Lucinda and Pete celebrated their Queenstown elopement with us in March. Their story is a very special one but also one filled with heartbreak for their family. Late last year, Lucinda and Pete received the devastating news of a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. Just two weeks later, they discovered the wonderful news that they were expecting a baby.
Their sweet little girl, Dakota, arrived in January and in early March they reached out to us about getting married. Thanks to an amazing team and support of our trusted vendors, we were able to pull everything together and coordinate a cherished wedding day 11 days later. We were humbled to share in the generous donations of time and services from around the community, including Lucinda receiving a beautiful wedding dress from Wilkins Bridal in Christchurch to help their budget stretch to include a video that will no doubt be treasured for years to come.
Pete is a race car driver/engineer and is the current and 2x 1NZ Super Saloon Champion, so Warren and Chris of Eureka Films had great chats about their joint fondness for fast cars. Pete was instantly drawn to Earnslaw Burn, so naturally the setting of their ceremony, surrounded by mountains, waterfalls and the glacier. Lucinda loved the idea of a white wedding, so to complement the ceremony landing, we suggested a snow landing at the glaciers up behind Mt Earnslaw. We flew to a picturesque and sheltered spot on the Grant Glacier, perfect for some celebratory champagne and a snow fight.
Dakota was 8 weeks old at the time of their wedding and Heliworks were able to accommodate her baby capsule within the helicopter, to make sure that she was safe and snug during our helicopter flight. Dakota wore a gorgeous pink outfit and had lots of snuggles and photos with mum and dad on their special day.
A special thank you again to Wilkins Bridal, Heliworks, Eureka Films, Married by Soph, Orange Blossom Designs, Olivia Sellman Makeup and Beautiful Bridal Hair for helping make Lucinda & Pete’s dream day come true.
If you do have the ability to donate to Lucinda and Pete’s Give A Little page, to help them treasure their time together without financial pressure behind them, it would mean the world to us and them.
You can also check out their beautiful video by Eureka Films here.
A heartfelt thank you to our wonderful team of Queenstown wedding suppliers that helped us create Lucinda & Pete’s Earnslaw Burn elopement.
Celebrant – Sophia Shortcliffe
Hair – Beautiful Bridal Hair
Makeup – Olivia Sellman
Helicopter – Heliworks
Flowers – Orange Blossom Designs
Videography – Eureka Films
Dress – Wilkins Bridal
Photography by us – Williams Photography