There a couple of progressive islands in the south pacific, jam-packed full of stunning natural beauty and amazing people. Here we pride our selves on leading the charge for the rest of the world in things like employment rights, woman’s liberation, and since 2013 same-sex marriage. New Zealand is a fantastic and super memorable place to declare your devotion to the one you love.
So with that in mind, we bring to you Aiischa and Ashlee’s same-sex elopement adventure in New Zealand.
We meet these two gorgeous souls face to face for the first time on the afternoon of their wedding day, seated side by side in the waiting room at the Auckland Courthouse. It was all just about to go down and we were breathless as we had just run a few blocks having struggled to find a parking spot. We hugged them both warmly and we were all invited into a little room where (with us as two humbled witnesses) these two amazing humans could declare their love for one another other and officially say their “I do’s”. It was heartwarming, to say the least, but this was only the beginning… Now the adventure could really begin, first with a Mexican dinner and some Sangria to celebrate and then with a short flight to stunning Queenstown so we could really discover what New Zealand had to offer to showcase all the love in this same-sex elopement adventure <3
Hitting the road for Mt Cook National Park we adventured together for most of the day, culminating in a fairy tale evening as snow fell softly all around us and turned the glacial moraine at our feet into giant bright white snowballs.
It was cold, it was wet but their love and their smiles kept us all warm and in high spirits.
We woke up the next morning and started our road trip to Queenstown and stopped along the way to show off New Zealand’s beauty to them.
We ran through some fields, hiked some limestone structures and then stayed longer to catch a magnificent sunset.
Next morning began super early, overlooking Queenstown with a stunning sunrise session in amongst the snowy tussuck up the hill.
The next day we road tripped together down toward Wanaka and our favorite local Helicopter Company: Wanaka Helicopters.
We took off into some pretty crazy weather with temperatures well below freezing but once again our spirits were warmed just by the way Aiischa and Ashlee were so in love – though we can’t say it was all tropical for them in their dresses – we CAN say, however, that these to peeps are properly BRAVE and so in love to stand together in below -5 degree windchill keeping each other warm!
We wonder often and our time with them made us question the existence of any issue people have with two humans in love coming together.
Love makes our world a better place and more of it is required and should be celebrated rather than judged and ridiculed.
Okay, before we start fuming at our keyboards here are some more moments of these two cozying up atop another mountain on this Same-sex elopement adventure in New Zealand that we were so honored to have planned and photographed.
We really did have a proper adventure with Aiischa and Ashlee and it was just so sad when we came to say goodbye.
But we will always have these photos to look back on. So, there you have it, Aiischa and Ashlee’s same-sex elopement adventure in New Zealand.
It was next level peeps <3