..And now for something completely different! (Variety and diversity is the spice of life) – Peta Hardley – Celebrant, Kumeu, Auckland

And now for something a little different!
One of the things I love about being a celebrant is the variety of people and ceremonies.

Okay some of you will have to read this twice but not long ago I was privileged to officiate at the Marriage of Linde…. to herself. Yes, you read it right, Linde married herself. The ceremony, although not legal, was an important milestone for Linde (and a first for me) 

Linde in all her gorgeous glory

Linde in all her gorgeous glory

For a long time Linde said she, like many others, believed she would finally be happy when she had the ‘perfect relationship’ with another person. Time and self awareness led her to realise the only person she really truly needed was herself. Linde declared loudly and proudly, she did not need any one else to make her whole. The only person she needed to be married and committed to, was herself.

Peta and Linde at Linde's special ceremony

Peta and Linde at Linde’s special ceremony

Linde’s very unique ceremony, celebrated not only her marriage to herself, but also blended in elements of a significant birthday, retirement, transition, marriage and even funeral themes. There were candles, balloons, flowers, ribbons, colour, laughter, music and fun. What an amazing day for an amazing woman!

 

Donella and Rainer had a lot of fun, as did their guests, when they chose a Steampunk theme for their wedding at Old St Michaels in Corban’s Estate Henderson.

Rainer and Donnella's Steampunk Themed Wedding

Rainer and Donnella’s Steampunk Themed Wedding

Okay, I have to admit that I had a bit of fun dressing up too.

Steampunk fun

Steampunk fun


You don’t need to marry to celebrate your love. Maria and Russell renewed their wedding Vows in front of family and friends, at Hibiscus Coast Boat Club.

Russell & Maria's Renewal of Vows

Russell & Maria’s Renewal of Vows

They incorporated lighting of candles, a handfasting and also drinking a delicious Sth African drink  (Amarula Gold) from a Scottish Quaich – How’s that for symbolism!

Russell & Maria's symbolism ++

Russell & Maria’s symbolism ++

 

Also choosing to renew their wedding Vows in front of family and friends were Mike and Mel. They were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversay! They included a lovely sand blending, in their ceremony held at the Brigham, Whenuapai.

Mike and Mel's Renewal of Vows

Mike and Mel’s Renewal of Vows

 

Finally and quite recently, I officiated at the Naming ceremony of the truly delightful Ruby. It was the most fun and colourful party I’d been to in ages.

Ruby with her Mum -Jenna, & Dad -  Jared

Ruby with her Mum -Jenna, & Dad – Jared

I love Ruby’s family, and was honoured to have married her Mum and Dad (Jenna and Jared) 2 1/2 years ago. It’s nice to reminise

Jared and Jenna's wedding (2 1/2 years ago)

Jared and Jenna’s wedding (2 1/2 years ago)

I feel so lucky to be a celebrant and meet all these amazing people!

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The love of the great outdoors (and each other). Wild wedding venues. – Peta Hardley Celebrant

Something really special happens when love and nature are woven together. Call it natural, real or down to earth, but these couples’ love for the sea and bush are reflected in their choice of ceremony venues.

Russ & Alistair with Jules, Hillary Trail, Piha

Russ & Alistair with Jules, Hillary Trail, Piha

Therese & Jason overlooking Cowan Bay

Therese & Jason overlooking Cowan Bay

Jeana & Dan, Muriwai

Jeana & Dan, Muriwai

Paraglider at Muriwai Sunset

Paraglider at Muriwai Sunset

Brad and Jen. Autumn wedding, Muriwai

Brad and Jen. Autumn wedding, Muriwai

Hemi & Erica, Fort Takapuna, Narrow Neck

Hemi & Erica, Fort Takapuna, Narrow Neck

Francesca & Jackson, Whenuapai

Francesca & Jackson, Whenuapai

Anoukoun & Emma, Maori Bay, Muriwai

Anoukoun & Emma, Maori Bay, Muriwai

Anna & Mike at North Head, Devonport

Anna & Mike at North Head, Devonport

Beautiful couples. Amazing families. Wonderful memories.

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Why not have your wedding at your own home? Peta Hardley, Celebrant

Who said you have to hire a wedding venue and pay a fortune to have a fabulous wedding? Why not have your wedding at your home?

My enormous congratulations to these gorgeous couples who recently married in their own/family homes….. creating a warm friendly, family atmosphere and a truly memorable occasion.

Steve and Ange under the 180 year old pohutakawa

Steve and Ange under the 180 year old Pohutukawa

When you have a 180 year old Pohutukawa in your backyard, you’d be crazy not to feature it in your wedding. Steve and Ange had a rip roaring time at their Kumeu home (complete with burnouts by the bride)

 

Peta Kylie & Carlus

Peta Kylie & Carlus

Kylie and Carlus utilised the wonderful native bush area at the rear of their home, to create a cool dappled wonderland for their big day.

 

Stevo and Hazel

Stevo and Hazel

Stevo and Hazel’s fabulous rustic farm setting – complete with hay bales, at their Muriwai home, was a real treat. Even the cows and horses seemed to enjoy it.

 

Jared and Abby

Jared and Abby

Big trees, open spaces, lots of family and friends and big smiles were the order of the day for Jared and Abby, when they married at their family home in Kumeu.

 

Sophie & Shaun's 'surprise wedding' @ their Helensville home

Sophie & Shaun’s ‘surprise wedding’ @ their Helensville home

Sophie and Shaun of Helensville decided to shock their guests with a surprise wedding. The guests thought they were attending a house warming and baby shower.

Sophie, Shaun & Tyler make it legal

Sophie, Shaun & Tyler make it legal

A lovely touch at their relaxed wedding, was that Shaun’s son, Tyler (8) acted as a witness.

Weddings are like fingerprints; each one is different, unique and beautiful.

 

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