Category Archives: Destination Wedding

Alana + Louis // An elopement – via helicopter – in Queenstown, New Zealand {A Heli-Wedding}


Being invited to capture an elopement is a special thing. Taking a helicopter to a 4000+ foot mountain peak – on a snowy, yet perfectly sunlit day – is another thing entirely.

Alana (a talented Perth-based wedding and commercial photographer) + Louis took Alastair and me (She Takes Pictures He Makes Films) on the adventure of their lives. Instead of throwing a huge wedding, they chose to make their vows with only their celebrant, Alastair and myself, the helicopter pilot, and the knockout grandeur of mother nature as their witnesses. What an honour it was for us all.

They returned from their dream-like ‘Heliwedding’ to a private, candlelit dining room at their hotel – the stunning Matakauri Lodge – where (they tell me) they continued pinch themselves throughout their meal… and for many days afterwards.

I’m thrilled to present my photos from the day, and Alastair’s gorgeous film (at the bottom of the post). The awesome soundtrack was kindly provided by Melbourne’s LANKS  (our new favourite producer), and the title illustration is by artist Caro Facelli.

Full credits at the bottom of the post.



Dress: Aelkemi
Louis’ suit: Politix
Louis shoes: Gingers
Alana’s shoes: Senso
Hair: Claire at Beautiful Bridal Hair
Makeup: Juliet at JET
Celebrant: Katherine Ormond
Helicopter: Over the Top
Rings: Kristian Fraurud
Earrings: Mania Mania
Fur: Lilya


– Now see Alastair’s film –


Lucy, the photos are breathtaking.  I have no words.  The way that you have captured our day and us is simply perfect.  We are smiling from ear to ear and just can’t believe the moments you managed to capture on the day.  You are a seriously talented lady – unbelievable.  We are both in awe of your work and really can’t even begin to put into words what these photos mean to us.  

Alastair, WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE the film of our wedding day – it is just beyond.  The film is everything.  Exceeds all of our expectations and is simply perfect. We can’t believe now that we even thought about not having a film of our day – what you have created for us is a masterpiece that we will treasure forever.

We are so so so thrilled and are in awe of you two and your incredible work!! THANK YOU so much for just being so awesome from start to finish – can’t thank you guys enough and we honestly couldn’t think of two better people to have with us on our wedding day. Thank you thank you thank you both from the bottom of our hearts!

– Alana + Louis



Sara Hannagan Amazing wedding. Outstanding images and film! Love your work

John Possemato Absolutely incredible! So whimsical!

Sal Luce & Al…this is so beautiful!! Absolutely love what you have both put together… so talented!!! XX

Natalie WOW! Insanely good!

Tamarin Ridiculous. Insane. Can’t actually form a sentence to tell you how good this is!

Emilie This is beyond amazing.

Nic Duncan Just Wow! So much love and so much style. Congratulations!

Warren Williams Incredible photos and very moving film. Great work team!

Kristina That song from The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty was playing in my head when I was viewing these. Incredible doesn’t even cover it. I got tingles from the atmosphere! So much power! Love it

Lucie Sensational work guys, blown away x

Oli Sanfizzington Well this is just outright glorious insanity head to toe :|. Bravo maestros. You’re making the rest of us look bad. Stop it.

Dmitry Gerasimovich Thats EPIC!
Just in love with your works!!!
Keep rockin!

Marlon Richardson (@marlontaze) You win the day, this is beautiful!

Katie Absolutely floored!!!

Nisha Haq WOW this is mega gorgeous! How fantastic is this elopement?! Beautiful storytelling photography. The colours are so crisp. And the film as a wonderful accompaniment to the photographs. :)

Kim Wow, wow, wow!

sue wright Absolutely amazing work,loved the film and images of my gorgeous son and his beautiful wife’s wedding – thank you

Fiona Vail No words – just wow!!! I know these lovely people and I had a little teary looking at these incredible memories. Beautiful work xxx

Renee So amazing!!! And where are those amazing boots from??

Jesse Hisco Beautifully captured by both you! Really enjoyed looking through the whole set and the film! Nailed it!

Tahnee LUCY! My mouth nearly hit the keyboard! Fucking amazing! My goodness, what a talent you are! x

Daniel Evans Lucy these are absolutely insane. How soon in advance can I book you for my wedding ?

Emilie White Oh shit. this is just insane. wow!!

James Bennett Really fantastic work!!

Tiff + Terepai // Byron Bay Destination Wedding // She Takes Pictures He Makes Films


Tiff + Terepai chose the perfect location for their three days of wedding bliss; the beautiful Byron Bay. Sun, surf, crystals, tipis… drumming and dancing, feasts and ferns… laughter, love and the moon.

Alastair and I were invited as She Takes Pictures He Makes Films to capture their amazing family’s love story.

We joined Terepai, his oldest son Tainui and his mates on an early morning surf; visited the healing surrounds of Crystal Castle with Tiff, her besties and her adorable little gentlemen Rocket and Fin; partied and soaked in the sun throughout the wedding day at the stunning The Grove Byron Bay; and relaxed at a chilled recovery breakfast at Secret Garden the following morning.

The wedding celebrated their diverse heritage with a special Polynesian ceremony performed by Terepai’s mum, sister and Aunts, laying brightly-coloured traditional linens around the embracing family. After a sun-kissed golden hour portrait session with the beautiful couple, everyone ate, drank and danced into the night (with special drumming solos from Terepai and little rockstar Fin).

We were absolutely honoured to have been part of it, and to have had the chance to meet so many incredible, fun and talented people along the way.

Full credits at the bottom of the post.

♦ Featured in the Hello May Real Wedding Special.

– Surfing and Crystals // The Day Before –


– Gettin Hitched –


– Recovery Breakfast –

Wedding Venue: The Grove Byron Bay
Recovery Venue: Secret Garden
Tipis and furniture: SamiKata Tipi Events
Make up: Bronnie Jane @ Two Hearts Club
Hair: Wesley Mitton
Stationary: Kathryn Green Illustrations
Celebrant: Inner Circle Ceremonies
Catering: Eat Drink Catering
Florals: Bower Botanicals<
Props: Rust and Romance 
Hire: Byron Bay Wedding and Party Hire, Frank & joy Hire
Dress: Anna Maurer Bridal Couture
Lighting: North Coast Events
Music and Dance: Fernando Aragones, Kamo’s Island dance group, Kooii
Photography and Videography: She Takes Pictures He Makes Films
Special thanks to Soph from us.


Brides Who Know OMG Lucy! This is such an incredible celebration of love with friends and family. I LOVE how you captured the emotions all the way from the beginning through to the very end!

Kristen Curette Holy moly!!! These photos are like movie stills. This couple, that venue, the style everything!! Perfect.

Yeray Cruz Awesome!! Congrat!!

margaret vetter Beautiful record of three magical days. So nice to relive special wedding we attended.X

TP What a wonderful highlight of 2014; and what a beautiful and inspiring foundation for the decades ahead. X

Lee Incredible! Beautiful photos of a beautiful couple!

Lucinda + Ben // St Mary’s By The Sea, Port Douglas Destination Wedding


What better way to celebrate your love, than to escape the southern winter and head to glorious Far North Queensland? Lu + Ben and their awesome Adelaide peeps know what’s up.

After several lazy beachside days with their family and friends, this lovely twosome was hitched at the delightfully cute St Mary’s By The Sea, and partied through the night in the nearby Sugar Wharf – a rustic timber venue perched directly over the clear blue tropical waters. Bliss.

Alastair and I were stoked to be brought along as She Takes Pictures He Makes Films – sharing this adventure with all these excellent humans was an absolute honour.

Film soundtrack featuring original songs by Australia’s The Soorleys and The Honey Pies, and an illustration by Holly Connors.
Full wedding credits at the bottom of the post.

Dress: Nid
Hair + Makeup: Tropical Beauty
Suit: Gibson
Flowers/Venue Styling: The Vintage Hire Company
Celebrant: Ben Pitman
Catering: Port Douglas Catering
DJ: DJ Bart
Venues: St Mary’s By The Sea / The Sugar Wharf
Car hire: Kombi Celebrations



Daniel Evans Sensational work both of you.

Jill Radcliffe Fabulous photos, fabulous family, fabulous friends, a truly memorable experience.