SARAH + NATHAN | QUEENSTOWN ELOPEMENT
TWELVE MILE BEND, QUEENSTOWN GARDENS, CORONET PEAK AND EARNSLAW BURN
When I first met Sarah and Nathan they were recently engaged and had planned to have a wedding in the Swan Valley in Perth. After doing some soul-searching, and stumbling upon a few recent shots of mine over in beautiful New Zealand to my pure delight they decided to join me in Queenstown to elope with just a handful of their nearest and dearest. Ending up sharing their vows and promises to each other on an (almost) seclude stretch of pristine shoreline at Twelve Mile Bend with views over Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable mountains, I don’t think they could have asked for a much better way to say ‘i do’. It didn’t take much to convince these two to enlist the help of Heliworks to take us up to my favourite spot in Queenstown, the surreal and magnificent Earnslaw Burn. When I got the call from Nathan that morning saying we couldn’t fly so might have to cancel my heart sank, but not being my first rodeo I stuck to my guns and was pretty sure things would turn in our favour. My prays were answered when the pilot whilst showing us the Glenorchy camera covered in rain and cloud said he would take us if we dared, and I almost squeeled with joy when these two agreed to risk it and go anyway. I don’t think we could have asked for a more perfect turnout, the moody clouds and threatening showers made for incredible emotive images and an awesome contrast to the sunshine that shone on them during their vows. I am so incredibly grateful for meeting couples like this, game to adventure with me and take risks to pull off some pretty unique and scary stunts – like getting them to stand on slippery rocks on the edges of mountain in huge chunky heels and watch the wind roll in. It’s couples like these that give me my purpose, especially when hearing the feedback from what these fleeting moments captured mean to them.