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Love Letter Adrian + Drew Wedding Spicers Hidden Vale Grandchester
Hi Marilyn, Drew and I wanted to thank you for helping make our day so special. We felt entirely at ease throughout the entire lead up to the wedding and during the ceremony itself, which surprisingly flew by. We have had multiple people tell us about how much they loved your style and your blend of humour and emotion through the weaving of our love story, and we couldn’t agree more. Even our wedding coordinator commented that your style and demeanour was beautiful and she wanted to have you back for more weddings at Spicers Hidden Vale! If anyone based on the Gold Coast or Brisbane is looking for a marriage celebrant we couldn’t recommend Marilyn more, from the first meeting to the last she provided us with lots of assistance and support and has access to a great online resource bank for vows and askings and other ceremony tidbits. We felt at ease going into the ceremony and as a result was able to enjoy the moment and had the most wonderful day. Thank you again! Love Adrian & Drew xoxo

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Love Letter Ronja + Emily Wedding Pethers Rainforest Retreat Mt Tamborine
Marilyn, we can’t thank you enough for the part you played in our wedding. All our friends and family have commented on how beautiful and unique the ceremony you created for us was, and how nicely you captured our personalities. We met with other celebrants but knew straight away that you were the right fit for us when we met. You were a calming influence during the ceremony as well as in the months leading up to it during a hectic period of wedding planning. We decided to include the wine box ceremony which turned out to be a beautiful addition that we will remember every year when we crack open a new bottle and read our vows and letters! Marcel taking care of the ceremony music was great as well. The timing of the songs was perfect and it meant that we didn’t have to stress about it.. Thank you again for creating such a special ceremony for us! Love, Ronja and Emily xoxox

Marry Me Marilyn Ronja & Emily Wedding Pethers Rainforest Retreat Mt Tamborine

Love Letter Penny + Jess Surprise Wedding Yeronga Brisbane
When we first met Marilyn we were struck by her character, sincerity and professionalism. Of course, a celebrant’s primary role is to be able to proficiently guide the couple through the logistics and legal of the wedding ceremony, but the choices you make to hire someone are almost always down to the gut feeling you get from their character and personality. Marilyn ‘knew her stuff’ and made every step of the process easy but her warm and bubbly nature was what sold us. We also felt passionate about finding a celebrant who was experienced and passionate about LGBTQ+ unions and her knowledge and extensive experience was appealing to us as a queer couple. As our wedding was a surprise, we had few people who were in on the secret, but it was great to have Marilyn in on the conspiracy. It always felt like we were checking in with a family member who truly cared about our day when we would have our appointments. Her knowledge of the processes and legalities allowed us to relax in the lead up, and focus on the important elements, like crafting our vows and ceremony (which is the aspect that is the most memorable when you look back on the day). Marilyn was so encouraging of both of us in writing our unique vows and love story and the many resources that she offered were hugely helpful. Having her experienced eye over both sets of vows was a comfort, and she was always willing to give and take feedback on the vows and ceremony until everything was perfect. She was very flexible on the day as well, in the face of time changes and weather, which relaxed us a great deal. We are very grateful to have found Marilyn; she comes across as someone who truly loves her job and takes great pride in it and that made the whole process a joy. Thanks Marilyn!

Love Letter Sean + Lee Wedding Tattersals Brisbane
Thank you Marilyn so much for being our celebrant for our beautiful Handfasting Wedding you’re fantastic! Everyone absolutely loved our ceremony. We really enjoyed your help and guidance. You really helped both Lee and I relax and 'be in the moment'. Thanks again, it was the best day of our lives we can't believe it's all done. Sean and Lee xoxo

Love Letter Kylie + Bronwyn Wedding Southport Yacht Club Main Beach
Marilyn, Thanks you so much for making our dream wedding finally come true. You were just amazing and we loved having you a part of our special day. She did an amazing job at our wedding and made the entire process of the ceremony less stressful. We were looking for a celebrant that specialises in same sex marriages. We did not want just a normalised celebrant. After a quick google search we come across Marilyn. She guided us through the whole process. From day 1 of meeting Marilyn, after meeting her we were very confident we've chosen the right celebrant for us. Marilyn calmed our nerves through the whole process. She created our love story from a few basic questions. It was on point from the first draft. Nil editing needed. We had sooo many compliments from our guests of how beautiful our ceremony was.

Love Letter Peter + Tye Wedding Brisbane City
Marilyn has a warmth and loving curiosity about couples that really helped Tye Shepherd and I to bring out our joy and vulnerability so we could express our truth to each other in front of our guests without any fear. Even when my accidentally unmuted phone received a text that we all joked about, Marilyn brought everyone gently back to the beauty of how we wanted to journey through our vows. Marilyn greatly assisted to make or wedding uniquely us. Apart from her resources and experience, she fostered trust that enabled a relaxed, enjoyable and meaningful day; no matter our nerves (yes I was the really nervous one). Rachel resent through the wedding video it was so fantastic; we were both crying watching it!  Friends found our wedding moving too as we personalized what we said to each other without ‘fluff’ (as a some said) and that you made the ceremony seem so relaxed and natural. Much love and thanks…our day was perfect! Much love and thanks…our day was perfect! 1/5/21 Love Peter & Tye x

Love Letter S + D Wedding Palazzo Versace Main Beach Gold Coast
Marilyn is a beautiful soul and gave us a multitude of options for our ceremony. She supported us with our decisions around the wording and the flow and we were very happy with how everything went. She has a lot of experience which meant that she was able to give good advice, and nothing was too much trouble. She also has a lot of resources with which to plan the day which were very useful. Thank you Marilyn!! S&D

Love Letter S + D Wedding Blessing Chapel InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Gold Coast
Thank you again Marilyn! What a special day it was, thank you once again for all your help. The main thing I'm amazed at was that the chapel was absolutely full haha and getting people to come up at the end to say congrats etc was a really nice touch although I hadn't thought of it - it saved us doing something similar before the meal (because I had wanted to make sure I interacted with everyone at some point). S&D xxx

Rainbow Pride Celebrant Candice & Maisie Wedding Three Blue Ducks on the Farm Byron Bay

Rainbow Pride Celebrant Candice & Maisie Wedding Three Blue Ducks on the Farm Byron Bay

Love Letter Candice + Maisie Wedding Three Blue Ducks on the Farm Byron Bay
Hello Marilyn and Marcel, Thank you both for making our SPECIAL WEDDING DAY EVEN MORE AMAZING THAN WE COULD HAVE EVER IMAGINED it to be. WE KNEW IT WOULD BE TOTALLY AMAZING BUT YOU GUYS WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND. There is not one thing that I would want to change about our Wedding. I only wish it never had to end. So many amazing memories made that we will both cherish forever and ever! Kind Regards Candice & Maisie Floyd xxxx

Rainbow Pride Celebrant Candice & Maisie Wedding Three Blue Ducks on the Farm Byron Bay

Rainbow Pride Celebrant Candice & Maisie Wedding Three Blue Ducks on the Farm Byron Bay Dove Release

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Love Letter Allyce + Kate Mt Ommaney Apartments Mt Ommaney Brisbane Queensland
As anyone planning a wedding will know, it can be very stressful and trying to book everything and everyone can make you nervous and apprehensive, my partner, Kate and I found some really amazing people, especially on lady, the one and only Marilyn Verschuure. We knew she was the right celebrant for us after the very first phone which took place, not even 24hours after we had inquired in her Marry Me Marilyn Website.  On our very first initial meeting, Kate and I didn't feel like clients, we felt more like friends, everything we could possibly want to know and things we had no idea we could do was covered in our very first meeting. Kate and I had the most wonderful ceremony; you can't begin to imagine all the tiny little detail until the day of you rehearsal, but we didn't need to worry as Marilyn was a wonderful support to us, our bridal party and both of our parents the whole time. She is full of love and patience and we found her to be so encouraging. Marilyn knew and understood how just how important our parents and best friends were and she helped us to shape our ceremony so perfectly so we could have these special people involved! There was no request too big or too small and nothing was ever too much trouble. Marilyn made us feel so comfortable and relaxed. These are some of our dear friends and family said about our ceremony and Marilyn. it was elegant, funny, lovely, joyous, hilarious, surprising, you and Kate looked so connected, I loved how close you stayed to each other, Your celebrant created a wonderful atmosphere right from word go. These were elements that were so important to us, and it was these things, the small things that set our ceremony apart from many others that we have witnessed. I would recommend Marilyn to anyone! She is truly wonderful at what she does and so helpful. Once again thank you Marilyn, you are a wonderful soul and we couldn't have asked or hoped for a better celebrant! Love Allyce & Kate xoxo

Love Letter from Kate' Mother Barbara for Commitment Mt Ommaney Apartments Brisbane
Hi Marilyn, All the guests were very impressed with the sensitivity of the ceremony. They loved the 'Love Story' which shared Kate and Allyce's experience of getting to know each other and ultimately forming a relationship. The blessing of the rings was very touching and the general intimacy you created with your beautiful words.  It moved not only females but males to tears.  At least 4 men came up to me after the ceremony and said they had shed tears during the ceremony as it was just so lovely.  Quite a feat, I must say, as these were men I have never seen so moved. It was a formal, well prepared ceremony but had a very happy and relaxed atmosphere throughout.  It was full of love and joyfulness.  Your ceremony set the mood for the reception to follow.  If there were any reservations among the guests attending a 'gay' union, you certainly won their hearts over - there was not one negative comment.  Everyone sung your praises and just how beautiful the ceremony was.  You are a true professional who takes great pride in their work and provides a very personal and intimate ceremony - one that my daughter and her partner will never forget. You certainly helped reinforce the fact that everyone has the right to marry the person they love. For all of this Rob and I will always be grateful. Kind regards Barbara Merrin x Thank You to the brilliant Tom Hall for his awesome photography.

Love Note Nicci + Ariane Wedding Artichoke Restaurant Sanctuary Cove
As soon as we met Marilyn, she made us feel at ease with planning our wedding ceremony. She was thoughtful, organised and provided some very useful tools for developing our vows and love story. The day was perfect and our intimate group of friends and family spoke very highly of the touching ceremony that they were able to be part of. Nicci & Ariane xoxo

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Marry Me Marilyn Zane & Julian’s Wedding Tamborine Gardens Wedding Resort Tamborine Mountain

Love Letter Zane + Julian’s Wedding Tamborine Gardens Wedding Resort Tamborine Mountain
Firstly, Marilyn is a superstar, from the first call, to our first meeting and rehearsal in her welcoming home, to the actual ceremony. There are no words that can describe how overjoyed we are that we choose our first choice (we just knew she was the one after speaking to her on the phone) of celebrant. After reading some of the reviews that others had posted you could only hope you day could be a half as good, but believe me when I say it was much better than any review posted. “this is one of the best ceremonies I have attended”, one guest offered up, and another saying “you took us on an emotional rollercoaster. One minute we were laughing and the next crying”. Not only did this give us comfort it was our wedding they were talking about but the tone was set by Marilyn’s amazingly written words throughout, interjecting such fabulous humour and sensitivity. She, also kept control throughout the ceremony and even when things didn’t go to plan, she professionally continued giving enough time for what we had planned ( our dog to howl and bark at a set point), and when it didn’t she continued on, with no-one even noticing (except those in the knowledge)! The vows booklets, ceremonial marriage certificate, the copy of the ceremony and the hand fasting ties were all handed over at the end of the ceremony at a respectable opportunity by Marilyn, and the genuine heartfelt excitement and enthusiasm about us officially married was overwhelming. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, as this magical moment Marilyn promised us it would be, was everything we expected it to be and more, for not only Zane and I, but for each and every person that attended the wedding at Tamborine Gardens Wedding Resort. Love Jules & Zane x

Marry Me Marilyn Zane & Julian’s Wedding Tamborine Gardens Wedding Resort Tamborine Mountain

Love Letter Zoe + Rachel Wedding The Mobile Barber Shop Bundall Gold Coast
Marilyn is a wonderful person and a very gifted celebrant who made our wedding (and the lead up) so special, meaningful and fun. She is a true champion of love and she was able to create a ceremony that perfectly reflected who we were as people and what we hoped to create in our marriage. Since then, so many of our friends and family have commented on how great Marilyn was, and that our ceremony felt very personalised. I can't recommend Marilyn enough!

Instagram Message Here on our honeymoon, we now have time to reflect on our wonderful day. @zoe_hallhume and I want to give a massive shout out and thanks to @marrymemarilyncelebrant for making our ceremony a true reflection of our life and love. Working with Marilyn was so easy and fun, plus her tips to keep our nerves in check worked a treat. Thank you Marilyn!

Marry Me Marilyn_Rainbow Pride Celebrant_Jayney & Sarah Wedding Palmwoods Home Sunshine Coast

Love Letter Jayney + Sarah Wedding Palmwoods Home Sunshine Coast
Dearest Marilyn, On this, nearly the eve of our 12th year together and 1st year anniversary I sit and ponder why I still haven’t done a review for you. I’ll tell you why......Every time I have sat to put some words of gratitude and recommendation together, the words simply escape me. The truth is words cannot encompass what you brought to us, to our special day, to the months leading up and to some truly beautiful memories. You understood us in a way I didn’t realise someone outside of our relationship could and then managed to articulate our Love Story in a way that warmed, delighted and humored us all. You thought of absolutely everything and shared so many priceless tips that saved us running around at the last minute. Our guests had so many questions about you and how we found you, you really made our ceremony something truly memorable for us and our guests. Words don’t do you justice, you’re incredible and we were so incredibly lucky to have your incredible expertise and spirit with us on our wedding journey. Wow!!!! You are the bomb Marilyn!! We loooooooved our ceremony so much, it is much more than we could have ever hoped for. What a gift you have to capture us in this way! WE LOVE YOU AND THANK YOU WITH A MILLION STARS, 5 SIMPLY ISN’T ENOUGH! Your friends, Jayney, Sarah, Izzy and Bax xoxoxo

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Love Letter Fraser + Guilherme Wedding JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort Surfers Paradise
Since the day we first spoke with Marilyn over the phone, we knew she was the right celebrant for us. We could feel her confidence and tranquillity and that’s exactly what we were after. She even went above and beyond suggesting to add some Scottish traditions (that we didn’t even know existed) to the ceremony, after learning Fraser’s family are from Scotland. Our encounters were always filled with positivity, calmness and knowledge. She gave us valuable tips to feel our emotions the best way possible on our big day! Moments before the ceremony began, she gathered us and calmed us down and made us feel very special and ready to take everything in. We could not have chosen a better celebrant and that was a common comment amongst our family and friends on the days that followed the wedding. Thank you so much to Marilyn, we really appreciated all the hard work she put into our wedding and we will be forever grateful for all her support. Love Guilherme Almada & Fraser Ferguson x

Love Letter Thomas + Tristan Wedding Brookfield Hall Brookfield West Brisbane
Right from the start Marilyn was friendly and welcoming. She worked with us to create a wonderful ceremony, both providing ideas and accepting criticisms. What was especially helpful was her candidness about what could be done during Covid, and she helped us create a backup plan in the case of a severe lock down. Luckily, the wedding day itself was restriction free and Marilyn welcomed all our friends and family with a warm smile. The ceremony was lovely, easy, and she made sure that me and my partner could completely enjoy the moment. Love
Thomas + Tristan xoxo

Love Letter Mairi + Kristie Scottish Handfasting Wedding Mobile Barber Shop Bundall
Hi Marilyn, HOW EXCITING, OMG the day was absolutely fantastic! My parents were sooooooo impressed by your ceremony and my dad did mention you in your speech because he thought it was incredible. All our guests said it was the best ceremony ever and how they loved the Scottish Handfasting touch. Thank you so much! Love Kristie + Mairi xoxo

Rainbow Pride Celebrant Emily & Denise Byron Bay

Love Letter Emily + Denise's 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 xoxo

Marry Me Marilyn_Emily_Denise_Commitment Wategos Beach Byron Bay

Rainbow Pride Celebrant_Julie & Pier Wedding Warner Brisbane

Love Letter Julie + Pier Wedding Warner Brisbane
We met with 3 marriage celebrants and Marilyn won hands down! She is very experienced and has loads of resources at her fingertips. Marilyn spent a lot of time with us, going over every detail. We were certainly well prepared for our wedding after Marilyn gave us so much confidence and empowered us with her knowledge. We are SO glad we chose her. So many of our wedding guests said it was the BEST WEDDING THAT THEY HAVE EVER BEEN TO! Love your work Marilyn!! Love Julie & Pier xoxo

Rainbow Pride Celebrant_Julie & Pier Wedding Warner Brisbane

Rainbow Pride Celebrant Thea & Shynie Commitment Convention Centre O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat

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.

Rainbow Pride Celebrant Thea & Shynie Commitment Convention Centre O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat

Rainbow Pride Celebrant andice & Maisie from Northern Territory Commitment Burleigh Waters Gold Coast Wine Ceremony

Love Letter Candice + Maisie 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 :-)

Rainbow Pride Celebrant andice & Maisie from Northern Territory Commitment Burleigh Waters Gold Coast

Marry Me Marilyn Ashley & Jordan Wedding Ormeau Hills Gold Coast

Love Letter Ashley + Jordan Wedding Ormeau Hills
Marilyn, You are phenomenal!! Thank you so much for a wonderful wedding day yesterday you really do make every wedding ceremony so amazing and so special it really touched our hearts!! You are caring, warm, inviting, you always welcome everyone like family and to Jordan and I and Lynette & Tracey and all of us you feel like family!! Everything you achieve is done with creativity and personalised flair! Nothing is ever to big or small and you always go above and beyond for us all!! WOW Voted #1 Celebrant on the Gold Coast at the Brides Choice Award such a well deserved win, we are all lucky to have found you! Recognition well deserved Love Ashley & Jordan xo

Marry Me Marilyn Ashley & Jordan Wedding Ormeau Hills Gold Coast

Marry Me Marilyn_Lauren & Kim Civil Partnership Boulevard Gardens Indooroopilly Brisbane

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

Marry Me Marilyn_Lauren & Kim Civil Partnership Boulevard Gardens Indooroopilly Brisbane


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