Mountain Elopement Photography Mt. Cook, New Zealand | Destination Wedding Photographer

Adventure Elopement Photography with Konrad and Cristine
in Queenstown, Mt. Cook, New Zealand
Adventure Wedding Photographer Charleton Churchill

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ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT

Mountain adventure couple Konrad and Cristina chose to elope in New Zealand. Hiking, adventure, and epic landscapes is how they wanted to define their wedding day memories and photography. Goal accomplished. Yet, while you enjoy the photography and wedding couple in their glory, there were also challenges. We spent a morning hiking up a steep mountain that was muddy and slippery from the rain. Cristina hiked covering her head and face with her Gore-Tex jacket while it rained, protecting her hair and make-up. As we climbed higher, the terrain became steeper, visibility lessened, the air more chilling, and it began to come down harder. The further we climbed, the more dangerous it became to turn around. On top of that, our epic view from the summit would have been non-existent.  So we turned around and called it a morning.

CHALLENGES

It almost felt like a waste of time. After all, we prepared and planned for this time of photos. The couple had event scouted the locations a few days prior. Expectations were assumed, but looking back, it made their story even more adventurous. They worked hard for their wedding photos. They earned themselves a true adventure wedding. So when they proudly hang their two large portraits on their wall (they purchased two epic wall canvas prints), they have more than just cute wedding photos to show off; they have an adventure story to share with everyone.

Not only that, there was bitter cold weather; Cristina’s veil kept twisting in the wind and we had to constantly unwind; our helicopter flight kept getting pushed back another day; and it almost seemed like nothing went as planned, but in the end, we captured many images not planned. The God-sent rainbow in the sky we chased was a perfect example. We didn’t plan for a rainbow, but we got some incredible photos with them.

Konrad and Cristina were both great and hungry for adventure. We woke up early and worked hard until sunset. In the end, we captured some gold nuggets I’m proud to share on this blog post. Congratulations to both Konrad and Cristina on their epic adventure elopement.

 

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New Zealand Adventure Wedding, Mt. Cook, Queenstown | Adventure Elopement Photographer

NEW ZEALAND ELOPEMENT PHOTOS
Mt. Cook Aoraki National park
Queenstown, New Zealand

Adventure Wedding Photographer
Charleton Churchill

Jason and Heather’s New Zealand Adventure Wedding in Mt. Cook, Queenstown, and Glenorchy.

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ADVENTURE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY IN NEW ZEALAND STORY

Jason and Heather contacted me last year originally for a wedding in my local area of California where they booked a popular wedding venue, a top wedding planner, and the whole bit. Some time later, they called me and told me they were canceling the wedding. I was saddened to hear the news. However, they did say they wanted to still use me and plan an adventure wedding. There was no hesitation. I was ready.

Heather and Jason ultimately planned on New Zealand for their destination wedding adventure. Jason had a love for the Lord of the Rings movies and they both wanted something epic. While they both wanted some beautiful landscape photos capturing them married together with the jaw-dropping views, they expressed they didn’t have a huge interest in hiking mountains like my Mt. Everest wedding or the sixteen mile elopement hike in Montana we did last year with another couple. I understood.

FIRST DAY

I had photographed two couples while in New Zealand. Jason and Heather were my second couple. And while my first couple hiked everywhere, Heather and Jason got their adventure. On the first day, it was pouring, cold, and windy while we were hanging out at Mt. Cook National Park. I had hiked the previous day and explored the Aoraki mountains while it was good weather. After the first day of rain, the next day was sprinkling and the mountains were somewhat visible, but there remained a slight chance for photos. So, we decided let’s do it. Let’s capture some images regardless of the weather and make it work.

What happened next after getting dressed up was a series of brief escapes out of our heated car and into the rain to capture glimpses of them. Jumping back into the car to reheat and dry off, we would wait until the rain would slow to a mist and we’d be back outside for more. Jason and Heather worked hard for their photos and fortunately they booked me for the two day package and then some. Because of poor visibility, we weren’t able to capture much of the Mount Cook mountains. However, in the next few days we would be given beautiful weather in Queenstown where we finished our photos.

NEW ADVENTURE

I had some ideas and asked my couple if they were up for a challenge. I always like to try something different for each couple. I talked to our helicopter pilot with his input and he was game. We dropped them off at a high point where there was a cliff with wind blowing on both sides while they hunkered down. From this vantage point, we got the most incredible images. Our heli pilot said that my couple was brave (actually he said crazy). Originally Jason and Heather told me they didn’t want any crazy hiking adventures. The hilarious part is they attempted and executed something most couples wouldn’t do according to our heli pilot of twenty plus years. We could only get a few images because the wind was difficult.

As a result of this wedding adventure, I have to share that New Zealand has some of the most beautiful mountains to photograph. The southern Alps go for days. I would love to return to climb Mt. Cook or at least some of the mountains around the National Park area. There’s so much to discover. Jason and Heather picked an awesome destination for wedding photos. Congratulations to the both of them.

 

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