The deets: I was pretty excited when my colleague Tessa and her partner Dan came to me to talk about their wedding. Like many of my couples, they were keen to have a relaxed and fun ceremony - and I definitely think they achieved that!
Venue: Victoria University, Wellington
Photographer: Jenn Hadley Photography
Highlight: This is pretty simple for me – the Beatles singalong mid-ceremony. When Tessa and Dan first mentioned including a song in their ceremony, I was excited and scared all at the same time. But it honestly couldn’t have gone better. Seeing the smiles of all the guests as they belted out the lines was just awesome, and definitely had the desired effect.
Lowlight: I was having a really bad hair day! So annoying, luckily no one was looking at me!
"You were a straight-up, no-nonsense celebrant - exactly what we needed. You were open to ideas, willing to try new stuff and we felt comfortable getting non-judgemental advice from you about what would and wouldn't work not just in the ceremony itself but the flow of the day and other wedding-related anxieties.
We really appreciated you being available for a meet-up beforehand, even though you live a couple of hours away, and for the rehearsal which settled nerves and made sure everyone knew what they were doing.
On the day, you were punctual and firm with those who were not inclined to follow by strict instructions about being punctual, and made sure everyone was where they were supposed to be.
The ceremony was nicely balanced for us - we are not huge on ceremony generally, and not religious, but the words you wrote still gave it the gravitas necessary.
Dan says: 'It was good, because it was 'not airy-fairy fluffy bullshit'.'
Feedback from guests that it was all very relaxed, and that that was very us, which I think is a good reflection of the job you did.