Weddings

I was appointed by the Attorney Generals Department in September of 2008 to conduct weddings. 

 

I am very committed and dedicated to delivering a unique, personalised and friendly ceremony. I work with my couples every step of the way determining exactly what they want for their ceremony and what inclusions they have in mind. I always take the time to guide my couple's, assisting with wedding vows and ring wordings along with music and reading suggestions.

 

There are some legalities of course that along with my duties as a Marriage Celebrant I will need to take care of. In the first instance, a Notice of Intended Marriage ( NOIM ) needs to be filled out. This can be done 18 months prior to your wedding taking place but no less that one month prior to your day. I supply this form when meeting with couples but it can also be downloaded by clicking on this link. This must be signed in front of your celebrant or other authorised person as stated in the instructions on Pages 1 and 2 of the NOIM. I will also go over with the parties to the marriage,  the Terms and Conditions of you engaging Life's Celebrations by Samantha as your celebrant.

 

An important aspect is to advise my couple's of the complaint's procedure in the unlikely event that an issue arises that cannot be solved between myself and the complainant. This is a legal requirement as per the Code of Practice  that all celebrant's must abide by.

 

As another part of my legal obligation to you, both parties to the marriage will be given a copy of a pamphlet issued by the Attorney Generals Department, Happily Ever, Before and After. I supply the original pamphlet to each of the couple. 

 

Identification of your date and place of birth must be provided to your celebrant prior to you getting married as well as photo identification. A birth certificate is one of the accepted forms of identification. If you were born in NSW and need to obtain your certificate, contact your local Births, Deaths and Marriages office. You can apply by clicking on the application form link here.

An Australian or overseas passport is also acceptable as proof of your birth.  

 

If either party have been previously married, divorce papers also need to be sighted by your celebrant. Should your partner have passed away, then a death certificate is the document required. If you need to obtain a death certificate, you can apply here

If either of the parties to the marriage have been born overseas, and the identification or divorce papers are in a language other than English, then a translated certificate must be supplied. For information on getting certificates translated you can visit www.migrationtranslators.com.au. There are other translation services listed on google. 

I am also a Justice of the Peace should you need any documents certified.

Upon receipt of your booking fee which secures your date and time, you are supplied with resources that will help with all of the things mentioned above. Wedding vows in particular can be quite scary for a lot of people, but I make it a little easier offering suggestions that you may or may not wish to use. They may just give you some inspiration - something to help you to put together your own vows.

 

There are a lot of inclusions you may wish to consider for your ceremony. Included is a sand unity ceremony as part of my package. You can see some images by clicking here where some photos are showcased . It is a lovely memento as well as a nice way to maybe include a blending of families, as many weddings in this day and age are. It makes everyone feel included.  Other ideas include Candle Unity Ceremonies, Handfasting, Rose Giving ( to one another or to parents ) , Warming of Rings - there are of course many others.

 

For your ceremony, I supply a PA system so that everyone can hear the ceremony, as well as for playing the music that you have chosen. 

 

On your big day you are presented with a marriage certificate that will be signed by both parties to the marriage and two witnesses over the age of 18. Whilst this is a legal document, you will still need to apply for the marriage certificate as issued by the Births, Deaths and Marriages Office within your state. I often apply for this on behalf of my couples. It is a much easier option as I apply to NSW Births, Deaths and Marriages when I register your marriage online. You can apply for it, but have to supply identification. Should you choose to do this yourself, an application form can be downloaded by clicking on this link

 

I am passionate about good service and making your day memorable. Why not get in contact today so we can catch up for a coffee and a chat to discuss one of the most important days in your life!

Sand Unity Ceremony

Sand Unity Ceremony

A blending of individual sands. Sands that cannot be separated - as is the bond of the Bride and Groom and/or their family

Mulgoa Valley Receptions

Mulgoa Valley Receptions

On a sunny day in September of 2014, Michael and Xrystine said their " I do's" at the pretty location of Mulgoa Valley Receptions.

Jodie and Steve - January 2016

Jodie and Steve - January 2016

At the lovely location of Tuckerman's Reserve Austimer, Jodie and Steve became husband and wife in front of family and friends in January of 2016.

Matt and Jessica - June 2017

Matt and Jessica - June 2017

This lovely couple were married in the grounds of St Lucia Golf Links - St Lucia, in June of 2017. An absolute delight to have been a part of

Donna and Brendan - November 2016

Donna and Brendan - November 2016

I was honoured to be involved in the wedding of Donna & Brendan seen pictured here, and more than happy to post for my signature photo.

James and Jorja with Samantha

James and Jorja with Samantha

A wonderful shot of a beautiful, young couple who became husband and wife in Bowral. The setting was James' parents home - a beautifully manicured garden setting. An honour for Life's Celebrations by Samantha to be involved in! Photo courtesy of Gemma Clarke Photography. Gemma was wonderful to work with as well.

Melissa and Robert - Appin House

Melissa and Robert - Appin House

The beautiful Melissa Middleton in October 2016 at Appin House - She truly looked stunning on her special day and a true pleasure for Samantha to be involved in her wedding.

Life's Celebrations by Samantha

Life's Celebrations by Samantha

A lovely signing table setup under the shade of the trees at Belgenny Farm - Camden - celebrating weddings, naming's and honouring people's lives

Bride Kelly under the Harbour Bridge

Bride Kelly under the Harbour Bridge

What a stunning photo taken by Bishoi of Inview Studios. Bish had a wonderful couple to work with as well as the BEST location in the world.

Wedding Ceremony Belgenny Farm

Wedding Ceremony Belgenny Farm

A lovely table setting in the shade of the tree at Belgenny Farm - Camden

Let's kick off our shoes!

Let's kick off our shoes!

I love this photo! One taken of Kelly in a quiet moment with her shoes off! Photo courtesy of Inview Studios

Wedding Celebrant Macarthur

Wedding Celebrant Macarthur

The happy couple, Glen & Susan Harradine on their wedding day. What makes Samanthas job so much more rewarding is seeing the joy a special day brings to the couples lives!

Wedding Celebrant Samantha Lysaught

Wedding Celebrant Samantha Lysaught

Another lovely wedding officiated by Samantha Lysaught was the wedding of Chantelle & Jason! Another happy couple!