Sit back, relax and let us take you on a journey to a place that made Peter Jackson immortal. The picturesque town of Wanaka, located at the other end of New Zealand’s capital, was the perfect place for Belinda and Campbell to say “I do”. Belinda tells us, “we chose Wanaka as it is where we met and a very important place to us both. We both love the outdoors and where our wedding and reception was, at Criffel Station, is the place I used to nanny during University holidays.”
Photographer Eric Ronald traveled with Belinda and Campbell to the top of Mt. Roy where he captured these unbelievable images that are as impressive as the view itself. “Belinda had arranged for a helicopter flight as a surprise for Campbell, says Eric, who admits he was “a bit scared”. “Soaring over Lake Wanaka was such a surreal and overwhelming experience; I can’t really put it into words… It was like being inside an oil painting.”
Once back on solid ground, Belinda and Campbell made their way to the reception – an otherwise blank space that had been sophistically styled with flowers by Andrea Crawford in simple shades of white and green. Some well considered DIY decorations brought together the kind of day this pair had always dreamed of but for us it was Belinda’s Amaline Vitale gown that really stole the show. “I thought finding a dress would be easy but boy was I wrong”, she says. After weeks of searching Amaline Vitale was the first gown she’d found that suited her style. “It was a little over my budget so I took a while to decide whether or not I would go ahead with it… after going back to try it on 4 different times I decided to go for it and I’m so glad I did!
CREDITS Photos Eric Ronald Photography // Bridal gown, veil and jewellery Amaline Vitale // Shoes JJ’s House // Flowers Andrea Crawford // Rings Australian Diamond Company and Angus & Coote // Bridesmaids dresses Asos // Groom and groomsmen suits Bell & Barnett // Grooms shoes Zu // Ties Brooksfield // Ceremony and reception Criffel Station Woolshed, Wanaka, New Zealand // Catering 63b // Stationery Tori and Sal // Hair Alice Hair // Makeup Blush Invercargill // Music Shoptalk // Celebrant Bernice Lepper // Transport Wanaka Helicopters