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Marry Me Marilyn Voted #1 Best Gold Coast Celebrant Brides Choice Awards 2019 Fun & Laughter


Marry Me Marilyn Voted #1 Best Gold Coast Celebrant Brides Choice Awards 2019 Fun & Laughter

Introduction

Marilyn a professional full-time celebrant for 12 years performing 900 unique ceremonies! Your Love Story is Marilyn's specialty, entwining them to create the whole roller coaster of emotions from laughter & tears to surprise & amazement! Your Wedding Ceremony will start on a high and have guests so captivated, nobody will be waiting for the fun to start it has already started!

Personal Wedding Vows are the heart and soul of your Wedding Ceremony. Marilyn makes writing them a breeze. You will feel like you are in your own magic bubble. She helps you to create personal vows from the heart to reflect your love & commitment & fun in your relationship. She has amazing resources to empower you to personalise your Love Story & Personal Vows with the Wow Factor!

A lifetime of creative writing, acting, directing, event management & public speaking! Call Marilyn now & say Marry Me Marilyn!

Testimonials

Marilyn was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! If we ever were to get married again we would certainly ask her to wed us all over ;) She was incredibly helpful and patient throughout the whole process of planning and we can highly recommend her! Especially if you are looking for a unique and personalized ceremony she is the right woman for you! She took the time to get to know us and then offered different options based on what we wanted. She is a very intuitive woman and a lot of the time she knew what we wanted without us having to say anything. She also has years of experience and a real passion for what she does. Within only a few emails and a couple of meetings she helped us create our dream ceremony! It was quick and easy, yet thorough and well planned. Our little daughter was 3 months at the time of planning which meant we were quite busy and so it was very important to have someone who would take care of all the details - and she did! We were so happy with our wedding day!! To us the ceremony was THE most important part of our wedding and we got exactly what we had in mind. She was professional and organized, but also warm and personal at all times and we felt very comfortable with her. Thank you Marilyn for holding our dream wedding ceremony! In deep gratitude, Mara, Adam and Rose xoxo Love Letter Alyona & Alexandre Wedding Villa Rustica Brooklet Byron Bay Hinterland NSW From the first time we spoke to Marilyn on the phone we knew that she was special. During our first interaction we knew that she cared deeply about co-creating a unique and sacred ceremony ensuring that we felt heard in the process. She created a rough draft of our ceremony, which included all of the elements that we could have ever imagined, exceeding our expectations. We went to Marilyn's place prior to our wedding day and were able to see firsthand how much she values her work, we would call it her ART - her caring, intuitive, and heart felt approach made us feel comfortable, clear and confident about our big day. Our wedding day with Marilyn was nothing short of MAGICAL. Her creativity did not stop at the preparation, and her little tips and suggestions on the day were extremely helpful. We are so grateful for the support and guidance of Marilyn and would highly recommend booking Marilyn if you value heartfelt creativity, collaboration and an alternative & unique way of creating your marriage ceremony. Thank you from the depths of our hearts, Marilyn, for the passion and love that you bring to what you do. Thanks again for sharing your magic with us on our wedding day, we felt so blessed to be married by you! We will definitely keep in touch and share our adventures with you. Lots of love, Alyona & Alex Xoxo
Mara & Adam & Alyona & Alex Byron Bay Northern NSW
My husband James and I came across Marilyn after surfing the web for hours and hours for the perfect celebrant who would be able to create a ceremony that completely reflected who we are as a couple. We were after a creative ceremony, with elements a little unusual and unique. We loved the idea of the “love story” as that is something all couples hold special and what a better day to celebrate that story than on your wedding day! After scrolling down so many testimonials and reading more about Marilyn, we decided to meet with the lady herself. Marilyn showed us numerous of suggestions to help us achieve our dream ceremony and her personality was so friendly and it just seemed so fitting to our wedding day, so we quickly booked! Although it was still well over a year until our wedding date, Marilyn was more than happy to start working on our ceremony with us as one of the very first things we did. I’m sure she had so many other ceremony’s to map out before ours, but she never let on that it was too early or too much trouble. In fact it worked out so well as we had plenty of time to perfect our ceremony exactly the way we wanted it well in advance and well before the wedding plans ramped up and we wouldn’t have had enough time to dedicate the thought we gave it. With Marilyn’s help we had it sorted months and months before our big day! On our wedding day Marilyn arrived early as promised and went to visit James and the boys to make sure they were all up to scratch on ceremony movements and timings. Her delivery of the ceremony was fantastic, she told our love story with such enthusiasm! Our guests loved her special touches, such as the wooden box idea. We had our best man construct a wooden box, during the ceremony we had a nice bottle of scotch, and our love letters to each other sealed shut. It was the touch that really set our ceremony apart from lots of others we have attended. Marilyn is simply fantastic and made it seem as our big day was just as special to her as it was to us! I have also attached a few pictures that help to show the little “Marilyn touches” that we loved so much at our wedding! Love Kasey & James xoxo Love Letter from Christey & Brett Wedding Coolibah Downs Chapel Nerang Gold Coast Hi Marilyn, Thank you very much Marilyn for the FANTASTIC CEREMONY you put together for us on our special day. So many people commented on how personal and individual it was and not the same boring ceremony that you expect when you go to a wedding. Personally we both felt you super enhanced all the emotions of the day from huge belly laughs to the tear jerking vows. We are so grateful for all the time and effort you put into making our day even more special and helping it to run smoothly with going above and beyond being our celebrant by organising people, especially with where the groomsmen had to stand, and keeping the groom from having a nervous breakdown!! Thanks again and we will be singing your praises for years to come along with all our guests that attended!!” Thanks again for all your effort and time to make our day just PERFECT we are still getting comments from our friends and family about the ceremony which is a huge credit to you! Cheers Brett & Christey XOXO P.S. We have also attached a photo that really depicts how fun you made our ceremony which was really important to us.
Kasey & James & Christey Brett Salt Kingscliff & Gold Coast
Dear Marilyn, We are writing to you for two reasons. Firstly, to say a huge THANK YOU for helping us achieve the most wonderful wedding and celebration of love. With your wisdom and amazing skills, our wedding was more beautiful and special, than even we could have envisioned. Secondly, we want to tell you just how special YOU are. From start to finish you provided care, clarity, wisdom and inspiration, not only in your approach with us, but also in the necessary processes. You were open and inviting to new ideas and supported us with a magical energy that we definitely connected with and which we shared throughout the journey together. You helped us bring out into words and ritual, the energy and love we have shared for so long and helped us express this and share this with our friends and family. You helped us express to our community how grateful we are for the connection and love Simon and I both share and for the ways in which this is experienced with our family members and friends. It is with you and your experience and skills that we were able to achieve our dreams of a celebration of love, which would not only be remembered, but which would be felt for years to come! Marilyn, you were the perfect person to have as our celebrant! We are so deeply grateful and feel so blessed to have shared this amazing moment with you. Thank you and we hope you like the photos With loads of love and happiness, Simon and Marti xoxoxoxo Love Letter Candice & Richard Bundaleer Rainforest Gardens Brookfield Brisbane Marilyn, we were so thrilled with the ceremony, it was perfect beyond imagination. You did a great job of making it heartfelt and I really loved the love story. We cannot thank you for enough for the services you provided for our wedding day. It was so personal and so romantic and everyone agreed it was the most heartfelt ceremony they had ever been to. All this could not be possible without the personalised touch you brought to our ceremony along with the story of our love and relationship. You really are a Stand Out in this Industry and went far above what we expected! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!” love Candice & Richard xoxo
Simon & Marti & Candy & Rich Indooroopilly & Brookfield
Love Letter Sarah & Joe’s Wedding St Aidan’s Church Eureka Northern NSW Beautiful Marilyn, Where do we even start to thank you?! You are a very special person Full of Love, Laughter, Wisdom, Warmth and Care. From our very first phone call to you, right through the zillions of emails we sent back and forth and on the day of our wedding – we felt so lucky that you were our celebrant. Your professionalism and knowledge of the industry gave us a head start in the whole marriage process. Your endless resources made the task of co-creating a ceremony that much more easy and enjoyable. Your little tips like suggesting we start creating our ceremony months in advance so we could focus on the little things in the crazy lead up to the actual day were priceless. All brides – listen to Marilyn! She’s a pro! Thank you for listening to all of our input and creating the most beautiful, heartfelt and individualised ceremony we could ever have hoped for. It was perfect and very ‘us.’ So many guests came up to us afterwards asking about you and saying it was one of the most enjoyable ceremonies they had ever been to. You personalised it with our very own love story and celebrated our personalities and our relationship, you didn’t focus on all the traditional lines that you hear over and over again at weddings and it is so refreshing!! Thank you for your amazing skills at calming our nerves and for managing the crowd during the stressful time when the limo driver got lost, making the bride very late and the groom very, very anxious! We really can’t speak more highly of you as a person or as a celebrant. Thank you xo Love Letter Katrina & Michael's Handfasting Wedding Rotunda Sails Sutton's Beach Redcliffe From the very first time we met Marilyn, we felt as if there was something magical happening. It may have only been via Skype, but we finally felt contented in having found the exact person we wanted - she ticked all our boxes. Marilyn had a warm, calm and confident presence and we soon arranged a meeting at her lovely home to start the ball rolling. She was professional, caring, respectful and open minded. She employed a very elegant technique of collaborative creation - helping to design our wedding ceremony with as much or little help from her as we wanted. There were no rights or wrongs, no pressure, only help and support. If we wanted to be in full control of our wedding, that was fine. If we wanted Marilyn to take full control, that was fine also. But in the end, we worked together almost symbiotically, bouncing ideas off each other, learning about each other and fine-tuning our ceremony. It was amazing how quickly Marilyn felt like an old friend. It was evident from the 'Love Story' that Marilyn had created for us, that she understood us very well. On our actual wedding day, it was raining at first, but almost miraculously the clouds parted and all became calm over the water just as our ceremony was about to start. Our ceremony flowed beautifully and Marilyn took us and everyone present on a wonderful journey. At times we laughed, at times we cried, it had the full gamut of emotions. We had the most amazing afternoon and were able to get many incredible photos, just before a storm rolled through during the reception. Thanks Marilyn, you helped to make our wedding day an unforgettable day! Love, Michael and Katrina Hague xox
Sarah & Joe & Mike & Katrina Eureka NSW & Redcliffe
We were absolutely thrilled with our wedding ceremony and honestly would\\'ve changed anything. Timmy and I both believe you were the reason everything went so smoothly. We would like to thank you so much for being our wonderful and beautiful celebrant at our wedding. You truly went above and beyond in guiding us through the whole process. You gave us fantastic ideas and kept our nerves at bay! Being together for many years and having 3 gorgeous children made it a little hard for us to get really excited about it all, but you reminded us of our love for one another and how beautiful marriage is for not just us but for our whole family unit. You were always keeping us excited and we could tell you were genuinely excited for us too! Your ideas in getting our family involved were great! The Sand Ceremony and our ‘Family Hug’ at the end has still got everyone talking. Those moments were truly magical and we would never have thought of that if we hadn’t been so lucky as to meet you. The vows you wrote for us too were so heartfelt, romantic and truly resonated with both of us on so many levels. Anyone can tell Marilyn that you absolutely love what you do – your face tells it all! And you adore every single happy couple you marry. But it doesn’t stop there, you also love the families and friends. You make sure everyone involved feels at absolute ease and you really think of everything! A big highlight for me was seeing not only Timmy but you shed a tear as I was walking down the aisle. That shows how much you love what you do and how much you love your lucky couples! So thank you again Marilyn for making our day so special and for being you – a beautiful, kind hearted soul. We will be forever grateful! Thank You SOOOOOOOOO much!! Lots of Love Timmy and Dee XOX Love Letter Nadia & Luke's Wedding at Len Wort Park Currumbin Gold Coast We chose Marilyn as our celebrant as we enjoyed our first meeting and felt her flexible approach to the ceremony was exactly what we wanted. Marilyn really took the time to get to know us as individuals and as a couple and helped us to make the key decisions regarding our ceremony. The day finally arrived and we were confident that every detail was planned to perfection, so when things didn’t go quite to plan with our park set-up, Marilyn’s' words were a comfort to us and the ceremony continued on flawlessly. Marilyn delivered our love story like she was an old friend and really bought our 15 year history to life. We received many wonderful comments, about our love story. Our guests really enjoyed hearing our history in sequential order and even learnt a few new facts about us! We would recommend Marilyn to any couple looking for a celebrant; you can completely trust her recommendations when planning your special day and have confidence that Marilyn will enthusiastically deliver a very moving and personal ceremony. Marilyn, Thank you for our wonderful wedding ceremony, we enjoyed the planning just as much as the actual day, we owe you a million Thank-yous!! Luke & Nadia Marchant!
Deirdre & Tim & Nadia & Luke Palm Beach Tallai Gold Coast
Hi Marilyn, Greg and I are in Thailand enjoying an amazing honeymoon. Over the past few days we have enjoyed reflecting on what an incredible day our wedding was. We would both like to thank you dearly for all of your help and guidance through planning our ceremony....it truly was the most perfect ceremony. The ceremony was so personal, it truly reflected on the incredible love and friendship that Greg & I share. The way you planned the ceremony was just as Greg & I had wanted and you helped to make this part of our wedding day perfect. The atmosphere created by you was amazing. Both Greg & I felt like there was no one other than ourselves in the room...we were both so caught up in the magic of the moment. All of our family and friends have commented that our ceremony was the best wedding ceremony that they have ever attended, so personal and touching. Greg would also like to thank you for helping to calm his nerves as he was waiting for me to arrive. Thank you for helping to make our wedding day so perfect! Love Sarah & Greg xoxoxo Love Letter Nicole & Paul's Wedding at Tallai When I began searching for a celebrant I really didn't know where to start. From who to pick and why. I had an idea of what I didn't want but other than that I felt lost. Paul was leaving the decision to me so that didn't help. While I had researched and contacted a few, Marilyn was the first celebrant that I spoke to over the phone. In that first conversation I decided that she was the one for us. Marilyn from the beginning took a genuine interest. The conversation was warm and friendly, and our friendship has just grown from there. So since that very first conversation, Marilyn always went above and beyond to help Paul and I create the ceremony that we wanted. We were provided with endless resources of information to build off, and most importantly Marilyn's invaluable and extensive knowledge and experience in every thing about weddings. I really cannot thank Marilyn enough for all her time and energy that she put into helping us create our wonderful ceremony. As I said before she really did go above and beyond with every last detail from beginning to end to make our ceremony extra special. The help that was provided to me was extremely heartfelt and I would recommend her to anyone. I have had amazing feedback from many guests regarding our ceremony. From how beautiful it was, to how it was the best ceremony that people had ever attended. It was filled with love, laughter, family and many elements that made it just so personal and special. Thank you Marilyn for all your guidance, patience, input and energy in helping us create a magical ceremony. I could not of asked for a more warm and personal touch. Thank you Most Sincerely Nicole and Paul xoxo
Sarah & Greg & Paul & Nicole Sanctuary Cove & Tallai GC
Hi Marilyn, We just wanted to say a huge Thank You for your presentation of our ceremony yesterday! Everyone raved on about how amazing, personal, intimate and loving it was. They LOVED our 'Love Story' and said it made it even more magical to find out so many details about our relationship. They also said you spoke so clearly and were very animated and interesting to listen to and watch. It was absolutely beautiful! Love Mr & Mrs Finlay! xoxoxo Love Letter Belinda & Tim's Wedding Parkwood International Golf Club Parkwood Gold Coast Thank you Marilyn for an Unforgettable Wedding Ceremony! Our Wedding Day was Amazing and the Ceremony was Warm, Funny and Relaxed. It was exactly what we wanted it to be and went off without a hitch! We decided to go with a Celtic influenced Handfasting Ceremony as well as a Ring Warming Ceremony which was lovely! It was very 'us' and the guests kept reiterating this to us long after the wedding! Marilyn was the first celebrant Tim and I had met and decided after the first meeting she would be perfect for our wedding day. Marilyn seemed to understand our values well, as we wanted a more 'spiritual' based ceremony rather than a religious one. Marilyn was always very organized, friendly and professional, as well as being a perfectionist. She ensures no stone is left unturned during the planning process and even brought to our attention details we had not recognised as being important, but that we couldn’t have done without on the day. Marilyn was always in frequent contact with us and ensured the lines of communication were kept open from start to finish. Thank you Marilyn! Belinda & Tim xoxo
Nicola & Simon & Tim & Belinda Sirromet Winery & Parkwood GC
Dear Marilyn, Thank you so much for all the positive energy you put into creating our beautiful ceremony. We had the perfect wedding day. Never thought we would actually say that, but everything about it was flawless for us. For your role in that, we are forever grateful. The ceremony was amazing. I remember feeling the most ecstatic I have ever been from the second I arrived. It was beautiful and a true reflection of who we are and our beliefs. Thank you for relaxing our fears in the initial meetings, for your enthusiasm, openness, understanding, flexibility and good humour. We were so lucky to have found you to be our perfect celebrant. We will be forever grateful for your role in our wedding day and will never forget it. Thank you thank you thank you! Angela & Clinton KEMP! xoxo Love Letter Katherine & Edwin married at Wings Hinterland Retreat Gold Coast When you dream about your wedding day, the officiate is not usually the first thing you think of. But after having our wedding and having the pleasure of Marilyn’s service, it has been the one thing that lingers in my memories of our day. Marilyn is literally an angel sent to help you with making your wedding ceremony the most poignantly memorable part of your day. With endless, seamless, encouraging support from the moment we met Marilyn to even after the ceremony, there is no one else who can offer such a personal yet professional experience. Marilyn’s openness is something we really appreciated as she learned about us and our story, she is enthusiastic to enhance your ceremony to something you’ve never thought of before. Marilyn’s energy is intangible gold, especially during what can be such a stressful time as planning a wedding, I will never forget the support and guidance she gave to us. The ceremony was perfect, full of emotions and tradition, Marilyn’s experience and genuine care shone through. Our guests comments of never having been to such an intimate wedding before – feeling like they were really part of our occasion, is a testament to Marilyn and her craft. She kept us in line on the day proving to be the calm in the storm, I can’t put a price on how much that helped us and meant to me. So if you’re dreaming of the most meaningful ceremony, tailored to your needs in any way you can dream of, you cannot go past Marilyn. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Love Katherine & Edwin x
Angela & Clinton & Kath & Ed Mavis' Kitchen & Gold Coast
Firstly Marilyn, Thank you Thank you Thank you, you truly are an extremely special lady - one in which we are so grateful to have had as our celebrant uniting us as Husband & Wife. Marilyn you are a beautiful, genuine compassionate soul - a real person & those that are united by you are truly blessed. Since our wedding we have received so many comments on how unique & beautiful our ceremony was - many of our guests said they were captivated from beginning to end & overwhelmed at how emotionally engaging the words within the ceremony were. Your integrity & gracefulness demonstrated from the preparation to the delivery of our ceremony was amazing & for this we are truly grateful. You truly were such an integral part of our union & we feel blessed to have had you - a true angel to marry us on that beautiful spring day in the rainforest. The Seven Chakra Handfasting you prepared for us was magical - again you captured in words the essence of our love for each other & for this we thank you. Tony & I would recommend you to any couple that is looking for a celebrant that will nurture & bring to life the essence of their love for one another - so on that special day when you say I Do to your lover, to your best friend, you have a ceremony filled with the all the words that your hearts wanted to say, delivered in a graceful manner by a soul who believes in your union as much as you do!!!! When we were looking for a celebrant I scoured the magazines & websites looking for that friendly face that we would call & say Please marry us - to my surprise it didn’t take long to find you & know that you were the one - you were the first celebrant I called & when you picked up the phone - let's just say Marilyn - you had us at Hello!!! At our first meeting with you made us feel at ease you were kind and endearing & really listened to us & our story - you took the time to get to know us. Your support & enthusiasm that was shown when we wanted to be different - & avoid many of the classic wedding ceremony traditions, made us feel comfortable & excited to explore other ceremony ideas - which led to us, with your help creating the perfect ceremony that reflected who we are - it captured our values as individuals & as a couple, allowing us to share the love & respect we have for each other with our friends & family in our own style. Thanks so much Marilyn, Love & Light Always Tony & Ami xoxox Love Letter from Mary & Brendan's Wedding at their home on Macleay Island Redlands Brisbane Marilyn helped us to create an amazing, warm and relaxed wedding ceremony. Right from the start she understood our desire to have a spiritual and conscious ceremony and she contributed hours of research and planning to provide us with everything we wanted and more. Right from our initial meeting Marilyn presented herself as professional and confident and provided us with a world of ideas. All of our anxieties over the planning and preparation were put at ease by her presence. She facilitated all of our needs and wants (no matter how left field and abstract!) and created a unique, special and beautiful ceremony incorporating our beliefs and principles of universal energy and love. All who were there at our wedding will be talking about the day for years to come. We both felt so comfortable in Marilyn's presence and as a result feel as though Marilyn has become more of a friend and not just a celebrant. She is a wonderfully friendly and sincere person that genuinely enjoys her work and interactions with people. We are so fortunate to have found her and would recommend her to anyone initiating a rite of passage or celebration. We look forward to seeing her again and having her included in future ceremonies within our family. Thanks Marilyn! Much love and light Mary & Brendan xoxox ps - we might need you for a naming day ceremony very soon! That will be fun!
Tony & Ami & Mary & Brendan Songbirds Mt Tamborine GC
The Festival of Love was by far the best weekend of my entire life. To be surrounded by all my favourite people in the world and to marry the man of my dreams, while listening to the best music on the planet in the most perfect surroundings... I never ever wanted to leave, I wanted the Festival of Love to be our world for ever and ever. The Festival of Love was everything I hoped for and more. Such a beautiful and amazing weekend full of all the souls I love best. I will never ever forget it as long as I live. Marilyn thank you so much again for everything you did. You are a gem Marilyn, I honestly can't imagine anyone else that could have been the perfect celebrant for us like you were. When my partner and I started planning our wedding we had absolutely no idea where to search for a celebrant and were wishing we could have one of our friends marry us because we weren't sure where else we would find anyone who would resonate with us as strongly as someone who knew us intimately. It was synchronicity which drew Marilyn to us, and from the moment I contacted her I felt a strong and positive connection with her. Marilyn has all the wonderful qualities that one could possibly hope for in a celebrant... she is warm and friendly, deeply and passionately committed to her work, unique and creative in her approach, and borders on psychic in her ability to understand your needs and meet them. Often as I was thinking of something that we needed or wanted for the ceremony, she would just magically send me an email with exactly what I was thinking of, perfectly woven into the script. She has a beautiful warm heart, and a magical quality that made the whole process of preparing for our wedding extra special, and so so much easier and less stressful than if we were attempting to do it ourselves. Marilyn is also highly professional and shares an abundance of resources with the couples lucky enough to choose her. Basically Marilyn was the PERFECT Celebrant for us, she has a delightful blend of professionalism, magic, warmth, supportiveness and understanding. She is incredibly open minded, offering a smorgasbord of options, beyond anything you thought possible and she has a truly spiritual approach to her work, not just going through the motions, but pouring her heart and soul into the experience. She is by far the best celebrant I have ever seen conduct a wedding ceremony and I just feel so blessed that she was part of the most special day of our lives, in fact she was an integral part of making it the most special day of our lives. Marilyn is like a modern day St. Valentine, she is extremely passionate about love and marriage and this definitely came through in the ceremony she prepared for us. With an incredible knowledge and understanding of rituals and ceremonies from cultures of all over the world, Marilyn was instrumental in making our ceremony so unique, magical, interesting, and heartfelt. Her entwining of our love stories had people in laughter and tears and many of our guests commented on things that she quoted. This showed us that she captured our people whom listened to the entire 45 minute ceremony and really enjoyed it. Overall, from our first meeting, then preparing our ritual, to our actual big moment, Marilyn has been absolutely remarkable. She is to us more than a facilitator or standard celebrant, but a very special part of our marriage forever. Much love Freddy & Emily Holler xoxoxo
Emily & Fred Crams Farm Midginbil Hill NSW

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