Same Sex Ceremonies

Never underestimate the strength it takes for someone to be themselves

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 in Marriage / Wedding Ceremonies, Same Sex Ceremonies

“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 for the ceremony. You were the first piece of the puzzle that was imperative we had before proceeding and could not be happier. Even our friends commented on just how sincere and invested you were on the day. It all still feels surreal to us but wanted to again say thanks Take care. Clinton &...

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The loving are the daring

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 in Same Sex Ceremonies, Testimonials

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 each other showing our unconditional love. Today I received this lovely message from them and these fabulous photos were taken by Rich Bayley. Hi Phillipa, Well what an amazing day. We can’t thank you enough. It was everything we had ever wanted and then some. So thank you for being an amazing part of making our day so special. Cheers Scott and...

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Feel the love!!

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 in Same Sex Ceremonies

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 to send you a quick note to say thank you for helping to make our wedding day the most special moment we have ever experienced. We appreciate your help in assisting us to craft a ceremony that positively conveyed all the thoughts, feelings and reflections that Mel and I not only wanted to share with each other, but also with our families and dearest friends. So thank you for your efforts – they were truly appreciated. About the only thing we would change is to wear our glasses for the practice ceremony so we could recognise you and Jim in the reception area! Our sincere apologies for the delay...

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Same sex marriage in Queenstown

Posted on Jan 19, 2014 in Featured, Same Sex Ceremonies

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 I feature… check it out! Thanks Phillipa, We had an amazing time in NZ….you were the perfect celebrant for us and helped make our ceremony very special. We have attached a couple of photos for you and a link to the YouTube film that Lou has posted about marriage equality…….you will notice that you feature in it.  Lots of hugs, Caz and Jacinta...

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One of the most beautiful ceremonies ever!

Posted on Mar 17, 2013 in Featured, Marriage / Wedding Ceremonies, Same Sex Ceremonies

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 decision. We had great initial conversations on the phone, due to us living in Sydney, and also in person on a pre wedding holiday to NZ.  Phillipa is a great listener, listening to what we thought we wanted from our ceremony and adding valuable ideas and contributions when it probably became clear we had no idea!! Our ceremony was just perfect. We laughed, we cried and we burst with love for each other as we said our customised vows. Phillipa suggested a ring warming ceremony where the guests warm the wedding rings with their love during the ceremony. It was the perfect way to include all of our friends and family in the ceremony. Phillipa helped us to create a beautiful, thoughtful and funny ceremony which was just perfect for us as a couple. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. She was also a star when dealing with our less than obedient families on the day and at the rehearsal ;o)...

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One for the boys!

Posted on Feb 10, 2013 in Marriage / Wedding Ceremonies, Same Sex Ceremonies

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 flying back to Queenstown – a celebrants dream!   Unfortunately, the weather in early January was not good:-( so after a 24 hour delay we were able to have a short flight to Cecil Peak for their ceremony and the next day they went to Milford Sound for a cruise.   Michael and Stefan are a wonderful couple, they shared their day with close friends Jorgen and Ingrid who flew from Germany to be with them. The ceremony was kept a secret from their family and friends until they had a party at home and they showed a video of their trip to New Zealand and Tahiti, at the very end of the video was some footage of their ceremony, as you can imagine it was a very special moment when everyone realised what had happened.   The following footage was taken by Miles Holden, photographer...

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