As a Celebrant, Fiona is friendly, professional, positive and very able. She performs all types of ceremonies with class and presence. She has a true servant’s heart, and serving others on the most important day of their lives is something she considers a great blessing. She has spoken in auditoriums, ballrooms, conference rooms, gymnasiums and living rooms, amongst others. She has worked with last minute schedule changes, venue changes, blackouts, AV glitches, AC glitches, you name it. She has managed audiences that were enthusiastic, tired, drunk, cynical and hungry. Fiona has an uncanny ability to connect with people from all walks of life. With her many years and thousands of weddings, ceremonies and speeches of experience, you know you can feel confident in her ability to do a great job, no matter what the circumstances.
She says, “Joining in marriage two people who are truly in love is the best job I could ever have. I love being part of that special moment when they first say, ‘I do.’ It makes my heart smile! Uniting a couple in marriage is an experience that I cherish, and when I say those magic words, ‘husband and wife,’ I know that I have been witness to a miracle. My favourite part of the wedding ceremony is when the Bride enters the room and the Groom sees her for the first time. That look of love is what makes it all worthwhile. Knowing that I had a part in bringing them together in marriage both thrills me and humbles me. There is no greater joy than seeing two souls united in marriage. Nothing is more powerful and spiritual than this union.”
A Team That Loves to Create
Hatches Matches Dispatches is a specialist company, and we love what we do. It’s who we are. As a team working side by side we aspire for the designed life style: a place where work, life and inspiration are all equal and integrated organically.
Our goal is to create work that is honest, solutions that are exploratory, touching and inspirational, material that is conceptually interesting and professional. We operate with the belief that process and collaboration should be as exciting and fun as the end result. We are designated by the South African Department of Home Affairs, designation number CU119 and BD22476.
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Raymond Dye (BD22476) is based in Amanzimtoti, KZN and is an ordained pastor and has been in the ministry for 30 years. His ministry extended into, amongst others, the areas of Pastoral ministry, counseling/coaching and teaching workshops all over the country. He also worked in countries like Lesotho, Rwanda, Uganda, DRC and Burundi. Over this time he has officiated a multitude of marriage ceremonies in diverse circumstances. This taught him to appreciate and enjoy all kinds of people from all orientations and cultures. He has a great appreciation of the individuality of each couple and enjoys to give them free reign in their preferences regarding the planning and execution of their marriage ceremony within the parameters of the law. He also believes that marriage is one of the greatest and sacred events any couple will partake in. The ceremony must become a monument and foundation to their love and their dedication to one another. He is very good at being practical in his addresses at these ceremonies with a sufficient measure of humour. Raymond is able to offer ceremonies in both English and Afrikaans.
Raymond is also well equipped and qualified to offer counseling and support to couples before and after the marriage. He has worked successfully as a counselor and presents talks and workshops on different levels for 30 years. Marriage is one of those relationships that could gain from time to time from the input he has to offer. He covers the following subjects with confidence: Pre-marital guidance, vision for my relationship, dissolution management after the wedding, conflict and communication, intimacy and other subjects that can heal, empower and enrich a couple’s relationship. He has also worked with combined families coming out of a previous divorce with children and then planning a new marriage. He has always believed that every couple has the opportunity and responsibility to create their own set of standards, values and character.
A professional team delivering creative solutions by creating and conducting Masterpiece Ceremonies for memories that last a lifetime. We aim to bring freshness and uniqueness to every ceremony we conduct and to inspire moments of optimism and happiness... To create value and make a difference and to inspire creativity, passion, fun and dignity where needed.
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Fiona Bowden (nee Briggs) (CU119), founder of Hatches Matches Dispatches, lives in Ballito on the North Coast of Natal in South Africa, where she worked as a Spiritual Counsellor before turning her energies toward a stronger calling - that of Marriage Officiant, Civil Celebrant and Commissioner of Oaths.
Having developed her counselling skills through various techniques both locally and internationally, she spent 12 years building up a reputation as a sympathetic counsellor with a regular, dedicated international and varied clientele. She regularly consulted to highly influential people, entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, amongst others, as well as home executives, scholars, families etc and assisted them with key decisions, as well as providing advice on steps they could take to enhance their lives on every level. She has always had the ability to find the spiritual in any natural situation and has specialised in holistic brain training, motivational speaking, marriage guidance, trauma counselling, goal setting and spiritual awareness.
She travelled all over the world, on invitation, running workshops, retreats, delivering talks and conducting private consultations. She is a frequent keynote and guest speaker for private and corporate events and, coming from a more Spiritual than Religious point of view, Fiona is accepting of all faiths and combinations thereof. Naturally empathetic, Fiona’s sincerity and warmth will leave you feeling uplifted, empowered and very special.