I am thrilled to have been a FINALIST for Five Years ! in the CELEBRANT AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE in the Australian Bridal Industry Awards ( ABIA ) www.abia.com.au YEARS: 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 & 2004. This is a real honour as over 90 celebrants are nominated for the Award each year. Thanks so much to all the couples who voted for me & especially those who voted me as their No.1 Wedding Supplier!
Let me help you make YOUR wedding special. Just email me and I can post you out a DVD of one of my marriage ceremonies and/or I can email you a sample marriage ceremonies and vows, Naming Day ceremony, Home Christening ceremony, Commitment Ceremony etc. I specialise in RELAXED & FRIENDLY CEREMONIES that are not too long.
ALSO: Baby Blessings
Funerals - Celebration of your Loved One's Life
Child or Adult Namings
Renewal of Vows
Anniversary Ceremonies etc.
Justice of the Peace
Email Me: email@example.com
Also ask me to email you a sample Marriage ceremonies with vows AND wording of special ceremonies that can be included in your wedding ceremony e.g. sand ceremony - wine ceremony - rose ceremony - handfasting - unity candle ceremony - butterfly release - dove releases etc. I can also email a sample of another ceremony - e.g. baby naming, Naming Day, home Christening, gay or lesbian Commitment, renewal of vows, divorce, funeral etc. Please ask me for any advice at all, legal, venues etc. I am a very experienced registered Celebrant having married over 200 couples in all different styles of marriage ceremonies - parks, beaches, boats, P&O cruise ships, hot air balloons
Following is wedding information and further down the page is information on Baby Naming Days, Home Christenings, Baby Blessings, Gay Commitment and Lesbian Commitment ceremonies etc.
I am a proud member of the peak celebrants association - Australian Marriage Celebrants Inc.
I conduct Ceremonies in many areas. I WILL CONDUCT A CEREMONY THAT YOU WILL LOVE. The areas I cover are: Most areas of NSW - Sydney city and all Sydney suburbs and surrounds - specialising in Sydney harbour and beaches and the Central Coast. Also: many NSW regional areas inc. Hunter Valley / Newcastle, Blue Mountains, Mudgee, Bathurst, Orange, Illawarra, Southern Highlands, Goulburn, ACT & Canberra, Albury, Ski Resorts NSW and VIC. Also Gold Coast and northern NSW and Cairns to Port Douglas area in Queensland. Also NT : Alice Springs - as my family live in the Northern Territory.
Getting Married - you can have just the Wedding ceremony that you would like, personalised to your wishes for your very special day. I am a professionaly trained Marriage celebrant, authorised by the Attorney-General of Australia to conduct marriages.
You can have the ceremony that you would like, your choice of words, venue etc., inside or outside e.g. beach, harbour boats, gardens/parks, wedding chapel/church, restaurant, resort, underground cave weddings, mountain weddings, hot air balloon weddings etc. etc.
Please contact me for any information for the most simple of weddings up to the most grandest.
I can advise on all of the Australian legal requirements of getting married (easy to organise fom any country in the world), the wording of the ceremony - in fact anything you need to know. I do all the official paperwork, lodgement and registration of your marriage - no need to contact anyone else.
You can have a modern or more traditional style wedding ceremonny or more alternate - it is up to you! Ceremonies can incorporate: candle ceremony, spiritual, handfasting (hand tying - hence the term "tying the knot"), celtic, ring warming, wine ceremony, rose ceremony, sand ceremony, wine ceremony, unity candle ceremony etc. etc. I am also very happy to incorporate other countries' traditions e.g. Greek crowning ceremony, Phillipines veil & cord ceremony, Indian garland ceremony, Jewish customs etc. etc. You can have standard vows or write your own vows.
I also include for FREE many things (if required by you) in my ceremonies at NO extra charge - e.g. pa system, cd player, table and chair for signing (plus white table cloth and seat cover), red carpet - if you would like to walk down the aisle in style (not on beaches sorry) I can recommend all other wedding suppliers (e.g florists, musicians, singers, venues, videographers, wedding invitations, photographers, etc) to make your special day a success.
I register your marriage in the State or Territory where you are married. You sign a Marriage Certificate on the day but if changing your surname to your husband's name then you will have to apply to the appropriate Births Deaths & Marriages of that State for a registered marriage certificate. In NSW you can also apply for an attractive Commemorative Marriage Certificate which comes with a standard marriage certificate, or you can just get the standard Marriage Certificate. I can arrange this for you or you can do it yourself through Births Deaths & Marriages - Births Deaths Marriages NSW webpage
This Yahoo.com.au is a great Search Engine to find anything in Australia:
OPTIONAL SYMBOLS THAT CAN BE INCLUDED IN ALL CEREMONIES: Candle lighting, Tree/shrub plantings, Wish cards to be read by guests, Rose petal ceremonies, Butterfly releases (please see my link to Butterfly Releases further down my webpage in Links), Dove releases - please see my link to Heavenly Doves down further my webpage in Links), Helium balloon release (up to 12 allowed - biodegrable recommended). All of these variations come with appropriate words or a related poem.
Please EMAIL me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: 0414 483985
BABY or CHILD NAMING DAYS OR HOME CHRISTENINGS /BABY BLESSINGS
Baby Naming, Welcoming or Home Christening ceremonies are a modern, personalised way of formally welcoming a baby into the world. The ceremony can be for a baby or a child of any age. The Naming and Welcoming ceremonies do not have any religious content, but a Home Christening has a light religious feel, it is like a non-denominational christening, it can also be called a Baby Blessing. The ceremony includes: name candle with your child's name on it, Naming or Home Christening Certificate and certificates for godparents, grandparents and great-grandparents.
I can suggest wording for your ceremony to make it a meaningful and enjoyable ceremony. You can give the baby Godparents or Guardians or even appoint everyone at the ceremony as their Guardian family. The ceremony is also a good opportunity to thank important people in your and your child's life e.g. grandparents, special friends.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE ME TO EMAIL YOU A SAMPLE BABY NAMING, HOME CHRISTENING OR MARRIAGE CEREMONY ETC. please email me at: email@example.com
Popular Baby Names - see this List of NSW's most popular baby names - An intersting website is the NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages where you can see the most popular Baby Names in New South Wales - click here POPULAR BABY NAMES
SAME SEX COMMITMENT CEREMONIES - Gay and Lesbian Unions
Are you interested in a lovely personalised Commitment Ceremony, which is similar to a wedding ceremony but with a slight change of words? (Note: same sex marriage is not yet legal in Australia). You and your partner can choose the words, or I can suggest wording, and I will conduct the ceremony for you. You will be given a Certificate of Commitment which can be used for lots of things e.g. property settlement, partner ID, residency applications, partnership registration, superannuation payouts etc.
I can suggest wording for your ceremony to make it meaningful and enjoyable for both you and your guests. Couples have these ceremonies either at their home, a scenic place e.g. a park, a beach, a boat for ceremony and party, wedding chapel/church or lookout, a hotel or wherever! - it's up to you.
They are personalised ceremonies and you receive a Certificate of Commitment. Ceremonies can include other options e.g. candle ceremony, sand ceremony, butterfly release, dove release etc. You can get involved and add your own wording and ideas. I would be very pleased to perform the ceremony for you as a registered Justice of the Peace and as an Authorised Celebrant. Please read the testimonials of my ceremonies above and feel free to contact me - firstname.lastname@example.org I look forwrard to hearing from you.
REGISTRATION OF SAME SEX CEREMONIES - All NSW partnerships can be registered on the City of Sydney Partnership Register - please ask me for details. NEW ! The NSW Relationships Register started in 2010 where same sex partnerships can now be registered with The NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages - ask me for more info. Also there are same sex civil partnerships in the ACT
Please contact me for any information, including suggested wording of ceremonies:
Ms Lesley A. Kerl, JP Authorised Marriage Celebrant,
Ph: 0414 483 985
TESTIMONIALS for Lesley Kerl's Ceremonies :
WEDDING (Fancy Dress) 21.8.2010 Chipping Norton, Sydney - " Hi Lesley, thank you for an amazing ceremony, it was just what we wanted and everyone had a lovely time. Once again thank you for being a fantastic celebrant and catering to just what we wanted and getting dressed up yourself."
Cheers Charmaine and Glen Castle
RENEWAL OF VOWS - Kirribilli, Sydney 2010 - "Hi Lesley Thanks for making our day extra special. I have attached some photos of our Celebration in Sydney. Thanks for making it so easy to organise from overseas" Don & Maree, USA (photos on my photos page)
GAY COMMITMENT CEREMONY - Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney 17.12.2010 - "Hi Lesley, We just wanted to say a big thank you for all your help an conducting the beautiful ceremony on the 17th Dec. We had the most amazing day.
We wish you all the best for the new year." Chris & Andrew
HOME CHRISTENINGS - Saratoga, Central Coast - "Hi Lesley, First thank you so much for doing such a beautiful job Christening our two gorgeous girls at Saratoga. Each time we have had their combined 1st Birthday and Christening we have always been told how lovely the service was. We now have a little boy and where thrilled that you are available to Christen him in January 2010." Karen Brown
WEDDING 13.04.2007 The Brassey Hotel - Canberra - "Hi Lesley, I wanted to especially thank you for conducting a wonderful ceremony. We didn’t get a chance to speak with you afterwards to say thanks, as everything was such a rush. It was such a perfect day for both of us and you helped to make it so. You spoke so beautifully and everything went without a hitch – we couldn’t have done it without you - and both Corey and I were most impressed that you pronounced my name perfectly. Thanks so much!" Regards, Ioanna
WEDDING - 30.03.2007 Vaucluse - Sydney "Hi Lesley, Well you were wonderful! You gave our ceremony warmth, humour and sincerity which were all of the qualities we wanted to capture. Thank you for making our ceremony memborable and the wedding was such a great day for us and it had the intimacy we craved. So many guests commented on how much they enjoyed your ceremony, so thank you again and we will certainly recommend you in the future." Best wishes, Jackie and Stu
BABY NAMING DAY - 25.02.07 Isaacs - Canberra - "Hi Lesley, Thank you so much once again. Your presentation of the ceremony was absolutely lovely. Everyone present commented on how beautifully it went. Please do not hesitate to use me as a referee at any time." Regards, Linda
WEDDING - 18.11.06 Ingleside - Sydney "Hi Lesley, Mitchell and I would just like to say thank you so much for all your help and advice along the way to our wedding day and also for making it the most amazing day of our lives. It was great to have support from you for everything we wanted to do. The ceremony was just amazing and something we will never forget. We will be keeping your name and number handy for when we have children one day and hopefully you will be able to come and help us with the baby blessings then" Kind Regards, Monique and Mitchell Turner
FUNERAL - Northern Suburbs Crematorium September 2006 - "Dear Lesley, Thank you so much for the lovely celebration of our beloved Sydney's life" from Phillis Holmes and Family
WEDDING - 22.7.06 Hyams Beach - Jervis Bay "Dear Lesley, Wow, we never could have imagined such a perfect ceremony. We want to thank you so much for your beautiful service. You were so accepting of our requests and the way you delivered the service in such a non-intrusive way was just amazing. We were looking back at our photos and noticed that you stood to the side of us during the service which allowed for the focus to be on Paul and I, which was really special. Thank you for helping us through our vows :) You really made our day perfect. Lesley you have a very kind soul and we thank you for marrying us in such a gentle, loving way." love Sonya and Paul Oyston xxx
WEDDING - 19.3.2006 - Shelly Beach Manly - Sydney "Dear Lesley, Thankyou for making Alex's and my wedding so special and magical. We really loved your relaxed and friendly approach to joining us together." Lots of love, Jenny and Alex.
LESBIAN COMMITMENT CEREMONY - 18.3.2006 - Blackheath Blue Mountains "Dear Lesley, Just a quick email to thank you again for our beautiful Commitment Ceremony yesterday! We were both really thrilled with how it all went. We both so appreciated your special contribution and your assistance along the way. It was a very simple ceremony (which was what we wanted) but it was very important to us to have all the little details of it be "just right" .. and it was! Thanks again! We all had a fantastic time and we all agreed that we were very lucky to have you as our celebrant!!" Our kindest regards and thanks, P & F
WEDDING - 6.5.2006 - Hunter Valley Gardens Chapel - Pokolbin "Dear Lesley, Thankyou so much for making our wedding so beautiful - it was amazing - and for all your help and preparation leading up to our bid day. So many people have commented on how lovely the service was" love Kirstie and Richard Olah UK "
WEDDING - Handfasting Ceremony, Narrabeen - Sydney - 7.1.2006 -"Dear Lesley, Thankyou for the job you did for us at our wedding, it was brilliant. I am so happy with how the ceremony went. Like most brides to be, I was stressing that the whole thing would fall apart and it almost did when I left the most important part of our ceremony (the handfasting ribbon bag) at home. But due to your experience and professional attitude it got us through, most people had no idea of what was missing. So many people have commented on how beautiful the ceremony was. I can not thank you enough." Lucinda & Tristan
RENEWAL OF VOWS - 5.1.2006 - Lagoon Restaurant Stuart Park - Wollongong - "Hi Lesley, Just wanted to thank you for conducting our ceremony, we were very happy with all the help you gave us & your performance on the day. Everyone said it was a really lovely ceremony. Thanks again. Sue & Tom
WEDDING - 30.12.3006 - Maroubra Sydney "Dear Lesley, Thank you so much for all your assistance and guidance that made our day so special and memorable. We had a geat time and are so happy you could share it with us" Best regards, Gavin & Alex
WEDDING - Double Bay Nov 05 - "Dear Lesley, Thank you again for being a part of our wedding. You made everybody feel very at ease and relaxed and everybody has said what a great day it was. Thank you again for everything, we have such lovely memories of the whole day" Regards Kate & Ben
WEDDING - 14.10.2005 - Rotunda - Balmoral Beach - Sydney - "I just wanted to thank you so much for making our day so very special. It was really great and we will remember it always, and I wanted to thank you for your contribution. Our wedding in Australia was just so easy to organise from England." Sam & Evan, England
HOME CHRISTENING - 8.10.2005 - Glenmore Park - Sydney - "Hi Lesley, I just wanted to say a quick thank you for Christening Sebastian the other weekend. All feedback was that it was lovely and you did a very good job, so thank you again. We will be using your services for anything appropriate in the future and for future baby's Christenings. Thank you so much for your relaxed nature and bringing a friendly atmosphere to our special day" Donna
WEDDING - Falls Creek Ski Resort Victoria Sept 2005 - "Lesley, Thankyou so very much for travelling all that way and performing our ceremony in the snow. It was lovely. Thankyou again for such a professional job and all your help leading up to the big day" Our best wishes, Tony & Melinda
WEDDING & BABY BLESSING Aboard the Silver Spirit boat on Sydney Harbour - 30.9.2005 -"Hi Lesley, Thankyou so much for the wedding, it was fabulous!!! I'll be sure to send you some of the photos when I get them. Thankyou so much for making a special day - Magnificent!! from Jade and Andrew
NAMING DAY - 28.5.2005 - Coogee - SYDNEY - "We wanted to say a big thankyou for conducting the naming day ceremony for our girls, Tuscany and Mya, on the 28th May in Coogee. You did a great job and we have had a lot of people compliment us on the ceremony and how you conducted it. We have watched it over and over again on video and have very fond memories of the day - still a bit surprised that the balloons flew off so smoothly without getting caught in the trees!! " Fran & Matt SEE PHOTO AT START OF THIS PAGE
GAY COMMITMENT CEREMONY Neilsen Park Sydney 16.4.05 - "Lesley, Thank you so much for being a part of our wonderful day. The ceremony was beautiful and Kevin and I are truly grateful for your involvment. Thank you." Matt & Kevin
FUNERAL - Central Coast - NSW - "Lesley, this is just a short note on behalf of my family to say thank you for the beautiful funeral service you conducted at Palmdale Crematorium for our mother, Phyllis Findlay. Many of Mum's friends and family commented on what a lovely service it was. Thank you again" John Findlay, Umina
GAY COMMITMENT CEREMONY on Sydney Harbour aboard the 'RADAR' 26.2.2005 - "Hi Lesley,
We had a really great time last weekend. It couldn't have been that way without you. We just want to say thank you for your time and effort with our ceremony." Kind Regards & Best Wishes, Mark & Shane. (See our photo on this website.)
WEDDING & BABY BLESSING - 15.1.2005 - Dulwich Hill - SYDNEY - "We would like to thank you for such a wonderful day. Many people came up to us and commented on your performance. We thoroughly enjoyed both ceremonies. Thanks again." Carolyn & Lorenzo
WEDDING - 8.1.2005 - Blackheath - Blue Mountains - "Hi Lesley, Just wanted to thankyou so very much for the beautiful ceremony you provided us with. We could not have hoped for a more comfortable or personalised service. Once again thankyou." Kristie & Tim Esson
WEDDING ON SYDNEY HARBOUR, aboard the Sydney Crystal - a Sydney harbour boat - 29.12.2004 "Thank you for being part of our wedding day - it was very much appreciated! You made our day even more enjoyable, and for that we will always be grateful!" Colin & Kim, U.K. PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK AT THE TOP OF THIS WEBPAGE TO SEE LOTS OF PHOTOS OF THIS BEAUTIFUL WEDDING ON SYDNEY HARBOUR
HANDFASTING WEDDING - 19.12.2004 - Glenorie - NSW - "The ceremony was perfect, we had a wonderful day and everything went just as we wanted it." Sharon & Brenden Stokes
WEDDING - 11.9.2004 - Chinese Gardens Darling Harbour - Sydney "Hi Lesley, You did a wonderful job for us, we really thought you were great. Brett felt you made things a lot easier for him prior to the ceremony i.e. where to stand etc etc, he said you were great. Thank you very much again and we'll see you at our friend's wedding !! Kindest regards" Melissa & Brett Beacham
WEDDING - 4.9.2004 - Gold Coast - "While planning my wedding, the internet became my best friend & this is where I met Lesley Kerl, Marriage Celebrant. Lesley appealed to me straight away as she seemed caring & sincere. I was surprised that she was based in NSW, but she is in Qld. quite a lot as her family is here. I firstly thought because she was based so far away, this would be an issue, but to my surprise she turned out to be god sent. Straight away she informed me of what needed to take place legally & sent me samples of ceremonies. I'd e-mail Lesley daily to ask her thoughts. She would reply with suggestions, samples of poems that could be spoken etc. Lesley took time out a few months before to meet us in Brisbane, so that we could sign all the paperwork etc. I wanted to keep my ceremony short, sweet & casual, with the help of Lesley I achieved this. I couldn't have found a more helpful celebrant than Lesley; she made it very easy to arrange the most important part of my wedding. Many compliments were passed on the day regarding the spoken words of the service & how wonderful it was, once again this could not have be achieved, without the help I received from day one, from Lesley." Keith & Paula Johnson"
BABY NAMING - 21.3.2004 - MANLY - SYDNEY "Lesley, Thank you again for the Naming ceremony you conducted for my daughter, it was exactly what I wanted. The godparents thought it was great too and they have let their other daughter know about you too (her and her husband are a lot like me)." Zara Campbell - Naming at The Cove Restaurant, Manly
HOME CHRISTENING - Robina - Gold Coast "Lesley Kerl very kindly conducted our daughter Kate's Home Christening ceremony and my husband and I were most impressed with her. She made a happy day even more special. Family and friends at the Christening, commented on her kind manner, and her lovely speaking voice. She was very accommodating to last-minute changes to the ceremony, and was more than happy to read an added poem given to her on the spot during the ceremony itself. We would have great pleasure in recommending Lesley should anyone require a celebrant in the future. Thanks again Lesley!!" MR & MRS R MEDCALF
HOME CHRISTENING - SYDNEY - 8.3.1999 & 1997 - "Dear Lesley, Just wanted to say thankyou again for helping to make both Andrew's and Alyssa's Christenings such special and personal occasions." Kindest regards always, Peter, Robyn, Andrew and Alyssa
RENEWAL OF VOWS - Coolangatta - Gold Coast "Hi Lesley, I just want to thank you a lovely ceremony on Friday night. It was a total success, everyone enjoyed themselves and the night was a blast!! Thanks again for everything. - DEBBIE TILTON"
PLACES WHERE I HAVE CONDUCTED CEREMONIES : Sydney - Chinese Gardens - Darling Harbour - The Rocks - Royal Botanic Gardens - Auburn Botanic Gardens - Dawes Point - onboard P&O cruises - P&O Pacific Jewel - P&O ship - Centennial Park - Manly - Fairy Bower - Shelly Beach - Northern Beaches - Whale Beach - Palm Beach - Collaroy - Chipping Norton - Long Reef - Northern Beaches - Doonside - Blacktown - Nurragingy - Doonside - Parramatta - Lake Paramatta - Observatory Hill - Kirribilli - Milsons Point - McMahons Point - Cremorne Point - Balmoral - Mosman - Neutral Bay - Katoomba - Jenolan Caves - Blue Mountains - Central Coast - Mardi - Toukley - The Entrance - Norah Head - Avoca - Erina - Tuggerah - Gosford - East Gosford - Forresters Beach - Terrigal - Copacabana - Somersby - Gwandalan - Blacksmiths - Swansea - Toronto - Lake Macquarie - Lake Munmorah - Summerland Point - Nords Wharf - Belmont - Springwood - Chipping Norton - Liverpool - Coogee - Bondi - Watsons Bay - Vaucluse - Central Coast - Terrigal - Avoca - Copacabana - Japanese Gardens - Woy Woy - Yarramalong - Tuggerah - Long Jetty - Shelly Beach - Toowoon Bay - Wyong - Wollongong - Illawarra - Mt Keira - Hunter Valley - Pokolbin - Branxton - Lovedale - Nukulaba - Newcastle - Swansea - Belmont - Maitland - Walka Water Works - Clontarf - - Bradleys Head - Taronga Zoo - Hickson Park - Centennial Park - Melbourne - Falls Creek - Thredbo - Mt Hotham - Perisher - Albury - Wodonga - Sussex Inlet - Mollymook - Ulladulla - Albion Park - Dapto - Cronulla - Brighton Le Sands - Bronte - Randwick - Sydney CBD - harbour cruise - Shark Island - Clark Island - Fort Denison - Cockatoo Island - onboard Silver Spirit - onboard All Occasion Cruises, onboard Rhtyhm Boat - onboard Sydney Glass Island - onboard The Pontoon - Penrith - Hawkesbury River - Alice Springs - Townsville - Cairns - Kuranda - Port Douglas etc etc
Other Ceremonies that Lesley conducts are:
FUNERAL OR MEMORIAL CEREMONY
A funeral ceremony should be a celebration of the person's life. If the person was not religious, then why have a religious ceremony. An authorised & fully trained Celebrant like myself can conduct the ceremony in just the way you would like. Other speakers or readers are most welcome. Please see the recommendation letter of one of my funeral ceremonies above under Testimonials. Just tell your Funeral Director that you would like me to be the celebrant at your loved one's funeral or call or email me.
RENEWAL OF VOWS, MARRIAGE BLESSING, REAFFIRMATION or ANNIVERSARY CEREMONY
Lesley also conducts Renewal of Vows ceremonies, Wedding Anniversary ceremonies and Re-Affirmation of Marriage ceremonies. They are a lovely ceremony, also very popular when a marriage has been through a troubled time. They are popular to combine with a Wedding Anniversary, especially 30th, 40th or 50th etc..
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OTHER CEREMONIES I PROVIDE ARE : - DIVORCE CEREMONIES, COMING OF AGE CEREMONIES, HOUSE BLESSINGS etc.
LINKS - OTHER HIGHLY RECOMMENDED WEDDING WEBSITES and free Wedding LINK DIRECTORY : (NOTE: if you would like a link on my website please put one to my website and then contact me on email@example.com - thanks )
Wedding Video Production when there are NO second takes Vogue Wedding Video Production
A great website to organise your wedding is Oneflare. Find my listing on their site Celebrant in Sydney profile on Oneflare
WHITE DOVES for your ceremony - Heavenly Doves Dove Release Heaveny White Doves
BUTTERFLY RELEASES for your ceremony - beautiful symbolic butterfly release, makes for wonderful photos. Small or large amount of butterflies. Please tell the owner Minet that I recommended her company Butterfly Releases
Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone me on:
0414 483 985
or from Overseas on
+61 414 483 985
Visitors to this information page times. Thanks for visiting. Lesley