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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 Jacinta and Caz’s plans changed a little. Now they could get married!! It was a day of celebration, love, fun, laughter, commitment and so much more. Today I received this wonderful message, photo and a link to a YouTube film about marriage equality in which…

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This day we shall remember well…

Marie-Louise and Uan chose the gorgeous Trelawn Place for their wedding ceremony, not only because of it’s spectacular views but also because it overlooks the Shotover River – the same river their home overlooks! I was delighted to be asked to share their special day and a lot of energy went into ensuring every little detail was perfect – and it was! Today I received this lovely message from Marie-Louise – believe me Marie-Louise, the pleasure was all mine! Dear Phillipa, What a magical wedding day we had!! The people, the weather, the celebrant, the food, the music, the ambiance……

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My heart belongs to you

The following is an excerpt from a fabulous blog written by Heather Ellis a Christchurch photographer whom I had the good fortune to work with last week: Australian born Nicole went travelling with her friends to Europe one year. She expected to visit a few countries, have a fair few wines, a trolly full of laughs and to just generally enjoy her time travelling. She certainly didn’t expect to bag a sweet Irishman while she was there! … But that she indeed did, and after 8 years together and many trips back to Ireland while now living in Australia. They…

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Love is friendship that has caught fire

  The Chapel by the Lake is a favourite of mine and so I was delighted when Sara and Simon asked me to officiate at their ceremony in the chapel. The chapel seats about 60 guests, has wonderful acoustics and is beautiful as you can see in these stunning photos taken by Fredrik Larsson. Doesn’t Sara look radiant? This lovely message from Sara is one of my favourites: Hi Phillipa, I would just like to say a huge thank you for doing such a wonderful job at our wedding on Thursday. i really appreciate all the effort you put into…

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Love is the Reason

Mount Soho is a wonderful location for couples who have a large guest list -and so it was perfect for Matt and Tess’s wedding day in late January this year. With 5 pageboys/girls plus bridesmaids and groomsmen, the giving away by Tess’s father, th…

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One of the most beautiful ceremonies ever!

This is a ceremony I will never forget – 2 beautiful women so in love, so happy and so together! And they thanked me! We chose Phillipa as our celebrant for our Queenstown civil ceremony in January. Right from the outset we were happy with our dec…

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Helicopters, wind, laughter

When Michelle and Nick booked their heli-wedding with Minetta of The Wedding Company almost 3 weeks before their big day they hadn’t realised how windy it can be in Queenstown in spring. The talented pilots from Heliworks found the perfect spot ou…

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