Same Sex Ceremonies

Never underestimate the strength it takes for someone to be themselves

“Never underestimate the strength it takes for someone to be themselves” this phrase made the base of a very, very special ceremony last week that I had the hour of officiating at. The incredible journey that Clinton and John had been on together was merely touched on, however myself and their closest friends and some family were for very aware of their story and are just so excited that they are married (well in good old New Zealand, anyway)!!! And then they sent me a thank you! Hey Phillipa. We’re back in Aus now but wanted to say thanks again…

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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 was BECAUSE THEY CAN!! They have been together for almost 12 years and their wedding ceremony on Sunday meant a great deal to them, including unconditional love, the commitment to each other through the good bad and the ugly… to formally unite and commit to…

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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 by Jim Pollard – doesn’t it just capture the essence of that day perfectly? Today I received this lovely message from my friends, Mel and Kat: Hi Phillipa, Now that all the hustle and bustle of the wedding is over Mel and I just wanted…

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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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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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One for the boys!

When Stefan and Michael first contacted me regarding their ceremony I was very excited as their plans involved a helicopter, Mount Cook, a glacier landing for their ceremony followed by a flight to Milford and a cruise through the fiord before fly…

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One for the girls

Adventurous girls, Jen and Jo exchanged vows on the shore of Lake Tekapo, approximately 3 hours drive from Queenstown. Although we had blues skies there was a very strong wind blowing which stopped the girls from celebrating their love in the rela…

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A civil union ceremony in the garden of Stoneridge Estate

December 2012 was my busiest month for civil unions, to date. Matthew and Chris’s ceremony was held on 12 12 12 – a busy day for ceremonies in Queenstown. However, their ceremony was extra special and with approximately 100 of their closet family …

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Two beautiful ladies, one fabulous ceremony!

The ceremony for Rae and Dot, is one I will never forget! The ceremony was in the rotunda of the beautiful Queenstown Gardens with the tulip beds at there best, blossom on the trees and love in the air – just perfect! The words, the atmosphere, th…

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