Sam and Camille decided to elope after following our adventures on Instagram for a little while! Being a photographer herself, Sam knew that she wanted to avoid the drama and stress that often comes with planning a big celebration. She then set to work convincing Camille of the same idea, using photos of the incredible scenery that they would get to experience, while just having the two most important people there: each other. Having been best friends and sweethearts for years and about to head into new careers, they decided that there was no better time than right now! Or at least, pretty soon…once the country came out of lockdown and domestic travel opened back up!
We headed to the beautiful Lochnagar, which is a winter favourite while our friend Lake Erskine is icy and frozen over during the same time of year. We had such calm weather that there was hardly a whisper of wind on the lake, making the surface beautifully glassy and showing off the most amazing reflections. It’s fair to say that Sam and Camille were pretty delighted!!! After sharing some super sweet vows with each other, Camille paid tribute to their Jewish heritage by breaking glass before sealing the deal with their First Kiss.
From Lochnagar, we then flew to Vanguard Peak for some fun in the snow! The sun was setting amidst growing layers of cloud, making for a beautifully lit valley with scores of mountains either side. Braving the cold (we are lucky to still have use of our fingers!), the two headed out to a dramatic rocky outcrop before getting stuck into a snow fight. It’s pretty much obligatory!! Sunset was upon us as we flew back to Queenstown and it was amazing to soak up the changing colours on the mountains as our adventure was coming to an end.
Congratulations again, Sam and Camille! It was so completely wonderful to meet you both and we are so happy for you! We hope you are still reading plenty of books and treasuring lots of cuddles with Tux. Lots of love and luck for your beautiful futures together xx
Thank you to our lovely team of Queenstown wedding suppliers that helped us create Sam & Camille’s winter elopement 🙂
Celebrant – Andrew Bell
Hair – Hair To Wed
Makeup – Eve Makeup Artistry
Helicopter – Heliworks
Photography by us – Williams Photography