In October 2008 I was living on Tassies East Coast and became a registered Civil Marriage Celebrant. Now 10 years later after moves to Launceston, Noosa and a brief stint in Indonesia, I'M BACK!
Not a lot has changed here, it remains breathtakingly beautiful, lost in time and totally chill. I still cant believe my morning beach walks are usually on a deserted 5km stretch of stunning beach!!
So lovers, if you are looking for an experienced, professional Celebrant to perform your Wedding in Tasmania, then my diary is totally free, for now anyway :)
I am offering a $200 off a full priced Marriage Ceremony to the first 5 couples who book me so I can get some names down on my new Equality reflecting Marriage Register.
If you need to know anything at all about Weddings, Sacred Ceremonies etc. my advice is free and remember,
All you need is love xx
Recently I performed my 150th (Legally Recognised in Australia) Marriage Ceremony. How blessed I am to be earning a living doing what I love in a business that I love which is all about love! Ha!
That number would be a lot higher if I was able to count all the beautiful couples I have joined in perfect bliss, but who were not able to be legally wed due to outdated prejudiced laws. Our current Marriage Act is dated 1961!
Sure there have been amendments but I will dance with joy on the day they amend the line that I am legally obligated to read which states that "Marriage, according to law in Australia, is between a Man and a Woman...."
Anyway, there's my rant on Marriage Equality. I really hope the law is changed and I can count same sex couples in on my next 150!
Thank you so much to everyone who makes my job such a joy. There are so many wonderful Wedding Professionals and Service Providers out there and I look forward to meeting many more beautiful couples.
It is so true that..
Love is All You Need xx
So, I am many things other than a Celebrant. Won't go on about how amazing my life is and what Ive achieved here but I will talk to you about my faith. I am a spiritual person, not a Buddhist or a New Ager or a Spiritualist, though I do resonate with them, I am simply me - being connected to spirit, Mother Earth and the collective soul on this planet.
If I had to have a label, it would be Shaman -a modern Shaman Medicine Woman.
A definition is tricky but the website shamanism.com resonates with me.
ASPECTS OF SHAMANISM......
CONNECTION WITH NATURE
Shamanism stems from nature itself. Shamanic practices tap into the power Mother Earth has to offer and the ancient indigenous teachings are derived from the simple truths of nature.
HEALING OF SELF & COMMUNITY
Shamanism is not only concerned with the health of the individual, but also with the health of the entire community. This includes all people, plants, animals, and all of life.
Daily spiritual practice allows for the continued and exponential growth of both body and soul. The goal is to create internal and external harmony with all creation.
PILGRIMAGE TO SACRED PLACES
Learning to approach and connect with sacred places is an intrinsic part of shamanism. By honoring natural wonders such as rivers, lakes, mountains, and caves, we reawaken and invigorate the energy of the land.
VISION & CEREMONY
Ceremonies to honor the spirits of nature help promote harmony and balance. The path of shamanism never ends. It is believed that so long as these ceremonies continue, the world will go on.
So as well as contemporary, boho style and traditional church style Marriage Ceremonies, I really enjoy performing Sacred Marriage Ceremonies. This can be a partial element to an otherwise normal ceremony or a full blown yet still legal Wedding.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A SACRED MARRIAGE CEREMONY?
Ask me!... or read my next blog! :)
till then remember....
All you need is love xx
The Beach Wedding Ceremony
Are they really worth all that sand, wind, noisy surf and relentless sun? Statistics and this Celebrant say YES! They make up about 75% of all my ceremonies and I love them.
Ceremonies in wide wild open spaces have their challenges for sure but for me the ocean is full of life with its give and take, rise and fall, calm and stormy but always beautiful and full of endless possibility.
So if you love the sun and the surf, consider a Beach Ceremony and contact me to see if Im available, can you picture your ceremony here?
This Wedding Ceremony set up was styled by Lovebird Weddings.
So I've been navigating Google Ads lately, it does my head in but its necessary if you want to be found. There is so much to learn to be an effective and efficient advertiser!
Anyway, you get to see what search terms people are using to find what they want and I discovered that the question "How much does a Celebrant charge" is a very popular one, so Im going to address it.
Who are the Celebrants?
Celebrants are trained professionals. We had to complete a certified course and apply to the Attorney General for registration. We pay an annual fee for the privilege of being a legally registered Celebrant, participate in 5 hours of compulsory professional development each year, pay for public and professional liability insurance, we are affiliated with at least one professional association and we spend lots of money on clothes and shoes!
So, what is the Bride and Groom paying for?
Personally, I value my profession and professionalism, my time and myself. I am proud of the quality of service, attention to detail and the care that I provide my couples and I honour the trust they have in me to deliver a perfect Wedding Ceremony.
You pay for an experienced Celebrant who knows how to deliver a ceremony and keep it flowing.
A Celebrants job is to hear your needs, support your vision and ensure that all the legal requirements are met so you are confident and as relaxed as possible on your Wedding day. Meetings, writing the ceremony, rehearsal, PA system, the pressure to perform on the day - it can be hectic sometimes.
How much does a Celebrant charge?
It varies of course, the same as all other Wedding professionals. My prices are displayed on my website though some enquiries receive adjusted quotes. The main thing to remember is that big or small, long or short, when a Celebrant does their thing, she/he is judged on his/her ability to deliver a heartfelt and professional Ceremony, not how cheap they were.
In this industry, like most others, you get what you pay for.
I love my job and...
Love is all you need.
I shared more than a birthday with this gorgeous Spring Bride. Turns out we both have excellent choice in men, friends, mountain hideaways and gluten free platters!
Last Saturday I drove to the Glasshouse Mountains to marry Cathy and Joe, who met through their love of dancing.
Thunder cracked just as the ceremony started and clouds rolled over the magnificent Mount Tibrogargan. Guests were safe inside the outdoor patio area and the threatening atmosphere only added to the magic of the day. Family and long time friends travelled from afar and the local dance and archery communities came together to support Joe and Cathy.
It was such an honour for me to get to know these two and to share in their special day and I wish Joe and Cathy (the Archer and the Bowman) much happiness for the rest of their lives.
I have learnt never to take life or its experiences for granted, endings come, new beginnings will always follow and life goes on.
I am ALWAYS grateful for every gift and every challenge that life presents.
All you need is love xx
I, the undersigned Australian celebrant, write to express my support for Marriage Equality.
Australian celebrants are privileged to share in a unique celebration of love when couples make formal and legal commitments to each other. We can see that the joy of the moment extends far beyond the couple making the commitment and also includes their families, friends and communities.
In contemporary Australia, however, some couples are denied the opportunity to share the joy of this moment. As marriage equality is not recognised, couples in same-sex relationships do not enjoy the same rights and are not treated with the same dignity as other Australians.
As a celebrant, I believe I have an important role to play in promoting inclusion and tolerance. I support diversity in society and recognise the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Australians to marry. Denying celebrants the ability to marry same-sex couples also impinges on our individual freedom.
I believe the rights and liberties of all individuals are sacrosanct. They are essential in the creation of a healthy, harmonious and open society. An equitable society, free of discrimination, allows all members to function at their best. Legalised discrimination in one area allows discrimination to flourish in all areas.
Australia is a robust democracy with a proud history of social reform. This should continue, with all citizens being treated equally, including those who are currently excluded from the institution of marriage.
Australians are increasingly supportive of marriage equality, with a recent Crosby Textor survey showing seventy-two percent of Australians are in favour of same sex couples marrying. This overwhelming level of support should be reflected with legal change.
Globally, over twenty countries have passed laws to allow same sex marriage, including countries that are culturally similar to ours like New Zealand, the United States of America, Canada, and Great Britain. These countries did so with lower support for marriage equality than Australia is seeing right now.
On 22 May 2015, the Republic of Ireland held a referendum to sanction same sex marriage. A Yes vote was supported by the Government, all major political parties and the voters themselves.
On 26 June 2015, the U.S. Supreme court returned a judgement in favour of legalising same sex marriage across all 50 states.
These two events see Australia isolated amongst countries with English as a first language.
Marriage is a celebration that joins people together and denying same-sex couples this opportunity limits us as a society. Equal Marriage is the only truly fair. It will create a climate where the bonds of love and commitment are recognised equally and celebrated widely.
The ability to make equal commitments is fair and just. Discrimination is not.
Reg. No. A10342
Love is all you need xx
I am so grateful to this beautiful couple Andrew and Mariia.
They shared with me their love story, expressed their Wedding Day wishes and then invited me to be their Celebrant. How special it was for me to witness the pure joy of the bond they share and the love expressed in the vows they exchanged last Sunday, standing in the waves at Peregian Beach.
It has been a tough journey to here and to becoming husband and wife, but love wins again!
I believe this photo that my daughter Jae took captures the rapture perfectly.
The Wedding was also blessed by a pair of Brahminy Kites, or Red Backed Sea Eagles, who seemed to appear out of nowhere. They flew directly overhead and then just above the breaking waves, started the tumbling aerial spectacular of their mating dance!
Ive performed a few Weddings that have been blessed by Sea Eagles before and even Dolphins, but the mating dance of two life bonded Eagles was indeed a spectacular testimony to the love Mariia and Andrew share.
I wish you both a long and love filled life together and thank you so much for engaging me as your Celebrant.
All you need is love xx
Dave Gleeson at SurfShots is Noosa's leading surfsports and beach lifestyle photographer.
He also shoots advertising imagery, real estate, casual family portraits and for some of my lucky clients,
Dave shoots weddings too! In other words, he shoots more than just surfers!!
Dave is the official photographer for Noosa Learn to Surf, the Noosa Festival of Surfing,
Sunshine Beach Surf Club and is also one of Tourism Noosa's preferred photographers.
If you're seeking a photographer to create awesome casual 'Noosa' style images for you,
he is available on a freelance basis anytime.
Dave caters for individuals or small groups and works with everyone he shoots to
capture the style of photos they want at a value for money price.
See more from Dave at www.surfshots.com.au
m. 0411 215 111 e. email@example.com
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