Kia ora e hoa! Nau mai, haere mai!
Who is Philippa Thomas, and why should I pick her to be my celebrant?
Well. Let me tell you.
I became a wedding celebrant because I am passionate about giving everyone an awesome wedding, setting you up for an amazing marriage. Without judgement or discrimination. I don't care if there's a 45 year age gap, or if one of you likes Vegemite and one likes marmite (I’m looking at you, my dear husband).
What I care about is equality, inclusion, acceptance, safety and love.
I have been celebranting (legitimately a word that I might or might not have made up) for over five years and have done over 300 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, I’ve spoken Bengali and Hindu, I've even done a wedding in which no one spoke English except the bride and groom - it was almost entirely in Czech and it was one of the most fun I've had at a wedding!
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 five 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 mad crazy about everything "wedding".
I love weddings. 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.
To quote one of my awesome couples, I'm "suitably weird and appropriately not too serious"
And most of all, I love love. Because, love is love ♥
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