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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Love is a wonderful gift.

Posted on May 12, 2014 in Testimonials

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 Narae decided to have their wedding at the end of April – when the trees are gold! Today I opened up my emails to find this lovely message from Adam: HI Phillipa, Just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for a great ceremony on the 27th! 🙂 As you probably noticed, I was pretty nervous but you made me feel at ease by chatting to me when I was waiting for Narae to arrive. It was so nice to be able to rely on someone so experienced and lovely to make sure it all ran smoothly. We both wanted a meaningful ceremony and the candle lighting, the readings and the wine ceremony were all perfect. We had such an amazing day and we received so many comments from our guests about how much they enjoyed the ceremony. We went on to have a fantastic night up at Stoneridge with no issues or dramas...

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Something old, something new

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 in Marriage / Wedding Ceremonies, Testimonials

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 and to meet their closest family and friends. Today I received this lovely message from them, as well as this beautiful photo which brought back some wonderful memories of their wonderful wedding day. Hi Phillipa It’s hard to believe that our wedding was just 4 months ago. Life has been non-stop since arriving back in Brunei and getting back into the routine of our life here. We are catching up on our emails and wanted to drop a line to say thank you so much for making our day so special. From the moment we were in first contact via email to the rehearsal and wedding day, you were so accommodating to our needs and helpful with advice. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful and went the way we had just envisaged! You were an absolute pleasure to work with and we will definitely be recommending you to others. Thanks again, Alisa and...

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A thank you from the heart

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 in Marriage / Wedding Ceremonies, Testimonials

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 you both for your very kind words. May you have a long and happy life together, my friends. Dear Phillipa, From the moment I saw Phillipa’s smiling face on her internet site I knew that she was the celebrant I wanted. Some months prior to the ceremony my fiancee and I met with Phillipa for a coffee and a chat. We all got on famously from the word go. She was able to give us an idea of what was needed in the ceremony in regards to what would happen, what vows we had to make by law but more importantly she was able to reassure us that we could have the ceremony the way we wanted. We exchanged a number of e-mails during which time she continued to give advice and guidance. She asked some very relevant questions from which she was able personalize the ceremony. (Where and when we met etc.) She...

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Keeping it simple!

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 in Marriage / Wedding Ceremonies, Testimonials

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 before their ceremony, with their 2 best friends, they scouted the gardens until they found this spectacular location at the very tip of the Gardens. So the moral of the story is… be it simple or elaborate, make your wedding day the day you want, love, laughter and love is all you need! Dear Phillipa, Many thanks for your sweet message. We really loved our trip to New Zealand and are very much looking forward to visiting again some day! It was the best decision to get wed in your beautiful country. Married life has been treating us well. We hope that you are fine and that you had a lovely X’mas and New Year. Wishing you all the best for 2014. Thank you once again for making our marriage a very special one! Best wishes, Petya &...

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A thank you message from the heart

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 in Testimonials

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 the service, I had not been able to utter my words without crying, I was surprised to find that I was incredibly calm and confident throughout the service. I was a very happy and relaxed bride. Phillipa, you are a consummate professional, and a delight to be with. It was your testimonials that lead us to you, and then of course your lovely voice and friendly manner that confirmed for us you were ‘the one’. Your assistance with planning the service was invaluable, and your confident and friendly manner made the whole process from long distance very easy indeed. Russell and I will remember our wedding day with much joy, happiness and pleasure. It was a truly special and happy occasion with family and friends, and you. Our sincere thanks for the very important part you played on this day. We warmly provide over highest recommendation of your services to all who may enquire....

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