Celebrant Richard is based in Selwyn but officiates wedding and funeral ceremonies throughout Christchurch and Canterbury.

Richard is a celebrant for all occasions. Whether you choose small and intimate or opt for big and bold he will work with you to make sure you get the ceremony you want. Amazing people skills and the ability to craft unique and beautiful ceremonies helps him achieve his goal of ‘creating special memories’.

Tell us about yourself? As a validated member of the Celebrants Association of New Zealand I am able to officiate Registry Weddings as well as offering personalised ceremonies. I am also a funeral celebrant and can officiate at all of life’s other special occasions. I have a Diploma of Celebrancy from The Celebrants Training College and believe strongly in the importance of ongoing development to make me the best celebrant I can be. I am a proud member of CANZ and am currently a committee member of the Canterbury branch. Outside of celebrancy, I am a qualified teacher. Many Cantabrians will know me from my five years as the education manager for SPCA Canterbury. I now find myself in one of the most amazing classrooms in the world, as part of Orana Wildlife Park’s Zoo School.

Tell us about your style? I balance my professionalism and organisational skills with a good sense of humour. My goal is to create ceremonies tailored to the individuals unifying in love and reflect everything that makes them, and their relationship, unique and special.

Best part of any ceremony for you? My favourite part of the ceremony is straight after the second set of vows have been said. I know that is the exact point when the couple are legally married but the majority of those attending don’t.

Favourite things? Unsurprisingly for someone who works in a wildlife park, I am a bit of an animal lover. Gorillas and tigers in the workplace, cats, dogs and chickens at home. As an active member of Lincoln Rotary Club I maintain an interest in my local community. I love to read (all good writers read). I walk regularly but ride my bike nowhere near as often as I’d like to. I appreciate a good movie, have a great fondness for ’80s music and am privileged to be married to a woman I have adored for over 25 years!


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