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 also has her own business ‘Married by Jodie’ and has been a celebrant/MC in Queenstown since 2015.    

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Tracey Maclaren


Tracey Maclaren is a permanent long term resident of Queenstown, currently residing in beautiful Arrowtown. She has enjoyed living and working in the Southern Lakes Distract for more than 23 years. She is a Justice of the Peace for New Zealand and more recently became a Marriage Celebrant for New Zealand. She is privileged to be able to offer her services to couples who come to Queenstown to be married, new their vows or join in civil union. Tracey is our ‘Fairy Godmother’ and sit’s in the President chair for the QWA overseeing the association and committee.

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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


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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Philippa Thomas


Philippa has been a celebrant in the Queenstown area for over 2 years now, having moved here from Wellington in 2015. 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. Philippa loves working with people to give them the wedding they want, no matter what that might be and regardless of their budget. She truly believes weddings should be fun, relaxed and enjoyable occasions and offers a young, fun approach to the wedding industry here in Queenstown. Philippa is our committee communications superstar and secretary!

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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. 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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Patrick Fallon

Member Development Chair

Patrick is a Queenstown Wedding Photographer who loves nothing better than spending time in our great big backyard whether it be downhill biking, walking, blogging, sometimes with a camera – but definitely with a coffee!! Patrick is the newest addition to our committee and is always up to date with how we can develop and grow the QWA, ensuring members are making the most of their membership.

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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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Michelle Dent

Committee Member

Michelle brings a wealth of business and wedding knowledge to the QWA committee !  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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