A Wedding in the Southern Alps of New Zealand
This wedding is without a doubt one I’ll carry in my heart the rest of my life. I have nothing but love for Hannah & Tim and “jokingly” tell them they need to get married every year, over and over again, because seeing them get married had that much pull on my heartstrings. So unbelievably happy I met these guys and feel so spoiled I still get to see them in Seattle. Truly such kind, incredibly fun & adventurous souls. Hannah was kind enough to share their story and it’s something I would love if you’d take a moment to read through.
“Tim and I recently celebrated our wedding at Aoraki / Mount Cook, New Zealand. We moved from New Zealand to Seattle just over two years ago. We met at the end of our university years through a scholarship program and hit it off immediately through our shared sense of adventure and love for the outdoors. Two years later Tim proposed to me at 4.30am on New Year’s eve during one of Mother Nature’s most magical events, an aurora borealis in the Canadian Rockies. It truly cemented how much the outdoors had become such an integral part of our relationship.
Having a fierce love for skiing and hiking in the mountains, we knew we wanted to get married somewhere alpine and as we skirted the edge of Lake Pukaki on our way to a wedding in Wanaka last year, Mount Cook immediately inspired us. Our family and friends are our true north, and as some were coming from as far away as Cape Town, London, and Seattle, we wanted a venue where our guests would experience and share in our love for adventure and the outdoors.
I fell in love with my dress ‘Mae’ through a chance encounter with a styled shoot done in Zion National Park. I wanted something that was different, whimsical and would compliment the schist rock and glacial landscape at Mount Cook. The closest place to Seattle that Chantel Lauren stocked at the time was Missoula, MT, which was a no-brainer 16 hour round-trip drive from Seattle that Tim and I made into a long weekend – stopping often along the way to ski. I kept the rest of my color palette simple using tones of fuchsia and rose gold to add a feminine touch. Our bridal party portraits were taken under a mountain tōtara and our bouquets and buttonholes incorporated our colour scheme as well as using New Zealand natives to tie everything back into the flora that surrounded us.
The day before our wedding we enjoyed beautiful weather and as our guests arrived the bold peaks welcomed them. No matter how much you plan for the ‘ideal’ wedding day however, Mother Nature will take her course and while fine weather was forecasted, it took a last minute turn and an epic rainstorm rolled in overnight. We embraced every moment and so did our amazing family, friends and photographers. Us gals experienced drenched dresses (nothing the groomsmen couldn’t dry with the five hairdryers we had on hand), dodging puddles in our heels, and were particularly thankful for waterproof mascara (for more reasons than one).
We had to be flexible due to the rain and ended up postponing our bride & groom portraits to 6am the following day. We arose after the best celebration of our lives, and with the help of two of our dearest friends hiked into a gorge that I’m sure very few people have ever stopped to look at, yet a waterfall way in the distance had caught our photographer’s keen eye. Over brooks and boulders we climbed towards what became a backdrop we could never have imagined in our wildest dreams.
It’s a lesson we’ll carry with us always that everything truly does happen for a reason. I remember the exact moment in the days following our celebrations when my eyes welled up upon realising how our wedding had truly reflected what it feels to be in the outdoors – unpredictable, heartening and beautiful.”
Wedding Day Vendors
Photography by Alysha Christine Photography @alyshachristinephoto
Mae in platinum by Chantel Lauren @chantellaurendesigns
Dress stockist Velvet Bride @velvetbride
Suits by Asos @asos
Rings by Marci Jewelry @marcijewelry
Florals by Crimson Wedding Flowers @crimsonweddingflowers
Silk ribbons by Honey Silks Co @honeysilksco and Warm & Wild @warm_and_wild
Venue at The Hermitage Hotel @thehermitagehotel
Makeup & Hair by bridesmaid Kelsey Dixon @startingroute with assistance from MoH @mintasmith90