Bubbly blonde Erin Simpson recalls showing up at the Huntly courthouse in 2012 to have her celebrancy application approved, and the judge beaming with happiness.
"Back then, I was one of the first young people to walk through the doors as a celebrant and he was so excited," she laughs. "He was like, 'This is what the celebrant people need – a young person!'"
Erin was keen to take on the role so she could marry her cousin and, qualification in hand, she did just that at the Red Barn in Cambridge – but she was in for a surprise!
"Susie, my cousin, was walking up the aisle and I felt like I was in the wrong place because I've never seen that view before. I remember thinking it was so weird!"
Since then, she's done around 30 weddings, but after marrying Bachelor NZ star Zac Franich, 30, in November 2019, the newlywed reckons she'll understand a little more about what brides and grooms are going through.
"It's really hard taking everything in and it can be very emotional," she recalls.
- Exerpt from nowtolove.co.nz