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…

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…

Why there are so many things worse than crying at your own wedding

  I know we’re not used to crying in public… especially when all of our friends and family are looking at us.  It can seem like it’s one thing have a wee cry at someone else’s wedding when you’re safely in the crowd and nobody is looking at you… and entirely another if you’re the…

A wedding, ten years on

Tomorrow (January 28th) husband and I will have been married ten years.   It’s been a wonderful ten years.  And it was a wonderful wedding… but despite all the intense planning of every little detail, these are the top ten things I remember, that I REALLY remember, from that day. 1.        My Nana was there.  She…

The bearer of rings

Who should hold your wedding rings? There are two traditional options for who will be entrusted with your wedding rings prior to the ring exchange portion of your ceremony. The first traditional option is the best man.  Although actually it doesn’t matter whose attendant it is, someone wearing something with pockets is a good choice…

What you NEED to get engaged and married

When it comes to getting engaged and getting married there are some things you NEED and some things it just seems like you need. When it comes to getting engaged you NEED to agree that you both want to get married.  That’s it.  You’re allowed to choose not to have an engagement ring.  You’re allowed…

A ceremony’s, a ceremony’s a ceremony… right?

I’ve written some interesting things into ceremonies over the last few years.  This is because every person, every couple is different – what is important, what is romantic, what best symbolises love to every person, every couple is different.  Because I take the time to get to know my couples, I hope, what I give…