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Married By Jodie | Jodie Stuart | +64 22 35 66 334 | info@marriedbyjodie.com

Celebrant, MC | Wanaka & Queenstown ©2019

Hello & Welcome!

I'm Jodie...

The three things that I love the most in life are adventure, the outdoors and weddings (after my husband Neil and our rag doll cat, Neela of course! As you can see below Neela is very helpful at keeping me on track with my paperwork).

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Back in 2015 Neil and I were visiting Queenstown and Wanaka for two weddings, when we jokingly made a statement about how amazing it would be to live here.  Everywhere we looked we could see mountains and lakes.  Everyone we spoke to was so relaxed and happy. You could be on the ski fields within 20minutes of walking out your door.  There was endless bush walks and lake activities happening everywhere.  This really was our idea of 'living the dream'.  

 

Within weeks of being back in Auckland, we made the call to stop following our careers and start following the lifestyle we wanted.  Before we overthought it, we handed in our notice, sold nearly everything we owned and made the 3day drive to relocate from the top of the north to the bottom of the south.  By January 2016, Central Otago had firmly become our home.  Everyone thought we were crazy, but we knew in our hearts we had made the right decision and we have not looked back since. 

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I had become a wedding celebrant while still living in Auckland so I could marry my good friends Sophie and Zak.  I had no idea when I did their wedding just how much I was going to love it and that it would one day be my job.  When I look back it seems obvious though.  I am qualified as a journalist, so I really enjoyed the challenge of perfectly capturing and writing their story.  Plus I worked in radio for nearly 15 years where I was an MC for countless events, meaning the public speaking came completely naturally too. 

 

After Sophie and Zak's wedding, I started to do more weddings as a hobby and I would marry friends, as well as friends of friends on the weekends - never in my wildest dreams did I think I could make this actually be my permanent gig. 

 

However, once we were living in Queenstown, I quickly realised this was not only the adventure capital of the world, it was also the wedding capital of New Zealand.  Before I knew it, being a celebrant was no longer a hobby...it was my job - and I absolutely loved it.  In February 2019, Neil and I relocated to Wanaka, which is an incredibly beautiful scenic 1hour drive from Queenstown. 

 

Although I am based in Wanaka, I am always up for an adventure so if you are getting married somewhere else please do get in touch.  

I offer a relaxed, fun and natural approach to my ceremonies.  I like to get to know my couples via unlimited catch ups and emails, so that on your wedding day I can not only deliver a personalised ceremony, but I can deliver it in a way that will make you feel like you are being married by a friend.

Jodie x

Images on this page are thanks to

Patrick Fallon, Emily Adamson, Kate Roberge and Kellie Francis