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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.  

Looking for something for a Flower Girl or the chairs on the aisle? Lily of the Valley and Lambs Ears

Catherine Fyfe

Whilst shopping for my fresh supplies today I spied two of my favourite things in the flower department - Lily of the Valley and Lambs Ears.  So a bunch of each went into my basket and I've just made a little circlet for a Flower Girl to carry or to hang on the end of a chair marking the aisle.  Very sweet and fast to make.  You can use any greenery that bends well.  I love ivy, fir around Christmas or for a winter wedding or something soft.  You don't have to use flowers - think of just adding a bow or a trailing ribbon.  

I started with some wire which I shaped into the size I wanted.  Make it as big or small as you like. Remember that the bigger the circle and the heavier the greenery and flowers you wish to wire to it, the stronger the wire you will need.

Once I had my circle I used finer wire to append the greenery and finally my bunch of Lily of the Valley.

I then tied a ribbon loop to the top so that it could be either held or looped over a chair end.

I experimented with adding a bow to the bottom.  

An easy to achieve effect to accentuate an aisle or as a very cute accessory for a Flower Girl.  Have fun giving it a go!  

With this ring ........

Catherine Fyfe

In almost every ceremony, following the Declaration of Intent and the Vows, the couple exchange rings.  Most often now we have the "double ring ceremony" with both the bride and groom exchanging rings.  Sometimes the groom elects not to have a ring.  

So, where did the tradition of the wedding ring come from?  Tradition suggests that the wearing of a ring comes from the Romans, others think the Egyptians.  It was worn on the left hand because it was thought that the vein in the wedding ring finger, referred to as the "Vena Amoris" (Vein of Love) connected directly to the heart.  Many cultures place rings on the right hand.  Whichever is right for you, just make sure you put in on the correct finger!  I've had occasion to guide the placement during the ceremony ...... nerves and looking at the hands of your partner from the opposite side can create some confusion!  

 A special cushion for the rings ..... more on this in a later blog

A special cushion for the rings ..... more on this in a later blog

So why a circular ring to symbolise marriage?  The circle is, of course, unending and therefore a symbol of eternity.  A marriage ring is therefore a symbol of the never-ending love that the couple have for each other.  I also think of it as the outward and visible sign to everyone of the love that binds a couple together.  They are usually made of precious metal - strong and enduring.  What about the style?  More on that in a later blog but nowadays they often have stones in them or engraving on the inside.  These details make the ring even more special.

 .... and my very favourite image from the hugely talented Rachel Callender capturing the special moment.

.... and my very favourite image from the hugely talented Rachel Callender capturing the special moment.

My big tip for the exchange of rings:

 Almost always,  one of the rings won't go on easily!  Again, nerves, the temperature, the style of the ring or a large knuckle might mean it won't slide on easily.  I always go over this at the rehearsal.  Don't try ramming it on - the knuckles will swell up!  A gentle twist usually does the trick or waiting a couple of seconds and it will slide on easily.  I've never had a ring that didn't go on yet!!

And my final thought on rings:  At a wedding last year, our groom exchanged a second ring:  to his new step-son.  This represented his commitment to and love for him.  An incredibly special moment.