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I Like You

I Like You

Posted by Phillipa on Sep 1, 2014

After 17 years as being a marriage celebrant I have learned that it is not only important to love the person you are marrying, they have to be your best friend and someone you like! I know, it seems obvious… anyway, here is my favourite reading that I read on top of the mountains above Queenstown,in the snow, one glorious winters day last month. I Like You – Sandol Stoddard Warburg “I like you and I know why. I like you because you are a good person to like. I like you because when I tell you something special, you know it’s special And you remember it a long, long time. You say, ‘Remember when you told me something special?’ And both of us remember When I think something is important you think it’s important too We have good ideas When I say something funny, you laugh I think I’m funny and you think I’m funny too …And I like you because when I am feeling sad You don’t always cheer me up right away Sometimes it is better to be sad… I like you because if I am mad at you Then you are mad at me too It’s awful when the other person isn’t… I like you because Everything that happens is nicer with you I can’t remember when I didn’t like you It must have been lonesome then I like you because… I forget why I like you but I do. I guess I just like you because I like...

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Never underestimate the strength it takes for someone to be themselves

Never underestimate the strength it takes for someone to be themselves

Posted by Phillipa on Aug 14, 2014

“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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Even the title of this reading appeals to me “The Game” by BJ Falken

Even the title of this reading appeals to me “The Game” by BJ Falken

Posted by Phillipa on Aug 14, 2014

The following reading was recited on Friday in the snow on the pontoon at Jacks Point, at Kysee and Craig’s wedding ceremony and although it wasn’t the first time I heard it, for some reason, the words hit home to me. This is a photo of the stunning view at Jacks Point, though it is not from Friday’s gorgeous wedding. “The Game” by BJ Falken. It appeared to outsiders that they were at odds. He would test her patience and try to charm his way out of it. She would try to impose her will through loosely crafted arguments based on creative feminine logic. He would put on magnificent displays of rhetoric and manipulation, because he liked it when she caught him trying to get away with something. She liked it too. Over time though, it became obvious that this was not a fight, or a contest. It was a game. Two sides, back and forth. Advance and defend. A game that was almost as much fun to watch, as it was to play. In this game, however, keeping score was never necessary. The minute one round was over, they’d start again, barely paying attention who had been victorious only seconds earlier. Even if they had kept score, it would have still been tied after a hundred years of play. Sometimes he’d win, sometimes she would. And sometimes, when it was needed, they’d remind the spectators that they were actually on the same team all along and would do anything for each other. Before each other, they hadn’t discovered anybody who could play the game at their level, nor...

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Love and family – the key words in this ceremony

Love and family – the key words in this ceremony

Posted by Phillipa on Jun 15, 2014

The key words for Cassie and Renata’s ceremony were family and love, and everywhere I looked you could feel it. They chose to have their ceremony at St Omer Park in Queenstown Bay and the weather was ideal for June – Rich Bayley captured some wonderful...

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My heart has made it’s mind up …

My heart has made it’s mind up …

Posted by Phillipa on Jun 13, 2014

Tom and Yvette planned an intimate ceremony here in Queenstown, from their home in Auckland,with less than 3 months to arrange it. Their ceremony was held on the Hilton Hotel’s wharf with Yvette’s sister and Fredrik Larrson their photographer as their witnesses, no one else in Auckland knew what was happening! Today they sent me this lovely message as well as this gorgeous photo taken by Fredrik Hi Phillipa, Tom and I would like to thank you so much for being part of our amazing wedding day. From your advice and support in the lead up to our ceremony to the way you made us feel completely ourselves and at ease on the day. You are incredibly talented at what you do and I think you have the dream job … the chance to be surrounded by love in the most beautiful place in the world! Our wedding day was perfect in every way, so much so that it still feels like a dream. We are so unbelievably happy to be Mr & Mrs Knight and we’d like to thank you for everything you have done for us. I’ve attached a photo we have received from Fredrik – … Wishing you a wonderful holiday in Europe, I’m green with envy! Tom & Yvette Knight...

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Outdoor location options for  a Queenstown Wedding ceremony

Outdoor location options for a Queenstown Wedding ceremony

Posted by Phillipa on Jun 13, 2014

This is the most frequent question I am asked, which is very difficult to answer because it depends on so many things: the time of year, number of guests, lakefront or mountain top, etc etc Below is a list of the outdoor locations I have officiated at in this beautiful area I call home, most of them I have officiated at this year. They are in no particular order, although I have placed Millbrook Resort at the top because my first ceremony was there 17 years ago: Millbrook Resort Stoneridge Estate Cecil Peak Ledge (helicopter required) Trelawn Place Walter Peak Kinloch Lodge Paradise Queenstown Gardens Wakatipu Yacht Club The Remarkables (helicopter required) Heritage Hotel rooftop Lake Hayes Moonlight Country The Hilton Hotel Canyons Lodge Southerly Glenorchy Wharf Bendermeer Mount Soho Winery Skyline Matakauri Lodge Coronet Peak Jacks Point St Omer Park Thurlby Domain The Rydges Hotel rooftop Amisfield The One Mile Waitiri Creek Winery Peregrine Winery Remarkables Lodge Mercure Queenstown Resort Blanket Bay Luxury Lodge (only available if you are a guest) Nugget...

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