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

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 in Testimonials

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 shine, so we couldn’t go wrong with any plans we had! The ceremony was just perfect – it was so difficult to hold it together, but we managed to do it somehow. You spoke so beautifully & we consider ourselves lucky that Heli-weddings recommended you to be our celebrant. Poor Danny is mortified of public speaking & you probably picked up on this when he stumbled on his words a few times. Thanks for the encouragement whilst we were both frozen with nerves. ūüėČ …¬†Our family took some lovely pictures too, & we’ve attached a couple of our favourites to this email for you. Thank you again, Phillipa – we will be recommending you to anyone who wants to get married in gorgeous Queenstown! PS: Oh, we also owe you for saving the day with Danny’s little buttonhole problem! You’re a hero! Warmest regards from one blissfully happy couple & their cat, Danny, Amber...

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This day we shall remember well…

Posted on May 22, 2013 in Featured, Marriage / Wedding Ceremonies, Testimonials

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… It all came together in 1 day… OUR DAY! Friends and family complemented us on the personal ceremony so beautifully brought by you! To us it meant so much, as the ceremony was us in every word. We where so blessed to have precious people surrounding us while we made ourselves ‘complete’ with this wedding ceremony. Thank you for your natural charming personality that added to our day with all your help, support and joyful way bringing a ceremony together. We will always look back on this stunning day with so much joy, happiness and love! Thank you ever so much and hope to see you again somewhere in...

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My heart has made its mind up

Posted on May 15, 2013 in Marriage / Wedding Ceremonies, Testimonials

When locals Lauren and Tom asked me to officiate on¬†their special day I was very excited and honoured. It was lovely to meet Laurens family who had travelled from the States and Tom’s from the west coast. I confess to being worried about the pronunciation of many of the Jewish words that were woven into their very special ceremony, but their day was perfect and when you look at these stunning photos you can see their love! Dear Phillipa, I can’t believe its already been two months since our wedding, the time just flies. ¬†Attached are some awesome photos from our picture perfect day. ¬†Thank you for your contribution to our wedding. ¬†You made us feel very comfortable with your approachable nature and your ideas along the way helped us to put together a ceremony that was just right for us. ¬†It was very special for me that ¬†the Jewish traditions were incorporated in to the day as well. ¬†You did a great job with all the pronunciations. ¬†ūüôā ¬†Lots of love, Lauren and...

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Love is friendship that has caught fire

Posted on May 14, 2013 in Featured, Marriage / Wedding Ceremonies, Testimonials

  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 it and it was a pleasure to work with you on our special day.¬†You made our ceremony memorable and a lot of people came up to me after wards and¬†liked the part about¬† ‘mischief’ in the vows. Thanks again for your time¬†before and on the day, Sara ūüôā   Good luck to Sara and Simon on the expected birth of their first child in 8 weeks time – keep me posted please!...

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A butterfly ceremony plus 2 traditional Hindu rituals = 1 very special ceremony

Posted on May 14, 2013 in Marriage / Wedding Ceremonies, Testimonials

Baiju and Anjna chose the beautiful gardens of Stoneridge Estate to share their wedding day with their 70ish guests. I thoroughly enjoyedthe blend of the Hindu rituals with other traditions and there was colour everywhere! These beautiful photos were taken by Jax from StillVision. This lovely message from Anjna reminds me that Rescue Remedy is a must if you think your nerves/tears are going to ruin your day! Hi Phillipa, Thank you for marrying us the other week. Thing have been so hectic since our wedding as we had a lot of overseas guests from USA. Finally beginning to settle down, although once the kids go back to school next week I will more relieved. Thanks again for a lovely ceremony. It was truly magical for both of us as we’ll as our guests. Best regards, Anjna P.S. thank goodness for rescue...

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A thank you note from my first wedding for 2013

Posted on Mar 11, 2013 in Marriage / Wedding Ceremonies, Testimonials

Bryan and Lani chose Peregrine Winery in the Gibbston Valley, approximately 20 minutes from Queenstown, for their ceremony – and what a magic day it was! Lani surprised Bryan with a song that she had written and her brother sung it during the ceremony to Bryan – some very beautiful words were included. This morning I received this lovely message from Bryan and Lani and this was their favourite photo of the day taken by the very talented Jim Pollard. Dear Phillipa, We had the most amazing Wedding day at Peregrine and you helped to make it all the more special. You were able to put us at ease and helped to make the ceremony very personal to us, it was very natural and our friends and family commented on how beautiful the ceremony was. We couldn’t have asked for more so thank you once again! Bryan and...

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