Archives: Photos And Thanks
Read some of the letters of thanks I’ve received over the years from couples whose marriage ceremonies I’ve had the honour to conduct.
thank you so much for sharing our wedding day with us, for all your work and for a really personal and wonderful ceremony, and, just as importantly, guiding us through the process.
You really listened to what we wanted and gave us a ceremony that reflected who we are - our day was truly perfect!
Many, many thanks again.
Love from Susi and Gerry
On the banks of the River Torrens
Dear Merrilyn ... thank you so very much in making our wedding an amazing day. The ceremony was beautiful and everyone loved it. Thank you in helping us organise a great day. Thank you . Wendy and Claudio Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary
Merrilyn ... we would like to say a HUGE, HUGE Thank you for all the help, support and wonderful ceremony you delivered for us. The planning and organising was made so much easier with your advice and direction. We would not have had such a great ceremony without your input. We have had many comments on the wording and contents of the ceremony - I have even been asked for copies of our readings and ceremony. Thank You so much for making our day great. We are ecstatic at choosing your name first when doing our planning - it could not have been better. Becca and Keith travelled from the UK to be married at The Shores.
We would like to thank you for helping to make our ceremony one to remember. All our family and friends commented on how lovely, personal and different the ceremony was. They loved the way you took them on a journey and explained how we arrived to be standing next to each other on our special day.You captured all our hopes and dreams for our day and made us feel so relaxed during the ceremony. Again we thank you for all your suggestions and assistance you gave us.
Love, Alana and Aaron
From our first meeting, we could not have asked for a more professional, warm and caring person.
Merrilyn helped make our day - with her guidance, finesse and attention to detail, I felt absolutely at ease, able to enjoy every moment, and lose myself in such a special occasion.
Everybody loved the ceremony! Our friends laughed and said they could ‘feel the love!!!’ And our parents were really pleased that it wasn’t rushed through but delivered with love, laughs and sincerity.
We loved the sand ceremony idea which we expanded to include the things we loved. It was such a wonderful momento of the day and something everyone got to enjoy with us (even with a giggle here and there when I muffed up).
Ingrid and Dave
The ceremony and celebrations were held in their own beautiful garden.
We were extremely happy with our choice of marriage celebrant. It was a delight meeting with Merrilyn right through to our big day. Merrilyn was totally professional, informative, caring and we felt very confident that we were in good hands. Merrilyn gently guided us through the whole process. She came highly recommended and we can see why! We thoroughly enjoyed our ceremony filled laughter and tears of joy. Now we too are recommending her. Julie and Guy
An intimate ceremony and joyful celebrations in their own home.
Thank you so much for marrying us with your unique style. You put so much effort and time to get our ceremony ‘just right.’ And it was.
Thank you for helping make our wedding so special - we had the ‘bestest’ day that we will treasure forever. Love, Barb and Barry
Aboard The Buffalo
Thank you for all the effort and energy you put into our wedding ceremony. It was the most important part of the day uniting our family … it was fantastic to have you on board. Belinda and Mark Cudlee Creek
Thank you so much for all your wonderful help in being our celebrant. You made us feel like we were your only clients and took into consideration Michael’s special needs at every step of the planning process. ..thank you for your help and professionalism. Jen and Michael Myponga
A little note to say thank you for conducting our wedding ceremony at Mt Lofty House. Both Chris and I felt that your style and content were totally in keeping with the way we wanted it and played a large part in us enjoying the day. I know this is ‘what you do’ but you are clearly passionate about your work! Luv, Leza and Chris Mt Lofty House
I just wanted to follow up with a word of heartfelt appreciation for all your great work on our wedding.
We thought it was brilliant and we’ve had many favourable comments about it, and about you, and the whole tenor of the ceremony. Thank you so much for setting the tone so perfectly and giving us such a memorable, meaningful and lovely celebration!
Many thanks once again for all you've done.
Regards, Sid and Evelyn
Their celebration was held in the Regency Hyatt
Shane and I would just like to say a belated thank you for all your hard work at our wedding … we were so happy with everything … and really enjoyed you being part of the best day of our lives.
We’ve had so many compliments about you. Everyone loved the ceremony ... a lot said they’d never been to a ceremony like that.
They enjoyed the stories you were able to tell about us, and said they really got to know us through that.
They also loved how you involved Hayden and the rest of the family … it was a bit overwhelming for Hayden but he said he had a ‘wicked’ day.
Love, Shane and Catherine
Dear Merrilyn, we're now back on home soil after a wonderful honeymoon in New Zealand.
We want to pass on to you our heartfelt thanks for inspiring and supporting us (over the many drafts!) to create the perfect wedding ceremony for us. We were able to express all of the things that were dear to us and honour our new beginning.
The sacredness of the ceremony will always stay with us. We had a wonderful night, as did our guests - we received many compliments about the meaning and beauty of the ceremony, even the men were teary!
So thanks once again Merrilyn. Warmest regards,Heather and Albert
Our day was perfect in every way and a lot of that was thanks to you. Your conduct at our wedding was very personal and professional and at the same time relaxing and calming.You even managed to calm me down slightly. You also made Kate feel very comfortable by meeting her at the Limo and offering your support before the nervous walk down the aisle, and for that Kate and I thank you.
We had rave reviews from family and friends about how beautiful the ceremony was, and how you made everyone feel part of the wedding … once again, thank you very much Merrilyn.
Kate and David
Glen Ewin Estate
Thank you for a memorable ceremony. David and I want to thank you again whole-heartedly for the wonderful ceremony you officiated at on Christmas Day. It couldn't have gone better and we loved the way you encouraged the spontaneous interaction between ourselves, yourself and family members. A great event and one which we will always remember for your attention to detail and for your relaxed and inclusive manner. Take care and Happy New Year! Cheers, Judi and David Mt Lofty House
Dear Merrilyn, thank you for helping us create the wedding ceremony that was a true expression of us as a couple and what marriage means to us. We can't thank you enough for all of your suggestions and advice to make sure it was just perfect, we felt that you really 'got' us. Thank you for your warm, peaceful and sincere presence at our wedding, we couldn't imagine it any other way. All the very best, Pauline and Chris Botanic Park
Stuart and I wanted an informal loving ceremony which your guidance and suggestions we achieved our dream. We were both extremely happy with your input and suggestions and in the way you conducted our ceremony and it has been very nice to hear such positive confirmation of our choice in you from so many others who are so very dear to us.
Our wedding was the loving, intimate ceremony we wanted. So thank you Merrilyn, it has been a real a pleasure meeting you.
Jenni and Stuart
Merrilyn, what can we say but a massive 'thank you' for the fantastic support you provided to us throughout the whole wedding process. You made us both feel so relaxed and comfortable and your ceremony for us was divine! You helped make a very special time even more so! With much appreciation, Mel and Ken Adelaide Botanic Garden
Dear Merrilyn, thank you for the very precious role you played in our special day. You brought our wedding to life. You are an amazing lady, calming, embracing and a joy to work with. Many thanks, Sally and Chris Jacob's Creek
Dear Merrilyn, finally, our belated thank you note!
We would just like to say how much we appreciated your calm and helpful manner in helping us prepare for our wedding.
It was the most amazing day ever and we were so happy that you were a part of it.
Warmest regards, Lee Lin and Franta
Dear Merrilyn, thank you so much for making our special occasion truly memorable. Your professionalism was reassuring and your elegance and warm manner added to our enjoyment of our wedding. Thank you again, Cheryl and Ian Private home in Stirling
...from the bottom of our hearts we want to thank you for making our wedding day so unique, personal and special.
So many people commented on how fantastic you were and how beautiful the ceremony was. It was absolutely perfect, we cannot thank you enough!
Please feel free to use this as a reference for prospective clients as we recommend your services very highly.
Best wishes, Scott and Narelle
Dear Merrilyn ... thank so much for helping us with our marriage ceremony. We have had so many wonderful comments on how personal and true to us that it was. There were even a few tears around the place (besides my own!) Thank you once again for making our day truly special, memorable and personal! With love, Penny and Andrew Carrick Hill
Dear Merrilyn...just a quick note to thank you very much for a wonderful job you did at our wedding … we have had so many comments about the ceremony ranging from 'the best wedding I've ever been to' 'a lovely, honest, family orientated wedding' 'incredibly moving, beautiful and simple'
Karen and Damon
Old Government House, Belair
Dear Merrilyn...thank you so much for the fantastic and touching ceremony at Jane and Michael's wedding. Thanks to you for conducting things so well and helping to make the ceremony a beautiful celebration of their commitment. There were so many positive comments about the wedding and it is due to your caring and professional manner that it was so lovely. Pam (mother of bride) St Francis Winery
Dear Merrilyn...thank so much for making our day such a fabulous one! The ceremony was beautiful and incredibly meaningful! We had many, many comments on it…you have a beautiful gift…thank you so much! Jen and Pete St Francis Winery - in the loft!
thank you so much for helping us create such a beautiful ceremony.
Everyone commented on how nice it was - and how lovely you were.
I especially appreciated your support and patience to help me get through my vows! We had a perfect day.
Love, Kelly and Craig
Thank you so so much Merrilyn, our guests RAVED about the ceremony! They thought you were very professional and delivered the ceremony to perfection. They love that it was personalised to us … the ceremony was just fantastic and the way you delivered it was superb! We will recommend you to everyone we know! Thank you so making our day unforgettable. Sephen and Melissa Hazelmere Homestead
Maurice and I wanted to thank you so much for performing such an excellent ceremony and for making our daughter Emiko and our new son-in-law Matthew's wedding so extremely special.
We have attended many weddings performed by celebrants and I have to say your caring professional manner is without a doubt the best. All the guests just couldn't stop commenting on what a great ceremony it was. So thank you ever so much and we will be recommending you highly.
Kind regards, Michelle
The Summerhouse, Adelaide Botanic Garden
As we had never created a marriage ceremony before Merrilyn was fantastic at offering suggestions as to how we might best incorporate what we wanted to do. Merrilyn was extremely organised, efficient and professional - but personal throughout the whole process. We loved every minute about ceremony. She also provided practical advice on the lead up to the day. Thanks again Merrilyn. Emily and Gary Port Elliot
just thought you might like to have a photo of us … thanks for making our day so special.
Everyone has commented on how impressed they were with your service.
Michael and Tamara
We really wanted to contact you and say "THANK YOU SO MUCH". You were an absolutely FABULOUS celebrant and we are both so glad you were able to conduct our ceremony. We have had so much wonderful and positive feedback on the ceremony and your role as a celebrant and we couldn't agree more.
We both had such an enjoyable time and felt totally safe and secure with you at the 'helm'. Your ideas and points of difference for the ceremony were great and the flower idea was a wonderful entry for both of us - I certainly felt much more connected with all our friends and family and so much more relaxed than if we had not done that.
Your patience as we worked on the ceremony and your ideas to make it reflect our personalities and beliefs was much appreciated. We had many people coming up and saying the ceremony really refected who we were and was very 'Greg and Jess'.
We will certainly recommend you to anyone who wants a special ceremony…once again thanks so much .... lots of love and thanks, Jess and Greg
Dear Merrilyn ...
where do we begin to say thank you for our wedding ceremony.
It was magical and magnificent.
We are so happy with how the ceremony went …you were brilliant and we will recommend you to our friends and family.
Kind regards, Michelle and David
Windy Point Restaurant
Thank you so much for making our ceremony so perfect! We had many comments on how beautiful it all was. We hope to see you again in the future for a naming day!! Tamara and Jason Veale Gardens
...couldn't have asked for more... so good it inspired a proposal on the night! ... so happy with all aspects of the planning and on the day. Thank you, Anne and Darren xx Mt Lofty Golf Club
Merrilyn you were fantastic and the ceremony absolutely beautiful! We even nominated you for the ABIA awards as we were so happy with how it all went! We will absolutely be recommending you without hesitation! Thanks once again! Michelle and Stephen Hazelmere Homestead
thank you for your help and guidance towards creating a ceremony.
So many have commented on how beautiful and unique our ceremony was.
We hope you enjoyed yourself as much as we did.
Chris and Farren Cummins House
Thank you for making our ceremony so memorable. It ran so smoothly and felt so natural on the day. The sub-ceremonies made the occasion more personalised and unique. Thank you for being so accommodating to our needs. Having the ceremony on the beach and including our pet dog as page boy really made an impression with our guests. Everybody commented on how different our ceremony was and how fabulous you were. We are so glad we took the time to find the right celebrant. The ceremony exceeded all of our expectations and we will recommend you highly to other couples. Thank you. Toni and Paul
On the beach at Largs with their little dog dressed in a tux ... very cute!
Thank you so much for being a part of our wedding day and for all your hard work. Our marriage ceremony was truly perfect thanks to your help and guidance. We had such a beautiful day and in all honesty thought the ceremony was our favourite part. We are looking forward to watching it all over again when the DVD is ready. Thank you again. Nathon and Vanessa Mt Lofty House
Thank you so much for all your help in making our day so special.
Thank you for your guidance before in helping us find the ways to express our love, and for braving the heat and soldiering on during the day.
Natalie and Tae
Adelaide Botanic Garden
... David and I both found our wedding day to be an absolute joy and much of the mood was set through the brainstorming session and getting the Ceremony 'just right', thank you so much! In the excitement of the day we missed the opportunity to personally thank you. Your professionalism, personality and delivery of our ceremony was brilliant, we really appreciate it. David and Tracey On the cliff at Marino
Peter and I cannot thank you enough for the most beautiful ceremony anyone could ask for.
Our memories will last a lifetime and we have you to thank for making our day so special. We had so many people comment on how you performed the ceremony and how they were blown away by how personal and intimate our wedding was, and that everyone was involved and made to feel so special...
JUST THE BEST DAY...
Don't ever stop what you do so well………. you are a special lady when you can turn a normal day into a moment frozen in time.
Leanne and Peter The Conservatory, Adelaide Botanic Garden
Dear Merrilyn ... we are sorry this has taken us so long for us to do, as you played such a big part in our special day, but better late than never! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! You were such a lovely person to work with, very easy to talk to and made sure that our ceremony was unique and suited us. We would not have changed a thing. Good luck for everything you do in the future. From Brad and Kelly. The Rose Garden Wynn Vale
Dear Merrilyn ... thank you so much for helping to make our wedding such a special occasion. Your calm professionalism and warmth ensured that our ceremony was everything we'd hoped for, and that the preparations were fun rather than stressful. Thank you. With warmest wishes, Anna and Jamie Carrick Hill
We have recently returned from our honeymoon where we were able to take the time to reflect on what a wonderful day our wedding was. Thank you so much for all of your help during the lead up to our special day. We are both extremely grateful for your guidance and ideas about developing our own unique ceremony.
So many of our guests complimented the way the ceremony was held and how you involved them in the proceedings. We know that any special events that may lie in the future for us we will be calling on you Merrilyn, your thoughtful and kind support was very appreciated, and we will have absolutely no hesitation in referring our friends and family to you.
Look forward to seeing you again one day in the future. Kerryn and Rick.
Dear Merrilyn ... thank you so much for sharing our very special day with us. We were so impressed with your professionalism on the day and your support throughout the process. Thank you for making our ceremony as beautiful as it was. All of our guests even commented on how you were a breath of fresh air. Thank you so much. Callista and Mike Adelaide Botanic Garden
Dear Merrilyn ... just a note to thank you for being our celebrant for our special day. We had a lot of feedback from everyone saying how much they enjoyed the ceremony and the readings used. Both of us were thrilled and happy we could relax and listen to what was being said, and thought you did a wonderful job! We'd recommend you anytime! Many thanks, Stephen and Melissa Mt Lofty House
Dear Merrilyn... we wanted to write and thank you for being our celebrant.
Your support, encouragement and excitement in the build up to the surprise (for our guests) was just so wonderful. We really could not have asked for more in helping us to prepare for the day and getting us through it!
We just loved our ceremony and all of the special elements we added in. We have had so many people tell us how special the night was for them as well. Meeting you and having you be part of our special night was very special to us.
Thank you ... Darcy and Victoria
A wonderful surprise for the guests - a marriage ceremony - in their own home!
Gary and I cannot thank you enough for the magical ceremony that you helped us create. It was absolutely beautiful and all our family and friends were touched.It exceeded all our expectations and I was so incredibly proud of the children as you can imagine! The rest of the afternoon also was wonderful... Thank you for your professionalism and for making our day incredibly memorable.
Kind regards, Bev and Gary
St. Githa's Garden
... a big 'thank you' from us for helping to make our ceremony so special and memorable.
We were both really impressed with your professionalism and attention to the details... and appreciated all your wonderful efforts to help us get it right!
Jane and Trent
Chain of Ponds Winery
We just wanted to thank you for the beautiful ceremony on our wedding day 24.9.05. We are so happy with how it all turned out! We have had many comments about how lovely the words were, and how good the readings were... thank you so much for making our day very special, and for braving the cold weather so well!! Tanya and Brent Mt Lofty House
Hello Merrilyn....thank you for a wonderful ceremony - you made our day really special and it was all that we could have dreamed of and more...thank you again for a wonderful ceremony. We will definitely recommend you to our friends for future wedding ceremonies!!!! You did a brilliant and fantastic job!!! From Amanda and Gavin Carrick Hill
Dear Merrilyn ... thank you so much for your support, friendship and true excitement about being involved in our wedding day. For many of our guests, the experience was even more wonderful because our wedding was their first garden ceremony. Todd and I have always been very grateful and humbled by your professionalism and dedication to our wedding, as well as the gentle and touching way that you have helped us create our dreams along the way. To hear from our guests how impressed they were with your involvement in our day and how comfortable and relaxed you made them all feel, means so much to Todd and me.
Your attention to detail, your gentle reminders about things that needed to be done and your calming voice of reason amidst the stresses of wedding planning have been invaluable. Todd, myself and both our families would like to thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for everything you did for our wedding.
We would recommend you and CelebrateLife! without a second thought, and hope that our paths can cross again in the future. Belinda and Todd
Oliver's Chaff Shed
We both knew that our wedding day would be a very special memory but we were unsure how we would express just how much it meant to us, this is where we are extremely grateful to have found you Merrilyn.
The thoughts and ideas you shared with us made our decisions much easier and your positive nature and never faltering patience with us ensured we could keep working on our own unique ceremony without being hurried.
We are very much family orientated people who could not have dreamt of getting married without showing our families just how much they meant to us, the Rose Ceremony was a lovely idea that brought not only a tear to our parents eyes but I have no doubt there was not a soul that was not touched by the sentiment.
Thank you very much from both of us. Melanie and Grant
Thank you so much for conducting our ceremony for us: we couldn't have hoped for a better celebrant.... the rest of the celebrations went well and we couldn't have hoped for a better day.
Bronny and Che
Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary
To Dear Merrilyn, Thank you for officiating at our Wedding. We knew you were the one for us the day we met you and November the 27th 2004 was proof that we'd made the right decision with it being such a fantastic day.
Our vision, also shared by you, was to create a unique, individual and interactive ceremony involving all that attended and with your professionalism and positive aura, we achieved the wedding of our dreams!
Many of our guests commented favourably on the ring warming ceremony. We highly recommend you, from your consultations with us, your personal touches, your efficiency and your ability to deliver an element of magic and romance in keeping with our medieval /fantasy theme for our special day.Michael and Julie-Anne
The Gasworks B n B, Strathalbyn
Thanks again for a wonderful day - it was everything we wanted and more.
Jon and Skye
They stood on a bed of dasies in a private home in Stirling
Merrilyn married us in October 2004, and she is a wonderful part of our everlasting memory.
At every point along the way she gently guided us in what we needed to do and constantly showed support and care in one of the most important day of our lives.
We had a vision of what we wanted on the day, and Merrilyn weaved that vision into a reality.
Merrilyn shows extreme discipline and a vast knowledge of all that a marriage ceremony entails, from the bottoms of our hearts we thank you Merrilyn for your help during our fantastic day. Michael and Kerry
Merrilyn, Mikus and I just wanted to thank you again for our wonderful ceremony on Saturday night. We had such a perfect evening it all seems very dream like now. We had so many compliments on the ceremony itself, everyone thought that it was very different, very us, and just loved it! One of the guests said it was just like opening presents, you just didn't know what would come next and each time it was something surprising and lovely. He had not seen the warming of the rings, the wine ceremony, nor the inclusion of the children before (and definitely not a reading of Winnie the Pooh). We somehow survived the Latvian tradition of celebrating for 3 days and 3 nights and are now completely exhausted, but very happy. We had no doubts from the first few minutes in meeting you that you were "meant to be" and are so grateful to you for your help along the way. Judy and Mikus In their own home in Croydon
.thank you for helping us celebrate our wedding and making it official. We had a great day, and appreciate all the work you had putting it together. Thank you for being part of making 2004 such a special year for us.
With love, Rob and Amanda
In a private home
.... last, but certainly not least - you were superb! We could not have been happier with the ceremony and everything there after. Plenty of people commented on how lovely the ceremony was & how truly great you were. THANK YOU. And bless you for sticking it out in the rain & the cold! Cassi and Andy Woorabinda Lake, Stirling
It really was a very special day for us - I just loved every moment of it and only wish I could do it all over again! The weather was just incredible - I remember driving up the drive and just in awe of the beautiful gums and blue sky!... we really did appreciate your involvement - several people said it was the best wedding they had been to ... your suggestions were a huge help and we really did feel we could make the ceremony meaningful to us. Also on the day I really appreciated your skill at making sure it all went smoothly and yet still making it "our" ceremony. People also commented on your role and what a great job you did. Thanks and all the very best, Libby Urrbrae House Garden
We would like to thank you for the wonderful marriage ceremony you conducted for us. We appreciated the way you took the time to consult with us about what we wanted, and were so willing to provide guidance and ideas … giving us our unique ceremony which really was just about us!
What made it even more special was that our guests thought they were celebrating our engagement, and they were so excited and surprised when you welcomed them to our wedding! They will probably still be talking about it when we are old! Here is a photo we would like to share with you. Steve and Nat
Tapas Bar in Canberra
Words are not enough to say just how much we appreciated your knowledge and expertise in guiding us as we created our marriage ceremony. Being free to include our spiritual beliefs and to involve special family members and friends in the ceremony itself made our celebrations quite unique. We have such happy memories of our wedding day. Your warmth and professionalism gave us great confidence. This photo might remind you of the beauty of the day. Sue and Peter
Brachina Gorge, Parachilna
We had the most marvellous wedding.
The weather was perfect, the garden looked wonderful and your loving and warm personality made the ceremony just right.
Beautiful words of love and dedication with everyone then joining in with love and best wishes.
Thank you for your part in our wedding Merrilyn and for being so calm and reassuring.
Jenny and Mossie
Private home in Norton Summit
Dear Merrilyn, thank you so much for making our wedding day so delightful. You added a personal touch which made our ceremony so special and different and kept our guests talking for weeks! We love your work. Thanks again, Carissa and Leonel Old Clarendon Inn
We were so impressed with Merrilyn from the start and felt as though she really cared that our ceremony went well and that it suited what we wanted. She was organised and always very quick to respond to us. We had so many positive comments about how personal our ceremony was, and how much people enjoyed it - and this goes well beyond the ‘polite’ comments that would generally be expected. We’ve had some of our tough ‘manly’ friends tell us that the ceremony brought a tear to their eye...Cassie and Stu
Bella Cosa, McLaren Flat
…thank you for the great job you did as our marriage celebrant. We were very grateful for the way you enabled us to make the ceremony - both in a written and physical sense - entirely our own, but with the benefit of your helpful guidance…we had the most sensational, happy wedding we could have hoped for…thank you for the part you played in making it that way, both before and during the event. Dara and James Adelaide Botanic Garden
From Kate and Peter
It was a magical wedding, and we are still on cloud 9!
It is certainly a story that our friends will be talking about for years to come.
Everyone has said how great you were, and loved your energy and input into our ceremony, so once again, THANKS!...
We hope you are well and busy and sharing your magic with others!
Aboard The Temptation, Glenelg
Cheryle and David
Tanja and Elmer
Becky and Alex
Corina and Mike