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Choosing your Marriage Celebrant takes time, energy and thought. The memories of this special day you are both planning, will remain with you forever.

Traditional Wedding Ceremonies remain very popular with most couples.

You should always choose the Ceremony that best suits your separate personalities and ideals. I will advise and guide you to the Ceremony that will remain 'your special dream' forever.

On your first visit, I will provide you with a 'Marriage package' containing a variety of information and different Wedding Ceremonies from which to choose.


Experience

Ian was a NSW Police Officer for 30 years retiring in 1990. During that lengthy service, Ian was 'the official spokesperson' for the Police Force, appearing regularly on National Radio, TV and Public Forums.

His reason for becoming a Civil Celebrant was as a result of his experiences with people of all cultural backgrounds that he met as a Police Officer, seeking guidance with their own and their families lives - (Birth, Marriage, Death).

Ian is an active surf lifesaver in Sydney as well as a stillwater/surf boat rower.

Ian was sworn in as a Justice of the Peace for NSW in 1976. His appointment by the Federal Attorney-General as a Marriage Celebrant was made in 1994.

Ian is an authorised Marriage/Funeral Celebrant, and a Member of both the Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants (AFCC) and the Association of Authorised Marriage Celebrants Australia Inc. (AMC).

Ian now provides a professional service to interested persons as an authorised Civil Celebrant.

Testimonials

 

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Dear Ian,

Please excuse the extreme lateness of this email.
We are too busy being happily married

We would just like to say how grateful we are and how tremendously happy we were with the level of service you provided.
Thank you for making our perfect day possible.

All our love and many thanks...

Mr and Mrs Andrew & Samantha Jenkins

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Good afternoon Ian,

Hope you are well.

Chris and I have been meaning to message you since after our wedding but we have not had the chance as we only got back from my honeymoon recently.

We would like to thank you for the exceptional job you did in conducting our wedding ceremony on the 14th November 2015. You are a true professional Ian and we are so delighted you were a part of our special day.

I am so glad Kylie from The Old St Thomas Chapel recommend you as our marriage celebrate as your vibrant personality was exactly what we were looking for.

The day would not of turned out so great without you. We couldn't be happier with the way the whole day turned out.


Thank you again.
Soumaya and Christopher Frendo

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Ian,

There are a handful of elements, hidden amongst the 'little details', that are truly important on a Wedding Day!

One of those elements, arguably the most important, is a Celebrant who can convey the very personal & individual nature of the Wedding.

From the first Meeting, you were easy to talk to and put us instantly at ease. You invited us into your home & made us feel, even as strangers, that we were important to you.

At the Ceremony, you made us both feel very relaxed.

Telling the nervous groom jokes and greeting the bride before her entrance were little gestures that made a big difference to us.

Thank you for sharing our special day and for helping to make it unforgettable!

Paul & Jenny Apthorpe

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Hi Ian,

I just wanted to send you an email to express our heart felt thanks for the beautiful service that you conducted for My Nanna, Edna Irene Carter. The service went off beautifully and we have had so many people comment on what a beautiful service it was and how personal it was.

You conducted the service in such a manner that it had a bit of everything. Enough formality to ensure Nan was sent off in a dignified manner with all the pomp and ceremony that she would have loved. The reading of the crowd to reflect what everyone was thinking and feeling. The small reflection of Nan's personality throughout the service, which really reflected my Nan and the amazing women that she was.

Ian I asked one thing of you the day we met to discuss Nan's funeral and I asked you to deliver a service that reflected the type of women she was and you did that beautifully.

Once again thank you for sharing your talent and expertise with our family and friends. I could not recommend your services highly enough to other families during their time of need. You made one of the toughest days of our life a beautiful celebration of an amazing women's life.

Thank you

Kathy Carter

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Hi Ian!

We are just on our way home from our mini honeymoon and both Peter and I wanted to thank you so much for being an important part of 'our special day'!

In a word - you were perfect for us!

We really could not have found a better Celebrant for our Wedding and lots of our guests commented on how funny you were!

We would be happy to recommend you to any lucky couple that should hire you!

Love from both.

Charlotte

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Dear Ian,

I just wanted to send you a quick Thank You for making our day super special.

It was a joyous occasion and it is with deepest gratitude that we thank you for marrying us.

It was the best day ever!

All the best Ian, thanks for making it all so easy xxxx

Love

Michelle and Steve MacDuff xx

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Dear Ian,

I wanted to drop you a quick line about the amazing
job you performed last night at the Memorial Service for my dearest & closest friend - the late Nicholas Oosterman.

My wife Korena & I wish to thank you for the way in which you led the gathering into a sincere & proper farewell for our beloved mate!

The service was fantastic and because I was overcome with emotion after you read the thoughts & memories of Nick from his closest friends, I didn't have the time or the inclination to thank you personally.

Your warm and personal touch as you read the various letters to Nick from friends and relatives was greatly appreciated by the large audience at the Balmain Town Hall.

I am sure that his parents & sister could not have wanted a better person to have been in control of proceedings.

We may use you in the future for a Naming Ceremony.

With great & sincere thanks.

Matthew Miller

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Hello Ian,

The Oosterman Family would like to thank you for the lovely way you conducted the Memorial Service for our late son Nicholas on Saturday evening last at the Balmain Town Hall.

Your professional manner allowed the evening to flow decisively & smoothly.

A great Service!

Gerard & Helvi Oosterman

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Hi Ian, we're back from Hawaii! What a place.

Thank you so much for making our ceremony personal and so special. Light and sweet. I had so many people coming up and asking where we found you! I'll be hunting you down for naming ceremonies in the future.

You had a great outside voice and really added something different to the generic cookie cutter weddings I've attended!

Thank you so much.

Mel

PS u got a few Max Markson look a like comments, did you watch Celebrity apprentice?

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Dear Ian,

Firstly, we are so sorry that this has taken some time, but we only very
recently received our wedding photos.

Both John and I would like to offer you our heart felt thanks for being our celebrant at our wedding in November 2011. You helped keep the ceremony relaxed but meaningful, which is everything we wished for. So, thank you for listening and helping us to have our wedding our way. Your light hearted manner (again, at our asking) and excellent crowd skills kept all of our guests laughing and engaged in the ceremony. I also really appreciate you supporting me when I needed it the most, just before my vows! We received so many compliments for the wedding and many people mentioned that the ceremony was one of the most memorable and original that they had experienced.

I have attached a few photos of the day. I think the last one sums it up
nicely. The day was beyond special and I have fantastic memories of the day and the ceremony.

Thank you again for being our celebrant.

Clinton and Emily Parr

Kind Regards,
Marnie and Johnny Milnes

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Dear Ian,

We are writing to thank you for the wonderful job that you did for us at our wedding! We could not have asked for a better celebrant. You were wonderful to work with before the wedding and so helpful regarding everything that we needed to do to prepare for the big day. We really appreciate that you were always available to answer any questions we had. You really made the process so easy for us! Then on our wedding day you put us right at ease and performed a beautiful and relaxed ceremony which was exactly what we had in mind and perfect for all of our friends and family. We had a wonderful day and are so happy that you were a part of it.

Clinton and Emily Parr

Many Sincere Thanks!
Clinton and Emily Parr

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Hi Ian,

Thankyou for being the best Celebrant we could have asked for. You took the time before our big day to listen and understand what we wanted out of the ceremony and what sort of atmosphere we were looking for. The ceremony was exactly as we wanted. It was easy-going, friendly and relaxed. (most importantly for us, it was quick!)

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day and commented on how nice the ceremony was.
Thanks again for all you did,

Regards, Elliot and Elizabeth Black

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Dear Ian,

We wanted to say thank you so much for the wonderful job you did at our wedding (2 Jan).

Even leading up to the day, we must commend you on your professionalism. Planning the wedding from London was tough, but you made the process much easier for us by being easily contactable and very prompt with your responses. It was a real pleasure to speak to you and you made us feel very comfortable that the choice we made in you was the right one.

The Ceremony itself was exactly what we had envisioned. You welcomed our request to incorporate a special ceremony and readings into our service which made it a much more special and personal experience. You made everyone involved with the ceremony feel at ease which made the ceremony go smoothly which was much appreciated. The atmosphere during the ceremony was fun and relaxed (which was great for the nervous bride and groom!) but at the same time the significance was not lost, which was exactly what we wanted. Our family and friends commented on the lovely ceremony!

Thanks again and best regards,

Clarina and Graham Talbot

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Hi Ian

It's the Schwagers! we are back from our honeymoon and just wanted to say a huge thank you for being our celebrant for our wedding.

We had such a wonderful day and just wanted to thank you for such a lovely service, you made Chris, my dad and me feel so relaxed before and during the service and you have such a wonderful energy that is contagious!

So many of our friends and family commented on how lovely and fun the service was, thank you again for contributing to our wonderful day.


Schwager Photos


From Emma, Chris and Jai Schwager.

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