Sarah and Daniel’s New Zealand elopement and location is an epic story. Sarah planned their wedding on her own, to keep the destination a surprise from Daniel. The cute couple had never been to New Zealand though talked about it for a long time – dreaming of trip in the distant future! But to Daniel’s happy surprise, they landed in Queenstown in early January, to start the new year on a high!
Meeting in the army and both having jobs involving helicopters, Sarah also managed to keep the mode of transport as a cool surprise for Daniel! After a romantic First Look in the gardens of their accommodation, we all hopped in the car to “drive up” to the ceremony lookout spot. Instead…we pulled up at Alpine Helicopters and it’s fair to say that Daniel was pretty happy with the change of plans! High winds at Coromandel Peak led to a fortuitous diversion where we instead landed at the stunning Twin Peaks. At the time, this New Zealand elopement location was brand new to us…and new is always exciting. Not only did we have blue skies and 360 degree views of awesome-ness all around us, the Mount Cook alpine daisies were also in full bloom. The beautiful large-headed daisy blossoms for just a short period of time each summer, so it really is like a good luck charm witnessed by only a few!
During the ceremony we were greeted by four Kea singing their tune (rather insistently, we might add). Another lucky charm, as Kea are our endangered alpine parrot that are often only seen in the most remote, high altitude locations. Afterwards, we adventured around the area for some beautiful photos and had the Kea photobomb us on just a few occasions! With all the surprises going on, the wedding rings were forgotten so we had a short and sweet ring exchange before the newly-weds headed off to dinner.
Congratulations again, Sarah and Daniel! We loved being a part of your New Zealand elopement and thank you for introducing us to a wonderful new location!!! We hope that your new farm life is going really well for you both 🥰❤️ xx
Thank you to our amazing team of vendors that made Sarah & Daniel’s New Zealand elopement dream come true!
Celebrant – Liz Maluschnig
Makeup – Janine Joseph
Hair – Absolutely Fabulous
Flowers – The Green Room Flower Company
Helicopter – Alpine Helicopters
Videography – Queenstown Wedding Video
Photography by us – Williams Photography