If the idea of an intimate wedding ceremony on the beach is preferable to a large event style gathering, Donna Brook is the perfect person to assist. Donna is the owner of Sunlover Retreat; a luxury B&B on the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand. She is also a registered marriage celebrant, officiating Celebrant by the Sea ceremonies at isolated beaches and far-flung locations across the region. Combining the two professions allows Donna to help couples create a wedding that truly reflects and emphasises their unique love story.
The Coromandel Peninsula is arguably one of New Zealand’s most idyllic locations. It is a peninsula studded with golden sand beaches, lush native forest and sandstone cliffs. It’s under two hours drive from Auckland, yet it feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. For those who value nature, serenity and jaw dropping views, the Coromandel is a dream wedding destination. Donna has performed ceremonies for couples from New Zealand and Australia who have an emotional connection to the Coromandel, or who are drawn to the spectacular beauty of the area.
“The pleasure of weddings,” says Donna, “is they come in all varieties, but at their essence they are a celebration of loving partnership.” She appreciates and celebrates the diversity of people’s love stories. With her trademark easy charm, she helps couples create a special moment in time that is all about them. According to Donna, the beauty of small ceremonies is that the intimacy and resonance of the occasion is richer and more authentic than a larger wedding. In an intimate ceremony, Donna speaks quietly to the couple instead of having to address a crowd. When couples say their vows, they are only for each other’s ears, making them all the more meaningful.
Donna’s clients appreciate her ability to respond to their unique and specific requirements. “Donna’s contribution to our day was immense,” states one satisfied client. “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. Donna is warm and friendly, and was able to put us at ease from the first meeting. We would recommend Donna for any type of wedding as she will listen to your requirements and ideas, and take the time to get to know you as a couple.”
Sunlover Retreat and Celebrant by the Sea provides the perfect environment for celebrating life’s most romantic occasions. Donna sees how intimate celebrations can reduce the stress of wedding planning and allow couples to spend their time and money on creating an occasion that is right for them. Couples decide what is important and Donna takes care of all the details, including accommodation and holiday activities after the wedding.
Have you considered combining a holiday getaway with an intimate wedding ceremony? Contact Donna to find out more.
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