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Love Letter from Allyce & Kate Mt Ommaney Apartments Mt Ommaney Brisbane
As anyone planning a wedding will know, it can be very stressful and trying to book everything and everyone can make you nervous and apprehensive, my partner, Kate and I found some really amazing people, especially on lady, the one and only Marilyn Verschuure. We knew she was the right celebrant for us after the very first phone which took place, not even 24hours after we had inquired in her Marry Me Marilyn Website. On our very first initial meeting, Kate and I didn't feel like clients, we felt more like friends, everything we could possibly want to know and things we had no idea we could do was covered in our very first meeting.
Kate and I had the most wonderful ceremony; you can't begin to imagine all the tiny little detail until the day of you rehearsal, but we didn't need to worry as Marilyn was a wonderful support to us, our bridal party and both of our parents the whole time. She is full of love and patience and we found her to be so encouraging. Marilyn knew and understood how just how important our parents and best friends were and she helped us to shape our ceremony so perfectly so we could have these special people involved! There was no request too big or too small and nothing was ever too much trouble. Marilyn made us feel so comfortable and relaxed. These are some of our dear friends and family said about our ceremony and Marilyn. it was elegant, funny, lovely, joyous, hilarious, surprising, you and Kate looked so connected, I loved how close you stayed to each other, Your celebrant created a wonderful atmosphere right from word go. These were elements that were so important to us, and it was these things, the small things that set our ceremony apart from many others that we have witnessed. I would recommend Marilyn to anyone! She is truly wonderful at what she does and so helpful. Once again thank you Marilyn, you are a wonderful soul and we couldn't have asked or hoped for a better celebrant! Love Allyce & Kate xoxo
The reason I started Rainbow Pride Celebrant is because I believe in equal rights for same sex couples! I believe Same Sex Marriage should be available in Australia as it is in the Netherlands, Denmark and Canada. When I started Rainbow Pride Celebrant no one in Queensland or to my knowledge elsewhere in Australia had created a dedicated celebrant site for GLBT couples and their families. It was time to take GLBT Ceremonies out of the back of the civil celebrant site where they were relegated back with the minor ceremonies. Some have now followed in my footsteps which is a giant leap forward. I look forward to the day when I can legally marry gay & lesbian couples and then register their marriage. That will truly be a day for celebration! We should have a party! Thank You to the brilliant Tom Hall for his awesome photography.
Love Letter from Kate' Mother Barbara for Commitment Mt Ommaney Apartments Brisbane
Hi Marilyn, All the guests were very impressed with the sensitivity of the ceremony. They loved the 'Love Story' which shared Kate and Allyce's experience of getting to know each other and ultimately forming a relationship. The blessing of the rings was very touching and the general intimacy you created with your beautiful words. It moved not only females but males to tears. At least 4 men came up to me after the ceremony and said they had shed tears during the ceremony as it was just so lovely. Quite a feat, I must say, as these were men I have never seen so moved. It was a formal, well prepared ceremony but had a very happy and relaxed atmosphere throughout. It was full of love and joyfulness. Your ceremony set the mood for the reception to follow. If there were any reservations among the guests attending a 'gay' union, you certainly won their hearts over - there was not one negative comment. Everyone sung your praises and just how beautiful the ceremony was. You are a true professional who takes great pride in their work and provides a very personal and intimate ceremony - one that my daughter and her partner will never forget. You certainly helped reinforce the fact that everyone has the right to marry the person they love. For all of this Rob and I will always be grateful. Kind regards Barbara Merrin x
Until that time of great enlightenment comes I can offer to perform Commitment Ceremonies. Your vows & commitments in your ceremony are made in love and create a union strengthened mentally, physically, emotionally & spiritually.
Love Letter from Cara & Helen Commitment Vic Lucas Park Bulimba Brisbane
"When I first met Marilyn, I knew she would be perfect for our ceremony. We only had a short space of time to prepare the wedding (6 weeks!!) and Marilyn was so professional and organised without being stressful - just what we needed!! Marilyn's wealth of knowledge and on-line resources allowed us to tailor a unique, memorable and meaningful ceremony for both Helen and I and our two children. People did not stop talking about how beautiful the sand ceremony was! Throughout the ceremony Marilyn was relaxed but professional, she interpreted our love story perfectly: she just "got" us and it showed. The guests laughed and cried throughout the ceremony (at all the right places). To sum it up; two of our friends said that they had never cried before at any wedding the had been to...until ours. Practically all our guests said that they had never been to a more beautiful ceremony. Thank you Marilyn :-))) x" love Helen & Cara
“Marilyn had wonderful ideas to make our ceremony special, but also really listened to what we wanted to make our day unique. She perceptively picked up the mood and style that we wanted and help make it the day truly ours. I especially liked the balanced way that we could rely on her professional advice when we needed it without taking away from any of our own input or desires. Thank you so much Marilyn for helping to create the special ceremony and atmosphere just the way we wanted!” We will be in touch again when it is made legal! Love & Peace Helen x
Hayley and Tanja expressed their love for one another with a simple, fun traditional Commitment Ceremony on the magnificent Bilinga Beach on the southern Gold Coast near Coolangatta.
Love Letter David & Justin Main Beach Gold Coast
Dear Marilyn, David and I (Justin) would just like to say thank you again for the superb job you did for our Commitment Ceremony. Your total professionalism from the very first contact was evident, you put your visions into reality. All of our guests were very impressed with the way you conducted the day and we both can only speak highly of your service. Looking forward to our Renewal of Vows with you next year!. Thanks again David & Justin
Justin & David are congratulated by family and friends at their Commitment Ceremony on Main Beach on the Gold Coast.
Love Letter from Cassie & Saskia Commitment Eco-Studio Fellini Mudgeeraba Gold Coast
Hi Marilyn, we just wanted to say thank you for making our special day extra special. The ceremony was perfect and everything we wanted it to be and more. We had a guest comment that it was the best ceremony she has ever seen - so I just had to pass on those compliments to you. Thank you so much. The rest of the day was filled with laughs, dancing, awesome speeches and delicious food. Thank you so much again for making our day so special you did a fantastic job on the day! Love Cassie & Saskia xoxox
Love Letter from Donna & Bridget Crowne Plaza Hotel Chapel Surfer's Paradise Gold Coast
Hi Marilyn, Thank you so much for our special day it really was awesome. We enjoyed your thoughts and service so much! We went online and found Marilyn on her Rainbow Pride Celebrant Website by Google searching. She made such a good first impression at our initial meeting. Donna and I wanted someone who had experience with Commitment Ceremonies, someone who was as just as passionate about love and family for all, as we are. We found Marilyn just this. Marilyn is thoughtful, extremely helpful, warm, supportive and above all passionate. Marilyn offered us oodles of resources to help plan our Commitment Ceremony. There was more than enough just in her Commitment Resource Pack and then there were all the online resources. We have three very small children, and over our busy year Marilyn has been so understanding about the minimal contact and at times the running, jumping and screaming of three small boys that often took place during our meetings, phone calls and rehearsal. Marilyn puts such effort and thought into every little detail. She also gave great advice and suggestions for our special day. We loved our ceremony that included our 3 boys, not a thing went wrong and it was the most perfect day for us! We have also recommended a number of people to use Marilyn as their celebrant for their Commitment or Wedding Ceremony plans over the next couple of years. Thank you so much Marilyn again for everything you're absolute GOLD! Lots of warm well wishes and we wish you the Happiest Christmas and a very joyful New Year : ), Bridget, Donna and the boys xox
Donna waits with her Bestman Danny for her bride Bridget to arrive. Donna & Bridget celebrated their Commitment in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Chapel in Surfer's Paradise on the Central Gold Coast.
Donna & Bridget walk down the aisle together at the chapel in the at the Crowne Plaza Surfer's Paradise on the Central Gold Coast.
Love Letter from Liz & Danielle Commitment New Farm Bowls Club New Farm Brisbane QLD
Hi Marilyn, Thanks so much for conducting our beautiful ceremony. Your experience and advice made planning stress-free, and we felt our ceremony was very personal and reflected our commitment to each other. You put us at ease from our first phone call and meeting, and your passion and enthusiasm made the planning fun. I liked meeting you first and talking about what we wanted.Your ideas for our vows and ring-warming were really great, and we enjoyed writing our personal Love Story. We always tell people our love story (because we think ours is the greatest), and with our ceremony we got to tell everyone at once. It was great how friendly, calm and supportive you were throughout everything. We have framed our certificate and put it in the living room. A lot of people said to us that our ceremony was the nicest and most meaningful they had ever been to, and we have already recommended you to a lot of our friends. Thank you for your support. We can't wait to have you back for the baby naming. Again, thank you so much! Liz & Danielle XOXOXO
Love Letter from Rachel & Kris Victoria Point Redlands Brisbane QLD
We would like to thank Marilyn for making our day as relaxed and enjoyable as possible. We had several chats over the phone and exchanged emails to communicate our wishes for our day. We found Marilyn's website an absolute treasure trove of ideas and information. We were able to plan our entire ceremony around Marilyn's site and we were able to incorporate a Sand Ceremony with our children which signified our commitment as a family. Marilyn was easy to talk to and has a wonderful relaxed manor with people that puts you at ease straight away. She was very caring and supportive on the day of the ceremony and we could not have asked for a more wonderful Celebrant to oversee our Commitment Ceremony. We would highly recommend Marilyn to anyone. Thanks for everything you did for us.
Rachel & Kris
Love Letter from Nat & Bec Broadway Chapel Woolloongabba Southside Inner City Brisbane
Dear Marilyn, Our day could not have been more perfect! The ceremony was just as we had hoped and we thank you very much for everything. We wanted a very simple and short ceremony; Marilyn did not try to persuade us towards any particular type of ceremony however Marilyn did offer us examples of other ceremonies, readings, and poems and gave us ideas of things we could include. Marilyn also gave us advice regarding many variables we may need to consider on the day, which helped us plan for any event. Marilyn became a really important part of our day, offering support and guidance. We are really happy with the service Marilyn provided and have had numerous comments from our guests on how beautiful the ceremony was. The ceremony was the perfect start to the rest of our lives together and we will never forget the help we received from Marilyn. We highly recommend Marilyn to perform any ceremony and know Marilyn will help make your day very special! Kindest regards Bec & Nat xoxox
Gemma & Cath Kiss at their Commitment near the Brisbane River at Eve's On The River in Brisbane. We would like to thank you for the service you provided for our ceremony, everyone commented on how beautiful it all was from start to finish and we were both extremely happy with how it all went. Thank you again for all your help Gemma & Cath.
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Love Letter from Emily & Denise' Commitment Pavilions Broken Head Byron Bay Northern NSW
Dear Marilyn, Denise and I cannot thank you enough for helping make our day so special. We really had the most perfect day and couldn't have asked for anything to be better. Since we were planning our wedding from America and couldn't meet with anyone in person, we were a little apprehensive at first. But once we spoke to you on the phone and then via Skype, you made us so comfortable with the whole process and we knew you were the one we wanted to tell our story. We were unsure with how to begin the process of writing our vows and our love stories but with your examples in your resources and assistance, you made it so much easier. Your experience and kind nature made us feel at ease with the whole process. We even had some last minute changes (the day before the ceremony), but you handled everything as if we had nothing to worry about. We didn't actually meet you until the morning of the ceremony but we felt like we had known you for a while. The ceremony was beautiful and your telling of our love story made us (and our guests) laugh and cry. We are so grateful to you and everything you put into making our day one we will forever remember. Both of our families loved meeting you. Thank you again for all you did. Please stay in touch! Sincerely Emily and Denise
My mission as Rainbow Pride Celebrant for gay and lesbian couples is to assist you soon to create a personal, magical civil union ceremony to express your love and commitment to each other. I will co-create with you a ceremony that is memorable for you and your guests; a ceremony that is meaningful and reflects who you are as individuals and as a couple, together in your relationship. It will be true to your values, beliefs, vision and dreams for your future as life partners.
Love Letter from Tanja & Hayley Tugun Beach on the Southern Gold Coast
"Marilyn thank you so much for helping to arrange and conduct our ceremony on Tugan beach. You made the whole process from start to finish very stress-free. From the first email up until our pre-ceremony meeting we felt incredibly comfortable and relaxed with you. Your passion for your job comes through in the professional and engaging way you conduct yourself.
We are so pleased we used Marilyn's services for our special day and would recommenced her to anyone thinking of making that special occasion just perfect. She is engaging, approachable, flexible and most of all has a real desire to help your day be just right for you"
Kind Regards Tanja and Hayley
Using an experienced dedicated same sex celebrant for your commitment allows you to celebrate your union with someone who truly cares and will listen to your unique vision.
Love Letter from Maria & Sally from Mackay had their Commitment Ceremony at the Mt Ommaney Hotel Apartment's Wedding Garden in West Brisbane
Hi Marilyn, Well it’s hard to believe we are almost 3 weeks of married bliss.... we are both back at work now and it’s been tuff trying to get back into it. We just wanted to thank you so very much for making our day so wonderful and special. Everything was just as we pictured it and so many of our guests are still talking about what a wonderful ceremony it was. The Love Story was a huge hit as so many people did not really know where we began and they thought it was such a lovely touch. Our day was emotional, loving, fun and very beautiful and that is all thanks to you Marilyn. As I said to you from when we first met the ceremony for us had to be just right and to us was the most important part of our day. Thank you so much for everything you did, and I have passed on your name to many of our friends both gay and straight who want to make that life commitment to soul mates. Take care and we will talk soon. Kind regards Maria & Sally Fox
Email from Maria & Sally
My dear Marilyn, We have just watched the video and it is the most amazing thing I have ever seen. It captured things that we had not seen during the day and we have really relived the day. We are both in tears now of joy and are truly grateful to you both for making our day the most amazing, loving and caring day ever. And now we have this wonderful video to look back on. I cannot find words big enough to express our thanks to you both. So from the very bottom of our hearts thank you so much for everything. We look forward to catching up with you again one day and let’s hope that day is to legalise our union. Take care and thank you again!
Kindest regards, Maria and Sally Fox xoxoxo
Love Letter from Louise & Debbie Commitment Sunset Park Bribie Island Queensland
Dear Marilyn, Our ceremony was as perfect as we hoped it would be and we would like to thank you for everything. As I'm sure you remember we wanted a very simple and short ceremony (too short we came to realise after our first meeting with you) You did not try to persuade us to change our minds however Marilyn you did offer us examples of other ceremonies, readings, and poems and gave us ideas of things we could include. Marilyn became a really important part of our day, offering support and guidance. The service Marilyn provided was outstanding and made our ceremony a really stress free event. The ceremony was the perfect start to the rest of our lives together. Thank you Marilyn!!!!!! Warm Regards
Louise and Debbie
David & Justin had a Blessing of the Hands and a Wine Ceremony Declaration as part of their Commitment at Main Beach on the Gold Coast.
Yvonne and Karen held their Commitment Ceremony in the Formal Garden at the IndigiScapes Centre in Capalaba Redlands Brisbane.
Love Letter from Yvonne & Karen Indigiscapes Capalaba Redlands Brisbane
Dear Marilyn, We'd like to say a sincere and heartfelt thank you for helping us to create, and for being a part of, the best day of our lives.The ceremony was beautiful and you were perfect. Your constant guidance made the lead up to our wedding day completely stress free. We are so grateful! Your guidance also helped us create a ceremony that was unique and very special to the both of us and we have received many comments about the beautiful words that were spoken on the day. So many of our guests were blown away with how beautiful the ceremony was and they felt that you could not possibly have done any better. You looked so lovely as well. You have a natural ability to put people at ease, and assure them everything will run smoothly on the day. Nothing at all was too much trouble and you solved any problem we threw your way. We truly could not have had a better celebrant. Pat who read the poem at our Commitment was a Celebrant also and she said you were fantastic and that she could not have done better! We would recommend you to anyone in need of a celebrant. We just wanted to say a huge thank you! IT WAS PERFECT.This is a day we will never forget and you were huge part of it. Lots of love Yvonne and Karen xxx
Love Letter from Penny & Angela Broadbeach & Kurrawa Surf Life Saving Club Central Gold Coast
Marilyn, Thank you so much for making our commitment ceremony so memorable and filled with love, not only for us but for our 100+ guests. Your passion and belief for our future together was projected through every word. Your delivery and sound quality was perfect and hard to achieve on the beach, so well done! You were very warm and composed that we relaxed the instant you started speaking. Your continuous support and ideas throughout the planning process was priceless. You made us feel very comfortable and helped us combine traditional vows and practices with the Celtic tradition of hand fasting. You also incorporated our fathers with a ring blessing rather than the traditional giving away. Everyone who attended said they had never been to a ceremony like it and enjoyed every minute of it. We are two very happy brides and will recommend you to anyone we know who wants to get married. Thank you, thank you, thank you for making the start of our lives together unforgettable.
Love Penny and Angela xoxox
Margaret Karen's Mother blesses Karen and Yvonne's rings with trust and understanding in the Ring Warming Ceremony that included their parents.
Marilyn Asks Hayley & Tanja do they take each other to be life long partners on the beautiful Bilinga Beach on the southern Gold Coast near Coolangatta.
Love Letter from Jude & Barb held their Commitment on Bribie Island's legendary Pumicestone Passage Beach
Marilyn’s lovely, friendly approach made our commitment ceremony a very ’natural’ process for us; we were wanting something ‘elemental’ and she steered us to a place where we could articulate and make real, what we wanted to share with everyone joining us. We both felt ‘present’ on the day and that our day was unique, all due to Marilyn’s respectful and professional style as our Celebrant. Thank you Marilyn!!! The Girls xoxo
All fabulous Photos of Jude & Barb's Commitment Bribie Island Courtesy of John Bortolin Photography
Your ceremony could be relaxed and informal, or you may choose to do a traditional ceremony with all the trappings or an original ceremony of your own creation. It may include special ceremonies of your own design or choosing, or rituals from other cultures to create the perfect ceremony.
A Handfasting is an excellent way for a same- sex couple to make their commitment known.
Gemma Reads Her Vows to Cath at their Commitment near the Brisbane River at Eve's On The River in Teneriffe Brisbane.
Hayley and Tanja's brothers gave them away for their Commitment Ceremony on the magnificent Bilinga Beach on the southern Gold Coast near Coolangatta.
Justin & David hug after their Commitment on Main Beach on the Northern Gold Coast
Countries Around the World Recognising
Argentina has become the first country in Latin America to legalise gay marriage after the Senate voted in favour.
Love Letter from Sandy & Bec Laidley Queensland
Both Bec and I really enjoyed the whole process, we both felt that it was well planned and it ran so smoothly. Comments from everyone said it was really nice and simple, with no fuss just what we wanted! The Love Story made our ceremony unique and having the children speak was such a touching moment for everyone. We are both glad we found your website, trying to find someone as understanding and flexible as you was hard. Thank you once again for professionalism and have a great year. Sandy & Bec
Yvonne Reads Her personal Vows to Karen on a beautiful summer's day at IndigiScapes in East Brisbane.
You can choose a location on a glorious Gold Coast beach or in the amazing hinterland rainforest landscape, quaint chapels, mountain and sea side restaurants with panoramic and ocean views, exquisite sub-tropical gardens and up market reception facilities. If you are the adventurous kind you can jump out of a plane, go up in a hot air balloon or scuba dive if that is your passion.