Real Weddings: Scott and Mikara

Scott and Mikara are probably the only couple I’ll ever marry, who I will be able to claim some small part of responsibility for their relationship.  I met Scott in 2001, Mikara in 2002 and while I counted them both as very good friends then (and now) it was ages before they actually met each…

Real Weddings: Luxi and Xiaoliang

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…

From the wedding album: Niki and Richie

Niki and Richie got married in the Tasman River Reserve between Glen Tanner and Mt Cook Village in December of 2014.  It was an overcast day, but with the backdrop of New Zealand’s tallest mountain set against the wide open river valley, it didn’t look dull, it looked dramatic and moody. And yet they didn’t…

From The Wedding Album: Alistair and Jamie

Alistair and Jamie eloped on the shores of Lake Tekapo last December (2015).  It was the kind of day where the sky is so amazingly blue it just seems to go on forever.  And their ceremony was just as beautiful… they hold the honour of being the only couple (so far) to make me actually…

Meet my mate: Bev Bell, wedding photographer

I’ve been working as a celebrant for over 3 years now.  I’ve met a lot of other people working in the industry.  I want to share some of them with you, especially those who I work with regularly, and see how well they do their job time and time again.  Consider this me doing some…

Real Weddings: Sarah and Mike

It turns out Weatherman Sam was right about the weather not being conducive to a helicopter flight out of Tekapo last Friday.  And while that would have been really really awesome – I mean who doesn’t want to go for a ride in a helicopter – Sarah and Mike’s elopement wedding in Tekapo was so…

From the Wedding Album: Shelley and Andrew

I love every wedding I do… but every celebrant will tell you there’s something super special about getting to marry friends. I’ve known Shelley for several years and was absolutely stoked when her and Andrew asked me to be their celebrant.  They got married at Waiora Scout Camp just out of Dunedin in September of…

Congratulations to the mystery couple

It’s really hard to write a blog post congratulating the happy couple I married on the weekend, when I promised to not let their names (or any particularly identifying details) pass my lips (or cross my keyboard)  until they’ve told their friends the knot has already been tied.  But I’ll do my very best.  …

Peekaboo… seeing each other before the ceremony

Whether or not you’re a superstitious person, chances are good on your wedding day you’ll wear something old something new something borrowed and something blue because it’s good luck.  That you’ll cut your cake together as a wish for future fertility (well you might not know why, but you’ll probably do it).  And it’s highly…