Where to start?
The most important things to get checked off and booked in advance when planning your wedding are the venue & the photographer. Venues can book out up to 18 months in advance so it pays to be prepared. The busiest wedding season in Queenstown and Wanaka are the summer months between October and the end of February. So if you are looking at getting married then I suggest you start looking for your dream venue now. Photographers generally take bookings up to a year in advance and are also super important to book in advance. If you find a photographer whose style you like I would say get in touch before even booking a venue to make sure they are free on that date.
1. Queenstown wedding venues
Mother Nature has provided a dazzling array of options when it comes to an outdoor wedding here in the mountain lakes area. You could just about get married anywhere! From a quiet lake among the mountains, such as Moke Lake and Lake Hayes, to estates which have it all in one spot, you are spoilt for choice. Lake Hayes Pavilion is a popular venue as the ceremony can take place outside, overlooking Lake Hayes with its incredible reflections and Coronet Peak in the backdrop. Stoneridge Estate is just over the road and provides a more comprehensive package, they even have their own chapel on the property. You can go further afield to Glenorchy, paradise – or make it exclusive with choosing a more luxurious venue like Blanket Bay Lodge. If you want a more rustic kiwi experience Queenstown has a choice of beautiful farm stations with untouched scenery and views all around. Walter Peak, Mount Nicholas, and NZ High Country are just a few with sensational views for the adventurous couple. Queenstown is also home to some of the most amazing wineries in Central Otago complete with wedding venues. I have put together a list of my favourite venues, click Here when you are ready for this step!
2. Queenstown wedding photographers
There are plenty of wedding photographers here in Queenstown. So do some research. Instagram is a good place to start, just search the hashtags for #Queenstownweddingphotographer and you can also look on Queenstown Wedding Association’s website. The ‘on trend’ look at present is a natural candid approach, which captures the true essence of your day. You will be presented with snapshots that may have gone unnoticed if it wasn’t for the keen eye of the photographer. My approach is to capture lot’s of candid’s of your guests, yourself and your partner enjoying yourselves, all the little details such as jewelry, signage and floral’s, as well as creating beautiful natural images of the two of you during your couples portraits by giving you plenty of direction without being overly posed and unnatural. I will always work with you to create authenticity which captures you both looking naturally yourselves. Whatever your style, make sure to discuss what you are drawn to with your photographer in your initial meeting. Choosing a wedding photographer can be a daunting task but I’m on hand to give you wedding photography tips before & during your day to make sure everyone is comfortable and you, as the newlyweds, will receive special memories from your big day. Now that you have spent time planning your wedding day and having every special moment captured; here are a few tips regarding questions to ask your photographer, and my personal answers to them.