"She made our ceremony perfect for us.."
Brodie & Andrew
Andrew and I knew from the moment we meet Donna she would be the perfect celebrant for our special day. She is friendly and positive and made both of us feel very comfortable and relaxed which was important for Andrew as he isn’t the most emotional guy. She made our ceremony perfect for us and offered us some great advice. Our ceremony and how intimate and special it was because of Donna is my favourite part from our special day.
"Everything flowed so smoothly..."
Shaunnie & Craig
We were pretty anxious the day before the wedding when Donna came up to Orua beach for our ceremony rehearsal. Donna did an amazing job at the ceremony as well, after the initial catch up we just felt so comfortable, a lot more than we normally would with sharing our feelings for one another in front of everyone else! Everything flowed so smoothly, even with Craig and I having to pause a bit to catch our breaths! It was such a beautiful ceremony, even our guests commented on how personal and special it was.
"Thank you for being an important part of our day..."
Ashley & Paul
Thank you so much for everything you did for our wedding. You were truly amazing! You made a massive moment in our lives that could have been a nervous moment so relaxed and enjoyable. We had many of our guests say how amazing you were and how much they enjoyed our ceremony - so a true testament to you! Thank you for being an important part of our day. We still look back on our photos and videos getting tears in our eyes of how special our day truly was.
"Donna helped make our wedding ceremony feel unique..."
Blake & Jenna
From our first contact over skype with Donna she made us feel comfortable. Her relaxed nature and positive attitude put our minds at ease in what could have been a stressful time. Donna was very helpful in the whole wedding process as we were planning a wedding in Cooks Beach from overseas. Donna was able to give us helpful advice and tips to which we gladly received. The ceremony was wonderful and we had so many compliments from people afterwards who loved the wording and extras within our ceremony.
"You made our day perfect..."
Megan & Darrin
Thank you Donna, for making our day perfect. "All their life in this world and all their adventures had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on Earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before" - C.S Lewis
"Thanks Donna and Chris..."
Amanda & Lemeul Wallace
If anyone is looking for a romantic getaway or an amazing Celebrant.. I would 100% recommend staying with Donna and Chris at the Sunlover Retreat & Celebrant by the Sea in Tairua. Their Bed and breakfast is absolutely stunning and you're treated as part of the family. Donna Brooke was our celebrant for our special day and words cannot explain how amazing she was. both her and her Husband Chris went above and beyond to make sure Lemeul Wallace and I had everything we wanted for our special day and not only did they help make our dreams come true they made our family feel so comfortable.
"Beautiful and Lighthearted Ceremony..."
Anna & Dillon Adams
We chose to have Donna as our celebrant for our wedding because not only did she reply to me instantly but she was always willing and able to help with any questions or problems that arose. Donna wrote up the ceremony we dreamed of and was only too happy to change bits and pieces when asked. On the day she delivered a very beautiful and lighthearted ceremony and both Dillon and I couldn't have wished for anything more. We wouldn't have any hesitation in highly recommending Donna to anyone looking for an amazing celebrant for their special day!
"Wow what a magical ceremony..."
Jenna & Nick Mason
Wow what a magical ceremony at Hahei Beach and a big part of this was due to our celebrant Donna Brooke. We were incredibly happy with Donna she was so fabulous and professional and calm and made everything so easy for us from beginning to end, she really made us feel very at ease. The ceremony is the most special/main part of the day and it was so great to have such a fantastic person to be running this for us so smoothly she clearly was very experienced it just showed and she was such a friendly person it just made our ceremony and we couldn't be happier.
"From This Moment - Our Special Day..."
Mark & Jan Gardiner
Thank you so much Donna for helping us experience a beautiful day that we will forever cherish. From the moment we met you, you put us at ease. Your gentle guidence helped to inspire ideas which gave us the confidence to create the perfect day. Your professionalism and heartfelt manner not only made our day very special but also that of our entire family and guests. We would like to thank you for embracing the cultuaral significance incorporating the Karakia and the water ceromony into our wedding. We would not hesitate to recommend Donna Brooke as a celebrant.
"The best day of our lives..."
Emma & Jono Richards
We would like to thank Donna for helping us have the best day of our lives. Her knowledge, experience and easy going nature made the planning, arranging and the big day all stress free. We greatly appreciate the time and effort Donna put into personalising our ceremony, the little keepsakes we got to take away with us and the awesome idea of having the wine box with the love letters. We cannot wait to crack it open on our 5th anniversary. We would not hesitate to recommend Donna to anyone wanting an awesome celebrant.
"Warm & Wonderful..."
Cheryl & Adil
My husband and I eloped in the Coromandel area late last year. We arrived at Sunlover’s on our big day and were welcomed into Donna and Chris’ fabulous clifftop B&B. We were immediately taken back by the stunning views of the beach and the coastline below. Donna and Chris made us feel at home right away by reviewing the details of the day and guiding us to one of their beautiful guest rooms to get ready. Chris even surprised us by offering to take us to our wedding location in his late grandfather’s flashy 1950s Mercedes Benz! Needless to say – we took him up on his offer!
“How amazing it was...”
Brett & Rees
Donna, one word for you…. AMAZING, you are a sincere, joyous and beautiful person who bought a very special energy and pure happiness to our wedding day. The moment that stands out the most for us, is when I called you on the day of the wedding to announce that the swells were up and no boats were on the water that day, hence in order to reach Cathedral Cove, we would all have to walk in. You listened to my story from when I was 18 and first visited the cove. Without the slightest hesitation you announced “we are to walk in Rees because this is how your story has been told”.
“She made our ceremony unique...”
Michelle & Jamie
We knew from our first meeting with Donna that she was the celebrant for us. Her bubbly personality and ability for making others feel at ease was apparent straight away. We appreciated the time she took to explain the process for the day and the things we needed to do beforehand. There were several things we had not thought about for our big day and Donna’s knowledge and experience helped us to achieve everything we wanted out of our ceremony. We had several guests comment to us after, how much they enjoyed our ceremony, and how fabulous our celebrant was.
“Beautiful, exceptional and professional...”
Faith & Hank
We were not entirely sure what the process to a successful wedding ceremony would entail. My now husband and I with our children were invited to her beautiful home for a meet and greet, we were relaxed knowing our children were present and welcome. We wanted a simple, heartfelt, elegant, natural ceremony and were definitely feeling that upon walking through her front door. Hank and I are loving and family orientated and wanted our ceremony to reflect exactly that. Donna was on point acknowledging our cultural heritage and customs. Beautiful, exceptional and professional.
“We will remember that day for the rest of our lives..."
Teila & Kyle
We would like to give our sincere thanks to Donna for creating such a beautiful wedding ceremony for us. Despite us organizing our wedding from overseas, Donna took the time to get to know us, making sure that all the finer details had been covered. Her suggestions and advice was very helpful and it is clear that she has a wealth of experience. Our ceremony was heartfelt and seamless. Donna made our job very easy on the day and certainly stress free. Thank you Donna for delivering our story so beautifully, we will remember that day for the rest of our lives as one of our happiest.
"We couldn't have asked for a better celebrant...”
Kerry & Symonn
We'd like to say a sincere and heartfelt thank you to Donna for helping us create, and for being part of, the best day of our lives. Your guidance helped us (a non-fuss, pretty unromantic couple!) create a ceremony that was unique and very special to the both of us, and we have received many comments about the beatiful words that were spoken on the day. You made the entire process so easy for us and we loved the relaxed feel of the ceremony on the day. Also the wedding box was such a lovely idea and an awesome keepsake to look at in years to come. Thank you so much Donna!
“For the most wonderful and memorable ceremony..."
Lauren & Trevor
Thank you Donna for the most wonderful and memorable ceremony. The ceremony was perfect for us and it will be a day we never forget. We were a bundle of nerves and you guided us through and made us feel comfortable and relaxed. We love the way you incorporated the children into the ceremony by the boys handing over the rings and giving them their own certificate to sign. Also the wine box and love letters that we open in 5 years time was the loveliest idea. I can't wait to open it! Thank you again for helping us tie the knot.
“We had many comments about the excellent celebrant..."
Vanessa & Justin
Donna you were amazing, we cant thank you enough for the beautiful ceremony you put together for us. Right from when we first me you we knew you would be the perfect celebrant for us. We felt very relaxed in your company and you had a calming effect not only on us but our entire bridal party. We had many positive comments about the excellent celebrant we chose. Thank you again for being a part of our special day.
“She down to earth and has a great sense of humour..."
Nichola & Aaron
We couldn’t have chosen a better celebrant than Donna! Donna is down to earth, easy to work with and has a great sense of humour. On our first meeting Donna took us through the entire ceremony process along with some tricks, tips and ideas. This put us at ease immediately as until this point I had no idea what needed to happen during the ceremony. Donna is great at keeping in touch and would check in and make sure we were comfortable with how things were tracking. She would always respond in a timely manner which I really appreciated.
“We wanted a ceremony that reflected all our love.." - Olivia & Jayne
Donna’s contribution to our day was immense. The ceremony was the most special part of our day and our guests also said that it was intimate and unique to us, something really incredible. Being a same-sex couple, we wanted a ceremony that reflected our love but that broke from the traditional mould and Donna was able to deliver just that. Our ceremony started with an introduction to our relationship, a ring blessing, a wine-box/ love-letter ceremony, a reading of “Bob Dylan’s Wedding Song”, our vows, registry signing with live music and then a balloon release.
"We liked your relaxed approach..."
Beth & Tony
Thank you so much Donna for making our wedding day so successful and special. The open communication and much needed support, not to mention guidance along the way, was very much appreciated. The effort you put into our day didn’t go un-noticed. We really liked your relaxed approach and thought you tailored our ceremony to suit us perfectly.
"You are one top lady!!..."
Kristy & Ryan
We cant thank you enough for such a beautiful ceremony you put together for us, our friends and family loved you and thought you were just brilliant!!!!! Thanks again Donna and i hope to seeya round in the future, you are one top lady!! we love ya to bits xxx
"You've helped us to make magical memories..."
Emma & Tom
Donna your support and help throughout the entire wedding planning process and on the day itself was absolutely amazing. You have a great gift for putting people at ease right away. The ideas you had for the ceremony and way it was put together was simply stunning. It could not have possibly been anymore perfect. Friends and family have commented on what a wonderful ceremony it was - you've helped us to make magical memories that we'll have for a lifetime.
"What a lovely celebrant we had..."
Bronte & Bayley
From the first time we meet Donna we knew she was the perfect celebrant.
Donna and Chris were both so helpful. Donna made us feel so at ease on our wedding day. Everyone commented on what a lovely celebrant we had and we couldn't of wished for anyone more fitting for our special occasion. She even made our kids their own certificate to sign. It's all the little details that make something so special and Donna produced that in everyway possible. Thank you Donna & Chris
"The ceremony itself was exactly what we wanted..."
Sophie & Otako
Donna is very relaxed and experienced and from the get go she was so easy and fun to work alongside. She even had to deal with a last minute change of ceremony location but wasn’t fazed at all. The ceremony itself was exactly what we wanted – relaxed, intimate and uplifting and the words Donna spoke left a lot of people in tears. Our Tongan family, who usually do church ceremonies, said, when they listened to the words of Donna, they realised how beautiful it was, and we’re fully engaged the whole way through.
"Donna's warm relaxed personality put us at ease..."
Morgan & Kevin
We were both very nervous and not sure what to expect, but Donna's warm relaxed personality put us at ease, she asked all the right questions and pulled together a beautiful ceremony that really felt like us, thank you for being part of our special day.