Small intimate wedding celebrations have become very popular since the pandemic, as couples’ priorities, needs and choices have changed.

I developed my Love Note Ceremonies to cater for the couples who want to say “I do” before a small gathering of immediate family and/or close friends – perhaps because you have chosen to “elope”, don’t like being the centre of attention, are on a budget, visiting from another country, or simply because you just want to be married without fuss. In fact, these ceremonies now make up the majority of my work as a Central Auckland marriage celebrant. You could say that I am a small wedding specialist!

Couples trust my experience and knowledge – and the kind words previous couples have shared about me – and are happy to book my services for a Love Note ceremony without meeting me in person. We’ll have a relaxed Zoom or Facetime chat, and then I create a warm, lightly personalised ceremony using your responses to my prompt-questions which will be sent to you by email. You can still include personal vows. These ceremonies are brief, warm and intimate, about 15 – 20 minutes long, and ideal for a guest list of between 2 – 50 people. If this sounds like you, let me know!

“Well what can we say? Mel was amazing from beginning to end – so professional and helpful through the whole process. She made the day extra special and was basically all round amazing! Highly recommend!”

J&T, Auckland Domain, June 2021
Photo: Emily Raftery

“We have been on a 3 year journey with you Mel. I couldn’t believe 2 weeks out from our wedding, Covid hit and put a stop to it all.

Throughout that time you were caring, connected and supportive, staying positive with a certainty that it would happen once the craziness had ended. Happened it did, and what a wonderful ceremony you created. You managed to capture ‘us’, bringing humour, emotion, love and our history into our wedding ceremony. It was both engaging for us and for our guests.

We can’t thank you enough for being with us on this journey – you will forever be part of our history! Thank you. xx”

S & D (from Australia), The Grotto, Cornwall Park, 2023

“Mel, thank you so much for being a part of our intimate wedding day. Your energy was calm, joyful and positive and we were so lucky to have you celebrate with us. 

Thank you for… the beautiful words, we will cherish these forever! Thank you x 1000 and more.”

C & K, Hotel Britomart, 2021
Photo: Haute Weddings

“Salamat sa lahat. Thank you for everything! “

R & J, Freemans Bay, 2023