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JACKIE

Southland. Central Otago. Dunedin. Wellington. Auckland. All the places around this beautiful country I have called home. As a professionally trained actor and natural performer, I'm incredibly comfortable in front of a crowd (some might say I love an audience) and I pride myself on bringing a bit of charisma and fun into everything I do.

As well as being a celebrant, I wrangle actors as a talent agent, so I guess you could say I'm the Crocodile Dundee of the New Zealand acting world, except I loathe khaki and much prefer a sparkly gown, a bit of red lipstick or a pair of Jackie O sunglasses.

 

What's one piece of advice you'd give every couple ahead their wedding day?

Breathe. Take every moment as it comes. Don’t sweat the small stuff. And most importantly, have fun!!

Let everyone else take the stress out of your day, we (as celebrants), along with everyone else you have partnered with (photographers, caterers etc), will always work with you, to make sure everything goes off without a glitch. And you know what, if there does end up being a glitch, roll with it. At the end of the day, it is highly likely no-one else but yourself will have noticed.

 

What's your personal motto?

You do you! Don’t do something because someone else is telling you it’s a must. Your life is your life, live it how you want. Same goes with getting married. Your day can be whatever you want it to be.

 
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Niki

From crime scenes to building sites to wedding bells... Not a one-trick pony is our Dr Niki! 

My day job as a forensic research scientist recently saw me spend 18 months in California, learning how the American CSIs do their thang! But something was calling me home, and after having the time of my life on The Block NZ Season 5, I knew I had to return to pursue a long-time passion for all things film and theatre.

 

What's your favourite thing about weddings? 

There are few occasions in life where you get to bring all your friends and families together to celebrate love and friendship. A wedding is so much more than "just one day," it's a reflection of that couple and the life and love that they've chosen, and it's a chance to make memories and stories to last a lifetime (can you tell I'm a bit of a romantic at heart?)

 

What's one piece of advice you'd give every couple ahead their wedding day?

Choose each other today and every day (and only fight naked).  

 

What song gets you on the dance floor at weddings?

I never need an excuse to get on the dance floor, but Sia - 'Chandelier' is my spirit-animal song! The music moves through my bones and I can't help but MOVE. I'm also a not-so-secret fan of Britney and Beyoncé. I am sensing a pattern of strong, independent females... #alittlebitofme

 
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ROSIE

Monday to Friday I am publicist where I create and facilitate media coverage for a range of television shows...But I am also much more than just my day job – I’m a mother-of-one,  (proud) aunty, a best friend, Southlander, farmer’s daughter, sister, traveller, book worm, ASOS addict, amateur photographer, arts and crafts enthusiast, nature and animal lover, a public speaker, and at times the life and soul of the party!

Why did you want to be a marriage celebrant?
I have over 80 dresses that need more outings and I love an open bar. No, but seriously, I love LOVE, I am a hopeless romantic and I couldn't think of a single event / occasion / activity I enjoyed more than going to a wedding... So I thought, 'how can I get myself invited to more of these fun parties???'... and here we are. 

What song do you request from the DJ at weddings?

For some reason, quite late into the evening, I always decide that everyone needs to hear 'You're The Voice' by John Farnham. It's got a chorus that really inspires people to wave their arms around wildly and sing loudly together. My favourite.