Phillipa

Cook

A little about me

For over 20 years it has been my privilege to be a marriage celebrant and I have loved every moment of it. I am experienced, knowledgeable, sincere and feel very fortunate to have shared one of the happiest days of couple’s lives.

When you are as enthusiastic as I am about being a marriage celebrant in this wonderful place that I have called home for over 30 years, each ceremony is delivered from my heart.

The role that I have allows me to listen to each couple’s story and to share their dreams for their future together – one of the many roles of a celebrant is to assist them to take the next step in their journey of life … together – and this is a true honour for me.

Some stories include couples meeting at school and reuniting years later, living in different countries and, against all odds, their relationship has strengthened, meeting on the internet, at university, work or bars, through friends and family – each story is different but they have the same theme – they love each other and want to spend the rest of their lives together.

How lucky I am to share their love and joy with them on their wedding day!

Each couple’s story is different so each ceremony is different – no 2 ceremonies are the same and to achieve this I ask a list of questions to each couple so that the ceremony is personal and unique – it is the couple’s ceremony, not mine. Recently, at the AGM of the Celebrant Association of New Zealand (CANZ) here in Queenstown I was asked to speak on a panel to discuss ‘What makes a good ceremony great’, during which I shared many thoughts with other celebrants – the main tips are to personalise each ceremony to the couple, include friends and/or family in a ceremony as often as possible and love your role as a celebrant – and I love my role as a marriage celebrant! Not only do I officiate at weddings, I am also more than happy to officiate at namings and renewal of vows – life is to celebrated – let me help you celebrate!

I am the former secretary of Queenstown Wedding Association and member of the Celebrant Association of New Zealand (CANZ) and, according to a survey completed last year by CANZ, I am one of the most experienced marriage celebrants in New Zealand. I believe the reason for this is because of the passion I have for my role as a marriage celebrant and also because I live in what I believe to be the most beautiful place in New Zealand – Queenstown!

Maybe we'll meet here one day,

 

Phillipa

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