Testimonials

Wow Miriama! We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being our celebrant at our wedding at Mt Tarawera in September 2018. Your poise and your grace, your beautiful choice of words and your guidance throughout the ceremony was truly wonderful and everyone commented on what an amazing job you did! We will never forget our day thanks to you! You kept us present in the moment and thanks for pausing the ceremony to have a cuddle with our little boy too! Your beautiful Maori blessing really set the scene and your help and guidance with our vows and the wording of our ceremony was perfect and so personal it was just so full of love and so fitting for us as a couple and as a family. Not an easy task when organising a wedding in another country without even meeting you and you made the whole process so easy we can’t thank you enough!! Your services are highly recommended and you are a beautiful soul who is very good at what you do this line of work is truly your calling x Aroha Nui From The Crilley’s!

Lake Tarawera – 8 September 2018

Duncan and Kate

Miriama was professional, efficient and caring for my husband and me from the minute I made contact with her.

Leading up to our big day, she helped navigate us through the tricky process of becoming Mr and Mrs with such ease.

On the big day she remained calm and led the ceremony with such confidence and elegance. She was also able to intertwine our Maori culture throughout the ceremony.

Thanks Miriama for helping to make our day so special!

 

Ereti and Sheldon

14 April 2018

Kaituna Landing

Sheldon and Ereti

Miriama was an amazing celebrant for our wedding, she captured our story and turned it into a wedding ceremony that was the perfect combination of meaningful and funny, and our wedding guests loved it.  Miriama was great to work with in the lead up to the day, she is easy to communicate with and led us through the process, ensuring everything was stress-free and we knew what needed to be done. On the wedding day Miriama’s calm demeanour and professionalism helped ease both our nerves and enabled us to relax and enjoy the ceremony.  We would not hesitate to recommend Miriama to anyone looking for a wedding celebrant. Thanks for everything!

 

Jeremy and Kelly

21 March 2018

The Flat White Cafe

Jeremy and Kelly

Miriama was an essential part of what made our day so special. Her support, both before and on the day was above and beyond what we were hoping for in a celebrant. Before the wedding, she was completely organised, every little detail was thought out. She explained clearly the whole process to us and gave us so many ideas on how to make our ceremony personal.

 

And we absolutely loved the outcome! There was such a natural and relaxed vibe to the ceremony Miriama created for us, and we truly enjoyed ourselves despite a few nerves. The whole ceremony reflected us perfectly and we had so many comments from the guests on how well it was run. She told our love story- funny anecdotes and all, as if she had known us for years. We are so grateful she was part of a day we will remember forever!

 

Jonathan and Hannah

10 March 2018

Ataahua Wedding Venue

Jonathon and Hannah

Miriama is definitely someone you want to have on your team! She was professional yet personal, and together we came up with a beautiful ceremony. We were planning our wedding from Sydney, so we appreciated the easy communication. On the day she spoke beautifully and her warmth was felt by all who attended. We would highly recommend Miriama as a celebrant to anyone.

 

Nicola and Sam

Flat White Café

5 May 2018

Nicola and Sam

Miriama absolutely exceeded our expectations on every level. I had reservation as to how someone you don’t know personally, prior to contacting for the wedding, could speak so truly and genuinely of you and your relationship. However, how Miriama conducted our ceremony, you would thought she had known us forever. She was genuine and gave us the natural, organic ceremony we wanted. Miriama made the process easy from day one. She promptly replied to emails, listened to our concerns and ideas, offered her advice and made herself available for a rehearsal (even on a public holiday) and did this all with such kindness and professionalism. She made us feel as though we were the only bride and groom of the season and truly complimented the vibe of our wedding.

 

Courtnay and Jonny

Papamoa Beach Resort

31 March 2018

Courtnay and Jonny
Miriama was an integral part of what was the perfect day for Belinda and I.
From the moment we first met Miriama, Belinda and I felt totally at ease and comfortable, and the lead up to the wedding was so easy with the help and guidance of Miriama, who wrote the most beautiful reading. On the day itself, Miriama was totally organised, from the sound system through the whole ceremony, bringing laughter and happiness and a wonderful presence on what was a most wonderful day.
Many of our guests said it was the best wedding that they had ever been to and I’m sure Miriama was one of the main reasons for this. Afterwards we even joked that Miriama had brought the perfect weather, so pleased we were with what will be a day we will remember for the rest of our lives.
Geoff and Belinda
The Lookout
Papamoa Beach
1st April, 2018
Geoff and Belinda

Miriama was a dream to work with! She guided us from the beginning to make the ceremony exactly what we wanted.

She asked questions to get to know us which helped create our love story to share with everyone on the day. She was supportive and helpful in the lead up and only ever an email away. On the day she was calming and her relaxed nature put us both at ease. We received many compliments from our guests that the ceremony was inclusive and personal and the best they had seen. Thank you so much Miriama you made the process so simple and stress free and we couldn’t have asked for anything more perfect for our special day.

Rhiannon and Matthew – Ataahua Gardens, 7 April 2018

 

Rhiannon and Matthew

We highly recommend Miriama.  She did an amazing job as both our Celebrant and MC for the reception.  Leading up to our big day she was extremely helpful, caring  and very supportive.  On the day the ceremony and reception could’t have run any better thanks to her time management and communication, the day for us was stress free.  Julie and I are for ever grateful to Miriama for making our day so special.

Mr and Mrs Buchan
24 Feb 2018 – The Brigham, Whenuapai
Dean and Julie Buchan

Miriama was the perfect celebrant for our wedding. She was so lovely to work with – she was friendly, helpful and professional. She was interested in who we were and what we wanted in our ceremony, she provided us with lots of ideas and she helped us to create the relaxed ceremony that we wanted.  It could not have been more perfect. Thank you Miriama!

Doug Hancock and Alice Feslier Holmes

12 January 2018 – Katikati.

Doug and Alice

Miriama was simply amazing. I have had so many compliments from our guests saying our ceremony was the best they have ever attended.  Miriama looked stunning and dressed to fit in with the bridal party perfectly, she was very confident and delivered our ceremony like she had known us for years.  The ceremony she put together for us ticked every single box, the Maori she used was just beautiful and we truly don’t know how to thank her enough for making our day so incredible, a truly magical ceremony with memories that will stay with us forever.  Leading up to the day she was super helpful providing lots of information and answering any questions we had very fast. We would highly recommend Miriama Smith she was just fantastic we could not have asked for anything better.

Kind regards,

Sacha and Will

9 March 2018 – Motiti Reserve, Papamoa Beach.

Sacha and Will Henare

Miriama helped us to create our personal love story to be told and it was just perfect! We didn’t know what to expect but Miriama gave us all the guidance we needed and was always there to answer any questions we had. This really eased our minds and made the whole process very relaxed. We would definitely recommend Miriama as a creative, professional and loving celebrant.

Thank you kindly.

Tim & Sophie Hart

15 February 2018

Lake Okataina

Tim and Sophie

Miriama was the most helpful and most organised vendor that we booked. If we had any questions or concerns she answered them straight away and provided us with a ton of information that you need to know when getting married, including little things that you dont think of like where to stand and what the MC is supposed to do! We cannot recommend her enough. She made our ceremony magical and even spoke parts in te reo. All of our guests said how amazing our ceremony was, it was funny but romantic! We loved every minute of our wedding and Miriama definately helped us with that.

Thank you so much

Mr & Mrs Miles

6 January 2018

Old Forest School, Pongakawa.

Brad and Hayley

We loved our wedding and very much appreciated our beautiful ceremony.  As someone who has had no experience with organising weddings AT ALL, I was reassured by Miriama who answered any and all of my questions and concerns I had about the whole ceremony.  The planning of the actual ceremony and the formation of our love story was simple yet highly effective and resulted in a  beautiful start to our day and our marriage.  It was extremely loud and windy on the day but she overcame that hurdle with her confident, well spoken and clear voice.  If we get a chance to renew our vows in a few decades we would definitely organise it for when Miriama’s available!

Hone and Gio Lolohea

Pikowai 18 November 2017

Hone and Giovanni Lolohea
We cannot recommend Miriama enough, she was so helpful and supportive for our wedding, even after getting bombarded with emails from us, revising our vows multiple times. We had a truly magical day made all the better by Miriama’s positive, calming energy.​ She helped us to create a ceremony that was intimate and a true reflection on us and our relationship and we received many compliments on it.
Thank you so much Miriama for making our special day all the more wonderful.
Mr & Mrs Newman (Olive Tree Cottage – 10.11.2017)
Kim and Carl
Miriama headed our ceremony in Maori and it was as beautiful as we both felt it would be, she captured my husband and I, as well as our audience, from the start with our love story, it was beautiful. We loved her Mita (pronounciation) it was a natural flow and it met the theme of our wedding. We have been an excellent example to our friends and family, who now would love to step up and take the challenge as husband and wife. Many have asked already for Miriama, we highly recommend Miriama.
Once again Miriama we were very privileged to have you with us on our special day, thank you again.
Ma Io hei manaaki hei tiaki I a koe.
Ngaa mihi maioha
Souvenir & Keremeta
16/09/2017 Te Rereatukahia Marae
Souvenir & Keremeta

Dear Miriama,

Thanks so much for making our wedding ceremony a breeze. Miriama is the type of person who has time management down and will even help you to do this also. Coming up to the wedding we were both busy, still working but also in full planning mode, Miriama helped us immensely, sending friendly reminders and ideas for vows. She has a relaxing personality and on the day was invaluable, allowing us time to pause at key moments and even reminding us when we forgot words. All in all, the best we could have hoped for.

Thanks so much,

Jasmine and Cory

18 February 2017 – Old Forest School

Jasmine & Cory

Getting married was never part of my husband and mines action plan but when our plans changed and marriage became a reality Miriama was a guiding light. She helped us with many things but mainly an amazing ceremony, specially tailored to what we wanted. We are forever grateful to her for helping us tie the knot and highly recommend her as a celebrant!”

Love from Mr & Mrs Bennett (May 2nd 2015)

Mr and Mrs Bennett

‘We want to thank you, Miriama, from the bottom of our hearts for making our Wedding Ceremony so special and one we will cherish.

Your guidance helped us create a ceremony that was unique and intimate and we received many comments about the beautiful words that were spoken on the day.

Thank you for your help, your friendly attitude and your preparation. Your professionalism goes without saying and your natural stage presence was obvious to all.

Thank you once again’ Rachel, Gary and Milan – Ascension Vineyard, 6 March 2015

Rachel and Gary

Miriama,

Thank you so much for making our wedding so special. It was perfect. We really appreciated everything you did to make it so personal and meaningful for us. You were brilliant!

Siobhan and Dave Arrow

Ongare Point 4 March 2017

Siobhan & Dave

Miriama was an important part of our special day in Whangamata 2017. She worked with us over the months coming up to our wedding with devotion and patients. Having only four months to plan our big day she took a load off my shoulders by taking charge of the ceremony and giving me regular updates. We truly would not have got everything done if it were not for her help.

She was amazing as we had to change venues and times due to weather and flooding! She remained composed and really made Ben and I feel reassured.

Not being the most traditional bride, I was concerned that my ceremony would not reflect who ben and I are, Miriama really cemented the importance of making our ceremony exactly how we had imagined.

Overall Miriama was an amazing celebrant, who I would recommend to anyone planning their big day.

Zarnia & Ben – Whangamata 17 March 2017

Zarnia & Ben

We would like to thank you Miriama for all your help during the build and on the day of our wedding to make sure that everything went smoothly. Despite being in different towns, communication was not a problem and we were confident that you knew the kind of ceremony vibe we were after. We both loved what you had to say and how at ease you made us feel through the whole process. Many of our guests commented on how well you spoke and the beautiful mihi that you gave. Thank you for making our day one we will never forget.

Lydia & Alby King –

Tarawera Lodge 15 April 2017

Lydia & Alby King

We had the best day and we were fortunate enough to have Miriama as our celebrant, my husband and I were looking for someone that understood us and Miriama ticked all of our boxes. 

She made us feel very comfortable with the whole process and was so accommodating, creating a ceremony that spoke about who we are. She is both professional in her approach but also very caring and understanding. 

Miriama brought a sense of warmth to our ceremony and our guests loved how she spoke about our love story and her use of Te Reo as well.

Alofa and Aroha

 Darcell & Charles

Flat White Cafe Waihi Beach 4 March 2017

 

Darcell and Charles

We knew the instant we met Miriama that we would have her as our celebrant. The way she made our ceremony unique to our story & journey was just perfect. She was very helpfull & reliable guiding us through the whole process. We had alot of guests comment on how great Miriama was. We would highly recommend her amazing services as a celebrant. Thank you so much for making our day so special.

 

Mitch & Sharon

Papamoa Beach Resort 18 March 2017

 

Sharon and Mitch
When you first meet Miriama, you instinctively know that you’ve found your perfect celebrant. Miriama’s calm, confident and caring approach will help guide you both through one of the most fantastic yet intense days of your lives. The ability to quickly and accurately identify what was important for us, what we mean for each other and how we are as people was so impressive. This real human understanding was lovely and reinforced our confidence that Miriama would deliver a special service. She did. We had an amazing day made so much more special by being married by someone who understood us.
Beren and Karen Patterson – January 2016
Beren and Karen

Miriama, William and I wanted to let you know how amazing you are and grateful we are. You made our day a beautiful, fun and authentic event from being our celebrant. We got so much feedback from our friends and family on how you just naturally held the event together bringing different tones of culture, heart and humorous moments including to the ceremony. You looked stunning and it was more like a friend than a formal celebrant – just what we wanted. As you probably know it was really stressful leading up to the event, planning for NZ wedding from UK, largely because we are super busy poor planners but you pulled us and 120 people together for a magical day. We wouldn’t change a thing!! Thank you, Miriama, with all our hearts xoxo

Josh & Will – Soul Bar, Auckland, 30 December 2015

Josh and Will

‘What a wonderful experience having Miriama Smith as our Wedding Celebrant! As a couple, we hadn’t experienced many weddings, so we didn’t know what was expected of us for the ceremony, so she talked us through all steps (helped us write it, gave us examples/tips). We both felt very comfortable working with her.

Even though we were working from different towns, communication was a breeze.

Miriama was very approachable, professional and helpful, very well presented and welcoming. Her mihi was breathtakingly beautiful – amazing speaker of Te Reo. Highly recommend to anyone.”

Cheers, Helen & Neil – Olive Leaf Cottage, Pyes Pa, 7 November 2015

Helen and Neil

We were very lucky to have Miriama as our wedding celebrant for our wedding in March 2015. Her attention to detail was fantastic, and really made sure that the ceremony was exactly how we wanted it.

On the day, she was very helpful without being too involved. We found her to be a very calming and fun person to be conducting the ceremony. Very professional and a great public speaker, we had some technical difficulties where the microphone cut out and she carried on like a true professional.

We feel very fortunate that Miriama was there to share our special day, we would highly recommend her to be a part of yours.

Woodhill Forest, 1 March 2015

Paan and Paul

Hi Miriama, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for making our special day about ‘us’. You knew immediately what we were about and what was important to us. You were incredibly helpful but mindful that certain decisions needed to be our own, which became so much more important and special on the day.

We really appreciated all your help and beautiful words

Arohanui

Nats and Chiz Xx – Maketu Beach, 27 February 2015

Nats and Chiz