French wedding

So the summer wedding season is finished for 2019 in New Zealand and I'm now in France to photograph a stunning wedding at the Chateau de Vallery. The chateau, a Renaissance gem, is one hour south of Paris in Burgundy.  

I've been exploring the magnificent halls, stone spiral staircases, sumptuous rooms, galleries, pool, Oriental Pavilion, dovecot and extensive grounds for photo spots.

The excitement is mounting as guest arrive and case upon case of posh frocks and hats are unpacked. Tonight will be a wine tasting in the cave (cellar) followed by tagine dinner in the Oriental Pavilion.   Tomorrow is the big day.

Marshal Saint André and later the Princes and Princesses of Condé made Vallery "the most beautiful chateau in the world". The novel "La Princesse de Clèves" refers to it as the chateau of seduction and love. The book "Princes, Muses and Weddings" by P. Vansteenberghe, takes a look back at the celebrations that have taken place at the chateau and the arts of fireworks, dinners, dances and seduction. 

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Surrounded by family, friends and copious amounts of love and laughter, these two gorgeous people tied the knot on top of the world! They chose beautiful Queenstown, Aotearoa New Zealand to join hearts and families from both Aotearoa New Zealand and Sydney, Australia. As the sun cast magnificent, oblique golden light on them they declared their love, long time friendship and commitment to each other.

Megan and Chris

I met Megan and Chris when Megan was bridesmaid at a previous wedding I photographed.  In fact this wedding was a reunion of a grand group of people who had been bridesmaids and groomsmen for each other.  Born and bred Kiwis. Megan and Chris returned home from Western Australia for their stunning wedding. It was an international gathering of people from all over Aotearoa New Zealand and the world.  The autumn colours and golden light along with a dusting of snow on the surrounding mountains framed a perfect day.  This shot was taken on the mountains behind Glendhu Station overlooking Glendhu Bay and Lake Wanaka just as the last rays of light set over the mountains and the clouds gathered for night.  A very special quiet moment together after a beautiful ceremony and before the party celebrations began.  

Thanks for choosing me to be your photographer. Absolutely loved every minute of it. All best wishes for a wonderful life together.  Check out Megan & Chris's wedding. 

Location: Glendhu Station, and surrounding mountains and lake of Wanaka, Aotearoa New Zealand

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Just in time - finished a beaut wedding for a lovely couple from Japan before the thermometer rose to 36 today!! We'd have all melted down to butter!! At the Chapel on the Lake, Lake Hayes.

Gemma and Julian

It was 32 degrees and counting for Gemma and Julian’s helicopter elopement. Still they looked very cool as we landed at a secret spot near Hidden Island, Queenstown. 

Sometimes things don't go quite to plan but they invariably turn out for the best.  The intention was to fly to the Remarkables mountains but as we lifted off from Queenstown airport the wind picked up and prooved to be too gusty for us to land on the mountain.  Wind plays havoc with the hair as well as with helicopters.  So after a scenic flight along the Remarkables we changed course and headed across Lake Wakatipu to Cecil Peak.  The pilots at Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters are experts at finding that special spot out of the wind and after a tour of Cecil Peak we came to land near Hidden Island.  Hidden Island is exaclty that - hidden.  Despite being so close to Queenstown there are very few places from where you can spot it.  

Such a stunning spot for a very special couple. Congratulation Gemma and Julian so happy to be part of it with you.

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"Rather like a mountain goat" as some of my wedding clients called me. Thanks to Neville, Tracey, John and friends for providing these shots of me in action on the Ledge at Cecil Peak for the recent wedding of Neville and Tracey.