Real Weddings: Steph and Scott’s Cromwell Wedding

As usual I’m writing this from my home office (kitchen table), but today I’m surrounded by my family, also working or studying from home.  If you’re reading this in the future – remember that time we all stayed home for ages because of the germs? (It’s just the easiest way to explain to a 3…

Real Weddings: Louisa & Travis

On Louisa and Travis’ wedding day they both changed their name.  I love love loved so much about their day (especially how ‘their wedding their way’ it was!) but this was my favourite part.   Growing up Travis’ maternal grandparents played a huge part in his life.  As they’d had only daughters their name would have…

To kiss or not to kiss

PDA.  You either reacted with yeah whatevs or threw up a little in your mouth. There is no right way or wrong way to feel about PDA, your own or someone else’s… but right now I’m talking about your own. Because it can feel like it’s expected of you.  That on your wedding day you…

Real Weddings: Kyle and Melissa

What has meaning and relevance is different in every relationship.  It meant a lot to Kyle and Melissa that they share their wedding day with their immediate families, but that it also be an adventure.   And so Kyle and Melissa brought their families with them to Wanaka, where they tied the knot on the…

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…

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…