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…

Real Weddings: Amy and Cam

On January the 3rd this year, I married a couple who as soon as they said ‘I do’ climbed into a swing harness and jumped off a platform for a 60 metre freefall and 200 metre swing.  It’s not for everyone, but it was perfect for them! Amy and Cam met in Queenstown, they’d both…

Reboot: Why Weddings are Like Birthdays

If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know that this time last year I wrote a blog about my birthday/ why your wedding is (in many ways) like a birthday.  If you’ve followed me for a while I’m about to recycle a lot of what I wrote in that one – to save you…

Real Weddings: Josh and Rhyanon

  On January 6th the forecast in Queenstown was for an overcast, cold day, max 13 degrees… that’s not what Josh and Rhyanon got for their wedding day!   It was beautiful, and for these two I would have hoped for nothing less.  They describe themselves as both ‘old souls’ and ‘slightly polished bogans’… And…

A Christmas Fairytale (Wedding)

My story begins a lot of years ago… 10 years ago, maybe more.  Well before I became a celebrant or had kids so I’m out of life landmarks to date it. Anyway, it was Christmas morning and my Dad and I were on our way into town (Invercargill) to pick up someone or something… good…

Coffeecoffeecoffeeeeeeeeee!

Facebook shared this memory with me the other day… I always knew the path from one coffee to addiction was a slippery slope… yesterday I bought my first plunger. The coffee Bron gave me on Friday was so nice I just can’t hold out anymore.   It seems crazy to me that this was just…

Best Job Ever!

You know when you’ve been away from your job for a while… you come back, sit in that chair and (assuming you have a job you love) you’re grateful for the recharge, the holiday you’ve just had, but you’re in the zone, you’re where you belong. I’m lucky that that’s me.  I’m a celebrant and…

When the fear of public speaking is super real

So you have this conundrum.  You have a lot of friends and family you want to celebrate your wedding with… but the thought of speaking in front of them all makes you break out in a cold sweat, makes you afraid you’ll freeze up or just not engage properly with your wedding day.  You want…

Real Weddings: Kimberley and Ricky

Kimberley has had the honour of being one of my bestest friends in the world for several years (of course it’s been beyond an honour to be counted among your friends too Kimberley!)  In January I was blessed to get to marry her and the love of her life Ricky in Bannockburn, Central Otago. Kimberley…