Ashley & Daryn | Cecil Peak Elopement | Queenstown Wedding Planner

There will be many Covid stories in the coming years. Last minute cancellations, heart-breaking decisions, rescheduling and patience. A lot of patience! After being forced to cancel their wedding in South Africa at the very last minute, and make a hasty retreat back to New Zealand as Covid hit, Ashley & Daryn were determined to make the best of the situation they found themselves in. Despite having had their worlds and plans turned upside down, they felt incredibly lucky to be in the position to travel domestically. More than anything, they just wanted to be married, and the idea of a eloping, heli-wedding styles, in the windswept mountains of Queenstown was born!

At sub zero temperatures (it was mid-winter!) it may not have been quite as balmy as a South African wedding. But equally as beautiful, spectacular and full of love.

Photography by Alpine Image Company

Ceremony by Andrew Bell

Hair by Hair to Wed

Makeup by J.E.T

Flowers by The Green Room Flower Company

Videography by Surge Media

Flight by Heliworks

A bride laughs as she gets out of a helicopter on her Queenstown Wedding Day. There is snow on the ground behind her, and snow capped mountains in the distance. She holds her husbands hand. With photography by Alpine Image Company A bride and groom hold hands during their wedding ceremony, on their Queenstown Wedding Day. They are standing on a snowy mountain, overlooking Queenstown and Lake Wakitipu. The sky is blue and there are snow capped mountains in the distance. With photography by Alpine Image Company A groom puts a ring on his bride on their wedding day. They are standing on a mountain top with a lake in the background. The sky is blue and there are fluffy white clouds surrounding them. A bride raises her hand in the air in joy as she is married to her husband. They are standing on a mountain top, with a blue lake and snow capped mountains in the background. A bride and groom walk away from the camera. They are holding hands and the sun is setting behind them. They are on a snow capped mountain top, with a lake and mountains in the background. A bride kisses her groom. They are standing on a snowy mountain top with a lake and mountains in the distance. A bride and groom kiss on a mountain top. The sun is setting behind them, and rays of light descend from the clouds. There are snow capped mountains and a lake in the background. A groom kisses his bride on the side of her head. They are standing on a mountain top as the sun sets, and a soft glow is cast over them. There are snowy mountains in the background. The mountains are snowcapped and pink fluffy clouds rest above them. The sun has set, and the clouds are bathed in a soft afterglow in the blue sky.

When people say getting married is one of the most stressful things you can do I could not disagree with them more. Boutique Weddings made the entire process from start to finish completely seamless. We were able to truly enjoy every moment and will cherish our memories forever. It was an unforgettable day and the most special moment of both our lives.

Emily & Aniwa Monk

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