About our Team
Nifty Nuptials 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. We have been in the game since 2011 and have literally thousands of ceremonies under our belts.
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. Fiona and Gray, our registered officiants, are designated by the South African Department of Home Affairs, designation numbers CU119, and CU252.
We look forward to working with you to help you to achieve your desired outcomes.
Marriage Officer Fiona Bowden
Fiona Bowden (nee Briggs) (CU119), founder of Nifty Nuptials, lives in Ballito on the North Coast of Natal in South Africa, where she worked as a Spiritual Counselor before turning her energies toward a stronger calling - that of Marriage Officiant, Civil Celebrant.
Coming from a more Spiritual than Religious angle, she has always had the ability to find the spiritual in any natural situation and is accepting of all faiths and combinations thereof. As a Celebrant, Fiona is friendly, professional, positive, humorous and very able, performing all types of ceremonies with class, presence and aplomb. Her popularity with all genres of couples has seen her perform over 1400 ceremonies since 2011, so you can be confident you’re in experienced and professional hands. She has a true servant’s heart, and serving others on the most important day of their lives is something she considers to be a great blessing. She has spoken in auditoriums, ballrooms, conference rooms, gymnasiums, halls, outdoors in high winds, rain and unbearable heat, chapels 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 most intimate moment on the threshold of this new couples’ lives together. My favourite part of the wedding ceremony is when the Bride enters the room and the Groom sees her for the first time. That unspoken interaction and look of love is what makes it all worthwhile. Knowing that I had a part in bringing them together in marriage thrills and humbles me. There is no greater joy than seeing two souls united in sacred marriage. Nothing is more powerful and spiritual than this union.”
Fiona is available for phone, email, and in-person consultations and proudly serves the LGBTQI community.
Marriage Officer Gray Bowden
Gray Bowden, (CU252) husband and business partner of Nifty Nuptials Founder, Fiona, is a practicing corporate pilot with a 44-year career in aviation spanning the world, and with over 16,000 hours of airline, corporate and ambulance flying behind him. Through his years as an ambulance pilot / paramedic, he has learned lessons in compassion and sensitivity. Through the sudden and unexpected loss of his beloved wife to a cerebral aneurysm in 2013, Gray gained a crash course in valuable life lessons brought about by that tragic experience. Since meeting Fiona in late 2017, and from escorting her to many of her weddings, Gray has been affected by the joy and love elicited by these human moments, which inspired him to undertake the required studies in matrimonial law culminating in his recent qualification as a licensed marriage officer. With his life experience and very strong administrative aptitude, he brings additional skill sets into our organization that will add value to the services we offer.
Gray is an energetic, open-minded, respectful and genuine person who has a good variety of diverse life experience to call upon, who respects Humanist principles and considers himself honoured to be invited to play a part as Officiant in your special day.
Gray is available for phone, email, and in-person consultations and proudly serves the LGBTQI community.
In-house Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist
We are proud to be associated with Ashton Van Biljon, an exceptionally creative and detail-oriented makeup artist for all occasions, specialising in weddings. With more than 15 years of experience and a background in preparing performers for stage, photography shoots, fashion shows, music videos and film appearances. Ashton graduated with a level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Makeup, was the UK National Champion Bridal Makeup Artist in 2012 as well as Student of The Year at Stamford College in the UK. She has done make up for many Brides as well as Magazines, Fashion Shows, Films, Photo Shoots and Music Videos. Ashton has a passion for Make Up and strongly believes in rendering high standards and professional service. Why not let Ashton make you the fairy-tale bride you’ve always dreamed of being?
Attorney / Conveyancer
Meet Wade Rogers - Ballito Attorney.
Probably one of the single most efficient attorney in the country, Wade has worked tirelessly and expertly in his field since being admitted as an Attorney of the High Courts of South Africa in 2010.
Following years of a successful career as a litigation attorney, he joined a firm which specialised in conveyancing to pursue his passion of conveyancing and property law. He has since opened his own firm, Rogers Attorneys in Ballito, KZN.
He is a family man, that enjoys off-road riding in his free time and finds great satisfaction in helping others. Wade Lives in Ballito with his wife Belinda and two children, Troy and Taylor.
“If You Are Working On Something That You Really Care About, You Don’t Have To Be Pushed. The Vision Pulls You.” – Steve Jobs
Wade believes that Steve Jobs truly captured some of the wisdom of life in this statement. Do what you are passionate about and your work will feel effortless.
Contact Wade for more info: Milkwood Lane, Salt Rock, Ballito, KZN
Call : 087 152 3294 Mon to Fri: 8.00 AM – 4.00 PM
Notary / Attorney / Conveyencer etc
Need to have your pre-nup drawn up? Our legal expert, Delia Reardon, can assist. Delia qualified with a BA LLB from the University of Pietermaritzburg, Natal in 1998 then practiced as an attorney at Shepstone and Wylie attorneys in litigation and then Webber Wentzel Bowens attorneys in Johannesburg in their commercial department.
She also completed her MBA at the University of Cape Town in 1999, receiving the Allan Gray Strategy prize. She then joined the Project and Infrastructure Finance Department of Investec Bank in Sandton, Johannesburg for 6 years (2000-2006), as senior legal advisor.
Delia left Investec in 2007 to start her own business providing project finance and PPP consulting services in the name of Inkuma Project Finance Consulting CC, working both for private and public sector clients in Johannesburg and the SADC region. Some of her clients were DBSA, Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority, Old Mutual and she has extensive experience in the renewable energy sector.
In 2014 Delia relocated to the North Coast and for 3 years she was a board member of the KZN Growth Fund. She then requalified as a Notary and Conveyancer and now practices for her own account as Delia Reardon Attorneys in Salt Rock, specialising in notary work and conveyancing. She has a clear understanding of the commercial requirements of Property work having spent time as a consultant in the conveyancing department of Barkers Attorneys before setting up her own practice.
After relocating from the bustling city of Johannesburg, Delia is loving the quieter coastal lifestyle and has many exciting doors opening for her as she grows her business on the beautiful Dolphin Coast.
Contact Delia directly for further info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 082 780 7934, or see her website at deliajayattorneys.co.za
In-house Lifestyle Coach
Premarital coaching with our in-house coach, Carrie Nidd. Carrie is an ICF accredited life coach, a Jai Parenting coach, and a STAR Leadership coach with a degree in industrial and general psychology. Beyond her qualifications, she has learned how to connect to people from all walks of life and all ages. Specialising in relationship coaching and especially focusing on pre-marital coaching, Carrie’s pre-marital course will set you up for a lifetime of marital bliss.
Carrie says: "Coaching is a conversation with purpose, structure, and no bullsh*t. Bullsh*t being anything other than YOU and the information that will support YOU in getting the clarity YOU need. I am not a consultant or mentor and in no way here to tell you how your life should be, and I don’t diagnose or offer quick fixes. I’m here to take you on a deep and personal journey into your own life. The insights and value gained through doing this work are what matters, this is what will cause shifts to occur in your life that's sustainable. Meaning, the thinking that created your current reality will be challenged, reviewed, and renewed!
This work is what matters and when it's done, it is something NO ONE CAN TAKE AWAY FROM YOU. You own it for life. It follows you through each and every challenge life can throw at you and you wear it like a superpower.
ARE YOU READY to find your superpower?"