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Jo and Jill

On 9th December 2017 it became law in Australia that two people could marry regardless of gender. Love and equality finally prevailed. On Friday 15th of December something truly beautiful and poignant happened; two people fulfilled a wish of a long time.  A community of strangers; family, friends, photographer, celebrant, magistrate, clerks and registrar pulled…

DIY wedding at the family property

with Sunshine Coast marriage celebrant – Kari So much love, so much love, so much love.  Wow what a wedding ceremony to remember! Here on the Sunshine Coast, there are many perfect places for a wedding.  But none seems quite more perfect for a family wedding than the property where one grew up, played by…

making poetry of legal wedding vow

When I begin planning a unique ceremony with couples, they often ask what they must do, and what they can do. Well the answer is that the Australian marriage law is very flexible.  There is no compulsion to be in a registered marriage office, as in Europe, nor to mention God in a civil ceremony.…

Unusual readings in a marriage ceremony

~ with Sunshine Coast wedding celebrant, Kari ~ Congratulations Danielle and Karim, married at Tiffany’s looking out over the Glasshouse Mountains.               It is one of life’s richest surprises when a chance meeting of two people on a stairway leads them to love.  It is one of life’s finest…

creative writing and a dance

~ with Sunshine Coast wedding celebrant Kari ~ This story will be about a dance, eventually.  But it starts as a story about creative writing, something as a marriage celebrant I do all the time for my couples.  Every wedding ceremony is unique and new written just for two people.  Often I seek ways to…

A truckload of red wheel barrows

 ~ with Sunshine Coast wedding celebrant Kari ~ What does a truckload of wheel-barrows have to do with ceremony?  Intrigued? read on…. Ritual and ceremony find a place in many different contexts. Marriage celebrant Kari recently had the opportunity to be a part of an unusual ritual and an extraordinary project in Bali, Indonesia. Instigator…

Valentine love

Valentine love Valentines Day makes us think about love; a valentine love.   Love poetry of Rumi And the poetry of Rumi is often about love, in the deepest sense.  Just like a wedding vow or marriage proposal.  His poetry is not a Hallmark giftcard message.  The love poetry of Rumi makes us pause and…