My CELEBRANT HISTORY:
I was appointed in 1995, and until June 2015, have been the mentor
for the many of the new NQ Celebrants, as well as being the NQ
delegate on the Federal board of Celebrant Stakeholders and the
liaison person between the Queensland Births, Deaths and Marriages
Dept., and the celebrants of NQ. I am a full-time celebrant, and I
do go out of my way to help you with whatever plans you are thinking
about or have already made. I have been most fortunate to have been
invited to officiate at weddings in the Blue Mountains of NSW,
Sydney, Brisbane and even the beautiful Fraser Island. I just love
my work as a celebrant and have formed strong friendships with many
of my couples.
Do look at my ‘ABOUT KAY’ page to give you a little indication of my
personality and interests as well – even about my love of
bushwalking, travel, natural beauty, the desert and rainforests - to
make sure we are suited! The rapport we create from the start is
vital to ensuring a happy and involved ceremony.
As from 09 December 2017, there
have been changes to legislation regarding Marriage in Australia.
The right to marry under Australian law will no longer be determined
by sex or gender is the fundamental principle being adhered to by
the Australian Government and the majority of the population, so is
a moment in Australia’s history to be celebrated. I have been
involved in the consultations regarding marriage for all couples for
some time and in 2015, was appointed a Qld Civil Partnership Notary
for couples wishing to register their partnership in Qld, not only
for the sake of their loving commitment, but also for legal reasons.
I am conversant in all aspects of
the New Legislation and would be happy to be your celebrant on your
special and long-awaited day of your Marriage. Of course, if you still only wanted a Commitment and not a legal marriage, then again,
I would be delighted to help.
HOW I CAN HELP YOU:
One of my ‘key’ factors is that I ask that you to either write me a
few lines about yourselves, or complete the 'About Us' form I give
you, just so that I can write a ceremony that will be absolutely
relevant to you. No two ceremonies are the same. You will also have
a wide range of Vows, Ring words and Readings to choose from, and
you can choose any of mine, change them around, or be inspired to
write your own.
If we have already met in the weeks/months before, I would have
picked up on many aspects of your being together and the journey you
have already taken. For instance if you already have a family, or
been together for quite some time this is an important aspect. So
rest assured that by the day of your wedding, all these points will
have been accounted for and will have helped me to write that
There will be no unexpected ‘surprises’ at the ceremony, and
everything will run smoothly because we have both worked together to
make your day as memorable as possible. But of course, if there is a
little hitch (perhaps the little flower girl has had second
thoughts!) then these will just make the day, not spoil it.
It is important also, that your celebrant is a person you can relax
and enjoy a laugh with. But just as important is to know that you
are in good, and well-experienced hands. By the time of your wedding
day, all the legal documentation will have been taken care of, you
would have received and made your ceremony choices and sent them
back to me 3-4 weeks before your wedding, so that I can have your
ceremony almost finished by the time of our last meeting, and all
the finer details (wishes and instructions) would have been noted
and acted upon.
I am committed to making your ceremony one that will reflect your
interests, your values and vision, and your personalities. I am
friendly, attentive, organized and professional. To me it is
important that you have chosen a celebrant who is in tune with you,
and your guests. I speak almost as much to them as I do to you,
because I regard their presence as an integral part of your
Over the years too, I have helped couples from ethnic and indigenous
backgrounds to celebrate their marriages according to their own
rituals and beliefs.
Aside from the photos on this website, you will find that in your
wedding photos, you will very rarely find me in them. I am very
conscious of not ‘imposing’ myself into your special moments.
My ceremonies are always relaxed and happy occasions for everyone.
If you are a local couple, we can arrange a meeting at a place and
time convenient for us both – either of our homes or coffee in the
If you are coming from outside of Cairns and arriving by plane, I
quite often arrange to be there waiting for you at the Airport
Terminal – nice to be greeted by a familiar face. All the Ceremony
choices would have been sent back to me well before then, over the
weeks or months before, and by email or phone, we would have sorted
out all the plans for the day, you would have received Guides to
help, and there will only be original documents to sight of
everything you had scanned, and the Declaration to sign that is your
legal Statement that there are no legal reasons why you cannot
North Queensland is a safe destination with so many options and so
much to see.
There are -
GREAT BEACHES - (I do have a couple of favourite ones that
are away from the ‘touristy’ spots and crowds) – Council permits
need to be acquired.
ST. MARY’S CHAPEL BY THE SEA IN PORT DOUGLAS - I just love
the authenticity and simplicity of this little wooden Chapel. If
only it could speak! It is one of the oldest timber buildings still
standing in North Qld., and has a rich history. I have been
fortunate over the years to officate at hundreds of weddings in this
THE ATHERTON TABLELANDS with its waterfalls, green rolling
hills dotted by dairy cows, lakes and rainforest.
PARKS - these also require a Council permit but worth it.
PRIVATE HOMES AND GARDENS – always special to have a couple
being married in their own environment.
RESORTS – of your own choosing.
- Renewal of Vows
SO WHAT ARE THE FIRST STEPS?
Firstly, once you have looked over the website and feel comfortable
with what you have read you can then contact me to see if I am
available at firstname.lastname@example.org , or you can give me a
You would need to read carefully the LEGALTIES page of this website.
If you are a Local resident, we will arrange a meeting and take care
of the initial documentation including the signing of the NOTICE OF
If you are from outside of Cairns, once the booking is confirmed and
the NOTICE OF INTENDED MARRIAGE is downloaded, witnessed by the
correct authorities, (in your area) and emailed to me with all the
relevant supporting documents (See Legalities Page on this Website)
and I have officially lodged your proposed marriage document, I will
then send you your Ceremony choices, About Us sheet, and a Ceremony
Detail Sheet which is ‘my picture’ for the day – whether you have 6
or 60 guests.
I realise this is an important part of your planning and budgeting,
but it is important for you to be aware that my fee is fair and
based upon the fact that I spend approximately 10-12 hours per
wedding and I do go ‘the extra mile’ in helping you. I cannot give
you here an estimate because every wedding is different. There may
also be a minimal additional fee for travelling outside the Cairns
area. I do not keep a deposit because in 24 years, I have never kept
one in the sad case of a cancellation. But I do give you an Invoice
and Service Agreement at the start, which is your guarantee that
your wedding is booked with me. And whether your ceremony is very
small and simple, or more formal and involved, the amount of
paperwork is still the same.
HELPING YOU TO HELP YOURSELF:
If you are budget conscious, or just wish to arrange things
yourself, I don’t mind helping you with suggestions of suppliers,
but I leave it to you to make the contacts.
So if after reading all of this, I do hope that it has answered most
of your questions and concerns, and I really do look forward to
hearing from you. Email or Mobile phone is generally best.