Originally from East Gippsland, I began working in the wedding industry in Melbourne in my early 20’s and quickly fell in love with the concept of Civil Ceremonies. My friends started to marry and their celebrants were lovely, but a lot didn’t really seem a good ‘fit’. And that’s why I decided to become a celebrant: because weddings should be as unique as the people getting married.
Many couples tell me that I made it so easy for them in the lead up to their wedding day because of my relaxed and happy nature. I am honest, friendly, fun, creative and professional and get huge satisfaction out of designing the perfect ceremony for each of my couples.
I have been a Marriage Celebrant since 2008 and officiating ceremonies has taken me to some stunning places – from sunrise ceremonies in Dinner Plains to black tie surprise ceremonies at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne, Metung, Portsea, Walhalla, Mallacoota, Phillip Island and Black Mountain, to name a few. I am happy to travel and welcome any query no matter where/when/what time you are thinking….
Please feel free to call me to discuss your ceremony options and I will happily send you all the relevant information (obligation free).
When we meet, please bring with you (originals, not copies) of:
If you have any problem getting these documents, please get in touch before we meet, and we can work something out.
The earliest you can get married is one month after submitting a Notice of Intent to Marry. This can be shortened, but only in these cases:
“Your ceremony is a celebration. A celebration of love, of commitment, of friendship, of family, and of two people who are in it for forever.”
Weddings traditionally go on and on and on. I personally don’t think weddings should be quick, but they should take as long as it takes to celebrate your marriage, and not a moment more. Everyone’s different, so your ceremony could take a few minutes or it could take a day.
There’s no right or wrong way to get married. As long as the 124 legally required words are included and you have two witnesses, you can be as creative as you like! But whether you’re planning an intimate affair, or something grander, I can help tailor your day to make it exactly what you want.
Fully customised ceremony, written just for you. This can be any format or theme you want, and is ALL about you – personal, heartfelt and a time to share your love with those closest to you.
Customised ceremony, but short and sweet – perfect if you don’t like being in the limelight. Also great for a second wedding or something at short notice.
Sometimes it’s good to get away from it all. For whatever reason, as long as you have two witnesses, you’re good to go.
Celebrate an anniversary, or a reunion, with a renewal of your vows.
Celebrate your relationship with a commitment ceremony. Not only for same-sex couples.
In regards to the actual Marriage Vows themselves, the following words must be used in a civil marriage.
“I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, A.B. (or C.D.), take thee, C.D. (or A.B.), to be my lawful wedded wife (or husband, or spouse )” or words to that effect, such as “partner in marriage”
You may add your own words before or after these words, but the act of saying these words is a major component of the ceremony conducted by Commonwealth authorised marriage celebrants who conduct civil ceremonies, or Registry Office celebrants.
“I am duly authorised by law to solemnise marriages according to law.
Before you are joined in marriage in my presence and in the presence of these witnesses, I am to remind you of the solemn and binding nature of the relationship into which you are now about to enter.
Marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union of two people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.”