Some couples plan weddings, while others plan adventures. Free spirits Jeni and James planned a one-of-a-kind helicopter wedding in New Zealand and brought along Golden Hour Studios to capture it all. The pair exchanged their vows in front of family and friends outside of Glendhu Station before being whisked away by Wakana Helicopters to the top of Mt. Roy. Jesse Pafundi of Golden Hour Studios photographed the couple’s tender moments atop the mountain in what are absolutely breathtaking portraits before the helicopter returned them to The Venue where they ate, danced, and enjoyed the company of their loved ones.
The Couple: Jeni and James
The Inspiration: “Jeni always wanted a sense of adventure with their wedding, the helicopter certainly brought that factor in. Secondly outdoors was important as James and Jen are more often enjoying life in the sunshine. It was fall in Wanaka so the idea to create an aisle out of leaves created the perfect theme. Finally THE DRESS was of course the utmost important aspect and Jeni wanted whimsical yet elegant and Claire Pettibone is exactly that.”
The Moment: “After saying ‘I DO’ the helicopter arrived and we were whisked off to the top of Mt. Roy overlooking the Wanaka Lake, Jeni took her shoes off and James and her walked along the mountain edge with a bottle of Veuve in tow.
Jesse was somewhere in the background snapping away whilst James and Jen reminicsed on the day so far and the excitement ahead of them for their future together!”
The Couple Recommends: “Maxine from the Venue was the most amazing professional and caring woman you want behind the scenes at any wedding. From the first initial email to visiting the Venue twice before the wedding, Maxine had every last detail sorted in line with the bride’s theme.”
As an extremely special treat, Golden Hour Studios sent over a video taken using a GoPro camera while in the helicopter. How cool!
The Wedding Team:
Photography – Golden Hour Studios
Ceremony Venue – Glendhu Station
Reception Venue – The Venue
Floral Design – Flowers by Design
Caterer – The Venue
Cake – Something Special Cakes
Live Music – MOJO Queenstown
Invitations – Wedding Paper Divas
Makeup Artistry – Gemma Wedding Makeup
Wedding Dress – Claire Pettibone
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Sass & Bide
Groom’s Apparel – Calibre
Rings – Ryder Diamonds
Helicopter – Wanaka Helicopters
I don’t know about you, but this wedding has us wanting to take flight. For more adventure, check out Chris and Alice’s choose-your-own-adventure engagement session.