this is me
Who is Philippa Thomas, and why should I pick her to be my celebrant?
Well. Let me tell you.
I love weddings. True story. Weddings are what I do, and weddings are what I love. Each time I write a ceremony, meet with a couple, perform a wedding or plan a special day with a couple, I think, "this time, it's my favourite". Every. Single. Time.
I have been celebranting (legitimately a word that I might or might not have made up) for over four years and have done over 200 weddings. That's a lot o' happy people!
I think a wedding should be entirely reflective of the couple getting married, so I get to know my couples (yay for technology) and make sure that the wedding includes everything you want and nothing that you don't.
I am proud to be a Māori woman and happily interweave Te Reo Māori into any wedding. In fact, I'm thrilled to interweave any language or culture into a ceremony! I've performed a Hindu wedding and been part of a Vietnamese tea ceremony, to name a few!
When I'm not celebranting (see, it's a word), I am a mother to three little monkeys. My awesome kids drive me batty and I love the chaos that they bring. I also love wine.
Fun Fact: I have collected M&M memorabilia since I was a teenager. Yes, the candy. Yes, you may give me some.
I've been married for four years. In fact, it was when I got engaged (six months pregnant, with two toddlers in tow) that the idea of becoming a celebrant came about - I had an idea of what I wanted in a celebrant, and then figured, surely there must be more people out there also looking for the same thing!
I'm laid back, I'm fun, I'm relaxed and I'm enthusiastic about weddings. I love love.
Because, love is love ♥