Elope away with us!

Celebrant Kineta Booker and Photographer Andrea Kewish have teamed up to form Christchurch and North Canterbury Elopements.

Mr and Mrs Davies. Married by Kineta Booker at Darfield Forest. Image by Andrea Kewish.


Throw away the rule book of organising a big, traditional wedding by choosing to elope!

We LOVE elopements because we LOVE FUN!! The idea of whisking a couple away with their nearest and dearest fills our hearts with so much joy!

Here are some reasons people choose to elope: because it’s an utterly authentic, ‘just us’ experience; intimacy and intention; less family drama (someone had to say it – ha!); valuing experiences over stuff; far less stress and anxiety; less planning; and life is meant to be an adventure – so why not elope away for the love of fun! And each other!

Mr and Mrs Lloyd. Married by Kineta Booker at Halswell Quarry. Image by Andrea Kewish.

All you need to do is:

  • set a date
  • pick a spot to elope away to
  • organise a couple of witnesses (who also love fun)
  • choose something to wear
  • apply for your marriage licence

And we’ll take care of the rest!

Edward and Courteney. Married by Kineta Booker at Pines Beach Forest. Image by Andrew Kewish.


  • 10 adults onsite (anymore and it becomes a Boutique Wedding)
  • personalised ceremony (Kineta will help you write your vows)
  • elopement certificate with your witnesses signatures on it
  • photos during ceremony
  • up to 1 hour of photos onsite (this includes the ceremony)
  • you’re welcome to use Andrea’s “Mr” “Mrs” “Just Eloped” signs
  • an online gallery of your elopement images

Price: $950*

Canterbury Elopement with Mr & Mrs Davies.
Married by Kineta Booker. Image by Andrea Kewish.


Elope with us anywhere with a view, beautiful atmosphere, or somewhere that means something to you.

Here are some cool locations to consider, but inevitably the choice is yours:

  • Pines Beach Forest
  • Waimakariri River
  • Ashley River
  • Ashley Forest
  • Waikuku
  • Waikuku River Mouth
  • Matawai Park, Rangiora
  • Darfield Forest
  • Bottle Lake Forest
  • Actually, any forest makes for awesome pics!
  • Halswell Quarry
  • Mona Vale
  • Hagley Park
  • Godley Heads

Some things to consider when choosing a location:

  • is it private enough? Will the public walk through your ceremony?
  • What’s the light like? If the area is too exposed to the elements (sunlight/sea) then you may not get the best photos
  • Is it sheltered enough? If it’s too windy your guests won’t be able to hear the ceremony


Kineta Booker kinetabooker.com and Andrea Kewish andreakewishphotography.com

The fine print:

  • the price does not include your official marriage licence/certificate
  • there’s a four-week turnaround for receiving your online gallery of images
  • mileage included if within 20km of celebrant’s office
  • if you just want a celebrant, Kineta is still available to officiate elopements
  • there is a $200 non-refundable deposit to book your elopement with us
  • please do not bring seating (unless someone requires a seat), as you will need to book the space and it ultimately becomes an organised Boutique Wedding, rather than an elopement