Queenstown Elopement Photo and Video

Candid and natural photography and video for intimate couple-only elopements
set in the rugged mountains of Queenstown, New Zealand.

Sunshine Weddings photographing a wedding on Cecil Peak

Photography and Film

Hi, I’m Scott the photographer / videographer half of Sunshine Weddings. The other half is my wife Melissa who takes care of all the the behind the scenes stuff, uses punctuation in emails and generally keeps me organised!

My love of photography and film started way back when I worked as a professional skydive instructor and camera operator. Shooting weddings has a lot of similarities to skydiving. It’s your job to help nervous people keep calm and feel relaxed so they can actually enjoy the experience, with one chance to capture it all and get it right.

Sunshine Weddings has been around for over 10 years now. We’ve shot multi-award winning wedding films and photography for all sorts of weddings – large grand affairs, small family weddings and everything in between. In 2015 we started Sunshine Weddings – Elopements and now exclusively work on intimate, couple-only elopement and mountain weddings in Queenstown. I shoot both photography and video for elopements as part of a range of packages including your celebrant and helicopter flight. (See more on

Shooting small elopements lets me really get to know people and form connections that translate to an image. The style of photography I love is candid and natural. Capturing the real spirit of people, natural moments as they happen, lots of laughter and relaxed, happy people.

Photo Gallery
Video Gallery

The photos are AMAZING! Thank you and Scott so much, we are beyond thrilled with them. To be honest, we were both so exhausted at the end of the day that we forgot most of the smaller details but looking through the photos, it really brings back all the special little moments and we’re so excited to go through them and choose our favourites to print out. Thanks also for all your time and hard work to make our day as special as possible. It really was everything we hoped for and we can’t thank you enough for understanding our vision (via email!) and turning it into such a perfect day.”


“Wow, the photos are just stunning!! We love them – thank you both so much! Love how natural and not posey they are, which is definitely more suited to who we are as people! It’s been hard getting back to reality after such a perfect day, wish we could do it all over again. I get it now, when people say their wedding day was the best day of their life! It was everything we hoped for, relaxed, stress free and in such a stunning location! Thank you both for everything, we are so grateful and will certainly be recommending your service to anyone who ever mentions eloping in Queenstown!”


“Thank you for making our dream wedding come true! We had so much fun and it was a day that we will always remember 🙂 The photos are breathtaking and have captured all the special moments throughout the day – our friends and colleagues are considering an elopement too after seeing just the sneak peek photos!”


“The film and pictures are absolutely stunning! We REALLY could not have picked a better company to capture everything! We both got choked up watching it and we are seriously on our toes waiting to show our family! I really just can’t put into words how great all of your work is! Thank you so much! We really never would have thought that we would LOVE every single photo and the film (given we are both kind of self conscious!) But we really are SO excited to show everyone!”


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