Donna and Sean awoke to a stunner of a day in February. They created a magical ceremonial space at Seven Oakes in their gardens. Donna's favourite colour is purple so varying shades of purple were used in the bridal part and the decorations. Family is important to both Donna and Sean so they made sure their wedding was going to have all their nearest and dearest involved.
A Naming Ceremony can take any format that you choose.
It may be simple welcome to our world, a formal naming of your child,
or a blessing for the baby and your family. It is a bespoke ceremony to officially welcome your new baby that is crafted with your beliefs, values and desires of your family.
Naming/blessing Ceremonies have become popular over the years and some opt for naming ceremonies, over traditional christenings for newborns. A naming ceremony can be used as well for blending of families or an adult changing their name. Your ceremony will be crafted to reflect what the family want. You many or may not have religion in your ceremony, it may include readings, blessings and/or presenting a naming certificate.
The setting was breathtaking in rural South Canterbury for Anna and Hamish. Grace Bolton, from Grace Bolton Photography, captured some fantastics memories of this gorgeous large, rustic wedding. Their whole day flowed beautifully. Anna and Hamish had a bespoke, personalised ceremony that featured a live singer, a horse and their fur baby
There were some clouds in the sky which helped cool the searing sun, creating a beautiful summers day. Anna arrived on a magnificent horse, led by her father, followed by her bridesmaids and fur-baby, Macy.
It's often a funny part in the movie.
The couple have just said their vows and the officiant asks for the rings. The best man pats down his suit, looks shocked and confused when he realises he doesn't have them. Everyone scurries around looking until a substitute (like a coke can tab or cheezel) is found last minute to replace the ring. Everyone is received and go on to live happily ever after.
Yes, it is funny losing a wedding ring in a movie but not so in real life. Looking after wedding rings, until the moment you cement your vows with a ring, is a big responsibility. It can cause some couples to worry about what they should do. They ask what is the correct way and what do other people do?
Q: Who should look after your rings?
A: Anyone you wish too!
The story of Jonathon and Nadine's morning intimate garden wedding, Timaru
This lovely couple created a beautiful, initimate ceremonial space in a relatively short amount of time. Jonathon and Nadine decided the time was right to marry and thought why wait - I loved their enthusiasm!
Jonathon's parents have the most stunning rural lookout on the outskirts of Timaru, so it was decided this would be the perfect location for them ... and it was. The sky had meandering clouds that created the perfect light to allow talented photographer, Richard Brown of Husky Photography, to capture some amazing photos. The clouds moved away to reveal a spectacular day.
This couple had decided on a morning wedding and it worked out wonderfully.
Don't feel overwhelmed or confused when planning your wedding.
All you need to do is work through what you need to do one step at a time. Here is a simple list of 10 important things you need to work out with your fiancee before you get into the finer details. If you have been married and are not officially divorced please get on to this immediately. Even if you think it may go through quickly it may not be the case. Don't assume. If you aren't divorced you can't get legally married and it is against the law to have a "pretend" wedding.
The story of Ben and Mhairi's Scottish Wedding with a hand fasting, Kingsdown Manor, Timaru Kingsdown Manor and Chapel Centre was the perfect location for Ben and Mhairi's Scottish themed wedding. In keeping with their heritage, a hand fasting enactment was included after the exchange of rings.
Their whole family was involved in including Toby, their much loved fur baby. The day began with a little drizzle which stopped an hour before the wedding and the sky was perfect for the photos. Brad Reeve Photography captured their special moments for their wedding day.
Mhairi and Ben had a personalised ceremony that captured their essence and their love story. They wrote their own vows which were very moving.
The story of Kyle & Tiffanie's Beach Wedding by the Penguin Colony, Caroline Bay, Timaru
The weather during the day had been terrible with gale force winds and the threat of rain looming. Most of NZ had been hit by the tail end of a cyclone but the sun gods shone bright for Kyle and Tiffanies 6:00pm wedding. A bit of wind still whipped through but it was a hundred times better than it had been hours before.
A simple but lovely set up brought in the colours black, white, red and blue for their beach wedding. A carved love heart and signing table was created for our ceremonial space.
Their Saturday started with showers, that teased us on and off during the morning. By lunchtime the skies had cleared to reveal a beautiful, bright sun with fluffy white clouds.
This loving couple had set their wedding ceremony scene on top of the Caroline Bay Lookout. This lookout gave us glorious views of the Pacific Ocean, the Southern Alps Mountain Range, Timaru township, the penguin colony and our working Port. The workings at the port seem to cease during the ceremony so the sounds of seagulls and waves became our background music.
Finding the right celebrant is like finding the perfect pair of shoes!
First you have to think about what you want. You want a pair of shoes that are going to fit with what your need them for. Think about it - you are heading for a night of dancing. Are you going to squeeze your foot into a gorgeous pair of shoes two sizes too small for you? Or wear a size to big? Of course not! You will end up with blisters and pinched feet or feeling not supported and unstable.
Celebrants are like shoes - one size does NOT fit all and the quality and type vary. Some shoes are so popular they are snapped up as soon as they are on display. The same goes for popular celebrants in peak wedding season. You should book the venue, food, photographer and celebrant all at the same time as early as you can so you get the best possible choice.
First you need to think about the style that you want. It is no point choosing a celebrant that reminds you of your mean scout leader or looks like your fiancees' ex girlfriend. Look on their website and facebook business page. Scroll through the photos of them. Do you feel comfortable with them? Do they look positive and happy? Do they fit with you and your fiancee? Are they portraying themselves as outgoing and vibrant or more reserved and quiet? Find a celebrant that fits YOUR personality. They will be in your wedding photos forever and on your video if you have one.
Your celebrant should be welcoming, adaptable and easy to talk to. On your big day it is them running the ceremony. They will be making sure it is all set up as planned, they will be helping to keep your nervousness at bay and delivering an amazing ceremony for you and your guests.
Don't be afraid to shop around and connect with a few (or lots of celebrants) Find one that you both fit with, they you have confidence in. Even if you have been married seven times or this is your first - it is your special day. You need someone that has your back and that has you and your ceremony as their priority.
Good luck and happy planning!