Last night I had the absolute pleasure of attending the Auckland Pride Parade 2018, walking with the Glitter Squad Celebrants. We were there to celebrate the fact that #loveislove, express our passion to #marryallthepeople, and witness #vicsinenvy2k18 get married DURING THE PARADE. Celebrant Laura Giddey made things official between Victoria and Sinead, standing under a floral arch on the back of our float, as thousands of spectators cheered them on. It was an Australasian first – congratulations to them! Mrs + Mrs Envy! Just beautiful.
I was especially proud to be walking alongside my husband and two children, Beau and Georgie, in the parade. For my little ones – and for all the other little ones out there – it makes me #prouderthanever that they will be growing up in a country where, to them, love has always been love. They won’t necessarily recognise #samesexmarriage…. because, to them, it will always have been just #marriage.
“Hayley was amazing to work with. We probably did our wedding slightly different to most, but Hayley was on board with everything that we were doing right from the start. As we were living overseas right up until the wedding, our only communication was through email. Organising a wedding from the other side of the world brings many challenges, but sorting out the actual ceremony and legal requirements for the marriage was an absolute breeze. Hayley did everything she could from her end, and we just basically said “thank you, that sounds great” from ours.
After filling out the questionnaire and seeing the first draft, we finished up our work overseas, came back to NZ and met up with Hayley. Again, she was nothing but supportive of the slight changes we wanted to make and had some great ideas to add. If we didn’t know it already, meeting Hayley assured us we made the right decision for our celebrant. We were able to finalise everything so easily.
On the wedding day itself, Hayley was amazing. A number of the guests commented on what a great celebrant she was and we couldn’t agree more. She was the perfect balance of professional, relaxed and funny for the relatively laid back ceremony that we wanted and we were so stoked that we made the decision to get her on board.
Following the wedding, the legal side was all sorted promptly by her, as well as follow up with how much she enjoyed being part of our day.
Thank you again Hayley, you are so good at what you do and you really helped make our day run exactly as we had wanted. Considering you were 8 months pregnant at the time, this was no stroll in the park.
“Hayley was a pleasure to work with, from our first meeting she was so warm and open and made the process of writing our ceremony so easy. She shared loads of resources and a questionnaire and once we’d gone through highlighting what we liked and what we didn’t and sharing a few notes about ourselves……voila, we had a ceremony script just like that. Hayley was quick to respond to any questions and updates and provided us all the practical details and reminders for the license part as well. On the day Hayley was the perfect mix of warm and friendly with the right level of formality for such an occasion. We received lots of feedback from our guests on the ceremony and Hayley and how well she had captured “us” in the ceremony and her words. Thank you so much for being part of our day Hayley!!”
“Hayley was such an amazing celebrant. She walked us through from start to finish with constant communication and attention. She made what is usually a very stressful process into a calm and well organised one. We never had to chase her for information. All suggestions made by Hayley was spot on. She got to know our personalities well and based our ceremony on us, changing around traditional norms to suit our personalities. The ceremony itself was well executed and even though we were a bundle of nerves, Hayley’s calming influence helped make what was to be the best day of our lives. Being two women, Hayley didn’t blink an eyelid. We felt comfortable the whole time. Hayley, we can’t thank you enough. You were everything we could hope for and more than we could ask for.”
“Hayley was the perfect compliment to our day. The venue was perfect, the weather was perfect, the mood and feeling was very relaxed and Hayley made our day just the way we wanted it. She comes with our highest recommendations!”
“We can’t sing Hayley’s praises enough! We would definitely recommend her. From the moment we met Hayley, it was more like meeting with a friend. She was lovely and likeable and we knew she was the celebrant for us – we were not disappointed! Hayley was there to help us every step if the way in the lead up to our day. She got to know us, both as individuals and as a couple, in order to put together the most charming ceremony. It was perfection – personal, touching with a hint of humour. Hayley is warm, welcoming and exceeded all our expectations. Thank you!!!”
“Hi Hayley, I can’t believe it’s been over a month already! It’s gone so quick but feels just like yesterday. Thank you so much for helping to make it a truly wonderful day for Geoff and I. You were amazing and I will definitely recommend you to anyone I can. I will definitely write a review on Facebook this weekend. I’m more than happy for you to share some photos… Thanks Again, Jo”
“I’ve been meaning to email you since our wedding to say a big thank you! Thank you so much for making our big day so special! So many of our family and friends commented on how great you made the ceremony with such personal touches about Sharn and I. So pleased with all your beautiful words! We will highly recommend you to anyone we know of getting married in the future!”
Friday 03 February, 2017 // Northridge Country Lodge
“Jonathan and I had the pleasure of Hayley being our celebrant for our February wedding. Her beautiful written words were so personal and amazing. Many of our family and friends could not believe that we had only met Hayley in the capacity of being our celebrant – they thought she was a close friend due to the way she spoke about us and shared our story. Hayley was super organised and made the whole process so easy, she has a true talent and you can tell she absolutely loves marrying people! Thank-you so much again Hayley for making our special day extra special with the beautiful vows you wrote for us.”