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 for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.
C S Lewis
Thankyou Donna for making our day perfect…..
"Thanks Donna and Chris"
Amanda & Lemeul Wallace (2017)
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 and relaxed... specially our boys.
I cannot wait for many more stays and to celebrate our anniversaries at the Sunlover Retreat one of our favorite places in New Zealand. Just look at this Sunrise view from this morning. Thanks Donna and Chris from the bottom of our hearts.
"Beautiful and Lighthearted Ceremony"
Anna & Dillon Adams (2017)
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. On the day she made my husband to be and the groomsmen feel so at ease. 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 (2017)
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. We were also very pleased with how personalised our ceremony was and we thank you so much Donna you were an absolute pleasure to deal with and we would recommend you to anyone! Our day was just magical :)
" From This Moment - Our Special Day "
Mark & Jan Gardiner (2017)
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 for any one wanting to create their own unique experience.
"The best day of our lives.."
Emma & Jono Richards (2016)
"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 and Adil (2016)
My husband and I eloped in the Coromandel area late last year with the help of our incredibly warm and charming Sunlover hosts, Donna and Chris. 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. I sat in a chair overlooking the spectacular view while my hair and makeup artists worked their magic! When we were all set for the ceremony, Donna and Chris helped build the excitement by taking some casual shots of us on the deck. 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! One of Donna and Chris’ friends generously offered to serve as the second witness for our nuptials. Our wedding location, a nearby beach was the most beautiful location we could have asked for. The area near Sunlover’s offers so many gorgeous beach and seaside ceremony locations for those looking to marry in a relaxed and natural setting like ourselves. Donna is an absolutely amazing celebrant! She made us feel incredibly special from the beginning of the process by Skyping with us and emailing back and forth to design a ceremony especially for us, complete with our own vows as well as personal details such as where we met, fell in love and our future plans together. If you are looking for a ceremony that you will remember for a lifetime, then Donna is your go to gal! Chris was fabulous as well, taking casual shots and recording a video of our ceremony. We could not have asked for anything more from our extraordinarily warm, welcoming and lovely hosts at Sunlover’s. We will no doubt visit Sunlover’s again in the near future as it will always hold a special place in our hearts.
“How amazing it was...”
Brett and Rees (2016)
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”.
You were right, and how amazing it was that the rain stopped and for the 5 or so hours that we needed clear blue skies, it happened. You helped us to create the most wonderful and timeless memory for ourselves and for our children. You are one very special lady indeed!! Rees, Brett Chandler, Joel and Blake xx
“She made our ceremony unique..”
Michelle and Jamie (2016)
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 bringing some personality to it. We felt Donna really took the time to get to know us and made our ceremony unique and tailored to the kind of couple we are. We cannot thank her enough for making our ceremony so special.
“Beautiful, exceptional and professional..”
Faith and Hank (2016)
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 into her beautiful home for a meet and greet, we were relaxed knowing our children were present and welcome. We wanted a simple, heartfelt, elegant and natural ceremony and we 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 with planning our ceremony, writing our personal ceremony, paper work, acknowledging our cultural heritage and customs, overall knowledge and experience. Beautiful, exceptional and professional.
“We will remember that day for the rest of our lives"
Teila and Kyle (2016)
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 when it comes to this area. Our ceremony was heart felt 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 and Symonn (2015)
We’d like to say a sincere and heartfelt thank you to Donna for helping us to create, and for being a part of, the best day of our lives. Your guidance helped us (a non-fuss, pretty un-romantic couple!) create a ceremony that was unique and very special to the both of us, and we have received many comments about the beautiful 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 such an awesome keepsake to look at in years to come. Donna made the trip to Auckland for our wedding from Tairua and we couldn’t have asked for a better wedding celebrant. Thank you so much Donna!
“For the most wonderful and memorable ceremony.."
Lauren and Trevor (2015)
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 year’s time was the loveliest idea. I can’t wait to open it! Thank you again for helping us tie the knot.
“We had many positive comments about the excellent celebrant we chose.."
Vanessa and Justin (2015)
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.
“Donna is down to earth, easy to work with and has a great sense of humour.."
Nichola and Aaron (2014)
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.
Our whole bridal party did a ceremony rehearsal with Donna the night before the wedding. This was really important as it covered where everyone would enter and stand and how things would run on the day. Donna has a very calm and thorough approach and running through everything certainly helps the nerves! On the wedding day itself Donna managed everything to do with the ceremony. It was so helpful not having to worry about bringing pieces of paper with you and knowing it was all in good hands.
Our wedding was in Auckland and although Donna is based in Tairua we never felt this was an issue. We meet in person, chatted over email and phone and even had a skype meeting. There was no hesitations about a wedding rehearsal in Auckland the night before the wedding either. You will not regret choosing Donna as your celebrant. She did an absolutely fabulous job and we will be highly recommending her to our friends.
“Being a same sex couple, we wanted a ceremony that reflected all our love.."
Olivia and Jayne (2014)
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. This all took place on the top of Shakespeare’s Cliff in Flaxmill Bay, Coromandel – absolutely perfect.
I think the success of the ceremony was all down to Donna’s thoroughness, as in the weeks prior, Donna was in close communication with us making sure that the ceremony reflected us and also ran smoothly. Donna is warm and friendly, and was able to put us at ease from the first meeting. She suggested ideas for our ceremony which helped to start the ideas flowing. I would recommend Donna for any type of wedding as I know that she will listen to your requirements and ideas, and she takes the time to get to know you as a couple. Thank you Donna!
"We liked your relaxed approach.."
Beth and Tony (2014)
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 and Ryan (2014)
“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”