My role as a Civil Celebrant

Is there a ‘Special Occasion’ on the horizon for you and your family?
Are you looking to mark the occasion with a distinctive celebration?

Hello there!
I love my work as an Authorised Celebrant as I’m entrusted with the honour and joy of working with people at significant times in their lives- be it a Baby Naming, a House Blessing, a Marriage or Commitment Ceremony or a Memorial or Funeral to celebrate the life of a loved one.
These are the times we gather to reflect lovingly on the one or the couple who mean so much to us. I believe that it is important that life is celebrated in all its diversity- life, love and loss, -surrounded by those people with whom we live our days and support us with their presence, their love, their understanding, actions and their words.
The need to celebrate, to be involved in ritual is ingrained in our psyche, allowing us to express ourselves in the way we see fit. As I write tonight I’m thinking of all those celebrating at the football, following a particular code rich in ritual. As each of us is unique, is different, our ideas on how we want to celebrate life will vary.
I can help you celebrate life in all its diversity in the way that best reflects your values, your style.
I’d love to help you!

Life

 

LIFE Isn’t it amazing that a baby in any room quickly becomes the focus of everyone’s attention? We are drawn to their fragile vitality and promise, excited to welcome a new member to our family.

A baby naming is a wonderful celebration of the arrival of a new life, bringing together family and friends who will nurture and support the little one and the family, delighting in the emerging individual personality and each milestone achieved, nurturing, guiding and protecting them along life’s journey. These kinds of celebrations have been around for centuries in many cultures.

As a Celebrant for all family and civil occasions I can offer you Naming Ceremonies for your new bundle of joy. A Naming Service can occur shortly after the arrival or when the child is older. Bringing the family and friends together to celebrate this occasion also brings recognition of the importance and contribution of family and community in the life of the newborn.

Of course, there are many other moments of life we can choose to honour with a celebration – birthdays, a new home, a special achievement, blending of families or retirement. Formal or informal occasions marking the significance of a special event- a great excuse for a party!

Weddings, Ceremonies, Gatherings, Reflections, Mansfield Celebrant, Victoria
Love

 

LOVE If you’re reading this as a couple preparing to marry – warmest congratulations on your pending marriage and the fact you wish to celebrate your love!

My services also cover Commitment Ceremonies and Renewal of Marriage Vows – we are celebrating and honouring love! Not sure how to go about your Marriage or Commitment ceremony? I’m your North East and High Country based Wedding Celebrant based at Bonnie Doon just near Mansfield.

I just love being a Marriage Celebrant! As such I’m entrusted with the honour and pleasure of meeting and working closely with couples, like you, in such a special time in your lives.

You may want to celebrate your love for each other with family and friends, or you may prefer an intimate ceremony with a small number of guests, or simply the two of you in a private ceremony. It’s your choice.

With my experience, specialty knowledge and resources I work with you in a relaxed manner to create and fine tune an awesome Ceremony designed just for you!

Working as an Authorised Celebrant is a joy -I love helping you explore the countless ways you can make this ceremony a real celebration of your love, include some fun, and then lead it in a warm, engaging, professional manner.

This means that you, your family and friends will be left with wonderful memories to treasure for a lifetime – the happiest day of your lives.
If you’d like to know more I look forward to chatting with you

Loss

 

LOSS For many years I have been assisting people with creating moving ceremonies to mark the loss of a loved family member.

I find this privileged time to gently and sensitively work with the family; a priceless experience as I come to learn the essence of each person, valuing the relationships they formed and experiences shared as we harness the myriad memories formed and treasured.

While being sensitive to the family’s grief, the essential qualities of the loved one are drawn together to create a deserving, honest and memorable thanksgiving; a fitting celebration of their life, their personality and experiences.

By giving a voice to their sorrow many families find this a very helpful process to assist them feeling with their grief. Family and friends appreciate the opportunity to gather to show their support and honour the person they have loved and known and to share their memories.

As some people now consider how they wish to approach the end of their life, they may wish to plan for their funeral or memorial to ease the pain on their loved ones and ensure their wishes are honoured. I’m available to help you and work with you to design your ideal send off.

I’d be honoured to accompany you at this difficult time and to create together a ceremony which truly honours the life lived and the love shared.

Couples’ Comments

  • I cannot recommend Mary Anne enough. She invested so much time in getting to know us and understand what we wanted on our special day and she was so amazing on the day. Thank you so much Mary Anne!

    Kristy P.
  • I highly recommend Mary Anne she is absolutely gorgeous! Mary Anne completed our wedding day with her great sense of humour to go with her kind and gentle way. She gave us wonderful ideas for our ceremony set up and took her time getting to know everyone. It was an absolute pleasure having such a lovely person be part of our special day.

    Jayne & Mark
  • We highly recommend Mary Anne as a marriage celebrant. She organised and delivered a wonderful ceremony at our recent wedding (April, 2017). Mary Anne was organised, spoke clearly, provided very helpful resources and delivered an incredibly heartfelt, and at times humorous ceremony. We are so appreciative of her time and expertise in making our ceremony so special. Mary Anne provided resources for us to include our story in the ceremony and selected sections that made our ceremony incredibly personal and special to is, our family and friends. We were also very appreciative of Mary Anne including an inclusive statement in our ceremony which was important to us. Thank you!

    Sarah & Andy
  • We appreciated the effort Mary Anne put into knowing our bridal party and family members. Mary Anne made us feel very relaxed and we were very happy with the content of our ceremony. It is very obvious that Mary Anne is extremely passionate about what she does and is very professional. Thank you.

    Kiesha & Daniel