Posts by Phillipa

Feel the love!!

On a beautiful summer day, Mel and Kat married in front of their closest family and friends on the rooftop of the Heritage Hotel above Lake Wakatipu. It truly was a great pleasure to get to know these two amazing women over the 6 months or so before their ceremony. This fabulous photo was taken…

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A thank you from the heart

To have found a role that I have a passion for, in which I am a part of a couples biggest day of their lives together makes me feel fulfilled and blessed, … and then to receive the following message and photo from Mark and Kathryn just tops everything off, very nicely. Thank you to…

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Keeping it simple!

Two and a half weeks before their wedding day, Petya and Max booked me to officiate at their ceremony. Their next question was where shall we marry? I suggested they put Queenstown Gardens as their location on their licence as it is beautiful and the band rotunda offers some protection from the weather. The day…

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Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence

Millbrook is where I officiated at my first ever wedding ceremony and always holds a special place in my heart. So when Singaporean couple Lisa and Cho chose me as their marriage celebrant and advised they were having their ceremony at Millbrook I was super excited! As you can see from this fabulous photo taken…

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Same sex marriage in Queenstown

When I was contacted in May last year by Jacinta and Caz regarding their civil union in December, I was very excited. They are a lovely couple who live in Australia who wanted to take their relationship to the next level. Then, on 19 August 2013 same sex marriage became legal in New Zealand and…

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A thank you message from the heart

Hi there Phillipa Russell and I had a truly wonderful day, and in fact it was wonderful for several days as we enjoyed being with friends and family away from home. We were able to get together over several days and occasions. It was simply perfect. For all my nerves and emotions leading up to…

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A Lake Hayes wedding followed by a vineyard reception – perfect!

When Jenni and Dave contacted me regarding their wedding, I was so excited as it included many of my favourite elements for a wedding ceremony: love and laughter, family and friends, a beautiful bride and a handsome groom and they are locals! Locals that I now call friends as I have watched their relationship grow…

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Queenstown Wedding with miles of smiles!

Winter has come and gone and I have just received this fabulous message from Camille and Luke who married in April in the gorgeous Chapel by the Lake. “I am so SO sorry its taken me so long to get back to you!! Life has been hectic to say the least but we just wanted…

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Love comforteth like sunshine after rain – and rain it did!!

This beautiful testimonial from Amber and Danny was languishing in my inbox and I thought to myself, this is too good to not share, so here it is:   Hi Phillipa, Thank you so much for your lovely email. We had a wonderful day, despite the weather. Queenstown is so beautiful – rain, hail or…

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