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The Queenstown wedding association is made up of 100+ local businesses who help nearly-weds put on their dream queenstown wedding day.

for specific wedding planning enquiries please use our directory to reach out to the people in the biz who know best.

For general enquiries about queenstown, weddings, or to join our Qwa whānau please use the contact info below.

Send us a message.

We’ll be happy to answer all of your questions and make sure you have an amazing wedding experience in Queenstown.

Charlotte Winkel

President

I’m a marriage celebrant, wedding blogger and wedding planner based in Queenstown and have officiated over 400 weddings!

After many years as a Queenstown Wedding Association member I took on the President role in winter 2020. Firstly we strive to provide the best resources and vendor options to couples planning their Queenstown wedding. And secondly we support and advocate for local wedding industry businesses so that they can serve their couples to the highest standard. I also have a passion for giving back to the Queenstown community, enabling sustainable wedding practices, and promoting LGBTTQI+ inclusivity.

Kate Roberge

Vice President / Workshops

Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Kate moved to New Zealand, because why the hell not?! She describes herself as awkward, a strange mix of an extrovert and introvert, who is adamant that the Canadian Tuxedo is the coolest thing ever .

Kate is a our workshop chair and helps us develop lots of great workshops to help develop our members businesses. When she isn’t busy helping us she can be found running her own business, which is being a local wedding photographer.

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    Melissa Couch

    Membership Development

    Melissa works as the Sales Manager at Heritage Queenstown and has always been an active member of the Queenstown Wedding Association. She has a wealth of experience in the hotel weddings and events sector across Australia and New Zealand spanning 20+ years.

    Melissa’s role as our Membership Development Chair involves seeking out new opportunities and benefits for our local wedding vendors. She’s so passionate about what’s on offer here at the QWA that she loves to tell everyone about it!

    Andy Thompson

    Treasurer

    Andy moved to Queenstown in 2017 after a thirteen year stint in Melbourne. He found himself part of the Queenstown Wedding Association with his role at local catering company In2Food, for which he is now a Director. As an active and sociable member of the QWA Andy quickly volunteered to be our money man and now dutifully takes care of our day-today accounts.

    Running a busy catering business linked to a popular Queenstown wedding venue, Andy also assists with planning our social events, often thinking of the little details that would otherwise be forgotten!

    Sarah Arkin

    Marketing

    Sarah was the founding President of the Queenstown Wedding Association and has been a dedicated committee member ever since. With three different wedding businesses based in Queenstown covering planning, hire items and eco-weddings, she’s one of the busiest women in weddings we know!

    As our Marketing Chair Sarah coordinates our marketing and social media strategies and seeks out any promotion opportunities she can to secure Queenstown as the ultimate destination wedding location.

    Scott Latham

    Social and Events

    Scott is passionate about keeping our members happy, healthy and highly caffeinated though great events and social catch ups!

    Scott also runs Wild In White, a wedding videography company producing unique, modern and creative wedding films. If he isn’t filming or helping at the QWA, you’ll probably find Scott snowboarding or mountain biking down one of Queenstown’s mountain peaks

    Kellie Francis

    New Members Chair

    Kellie is originally from Canada but has made New Zealand her home for many years. She is passionate about sustainability, loves nature and strives to preserve our planet. Kellie’s balance of friendly enthusiasm and compassionate understanding makes her perfect for the role of New Members Chair. Her role is to help all new Queenstown Wedding Association members get the most from their membership and integrate into the community seamlessly.

    Kellie loves weddings, big and small and is usually photographing them through Kellie Francis Photography. In her free time she loves getting outdoors, playing with her doggo Bay and travelling as much as possible.

    Sam Jones

    Web Worker

    Sam developed the new website here for QWA, so if you’re having any issues he’s the guy to get in touch with.

    And if you need any help with your own website he’s the guy to get in touch with 🙂

    Sam’s been making websites in Queenstown for about 8 years now and has helped many of our members with their own online presence in that time.