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6 things to do the week of your wedding

It is just coming into wedding season here in New Zealand so thought I would share some tips I have picked up over the years to not only get the best from your wedding photography but also just help you be relaxed and feeling awesome on your day! Hopefully by the time you get to the week before your wedding, most of your to-do list has all been checked off. It’s time to relax, be excited and have fun with friends and family in the build up to the day! There are still a couple things you will want to do to make sure you are prepared and feeling fresh on the morning of your day, and if any surprises happen (because let’s be honest every wedding day has at least 1 little surprise) you are totally ready to roll with it! So here are my must do’s for the week leading up to your wedding.

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couple kissing on snow covered mountain

Ricky & Melissa are self proclaimed geeks and are particularly fond of the Lord of the Rings, so when they decided to get married it was a no brainer to have their wedding in Middle Earth, aka Queenstown, New Zealand. Their dream was to have a wedding surrounded by snow capped mountains in a place where hobbits would have felt at home, and Queenstown did not disappoint on the day! The Remarkable mountain range was used as the Misty Mountains when the Lord of the Rings was filmed and they sure lived up to their name of both Remarkable and Misty on this cold wintery day in August.

Lord of the Rings inspired winter wedding

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Bride and groom on the edge of Lake Wakatipu

Queenstown Gardens Winter Wedding

A beautiful winter wedding in the Queenstown gardens, followed by a reception at the Bathouse, under the snow covered mountains of the South Island.

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young couple holding hands in the snow

Zarina loves wrestling, in fact she is very good at it and as a teen living in Australia she posted some videos of her wrestling on youtube so friends and family could see her no matter how far away the were. These videos resulted in her getting a scholarship to the United States and this […]

Andrew & Zarina // Queenstown engagement

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Queenstown winter elopement

Tim and Lisa decided came to Queenstown from Brisbane, just them and their closest 4 friends. This was both Tim and Lisa’s second wedding so no fan fare was needed, it was more important to truly celebrate their love as a couple as well as celebrate the amazing close friends they have that are truly […]

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Nick is from New Zealand, Jess is from China and they met and fell in love in Australia. After getting engaged in Melbourne they decided to visit Nick’s family in New Zealand and go on a bit of an adventure to show Jess our beautiful country. What better way to explore the south island than […]

Nick & Jess // South Island Adventure

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Charlotte & Alan // Queenstown Autumn Engagement

Charlotte & Alan came all the way over to Queenstown from Melbourne for a mini break and to celebrate their recent engagement with a photoshoot in the beautiful hills and lakes of New Zealand. They opted for a sunrise session, which is one of my favourite times, especially in autumn when sunrise is 8am so […]

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Bride and groom look out over Moke Lake and the mountains under umbrellas

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, […]

Hanna & Rickard // Moke Lake Elopement

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Couple laugh together on mountain top

Ben & Emily // Queenstown hill engagement

Ben contacted me to capture his proposal to Emily on top of Queenstown hill, I love a bit of adventure so was super stoked to be a part of it. Two days before Ben told me he had proposed at sunset in Kaikora, when the moment was perfect, but they still wanted to have an […]

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Bride and groom with bridesmaids and groomsmen at Tucker Beach in Queenstown

When I first met Tim and Amanda I knew instantly that their wedding was going to be a day filled with laughter. It was a cold, wet, November morning, but nothing was stopping Amanda from having the perfect day marrying the man of her dreams! Amanda was blessed to have all her besties around her […]

Tim & Amanda // Queenstown Wedding

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