Stories and Testimonials

Queenstown Wedding with miles of smiles!

Winter has come and gone and I have just received this fabulous message from Camille and Luke who married in April in the gorgeous Chapel by the Lake. “I am so SO sorry its taken me so long to get back to you!! Life has been hectic to say the least but we just wanted…

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

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…

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Life is the flower for which love is the honey

Almost a year after Nicole and Alan booked me, they married in the gorgeous Chapel by the Lake at Lake Hayes, almost 20 minutes from Queenstown. As you can see the weather was perfect, the autumn colours were at their best and Nicole and Alan’s love for each other was a blessing to see. They…

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To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.

  Vets Rachael and Edward chose an isolated location near Moke Lake on Closeburn Station for their ceremony as this is where they walk their beloved dogs whilst visiting the area. Their ceremony involved 4wd vehicles, hay bales, 2 of their many dogs as well as lots of love and laughter. Ed’s brother recited a…

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This day we shall remember well…

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…

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My heart belongs to you

The following is an excerpt from a fabulous blog written by Heather Ellis a Christchurch photographer whom I had the good fortune to work with last week: Australian born Nicole went travelling with her friends to Europe one year. She expected to visit a few countries, have a fair few wines, a trolly full of…

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My heart has made its mind up

When locals Lauren and Tom asked me to officiate on┬átheir 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…

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Love is friendship that has caught fire

  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…

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

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…

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