Jul 6, 2020
Brooke Tyson Ritual – some of the most incredible bridal designs on the planet, with delicate contours and flowing textures, and what a treat it was to photograph them in a (real) blizzard, atop a volcano in New Zealand, draped over our incredible model, Fran, for the Story and Light photography workshop hosted by the genius wizardchildren over at Bayly and Moore.
Featured here is the Brooke Tyson Ritual Luna gown, as well as their Flora gown.
Story and Light was sponsored by the brilliant Australian film-lab Atkins, who kindly developed and scanned all of these images, shot entirely on Kodak Film. More on analogue wedding photography.
Removing herself from the perilously wild volcanic blizzard (despite the hardy protection of the Luna gown), here, we see Fran emerging from a more friendly forest, in the Brooke Tyson Flora gown.
Above and below is the Flora gown. Anyone that has ever met a New Zealander knows that the Ritual collection benefits from the classic kiwi ingenuity, developed in and around curious brain-zaps that test the edges of what bridal gowns should look like.
Celebrating free-spirits and with inspiration taken from cinema and folklore, the Brooke Tyson Luna gown was pretty much made to be draped across Franc and then whisked by a blizzard in on top of a volcano.
Brooke Tyson are also featured here on my top 5 best modern wedding dresses.
For more wedding dress designs from another planet, check out Jaime Lee Major.
If you like Brooke Tyson, you might also like these incredible wedding jumpsuits.
Nov 18, 2016
Next to baking a loaf of bread using nothing but beer, this is the most majestic thing I’ve ever witnessed. A helicopter elopement in New Zealand. Two lovers soaring above the treetops, with a backdrop of snowcapped mountains and glimmering glacial lakes. This is the complete guide to a quirky Queenstown helicopter elopement.
New Zealand is one of the most peaceful countries in the world, according to the Global Peace Index (2020). It’s also one of the most beautiful countries in the world, according to me (and the millions of other people who feature its glorious scenic views on their Instagram accounts).
From snowcapped peaks to glistening glacial lakes and dense, green forests, there’s endless buckets of variety for incredible wedding photography. When you add a majestic helicopter into the mix, you can capture images with phenomenal views that no ordinary wedding could match, and that’s the exact reason these two lovers decided to high-tail it over the seas to elope there.
Jumping in a chopper allows access to places that are unable to be reached on foot, especially if you’re wearing a long white dress and heels.
These Queenstown locals will give you a Queenstown helicopter elopement to die for.
“Arrive in style to your wedding venue, or capture your wedding photos against a stunning mountain backdrop. Whether it is just for two or the entire entourage, let us help you take a flight on your special day.”– Over The Top
Over The Top have a bunch of experiences available to wedding parties and couples who want to take their nuptials to the next level, and they’ll even create a 100% bespoke elopement trip for you. Go for a super reclusive wedding on the shore of an alpine lake, or travel to the highest peak of the tallest mountain and exchange vows as you breathe in the raw, natural air of the Queenstown wilderness.
Plan your Queenstown elopement for December-February and enjoy a warmer, sunshine filled flight in the midst of summer. If you prefer the cooler months, aim for a June-August wedding and “Let It Go” in the snowcapped peaks surrounding the jaw-dropping Queenstown region.
Over The Top have a range of copters to fulfil the booking needs of every couple. They will also pick you up from your Queenstown accommodation, if that bakes your muffins.
Alongside Over The Top, Queenstown has an enormous array of businesses within the wedding industry.
For all things Queenstown wedding related, check out the Queenstown Wedding Association website.
As if you needed any more convincing, here are a few more pics snapped at a bloody delightful New Zealand helicopter elopement.
Lil (a fabulous photographer in her own right, just to add a little weight to the whole exercise) and Jake, a quiet-genius musician, at the last minute decided to elope to the brilliant Queenstown alps, before having a larger wedding day with friends and family out at the Diggers Store back in Victoria.
Check out some of the best wedding celebrants (and human beings) Melbourne has to offer. Since we’re on the topic of New Zealand, also check out this Solscape wedding in Raglan.