I had dreamed for half of my career of photographing a wedding in New Zealand and that day came. Julia and Courtney’s summer wedding was held at a private home called Cornish Point Holiday Home with a winery near the picturesque Lake Dunstan and Clutha River in Cromwell, New Zealand. The stunning waterway provided the perfect backdrop for their special day, with rows of grapevines and rolling hills just on the other side. It was absolutely breathtaking.
The couple chose to get ready in individual cottages on the property, which allowed them to enjoy some privacy before the festivities began. Julia and her bridesmaids sipped champagne and had their hair and makeup done in one cottage, while Courtney and his groomsmen relaxed, did some fishing and got dressed in another.
As guests started arriving, the excitement in the air was palpable. The ceremony took place on a grassy knoll overlooking the waterway in the backyard, and Julia and Courtney exchanged vows in front of a stunning wooden archway decorated with florals. Everyone was laughing and having a great time, and it was clear that the couple was surrounded by so much love and support.
Following the ceremony, guests were invited to enjoy drinks and canapés on the lawn while the we took photos around the property before heading over to their tented reception on the water. Our time ended shortly after speeches when supper began. It was a day that they would never forget – a celebration of their love, surrounded by the beauty of the New Zealand countryside and the warmth of their closest friends and family.
Many thanks to these wonderful vendors:
Caterer: Moreish Kitchen
Florist: Wanaka Wedding Flowers
Make-up: LaTouch Cromwell
Hair: Do or Dye
Wedding Dress: Karen Willis Holmes
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