When Rachel and Dan first got in touch with me about their amazing wedding in Wanaka, I was so excited – they were planning a relaxed and rustic stylish wedding with an outdoor ceremony. There was also a huge emphasis on all their friends & family having the best day possible; Rachel & Dan live in Perth and had people coming from Malaysia & Australia as well as New Zealand to be part of their big day. Rachel and Dan are the loveliest people and I couldn’t wait to be their wedding photographer!
Rachel & Dan are also both avid cyclists and decided to undertake the legendary Pioneer Mountain Bike Race as Team Smith the week before their wedding. This 424km race takes place over 6 days and has 15,124 metres of climbing. Seriously impressive stuff! Not surprisingly, their bikes had pride of place at the reception venue and were incorporated into the decor.
The wedding took place at the gorgeous The Olive Grove on the most beautiful sunny day. There were so many magical moments, but one of my very favourites is where their rings were presented to them by Abigail, the daughter of the very talented craftsman Harley who’d made them. After the ceremony and being showered with colourful confetti, Rachel & Dan loved mingling with their guests and enjoying the stunning view over Lake Wanaka & Ruby Island.
After the Ceremony
The Bridal Party photos were so much fun. Firstly we headed to an iconic local woolshed, which was brilliant for the rustic country look that Rachel & Dan love so much. We then spent some time on the lakeshore.
Next was our helicopter flight up to the mountain tops overlooking Lake Wanaka. What can I say about this part of the afternoon other than everything was utterly perfect... truly. Just take a look at the photos and judge for yourselves!
The wedding reception took place at Edgewater Wanaka, which was decorated so many fantastic overhanging floral displays. It was so incredible. The photo frame to use with Polaroid cameras was a huge hit with the guests and the atmosphere for the evening was charged. I loved the photo board which had every single guest on there; so much thought and time had gone into making this fabulous poster.
The bridal party were introduced into the reception with each pair having their own theme music. Before and after dinner there were some wonderful speeches, including messages from those who couldn’t make the wedding. MC Adam did the most brilliant job of keeping the evening flowing smoothly while entertaining everyone. After the couple had their first dance and everyone hit the dancefloor, enjoying the DJ for the rest of the evening.
Hair: Wedding Day Hairstyles - Theresa Shortland - Wedding Hairstyles
Make-up: Road to Beauty
Wedding Planning & Florals: Fantail Weddings
Celebrant: Glennys Logan
Ceremony Venue: The Olive Grove
Reception Venue: Edgewater Resort
Catering at the ceremony: Raspberry Creek
Helicopter: Wanaka Helicopters
Cake: Cakes of Wanaka
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