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Professional Celebrant – Marriage, Funeral, and Naming ceremonies

Diploma in Celebrant Studies

Tutor, The Celebrant School of New Zealand

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
-Maya Angelou

It’s such a privilege to be the “official storyteller and knot tie-er” for two people in love… keeping them calm, making them laugh, slipping them tissues before the tears fall, evoking the right emotions and setting the perfect tone for the rest of the wedding celebration.  

Over the past nine years, I have married almost 300 wonderful couples.  I love what I do, and it shows. My style is contemporary, connected, friendly and genuine. 

I have a particular affinity to couples with children, or those who are “second time around”; couples for whom cultural values and traditions are important, and those who seek a polished, sincere, modern ceremony delivered with a splash of humour.  

Choosing your celebrant is just one of the big decisions you make when planning your “Big Day”.  I understand that every couple sees their ceremony differently, so I offer a range of options to suit every style, budget, and venue.  From meaningful simplicity, to heartfelt intimate elopements, or detailed personal authenticity, you can choose the right ceremony for you too!

Registry ceremonies are taken by approved marriage celebrants in their local community. They are short (10 minutes max!), held on weekdays only, (but not public holidays) and use a Government-approved fixed script.  The fee paid to the celebrant is $90.  I conduct Registry marriage ceremonies in and around Mt Eden, and can suggest a range of popular free or low-cost venues.  For additional information, my availability, and to apply for your Marriage Licence, see “Love Now“, or follow #RegWedNZ on Instagram. 

Elopement Ceremonies are perfect for the busy just-want-to-get-marrieds, shy romantics, or budget conscious. I create a simple and minimally personalised script, including your choice of vows from three examples I suggest. These ceremonies are brief, warm and intimate and allow you to tie the knot Monday-Friday at your chosen Central Auckland venue, with a maximum of 20 guests.  We’ll confirm your requirements by email and Facetime or Zoom, and no rehearsal will be held. My fee is $295. Additional costs apply if you’d like this ceremony at a location a little further afield, or on a weekend – so please just ask.

Personalised “love letter” ceremonies cater for lovers wanting heartfelt simplicity and elegance, with authentic details. I write your original ceremony following one face-to-face meeting, and you can include your own personal vows, which I will support you to write. Personal and relaxed, this ceremony may be held at your chosen venue Auckland-wide, on any day of the year.  Priced from $575 – additional travel costs apply if your dream day is based at a venue a little further afield, or if you’d like to include a rehearsal. 

Your Love Story in full colour, blooming with your favourite memories, and weaving in your words, your humour and any cultural or spiritual elements that have particular resonance or significance. Designed collaboratively over two face-to face-meetings, including an optional rehearsal at your venue prior to your wedding day, this ceremony is uniquely yours, and richly meaningful. Available Auckland-wide and beyond.  From $675, depending on your venue.  Please see “Love Stories“, for more details. I also provide MC services for your wedding reception, on request.