I find the beauty in genuine moments from an editorial perspective, bringing a mixture of fine art, portraiture, and photojournalism to every wedding I capture. My aim is to tell a timeless and beautiful story that not only takes you back to that time and place but that will transport you to an even more romantic and softer version of it.

~ A Birthday Surprise ~

So this year James turned the big four zero!! Whoo Hoo! I wanted to do something BIG… so last year I started planning a whirlwind trip to New Zealand to tick ‘bungee jump’ off his bucket list 🙂

It wasn’t easy keeping this secret, I enlisted the help of my family to take care of the kids and to also keep him off the scent. Secret phone calls, offshore bank accounts… haha… not quite but you get my drift… it was a challenge!

On Wednesday the 26th of February, as James opened his presents, I saved the big surprise for last. A note saying ‘Come Away with Me!’ was tucked neatly inside a Lonely Planet book of New Zealand… he was confused for a second… then I blurted out “WE ARE GOING TO QUEENSTOWN ON FRIDAY! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY LOVE” With tears in both of our eyes we embraced, the kids ran around like crazy (until they realised they were not coming… haha… sorry kids) and we started packing.

Mission Accomplished!

A huge shout out to the incredible hotel and the staff at Kamana Lake House, Wow, just wow! Thank you for going above and beyond during our whirlwind trip to New Zealand!

xo Raquelle

P.S.: We would absolutely love to shoot a destination wedding in Queenstown, New Zealand. Enquire via our Contact Page for more destination wedding details!

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