Australian born Nicole went travelling with her friends to Europe one year. She expected to visit a few countries, have a fair few wines, a trolly full of laughs and to just generally enjoy her time travelling.
She certainly didn’t expect to bag a sweet Irishman while she was there! … But that she indeed did, and after 8 years together and many trips back to Ireland while now living in Australia. They have come quietly to New Zealand to tie the knot amongst the rich autumn colours of Arrowtown.
And by ‘quietly’, I simply mean it was just Nicole and Aaron, the wonderful Celebrant Phillipa Cook. And Doug and I as their witness’. Yes indeed, these two eloped.
This was a specially planned elopement they had told their family about before they came. So Nicole and Aaron still got a handful of traditional pre wedding treatment! But I’m guessing some people… are still to find out… so to those people… SURPRISE!!!
Nicole and Aaron have holidayed in New Zealand just the one time. This time last year. It didn’t take long to A. Fall in love with the Arrowtown. And B. Fall in love with Arrowtown in the Autumn time. So all they knew when they booked their tickets was ‘We just want to get married in Arrowtown! The rest can more or less be planned when we get there!’.
They found Arrowtown House as their accomodation, and this is where they got ready. I loved Aaron’s shoes the moment I saw them… He did get a few compliments with anyone who did see them!
And don’t get me started on how much I love Nicole’s shoes.
Kirsty Lohmann, Make up Artist was there to help Nicole along the way to becoming a gorgeous bride!
And here is our groom Aaron. Looking ever so dashing in his velvet collar suit with matching velvet tie. They almost struggled to find a velvet tie. Stoked they did in the end!
Next door, the sun gently shows it’s face, the energy is a mixture of light, fluffy and excited.
And before we know it, it’s dress time!
While her groom chills out in the sunshine.
And then Aaron wait by the Stop sign, waiting for that tap on the shoulder…
Those smiles says a thousand words!
They chose a wee spot in a park. The warm yellow leaves that encompass them, act as their guests.
Phillipa Cook gave a beautiful ceremony.
And just like that, they’re husband and wife!
The day before we scouted some beautiful locations, so the next 3 or so hours were spent on a photographic tour around Arrowtown and Queenstown.
Arrowtown was on FIRE!!!!
Blue was Nicole’s colour. So a visit to the little blue door was in order!
And back to the spot they had their first look.
Oh Arrowtown and your quaintness! I love you!
It was a beautiful Autumns day. Our next stop was Thurlby Domain to use this amazing property and have a picnic.
We got to Bob’s Cove just on the cusp of dark. It was calm, serene and totally magical.
The night did indeed end with magic!
Nicole and Aaron. It was an absolute privilege to be your witness’ and capture your very special day. Thank you so much for choosing us and we wish you all the very best for married life and the road ahead!
Love Heather and Doug xox