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About Us

Sunshine Weddings

Who Are We?

Sunshine Weddings are Scott and Melissa, a husband and wife team, an Aussie, a Kiwi, a mum and a dad. We’ve both had diverse and interesting careers in publishing, design, skydiving, film-making, editing and photography. After getting married on the shores of Lake Wanaka we relocated to a tiny, seaside town right at the bottom of the South Island. Family, working together, being creative, making art and raising our crazy 5 year old and three dogs is life as we know it.
We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE elopement weddings working with just a couple. So that’s what we do! Sunshine weddings are intimate, joyous ceremonies set in the rugged alpine beauty of Queenstown.
We’ve been a part of the local Queenstown wedding industry for more than 10 years starting with film and evolving to encompass photography and elopement wedding planning along the way. We’re the only specialist all-in-one photography, film and planning company in the region. Our goal is to make the process of creating and capturing your wedding simple and personal.


Scott (our Aussie) is an ex-professional sky-diver turned film-maker, editor, photographer and a bit of a tech geek. He’s not afraid of a cheeky pint and is an exceptional cook who’s been known to spend a couple of days cooking braised beef cheeks. Seriously! Scott’s a natural at helping people relax and enjoy themselves, whether it’s while throwing them out of a plane, or being photographed on their wedding day.


Melissa (our Kiwi) first picked up a camera as part of a graphic design degree many years ago and hasn’t stopped doing both since! After several years working in publishing she now shoots weddings, families and our family (with three dogs and a five year old). She is a working artist and designer and is the one on the end of every Sunshine email. Together with Scott they also run the family gallery in Riverton.

Why Elopements?

We have worked together as Sunshine Weddings in the Queenstown wedding industry for nearly a decade. Sunshine started as one of the first wedding video production companies in the region, way back when cameras were huge and wedding videos were long and something only your mum wanted to watch.
Times have changed. We’ve shot A LOT of weddings since then, worked with incredible couples and picked up a few international awards along the way. When clients starting asking us to do their photography as well, we said yes! Photography became a primary focus, an unexpected passion and creative outlet. After working as a photography and film team for a couple of years we found ourselves making referrals, working on schedules and collaborating with couples to create bespoke, individual wedding days. It came as no surprise to realise some our favourite weddings and best work resulted from weddings we organised. So Sunshine Weddings – Elopements was born to put all the best elements in place to ensure our couples have an incredible experience and we can capture, natural, authentic photography and film.
Our packages include all our knowledge, connections, experience and creativity, making it easy for our couples to elope in style and capture beautiful, timeless memories.
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