Julia and Shane’s autumn elopement in Queenstown was such a gorgeous celebration. April is one of our absolute favourite months in Queenstown because with it comes autumn leaves, crisp mornings and soft, golden sunlight. Julia and Shane booked their elopement over 12 months in advance as they had seen the magic of autumn in Queenstown and dreamed of something similar for their special day. But the change of season can also bring more unsettled weather, so when the forecast showed strong gusty winds for Julia and Shane, we had to talk about a plan B, just in case.
Luckily for us, fortune favours the bold and Julia and Shane are certainly a couple to be reckoned with! The day turned out unbelievably gorgeous for these two and the rustling wind only added to the beautiful, fun and carefree energy they radiated. We started the day with a First Look before heading down for some photos in the afternoon light – first at the lakefront and then in a lovely grove of autumn trees. Steph from Orange Blossom Designs had created a stunning autumn-inspired bouquet for Julia with oranges, reds, browns plus some dried elements and a pheasant feather.
We then head off for our golden hour flight with two dear friends of Julia and Shane’s acting as witnesses. After a sweet and personal ceremony crafted by Philippa Thomas, the two newly-weds popped some bubbles and ambled their way across the long grass for some epic lake views and rocky outcrops. Their best friends gifted the newly-wedded pair some pounamu jewellery, which made for a truly special moment after all that adventure.
Congratulations again Julia and Shane, you did it!! Wishing nothing but love, luck and happiness to you both – keep rocking out to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and doing your thing!! xx
A big huge “thank you” to our awesome team of Queenstown wedding suppliers that helped create Julia & Shane’s autumn elopement 😍
Celebrant – Philippa Thomas
Hair – Beautiful Bridal Hair
Makeup – Eve Makeup Artistry
Florist – Orange Blossom Designs
Helicopter – Over The Top Helicopters
Accommodation – Stoneridge Estate
Photography by us – Williams Photography