Real Weddings: Lauren and Rick’s Gifted Wedding

I’m lucky to get to do what I love, so so SO lucky!  On April 27th I got to share some of that luck with Lauren and Ricky, the winners of the Gifted Wedding at The Port Molyneux School in Kaka Point. I couldn’t decide which photos to share… so prepare yourselves for a lot…

Real Weddings: Karli and Dan’s New Year’s Eve Heliwedding

What a wedding is, is different for every couple.  Just like what the best imaginable dinner is, is different for every person For Karli and Dan, their perfect wedding was atop a mountain in Queenstown.  With me, an amazing photographer to capture it all (big ups to Andy Brown) A wicked as tie ordered specially…

Real Weddings: Adam and Ariel

So usually when I’m booked for a wedding it’s with months or even years’ notice… and then every now and then I meet a couple like Adam and Ariel.  Adam messaged me on the Sunday and within a day we had locked them to elope at Moke Lake on the Thursday… yes that’s right 4…

What’s a Registry Wedding… and What’s a Registry Alternative?

So a registry wedding used to mean you made an appointment and went to the courthouse and were married in a courthouse room by the duty registrar.  You could have some but not many witnesses and the words of your ceremony were non-negotiable. As of June this year Births Deaths Marriages has opted to discontinue…

Real Weddings: Natalie and Callum’s Rainy Day Wedding

Here’s the thing about Central Otago – it doesn’t rain often, but occasionally it does rain, and when you book your wedding in, you have no way of knowing if your chosen date will be one of Central Otago’s few rainy days or not. When the weather doesn’t play the game you have two choices….

Good News! It Just Got Super Easy To Get Your Marriage Licence!

Some days when you say ‘Good News!’ it’s like ‘hey, the milk hasn’t expired yet!’ and other times it’s proper real, good news… This time it’s proper real good news!  I got to tell a couple they didn’t have to (potentially) fly to England from Sweden to find a ‘representative of the Commonwealth’ (which nobody…

FAQ’s and My Two Cents: Getting and Signing Your Marriage Licence

Getting married isn’t like grabbing a coffee… most people don’t do it on a daily basis, in fact not usually more than once or twice, so yeah there will be FAQs. Today I’m going to answer some FAQs on getting and signing your marriage licence…  then I’m going to share my take on signing your…

Meet My Mate(s): Florists

Oh hi everyone, fancy seeing you here!  So I’ve written a little something about florists (and a bunch of other things, because would it really be me without a few tangents?!)  What I have to say partly comes from the ‘I’m a celebrant’ place and partly from the ‘I’ve been a bride’ place.  And from…

Meet My Mate: Dear Lissy Photography

I first met Lissy when she was the photographer for my cousin Tanya’s wedding.   I was the celebrant, she was the photographer so it was a rushed meeting in passing.   Then I met her again as Mum of a wee girl who went to the same Kindy as my wee girl. We said…

Real Weddings: Johanna and Wepiha’s Heliwedding

In January I ticked off a celebrant first.  A Heliwedding in stunning Queenstown! Johanna and Wepiha are a beautiful couple from Auckland.  They wanted an intimate family ceremony (that’s right Heliweddings aren’t strictly the domain of eloping couples) and boy did they get it.  11 guests – their closest family members – plus me (their…