When Hanna & Rickard contacted me the most important thing was for them to be married out in nature no matter the weather. It was a good thing they said no matter the weather! They were married on Waitangi day, which typically is a hot sunny day, and being a public holiday in New Zealand, anywhere with a lake is usually packed. However on this Waitangi day it rained, and rained and rained! Thankfully rain was no worry for these two adventurous souls, and it meant we had the stunning Moke Lake all to ourselves.
Hanna & Rickard had been travelling around the world and when in Australia, Rickard proposed over a romantic dinner. They decided they would like to include a destination elopement in their travels and New Zealand seemed the perfect place so 2 weeks and 2 days later they were getting married in Queenstown!
Their criteria was to be truly in nature, with no buildings or city in site, just mountains and lake and trees and long golden grass so Moke Lake seemed the perfect choice. These two humans are truly meant to be together and there was nothing that was going to be able to wipe the smiles off their faces! Even in the pouring rain they were quick to throw off their shoes and run through the grass.
After playing in the rain we decided to go back to their hotel and take advantage of the warm fire and delicious wine and have a bit of an intimate session to complete the day. Hanna & Rickard are so truly and deeply in love, you just know they are meant to be together. They met at a New Years eve party and were inseparable within hours, they described meeting each other as finding the home for their hearts, their love is so raw and true it is inspiring to be in the presence of such honest love.
Our time together didn’t end here. We decided we would meet again the next day for an hour session in the mountains as the weather was meant to clear. And clear it did, not only did they get the perfect moody day on their wedding, but we had a stunning perfect summer day as well. I have no doubt that their love will only grow stronger with time and it was a pleasure to be able to spend a couple days on an adventure with them.
Hair & makeup – Yanisa with Charm beauty
Celebrant – Married by Jodie
Flowers by the bride herself
August 25, 2018
Hanna & Rickard // Moke Lake Elopement