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Ideas for Wedding Readings

A reading can be a quotation, piece of poetry or prose, or even lyrics from your favourite song.

As long as it has special meaning to you or resonates with this amazing day, it will be a gorgeous addition to your wedding ceremony.

A family member, friend or your celebrant could recite this for you, or feel free to read something yourself.

Me and My Darling didn’t have this as a reading, but it was one of our songs while we were signing the register.

For other ideas click here.

Mirrors   Justin Timberlake

Aren’t you somethin’ to admire?
‘Cause your shine is somethin’ like a mirror
And I can’t help but notice
You reflect in this heart of mine

If you ever feel alone and
The glare makes me hard to find
Just know that I’m always
Parallel on the other side

‘Cause with your hand in my hand and a pocket full of soul
I can tell you there’s no place we couldn’t go
Just put your hand on the glass
I’ll be tryin’ to pull you through
You just gotta be strong
‘Cause I don’t wanna lose you now

I’m lookin’ right at the other half of me

The vacancy that sat in my heart
Is a space that now you hold

It’s like you’re my mirror
My mirror staring back at me
I couldn’t get any bigger
With anyone else beside of me
And now it’s clear as this promise
That we’re making two reflections into one

‘Cause it’s like you’re my mirror
My mirror staring back at me, staring back at me
Aren’t you somethin’, an original
‘Cause it doesn’t seem merely a sample

And I can’t help but stare, ‘cause
I see truth somewhere in your eyes
I can’t ever change without you

You reflect me, I love that about you
And if I could, I would look at us all the time
And now it’s clear as this promise
That we’re making two reflections into one

Yesterday is history
Tomorrow’s a mystery
I can see you lookin’ back at me
Keep your eyes on me
I’m lookin’ right at the other half of me

The vacancy that sat in my heart
Is a space that now you hold
It’s like you’re my mirror
My mirror staring back at me
I couldn’t get any bigger
With anyone else beside of me

And now it’s clear as this promise
That we’re making two reflections into one
‘Cause it’s like you’re my mirror
My mirror staring back at me, staring back at me
Girl you’re my reflection, all I see is you
My reflection, in everything I do
You are, you are the love of my life

Lucky in Love Wedding Advice

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I started blogging the Top 25 pieces of wedding advice from the HuffPost Weddings from Real Life couples. But I think it can be condensed down into some main tips which you’ll find really helpful to keep in mind. Of course, you don’t plan on your wedding planning being difficult at all – but that’s just life and it makes the end result of being married to the person you love all the more meaningful. Have a read of this Lucky in Love Wedding Advice:

Take your time.
Allow yourself as much time as possible so you have room for change.

Make it fun.
Keep a smile on your face & try not to be bridezilla.

Have faith.
In your vendors. Everything will unfold exactly how it should.

Expect the unexpected.
Whatever happens, happens & perfection isn’t real life.

Stay calm & carry on.
After the unexpected happens, laugh about it & move on.

Don’t sweat the small stuff & take one thing at a time.

Please yourselves.
This is YOUR day – you can’t please everyone all of the time.

Make it a team effort.
Keep your partner involved & make the most of every offer of help.

Be present in each moment.
Enjoy each other & take it all in.

Remember what’s important.

Make lists.
Always work to a ‘to-do’ list – it’s really satisfying crossing things off when complete.

Keep it simple.
Try to simplify the process & don’t get caught up in minor details.

Be true.
Let your personal style shine.

Hire a co-ordinator.
If you can hire an event co-ordinator to ensure a seamless day.

Eat, drink & be merry.
Remember to enjoy yourselves & every aspect of the beautiful day you’ve created.

The main thing to remember is that your wedding, like love, doesn’t have to be ‘perfect’ as long as it is ‘true’.

If you want to read the indepth Top 25 Real Life Wedding Advice from HuffPost Weddings click here.

Marriage Advice from 1893

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“Take my advice and married be, Before you are over twenty-three.”


I’m loving the HuffPost Weddings at the moment – they posted this fabulous article…

It’s not uncommon that as we get older, friends and family start doling out advice for our future (sometimes hypothetical) marriages. “Find a man that makes you laugh,” they say, “Never go to bed angry,” and even the classic, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”

But back in the late 1800s, marriage advice for brides-to-be looked a lot different.

The following photos were posted to Reddit recently of a “wedding autograph book” from 1893. Inside, nineteenth century relatives of Agnes Nevin offer up their love advice — and while it’s unclear from the photos if Agnes was single, engaged, or soon-to-be married at the time, it’s clear matrimony was on everyone’s mind.

Love & devotion

My Darling reads the Herald newspaper everyday, in every imaginable place, on his iPhone. It drives me crazy sometimes. Except when he sends me interesting human interest tidbits like this…

Devoted widower to rejoin wife

Love and devotion Rocky and Julita AbalsamoLove and devotion - Rocky AbalsamoA man who sat at his wife’s grave for almost 20 years through storms, heatwaves and howling winds from dawn to dusk has died.

Rocky Abalsamo will now be reunited with his beloved wife, Julita, who died in 1993 after 45 years of marriage. He will be buried on her left, the side he walked alongside her when she was alive, the Boston Globe reported.

He only left Julita’s grave site when St Joseph Cemetery in West Roxbury, Boston, was closed. Then he would sprinkle crumbs across the plot so chipmunks would keep her company when he could not.

Rocky, who was 97 when he died, rose to prominence in 1990 when his vigil became known. He told the Boston Globe “She is part of me, so here I am whole. Being here makes me feel better. Not good, but better. I do it for Julita, and for myself.”

He sat beside his wife’s grave in a blue beach chair, calling out, “I am here”, when he sat down. On her birthday each year he would toast her with a glass of cider. Every night he left, Rocky would rub his finger on her name on the red granite stone. The ritual left an indelible mark.

He always carried a photograph of his wife. On the back of the image, Julita had written: “Today the sky smiles to me. I see you. You look at me. Today I believe in God. With all my love, Julita.”

The couple met in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1937 and married a year later. They followed their children to the US in 1971.

As Rocky’s story became widely known, he began to receive visitors at the grave who would bring him meals and gifts.

What an incredible bond. When I googled to find some more photos of the couple I stumbled on a hysterically titled site Confessions of a Funeral Director which the story was featured in as well. I thought the post Hippos Kill More People than Sharks and other Useless Death Data was the best… and this one I found… we all know the beautiful Ryan Gosling movie the Notebook (sadly James Garner who played the loving and devoted husband died last month)…

The real Notebook

The Real NotebookKenny and Helen Felumlee were introduced when they were teenagers – by Kenny’s ex-girlfriend. After dating for two years, the couple decided to get married. Immediately. Even though Kenny was only two days shy of his 21st birthday – the legal age for men in Ohio at the time – the pair drove to Kentucky to elope. They married on February 20, 1944, and spent the next 70 years together.

The couple raised eight children with Helen staying at home while Kenny worked for the railroad as a car inspector, ran a automobile repair place, and even carried mail for the town of Nashport. Helen was known for sending personalized greeting cards for any and every event, causing her family to joke that she “kept Hallmark in business.”

Once all their children had left home, the Felumlees travelled around the United States by bus. They preferred that mode of transportation so they could see everything along the way.

According to their children Kenny and Helen never spent a night apart even preferring to share a bunk bed rather than sleeping in separate beds on a trip. When Kenny became too ill to sleep in the bedroom, Helen slept on the floor nearby so they could stay together.

Helen Felumlee died on April 12, 2014 at the age of 92. Kenny Felumlee died 15 hours later on April 13, 2014 at the age of 93.

I’m sure there are millions more stories like this of unconditional love and devotion. I hope yours is one of them. I know mine is.

(My Darling – you know I have issues with graveyards though! xxx)

Keep calm and hire a wedding planner









As you know my career is event co-ordination and party planning. So I thought it would be a cake walk planning my own wedding. But even for someone with a high level of corporate skills – don’t be fooled – planning your own wedding is a highly charged emotional rollercoaster! The sensible thing to do is to hire a wedding planner. I believe they can be hired for minimal charge nowadays and will end up saving you $$$ in the long run. They will stop you from becoming bridezilla (which is inevitable), by making decision making easy, recommending the best suppliers and keeping your wedding party under control (which I desperately needed on my big day).

I read this fantastic article in M2 Women today by Kellie Stevenson and it reminded me of exactly what major effort is involved in making your big day perfect. Have a read it is hysterically funny and true to life…
The Best Laid Plans? With the likes of Pinterest sprouting ‘easy’ ways to plan and create the perfect wedding, Kellie thought she had it covered, that is until what is involved in the rigmarole of wedding planning became apparent…

I am getting married and have decided that planning a wedding is hard. Wouldn’t it be great if there were people who actually did all that for you for a pre-arranged sum of money? People who planned weddings for a living? Unfortunately, my inability to work out what such professionals could possibly be called, couple with my innate need to make life difficult, means that I have decided to take on the undertaking myself.

There are so many moving parts, things I hadn’t considered and have not a skerrick of interest in. For instance, I had no idea what the difference is between satin and grosgrain ribbon (although grosgraine sounds like a raging STD mixed with a terrible headache). Raffia and hemp twine. Same? Different? Bothered? I don’t know, but I am tempted to hang myself with either or both if confronted by too many more of these decisions. I had no an inkling that your font choice could impact the quality of your nuptials and that using something like Comic Sans says, clearly as yelling from the roof tops, my wedding is a farce and I am an empty shell posing as a bride.

Apparently, a theme for the day is of the utmost importance. If you believe Pinterest, and by God who wouldn’t, it seems more important than the choice of say…groom. There are so many to choose from, relaxed meets classic rustic meets bucolic urban Mexican swing dance, it’s all there for the uninitiated to blunder through.

The theme du jour seems to be retro/vintage, laden with preserving jars, gingham bunting and all that hessian. I never thought to draw correlation between heavy sacking and a wedding but apparently, it’s what all the cool kids are doing. According to the wedding magazines (full of models that look like child brides and lots and lots of hessian) it’s all about being timeless. A mental image of me in a mildewing bridal gown swooning around a cobweb-filled room, Miss Havisham style.

Anyway we took this theme thing on board but have decided that the only thing we can find that ties all the elements of the day together is that we are getting married. We have decided on a wedding-themed wedding.

The wedding magazines, along with making you feel chunky make it all look so easy, they lull you into a false sense of security that all you need is a mason jar, four tea lights and an old typewriter.

But what you really need is… a wedding planner!




You're terrible Muriel


Remember Muriel’s Wedding? Skip to about 3minutes into this clip – it’s hilarious!

I found myself sitting in front of the tv the other night watching the first half hour of this movie that made Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths stars, before I remembered there was a lot more misery before Muriel’s wedding and had to walk away. If you have never seen it though you have to – even if it’s just for the crazy 80s/90s hair and outfits – but the gist is Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day. Slight problem, Muriel has never had a date. Then she steals some money to go on a tropical vacation, meets a wacky friend, changes her name to Mariel, and turns her world upside down.

In the first few scenes though there was a nasty one where one of the bridesmaids is “having it off” in the broom cupboard – with the groom! It made me think of a great idea for a blog – Worst Wedding Guests Ever!

Along with that example above, here are a few more:  bridal party doesn’t perform their duties, guest thinks wedding is a piss up and gets so wasted ignoring bride and groom, toast that sounds more like a threat than a well-wish, wedding-crashers… you get the idea. Let’s hope none of those things happen on your wedding day or the next wedding you attend!

Movies can make a marriage better

Reading an old copy of Good Health yesterday I came across this little article…

Forget intimate dinners – sitting down to a ‘chick flick’ together could be the key to a lasting relationship.

A recent study found that newlyweds who watched and later discussed five romantic movies a month halved their risk of splitting up after three years.

It’s been proven that discussing what on-screen partners get up to forces couples to take a closer look at their own behaviour in the relationship.

Since I’m all for alternative therapies and self empowerment I thought this was really interesting and had a look at the University of Rochester website:

Now, the trick will be just to get My Darling to agree to watching a chick flick!!!

Certain days begin beneath a blanket…

During these cold, blustery days we need to snuggle up under a fluffy blankie with a cup of hot chocolate and a good girlie story…
This one is bound to put a little sparkle back into your day, read this…




and then visit…

Thanks to the lovely ladies at Angela Daniel Jewellery for providing me with the artwork for this fabulous ad.

If you haven’t already, visit their beautiful showrooms to see their stunning collection of engagement rings.