I have done a few weddings at Orana Park and it is always interesting what part of the park the weddings will be conducted in. You have to read on to see where Nina and Darren’s wedding ceremony was held.
For the record Nina and Darren’s wedding rocked.
The guests arrived in good time so when the limousine pulled in everyone was gathered and ready. I did hope that the attendants would keep the dress up and off the ground for obvious reasons!
The wedding was full of nice personal touches. Nina’s Mum and Dad both walked her in. I knew her Father, I used to work with him.
I was asked to share : Darren and Nina would like to thank you all for being here today to share in this special moment.
They wish to acknowledge those of you who have travelled long distances to be here with them today.
They would like to take a moment to reflect on those people who have been a very special and influencing part of the journey that has lead then here today but sadly are no longer with us.
Nina and Darren do not feel that getting married will make things happen in their relationship that do not already happen.
For them marriage is about two main things.
The public declaration of love for each other and the intent for the relationship to last forever.
Most importantly they feel that they have decided to get married because they have already built the foundation for a good marriage.
One of love, friendship, trust, encouragement, time, patience, loyalty, equality, care and support.
These are things that they have worked hard to build together, and they will take them together into their marriage.
This part of the ceremony really rocked and it was a first in any wedding ceremony I had conducted.
Now Darren and Nina are going to share their vows.
In recognition of the importance of equality they are going to do paper, scissor, rock to decide who will be going first.
Darren will you now share your vows and then gift the card to Nina.
Nina will you now share your vows and then gift the card to Darren.
Then of course it was time to sign the marriage documents and that’s when the Lemars decided to kick off and they did. Such appropriate timing had us all laughing.
A lovely addition had been inviting all the guests to do any private prayer or blessing they felt they wanted to do.
There was a table for then to come up and give any special tokens that may represent their blessings or personal beliefs for wishing Darren and Nina well in their marriage.
To conclude the Waiata – Te Aroha led by Giarne (one of my previous brides a few years ago now) and everyone sang.
I then got this email that left me smiling.
“Firstly thank you so so so much beyond words for being our celebrant. You were the perfect person for the job with your style, manner, humour and calm nature. It was just as we wanted it to be and at no time did we feel you pushed us into a direction or style that wasn't true to us as who we are. owwwww it was just magic! Ha ha ha the Lemars was a great touch wasn't it!”
Thanks so much for choosing me to share your day. It really did rock.