Once I caught my breath, at the stunning sight of the lupins at lake Tekapo, something else caught my eye. At first glance I thought I could see people catching insects, moths maybe, or butterflies? Entomologists, studying the secret life of lupins perhaps?
I saw white net drifting over the lupins, twirling, lifting and then falling from the breeze. Yes that’s it, entomologists I thought.
But no, it was a bride, a Chinese bride on a wedding dress tour. Tom had told me about this, yes wedding dress tours are a thing. Whoever knew?
Brides and grooms, from China, come to New Zealand to have their wedding photos taken in these beautiful, iconic locations. I told you the lupins were photogenic.
It’s big business. The civil marriage takes place in China, the bride and groom then fly to New Zealand, spending thousands of dollars on hair, make-up, photographers the works. The photographs are then shown on big screens, back at the wedding reception in China. It’s a status symbol.
I’d assumed the bride would wear the same dress for all the different locations, and back at the wedding reception in China. But no, it’s a different dress for the reception at home and it is different dress for each location! The companies facilitating the photo shoots, hire out dresses too.
I did think it must be a bit chilly for the bride. Note the photographer is wearing a puffa jacket…
The groom looked a little less engaged in the job in hand than the bride. Maybe he wants to be an entomologist.
We went on our way, heading for Mount Cook National Park, it was a public holiday, not that you’d know from the roads, bank holiday traffic back in the UK, does not look like this! (Yes the glacial blue is true to life).
But it can be surprising what you meet on these seemingly empty roads. as they say New Zealand roads are different.
On our way to Glenorchy, we spotted something, or at least somebody in the road ahead. And by the time we reached them they had sensibly stepped off the carriage way.
It’s a risky business this wedding dress tour lark.