Sunshine Is..

Sunshine Weddings is Scott and Melissa – a pretty down-to-earth husband and wife team, both photographers and film-makers, artists and designers, a mum and dad, Aussie and Kiwi. We have been working in the Queenstown wedding industry for over 12 years.  In that time we’ve photographed and made wedding films for all sorts of weddings – large (very) grand affairs, small family weddings and everything in between. We’ve worked with other photographers, videographers, planners and many, many different wedding vendors, venues and suppliers.

In 2016 we started Sunshine Weddings – Elopements offering elopement packages to create the weddings we loved the most: small intimate weddings with time getting to know a couple, working with the best and nicest professionals and taking care of details that we know make a difference to the day. Our goal is to capture beautiful photographs, help create an unforgettable experience and simple make people happy.

Sunshine Weddings – Elopements is exclusively for small, couple-only intimate weddings. Our weddings are full of heart, humour, incredible landscapes and lots of care and attention.

Photographer and Videographer

Hi, I’m Scott the photographer / videographer half of Sunshine Weddings. I’m an Aussie, husband and very proud dad of a 6 year old who gets me to dye her hair blue every now and again and is shaping up to beat me on the mountain bike.

I started with photography and video way back when I was throwing myself out of planes for a living as a professional skydive instructor and camera operator. My wife is quite happy I no longer do that, but I still love being behind a camera, capturing nervous people about to take a leap and helping them feel good about it. For me, shooting elopements and weddings with just a couple gives me the chance to really connect with people. From there it’s a short jump translating that connection to a moment and then to an image. The style of photography I love is candid, natural and real – real moments, lots of laughter and relaxed, happy people.

Planner (and other stuff)

I’m Melissa, the organiser, designer and post-production half of Sunshine. These days my talented husband is out in the field photographing and filming and I do a lot of the behind the scenes work. We also own and run a gallery called The Good Studio which doubles as my office. So I get to plan your wedding surrounded by lots of beautiful New Zealand art. 🙂

I’ve worked in creative industries for my whole career. As a designer, creative director, publisher, photographer and illustrator. And it all comes in pretty handy now. Whether designing our website(s), writing an email without too many typos, teaching our 6-year old Photoshop (she’s pretty good!) or simply understanding what Scott needs to take great photos and creating a perfect wedding day to help make it happen.

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