Posts by Phillipa

I Like You

After 17 years as being a marriage celebrant I have learned that it is not only important to love the person you are marrying, they have to be your best friend and someone you like! I know, it seems obvious… anyway, here is my favourite reading that I read on top of the mountains above…

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Love and family – the key words in this ceremony

The key words for Cassie and Renata’s ceremony were family and love, and everywhere I looked you could feel it. They chose to have their ceremony at St Omer Park in Queenstown Bay and the weather was ideal for June – Rich Bayley captured some wonderful moments.

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My heart has made it’s mind up …

Tom and Yvette planned an intimate ceremony here in Queenstown, from their home in Auckland,with less than 3 months to arrange it. Their ceremony was held on the Hilton Hotel’s wharf with Yvette’s sister and Fredrik Larrson their photographer as their witnesses, no one else in Auckland knew what was happening! Today they sent me…

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The loving are the daring

Australian couple, Mark and Scott chose Queenstown for their wedding ceremony not only because they had always wanted to marry in snow, mountains and lakes and Queenstown in particular, Jacks Point, had all the elements of their dream destination plus it was close enough for their family and friends to attend, however the main reason…

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The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran

It has been quite some time since I have heard the following read in a ceremony, however it is still one of my favourites, as I like they way it encourages independence in a very honest way. The beliefs and thoughts about love and marriage which motivate these two people are perhaps best expressed in…

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Love is a wonderful gift.

Autumn is my favourite time of the year to marry in the Queenstown area and I am not the only local who thinks this. Adam’s family has lived in this area for a very long time, going way back to the gold mining era and so it was no surprise to me when he and…

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Something old, something new

Thurlby Domain is where one of the first homesteads in the Queenstown area was located, it is now a beautiful ruin set in a park like setting among some historic trees – perfect for weddings all year round. It was a true privilege to be Shane and Alisa’s marriage celebrant just 4 days before Christmas…

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THE most popular reading for this season

My favourite this month, so far, was a proposal from a wonderful man to his then beautiful girlfriend. The proposal was full of beautiful words, dreams and hopes – I felt very privileged to be able to share it with the couples closest family and friends, there wasn’t a dry eye among them when it…

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