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Tailored, personal and memorable marriage ceremonies in Central Otago and Wellington. My commitment is to work with you to ensure that you have the wedding ceremony that reflects who you are and what is important to you on your special day.

I love to work with couples to create a personal experience.  I love spending whatever time is needed to get the details right for you:  whether it be helping you write the perfect ceremony, putting an antique cloth and a posy of flowers on the table to sign the register or giving you advice on locations and other people to assist you.

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Sometimes it's just the little things ....

Catherine Fyfe

Yes, weddings are about the big things in life: a public commitment, legal recognition of marriage and the start of a new life together.  Then there are the big things to do with the day that need organising:  the ceremony, where to have it, what to serve to eat and drink, live music or recorded music, who can we invite given the numbers we're looking to achieve, the flowers, who is in the bridal party and what will they wear and, yes, what will the dress be?

 Sometimes it is cold for the guests waiting outside!

Sometimes it is cold for the guests waiting outside!

 Sometimes really hot

Sometimes really hot

But, amid all these big decisions, sometimes it is just the little things that will make a day really special in the memory of everyone there.  They don't need to be expensive:  a pile of cheap sunhats or rugs for the guests if the ceremony is outside; maybe a couple of tubes of sun-block because you can be sure most of the guests won't have remembered to put it on; some drawing things and games for the children to entertain them whilst the adults are having drinks and during the reception; a handwritten note to the guests to welcome them in their rooms if you are having a destination wedding or they have travelled to join you; maybe even a note from you on the seats to welcome them at the start of the ceremony; table names themed to places special to you both; a quiz on you both for a little light entertainment - and competition; perhaps a special piece of family jewellery that you wear to remember someone by; the handkerchief your mother or grandmother carried on their wedding day; a candle lit at the ceremony to remember loved ones no longer present; a grandparent reading something that was read at their own wedding; wearing the family veil; having your favourite childhood flowers in your bouquet, having a collection of family wedding photos around the cake ...... the list is endless.

 Remembering those no longer here 

Remembering those no longer here 

 Family wedding photos around a stunning cake made with much love by a mother ...

Family wedding photos around a stunning cake made with much love by a mother ...

 

For me, if was about wearing my Grandmother's pearls and my wonderful florist, who knew me well, had tucked, as a surprise for me, a little bunch of violets into the top of my bouquet.  My favourite perfume and flowers ..... just where only I could see and smell them.  It was a wonderful surprise and I was stunned she'd remembered a casual conversation from so many years ago.

 Violets .... a favourite to pop into the top of a bouquet.  

Violets .... a favourite to pop into the top of a bouquet.  

For a special girl in my life, for whom I'm "fairy god-mother", I had the amazing experience of being invited to go dress shopping with her and her mother, my "big sister".  Even better, it was in New York and we went to some amazing stores and designers.  At the last appointment on the  second day, having not yet found "the one", we were wondering if the dress would be here: and it was. Two in a row that were so different from the original concept but stunning.  Which to chose?  Either was stunning.  So I said to Vanessa that, whichever she selected finally, I'd make sure she had the other one there too - not as a dress, but as a bag!  So, I set to and interpreted the gorgeous "runner-up" design into a little bag for the bride to have to carry a special family handkerchief, a little makeup and lipstick.  I sewed into it a piece of heirloom lace (something old) and, on the inside, for something blue, I embroidered a fan design.  It proved to be fun, useful and a special "little thing".  

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Made for our girl with love ... a mini replica in bag form of another loved design.

 Something old .... the lace.  Something new .... the bag itself.  Something borrow ... the gorgeous handkerchief that went into it.  Something borrowed ... the blue fan design.  

Something old .... the lace.  Something new .... the bag itself.  Something borrow ... the gorgeous handkerchief that went into it.  Something borrowed ... the blue fan design.  

Evoking a special memory of your "wedding day"

Catherine Fyfe

Just prior to Christmas I was waiting on the lawn by the stunning pond at Millbrook Resort for the guests to arrive for Kendra and Dan's wedding.  I noticed the most stunning "Wedding Day" rose growing in front of one of the historic buildings.   I only need to see a "Wedding Day" rose to be instantly transported back to our own wedding in 2000.  The morning of our wedding I went to the garden centre and purchased a "Wedding Day" rose.  "Wedding Day" is a big robust rambling rose:  not for a tiny space or the faint of heart!  It is however stunning and every year from the first bloom to when it is covered it is our wedding day again.  I was meeting with a couple last week who are marrying in March of this year.  We were standing in their garden talking about their plans for it and the additional planting they were doing that evening and they also mentioned that they are going to plant a "Wedding Day" rose.  So, it might be a picture, a place, using a gift, a flower or hearing a piece of music that evokes memories of your special day for you.

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Be flexible ….. the best laid plans might need to change quickly

Catherine Fyfe

No matter how well organized you are, sometimes things happen that mean you need to quickly change a detail of your ceremony.  It might be that the flowergirl or ringbearer decide that sitting at the wrong end of the aisle is where they will view events from; a member of the family who decides to change the seating plan several times over or wind or rain suddenly arrive if you are outside.  Plan that something unanticipated will happen!  But these things rarely ruin the memories that are created on your special day.  Sometimes they even add to it so plan not to be stressed by them.   

At a wedding early last spring, despite the dreadful weather forecast for snow from the day before and an indoor alternative at the ready, the day arrived sunny, if cold.  My couple were warmly dressed with fur coats over dresses and really wanted an outdoor wedding.  However, the south-west wind came up to almost gale-force at the last minute and was blowing straight down the lake to the desired location at the top of the Queentown Gardens.  It would have made it impossible to record the ceremony over the noise of the wind – to say nothing of it being rather tricky for me to control the ceremony wording and documentation, even in a sleeved book!  I also feared for my couple being able to survive the cold. So, after they arrived at the entrance to the gardens with their photographer, having received my messages in the car on the way, we made a quick decision to shift.  We ended up under the trees and it was an equally wonderful setting.  Sarah and Natasha were happy to go with our suggestions, relaxed and focused on what mattered (getting married!) and selected an option that provided the perfect backdrop for them.  The ceremony was relaxed, intimate and really special. 

So, plan that the unexpected will occur.  Have a Plan B for key elements if outside.

A table to write on, a mat to stand on ...

Catherine Fyfe

Today, some more essential tips for an outdoor wedding

Even if the wedding is outside, a table and chair are essential.  It isn’t easy to complete the documentation standing up!

I like to create a special table for the formalities.  Sometimes that means taking the table and a chair I provide to an unusual location!  We’ve had it by the lakefront, in a garden, up a mountain, by a pond and in a ruin in recent weeks! 

I also like to bring a mat with me to some locations.  Sometimes the ground underfoot is a bit damp or soft.  For a bride in high heels or in a light coloured dress, a mat of a colour that disappears into the background is a great option.  Easy to stand on and the dampness or mud doesn’t absorb up the fabric! 

Be flexible ….. the best laid plans might need to change quickly!