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Love Letter Eliza + Marty Wedding Lennox Head
THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WE WOULD CHANGE ABOUT OUR WEDDING CEREMONY WE LOOK BACK ON OUR WEDDING DAY WITH ABSOLUTE DELIGHT AND WE RECOMMEND MARILYN WHOLEHEARTEDLY TO EVERYONE. My brother, who isn't one for compliments, said me to after the ceremony.. "THAT IS THE BLUEPRINT OF HOW ALL WEDDING CEREMONIES SHOULD BE."  To be honest we thought we wouldn't find the right celebrant to marry us in the way we wanted, so we had strongly considered not having one. We thought we would do all the legals at a registration office a month before and then have my brother on the day to act in for us…..that was until we found Marilyn. We had an initial Skype call with her to suss her out and she was just what we were after. She listened to what we wanted, offered just enough advice to guide us along and she thought of all the things we hadn't thought of. HER YEARS OF EXPERIENCE SHONE THROUGH FROM THE BEGINNING. We didn't want the same old stale ceremony, and it was clear she wasn't the same old stale celebrant. She has a magic folder of readings and example vows, great suggestions on the timing of the ceremony and a warmth that made planning the ceremony a breeze. We then arranged to meet her. We got to practice the ceremony and be clear on where and how to stand (awesome help when you are a little nervous and blissed out on your day). We loved her uniqueness, her professionalism and organisation and her attention to detail. WE ALSO LOVED HER TECHNIQUES ON HOW TO STAY COOL WHEN SPEAKING TO AN AUDIENCE, WHILE BEING TOTALLY PRESENT WITH THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE YOU ARE ABOUT TO MARRY. Much love to you and Marcel! xoxo

Marry Me Marilyn_Love Letter Eliza_Marty Wedding Lennox Head NSW

Marry Me Marilyn_Love Letter Eliza_Marty Wedding Lennox Head NSW

Love Letter Emily + Andrews Medieval Wedding the Arbour Sirromet Winery Mount Cotton
Marilyn was fantastic right from the beginning and we could not have chosen anyone better to be our celebrant. Marilyn drafted a medieval wedding ceremony for us less than a few days after we chose her and was patient with us as we sent drafts back and forth. The result was a collaborative and mind-blowing piece of work that was uniquely us and kept our wedding guests thoroughly engaged. Living in Townsville, we were worried about arranging a wedding in Brisbane. We should not have been worried though. Marilyn initially arranged a Skype call with us so we could meet virtually to discuss the wedding and as the wedding got closer, arranged for us to meet with her at her home when we were visiting Brisbane before the wedding. She also kept in regular email contact through each step of the planning process. All these things truly made it feel that the distance did not matter and it was an amazing feeling knowing that our celebrant was interested and excited for our wedding day as much as we were. Marilyn goes the extra mile. As we were worried about organising someone to play music for the ceremony, she suggested that her husband Marcel could play our play list for us (at a small cost). This turned out to be so easy- we just had to send a list of songs we wanted, and he did the rest. One less thing to worry about, which was greatly appreciated when we were already stressed. She also had recommendations on handfasting cords, how to create our love story, and ways to make the ceremony uniquely us. Marilyn also kindly reminded us to pay the final amount owing that we had somehow overlooked- another thing to keep us on track when we had so much else on. Marilyn further organised our marriage certificate and explained where to start with the name changing process. Her professionalism shone through in these respects. You would think that a celebrant’s work finishes after the wedding- but she has emailed us since to check in to see how we enjoyed our honeymoon. Another example of her going above and beyond. It has been an absolute pleasure working with Marilyn and we are so incredibly thankful for her support, patience, professionalism and interest in us, our wedding and our marriage. Love Emily & Andrew xo

Love Note Maggie + Nicholas Wedding Springbrook Chalets Springbrook
Marry Me Marilyn was amazing both as a Wedding Celebrant and tour guide through all of the legalities of tying the knot! Our plans were significantly altered by COVID for our ceremony by going from relatively large to just 6 people. Marilyn had fantastic ideas for the larger event which unfortunately couldn't be realised, but she adapted and made the more intimate event as special as it could be. Marilyn was great to work with and we would recommend her for any style of marriage ceremony! Love Maggie & Nick xoxo

Thank You Email Emily + Freddy Wedding & 3 Day Festival of Love Cram's Farm Uki
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. Much love, Emily & Freddy x x

Love Letter Emily + Freddy's Wedding Cram's Farm Recreational Reserve
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. Much love Emily Holler
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 Holler

Love Letter Chinthi + Santo Wedding Warehouse No 5 Burleigh Heads Gold Coast
IF YOU WANT AN AWESOME DOWN TO EARTH WEDDING CELEBRANT ON THE GOLD COAST, WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND MARILYN SHE IS THE BEST CELEBRANT IN TOWN!! Chinthi and I were lucky enough to celebrate two weddings when we got married in August this year. Our first wedding was an elopement in the Maldives, so to make things legal we had a second wedding back home in Australia and were blessed to find Marilyn help us tie the knot. Marilyn's wisdom and expertise as a Celebrant made our wedding day and the lead up to our wedding day feel relaxed and organised. Marilyn would always make the time to organise meetings around Chinthi and my work roster. Even when we had to cancel or we were running late she would always be flexible to make the time work for everyone. Marilyn's 'getting to know us' meetings made it really easy for Chinthi and I to learn more about what we really wanted for our wedding and she trained us how to be relaxed and be in the moment on our special day. The rehearsal meetings also allowed us to reconnect and channel the love needed to write our vows and love story. The Marry Me Marilyn website resource was a great tool in helping us write our vows and the challenges of organising a wedding. Marilyn's years of experience and wealth of knowledge is second to none, it made Chinthi and I confident that we knew we were in the right-hands. On our wedding day, Marilyn made us feel chilled and relaxed. She contributed to the gracefulness of our special day by generating happiness and love in atmospheric environment. Thank you Marilyn! Love Chinthi & Santo xoxo

Marry Me Marilyn Chinthi & Santo Wedding Warehouse No 5 Burleigh Heads Gold Coast

Marry Me Marilyn_Chantelle_Jonathan_Wedding EcoStudio Fellini Mudgeeraba_Whoo Hoo

Love Letter Chantelle + Jonathan Wedding EcoStudio Fellini Mudgeeraba Gold Coast
We are so happy and grateful that we decided to have Marry Me Marilyn conduct our ceremony. Marilyn has such a unique ability to tell a story and make the ceremony even more magical then you could expect. She was so friendly, personable and helped us immensely as we were organizing our ceremony from interstate. When we finally met her only a few days before our wedding she went out of her way to calm our nerves going over everything for hours at her own home. The feedback from our guests was all so positive AND THEY LOVED HER STORYTELLING ABILITY AND SOME OF THE OTHER UNIQUE ELEMENTS she added to our ceremony. We would certainly recommend Marilyn to anyone getting married. Thanks again Marilyn! Love Chantelle & Jonathan xoxo

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Love Letter Frankie + Alex Wedding Gold Coast Farm House Numinbah Valley
Thank you so much for Sunday, we had the most amazing day and lots of lovely compliments for you from our friends and family. MARILYN WAS AMAZING, Obviously this was huge day for my partner and I. Having Marilyn guide us through the whole process made it super simple and come our wedding day we were both so present, relaxed and calm. Kind Regards Alex + Frankie xoxo

Marry Me Marilyn Katrina & Kurt Wedding Lower Beechmont Lookout Gold Coast Hinterland

Love Letter Katrina + Kurt Wedding Lower Beechmont Lookout Gold Coast Hinterland
Marilyn, we appreciate all that you did for us to make our day unique and unforgettable, the ceremony was more than we could have ever wished for, you did such an amazing job! Our first meeting with Marilyn was like visiting an old friend; who knew our love story, who knew what we envisioned for our big day and knew how we liked our cups of tea. Marilyn understood us and was able to quickly see what kind of wedding ceremony we wanted and was enthusiastic to do what she could for us to make that vision a reality. Marilyn married us at the crack of dawn on a Sunday morning. She was still her natural, vibrant self at 4:30am and created such a beautiful ambience for our ceremony that the day really wouldn't have been the same without her. Thanks again, it really was the best day of our lives! Lots of love K&K x

Marry Me Marilyn Katrina & Kurt Wedding Lower Beechmont Lookout Gold Coast Hinterland

Love Letter Rebecca + Lee Wedding Chapel Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort
Dear Marilyn, I just want to say thank you so much for everything you have done for myself and Lee. From the day we met you have been there for us both! I have never known anyone in my life to be as helpful and supportive as you have been to us!! You have always had the time for us, when we needed help or if we had any questions, for this I can't thank you enough. You made us feel welcome in your home, showing us some of your previous weddings you have done in the past and we must admit we had so much fun. And most importantly you made us feel at ease before the wedding, you always have the right words to say!! Thank you Marilyn for giving us the most beautiful wedding, we are so happy that we chose you, And so many people commented how much they enjoyed it. You're a gifted lady with a beautiful heart.
Once again, thank you for making our day so special and for all your help and guidance throughout, you were amazing thank you, Mr & Mrs Cross xxxxxx

Love Letter Olivia + Cameron Wedding Williamina Park East Brisbane
Dear Marilyn, A quick email to express our thanks for your contribution to our special day.  From the very moment we met up with you to discuss the wedding, to the time you pronounced us as husband and wife .... PERFECT!  Cameron and I wanted a fun energy, excitement and a splash of love at our ceremony.  You provided all of it and more, with fantastic guidance throughout writing our ceremony.  You kept us calm during the collaborative process and from the very first moment we met you, you were welcoming, informative, relaxed and genuinely interested in our story.  We knew you would do your best to make our day unique and special.  Communication was easy and quick and on the day you mingled well with our guests and once again, guided the whole congregation through a wonderful ceremony. You looked stunning on our day, you captured the emotion, the excitement, the fun and the casual relaxed feeling that Cameron and I wanted during our ceremony.  We have had so many comments about how beautiful and interesting the ceremony was, so once again thank you for bringing a touch of glamour, laughter and more love to our memorable event. We thank you for your time, patience and professional approach.  The day wouldn’t have been as colourful without your contribution. From our point of view it was AWESOME! We’ll be recommending you for years to come.  All the best and lots of love and light Olivia and Cameron Brown. (has a nice ring to it hey!)

Love Letter Peter + Kristy Seaworld Resort Main Beach Gold Coast South East Queensland
We are from Adelaide and decided to get married in the most beautiful part of Australia......The Gold Coast! Planning just about every part of our wedding was done via the internet & email. I searched the internet for a celebrant, I made a few enquiries and found them to be either too pushy or too boring and not quite what we were looking for. Then I came across Marilyn's website, it was full of so many happy couples who all spoke about how Marilyn helped them create the perfect ceremony. Marilyn's Website described the many different types of ceremonies you could choose from and had such beautiful photo's of all the blissfully happy Brides and Grooms, I was very drawn to this particular website so I made an enquiry. The very next day I received a phone call from this wonderful vibrant lady, who I felt a connection to almost immediately and after spending 1 hour on the phone, I hung up with happy tears in my eyes from all the beautiful stories she was telling me and I knew that she was the one to marry us. Marilyn helped us to create the most beautiful ceremony, which was very unique and perfect for us.....non traditional. During the ceremony Marilyn told our beautiful love story, and my husband also made vows to my 11yr old son.  There was not a dry eye in the house. Marilyn's online resource pack was fantastic,  it gave us some great ideas that helped us write our vows. We felt so at ease and comfortable with Marilyn, she was always just a phone call away. Marilyn helped to make our wedding day PERFECT, and we cannot thank her enough. Guess who will be doing a baby naming ceremony ;-).

Sylvia & Christopher had their Wedding with Marry Me Marilyn at The Courthouse Restaurant Cleveland Point Redlands

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Thank you for being the most awesome wedding celebrant in the world! The whole day for us was perfection and I would not have changed a thing!! Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Love Sylvia & Chris O'Grady xoxoxo

Love Letter Sylvia + Christopher Wedding The Courthouse Restaurant Cleveland Point Redlands
Wow, I can't believe it has been two weeks since our wedding and I am writing this letter, so you may know Chris and I think you are the Best Wedding Celebrant in the World! – I think the wedding ceremony, is one of the most important parts of a wedding, where the love, for a bride and groom is declared between themselves, family and friends. I wanted a ceremony, something that was personalised and a ceremony that would captivate our family and friends, not have “just another boring ceremony”. I found the best wedding celebrant in the world – Marilyn – on the internet, and after viewing her website, made phone contact, found her to be helpful, informative and friendly! The next step was meeting up in person and the best I can describe, meeting Marilyn is like meeting a friend, she has genuine warmth and instantly makes you feel at ease – after a cup of coffee, laughter – we got down to the business side of things, where she explains clearly, the different types of ceremonies, giving you as much input as you wish to make, or if you are a busy person – how little. Our ceremony was personally tailored for us, on what we wanted ( Marilyn is a listener and gives great advice and has available amazing resources) – the planning of the ceremony consisted of sending emails to and fro with drafts, (since I wanted a LOT of input, there were lots of emails – no added expense) until we had it just perfect! Marilyn makes you feel special, as if your wedding is the only wedding she is planning – in fact her attention to detail, would be, as if it was her own wedding. The day itself was beautiful and Marilyn looked beautiful (she consults in colours and what we would like her to wear – she has an extensive wardrobe) as you can imagine, a celebrant is featured in wedding photos! Our true love story and weaving of other magical ceremonies within, had our guests in tears and truly mesmerized from beginning to end. Marilyn herself delivered the ceremony with meaning – each word she spoke was hung on to by the guests…as she put in 110% effort into creating a feeling of love and wonderment. If there is a bride to be reading this now, stop thinking, pick up the telephone, it is the best decision you will ever make! And your wedding will be – as you wish it to be…….and hassle free. So, I end this testimonial, with a heartfelt thank you to Marilyn, from Chris and myself, for we see you now, not just as a “celebrant” but a friend who made our day very special, from beginning to the end. Love Chris & Sylvia xoxo

Email Katherine + Edwin
The one and only Marilyn! How are you? We would definitely love the opportunity to let people know just how wonderful you are! We can't thank you enough for all that you did for us on our day you were just the most calming fantastic energetic force!! Marilyn, you were so amazing to us before and especially on our day and I really, really appreciate your words and help. We can't thank you enough for all that you did for us on our day you were just the most calming fantastic energetic force!! - I think you're rather intuitive ; -) Thank you so much for being a part of our chaotic day haha! you're the best :) Speak soon! love Kath xoxo

Love Letter Katherine + Edwin Wedding Wings Hinterland Retreat Gold Coast QLD
"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 and Edwin xo

Jacinta Kelly Handfasting Wedding at Aloha Waters with Marry Me Marilyn

Love Letter Jacinta + Kelly Wedding Aloha Waters Broadbeach Waters Gold Coast
Marry Me Marilyn, the best wedding celebrant & friend ever!!!!!! We chose to elope to the Gold Coast from Tasmania and nearly decided against it due to all the hassles of organising the whole event that was until I made contact with Marilyn Verschuure. Marilyn made everything so incredibly easy for us and I’m happy to say it was one of the best days of our lives, really wish we could do it all again :) Marilyn thoroughly explained the whole process and worked with us in synergy to achieve what we wanted and was happy for us to change things to reflect our personalities and beliefs. We ended up choosing a hand fasting ceremony which was amazingly personal and enabled our children to get involved as well, it went so beautifully. Marilyn helped us organise and explained all the legalities without fuss (we had a couple of things that needed extra attention) all sorted with Marilyn’s help. We would highly recommend Marilyn Verschuure to anyone who is looking to make their big day that extra bit special. We were honoured to have you as our celebrant Marilyn :) Thank you for enabling me to marry my soul mate and best friend, I am forever grateful! Jacinta x We were really happy with the handfasting cords you made for us thank you, we will treasure them forever xx PS. See you in a few years for our renewal of vows :)

Marry Me Marilyn Married Kristie- Lea and Nathan at boomerang Farm Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast

Love Letter Kristie-lea + Nathan Wedding Boomerang Farm Mudgeeraba Gold Coast
Marilyn made our day, if you are looking for something that suits you as a couple then Marilyn can definitely make this happen for you. Marilyn was a pleasure to deal with and as I said made our day truly memorable. Marilyn took the stress out of an already stressful day for the bride and gave me confidence that everything would go to plan upon my arrival. We have a friend for life. Thank you Marilyn, Kristie-lea & Nathan Kelly xoxo

Alinda & Mitch married at The Old Church Mt Tamborine Gold Coast with Marry Me Marilyn

Love Letter Alinda + Mitch Wedding The Old Church Mt Tamborine Gold Coast
Hi Marilyn! Mitch and I just wanted to say a huge thank you for everything you did on Saturday and in the lead up to the wedding. It was perfect and everything that we wanted. We had so many comments on what a beautiful ceremony it was, especially the vows and hand blessing. Thank you also for the way that you included Violetta - it was so very special to us. :-) Love Alinda and Mitch xx

Love Letter Charlotte & Chris Wedding Binna Burra Mountain Lodge Gold Coast Hinterland

Love Letter Charlotte + Chris Wedding Binna Burra Mountain Lodge Gold Coast Hinterland
Dearest Marilyn, YOU WERE COMPLETELY AMAZING, EVERYONE WAS BLOWN AWAY AND SAID THEY'D NEVER SEEN A WEDDING CEREMONY LIKE OURS AND TOTALLY LOVED IT. We got so lost in each other’s eyes and everyone was captivated in the moment with us. What a wonderful experience planning the most beautiful ceremony from start to end with you. You allowed us to fully express who we are and what is most important to us, you kept us grounded and in the moment on the hugest day of our lives. It was so much fun co-creating our unique and nerdy ceremony with you and adding very special moments with the fantasy hand fasting. Your wisdom and guidance is priceless and we thank you so so much for being a fabulous part of our wedding and making our wedding ceremony the most perfect and beautiful for us. Love Charlotte and Chris Leo xxoxo

Love Letter Charlotte & Chris Wedding Binna Burra Mountain Lodge Gold Coast Hinterland

Marry Me Marilyn Tegan & Bryce Wedding O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard Gold Coast

Love Letter Tegan + Bryce Wedding O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard Gold Coast
We could not recommend Marilyn more! She did a FANTASTIC JOB with our Wedding Ceremony. Marilyn took the time to personalise the ceremony so that it suited my bride and myself PERFECTLY. Marilyn is extremely professional and does an amazing job especially with keeping you relaxed through the Wedding Ceremony, her resources helped me so much to write my vows. Marilyn was extremely helpful in making our day so special to us! She was easy to contact if I had questions and fast to respond. She made writing our ceremony a fun and easy process, allowing us to create a personalised ceremony that meant so much to us. Marilyn helped us with our nerves and completed an effective rehearsal of our ceremony with us that allowed us to feel confident and excited. She provided us with helpful advice and many pointers that we then used to make our wedding ceremony run so smoothly. On the day she spoke beautifully, was dressed professionally and looked stunning and ran our ceremony amazingly! Our guests commented on how beautiful our ceremony was with many of our guest saying they have never seen a wooden box ceremony before and what a beautiful touch it was. I was so full of nerves as I walked down the aisle that Marilyn was able to instantly calm me as she reminded me to stay in the present and enjoy this moment! Both my husband and I would highly recommend Marilyn services to anyone looking at getting married! We cannot thank Marilyn enough for making our day so memorable for us! Love Tegan & Bryce xoxo

Marry Me Marilyn Tegan & Bryce Wedding O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard Gold Coast

Love Letter Zena + Jack Wedding The Chapel Braeside at Gin House Creek Estate Merrimac
Marilyn was a Great Celebrant! She spent lots of time preparing us so the day ran very smoothly! Our ceremony was especially Magical and was the favourite part of our wedding! Thank you so much Marilyn for everything! Love Zena + Jack xoxo

Love Letter Megan + Michael Wedding Boomerang Farm Mudgeeraba Gold Coast
Hi Marilyn, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR OUR ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL WEDDING CEREMONY, it was SO PERSONAL TO US. It was like you had known us for years the way you wrote our wedding ceremony with our beautiful Love Story and Wooden Wedding Box Ceremony. Down to every little change in every draft that you made on our behalf, made it just that little bit more special every time. So thank you very much again Marilyn you were excellent on the wedding day. You are so very experienced and it was like you were a friend of ours the way you spoke during the ceremony. Love Megan & Michael xoxo

Love Letter Dimity + Kurtis Wedding Moonlight Crag O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat Lamington NP
We highly recommend Marilyn! She was very friendly and professional throughout and has a great library of resources to help and inspire. We appreciate the work that Marilyn put in to create a very personalised ceremony. A number of family and friends commented that it was one of the most fun and fitting ceremonies they’d seen.

Marry Me Marilyn married Elisa & Paul At O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat in the Gold coast Hinterland Photo Courtesy of Chesterton Smith Photography

Love Letter Elisa + Paul O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat Lamington National Park Gold Coast Hinterland
Hi Marilyn, Thank you so much for all your help with preparing and delivering the most amazing ceremony. It was fun, relaxed, personal, emotional and loving, which is totally us. All of our friends and family also commented on how fantastic the ceremony was, particularly the Love Story and the Blessing of the Hands. When you told our love story we have photos where one friend was really belly laughing and another was wiping tears away from her eyes it was so moving! You really are the best story teller! Thank you again for making our special day even more special! love from Elisa & Paul.

Denielle & Scott Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding on the Southern Gold Coast

Love Letter Deneille + Scott Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Wedding on the Southern Gold Coast
Hi Marilyn, our wedding day was absolutely amazing; it was exactly what we had hoped it would be. Thank you so much for all your help and efforts in putting together our ceremony.  It has been nice to read back through the decorative printed copy of the ceremony you gave us and watch the video. We really are very grateful for the help and advice you gave us for the day. I think the best advice we received was to remember that the day is about us and to stick together throughout it rather than letting ourselves get separated by the crowd. It was also a great part of the ceremony for us to have that quick kiss as soon as I walked down the aisle as it connected us for the ceremony – I didn’t realise how nerve-wracking the lead-up to the ceremony would be and that really helped to relax me. Thank you so much for being a part of our day and for making it such a beautiful and memorable one! It was clear to us from the moment we met you that you have a real passion for what you do, you made us feel so welcome and comfortable from the get-go which made the whole process a very enjoyable and memorable one for us. Your words made for a beautiful ceremony and a wonderful beginning to a day that we'll always remember. Our guests have commented on the quality of the ceremony, your energy and the way that you conducted the wedding. They especially enjoyed the inclusion of the ring warming. Thanks again for being part of our day and for making our ceremony so wonderful – we’ll definitely be recommending you in future! Scott & Deneille xoxo

Marry Me Marilyn Celebrant married Darcey_Malinda at the Tallebudgera Community Hall

Love Letter Malinda + Darcey Wedding Tallebudgera Community Hall Tallebudgera Valley
Dear Marilyn, Thank you so much for everything you did to make our day so lovely. Everyone loved the ceremony! Our favourite response was "that was the first wedding I've been to that didn't leave me terrified of marriage" Ha! We were so happy with the way everything turned out. We loved how the ceremony moved from light and fun to deep and moving. We felt connected and present throughout the ceremony. The way you spoke and brought our story to life was perfect and we really enjoyed it. We've had so many comments from family and friends, letting us know how much they loved hearing our Love Story. People said it was relaxed, genuine and heartfelt and many said it was the best wedding they'd been to. The wedding was pulled together in such a short time. We also had the challenge of organising it from the USA.  Being able to Skype with you and email you as much as we needed was fantastic and you always got back to us quickly and addressed all our concerns. You were respectful and accommodating with all our values and wishes for our wedding, allowing us the space to make it our own, whilst providing us with many resources and suggestions when we were stuck. The day was crazy! It poured with rain so we had to switch from the park to a nearby hall. Our families have told us that you were extremely helpful with the last minute set up,  letting them know the best way to organise the aisle and the circle for the ceremony. You also calmed us down when we arrived and allowed us space and time to ground and connect before we began. We would recommend you to anyone planning a wedding and couldn't be happier with the way our day turned out. Thank you so much Marilyn. Love Malinda and Darcey x

Love Letter Natalie + David Wedding Austinville
Hi Marilyn, You came highly recommended to us as a celebrant prior to our wedding and now having ‘done it’ we will highly recommend you to others who follow. You gave us the freedom and courage to explore ceremony options that suited our unique situation and you delivered our dream wedding. When we first met you we were nervous about the big day, particularly how we would cope emotionally. You gave us guidance and strength to be ourselves during our ceremony and this allowed us to enjoy every minute. It was so valuable to have the pre-wedding visits with you, and your tips and tricks on mindfulness were gems! Because of this, our day, our mindset and our ceremony were perfect! So many of our guests have commented to us that our ceremony was the most sincere and beautiful wedding ceremony they have attended and for that we thank you, particularly for your professionalism, humour and ability to deliver, even during extenuating circumstances, thank you. Many thanks again!! Natalie and David xoxox

Nadia & Luke's Wedding at Len Wort Park Currumbin with Marry Me Marilyn Gold Coast Celebrant

Love Letter Nadia + Luke Wedding Len Wort Park Currumbin on the Southern 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 Thankyous!! Luke & Nadia Marchant

Love Letter Angela + David Wedding Palm Beach
We would definitely recommend Marilyn as a celebrant, to anyone wanting a really creative and original ceremony, not a standard one. David and I were married on Palm Beach on the Gold Coast in November, Marilyn helped us through the whole process, she had so many great ideas for our beach ceremony, it was unique and personal. We were able to contact Marilyn at any time while writing our vows she was patient with any questions we had and also had great advice. She is a bubbly, friendly, down to earth person who makes planning your wedding ceremony a breeze and very special. Thank you Marilyn for a fantastic day we will never forget! Angela and David.

Testimonial from Martijn & Merit from Holland Wedding at Sheraton Mirage Resort Main Beach on the Northern Gold Coast

Love Letter Martijn + Merit Wedding Sheraton Mirage Resort Main Beach Gold Coast
Dear Marilyn, We would like to thank you again for your beautiful contribution to our wedding. From the moment we met at your place we knew we had made the right choice to choose you as our celebrant. You helped us answering many questions and provided professional advice and support. It was great to discuss our wedding plans with you and you made it actually very easy to get it all together. You really gave us a chance to make the day exactly how we wanted, intimate, passionate, personal en powerful! We love the fact you are so flexible whether it is the venue or the script. We can imagine that our wedding was about the smallest wedding you have ever done, but we wouldn’t have had it any other way! With our bare feet in the sand! We loved it and we know you did too! Without hesitation we can and will recommend you to everyone who wants to get married! Merit & Martijn

Leisha and Jeff Exchange Rings at Woody Point on the Redcliffe Peninsularwith Marilyn Verschuure from Marry Me Marilyn

Love Letter Leisha + Jeff Wedding Woody Point
Marilyn, as you know our little man was diagnosed with a kidney disease only weeks prior to our wedding. My focus was moved from planning a wedding to getting our little man well. Thank you for giving me a sense of peace in an otherwise stressful time. I remember scouring the websites wondering how I was going to select a celebrant for our wedding. I came across your picture and I was instantly drawn to you, I didn't even get Jeff's opinion, I was that confident in my choice. I knew our ceremony would be beautiful and unique under your care. From the first time I spoke to you, you put me at ease.You understand what an important and unique role you have in a lifetime of precious memories and do it so beautifully. Thank you for helping make our day unique and special to us (not a cookie cutter ceremony) it was above and beyond our expectations, every little detail was perfect. Our family and friends commented on how beautiful our ceremony was, especially the special touch of the family ceremony with our children Lilliana and Maddox. To say you have a passion for what you do is an understatement, it is obvious you have found your calling. You are a special lady with a beautiful soul. I look forward to using you again in 10 years for the re affirmation of our vows maybe in Fiji this time (nudge nudge) All our love the Pacey family.

Love Letter Sarah + Mauro Wedding Main Beach
"Sarah and I organized our wedding in almost one month , as I was coming from abroad we had to make a lot of decisions in a little time. While we were surfing the net we bumped into the Marry Me Marilyn web site. We were impressed by Marilyn’s experience in a range of different ceremonies… they were really special and touching and basically we wanted to incorporate all of them!   We choose Marilyn without even getting to know her and exactly one month before the wedding we were at her place planning our wedding from scratch. Since the first meeting with her we felt we had made the right decision: she was just great! Perhaps the most important thing about your wedding is for the ceremony to be personalized for both yourself and your partner… the celebrant needs to understand how your couple is unique then create around you the perfect wedding, this takes time, sensitivity and passion. Marilyn was perfect in all of this! From that first day we felt that we were not just a job for her but that she would have gone the extra mile  to understand us and to make our ceremony unique. She is also really precise, thoughtful and easy to deal with. In two weeks she helped us to design the perfect ceremony while she never rushed us. We got married on a beautiful , perhaps too windy!, day at Main Beach. I think that day Marilyn made all the young couples present at the wedding want to marry straight away, some of our friends even asked for her contacts! We highly recommend Marilyn she is the perfect choice for your big day!”

Marry Me Marilyn_Samantha_Michael_Wedding Tamborine Gardens_Marriage Certificate

Love Letter Samantha + Michael Wedding Tamborine Gardens Chapel Mt Tamborine
Hi Marilyn, Mike and I would like to say a huge thank you for marrying us on 9 September 2016. Initially we were worried that we would have difficulty writing our love story and vows but with your guidance through drafts and the tips and tricks on your website, we couldn't be happier with the end result. It was a ceremony that was unique to us and we had nothing but great feedback from our guests on the day. The love story was definitely one of the favourite parts of our ceremony for both us and our guests (many of whom learnt more about our relationship on the day :)) Thank you for being sincere, approachable and efficient and thank you for guiding us and helping us put together a ceremony that captured our love for each other perfectly. We are also very grateful for the beautiful copy of our ceremony, it is keepsake we will treasure forever. We have already, and will continue to, recommend you to family and friends. Kind regards, Samantha & Michael xoxo

Marry Me Marilyn_Samantha_Michael_Wedding Tamborine Gardens Outside Chapel with Umbrellas

Marry Me Marilyn_Wedding of Cassandra & Matt Moonlight Crag at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat Lamington National Park Gold Coast Hinterland

Love Letter Cassandra + Matt Moonlight Crag O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat Lamington National Park
Hi Marilyn, Well the dust has finally started to settle and I am only now starting to come back to Earth and reflect on our special day. Wow!!!!  What a blur!!!!  But such a happy blur! Thank you so much for being such a huge part of our special day.  Matt and I are truly thankful for your support and guidance throughout the whole process. I have to say that the ceremony felt as through only Matt and I existed on the side of that beautiful mountain. I look back and feel a little guilty that we were in our own little bubble and the rest of the world didn’t exist in those moments. I just can’t wait to watch the video so that I can look back and take it all in again and see the pure emotion on Matt’s face (and the tears lol!). It really was magical for both Matt and I and everything we wanted it to be. Even the wind and rain at the beginning couldn’t dampen our spirits. Once again THANK YOU for sharing our day and guiding us. We are truly blessed. Cass & Matt xxx

Marry Me Marilyn_Wedding of Cassandra & Matt Moonlight Crag at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat Lamington National Park Gold Coast Hinterland

Rebecca & Lee married at the beautiful Sanctuary Cove Chapel Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove on the Northern Gold Coast by Marry Me Marilyn Wedding Celebrant

Love Letter Rebecca + Lee Wedding Sanctuary Cove Chapel Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort
Dear Marilyn, I just want to say thank you so much for everything you have done for myself and Lee. From the day we met you have been there for us both! I have never known anyone in my life to be as helpful and supportive as you have been to us!! You have always had the time for us, when we needed help or if we had any questions, for this I can't thank you enough. You made us feel welcome in your home, showing us some of your previous weddings you have done in the past and we must admit we had so much fun. And most importantly you made us feel at ease before the wedding, you always have the right words to say!! Thank you Marilyn for giving us the most beautiful wedding, we are so happy that we chose you, And so many people commented how much they enjoyed it. You're a gifted lady with a beautiful heart. Once again, thank you for making our day so special and for all your help and guidance throughout, you were amazing thank you! Mr & Mrs Cross xxxxx

Marry Me Marilyn_Asumi (Japan) & Jonathan (France) Wedding Bush Chapel Mt Crosby Brisbane

Love Letter Asumi + Jonathan Wedding Bush Chapel Mt Crosby Brisbane
私たちの結婚式で牧師をしてくれたMarilynさんはとても協力的で真摯に対応してくれ、あたし達の式が特別なものになるように色んなアイディアを出してくれたり、英語がまだまだなあたしが外国で式をあげることへの不安を優しく拭ってくれて、式の時ゆっくり話してくれたり、合図してくれたりと配慮してくれて、こんなに素敵な人に見守られ、本当にMarilynさんが牧師を務めてくれて感謝しています。 ありがとうございます。

Seems like we can't put 6 stars, I would if I could. Marilyn has made the wedding experience a breeze. You really want her as a celebrant and I'm not paid to say so. From the planning phase where she gives you countless tips on things outside the scope of her business just because she actually cares, to the coaching throughout the day itself. Seriously, we were quite stressed (as you can imagine), and as soon as she arrived, stressed oozed out of us. Everything was smooth and orchestrated, she's funny, friendly, outgoing, everyone raved about how great the wedding was compared to what you could be used to. She was accommodating too, we married in the bush quite far from her place and she made it happen in the best possible way. We also have very different cultures and she dived in to understand and merge it in a clever way. It was a big memorable day and there's no way she's not responsible for it, Thank you for being our marriage celebrant to make special day. Marilyn, you are such a beautiful caring person and great to had you on our wedding. You were perfect and made that day such a special and memorable moment of our life. Thank you ! You are the best marriage celebrant! Thanks will have to suffice as a word but it's a poor excuse for what we feel! Thanks heaps Marilyn! ;) Love Jonathan & Asumi x