Whatever the reason, I’m a queer Celebrant for all of life’s journeys. Are you getting married? Perhaps you require a Celebrant to officiate the funeral for a beloved or fur-child (pet)? Maybe you're wanting a naming ceremony, or it could be you want to celebrate a transition in your life? Whatever the reason, I welcome your call. You need to be happy with your chosen Celebrant, so I encourage a no-obligation meeting, then you can decide if we’re a fit.
WHY CHOOSE ME? I’m queer with a passion for people. I’m down to earth. I'll deliver your vision and assist you in devising one (if you’re uncertain about it). My experience of stage/film performance, show production, event management, public speaking, creative writing, customer relations & business operations will put you at ease. I work in an organised, structured way so you're in safe hands. I can think on my feet & can offer solutions with any last-minute issues (if it happens). My attributes are: genuine, fun-loving, caring, creative, innovative, inclusive, ethical and professional. I'm a member of the Celebrants Association of New Zealand (CANZ) and am also a committee member of the Wellington Branch of CANZ. I service the greater Wellington region and beyond, happy to travel around NZ too!
GETTING MARRIED: As your Marriage (or Civil Union) Celebrant, I’ll capture the very essence of your relationship. Importantly, your ceremony will compliment your vision and be truly memorable. Have a look further below for some reference snippets and check out my face-book page for photos etc. I delight in working with ALL couples including my beloved LGBTIQ+ folk.
IT'S ABOUT YOU: Your personalities, love and relationship are key and will be echoed throughout your ceremony.
As your Marriage (or Civil Union) Celebrant, I’ll discover what’s essential to you both and incorporate elements you want i.e. blended family, humour, ritual, romance, cultural, spiritual or religious facets. All the important aspects of your lives will be included. With your input, I will create a truly memorable, unique ceremony that reflects your love. There are no unwanted surprises as you'll edit my ceremony drafts and you always have the last say!
FUNERAL CEREMONY: There's no doubt that dealing with the death of a loved one is one of the hardest challenges there is. Often there's lots to organise in a very short time, all while you're feeling fragile/exhausted. I can alleviate some of the stress, by conducting the Ceremony*. I believe that a funeral ceremony needs to truly reflect the person. It's about involving key people to commemorate with readings, eulogy, stories or performance etc. It's about having a Ceremony where grieving people feel secure in the space created, to freely express all emotions; tears, despair and even laughter, as they're reminded about all the things they loved about them. Once contacted, I'll arrange to meet with you & we'll discuss the best ways to honour and celebrate, in this final farewell.
*FUNERAL CONSULTATION: Sometimes whanau/friends decide they don’t want a Celebrant to conduct the funeral service. This is not uncommon, especially when one or more people feel confident about public speaking, & are able to do this. Where I can help, is by meeting with you and guiding you on what to do & how to go about it, and advising you on people & aspects to consider including + a host of other helpful info. It’s a beneficial meeting as I can help keep things on track and focussed during this emotional time. It’s best for us to get together around this, as soon as possible. I then email/give you a 'Structure' based upon our discussion, so you can use it as a base for further discussion/decisions with whanau/friends or follow it as is, to alleviate stress & help you deliver a memorable ceremony.
SOME RECENT MARRIAGE REFERENCES:
NIGEL & SEAN: “You were fantastic! You made us feel safe, you focused on everything we wanted and did it with ease….You got our humour and you got our love and you helped make our day very, very special.”
HEATHER & HELENA: “There is only one word that sums up Andi as our celebrant- “PERFECT”… We highly recommend Andi”.
PHIL & PAUL: We could not recommend Andi’s services as a celebrant more strongly! we were able to mold the ceremony to exactly our specific needs resulting in such an emotionally charged event that the enduring memories will remain with us till the day we die.
Words cannot express our thanks and admiration for Andi’s compassionate and loving delivery.
CLARE & KIRSTEN: Clare and I felt it was a true reflection of us as a couple, our families and friends. It contained just the right amount of sincerity, meaning, fun but most of all laughter. Many of our guests commented that it was the most beautiful and touching wedding they had ever attended. You’re a truly amazing lady.
I’LL PROVIDE YOU WITH:
- A time-line and info that guides you through the process
- A ceremony rehearsal (for marriages) & run-sheet structure
- Helpful advice/ideas
- Meet-ups/Communications (negotiated to suit)
- A bespoke copy of your ceremony (marriages)
- A special, unique, unforgettable memory.