Wanaka Weddings: Estelle & Stas

The intimate Autumn wedding that went from one perfect location to the next...

Estelle and Stas share their story, secrets and tips on their beautiful Autumn wedding in Wanaka.

Why Wanaka?

My husband and I love the outdoors and nature. He proposed to me in Western Australia, a stunning landscape, where the soil is red and dry and where temperatures soar up into the forties. When deciding on our wedding destination, we knew we wanted a stark contrast to the desert terrain we had lived in for the past two years. 

Bride and groom on a mountaintop in Wanaka

We wanted a small intimate wedding with the perfect backdrop, Wanaka was exactly that! During the Autumn months, it is something particularly special. The vibrant foliage that lines the streets and water's edge creates an idyllic setting. The crisp cool air reminds you of every breath you take. The mountains surround and engulf you. Wanaka epitomizes the clean, green, beautiful New Zealand that the rest of the world knows.  

What was your favourite part of your Wanaka wedding?

Being on top of Mount Roy, standing at Coromandel peak, wrapped in my husbands arms and taking in our surroundings. 

Bride and groom on Coromandel Peak in Wanaka, New Zealand

What time of the year did you get married and why?

We chose to marry in Autumn, knowing that the poplar trees would be in all their glory. We also craved a cooler climate having come from Western Australia.   

Bride and groom walk away during ceremony in Wanaka

Any advice for other brides?

The day is for you and your loved one, do what makes you happy and have the day how you envisioned it. 

Bride and groom walk through the vineyards during their wedding

What is your “must-do” when getting married in Wanaka?

Take a helicopter ride up to one of the mountains. The scenery is stunning and not something you will ever forget. Wanaka holds a special place in my husband's and my heart and we hope to someday live there. 

Bride and groom get in helicopter during their wedding in Wanaka

Other information:

Date of wedding - April 24, 2016
Number of guests - 4
Venue -  Edgewater Resort 

Wanaka businesses used:

Photography: Alpine Image Company 
Planner: The Wedding Company New Zealand 
Celebrant: Jools MacKnight 
Hair: Absolutely Fabulous Hair
Flowers: Crimson Wedding Flowers
Transport: Wanaka Helicopters 
Venue: Rippon Hall 

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