Jess & Tain’s Stoneridge Estate Chapel By The Lake Elopement was intimate, romantic & incredibly beautiful. It was also the most short-notice booking I have ever done in my 15 or so years as a Queenstown Wedding Photographer.
Jess got in touch with me 3 days before her wedding day and booked me in 2 days out! I’m so glad I had nothing on that particular Thursday because these two are such an awesome couple and their wedding day was perfect. It was super intimate, natural and relaxed with just Jess’s mum Tania and Aunt Pauline in their wedding party. The only other people present was their minister, the super nice Rev. Dr. Carlton Johnstone, and myself.
The ceremony for Jess & Tain’s Chapel By The Lake Elopement was held in Stoneridge Estate’s stunning Chapel By The Lake with stunning views over Lake Hayes and the surrounding mountains. Thanks to Carlton the vows and ceremony were relaxed, natural and very joyful. And emotional. Jess’s mum Tania needed a quick tissue break part-way through the vows and after the ceremony Jess confessed she had been biting the inside of her cheeks to stop herself from crying!
After the ceremony and a few super relaxed family photos in front of the Chapel By The Lake, Jess, Tain and I hopped in the car and zoomed up Coronet Peak to get some stunning mountain-top photos with sweeping and iconic Queenstown lake and mountain panoramas.
Man, what can I say at this point? The weather, clouds and light were literally perfect and the views were incredible but what really made the photos special was how relaxed and loving Jess & Tain were on camera. Well, that and how damn good looking they both are! But more than anything the thing that made their Chapel By The Lake Elopement and these photos special was the kind of people they are – relaxed, loving and happy – and their super strong connection to each other. Which was plain for the eye to see.
Anyhoo, enough wiffle-waffle from me, time to let the photos do the talking…
P.S. If you are planning a Queenstown Elopement you might find this post I wrote on “How to find a location for your Queenstown Elopement” useful.
P.P.S. I’m pretty sure I’m meant to refer to Carlton as “Reverend Johnstone” and I don’t want to be disrespectful but he’s too nice a guy not to call him by his first name!