Stacey and Dean wanted to elope to Paradise, just 15 minutes drive past Glenorchy. Stacey is from the UK and Dean is from OZ, and they met through a mutual friend who invited Stacey to a party at Dean’s house. She was travelling and said why not, and Dean noticed her amazing warmth and smile the moment she walked in. Not really looking for anything serious, Stacey had fun with Dean and then kept travelling. But he surprised her by taking two weeks off work and coming travelling with her. After that it was pretty clear they had something special and after some long distance dating, Stacey finally moved to OZ to live with Dean who was restoring a beautiful old house as a ‘wedding’ present. The couple decided to elope to New Zealand as they wanted to do something just for them with only a few close friends. The day was spectacular and Paradise is such an incredible spot, that their day was nothing short of perfect.

Celebrant – Philippa Thomas


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Jacki and Ashby have been together 12 years and have two beautiful boys. They live in Tasmania and met in a bar. It was pretty much love at first sight for both of them and since then, have been inseparable. They decided to elope to Queenstown and do a bit of a road trip around, without the boys, and chose Moke Lake, just out of Queenstown, as the perfect spot for their ceremony. They parked their camper van for the night and had a late afternoon ceremony on the lake’s edge. It was so honest and simple. Stripped bare of any fan fare or spectacle. Just two people who know each other through and through finally making lifetime vows surrounded by nature. Bliss.

Celebrant – Philippa Thomas


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It was the second time around for Cathy and Bill and their love was so full of joy and thanks. Since they met a few years ago, they have travelled the globe together having fun, and have such a mutual respect and appreciation for each other. You could tell they felt so blessed to have found each other later in life. Someone to enjoy all of life’s wonders with again:)

Cathy and Bill are both from the U.S and had dreamed of eloping to New Zealand. They saw some of my photos from an elopement at Mount Nicholas Station across the lake from Queenstown, and fell in love with the wild and rustic look of the farm. We organised a special ceremony for them up at the first settler’s stone cottage, and then jumped in a helicopter to fly up into the back country for sunset. It was a leap of faith on their behalf, having never been here before, but we were blessed with an amazing day and they were blown away by the whole experience!

Pure magic was the way they described the day:)

Celebrant – Judith Mitchell


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