Slipper Island Bridal Elopement ~ Pauanui ~ New Zealand wedding photographer

Whakahau, Slipper Island, a unique part of Aotearoa, New Zealand, the land of the long white cloud.

Only a selected few can have full access to this enchanted island and it will set a love spell on you! Whakahau was in the Needham family for over fifty years. Nora and Abe Needham recognised her raw beauty for what she was and embraced it with both loving hands. Setting the path for nothing short of a dream; nourishing the land that captures all who are lucky enough to elope in this heavenly place.

Styled by Nora and Abe’s daughter, Jeniffer and granddaughter Jodie, they captured the heart of the island bringing alive its essence, as seen in the majestic locations chosen to capture just that. With the island’s strong Maori ancestral history, you can feel the soul of the island underneath your bare feet in every step you take. It also gives you an ethereal feel to it.

Slipper Island, birthed along the serene coastline of the Pacific Ocean, is a rare gem nearly untouched in the heart of Coromandel. Her wild red earth cliffs, created by an ancient sleeping volcano that left magnificent volcanic rock boulders and rare obsidian crystals scattered over the island, facing towards the forever vastness of the ocean, coupled with rolling hills covered in long wispy grass and breathtaking views from every angle, it is indeed pure magic! All organic, raw and captivating. Just the fresh sea air in your lungs, love in your heart and stardust in your eyes.

The simply stunning bridal gown by one of New Zealand’s top designers, Brooke Tyson, adds to the romance of the atmosphere. Furthermore, the beautifully captured images by the talented Emma Steel takes us on a journey in this perfectly romantic setting for the bohemian lovers entwined in our love story.


Creative Team:

Photography: Photography by Emma Steel
Dress & Tassel veil and phases of the moon veil Designer: Brooke Tyson Ritual
Hand-made accessories of the veil (moons): Army of Rokosz
Hair & Makeup: Rouge Beauty NZ
Florist: Fleur De Lys
Groom’s Attire: Hallenstein Brothers
Rings: Michael Hill
Copper Arch Hire: Dooley Street Styling
Bohemian Rug Hire: Lotus Realm
Bride’s Skincare: Beekeeper’s Daughter Skincare
Models: Glen & Ashlee Strange