Breathtaking New Zealand Wedding in the Snow


“Gareth went for a walk with our little boy, Lachlan, down to the water. They came back with Lachlan on Gareth’s shoulders, and Lachlan was holding a ring box. He then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!”

When planning their wedding, Melissa and Gareth realised they were only planning to make everyone else happy, rather than themselves. As big travellers, they knew they wanted to get married in the snow and looked into eloping in either Iceland or Canada.

“It would get too tricky with two small children so we looked closer to home in New Zealand and quickly fell in love with what we found.”

It seemed that sickness came hand in hand with their celebrations – Gareth’s parents had food poisoning and couldn’t attend the wedding and the couple’s children and nephews all came down with high fevers that afternoon!

However, the happy couple were determined to not let sickness ruin their day!

The couple took a helicopter up to the top of a snow-capped mountain in New Zealand where they shared their vows and toasted to the rest of their lives together.

“Having an intimate reception with our immediate families and then a big celebration with all our family and friends was perfect for us and made our wedding last a little longer!”

The casual, relaxed wedding reception – set up on a private property in Nangkita, SA – was everything the bride and groom could have asked for, creating their perfect wedding – even though they spent the night sleeping on the couch after their daughter vomited in their bed!

Photography by Fredrick Larson (NZ) and Angus White Photography (AUS)

Ceremony Venue: Deer Park Heights, Peninsula Hill, Queenstown, New Zealand

Reception Venue:  Botswana Butchery, Queenstown NZ.

Wedding planner: NZ Destination and Heli Weddings

Celebrant or Officiant: Phillipa Cook

Entertainment (i.e.DJ, live band, etc.): Griffin Alliance Entertainment – Craig Schubert

Bridal dress designer: Jadore via White Runway and Elle Zeitoune via White Runway

Bridal shoes:  ASOS and Betts

Bridal jewellery:  Fletcher and Grace

Engagement rings:  Michael Hill Jewellers

Flower girl dresses designer:  Evie and Sash

Groom’s suit:  Peter Jackson  

Cake designer:  Sugar Sugar Cakes

Invitation designer: Paper Halo

Florist:  The Flower Room (NZ) and McLaren Vale Florist (AUS)

Favours:   Unique Living Gifts

Hairdresser: La Pictura Hair

Makeup artists: Lauren Parkinson

Written by Ellen Kirkness 

Posted in Boho, Location, New Zealand, Real Weddings, South Australia by wedded wonderland


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