On Friday Matt and I drove the beautiful road into Mt. Nicholas Station for a wedding. Phil & Latisha live & work at Mt. Nic. and while it's in a reasonably remote location, it is a stunning venue for a wedding!
Phil & Latisha planned a perfect day. Everyone got ready at Walter Peak Lodge before heading out for photos around the area. They chose a first look timeline so that they could maximise time with their guests who arrived by boat from Queenstown. And the Mt. Nicholas Station woolshed was a cool venue for Phil & Latisha's wedding reception, barely recognisable as a woolshed on the inside!
Going through these photos makes my heart melt as I see all the love and happiness - it is easy to see that these two are best friends. And there's a special kind of happiness you feel when you know you've married your best friend; the person that makes you laugh the loudest, who you fall in love with more & more as time goes on, the one that you can't wait to spend the rest of your life with.
When we arrived in the morning, the beautiful Lodge at Walter Peak was filled with chatter & laughter as the girls got ready upstairs. Meanwhile the guys hung out in the sun on the lawn before getting ready next door.
This beautiful wooden ring box was made by Latisha's sister, Avana!
While the crew looked on from the balcony, Latisha walked out to see Phil for the first time in her stunning David Tutera designed gown.
This bridal party were awesome! Spending the day with Phil, Latisha and their epic bridal party was like hanging out with old friends (partly because we practically knew everyone in the bridal party anyway!).
To say it was a windy day is probably an understatement but Phil & Latisha knew of a good sheltered spot on the farm so we took off in the trucks and when we got there not only was it calm but the light was beautiful for photos!
These bouquets might just be my favourite yet! Those peach roses - perfection.
The blokes looked dapper in blue.
And ladies you all look stunning! Those bridesmaid dresses were gorgeous.
We headed out to an charming old stone cottage for a few photos, then the bridal party chilled out inside and had a picnic break.
This photo serves as a reminder for me to always check in on the finer details of a shot. The whole time I was setting up for this shot, adjusting my settings then shooting I failed to notice that Mark had scored himself a bouquet! 😂 And he looks so proud!
I always wonder when we're shooting weddings, how the day feels for the guests. We spend most of a wedding day with the bridal party so we get an entirely different, almost behind-the-scenes view of the day. I imagine Latisha & Phil's wedding to have been a bit of an adventure for their guests - I mean it's not often you go by boat to a wedding! Everyone came over from Queenstown on the boat (which also took them back at the end of the night).
Latisha and Phil said their vows on the shores of Lake Wakatipu - the most beautiful backdrop for a ceremony. Made even more special by having Latisha's great aunt Nola Howden officiate the ceremony.
Officially Mr & Mrs McMurray!
The Mt. Nicholas Station woolshed was transformed inside for the wedding reception. All the gorgeous details added up to make it a magical setting - peach ribbon around the chairs, vases of roses & peonies sat on top of tree rounds & burlap as table centrepieces, even the cute wee wedding favours; personalised jars of honey!
Tales were told, advise was given and many toasts were made during the speeches!
This cake was perfection. You had me at gold glitter lettering... I'm in love! 😍
A huge congratulations Phil & Tish! We loved every moment & every detail of your perfect day. It was a pleasure to meet your families and an absolute honour to document your beautiful first day of marriage!!!
We wish you all the happiness in the world and we know great things are in store for your future together as husband and wife! xxx
The awesome wedding vendors:
Venues: The Lodge at Walter Peak + Mt. Nicholas Station
Dress: Brides by Donna Rae
Makeup: Laura Braithwaites - Scape
Hair: Crystal Miller - Scape
Flowers: Kate Stone
Jewellery: Michael Hill
Celebrant: Nola Howden
Catering: Food Affair Gore
Cake: Taylor Made Cakes
Band: Jar Run