my story

My story began in a small maternity home in Kaiapoi, North Canterbury.

It’s now a rest home, which affords me the serendipitous option of leaving this planet  from the same place I entered… 😉

I grew up in Clarkville, 20 minutes north of Christchurch, and I’ve also lived in Woodend, Sefton, Rangiora and Waikuku. Yes, I’m North Canterbury through and through, and very much a proud Cantab too.

As a Television Journalist I’ve been fortunate to work in some fabulous newsrooms reporting on such programmes as CTV News, One News, Close Up, and Campbell Live.

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For almost 30 years I’ve been blending words and pictures into stories – hundreds of them.

I’ve been witness and messenger to moments that have marked our history and shaped our future – the good, the bad and the unbelievable. I’ve travelled widely and met people from all sectors of society, mostly fellow Mainlanders who have kindly entrusted me to tell their stories, their triumphs, their tragedies.

I love to yarn, but also to listen. I’m a keen observer, and an active participant. I’m kind, caring and empathetic. I consider myself a friendly, bubbly person, and I like to make people feel at ease in my company.

I’m married with three children, aged 24, 21 and 16. I’m currently working as a Media Advisor for one of NZ’s largest organisations. Around home, my interests are gardening, reading, and definitely not cooking! I’m a romantic at heart – favourite movie Notting Hill – and a firm believer in love, laughter and happily ever after.

What drew me to celebrancy?  The story-telling, the writing, the buzz of a live performance and the opportunity to work on only happy stories – no more death and disaster – just the good stuff, love stories, the best stories.

And, most importantly,  the chance to meet… you. To work with you and to guide you, as you prepare to publicly declare your love, with your loved ones present.

I look forward to meeting you, and marrying you.

Jendy xox

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other – Audrey Hepburn

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