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.
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, our registered officiant is designated by the South African Department of Home Affairs, designation number CU119.
Marriage Officer Fiona Bowden
Intro by Stephanie Van Der Plank of Women & Home Magazine:
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.
Having developed her counseling skills through various techniques both locally and internationally, she spent 12 years building up a reputation as a sympathetic counselor with a regular, dedicated international and varied clientele. She regularly consulted to highly influential people, entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, celebrities amongst others, assisting them with key decisions and providing advice on steps they could take to enhance their lives on every level.
She has specialised in holistic brain training, motivational speaking, marriage guidance, trauma counseling, goal setting and spiritual awareness. She has traveled extensively across the globe, 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 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 and presence. 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 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.”
Support & Logistics
Gray, husband and business partner of Nifty Nuptials Founder, Fiona, takes care of admin, support & logistics and is indispensable in playing important roles behind the scenes. Without him our wheels would not turn as smoothly as they do.
In-house Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist
We are proud to be associated with Ashton Van Biljon, an exceptionally creative and detail-oriented Make Up 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 Make Up, 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?
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?"