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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
The reason I became Rainbow Pride Celebrant over 10 years and over 700 ceremonies ago was my strong belief in equal rights for same sex couples! I believed Same Sex Marriage should be available in Australia to all couples who love one another. When I started Rainbow Pride Celebrant no one in Queensland or to my knowledge elsewhere in Australia had created a dedicated celebrant site for LGBTQI couples and their families. It was time to take LGBTQI 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. Finally the day has come when I can legally marry LGBTQI couples and then register their marriage. It is truly a day for celebration! Yahoooooooo!
Love Letter from Candice & Maisie from Northern Territory Commitment Burleigh Waters Gold Coast
THANK YOU so very much Marilyn for joining us and conducting our Commitment Ceremony on 31.12.14 and for making our Commitment Ceremony so wonderful. We had the best day ever! You were fantastic and did a brilliant job. It was simply amazing and everyone was RAVING about YOU and our amazing CEREMONY!! Everyone loved you and they loved the fact that everything you designed was about Maisie and I ;) It was wonderful to be able to share our journey with others and we have you to thank for bringing it all together. Thank you for making our day SO SPECIAL!! Love Maisie & Candice xoxo P.S. We can’t wait to do it all again when it becomes legal and we look forward to you being a part of that day too :-)
Love Letter 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 x
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 we 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
Justin holds David's hands for the Blessing of the Hands at their Commitment Ceremony on the beach at Main Beach on the Glorious Gold Coast.
Love Letter Maria & Sally from McKay 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
All fabulous Photos of Maria & Sally, Jude & Barb's Commitment Courtesy of John Bortolin Photography
Love Letter Jude & Barb held their Commitment Pumicestone Passage Beach Bribie Island
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
Jude & Barb held their Handfasting Commitment on Bribie Island's Legendary Pumicestone Passage Beach celebrating the elements.
Love Letter Jody & Naomi Handfasting Civil Partnership Old Petrie Town North Brisbane
MARILYN MADE OUR CIVIL PARTNERSHIP CEREMONY SO PERFECT! She helped us make the best decisions and engaged everyone attending in the ceremony. It was the very best day thanks in no small part to Marilyn. We will always be grateful to her for her help in the time before the ceremony and the way she directed us through the ceremony. I cannot think of anyone else I would want to do this for us. MARILYN IS AMAZING!! Love Jody & Naomi xoxo
Karen read her special vows to Yvonne at their Commitment Ceremony in the Formal Garden at IndigiScapes Capalaba Redlands Brisbane.
Yvonne and Karen watch as their friends Huri & Anna sing for them at their Commitment Ceremony in the Formal Garden at the IndigiScapes Centre in Capalaba Redlands Brisbane
Love Letter Yvonne & Karen IndigiScapes Centre 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 xx
Hayley and Tanja show their love and commitment in a fun, relaxed simple yet traditional commitment Ceremony on Bilinga Beach in the southern Gold Coast. The Surfers Paradise skyline and the deep blue pacific ocean and white sand frame their love for one another.
Love Letter Penny & Angela Kurrawa Surf Life Saving Club Broadbeach 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 & Angela xoxo
Love Letter 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
Love Letter Lynette & Tracy from England Commitment Sovereign Islands Gold Coast
Dear Marilyn, Lynette & I would truly like to thank you for the most Beautiful Commitment Ceremony you arranged for us. Your PROFESSIONALISM, PASSION AND ENTHUSIASM ARE BEYOND WORDS. You really understood our long distance relationship and life journey we are on. Lynette is hoping to join me in the UK to be able to live together and to lawfully marry. At very short notice you were able to advise, organise and plan our Commitment Day. We just can’t thank you enough! The 30th October will always be celebrated with such love and the fondest memories. We will also always remember to raise a glass to you too, for your support and for being our celebrant on our special day. Thank you again from the bottom our of hearts! Much love Tracy & Lynette Xxxxxxxx
Love Letter Peta-Jane & Tara-Lea Commitment Main Beach Northern Gold Coast
The space that Marilyn held allowed me and my wife to experience each other’s synergy of spirituality and love in a way that was life-changing. The whole experience was very comfortable and natural. Marilyn provided us the tools to create an atmosphere where our life long bond was fully expressed and Marilyn supported this graciously and with professionalism. We had a fabulous day you truly made it beautiful! Kindly, Peta-Jane and Tara-Lea Harley xoxo
Love Letter from Debra & Sheila Commitment Mt Tamborine Botanic Gardens Japanese Gardens
Hi Marilyn, We would like to thank you once again for what you did for us at such short notice, a beautiful ceremony, a wonderful day. We will let everyone we know how wonderful you are! Thank you from the bottom of hearts! Deb & Sheila xxx
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 one lady, the one and only Marilyn Verschuure. We knew she was the right celebrant for us after the very first phone call 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 your 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 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 what our dear friends and family said about our ceremony and Marilyn.' Your ceremony 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 and 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
Many thanks to Tom Hall Photography for his incredibly beautiful & creative photos of Kate & Allyce.
Love Letter from Kate' Mother Barbara for their 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
Love Letter David & Bill Wedding Nerang 45 years
Dear Marilyn, Today we received our Certificate of Marriage. Thank you so much for helping to make our day so special. It was a wonderful day and all had a great time. We loved the actual ceremony and thank you for the effort and energy you put into it. All of the guests here for our wedding ceremony really enjoyed it and there were just a few tears shed. Dinner that evening at Little Truffle in Mermaid was great and again everyone, including us, had a great time. It took us a few days to recover, but after family all returned to Canberra and Melbourne, we sat back and felt very happy that we had taken that final step. Once again, Thank You Very Much. Kind Regards David and Bill xoxo
Love Letter Stephen & Junyu Wedding Coombabah Gold Coast
Dear Marilyn, Thank you so very much from myself and Junyu. THE WEDDING CEREMONY at your lovely house was PERFECT, just what we wanted. OUR WITNESSES CONTINUE TO COMMENT ON HOW IMPRESSED THEY ARE WITH THE SHORT & SWEET BEAUTIFUL WEDDING CEREMONY YOU WROTE. Junyu and I are very happy to be married and look forward to a long and happy life together. Thanks also to Marcel, who was so warm and welcoming and went out of his way to provide the wonderful video of the ceremony. It is very special and we are so grateful. We are so pleased to have chosen you as our celebrant and will happily recommend you to anyone wanting a professional and meaningful wedding! Kindest regards, Stephen and Junyu xoxo
David & Justin from Parks in NSW read their vows to each other on the beach at Main Beach on the Glorious Gold Coast.
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 x
Love Letter Lauren & Kim Civil Partnership Boulevard Gardens Indooroopilly Brisbane
From the moment we researched and then met Marilyn in person we knew we had made the right choice for our special day. The CEREMONY WAS PERFECT on the day and she also took time to dress to blend in with our colour scheme. She looked gorgeous! Marilyn’s words and our handfasting ceremony that incorporated our wedding party and family members will always be a cherished moment. Nothing was left up in the air, and we experienced the best day of our partnership. We couldn’t be happier to recommend her for any ceremony you may want to choose as Marilyn will believe in you! We were initially concerned that as we were a same sex couple that our decision to hold a Big Gay Wedding Day wouldn’t be met with as much enthusiasm as we felt towards it. We were wrong! Marilyn was amazing beyond words. She quickly explained that Queensland had recently passed a legal Civil Partnership option for couples like us that either couldn't legally marry, or for those that chose this option instead of marriage. We were so happy to find out that we would have some form of legal document to sign on the day that legitimised our union. Marilyn also helped us heaps with listening to and understanding what our families would like as far as participation on the day. Thank you Marilyn! Cheers, Kim Harman & Lauren Ely xxx
Love Letter 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.
Love Note Thea & Shynie Commitment Convention Centre O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat Lamington
Marilyn was amazing and made sure our ceremony was perfect! Love Thea & Shynie xoxo Many thanks to Kelly Pack Photography for these photos.
Donna & Bridget exchange rings at their Commitment Ceremony in the chapel at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast
Donna & Bridget hold hands at their Commitment Ceremony in the chapel at the Crowne Plaza in Surfers Paradise on the Central Gold Coast.
Love Letter from Louise & Debbie Commitment at Sunset Park Bribie Island South East 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 & Debbie xxx
Let me introduce myself, I'm Marilyn Verschuure a dedicated, professionally trained Civil Marriage Celebrant with a caring and highly professional full time celebrant service to offer. I perform ceremonies with enthusiasm, energy, creativity, humour, warmth & love!
As a Full Time Marriage Celebrant I dedicate myself to you and your ceremony and commit to making it everything you ever dreamt about and desired! If you don't know what you want I can guide you and lead you through the development of the ceremony step by step and offer you endless creative, unique and traditional ideas and resources to choose from.
Hayley and Tanja's brothers gave them away. Nathan Hayley's brother made the surfboard for the couple as a Commitment present.
Love Letter Liz & Danielle held their Commitment
at the New Farm Bowls Club New Farm Brisbane
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 XOXO
Love Letter 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 they 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
Love Letter Cara & Helen Commitment Vic Lucas Park Bulimba Brisbane
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
Donna & Bridget 's Commitment Ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Chapel in Surfers Paradise Gold Coast
Justin & David had a beautiful Commitment on Main Beach on the Northern Gold Coast. they have already planned to have their Renewal of Vows next year with Marilyn
Love Letter Vienna & Keava Commitment Lancaster Park Waterford West Logan
So we hit the internet looking for the perfect celebrant and found you Marilyn. You were delightfully refreshing, informative and available to travel and free on the date so we booked you there and then. Your website had plenty of information to pre-guide us, and you filled in the gaps and offered further suggestions. The quality of the ceremony was extraordinary - we could not have planned it without your expert assistance and guidance. The Celtic Handfasting with ribbons as binding ties were an awesome experience for our family, friends and all our guests. The Handfasting included our daughter, grandchildren and friends in presenting these special words and ribbons was an incredibly effective way of including them in the momentous occasion. As our son guided the bride into the gathering where the better half was waiting, all your ceremonial planning with the wedding planner fell into place exactly, and from that moment on, despite one small tear-up for which the maid of honour was ready, all was smooth sailing right down to the almost smallest participant! A prompt fixed that, and no stumbles, not even with large words to say for the ten year old. Bubbles filled the air-triumphantly after the happy couple emerged from signing the Certificate of Commitment - after 33 years together! Whoohoo!! Thank you so much for all your advice beforehand and understanding of our requirements for the inclusions of our family, grown as it has over the intervening years. Love and Best Wishes from Keava and Vienna Leary xox
Call Marilyn Rainbow Pride Celebrant on
0413 344 134 for information and to see if I have availability on your special day. I offer a free obligation-free meeting at my home or by Skype or Phone to discuss your vision for your perfect day. You can also email me or use the Contact Me page.
Tanja's brother Tomas Gave her Away to Hayley at her Commitment Ceremony on Bilinga Beach on the southern Gold Coast. Hayley and Tanja googled Lesbian Celebrant Gold Coast and found Rainbow Pride Celebrant Marilyn Verschuure for their ceremony.