Sunshine Weddings is Scott and Melissa, a down-to-earth husband and wife team creating and capturing spectacular couple-only elopement experiences in Queenstown. Our couples are independent and adventurous with dreams of a stress-free, intimate wedding among epic mountain and lakeside scenery.
After more than 10 years as photographers and film-makers, we formed Elopement Weddings to provide a one-stop option for simple, authentic and intimate weddings – the weddings we love the most! Our weddings are full of heart, humour and genuine care. We’re not a large studio with multiple photographers, nor do we use freelancers. Instead we choose to take only a small number of bookings each month, so all our couples become a part of the Sunshine family with personal care and attention.
Melissa will be on the end of every email, holding your hand along the way and making the planning process simple and stress-free. Scott is with you on your wedding day as your photographer and videographer. He has a gentle encouraging approach and will capture you simply being yourselves on an unforgettable day.
Every wedding starts with an email or phone call. Melissa is in the office, answering emails and putting plans in place with quick, friendly communication, honest advice and lots of local knowledge to make your day perfect. She’ll take care of all the details so you can focus on each other and the important part – getting married! Her background is in design and photography and can be found working on wedding plans while running the family gallery in Riverton, so she’s pretty good at multi-tasking. Melissa can take care of everything, or simply arrange the basics and point you in the right direction for the rest. It’s up to you. We create personal experiences that suit your vision of the day – whatever that is
We offer mountain wedding packages, lakeside wedding packages or you can have your ceremony at a hand-picked venue. Packages are specifically designed for the needs of couple-only elopements or weddings with a small handful of guests. All packages include professional photography, celebrant, witnesses, french champagne, a personalised timeline, coordination and referrals. You can add helicopter flights, hair, makeup and flowers, a ceremony video and/or highlight video and more.
Scott’s photography style is warm and natural. He loves capturing personalities by letting the day unfold and shooting candid and genuine moments rather than formal, posed shots. He has been photographing and filming weddings for well over a decade. A previous career as a professional skydiver has honed his skills for helping nervous couples feel at ease and comfortable.
A simple and convenient add-on to any package. A video of your ceremony includes all the audio of your service and vows and will show off the beautiful setting for your ceremony. Perfect to show off to friends and family back home! Scott will set up two fixed cameras and attached a small lapel mic and recorder to the groom and your celebrant. You will receive a professionally edited, colour graded digital mp4 sent via dropbox, just a few days after your wedding.
Highlight Wedding Video
Scott is also a highly experienced (and multiple AIPP award-winning) videographer. So we are uniquely positioned to offer combined photography and video (both done by Scott) for couple-only weddings, without adding the complexities, significant costs and loss of intimacy when you involve external video companies.
Your highlight wedding video captures footage from throughout the day and is edited to showcase your wedding experience in a fun and personalised way. It will be approx 2 minutes and set to licensed music. Do note, there is typically no audio included in the highlight video edit unless requested. You will receive a digital mp4 sent via dropbox, just a few days after your wedding.