially Kiwi. From framed historic pics of the area and crystal decanters to the historic building itself, it was just perfect. As our friends and family had travelled such a distance, we wanted to show our absolute appreciation, which hopefully we conveyed on our personal handwritten notes to guests at their table settings. We also had a display of our parents/grandparents wedding pictures at the reception, and of course a vintage photo booth to capture some party moments with all our guests that we will truly cherish forever.  

From Simply Perfect Events & ExperiencesGuests arrived at Millbrook Resort to a splendid spring day for the couple’s ceremony, which was held on the petanque court with swimming ducks and 360 degree mountain views providing the perfect setting. After a short cocktail and canape hour at the Millbrook Clubhouse, guests were transported by a vintage double decker bus to the Winehouse & Kitchen, located in the stunning Gibbston Valley. On arrival the rustic gardens were set up with croquet sets for the guests to enjoy a few fun games before the bridal party arrived from their location pictures.

The venue lends itself so well to a vintage style theme already with the historic cottage feel and a stunning rock floored marquee off the back. White lanterns and pompoms were strung from end to end, and candlelight was a huge element in creating the right ambiance as the night went on. As guests entered the marquee, they were greeted with a rustic French ladder that had the seating arrangement pegged to twine. Mason jars tied with twine complemented the hessian table runners and garden-style flower arrangements on every table. Each individual place setting was set with a small paper bag filled with local pinot noir chocolate truffles, clipped with a small wooden peg attaching the postcard styled place cards (which had a handwritten note from the bride and groom on the back of EVERY one!). Their rustic cheese cake was styled with hessian fabric, figs, dates and amazing toffee creations — local artisan cheese was used to create this lovely feature. After an amazing dinner with local delicacies including New Zealand whitebait and venison, the guests enjoyed the sounds of Kiri and Her 1940s Jazz Club Band (Shari’s uncle, who was also the celebrant, happens to be the drummer). It was truly a perfect wedding, and this fantastic couple deserved nothing less.

Wedding Photography: Stellar Photography / Ceremony: Millbrook Resort in Queenstown, New Zealand / Reception: The Winehouse & Kitchen in Queenstown, New Zealand / Event Planning: Simply Perfect Events & Experiences / Floral Design: The Flower Room / Wedding Invitations + Stationery: Papyrus Design / Celebrant: The Bride’s Uncle / Band: Kiri and Her 1940s Jazz Club / Wedding Gown: Novia D’Art