Julie specialises in weaving a couple’s unique love story into a meaningful expression of their love. She can help you to make it unforgettable, exciting, relaxed, friendly, and most of all, fun and inspiring.

Living in the area Julie has made genuine connections with professional wedding service providers and is happy to plan the wedding for you completely, working within the budget that you have set for yourself.


Julie is the mastermind of the Matakana Wedding Collective that comprises of Julie as Celebrant, Marc Herbulot as photographer, combined with our lovely hairdresser our hair and make up artist. We work together to take the stress and worry from the planning, working within your budget.

“I am passionate about being a celebrant, empowering others to make their dreams a reality. Your wedding day is a milestone in your life, a day to remember forever… I love working with a couple to individualise their ceremony so it reflects the people they are!"

Your love story starts with us...

With our breathtaking views, Waimahu Retreat is a perfect venue for an Intimate Wedding for up to 12 people. Below we have a simple, hassle free package available for your Intimate Wedding, but we are also happy to cater for weddings of any size. We sincerely welcome heterosexual or same sex couples.

  • Accommodation for 12 people (including wedding couple) – 6 rooms. 2 luxury rooms will be provided at Waimahu Retreat. 4 rooms will be provided at similar accommodation close by to Waimahu Retreat. The wedding couple will be treated to 2 night’s accommodation in the Kowhai Room.

  • Breakfast for 12 the morning after the wedding

  • Hair and Make Up for the bride at Waimahu Retreat


  • A Registered Celebrant, Julie Anderson - Johns, who will create a personal ceremony just for you

  • Beautiful wedding photos provided by a professional wedding photographer supplied to you on a USB

  • A beautiful bouquet and/or buttonhole for the couple

  • Delicious 3 course dinner for twelve at Waimahu Retreat with a fresh, delectable wedding cake

Intimate Wedding


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Waimahu Retreat

19 Martins Bay Road

RD2, Warkworth, NZ

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