This adventurous couple journeyed from Perth, Australia to Queenstown, New Zealand to say “I do” amongst snow-capped mountains and breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu. Photographer Carla Mitchell met the bride and groom for the first time on the morning of their winter wedding. “We probably tried for about a month to organize a time to speak on the phone that suited us both… and I only got to confirm a lot of the details days before the wedding. I basically… knocked on Bec’s door to introduce myself and [said] ‘Happy wedding day, I’m your photographer, Carla’” she recalls. She spent time with Rebecca and Aron in turn before capturing their first look in the lobby of the waterfront Rees Hotel.
Rebecca exchanged her silver heels for wedding boots before a helicopter whisked the couple and their seven guests up to the peaks of The Remarkables. Recent snowfall led to an exciting session, and Carla felt privileged to document every moment of this stunning elopement. She says, “The highlight from the photo shoot would of been how deep the snow was and how the couple and myself kept falling into deep holes up to our [knees which]… always brought a lot of laughs… Aron & Rebecca have a very sweet relationship, and Aron is very protective of his girl… you could see how much he adores her.”
Photography by Carla Mitchell Photography
“REBECCA LEFT US ALL WAITING IN ANTICIPATION IN THE HOTEL LOBBY. WHEN SHE ARRIVED DRESSED IN THE WHITE ROBE (TO HIDE HER DRESS FROM ARON) SHE [LOOKED] ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. ARON WAS GOB SMACKED.”
[Carla Mitchell, Photographer]
“ARON AND REBECCA WERE SUCH TROOPERS AND MADE THE MOST OF THE TIME ON THE MOUNTAIN FROLICKING IN THE SNOW WHILE I CAPTURED THEIR POST WEDDING EXCITEMENT WITH LOTS OF WARM HUGS AND KISSES.”