An extraordinary intimate/elopement wedding at The Cardrona Hotel in the Wanaka/Queenstown area
I can’t even begin to describe how beautiful and moving Rebecca + Joerg’s intimate wedding was. I have never photographed a wedding with so many touching traditions and elements to it. This stunning elopement wedding held at the gorgeous old Cardrona Hotel near Wanaka and Queenstown was next level amazing.
From the warming of the rings by their guests (just a few close family + friends) to the classical music for Rebecca’s entrance, the stunning karakia (a Maori blessing or prayer delivered in song) performed by Liz their celebrant, the beautiful greenstones gifted to Rebecca’s brothers + sister and a surprise one for her from her groom, the placing of a letter written by them both into a boxed bottle of port for them to open years down the track – every touching moment caught my breath in surprise.
This beautiful couple who met in Portugal, Joerg is from Germany, Rebecca from Australia and they live in New Zealand were an absolute delight to work with. I loved that you incorporated so many personal elements into your special day and particularly enjoyed the double walk up and down the aisle after the big “I do”…so funny!
After their wedding ceremony we all headed up the Cardrona Ski field for some location wedding photos that capture their love of the Otago + Southern Lakes landscape. They then returned to the Cardrona Pub to eat + dance the night away.
I am beyond honored you chose me as your wedding photographer here in Wanaka + Queenstown Rebecca + Joerg and wish you both a life of love, light and happiness. Thank you so much for including me in your day ~ a wedding day I will forever remember. xx
“Nina came highly recommended to us through a travel photography company after we inquired about a photographer in the Queenstown/Wanaka area for our intimate wedding at the Cardrona Hotel.
After perusing Nina’s work I was captivated by her portfolio so I knew straight away that Nina was the person we were looking for to capture the soul of our wedding. Nina lived up to all our expectations. She seamlessly worked her magic in the background of our wedding as we were getting ready and then shot our ceremony so beautifully and discreetly we didn’t even know she was there.
Our family and friends were delighted with Nina as she effortlessly blended into the whole family. No easy feat with such a small gathering.
Afterwards, Nina took us all to the Cardrona ski field for some amazing scenic photos that epitomise the high country theme we were after. My new husband and I also had our first pics at the top of the ski field where Nina captured the heart and soul of the landscape and the emotion in our hearts.
Memories to last a lifetime; we are so grateful and highly recommend Nina.”