Where do you Start Planning an Amazing Wedding?
Think back to that moment when you said ‘Yes’ to each other… ‘Yes, I will marry you’. ‘Yes, to a life with you’. ‘Yes, to all the things’. ‘Yes, to forever’.
That beautiful, life-changing moment set the course for one of the most important days in your life together; your Wedding Day.
Now picture yourself standing with the love of your life on your big day. The look in their eyes as you say your marriage vows. The excitement as you slip your wedding rings onto each other’s fingers. Those memories are going to stay with you forever. So, keep that vision in mind as you start planning your wedding.
And the key to making your day unforgettable? It all comes down to the people around you. Your Wedding Team.
If you surround yourself with fantastic wedding professionals – people who are focused on the two of you, and expert at what we do, we’ll bring it together seamlessly for you. Because amazing weddings don’t happen by chance; they are created.
Choosing the Right Celebrant for You
As for where to start, here’s a little tip… Put “Choose a Marriage Celebrant” right up there at the top of your list, because your celebrant will play a huge role in bringing your perfect wedding to life.
You want someone you ‘click’ with (because chemistry is a big deal), and who will take the time to get to know you as a couple and to understand your wedding goals (because authenticity is an even bigger deal.)
If your Marriage Celebrant radiates calm and professionalism and inspires confidence in you, you’re well on your way to an amazing Wedding Day, with a ceremony that celebrates who you are as a couple.
“Lorraine is the best wedding celebrant in Brisbane! She is utterly professional, incredibly accommodating and very, very caring. She set the tone for our wedding through her beautiful delivery of our ceremony. So many people commented that our wedding ceremony was the best they had ever attended as it truthfully portrayed the bride and groom through her expert storytelling and gentle touches of humour. Lorraine, we will forever be indebted to you.” – Hannah and Chase
Relax & Laugh on Your Wedding Day
With eleven years’ experience as a Marriage Celebrant in South East Queensland, Sydney and beyond, I have had the honour of officiating hundreds of fabulous celebrations. What a joy!
Because I craft one-of-a-kind ceremonies just for my couples, each one has a feel all its own, reflecting the two awesome people it was created for. My style is relaxed, professional and eloquent, with a light-hearted twist of humour to create and celebrate those happy vibes.
You can put your trust in me to lead you through each and every step along the way, and to bring a sense of calm. My depth of experience will bring you peace of mind and take away the stress of the day for you, so you and your guests will feel relaxed and included. That’s what we all need on such an important day.
And being a highly experienced Marriage Celebrant, I can also help you along the way with all sorts of tips and suggestions, recommendations and referrals, and other nuggets that will make it easier for you to navigate your Wedding Planning journey.
So if you can imagine having a warm, professional and engaging Marriage Celebrant as part of your dream team for your Wedding Day, let’s book in a video chat and get to know each other. We’ll have so much fun, planning the perfect wedding ceremony for you!
Full-time Experienced Professional Celebrant
I can’t believe it’s been eleven years since I became a Marriage Celebrant. Time flies when you’re doing something you love!
The inspiration came from my experience of my own wedding with my hubby, Graham. We knew we didn’t want a ‘cookie cutter’ wedding ceremony, so I wrote ours, especially for us. Our friends and family were so overwhelmingly positive, telling us afterwards that it was ‘the best wedding they’d ever been to’, it lit a fire in me.
That’s why, after several years of caring for animals as a Veterinarian and working in the corporate world of animal health, I embarked on a completely new path in life, helping other couples have a unique experience on their own Wedding Day.
With a background focused on caring for others and a love of creative writing, I couldn’t think of a more appropriate role to combine passion and experience, than being a Marriage Celebrant.
And I love it when my two worlds come together, with couples including their ‘fur kids’ in their wedding celebrations. Have you noticed how popular this has become in recent years? Particularly with the advent of pet care services that specialise in bringing and caring for your pets during your wedding. Such an awesome idea!
Being a mum to three kids under 13, I have first hand experience of what to expect from little ones in all sorts of situations. So, we can have a realistic chat about meaningful ways to involve children in your wedding ceremony… including having a plan B in mind (and maybe a plan C as well) for when things don’t go quite follow plan A.
These are just a couple of teency examples of the many ways your wedding can be tailored to perfectly suit you. You can be sure I’ll go above and beyond to help you discover the possibilities, and work out what’s right for you.
Each and every time I’m invited to be part of a Wedding Day, I’m truly honoured. Each Marriage Ceremony reminds me of just how important this day is, in the scheme of a couple’s life. It’s the beginning of a whole new chapter in their love story.
Ours began fifteen years ago, and Gra and I are still adding pages. Our home is in Samford Valley, surrounded by beautiful hills and trees, and kept constantly messy by three kids and two adorably fluffy cats. It gives me the perfect spot to sit and create one-of-a-kind, handcrafted ceremonies… infinitely more fun than cleaning up after said kids and fluff-balls! 🙂
I travel all over Brisbane and beyond to officiate weddings. So, whether you’re dreaming of a Brisbane wedding, a Sunshine Coast wedding, Gold Coast wedding, hinterland wedding, Maleny wedding, Toowoomba wedding, Scenic Rim wedding, Tamborine Mountain wedding – or anywhere your imagination takes you – let’s see if the stars (or at least our calendars!) align.
Lorraine has true talent. The celebrant you choose can have such a huge impact on how your special day feels. We cannot praise and recommend her highly enough!
From the first coffee meet we had with Lorraine, we knew we had found what we were looking for. Very warm, friendly and professional, we knew we were in good hands.
Lorraine took the time to get to know us and our story, ensuring the ceremony on the day represented us and told our love story perfectly. All the little details are taken care of, so you can both enjoy your day.
Lorraine arrived early to get my flower girls in order, made sure the groomsmen were buttonholed and prepped, and spoke with ease. There was not a dry eye by the end of the ceremony; it was truly magical. Our guests commented on how unique and lovely it was and wanted to know, ‘who was your celebrant??’
Thank you, Lorraine!
Lorraine was such a well prepared and organised professional. She was collegial and thoughtful in guiding us with preparations, and paid particular consideration to ensure our personalities showed through in the proceedings. We are so grateful for having Lorraine on our special day, she really made it stress free for us.
I am so thankful that I came across Lorraine in my search for a celebrant. From our first meeting with her I just knew she was the perfect celebrant for us. She is so organised, professional and genuinely loves what she does. I cannot thank Lorraine enough for all her hard work. Our day wouldn't of gone as smoothly without her.
Thank you so much for making it such an easy decision to choose a marriage celebrant; we knew within the first few minutes of meeting you that you were everything we were looking for. You were so friendly, warm, professional, organized and an all-round beautiful person who enhanced our day. Your guidance and help was invaluable and made the whole process so easy! The way you constructed our ceremony, our love story was absolutely perfect. We would have no hesitation in recommending you, and in fact already have. Thank you so much again, you did an absolutely amazing job – we couldn’t be happier!”
Lorraine was extremely professional and helpful throughout the whole process of planning our wedding. She was such a beautiful calming presence on our wedding day and helped to ensure everything ran smoothly.
She gave us lots of wonderful material to work with as well as flexibility to make the ceremony ‘our own’. It was such a perfect day that we will remember forever, and Lorraine truly helped to make it special.
Without really knowing what we were looking for in a celebrant, we frantically searched google looking through reviews and profiles of celebrants on Wedding websites, until I remembered that our venue supplier had a list of recommendations on an email I had received. From our first visit with Lorraine we were sold. We met with another celebrant just as a comparison and Lorraine was leaps and bounds in front with a fantastic first impression.
Lorraine was so well organised and had everything ready to go from the very first meeting. She was so easy to deal with and has a very gentle and caring personality. In the lead up to the day she put together the most beautiful ceremony after getting to know us, and added in bits here and there whenever we asked.
We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect Wedding day, everything went so smoothly with no hiccups at all! Would definitely recommend Lorraine as a marriage celebrant!!
Lorraine you were absolutely amazing! Thank you so much!! From our first meeting we knew straight away you were the perfect celebrant for us. You were always helpful with answering all our questions and on the day helped make us feel so relaxed. Thank you so much for the help and encouragement to do our own vows, we were so happy we did. We were so beyond happy our ceremony was so personalised and really reflected us as a couple. We really cannot thank you enough!
I recently teamed up with photographer Amie Forbes and a collective of talented local wedding pros to create two Samford-inspired styled elopements. Here, in part 1, we bring you our gorgeous Creekside Elopement. We hope this gives you some inspiration and new ideas for your elopement or micro-wedding, or even for a romantic proposal.
We’ve all heard the expression, “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”, right? How about “something out of the blue”… because for all the planning that goes into making a wedding come to life, you can bet on something quite unexpected happening at some point during your big day. My advice? Try to go with the flow. Sometimes those unexpected moments make the best memories. Let me tell you about the unexpected thing that happened on my wedding day. True story.
Last Thursday, I met a beautiful young couple, and on Saturday, I married them!
Things don’t normally move that fast, but with the recent border closure, it was time to put the wedding contingency plan in action! I stepped in for a Celebrant who was unable to travel from northern New South Wales to Brisbane for the ceremony. He briefed me and forwarded the legal prep-work, then I took the ball and ran with it. What transpired felt like it was always meant to be that way!
Ten years as a Marriage Celebrant! I can’t believe it’s a decade since I started out on this career path that I love so much, and I’m still hooked on that ‘love buzz’… The anticipation; the heady privilege of witnessing the sincerity and vulnerability between a couple as they say their vows. It never gets old. And I’m looking forward to big weddings being ‘a thing’ again in 2021… Let’s make it ‘The Year of Togetherness!’
Planning your wedding should be a time of joy and excitement for you and your loved ones. But COVID-19 is encroaching on just about every aspect of our day-to-day lives, and sadly, weddings are no exception. Let me help you navigate the options as you decide whether to postpone your wedding, or forge on with a modified format to suit the circumstances. Your plans may have changed, but your dreams have not.
Photo credit: Daniel Tafjord on Unsplash.
Have you started to think about who you’ll ask to be your MC for your reception? It’s one of the key roles on your wedding day, because a fantastic MC will have a big impact on the atmosphere and flow of your event.
I’ve put together my top tips, plus some from a few other fab wedding professionals, to help you ‘keep calm and get married’ on a stinking hot day.
These ideas come from my experience as a celebrant, but also from personal experience, as my hubby and I chose late January for our wedding, and survived – hair, makeup and (arguably) sanity intact. So here goes, in no particular order…
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