Wishes Captured • Story Woven • Essences Shared

I became an independent funeral and registered marriage Celebrant during early 2017 officiating funerals, memorials and weddings within Christchurch and the Canterbury region.

I gained a Diploma of Celebrant Studies that was instrumental to the craft of being a celebrant and am a validated member of the Celebrants Association of New Zealand (VCANZ), foundational to operating within an industry ‘Code of Ethics.’

All part and parcel to capturing, weaving and then sharing someone’s life story (funeral or memorial) or a couples love story (wedding) so as to make it personal, unique and engaging for it to be spoken about long after the ceremony itself.

Regarding Weddings

I offer three wedding style ceremony options (full bespoke, low-key, or registry style) to arrive at that ‘happily ever after’ journey beginning and, cater for couples differing wishes.

The way Brent engaged the couple and guests when the rings had been left behind was just brilliant.  The situational hilarity and laughter called for impromptu wit and humour that Brent adapted to fit into the ceremony, versus stand out.  And he did that with such calmness and professionalism that made the wedding something to be always talked about. 

Absolutely awesome Brent, thank you.

– Clinton & Ruby

Regarding Funerals

Most funerals are conceived and delivered at moments of great stress and under extreme time pressures and thus, encapsulating a whole life into a precious timely summary, requires reflective mood and toned focus.

Facilitating a process with consideration at a time of grief toward telling the story, honouring the life and comforting those left behind, is paramount.

Together, we weave a ‘life story legacy’ that captures the essence of your loved one together.

Poignantly, you say goodbye to your loved one in a way that you, and they, would have wished.

Hi Brent.  You did such an impressive job depicting my Dad that I’d like to include it in his family tree.  We loved your words and they helped send Dad off in a very human manner.  We were lucky you were recommended to us.  Thank you.

You’re very good at what you do.

– Jude H

Regarding Memorials

There are many reasons why a memorial type of commemorative service is preferred, versus the traditional funeral, and certainly does not diminish the grief or mourning at the time of loss.

A memorial service can often be conducted sometime after the passing of the loved one, thereby easing the basket of present stresses somewhat.

A different opportunity to centre on remembering a life lived with added purpose to help those left behind come to terms with the ‘void’ and go on with life.

And just as poignant to capture the essence of your loved one, and then celebrate their life with warmth, dignity and mana.


If you require more information about weddings, funerals or memorial celebrant services, or to inquire about my availability to officiate either type of ceremony, I am best to be contacted at:

M: 027 511 0249 or E: brentruru@gmail.com

Or alternatively, please use the contact form below.