Danielle & Josh

I had the pleasure of meeting Danielle and Josh in Winter of 2016.  It was well prior to their wedding in Summer and we had chatted over a coffee/wine, needless to say, we hit it off instantly.  I could see on that day,  even though Danielle had been rushing around meeting all her wedding vendors, her natural beauty shone through. I knew she was going to look incredibly beautiful and would be a graceful bride. Their devotion to and admiration of each other was so nice to see.

It was a fun morning with a great group of lovely ladies who kept Danielle calm and looked after her really well. The arrival of the flowers was spectacular and Jenny from Studio 24 had done an amazing job.

Criffel was the venue set up and styled beautifully. This place is so truly rustic and epitomises a great Central Otago wedding. The area outside lends itself to ambience and fires lit at night all make for a fun party atmosphere for all.

The newlyweds snuck away for a photo session with the talented Jim Pollard who ticked all the boxes for epic mountain shots.

Danielle and Josh were also super excited about their romantic Honeymoon planned to: Italy, USA and The Maldives.

I hope all their desires, wishes and hopes for the future all come true.  


Makeup:  Deirdre of Road To Beauty

Hair: Kylie of Mountain Air Hair Studio

Florist: Jenny at Studio 24

Dress by: Sanet Strydom at Masq Couture

Beautiful Bridesmaids: Debbie Brouwers, Jessica O'Hare, Sarah Johns

Bridesmaids Dresses: MAIDS by Rory Beca

Venue: Criffel Station Woolshed

Caterer: Kim at Moreish Kitchen

Celebrant:  Caitlin Harvey

Photographer: Jim Pollard

Myer Wedding

This was a spectacular and wonderful wedding to be part of.  The gorgeous Myer family of Australia and their daughter getting married to Justin at their Lodge in Wanaka - Whare Kea.

A beautiful elegant and poised lady with divine friends.  Who all carried off everyting they did with charm, sincerity and a hint of mischeviousness.

The week of was a busy flurry of activity with the erection of a marquee on the grounds of the lodge, flowers arriving, signs and wedding preprations all in full swing.  I got to spend a day with the ladies prior to the wedding doing a few beauty essentials. It was so amazing to hear the band and Bobby Valentine practice whilst doing this. 

Lucy and her bridal party were so much fun, lots of laughter and hilarity on the morning of and not a stress in sight.  My team of 4 kept it all smoothly on track and worked hard towards the deadline for the nuptials.

So wrapt that Wanaka turned on possible one of the best days of Summer for this wedding.


Catering:  Aspiring Catering

Photography:  Alpine Image Co

Venue:  Whare Kea Lodge

Flowers:  Andrea Crawford

Planner:  Gill Lonie at Whare Kea

Dresses – Monique Lhuillier (bride and bridesmaids)

Band: Bobby Valentine

Hair and Makeup - Road To Beauty Team, Theresa, Katie, Sally & Deirdre

Sound:  Entertainment Solutions

Celebrant:  Jools McKnight

Marquee:  Marquees over Wanaka


Cromwell - Central Otago

So WOW!!! Central Otago  - we decided to show you off and all that comes with you! In collaboration with a spectacular new website that launches on 01 September 2016;  Silk and Honey, started by the creative genius Carla Munro (Director) of Black Robin Creative. Carla came up with this stunning styled shoot and it was planned and plotted with a few other creative muses in the area.

So off we all trotted to explore a region that I feel warrants more exposure.  Central Otago is just GORGEOUS!.  People should really flock to this region to get some epics shots. OLD WOMAN MOUNTAIN RANGE - Spectacular, fabulous and a little bit different.  The professional team at Heliview Flights know this area like the back of their hands!  They took the team up to a spot only the awesome pilot Richard (please see picture of him below) knows exist. 

Using the Canon5Dmkiii and a whole bunch of other fabulous technological equipment that is a bit long to mention was the lovely Bel Jones - pretty awesome considering this beautiful, pregnant and glowing photographer jumped around in the snow to get such amazing shots of the lovely Kiera McLeod.

The dress was a 10 year old Astra Bridal number worn by Kiera - which is pretty special as it was worn by her Mum.  Thank you Ms Andrea Gooch for all your help and kindness and letting us have it for the day.  Lovely Neda of Pristine Steam Cleaning managed to get the dress primped and primed and honestly looking just like new!

Jenny Clark from Studio 24 as always made the most sumptuous bouquet and hair flowers, comprised of: Freesias, Roses, Ranunculus, Anemones, Chrysanthemum, Spray Carnations and mixed seasonal foliage. 

The drop - Quartz Reef  - oh yes - delicious it was.....  Quartz Reef Methode Traditionelle Brut NV was the perfect tipple for these surrounds.

Makeup and Hair - By Deirdre Read of Road To Beauty.

Bobbi Brown; Primer/Concealer, Foundation, Translucent Powder, Highlighting and Countouring in Bronze Glow. Urban Decay; Eyes - Palette Number 2, MAC: Lips, Hover Lip Liner - Viva Glam II Lip Colour. Too Faced; Better Than Sex Mascara in Black. Benefit; Brows in Medium to Light Brown pomade. MAC; Stubborn Brown Eyeliner.




Silk and Honey

Black Robin Creative

Studio 24

Quartz Reef

Bel Jones

Road To Beauty

Heliview Flights

Pristine Steam Cleaning

Styled Shoot - Wanaka Wedding Suppliers

Not only does getting married in Wanaka mean you have the most picturesque setting for your day it also means that you get to meet some of the most amazing and talented wedding vendors. When asked to donate our time and service to a blogger (Well Travelled Bride), the generosity of the Wanaka wedding community kicked in and we worked together to create this beautiful shoot. 

Clare from Cakes of Wanaka designed this absolutely stunning cake, with flowers additions from Jen from Studio 24, and Alice from Alice Hair and I did the hair and make-up - 8 girls with 2 days of shooting. The team are so much fun to work with and while the days were long we had a great laugh and the results of our efforts are something we can be proud of.  The gorgeous food from Peppermint Kitchen, Pembroke Patisserie and Meditteranean Market and the stunning venue from Release Wanaka plus the helicopter ride certainly treated the bloggers to everything that Wanaka has to offer. Rebecca from Fantail Weddings seamlessly coordinated the shoot utilising her fantastic wedding planning skills.

We are really happy to be able to show you the results of a great Wanaka team effort, supported by Lake Wanaka Tourism. I can't thank the fabulous Wanaka wedding stylists and professionals enough for making this shoot a great day out and helping showcase the amazing place that we live in. It is this great team that made this bloggers reality come to life!


Release Wanaka

Peppermint Kitchen

Cakes of Wanaka

Aspiring Helicopters

Fantail Weddings

Pembroke Patisserie

Barley Fields

Meditteranean Market


Wanaka Beerworks

Wanaka Living

Alice Hair

Studio 24 For Flowers on the Cakes of Wanaka Cake - Thank you Jen x

Lake Wanaka Tourism

Thank you to Photographers Julia Trotti and John Bozinov for capturing all our work :)

The very beautiful Alex Pole as the main model.  Stunning and gracious lady,

Dresses and Flowers;  Kelsey Genna and Yvette Edwards.

Well Travelled Bride.



Kelsi and Joe's Beautiful Edgewater Wedding

It is emails like the one below we received from Kelsi's Mother so shortly after the wedding day, that gives us all such immense job satisfaction! Such a heartfelt note to Sally and I. We were so thrilled to hear how well the day went for this gorgeous bride, groom and her family - despite the lack of picture perfect weather conditions.  Being able to achieve such lovely wedding hair and makeup for you all that lasted the distance was such a pleasure.  Thank you wedding photographers Wayne and Jan of Aspiring Photography. 

I love this Italian proverb  "Sposa bagnata, sposa fortunata." Translated it means "a wet bride is a lucky bride." 

Dear Deirdre and Sally

"Thank you very much for the hair and beauty services you provided  for my daughters wedding. It was a pleasure to have you in our home providing not only the beauty treatments but advice and support on the actual day.

I find it difficult to find the right words to express how wonderful you made us all look and feel for such a special event. I thought Kelsi and Philippa looked so beautiful and elegant, their hair and make up looked amazing. I was stunned at my hair and make up, probably did not give that reaction when I first saw myself but after 57 years of seeing myself in the mirror it was difficult to process how amazing I actually looked, definitely a better me. Old and married I had 4 compliments that day from staff at the hotel and hotel guests plus my husband and family, more than I can ever remember in my lifetime. A special day for me as well as the bride!

Kelsi's hair and make up survived the weather and especially the helicopter trip where they got stuck on the mountain for over an hour due to bad weather. Despite the change in weather we had an awesome and truly magical day. 

I can honestly say that I would recommend everyone who helped us on the day: the people/businesses etc we chose exceeded our expectations in the quality of service they provided, they were extremely helpful, knowledgeable and together made Kelsi and Joe's wedding a truly memorable day for all the right reasons.

Thank you so very much for being a part of my daughters wedding" - Ros Heads


Venue:  Edgewater Resort

Steaming: Pristine Steaming

Transport: Classic Car Journeys

Party Hire: Wanaka Marquee & Party Hire

Wedding Hire: Wanaka Dreams

Celebrant: Wayne Johnson

Flowers: Crimson Wedding Flowers by Tracey Morrow

Cake: Cakes of Wanaka

Hair and Makeup: Road To Beauty, Sally Sharp (HAIR), Deirdre Read (MUA)

Beauty & Wedding Preparations: Road To Beauty

Photographers: Aspiring Photography

Groom Hair: Brooklyn Barbers

And of course our Bride - Kelsi and Groom - Joe:)

Jack and Lydia's Omakau Wedding (Styled Shoot)

As featured in the latest issue of NZ Bride & Groom Magazine, Issue 88 on Page 141. Showcasing the amazing The Woolshed on Racecourse. The flowers, the cake, the dress, the setting, the couple - holy moly!! everything came together in its entirety making for such an amazing day.  Great bunch of vendorsin Central Otago.

Thank you to all who made this day so amazing;


Venue: The Woolshed - Omakau

Grooms Clothing: Structure For Men - Wanaka

Bride’s dress: Astra Bridal

Wedding Jewellery: Orbis

Jewellery: Aspiring Jewellers

Celebrant: Janine Byars

Flowers: Crimson Wedding Flowers by Tracey Morrow

Catering: Wanaka Catering

Cake: Cakes of Wanaka

Hair and Makeup: Road To Beauty

Linen Hire: Pacific Linen

Party Hire: Wanaka Marquee and Party Hire

Photographers: Fluid Photo 

and Stillwaters Photography

And of course our Bride - Lydia and Groom - Jack :)



Emily and Chris' Wanaka Wedding at The Rippon Hall

I received these gorgeous photos from Emily and Chris (a massive "Thank you" to Nat) from Alpine Image Co.  It was such a pleasure doing the wedding make-up for Emily and her lovely bridesmaids - the whole party were such a delight and so easy to work with.   I can't believe you are now back in Hong Kong at work Emily :(... we hope you come back soon. Thank you for having us as part of your special day.

Thank you to all who made this day so amazing;


Makeup: Road To Beauty

Hair: Shannon Van Praag of Studio 9305

Suits: Leo Cheung of Hop On Custom Tailor (Hong Kong)

Bride’s dress: Jane Yeh

Bridesmaid dresses: Kilt NZ

Wedding rings: Haywards of Hong Kong

Flowers: A lovely local Wanaka lady called Noeline Harridge

Catering: Raspberry Creek

Photos: Alpine Image Co

Venue: The Rippon Hall  - Rippon Vineyard

And Father Phil Cody :)

Bridesmaids: The very stunning: Joan Gane (Maid of Honor), Anna Holland, Emma Powell

Groomsmen: The very handsome: Sam Coombes (Best Man), Rob Harris, Phil Thomson


Michelle and Roo's spectacular Queenstown wedding.

Rochelle contacted me about her dear friend Michelle who was getting married.  She told me she had a young child and wanted to look gorgeous and glam on her day.  I arrived early on the morning of the wedding at a stunning location way high up overlooking Queenstown to get a bride and her lovely maids ready. I had driven over the Crown Range watching the sun come up over Queenstown, I knew it was to be a spectacular day for all.  Also very exciting as this was the very first wedding that  NZ High Country was to have ever!!.  Lovely to meet another talented hairdresser the lovely Erica.  Gina met me at the door, and made me feel so very welcome.  Thank you all for having Road To Beauty for your makeup on this day. 

The stunning photos were taken by Stefan at Into the Clearing Photography.

The vendors

Catering: In 2 Food

Venue: NZ High Country

Marque hire: Wanaka Marquee & Party Hire

Flowers: Bloom Flowers - in Queenstown

Hair: Erica Latham

Suit Groom and groomsmen: Rembrandt

Bridal Gown: Lover the label

Bridesmaids dresses: Shona Joy

Cake: Pheonix Cakes

WIN your Wanaka Helicopter Wedding

I am so excited about this amazing competition that I am part of. When Bonnie Jenkins, a super talented Australian photographer, came to Wanaka to shoot a wedding I was doing the plan began to form!

The incredible promotional shoot featured above followed with a team of Wanaka's wedding vendors coming together to help make 1 couple's dream wedding come true!

Have a look at the website and please spread the word - let any brides to be know to enter and be in to win this incredible wedding! The team is awesome and, while I am totally biased, Wanaka is truly the most beautiful place to get married.

The competition closes on the 20th April and the winning couple will be announced on the 2nd May 2016.

The Team

Fantail Weddings / Road to Beauty / Nouba / Release Wanaka / Aspiring Helicopters / Crimson Wedding Flowers /1791 diamonds / Delicious catering / Gwen Hendry / Anna Campbell / Wanaka Selection / Staple and Cloth / George and Edi