Weddings On Waiheke » The wedding Blog of Waiheke Wedding Photographer Emma Hughes

Alex and Guy -//- Elope to Waiheke Island

I must admit that I have a real soft spot in my heart for elopement weddings… they are always so personal and intimate, and such a lovely day to be part of.  Capturing the occasion for family back home is so important, and a great reason to make sure a professional photographer is on hand to capture the big (little) day.

Alex and Guy decided to elope to Waiheke from the UK for their special wedding day and chose to stay and have their ceremony at the wonderful Boatshed, which looks out over Little Oneroa beach.  Following their ceremony we went down to Oneroa beach for some photos before finishing up at Cable Bay Vineyards, where the happy couple had booked their evening meal.

Alex and Guy bought special gifts for each other from a fabulous online shop called Not on the High Street; Alex chose cuff-links which show the longitude and latitude of where Guy proposed and where they married, and Guy got Alex a lucky penny from the year of her father’s birth and engraved it with a special message on the back (the cufflinks were engraved too).  So sweet!

Alex (and her friend Becky, who lives in Auckland and was able to come and join in the celebration along with her husband Ralf), had a relaxed and easy start to their day with hair done by Nikki Thompson from Waiheke Hair and Nails and make up by Charlotte Edwardes from Island Beauty.

Guy was keeping himself busy remembering how to tie a windsor knot in a separate part of The Boatshed.  It was a beautiful summer’s day, and he was beginning to feel the heat a little in his stylish three piece suit.

Ready to go!

Alex wore some vintage family earrings, featuring a central sapphire set in sparkley jewels with a pearl drop; a lovely mix of playful and elegant (rather like the bride herself, methinks!).

Alex and Guy had a private meeting together in the gardens before arriving hand in hand for their ceremony.

Alex and Guy had a good ol’ kiwi pavlova as their wedding cake (seen here with their bridal ducks, mascots who are traveling around with them and being photographed in new locations along the journey).

Love this one above!!

The vines at Cable Bay were perfect!  Fresh and green and the perfect height for photos, not to mention the lovely soft light we were lucky enough to have as the day drew to a close.

I adore these photos of Alex looking relaxed and happy as she plays with her gorgeous dress, purchased from Isobels’s Bridal, (located conveniently just down the road from her home in the UK).

Thank you so much Alex and Guy – I had a most excellent day with you both and loved capturing your Waiheke Island elopement for you.  Hope you family and friends enjoy seeing this selection of photos from your day…  Please feel free to leave a comment for the happy couple.







  • Mr & Mrs Crisp - Oh Emma thank you. We are speechless! You captured our day perfectly and we are really grateful to be able to share these gorgeous photos with friends and family. We love each and every photo. Thank you so much.ReplyCancel

    • Sam - Such beautiful photos of what looks like magical day!ReplyCancel

    • Emma - Thanks so much for your comment Mr & Mrs Crisp! So pleased you love your photos xxReplyCancel

  • John & Sue - The day looked magical, both of you look so happy. The photos and blog brilliantly captured the mood of the day … we can almost feel the glow, from the NZ weather but especially from you two!ReplyCancel

  • Beccy & Ralf - Wow!! I love them all! And great notes to explain them! What a fabulous way to showcase your pics. And thank you again for letting us be part of your special day xxxReplyCancel

  • Caz - Wow – Absolutely beautiful pictures – memories of your special day to treasure forever. Congratulations Alex and Guy xxxReplyCancel

  • Emilie and Alex Hannam - These photos are just stunning! I love the commentary that accompanies the photos too – a real love story. Really pleased you both enjoyed your day xxReplyCancel

  • Sue Cullen - Alex and Guy, wonderful photos you both look so happy wonderfull memories of a special day.

    ps Alex you looked stunning xxxxxReplyCancel

  • Val - Just perfect. What a lovely way to record your day. So romantic. Stunning photos, you both look so relaxed and happy. Congratulations! This is your special time. Enjoy every moment and continue to make memories to treasure. Lots of love to you both.ReplyCancel

  • Jocelyn kemp - Jocelyn and Laurie

    What a wonderful way to record and remember your special day. You made a beautiful bride Alex . CongratulationsReplyCancel

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