Answer: Get married with Julie Lassen, Celebrant
Why: New Zealand is enlightened and understands the importance of all couples have the right to marry. Australia on the other hand just doesn’t get it!
How: It is a very easy process to marry here. The paperwork is sorted and the couple fly into Christchurch and get to the Registry Office, at 100 Orchard Road. Make the declaration in front of the Registrar stating they are free to marry. Find some accommodation, meet the Celebrant and marry with photos before going to have a special lunch. Fly home to surprise family and friends.
So it was for Jana and Chloe, Police Officers from Narromine in New South Wales, Australia who came here on Friday 9 May. Married on Saturday 10 May. Flew home on Sunday 11 May to start work the next day.
A great Christchurch autumn day and I had the pleasure of being with Chloe and Jana in the Botanic Gardens for their same-sex marriage.
Some slight confusion of where we were to meet was overcome thankfully without too much stress. We found the right spot for the ceremony and proceeded with a very nice but brief ceremony. Sensing someone behind me I moved aside for an elderly Japanese couple who I think were oblivious that they were walking through an intimate ceremony.
A pronouncement, kiss, paper work and then photos. What could be easier for an overseas coming to New Zealand to marry? Chloe and Jana arrived in Christchurch Friday and went straight to Births, Deaths and Marriages to see the ever helpful Lucy and pick up the paper work. They married the next day and were being dropped off to have a nice lunch together before flying off the following day for home and back to work.
They would have liked to be here longer but both were unable to get much time off work so it was indeed a flying visit!
I asked how they decided who would be in white and who would be in black. I was told that Jana was scammed and would be getting a dress ready for the big event they would be holding. It sounds as though their Father’s want to walk their daughters down the aisle and they have bridesmaids and best people who want to be part of it.
Let’s hope Australia recognises the commitment Chloe and Jana have made to each other very soon! Thank you for trusting me to facilitate your special day.
Best wishes Chloe and Jana