There is just something about a New Zealand wedding that gets our hearts racing. Emma and Keith’s epic celebration has all of the key elements: extraordinary landscape, exquisite bridal fashion, and phenomenal portraits by Jim Pollard goes click. The adventurous couple took their guests on a ferry ride to their homestead venue where they exchanged vows in a beautiful, intimate outdoor ceremony. On blankets, overlooking the bright blue water and mountaintops in the distance, the newlyweds shared a toast with their wedding party before heading into the mountains for a thrilling photo session in the wind.
Emma and Keith
Walter Peak Station, Queenstown, New Zealand
We didn’t really have a theme, but we were inspired by the natural beauty of that region of New Zealand. The flowers were primarily NZ natives in green and touches of white. The bridesmaids all wore ivory dresses. The groomsmen wore grey suits.
We love the outdoors so we had the ceremony outside on the lawn with a great view of the gardens, the homestead and the ranges behind us. The reception was held just a few steps away inside the homestead. We liked the fact that the venue was a working farm station so our nieces and nephews could explore a little. The transport to Walter Peak Station was by an old coal-fired steamship, the TSS Earnslaw.
To capture some more of the surrounding beauty, we had organised a helicopter to fly us up to the top of the ranges behind the ceremony and reception venue. We didn’t know where would be good to go, so we had our photographer (in discussion with Phil, our pilot) decide for us.
We really can’t pick one moment. The whole day was so much fun!!!
The Couple Recommends:
All our service providers were truly amazing and I could talk about the effort each of them provided. But I really would like to say a special thanks to Josie (from Real Journeys) and Jim Pollard (from Jim Pollard goes click) for all their help in the lead up to, on, and after the big day. They both went above and beyond. Jim ensured we remembered to bring pocket/hand warmers in anticipation for the cold up the mountains, kept everyone to the schedule for the day, made sure I didn’t get flustered with the everyday tourists that were present at the venue, and STILL got amazing photos. And Josie wasn’t officially our wedding planner but in reality she pretty much played this role anyway. She planned most of our day. She took us us on a trip over to the venue earlier that year to see the venue, sample our choices for the menu and wines, suggested a run schedule with insight into how much time each part of the day would likely take, organised getting everything to the venue and back (access was by 30 min ferry ride or boat across the lake), organised set up at the venue by the venue staff without any supervision from me, and much more.
The Wedding Team:
Photography – Jim Pollard goes click
Event Planning – Real Journeys
Venue – Walter Peak Station
Floral Design – Wanaka Wedding Flowers
Makeup Artist – Kristy Lohman
Hair Styling – Beautiful Bridal Hair
Transportation – TSS Earnslaw
A massive thanks to Jim Pollard goes click for sharing Emma and Keith’s epic New Zealand wedding with Junebug! Did you fall in love with Jim Pollard’s photography like we did? Check out Nicole and Trent’s mountaintop wedding in New Zealand.