Lisa Cornelissen

Independent Marriage and Civil Union Celebrant
based in Martinborough, Wairarapa.

I bring warmth, empathy and professionalism to all of my ceremonies. I became a celebrant to create and deliver meaningful ceremonies that celebrate love and life and reach people at an emotional level.

I firmly believe in the importance of ceremony to mark significant life events; a well crafted ceremony brings people together, reflects our cultures, traditions and hopes for the future; and marks a move to a new phase in our lives.

Ceremonies are attended by young and old. To provide reassurance for those with underlying health conditions I am fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

“I work with people to create beautiful, personalised ceremonies and celebrations. I will guide you through the process from the first time we meet until the end of your ceremony.”


“Thank you again for officiating our wedding and being the MC. You did an amazing job in both roles. You really personalised the ceremony and were spot on with the tone. A lot of people said it was one of the best ceremonies they’ve been to and you really helped to make it a special day. 

Leading up to the ceremony you were also very clear with your communication. You took the time to understand us both and captured that well in the ceremony. I also appreciated the fact you asked for feedback on what you were planning to say beforehand and adapted it accordingly.”

A&A April 2023

“We are shy people at first, but we felt at ease with you straight away and just knew that we didn’t need to look any further for a celebrant – we had found the one! You are someone who loves the outdoors like us, and you aren’t afraid of having fun, what more could we ask for. You made the lead up to the wedding stress free, asked us what we would like and communicated all the legalities in a simple understandable manner. The draft ceremony was drawn up in record time, and you were more than happy to meet with us again multiple times before the wedding to ensure we felt happy and knew what would happen on the day. You figured out our personalities very quickly and just ran with it, embracing us for who we were. It was so much fun! You are kind, compassionate, and offer the best guidance in what can be some emotional filled moments. We knew that everything was going to be okay having you there and we cannot thank you enough for the huge role you played in the best day of our lives. Thank you.”

R&D February 2023

“When we first met you for coffee, we both walked away knowing we had picked the right person. You put me at ease, you were patient and very accommodating with my last minute change of time and venue. I don’t think we could have asked anyone better to be our celebrant. Thankyou.”

H&C February 2023

“The choice of celebrant for our marriage ceremony was really important to us. We had a very specific idea of how we wanted things to be so it had to be someone who “got it”, someone who understood what mattered most to us. And that person is Lisa. What really impressed us was how Lisa took the time to get to know us better and genuinely listened to what we wanted. Her kindness, patience and warmth made the process easy and Lisa’s keen eye for detail ensured nothing was overlooked. Lisa really is an amazing person and if you are looking for someone to make your special occasion a truly memorable experience then we can’t recommend her highly enough.”

T&K July 2021