Stunning Mt Owen Wedding….
We had the pleasure of getting to know Chris and Rosie during their engagement photoshoot last year. They’re so photogenic and gorgeous together and we were very excited about their upcoming wedding day. It was an April wedding, the last for our summer season and with helicopter flights and mountaintops it was spectacular – Enjoy.
Chris and Rosie are both aircraft pilots so decided that their wedding would somehow involve aviation. After conversing and working out the logistics with Toby and Rachael from Reid Helicopters, they decided on a mountain top wedding on Mt Owen. They had always hoped for an intimate wedding and with the limiting factor of helicoptering everyone, the guest list certainly didn’t take long to form.
The wedding morning came around quickly with Rosie getting ready in a cute wee cottage just out of Wakefield. Her father had cooked up an amazing breakfast to start the day and she was happy and relaxed as makeup artist Emma King worked her magic.
Chris originally came from Gore and after finishing school, moved to Christchurch. He experimented with retail jobs and some study before deciding that helicopter flying would be a fun gig. He traveled all around the pacific flying off tuna boats as well as spending some time flying in Australia and Christchurch before moving to Rotorua. Unbeknown to him at the time, this is where he would meet the love of his life.
Rosie on the other hand grew up in Norsewood and finished her schooling in Fielding. It was in Fielding that she started flying at the local flight school and then carried it on after school finished, instructing in Fielding and Ohakea. Then it was on to flying floatplanes, first in Taupo, then Canada and finally Rotorua (where she met the man of her dreams).
They started their new jobs for the same company four months apart, Chris flying helicopters and Rosie floatplanes. Once she settled into her new job, Rosie began to notice how attractive a certain helicopter pilot was. She would often stand in the window with the office girl and admire him walking down the jetty towards his helicopter, wondering what his ‘type’ might be.
They quickly became friends and after a couple of months Chris moved in with Rosie as her flatmate. It was quickly determined what his ‘type’ was and before long they become a couple.
But the romance side of it was doomed from the start. Their first date was at a carnival in Rotorua where Chris was to show off his shooting skills and win Rosie a big teddy bear. When Rosie instead out shot him, she claimed a little toy helicopter which she gave to him as a reminder of who wears their pants in their relationship (hmmm, I can relate to that hehe). The rest of the night was a winner with an expensive meal, but unfortunately also a desert that meant one needed to be rolled out of the restaurant and suffer a chocolate hangover for a week.
Along with the engagement came the purchase of their first home in Tapawera. Rosie also started a new job for Air Nelson where she flys people around the country in a Q300. Chris is studying for a bachelor of commerce, which he hopes can tie into a new adventure, perhaps a more grounded aviation opportunity in the future.
Beautiful bouquet of roses from Lisa at the Motueka Bridal Studio.
Rosie met Sam (her maid of honour), as a new born and they grew up as best friends right through school. They always swore to be by each others side for their weddings.
This is Rosie’s lovely family who traveled down from Norsewood. I especially loved seeing her mothers proud and happy face as she helped her only daughter get ready for her special day.
Rosie is such a beauty and so lovely to be around; happy, bubbly and easy to get along with and of course oh so photogenic.
Daron and I arrived at the base and hangar of Reid Helicopters where Chris, his family and guests were waiting to fly out in the first helicopters. The plan was that I would fly in Chris’s helicopter and Daron would follow 15 minutes later in Rosie’s.
But first mum was there to help with the final touches.
Chris and his best man Scott also met as babies and were best friends throughout their childhood, still keeping in touch as they move around with their busy lives.
What a dashing groom!
There was no need for Plan B today as we had picked the perfect day for flying. There was sunshine, no wind and our destination was Mt Owen.
Up up and away…
Now the excitement was building but so were my nerves and those that know me know that I don’t like heights. It didn’t take me long though to feel safe in the skilled hands of Toby Reid, who is an exceptional pilot and knows his way around these hills like the back of his hand. There was absolutely nothing to worry about and I actually found it quite thrilling. The terrain we flew through was quite spectacular and some of the sets off the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed around this area.
This gorgeous lady is Nelson wedding celebrant Diane Strong, who also flew in with the first helicopters. We couldn’t ask for a better backdrop for a wedding.
You’re the man Chris!
Meanwhile Rosie, her entourage and Daron were preparing to fly with Rachel.
Yippee, here they come!
Chris’s favorite part of the day was seeing his bride walk towards him.
Chris and Rosie have a relationship that feels just right. Everything is comfortable and easy and there’s a lot more banter and laughter than any real conversation. They understand each other and appreciate what each has to offer and love how safe it is to just be themselves. They love to be home bodies together but to also adventure together. Everything from watching movies to long hikes, Sunday car rides to winding motorbike rides, book reading to playing with the dog. They love to tackle life together in every different method possible and that’s what makes them work together so well as a couple.
A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise. Our soulmate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we’re two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we’ve found the right person. Our soulmate is the one who makes our life come to life.
You have kissed a thousand times, maybe more… but today the feeling is new. You are no longer simply partners and best friends, you can add ‘husband and wife’ to your list !! … so today, your kiss is a magnificent promise… and in the best tradition of all, it gives me the greatest pleasure to pronounce you to be husband and wife, and of equal importance, friends for life. Chris, you may kiss your beautiful wife…
Who needs a signing table when you have the best mans back?
Drinks and yummy food from the Oxford Street Kitchen & Roastery. By the way, they make great coffee as well.
When the clouds covered the sun it was bitterly cold and Rosie was feeling it. Luckily her maid of honour Sam had made these lovely fur wraps for herself, Rosie and the two mothers which kept everybody warm and toastie.
Diane (celebrant) had the most wonderful idea for Chris and Rosie. She told them to choose a special stone each (which they got from the Motueka river in Tapawera). Writing their initials and wedding date on them, they found a large rock to lay them under to mark the special spot they got married. They plan to find them when they hike back up here on their first anniversary.
The guests flew back to the hangar and the bridal party and ourselves stayed on to take some once in a life time wedding photos.
Toby is a third generation pilot, carrying on the legacy that his forefathers created. Together with his wife Rachel, they have established their operation to cater for a wide range of commercial services and strive to develop new and innovative products to show the world.
Toby flew us over some amazing terrain and I was thinking to myself “where can he land”?
Not to worry though, being the amazing pilot he is, we found a flat rock big enough to land a helicopter.
Now anybody who knows Daron, knows that he is like an excitable energiser bunny and will do anything to get the perfect shot. On the advice of Toby though we had to tread very carefully around these rocks as there were deep crevasses everywhere; no walking backwards to get the shot.
Reid Helicopters personally flew cast and film crew actors to these remote parts of the mountain in The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Trilogys’. Toby informed us that this is a very special rock; the very rock which Sam and Frodo Baggins sat on.
Toby then flew us to the top of another mountain and the views were just magic. We enjoyed a little picnic here as well.
We were left to enjoy this special place, so peaceful and serene in the middle of nowhere, while Toby delivered some nearby cavers back to base.
In that still and settled place, there’s nobody but you. You’re where I breathe my oxygen, you’re where I see my view. And when the world feels full of noise, my heart knows what to do. It finds that still and settled place and dances there with you.
The scenery here is just breathtaking and we didn’t really want to leave.
Daron’s hand signals worked really well and on his return to pick us up, Toby flew in right where we wanted him – perfect!
Mt Arthur ranges in the background.
The sun was setting and we walked up the hill behind Reid’s helicopter base.
It was golden hour and there was sooo much prettiness.
Chris and Rosie just kept on weaving their magic.
The mood of black and white!
Thank you so much Chris and Rosie for involving us in your special day. We had a blast; it was an absolutely unforgettable wedding to end our wedding season with (TAKE US BACK haha).
Chrissy & Daron x
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