Catlins // Elegant River Ridge Retreat Wedding + Purakaunui Falls

Shawnee & Mat had the PERFECT wedding day in the Catlins.

With family & friends (+ themselves) flying over from Australia, the Catlins put on a scorcher of a day with bluebird skies and no wind.

Shawnee had a very specific vision of her day with the most incredible details. She thought of everything and the day came together exactly as planned.

The girls got ready at the Pounawea Lodges in front of the beach - these are awesome rooms for taking photos because of the white walls and big windows.

We went outside to get some photos before everyone got dressed up in front of the beach.

Mat and the guys got ready on site at River Ridge.

They had the most gorgeous ceremony with both Mat & Shawnee's Mums walking down the aisle first as flower girls!

It was a really emotional ceremony with beautiful handwritten vows. I actually found myself shedding a few tears as well!

After doing the family photos and having a little down time we headed off to the tree lane to get some classic portraits before adventuring to the Purakaunui Falls to get something a little more dramatic!

The reception set up was just stunning. Along with the outside dance floor!

Halfway through their dinner I snuck Shawnee and Mat away for a few quick photos in the last of the golden hour light before it disappeared behind the hill and i'm so pleased I did.

It was such an incredible day spent with all of their loved ones.

Hair: FACE | Mobile Makeup

Make Up: FACE | Mobile Makeup


Bridesmaids Dresses: Showpo


Styling: Encore Events

Flowers: Flowers for You

Cake: The Urban Kitchen

Venue: RiverRidge Retreat

Band: Jetset

Video: Phillip Puckey Weddings

Photo: Kiwi Captures Photography

"Kiwi Captures were the absolute best photographers to have on our wedding day and we could not have chosen anyone better!

From the one year lead up To the big day Brogan was absolutely amazing and always so helpful!! I always had a great time from our coffee catch ups to plan the day to our fun engagement shoot where she had us climbing cliffs for the best shot!

Brogan was so fun to have around and made you feel so comfortable and like magazine models haha! On the wedding day both photographers were absolutely the best especially dealing with our crazy bridal party and our photos turned out way better than ever expected!!

We could not recommend Kiwi Captures enough they truely are so talented and amazing!!"

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