Jerry and Brad's Boho Cardrona Hotel Wedding

We can’t even begin to explain how happy we were with every part of the service Ruth offered! Traveling from Australia to NZ to wed couldn’t have been made anymore easier. From the communication, the service and wonderful memories captured we couldn’t have asked for more. Do yourself a favour and look no further when organising photography to capture the beginning chapter of your forever.
Jerry & Brad Cowley

Jerry and Brad got married in spring at the awesome Cardrona Hotel, which is a rustic and iconic venue in the Cardrona Valley, between Wanaka & Queenstown. It was the most beautiful wedding full of laughter and joy, plus the sun shone all day long!

Jerry wore a stunning Grace Loves Lace white dress with blush underlay. The girls wore olive green dresses and the guys had navy chino pants, white shirt and cream linen jackets.

The couple met Australia through mutual friends. Brad proposed on New Years Eve, right on midnight during a house party they were hosting, having just bought their place that Christmas,

The Ceremony

The ceremony was a wonderful service in the garden of the venue. The ceremony site looked just amazing with decor from Major & Minor and florals by The Flower Room. Emily Cane was the awesome celebrant and there was so many tears & laughter. During the ceremony all the guests had a champagne toast to the newly-weds. It was so emotional and a beautiful way of involving everyone in the ceremony.

The Afternoon and Location Photos

After the group photos Jerry, Brad and their bridal party headed to Lake Wanaka for location photos. Jerry & Brad wanted to capture the beautiful scenery of Wanaka but also wanted to focus the photography experience on them having a good time with their bridal party. As a result, the afternoon was super fun which resulted in lots of natural and candid images, along with the epic landscape of the lake.

The Reception

The reception was indoors at the venue. Jerry and Brad chose the Cardrona Hotel because they wanted a wedding that was more intimate with their closest family & friends and an environment that was both stress free and casual for both us and our guests. They also wanted to combine their wedding with a holiday and party, so the beautiful Cardrona Hotel was the perfect choice! It was a boho luxe wedding, which I absolutely adored.

My favourite parts of the evening were the cake cutting, which was actually a pile of delicious doughnuts, and all of the dancing which was fuelled by Robert Glen’s rocking music.

Jerry and Brad’s wedding was everything I love about weddings and so much fun. I think Brad’s fantastic feedback perfectly sum up how much I enjoyed their day:

“Ruth is definitely close to being called up as a guest to our next event, she was spectacular and the photos of our wedding are incredible!"

If you’re looking for a fun wedding photographer who fits in like one of your guests, get in touch!

Thanks to the awesome team behind this wedding:

Venue: Cardrona Hotel

Flowers: The Flower Room

Make Up: Eve Make-Up Artistry

Bridesmaids Hair: Beautiful Bridal Hair

Wedding Styling at the Cardrona Hotel: Major & Minor Wedding Hire

Celebrant: Emily Cane

Musician: Robert Glen Music

Dress: Grace Loves Lace

Catering: Cardrona Hotel

Video: Shotover Wedding Films

Cake / doughnuts: Pembroke Patisserie

Bridal Party transport: Yello Bus