Weddings

How wonderful that you have decided to be married! There is so much to think of and to do, and choosing the right celebrant for you is one of the most important things.

Many couples do not know where to begin with their ceremony and the paperwork involved, so that is where I come in. I am here to assist you with all of this and to be beside you throughout in order to make it all as simple as possible for you both.  As an experienced celebrant, I have many ideas to share to make your ceremony unique and memorable for you and your guests. It is very important that the ceremony reflects your wishes and your personalities. After the ceremony is written, it is e mailed to the parties to ensure that the ceremony is exactly as they want it to be.

Situated in Eynesbury, I mainly work in the Outer West of Melbourne, particularly in the areas of Melton, Bacchus Marsh, Caroline Springs, Tarneit, Werribee, Plumpton, Sunbury, Myrniong and of course, Eynesbury. However I am always willing to travel to your preferred destination.

Should you have a Celtic (Scottish or Irish) heritage, it can be lovely to incorporate elements to reflect this and I have an interest in ceremonies of this nature. Imagine kilts, bagpipes and Celtic traditions and vows. Beautiful! You can include wedding traditions from all over the world and I very much enjoy learning about them all.

I am a firm believer in the institution of marriage and in marriage equality for all.

I will assure you a very personalised service for a moderate and fully inclusive fee and have many lovely testimonials that you are welcome to see which may help you with your decision.

You are most welcome to meet with me for an obligation- free chat about your special day.

“Walking with your hands in mine and mine in yours, that’s exactly where I want to be always.” —Fawn Weaver

Commitment Ceremonies

This ceremony is very similar to a wedding ceremony, but without the legal documents and requirements. Unlike a marriage, there is no official recognition of these ceremonies.

Couples who do not wish to formalise their relationship in a legal sense, may express their commitment to one another, either privately of before family and friends, in a Commitment Ceremony.

Such celebrations are also appropriate for gay couples who wish to express their love and commitment to one another, but are unable to marry under current laws.

A commemorative certificate will be presented to the couple and a personalised ceremony, as simple or elaborate as the couple desires, will be created.

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Same Sex Marriages

Congratulations to LGBTIQ couples who now share the rights of others in our community!
You finally have the public recognition that you deserve and the ability to make official the union that has already taken place in your hearts.

You may wish to formalise the commitment that you may already have made. I have several couples wishing to do just that who are using my wedding room for small and intimate gatherings.

I believe in equality for all and would be delighted to be invited to work with you to create a wonderful, personalised ceremony.

“To know and love one other human being is the root of all wisdom.”
From Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

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Naming Days

Some parents now choose to have a Naming Day in preference to a religious Christening ceremony. These celebrations are to formally name and welcome babies and young children into their families. Older children may also have naming ceremonies. I have also performed Namings for adults who have changed their name.

I always encourage parents, grandparents and others special to the child to play a part in the ceremony, perhaps by doing a reading or performing a ritual, such as candle lighting. I have many ideas to share that will make the ceremony personal and centred on the guest of honour.

As with Christenings, godparents or guardians are traditionally appointed during the Naming Ceremony. Decorative certificates are presented to the godparents / guardians and to the children to commemorate the occasion.

Children are seedlings in the garden of life.
They need sunshine and warmth
when they are cold and sad;
They need water and nourishment
when they are thirsty and hungry.
They need attention and care,
when they are challenged by life.
And the need to be loved, appreciated
and held in awe of their potential,
to be unique, beautiful and like no other.

- From The Garden of Life” by Maggie Dent.

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Renewal of Vows

Couples frequently choose to renew their wedding vows to celebrate a significant anniversary and to share this celebration with family and friends. Some couples have, for various reasons, had a marriage ceremony that was not able to be shared with others, such as an overseas wedding or have had a basic ceremony because of illness, imminent travel etc. A Renewal of Vows Ceremony enables the couple to celebrate their commitment to one another with others who are special to them.

Sometimes, a marriage has faced difficulties that have been overcome and couples like to celebrate their rekindled love for one another with a Renewal.

A Renewal of Vows Certificate is presented to the couple and, as with weddings, I will write a personalised ceremony to ensure that it is memorable and meaningful.

“Grow old along with me; the best is yet to be.” —Robert Browning

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Celebrating Milestones

Celebrations of significant birthday milestones are gaining popularity. A ‘This is Your Life’ style presentation is wonderful at a 70th or 80th Birthday. I consult with families, prepare the document and conduct the ceremony. The ‘history’ is presented to the guest of honour as a commemorative keepsake.

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