IRIS´S

Story

Hi and thank you for visiting my website.  I love festive moments, I love weddings and life in general.  I am a positive person, confident speaker, careful listener and good communicator.  I enjoy life and would love to get involved in your big day.  

 

As a child I would be the one to take on the responsibility to organise the school events and would stand on stage hosting. 

 

Later in life I studied marketing and business and took on similar roles as at school, except for large international companies as Director of Marketing and General Manager. Today I am a Business Coach, helping people to be successful with their businesses (www.businesskitchen.co.nz).

 

One day I was listening to a radio show about retirement and a man said: "Some people take on new meaningful roles, such as celebrants."  The penny dropped for me!  I wasn´t going to wait until retirement.  When I told people around me, the usual comment was: "That is so much you!"

 

Being a celebrant feels like a natural extension for me and it feels easy.  I live with my lovely little family in Auckland, but am happy to travel to your wedding.

 

I have been a celebrant since 2015 and am a proud member of the Celebrants´ Association of New Zealand.

I live on Waiheke island, a stunning wedding location yet close to Auckland city (35 min ferry ride).

Character

 

Positive, energetic, honest, reliable, down-to-earth, driven, open minded, ambitious and caring.  I believe in the good in people and always strive to deliver optimal results.  

Public Speaking

 

I have always loved public speaking, starting as a kid.  

My 5-year management education (MBA) placed great emphasis on preparing its students for public speaking.  My 12-year management career has also very regularly put me in front of audiences of different sizes.

Personally I often get asked to talk at celebrations, including weddings.  

I really enjoy public speaking and always make sure I am well prepared.  

 

Working with people

 

I have always been socially very active and surrounded by many people, both personally and professionally. 

In my other role as a business coach I need to quickly be able to put myself into other people´s shoes, problem solve and motivate people to give their best. 

As a celebrant I want to get to know the couple in a short space of time, trying to understand their needs in order to translate those into a memorable and special ceremony.