Michelle & Sophie – An Elopement at Lake Tekapo

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Eloping meant taking away the stress of guests, and by Lake Tekapo, New Zealand Michelle and Sophie said ‘I do’ with their kids and their parents.

How long have you been together, and how did you meet?

S: We were neighbors. I jumped the fence so that I could speak to her. We were very good friends, and we used to ride our horses together. I used to turn up at her kitchen window on a pony with a bottle of wine, asking if she wanted to hang out. Having had no idea that we were attracted to each other until we had been friends for about a year. We’ve been together four years now and married in October 2020.

Tell us about the proposal.

S: We were on a weekend away and decided to look at rings, so we had already decided to get married. But I surprised Michelle one day once her engagement ring we ordered arrived. I took her for a ‘walk’ to one of our favorite secluded beaches, sat her down, and gave her a book I had made where each page showed all the reasons why I love her with little illustrations. It was cheesy and had some funny parts, but she loved it. I pulled out the ring and asked her to marry me. She said yes!

Why did you decide on eloping?

For us, eloping took away the stress of guests – where there is always the issue of where do you stop with the guest list and who is really there to support us. Of course, like everyone, Covid was also a factor, but for us, having just our parents and our kids and walking away from stressful bigger wedding plans was the right decision. 

And, was the elopement day everything you hoped it would be?

To say getting to our elopement was stressful was an understatement. We had so many things leading up to our wedding. We had missed flights, car rental issues, road closures, sickness. You name it; we had it. But somehow, we still sang and laughed all the way there, we had terrific vendors, and once we started driving to our ceremony, all of those things didn’t matter, and the ceremony and photos afterward were so special and so much fun. 

We laughed all the way down the ‘aisle’ to where our ceremony spot was as I was wearing the most ridiculous but fabulous stiletto shoes (stilettos and grass do not go together). And we continued to have laughs throughout our whole day, which, to be honest, summarises our relationship. We are best friends, so it just fit that our ceremony was fun too. 

Love, life and friendship are in our future. We’re looking forward to traveling, extending our family, building our dream home on our farm, and living life together with a whole lot of fun along the way.


Photography by Frankly Faye

Catering Peppers Bluewater Resort Lake Tekapo
Celebrant Angela Port Celebrant
Dress Designer Girl Meets Gown
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Florist Remotelea Creative
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