About Sunshine Weddings

About Sunshine WEddings
Sunshine is…

a husband and wife elopement wedding photography and film team. We work on couple-only elopements or weddings with a small number of loved ones along for the ride. Think mountains, helicopters, lakes, glaciers, intimate moments and stunning vistas.

We’ve worked on hundreds of weddings and been in the local Queenstown industry more than 10 years. We absolutely LOVE shooting weddings and helping our couples have the best version of their day. So much so, we work with other wedding planners for photo and film, or directly help couples put together their dream Queenstown elopement or mountain wedding. Head on over to our planning page at Elopement Weddings for more info.

Scott Thoroughgood

Scott (our resident Aussie) is an ex-professional sky-diver turned film-maker, editor, photographer and a bit of a tech geek. He’s not afraid of a cheeky pint and is an exceptional cook who’s been known to spend a couple of days cooking braised beef cheeks. Seriously! Scott’s a natural at helping people relax and enjoy themselves, whether it’s while throwing them out of a plane, or being photographed on their wedding day.


Melissa (our resident Kiwi) first picked up a camera as part of a graphic design degree many years ago and hasn’t stopped doing both since! After a few years working in publishing she now shoots weddings, families and especially loves shooting kids, which is a little bit masochistic. She is a working artist, occasional illustrator and is on the end of every Sunshine email. Together with Scott they both run the family gallery in Riverton alongside Scott.