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03 208 6383 027 415 2988
03 2087791 • 0276313417
Gore Racecourse - Function Centre
PO Box 224 Gore
for every occasion
Phone/Fax (03) 2071833
Mobile (027) 6790594
76 Gilchrist Road, Waikaka
Valley, RD 5, Gore
Member of Celebrants
Jeanette McIntyre MBE
large country garden is
the perfect setting for
your wedding photos.
Roses, lupins, rhododendrons,
lavender and leafy trees
provide a beautiful backdrop
on your special day.
25 Wilson Road,
Knapdale 3RD, Gore
Ph 03 208 9408
Q&A with photographer
1. How long have you been in photography? I finished my diploma 10 years ago.
2. What got you into photography? The love of taking photos.
3. What would you be doing if you weren't doing photography? Playing or
4. Favourite lens? It depends on what i'm doing. My good close lense for close up
shots, long zoom lens for sports.
5. What camera do you own? Canon D40, it's the only way to go.
6. What was the first camera you ever owned? It was given to me, a wee film
camera, a Kodak.
7. What is your favourite photo to take? Action photos - sports, wildlife taking
off and people on the move. I like a challenge.
8. What subjects work best in your pictures - colour-wise? Faces.
9. Where do you draw your inspiration from? Other photographers, books,
mainly my surroundings.
10. Advice for newbies/beginners? Get out and do it. Take photos and enjoy it.
Learn the different camera parts and don't be scared to experiment.
The perfect honeymoon
What better way to end your wedding celebrations than with a
holiday to a suave location -- soaking up the sun, sand and
Top tips to terrific honeymoons:
There are numerous exotic, tropical destinations
you can travel to or maybe a trip exploring New
Zealand may be in order.
To ensure your honeymoon is absolutely fabulous
you'll need to plan it in advance. Travel agents can do
all the hard work for you if you want to flit overseas
and they will organise flights, accommodation and
Best of all you can get them to set up a travel gift
registry too. Make sure they tell any resort or hotel
that you are on your honeymoon because more
often than not you'll get a special package deal.
Popular destinations include Rarotonga, Fiji, Phuket,
Paris or New York.
However, others may tend to stay close to home and
embark on a once in a lifetime adventure in their
own backyard. You don't need to spend a fortune
either and if you are on a shoestring budget think
about honeymooning at a friends' holiday home, go
camping or enjoy a coastal, getaway escape.
1. Consider a 'mini moon' over a few days if you can't
afford to take the time off work.
2. If the idea of packing up your suitcase immediately
after the wedding doesn't appeal, consider
travelling a few months after the wedding.
3. Don't underestimate how important designating a
honeymoon budget is and be sure to allocate
your honeymoon expenses as soon as possible. It
is a special occasion so you won't want to skimp
4. Get your guests involved: If you are scrambling to
save for the honeymoon, consider creating a
registry for honeymoon funds in lieu of traditional
5. Plan, plan, plan and make it an experience to
remember. Try to incorporate all the activities you
both like whether that is fine dining, museum
hopping or wilderness exploring.
Hiring the right celebrant
When choosing a celebrant, it's important to
remember they are leading your wedding --
therefore you want a professional who will
make the day one to remember for the right reasons.
Although hiring a celebrant may seem like an easy
process of just thumbing through the phone book
and picking the cheapest -- it's actually a lot more
complicated and time-consuming.
From comparing prices, to finding one with good
reviews, professionalism and skill, you have to
undertake an 'interviewing' process to ensure you
get the celebrant that's right for you.
First off, preparing to book a celebrant needs to be
done in advance -- at least three to six months. An
unbooked celebrant a week before your wedding is
not necessarily a good celebrant, you want the best
and you have to wait for the best.
Meeting them in person is also necessary when
making your decision, and do not be afraid to look
around before settling on one.
When 'interviewing them,' it's important to suss out
whether THEY are asking the right questions. A
professional, skilled celebrant will get to know you as
a couple, will ask you what you are wearing on the
day so his/her clothing will compliment your attire,
as well as the more obvious questions such as your
names, your vowels, how the ceremony will play out
etc. If none of these questions are asked, asking them
how many ceremonies they have conducted will
determine their experience level.
Word of mouth is also a good way of finding out who
is good and separating them from those who may
not be so good.
Ask your married friends whether they would
recommend their celebrant, and whether they know
of anyone who has had good experiences with them
Hiring a good celebrant may be the difference
between a ceremony remembered for the right
reasons, and a ceremony remember for the wrong
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