Bring in Melanie as your wedding celebrant and have a vibrant burst of happiness unite you in marriage!
A big wedding and audience may not be for everyone - Melanie is here to unite you both on your elopement.
As the sun sets on your loved ones' life, Melanie is here to uplift the sadness with a Celebration of Life service.
Weddings are what Spring is to the seasons; joyful, promising, new beginnings, a fresh start.
No matter how long a couple has been together, their commitment to marriage marks a significant change in status. Our society still honours marriage as the highest partnership!
A wedding is a couple’s chance to be the directors of their own special event, possibly the biggest party they will ever throw and one that features them as the stars! The wedding ceremony itself is central to the whole day; the pivotal element around which the entire celebration depends. Undoubtedly, there are as many options for a ceremony as there are lovers in the world, but it is the one time when love and commitment are declared publicly, with reverence and appreciation, gratitude and generosity.
I like to get to know a couple as I prepare their wedding ceremony. Capturing the essence of their relationship helps me craft the most meaningful ceremony to usher them forward with a new identity. Families are joined, resolutions are made, and hearts are connected. Each ceremony is special, unique and memorable.
“Anything can happen when I pick up a pen
But now I'm all about love so won't you say it again”
Hoodie Allen ‘All About It’
Big weddings are not for everyone.
And for some, their love - and the declaration of their commitment by marriage - is an intensely private affair.
Remember that every marriage in NZ requires the presence of two witnesses. Your photographer can witness your vows. Over the years we have asked the helicopter pilot, the skipper of the charter boat and my German friend, who also translated the ceremony, to be a witness.
With your creativity leading the way you can choose to have your ceremony in an exquisite location, something to suit your personalities - from a quiet cove on one of the Bay’s many islands to the top of the Duke’s Nose, Whangaroa Harbour.
Feel the Love!
Thank you for being our marriage celebrant. Not only are you our celebrant, you are so much more. Planning our wedding with you has been such a warm, spiritual and smooth process. We feel heartfelt gratitude that the universe provided us with you.
You will always be a part of our journey and we deeply thank you.
Bronwyn and Kara Blair-Stuart
Dan and I fell in love with Melanie when we met her – she was vivacious, sincere, had depth, and was on our page!
She made the process very easy for us leading up to the wedding. On the day: She blew everyone away leading the most beautiful ceremony. She captured exactly what we were after in a ceremony- her words were beautifully written and delivered, she had a very present and relaxed way about her, and she helped us create some truly magical moments. Thank you so much Melanie – you are one of those special special people that we are blessed to have in our lives!
Love Mr. and Mrs. O’Connor
Melanie you are awesome!!
Couldn’t have asked for anyone better….the way you put all your words together for our wedding made us realise we had the absolute best celebrant out there. We could both tell from the day we met you that you were the one for us! You are so gentle and so expressive with an awesome personality.
Aaron & Sherilee
Celebration of Life
The celebration of one’s entire life – after they depart – is the most mystical, profound, and intense gathering of all.
Whereas the words 'funeral service' have a sad connotation, ‘Celebration of Life Service’ sounds light and uplifting. And that is what we aim for.
As we honour the friend or family member who has left the physical, we think about our own life, how we’ve spent our time, and how we will go forward. It is a time for everyone to renew their passion for living, loving, and leaving an impression on the world.
I will follow your service sheet or wish list to conduct a ‘Celebration of Life’. You may want to have readings, songs, or have guests speak their farewell. A photographic slide show is a popular addition to a ceremony.
Your service can be as long or as short as you wish. It will be reverent, joyful, light hearted, peaceful and blessed. I will be there to support speakers, or take the lead if they cannot.
I consider it the highest privilege to stand alongside people at the closing of the circle of life, to be fully present in that sacred time and space, and to share my talent for the spoken word.
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there.
And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it.
And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life.
It is Life’s change agent.
– Steve Jobs