In October I had the honour of performing a renewal of vows ceremony for Luxi and Xiaoliang from China.
They had already tied the knot in China, but chose to have a beautiful lakeside ceremony as part of their honeymoon in New Zealand.
While the commitment given in a marriage is the same the world over, the legal marriage ceremony options open to couples marrying in some countries is limited compared to the choices available in New Zealand. As a result some choose to elope somewhere that will allow them to legally marry however they like, while others like Luxi and Xiaoliang opt to have the required legal ceremony, then a private blessing ceremony later – whether that be at home with family and friends or abroad as part of their honeymoon.
I’m a licensed marriage celebrant which means I can perform a legal wedding anywhere (and I do mean anywhere) of the couple’s choosing within New Zealand. But I’m also more than happy to perform a non-legal blessing ceremony for couples who are already legally married.
The day of Luxi and Xiaoliang’s wedding dawned with a bright blue sky…. And a strong cold wind. It wasn’t enough to deter Luxi and Xiaoliang though. We held their ceremony on the shore of Lake Tekapo as planned. An intimate ceremony witnessed by just their two friends, me, and their photographer Miles from Alpine Images in Wanaka. They chose to say their vows to each other in Chinese (as it was a non-legal ceremony that was fine) , so while I didn’t know what they were saying, I could see from the emotion they showed, that their words were rich with love for each other.
My favourite part about Luxi and Xiaoliang’s ceremony? They were so in touch with each other. I didn’t need to tell them to look at each other, to hold hands, to kiss as often as they liked during their ceremony, to really live the emotions marrying your true love brings.
Luxi and Xiaoliang I wish you only the very best – a long and happy life together. Congratulations!
A couple of their suppliers
Photographer: Miles Allan, Alpine Image Company Alpine Images
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Wherever you’re getting married, congratulations and happy planning. And remember it’s NZ, so you can get married however you’d like… think big! If you’re looking for a fun young celebrant who loves a wedding challenge, in Central Otago, that’s where I’ll be based come February 2017. Visit my Facebook page www.facebook.com/marriagecelebranthannahlind where you can find out more about me, or message me. Call me on 027 384 7886 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org