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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Fantail Weddings, Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Fantail Weddings

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Fantail Weddings is a destination Wedding specialist in Wanaka, New Zealand, offering local knowledge, professional service and the skills to make the wedding planning process fun. We take a huge amount of pride in helping add another layer to your love story together, and we are passionate about doing it with lots of love.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Barge Showgrounds Events Centre, Whangarei, New Zealand

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Barge Showgrounds Events CentrePeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Event Location in Whangarei, New Zealand. With its magnificent views over 64 hectares of rolling green park land, the Barge Showgrounds Event Centre is the perfect place for romance and creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

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Marriage Equality: A History

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Terri Everett – a friend of ours from New Zealand, put together a history marriage equality around the world and in New Zealand.

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Most people think it’s quite a modern argument that same sex couples should have the right to be married and celebrate their love with their choice of partner without conditions but if we look back in time it’s been an ongoing subject almost as far back as written history began.

IMG_3054Before Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire same sex couples including emperors of the realm openly married a same sex partner which was seen as completely acceptable but as Christianity took hold in 342 AD a new law was issued by Emperor Constantius prohibiting same sex couples being able to marry and all couples in such a relationship were sentenced to death and so started the attitude that some people did not have the same rights as others.

This set in stone for centuries that a person who felt compelled to love another of same gender would have to be hidden away behind closed doors and risk their safety should the information come out. Frustrations lead to secrecy and manipulation of truths and a lack of understanding and sympathy for a totally normal behaviour.

Many gay people felt they were mentally ill or unclean and it lead to great sadness and often suicide? As people were brainwashed through Christian belief they understood that homosexual people were dirty and evil and more likely to commit sexual crimes. There is no study to prove this conclusion.

During the middle Ages on the 16th April 1061 it was recorded, at a time where most believe this kind of behaviour would warrant burning at the stake a priest in a small Spanish chapel performed a same-sex marriage between two men Pedro Diaz and Muno Vandilaz. The historic documents found proving the event took place were found in a Monastery of San Salvador de Celanova, once again showing that same sex weddings were acceptable in history and that our modern lives are less accepting and more brain washed than medieval times.

In the early 1900 the taboo subject was explored by a German called George Steindorff who reported that homosexual relationships were common place and often with couples performing a form of marriage commitment probably in secret existed.

IMG_3054Until 1973, there wasn’t any law forbidding same sex couples to be married just the fear of God but astonishingly in January 1973 Maryland in the USA was the first state to ban same sex marriage and over the next 20 years most states in the USA had banned the act.

We have been forced to accept through the bulling religion strong beliefs which governed the modern western law that a same sex couple is un-natural and sinful but as time moves on and more people speak out for equal rights in many areas of difference it has slowly been recognised as unlawful and unacceptable to control the freedom of choice for a person’s needs and desire. These needs and desire are personal and as long as they are not harmful to other living beings should not be frowned upon in any way.

With the AIDS epidemic, more pressure was put onto “homosexual tendencies” as it was nick named, calling AIDS the “gay disease” and once again scare mongering in the media screamed out that the disease could be easily spread with just a touch, thus opening the flood gates of ridicule. Princess Diana broke the fear with her bravery to go against the grain and held the hand of a dying homosexual aide’s victim with her natural tenderness and strength against the negative as if to wash away all speculation.

20140224_115734Many couples have lodged applications through history to be married to the same gender but were refused that right until recently as social media took hold and other likeminded people could openly express their feelings in the world audience from the safety of their own home and found that they were not the only ones fighting what at that time was an icolated losing battle. Many blogs and social media pages started to pop up with a tsunami of support gaining momentum washing away the decades of attitude and bringing the reality to light that the closeted culture had to change and acceptance for our fellow beings rights needed to be addressed.

As early as 1989 Denmark become the first country in the world to recognize same sex unions after passing a bill legalizing “registered partnerships” in a vote of 71-47. Many countries followed suit but the arguments continued against as fast as they became accepted in one area, they would be tightened up in another.

Often the argument was due to peer pressure and as individuals could see the subject loosen they joined the battle for same sex marriage.

With a new millennium came a new thinking as social media grew in popularity and in April 2000 the US state of Vermont was the first to sign a civil union bill ruling same sex couples were entitled to the same rights as opposite sex couples and in turn giving same sex couples the same right of marriage as any other. Holland shortly followed in being the first country to follow suit when they signed a law for same sex marriage in 2001 after a vote of 109 to 33 against.

So attitudes were changing, and I was proud to be part of that thinking and watched from my own small town Kaiteriteri in New Zealand, commenting and fighting where I could for the cause. I saw the tidal wave of events as one place after another followed in those first footsteps.

As a wedding business owner I was obviously excited of the prospect for more business coming my way, however astonished to have comments from fellow business owners in the same industry advising that brining my business to the attention of same sex couples could be the down fall of my success. I was happy to clearly state that if I was too lose business it would only be from those who could not accept this thinking and that would not be a great loss to me.

DSCF6349As The Dream Maker an event management business before New Zealand accepted Same Sex marriage as legal, I was involved in arranging a civil union for a same sex couple of more than 6 years, prepared to travel from Scotland to New Zealand for their event and celebration. We communicated over the months as I helped perfect their plans for a beach wedding in the Abel Tasman National Park and I learnt of their personal difficulties to be accepted as a couple and our bond grew beyond a professional one into a friendship.

Plans were going well, organizing everything from their groups car hire, accommodation and holiday itinerary with two scenic bus tours taking in wineries and art studios as well as everything they needed for their wedding event. During this planning the hype of a law change in New Zealand grew almost overnight and each day a new announcement of another state in the USA would cross our screens and soon a date was set for the vote to take place in New Zealand.

It was the encouragement of this couple who asked if I would be their celebrant for the civil union. I applied to become New Zealand Civil Union and Marriage Celebrant and was delighted to be accepted. Anticipating a civil union, we sat on the edge of our seats to hear a vote of 77 for and 44 against in parliament accompanied with some of the most iconic speeches ever read in the government house, we were in shock to hear the confirmation announcement “New Zealand had become the 13th (lucky for some) country and the first in the Oceania to legalize same sex marriage”, which came into effect on 19th August 2013.

In February 2014 my couple finally arrived on the golden sands of Kaiteriteri in dapper matching cream suits, striking red ties and with a tidy flax thistle button hole to symbolize their Scottish attachment. With their small group of family and friends we embarked on the sea limousine charter and sailed the crest of the waves under a clear blue sky to a tiny little bay called paradise aptly named by the locals on a small island nature reserve called Fisherman’s where a dream team greeted us on the beautiful pre-styled beach for their ceremony. It wasn’t my first wedding but it was my first same sex couple and with utter honor I performed the legal requirements with a personal touch and emotion to celebrate this incredible day.

Their celebration continued with song and chatter of the guests in harmony with the native bird song in complete joy with the distant chime of the golden harp and the gently kissing waves all accompanied by a stunning picnic of locally produced deliciousness and award winning local wine. We finished off the trip by taking the group on a scenic cruise into the stunning Abel Tasman National Park, famous for its seals native bush and bird song before returning to Kaiteriteri. After a rest they enjoyed an intimate reception in a local restaurant that’s view reached out to the Island keeping the atmosphere of the day going late into the night.

I am proud that every provider contracted through the Dream Maker for wedding products and service welcomes all couples without question, whatever their shape, colour or sex and I am excited to continue to bring more same sex couples together in marriage but with each couples comes a story of frustration that they have been deprived of their freedom, some for decades but all have been able to set that behind them for a much brighter future, knowing that this negativity will never have a hold on them or other couples again.

So from all corners of the world, we welcome with open arms couples to share our beautiful slice of heaven, capture forever their moment in time, the fresh smells, the blue skies and clear water, the wild life and friendly local atmosphere, our welcoming hospitality and sunshine hours are all abundant and a tonic to sooth any heart!

For further information contact: Terri Everett 0064 (0) 27 5268771
www.thedreammaker.co.nz
Please visit our You-tube page and find a short video which captures our couple’s day: www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzzPlMoLUR8

New Zealand: 1/4 of Same Sex Weddings Are Australians

Friday, January 24th, 2014

New Zealand – Google Maps

from Google Maps

Australians are flocking to New Zealand to marry.

Pink News reports:

Nearly a hundred Australian same-sex couples have resorted to travelling to New Zealand to get married since August. 47 female couples and 50 male couples have made the journey from Australia, since New Zealand’s equal marriage law came into effect in August. 361 same-sex couples in total have so far tied the knot in New Zealand, meaning that Australians alone make up over a quarter of the total. Ten Chinese couples, four from Hong Kong, four from Britain and four from Thailand have also married in the country, as New Zealand does not restrict foreign couples from marrying there.

It’s really sad that these couples can’t get married at home, and that there’s no real prospect for this to change any time soon. Maybe the next left-wing government will decide to choose someone who’s not homophobic as their PM?

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New Zealand: 7% of Weddings In First Four Months Were Same-Sex Couples

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

New Zealand – Google Maps

from Google Maps

According to government figures, in the first four months of marriage equality in New Zealand, same-sex couples accounted for about 7% of all marriages.

Gay Star News reports:

Figures released by the New Zealand Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages this month show that 7% of marriages since New Zealand legalized same-sex marriage involved a same-sex couple. Close to 5% of the couples who married since same-sex couples could begin to legally marry on 19 August were same-sex New Zealanders while another two percent were from overseas. Of the overseas same-sex couples 88 were Australian while 43 hailed from elsewhere.

As far as we can tell, there’s been very little controversy over the law in New Zealand. Why is it so different from other countries?

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: The Dream Maker, Motueka, South Island, New Zealand

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

The Dream Maker - New ZealandPeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Planners in Motueka, South Island, New Zealand. Destination specilists we offer the perfect New Zealand location settting that can be built into your own unique package. From the mountain tops to the sea, which will cover everything you will need from landing to leaving.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Julie Lassen Marriage Celebrant, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Julie Lassen Marriage Celebrant, Chirstchurch, New ZealandPeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Officiants in Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand. I promote myself as an open and accepting Celebrant with a relaxed style while maintaining professional standards. As a Celebrant with over 15 years experience I have lots of ideas and can provide all the support necessary to make your ceremony come together without stress. I have been lucky to do many civil union ceremonies and absolutely love being with every couple that trusts me to make their ceremony unique and special.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Remarkables Lodge, Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Remarkables Lodge, Queenstown, New ZealandPeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Event Location in Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand. The Remarkables Lodge is located at the foot of the Remarkables Mountain Ranges, Queenstown. These stunning views will no doubt remain in the memories of you and your loved ones forever. The Remarkables Lodge offers privacy and seclusion yet only a short 10-15 min drive to the heart of Queentown. Offering 7 large luxury suites, bar & guest lounge, tennis court, swimming pool, spa bath, sauna and much much more.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Photography by Woolf, Wellington, North Island, New Zealand

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Photography by Woolf, Wellington, New ZealandPeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Photography / Videography in Wellington, North Island, New Zealand. With The Photography by Woolf team, your photography will be fun and you will actually enjoy having your photograph taken, we guarantee it! The Photography by Woolf team is dedicated to echoing your personality with unique and creative wedding photography.

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New Zealand: Same-Sex Weddings Begin At 39,000 Feet

Monday, August 19th, 2013

New Zealand – Google Maps

from Google Maps

Same-sex couples began marrying in New Zealand yesterday, legally, with the wedding at 39,000 feet. Edge Boston reports:

When Lynley Bendall and Ally Wanikau walked down the aisle to exchange vows Monday, the fasten-seatbelt signs were off. The couple celebrated the legalization of gay marriage in New Zealand by getting hitched in a plane at 39,000 feet (11,900 meters). Along for the ride was Jesse Tyler Ferguson, star of the ABC sitcom “Modern Family.” Instead of soda and peanuts, the flight attendants served champagne and canapes. Monday was the first day same-sex couples could marry in New Zealand, where the law was changed back in April. Officials said that about three dozen same-sex couples planned to marry in towns and cities throughout the country.

The first same-sex couple to be married on the ground got married in Auckland at 9 AM. Towleroad reports:

While it was still technically yesterday evening in the United States, couples such as Natasha Vitali and Melissa Ray have already exchanged vows. Ray and Vitali won their ceremony as part of an all-expenses-paid giveaway on a local radio station, and were the first same-sex couple to be married in the country. Their ceremony took place at 9 AM local time in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city.

And the International Business Times reports that many Australians are expected to come to New Zealand to get married:

Tourism New Zealand’s new ads under the banner “100% Pure Choice” — a play on its longstanding “100% Pure” marketing campaign — appear to have paid off. The Australian Marriage Equality lobby group expects some 1,000 same-sex couples to travel to the neighboring country to marry, despite the fact that their weddings won’t be legally recognized in their home country. “We know that many hundreds of Australian same-sex couples will fly to New Zealand to wed and spend their money,” the lobby group’s national director, Rodney Croome, said Sunday. “By not moving forward on marriage equality [in Australia] our politicians are effectively exporting money and jobs to New Zealand.”

I guess Australia stands to lose out on a ton of money from these couples marrying in neighboring New Zealand – the country better get its act together on marriage equality.

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