Celebrants In the Pride Parade!

Yesterday was the 2017 Auckland Pride Parade.  And for the very first time, a group of celebrants registered to march in it.  A group I am very very proud to be a part of!  We are The Glitter of Celebrants – more about us here.  We are from all around NZ, we all believe in…

Why A Wedding Is Like A Birthday

This Wednesday will be my 34th birthday.  I love my birthdays!  I do not give two hoots what the number is.  To me my birthday isn’t a commiseration that I’m getting older, it’s a celebration that I’ve survived another year.  And as such (after much trial and error) I have found a way to celebrate…

Why Celebrants Are Like Marmite

The big question… when should you book your celebrant? Well let me muddy the waters with a food analogy (because yum yum food.) Celebrants are like toast spreads… some people like Marmite, some people Vegemite (weirdos), some people like jam or honey or peanut butter. Your celebrant is the person who will set the scene…

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…