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A few years back, a destination wedding meant a couple went away, seemingly on holiday and snuck back into the country quietly as husband and wife. They had to scramble to find someone who could be their witness and clothing that was acceptably ‘marital’, the reception was a simple beachside matter and they had some explaining to do when they arrived back home.
“Turbo Productions specialises in destination wedding videography throughout the South Pacific, New Zealand and all areas of Australia, with some of our most memorable weddings being filmed in European destinations”
In the past few years, the destinations have become more far-reaching and more exotic. As travel became more affordable, friends have started to hop on for the ride, dresses and cakes are precariously perched in overhead compartments from Australian designers, and whole hotels become the lodgings for the wedding party and far flung guests.
For those global couples, where the bride heralds from the northern hemisphere and the groom from the southern recesses of Australia or NZ, a destination wedding is also often very practical, with Bali or Thailand serving as a suitable halfway point.
To give you some inspiration, we showcase some of our favourite destination weddings captured by Turbo Productions … and for good measure, some of the places we have seen from our travels which should also be considered.
For more information on destinations, visit our friends at Destination Weddings
Nice, France (Sarah and Anthony)
Director, James Anderson, was at a dinner when the call came through that Sarah (from New Zealand) and Anthony (from Wales) wanted him to film their wedding in France in less than 48 hours. Too good an opportunity to miss, James joined a truly multi-cultural crew, with the bride and groom flying in from their Dubai post, friends and family from the UK, the photographer (Daniel Griffiths) from Sydney, and a 5 piece band from New Zealand.
The backdrop of Èze (on the coast between Nice, France and the small principality of Monaco), and the Chateau de la Chèvre d’Or provided one of most spectacular settings we have ever visited. Set upon a cliff top, a short ten minute drive outside of Nice, Sarah and Antony tied the knot, in an emotional ceremony before cruising the coast in a beautiful vintage car, as their guests were entertained by a trumpeter, piano accordionist and guitar player, over champagne and canapés.
It was a fun-filled reception with the NZ band keeping up the dancing and everyone’s spirits, as a brief Mediterranean storm rolled into attempt to upset the outdoor wedding. Jamming to Crowded House’s ‘Weather With You’, the wedding party danced through the storm and into the night.
Bracciano, Italy (Maddy and Michael)
Maddy had a dream, like most little girls, to have a fairy tale wedding, in a castle. Living in Pennsylvania, United States, didn’t afford Maddy with a way to make these dream a reality, until they decided on a destination wedding. Engaging Jay Studio, Italy as their photographer (image above) and Turbo Productions as their videographer, they set their idyllic wedding in Odescalchi Castle, located in Bracciano Italy.
Replete with a string quartet, fan fair, and delectable Italian cuisine, Maddy and Michael’s dreams came true, with 30 of their closest family and friends flying in for the celebration. To top off the spectacle, they even had the same impressive 5 tiered wedding cake and fireworks display that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes had organised, marrying there a year earlier.
Queenstown, New Zealand (Dovika and Stephen)
[pullquote align=”right”]We are extremely camera shy but your attitude and the way you go about your job is more than we could have asked for. Thank you! – Dovika and Stephen[/pullquote]With this undoubtedly being our favourite destination in the world, it is difficult to single out any one wedding from the many spectacular weddings we have filmed in Queenstown. If we had to pick a few, it would be the 2011 winter wedding of Dovika and Stephen, and Melissa and Peter, who married in 2013.
Dovika and Stephen, were an Irish couple, campervanning around the South Island of New Zealand, when they decided to undertake the ultimate journey, deciding to marry in the snow-tops of Queenstown.
With 5 family members flying in for the celebrations, they married at Stoneridge Estate, in the lush Otago winery region, followed by a helicopter photo shoot to the famous ledge overlooking Queenstown and Lake Wakitipu. This is still some of the prettiest footage we have shot, with Dovika donning a faux-fur stole to cope with the high altitude and low temperatures, and Stephen looking on lovingly. The photo shoot ended with the bride and groom being dropped off in style by helicopter on the Sky Line, with 360 degrees of the lake-side town, and Turbo Productions got to hitch a ride back with the helicopter pilot to the airport.
Photos by Alpine Image Co, New Zealand
Queesnstown, New Zealand (Melissa and Peter)
For Peter (NZ) and Melissa (UK), they were making the journey to Queenstown from Perth, Australia. When Melissa’s mum was unable to fly due to an illness, they were comforted to know that Turbo Productions would be able to capture the day so that she could participate from afar.
[pullquote align=”center”]I would like to take a few moments to pass on special thanks to James for doing such a professional job of our wedding video. He travelled to NZ at short notice to work with us and this was within our set budget. – Melissa and Peter [/pullquote]
Fiji Islands (Briana and Rob)
Fiji is also another oft-frequented Turbo destination (it’s now a home away from home, with us looking forward to the friendly Fijian choral welcome every time we step on Fijian soil). However, the wedding that comes to mind is Briana and Rob’s Treasure Island paradise.
Coming from country NSW, they organised a wedding party of around 50 to join them. The whole island was taken over by the wedding party, and what a party it was!
In a chapel overlooking the ocean, Briana and Rob exchanged emotion-filled vowels, before moving onto an outdoor reception which had a true festival feeling, capping the evening off with a piñata. James from Turbo Productions was accepted into the family, sitting alongside the parents, as the local Treasure Island resort band entertained the guests.
Having visited some spectacular countries in the last 10 years, we recommend another 5 you shouldn’t look past:
Wanaka, New Zealand
Queenstown’s little sister, this is a foodie haven, and has spectacular scenery, with Lake Wanaka and its surrounding forests providing amazing photo opportunities. As it is smaller than Queenstown, it also has a more intimate feel.
In Sicily, this small town has Greek amphitheatres, a stylish main street, and overlooks the Mediterranean sea. It offers a medieval feel, and hospitable Italian hosts.
If you love Tacos, ruins, and a beach paradise, plus friendly people, great cocktails, and some fabulous accommodation, then look no further than Tulum, Mexico. Close to Playa del Carmen, and Cancun, this turquoise beach is further away from the crowds.
What Fiji or Bali is to the Australians, Cuba is to the Canadians, with a row of 5-star hotels to choose from. This is Cuba; the most spectacular water and beaches you will ever see, the heat of the Caribbean, and the friendliest people on earth.
This is not just another island holiday. Melding creole cooking, French influence, and being a stone’s throw from Africa and Madagascar makes Mauritius a truly unique experience.
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