criffel station wedding

Criffel Station Woolshed Wedding, Wanaka


Alyce + Mitchell’s Wedding at Criffel Station Wanaka

As featured in Together Journal


Alyce and Mitchell decided they wanted a destination wedding so they came over to NZ from Australia for 3 days in the hope of finding the perfect wedding venue. Wanaka did not disappoint and they choose Criffel Station for their Wanaka wedding venue.

I met Mitchell at the Kanuka glamping site to get some shots of him getting ready with his dad and brother before we all went down to the ceremony site together.

The venue looked stunning, the ceremony was going to be in a beautiful garden space set out with pews and florals. It was overlooking Wanaka with its gorgeous backdrop of mountains.

Alyce arrived with her family next wearing a beautiful boho style dress with long hair and flowers in the back.

After a picture-perfect ceremony the couple started the marriage off with an extra-long first kiss!

Everyone threw flower petals and we captured the moment with a family photoshoot.

Next, Mandy, the owner of the site, took myself, Alyce and Mitchell, for a drive up the hill for our couples session. The views were breathtaking as we looked down on Wanaka below us, we could even see Lake Wanaka and of course, there was no shortage of mountains. Alyce and Mitchell got to spend some time together and relax as they popped some champagne and I took some beautiful natural shots of them just being themselves. This is such a special part of the wedding day, a point where you can pause time and just be together.

It was time to head back to the reception which was held in Criffel station woolshed. It was decorated with fairy lights and candles and looked nothing short of magical. In the garden space outside the couple had thought of everything; there was a burrito van and a gelato truck, games to play, and the all-important cheese table. They played music and had speeches. Alyce’s family spoke of her bubbly personality and her love for animals.

The vibe was that of love and relaxation as everyone chilled outside in the garden on rugs having tacos and ice creams. After the speeches, we took a photo of Alise and Mitchell in the ice cream truck making their own ice creams.

The fun did not end there and soon it was time for everyone to head into the woolshed for the Father-Daughter first dance before Glen, a local musician from Wanaka, got the crowd going.

The style of the wedding usually reflects the style of the couple. In this case, I can tell that Alyce and Mitchell are going to have the most beautiful marriage, full of fun, laughter, and more than anything, love.

Congratulations you two!