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



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

Lee - Love the pics, and that film is outstanding. Bravo!

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??

Jenna Murray - This is just so breathtaking! Brilliant work!!!

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!!

James - Holy. Crap.

Frankie Magazine // Marita Davies

I photographed lovely author Marita Davies for Issue #67 of Frankie Magazine.

Her children’s book Teaote & The Wall tells the story of a Kiribati Islands woman, determined to build a strong wall – tall enough to keep out the gigantic waves that threaten her island home. Using this simple tale, Davies helps children to understand the climate change issues that surround her home country – a country so small that few of us have heard of it.

“Teaote and the Wall is a book for little people. It is a visually stimulating children’s book that is set in the tiny Pacific Island country of Kiribati. But, it’s more than a book.  It’s a movement. And this movement needs you.

 The tiny Pacific nation of Kiribati is currently facing an environmental crisis. Sitting just 3 meters above sea level, the rapidly rising seawaters are threatening the lands and culture of Kiribati. Home to over 100,000 people, the islands of Kiribati are predicted to besubmerged under water within 50 years.

 Kiribati sits at the halfway point between Australia and Hawaii and is one of the smallest nations in the world. And its voice on a global scale is tiny.

 Teaote and the Wall is part of a project to not only raise the awareness of Kiribati’s situation but to also keep the stories of the people alive. We believe that power is education and in order to change the world, we start with the little people we love.

 Let’s talk about a country that so many people don’t even know exist. Let’s leave phrases like ‘climate change’ and ‘environmental awareness’ to the side for now. Let’s talk hot, hot suns and tremendous waves.

 Buy a copy of Teaote and the Wall and you are directly strengthening the awareness and voice for Kiribati.” - Marita Davies

♦ Grab the latest issue of Frankie for more on this talented woman and her work.

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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.

Emma - SO beautiful! An amazing day, and such wonderful photo memories!