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What happens if it rains?
I haven’t photographed many Weddings in the rain and luckily when it does rain it doesn’t rain for long. However there are many locations where photographs can be taken out of the rain. I always have umbrellas on hand and as long as you don’t mind getting a little wet we can still capture the magic and get amongst the scenery to capture those special Wedding shots. For those that do not want to get wet, I do have studio lighting so I am able to shoot quality shots at an inside location.

Can you find the locations we are looking for?
Living in Queenstown for over 20 years, I can certainly find locations that are specific to your requirements. Being surrounded by some of the most fantastic scenery we do not have to travel far to find the perfect location to capture the magic of Queenstown, whether it be by helicopter to the top of the mountains, a peaceful romantic lake or to spectacular “Lord of the Rings” locations. I will take you to the places to make your day that little more magical.

Other than Churches, where are some great locations to get married in Queenstown?
  • Thomas Brown art Gallery on Speargrass flat Road is an old historic Flour Mill and is a lovely place for a small intimate Wedding. To contact phone: 03 442 1165
  • The Wine house and Kitchen is a lovely old restored villa situated right beside the Kawarau river and famous Bungy Jump, they have lovely gardens and a nice outlook down the Gibbston Valley. Their wesite is: www.winehouse.co.nz
  • Gantleys at Arthurs point is a lovely historical restaurant with open fires and lovely gardens, great for the wedding and reception, also close to Coronet Peak for some great mountain top Wedding photos. To contact phone: 03 442 8999
  • StoneRidge Estate at Lake Hayes offers a lovely quaint Chapel with excellent gardens, ponds and great views over Lake Hayes. A superb location for a Wedding and photos. Their website is: www.stoneridge.co.nz

Can your recommend a Marriage Celebrant?

  • Phillipa Cook - Queenstown Phone: 442 7143
  • Marion Patton - Arrowtown Phone: 442 1992
  • Da’ Vella Gore - Arrowtown Phone: 442 1343

All of these Marriage celebrants come highly recommended.

Can you recommend a great place for the reception?

  • Millbrook Resort is a superb place for a wedding and reception set amongst a golf course with beautiful grounds and ponds, has top of the class venues and excellent accommodation. Their website is: www.millbrook.co.nz
  • The Skyline Gondala, a fantastic location with spectacular views high above Queenstown and a great place for a reception. To contact phone: 03-441 0101
  • The Gibbston Valley Winery is a lovely place for a wedding and reception. The winery has a wine cave which is popular to get married in and a lovely restaurant with excellent wines surrounded by vineyards. Their website is – www.gvwines.co.nz
  • The Wine House and Kitchen is an old farm house that has been completely refurbished with lovely gardens. Set near the Kawarau River. Great venue to get married at,have your reception and photos. Their website is: www.winehouse.co.nz
 
Would you recommend a helicopter flight?
Absolutely! Nothing beats a helicopter flight and they are surprisingly affordable. You can go to some amazing locations and get some fabulous shots to put in your wedding album. I recommend The Helicopter Line: www.helicopter.co.nz
 
Can you take black and white/sepia?
Yes, black and white and sepia are very popular and there is no extra charge.
 
Where do you have the photographs printed?
The photographs are printed locally, and each print is checked to ensure you get the best quality wedding photographs. Having worked as a printer technician I am fully aware of the standard and quality required with Wedding photos.
 
When do we get the wedding photos?
I try to get the photographs back to you as soon as possible following the wedding and preferably before you leave Queenstown. Otherwise they will be posted to you at no extra charge.
 
Can you offer on line viewing of my wedding photos?
Yes, following the wedding all or a selection of your images will be uploaded to the website for you to view and your guests will be able to also view and order any of the images.
 
Do you only cover weddings in Queenstown?
I can travel anywhere in New Zealand to photograph your wedding.
 
When does the deposit need to be paid?
Following confirmation of the booking you will be required to fill out a booking form which is available for you to download from the website. This can be emailed or posted, and payment can be made by cheque or internet banking.
 
 
If you have any other questions that are not on this list please call or email me and I will be more than happy to answer them. Phone: 03-442 0078 or email: info@swphotography.co.nz
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