Intimate Outdoor New Zealand Wedding

Jonas Peterson has the extreme privilege of working in some of the most beautiful places in the world, and his talent for capturing the landscapes of wherever he travels never ceases to amaze us. He has a true gift as you can see from these absolutely mind-boggling images of the New Zealand mountains. We have more from the bride, Josephine on why she and Steve chose to marry in Queenstown:

Steve and I met in Australia. He had transferred for work and with him being from the UK and spending his working life abroad, when we got engaged, the puzzle of where began!  Steve arranged a weekend away to Queenstown to sell me on getting married in New Zealand.   It didn’t take much convincing, it was stunning! As clichéd as it sounds, Queenstown is breathtaking!  It was also close to Australia for people to travel and Steve felt at home, with the mountains being reminiscent of his childhood in Scotland.   With a location and celebration that spoke for itself, we knew we needed little to make the wedding feel amazing – some great friends and family, lots of love, laughter and a whole lot of dancing!

On the morning of the wedding, we woke to a thick layer of snow across the mountains – it was perfect and a rare sight for Queenstown in Autumn.  We had 35 guests in total, and were married in what we affectionately named the Ginger Bread house, a chapel overlooking the Lake Wakatipu. The reception was held at a private lodge 7 minutes outside Queenstown, overlooking The Remarkables. We worked with a local florist to have in-season flowers, candles and garlands on the table – we wanted a natural and easy feeling in the room.  Our first dance was under the stars surrounded by our loved ones holding candles in the freezing temperatures, but it was worth it!  Having everyone in town the following day was great, being able to recount the wedding and continue the celebration – we felt like we had a wedding week, not just a wedding day.

Photographer: Jonas Peterson | Florals: The Flower Room, Queenstown | Hair: Hair Junkie Wamberal, Australia | Makeup: Hush Beauty Queenstown | Paper Goods: The Collectors Room, Sydney | Rentals: The Flower Room, Queenstown | Wedding Dress, Shoes & Accessories: Johanna Johnson