ABOUT US

Jodie Stuart

PR, Events, Marketing & Admin

Jodie runs the day to day of the QWA and is our part-time ‘everything’.  She is the lady who appears at the end of most emails, organises our events, manages the website and makes everything happen! With over 15 years experience in PR and marketing she is the perfect person to help us get QWA noticed, and drive more weddings in our beautiful region.  Jodie has also been a wedding celebrant and MC in Queenstown and Wanaka since 2015.

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Philippa Thomas

President

Philippa is our inspirational leader and the amazing president of the association.  She has also been a celebrant in Queenstown since 2015 when she moved here from Wellington with her husband and 3 kids. She loves all things weddings and has a particular passion for showcasing what Queenstown has to offer for people getting married from all over the world.

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Sarah Arkin

Vice President

Sarah is Director of Simply Perfect Weddings (Simply Perfect Events & Experiences). As a dedicated wedding planner, she has helped countless couples from near and far plan their perfect wedding day in the stunning surrounds of Queenstown. Sarah is VP of the QWA and overseas the development of new marketing initiatives, member workshops and oversight of social media activity. If you have any idea then please get in touch!

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Andy Thompson

Treasurer

Andy joined our committee in 2019 as our fabulous treasurer. He is also a director of In2Food, a catering company that has been delivering exceptional events over the last 16 years and exclusive caterer to Winehouse in Gibbston Valley. He moved to Queenstown in 2017 after a thirteen year stint in Melbourne managing liquor stores. Andy loves being able to assist in creating the perfect event on your wedding day to suit any budget. He believes that not only does the wedding process need thorough planning, but it can be whole lot of fun too!

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Michelle Dent

Secretary

Michelle brings a wealth of business and wedding knowledge to the QWA committee  and is our super star secretary!  She has been a wedding planner for over 20 years, first at Rydges Queenstown and now at Mercure Queenstown for the past 17 of those. She has enjoyed many different weddings ranging from Church to Celebrant, Traditional Maori and many same sex of late. She has enjoyed the many wonderful relationships she has built with Bride and Grooms from all over the world and the thrill of being such a trusted host of their special day.

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Charlotte Winkel

Events & Community Chair

Charlotte  is a creative marriage celebrant and wedding blogger who’s passionate about everything wedding and Queenstown related.  She runs a celebrant business called ‘Your Big Day’.

Charlotte’s role in the QWA committee is in the social side and development of events. The new integration of community engagement is one of her passions and ‘giving back’ is where her creative and nurturing personality shines through!

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Carla Mitchell

New Members Chair

Carla is business owner of Carla Mitchell Photography and has been shooting here in Queenstown since 2015. With her passion for beautiful landscapes and working in a fun and relaxed environment, Carla is the perfect friendly face to welcome you as a new QWA member and help integrate you into our ever growing network of Queenstown wedding industry professionals. The QWA is committed to continuous improvement, so if you have ideas for added benefits to QWA members speak to Carla today.

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Kate Roberge

Workshop Chair

Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Kate moved to New Zealand, because why the hell not?! She describes herself as awkward, a strange mix of an extrovert and introvert, who is adamant that the Canadian Tuxedo is the coolest thing ever . Kate is a our workshop chair and helps us develop lots of great workshops to help develop our members businesses.  When she isn’t busy helping us she can be found running her own business, which is being a local wedding photographer.

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Lindsay Woods

Membership Chair

Lindsay is our extremely vibrant and fun Membership Chair. His role with the committee is to make sure you are getting the most out of your QWA membership.  He is also part of the fabulous LA Social Club band and an amazing entertainer.

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