I recently attended a business lunch in Coffs Harbour.  Our guest speaker was Matt Church founder of Thought Leaders Business School.  As expected it was an extremely thought provoking seminar.  Matt is at the peak of his profession. One of the key takeaways for me was the question ‘what business are you really in?’  This stopped me in my tracks.

After 10 years of joining countless couples together in marriage, I asked myself that simple question.  Why do couples choose me as their preferred marriage celebrant?  Do I just provide a celebrant service so couples can be validly married – or is it much bigger than that? If couples just wanted a civil celebrant they could head down to their local registry office or even just pick one at random from the many thousands offering their services.

Even today everyone seems to know a celebrant; and that is not necessarily a bad thing given the ever increasing national trend for couples preferring civil, rather than religious ceremonies.  The reason why I became a marriage celebrant was to be right there, bang in the middle, of the happiest moment any two people in love can experience.  The feeling you get officiating any ceremony is intoxicating. It overwhelms you with emotion that because of you, you are making dreams come true.

And there it is, what business am I really in?  I am in the business of happiness.  The love, the vows, the kiss at the end and even guests running late, that’s all a given, but what is a perfect ceremony without happiness.

When you choose me, you’re not just getting a marriage celebrant, you are getting so much more than that.  As I continually tweak and improve my business, the one promise I simply make is, that I am absolutely committed to providing my couples a true celebrant experience, period.

And what better way to sum up happiness than in this photo.

This image means the world to me.  In this photo are two brothers.  I had the pleasure of officiating not only Tim’s ceremony ( who is standing next to me with the massive grin on his face about to marry the girl of his dreams) but his brother as well, Scott and his beautiful wife Danae.

As a marriage celebrant in the business of happiness it simply doesn’t get much better than that.


    Simon was a pleasure to deal with. We felt our ceremony was unique and special. We just loved how Simon put in a story at the start of our story of how we met, fell in love and became engaged. Thank you so very much Simon, I will definitely recommend you to future family and friends. 11 out of 10 for a great ceremony.

    Sarah and Chris

  • We couldn’t have ask for a more intimate and loving ceremony. Simon’s kind words, readings and professionalism were greatly appreciated. All went to plan, better than we imagined! He was very helpful and considerate when it came to our request. Thank you once again Simon.

    Michael and Maria

  • Thank you for playing such a wonderful important role in our special day and starting our marriage.  We can not repay you enough for joining us in union but we will feel forever blessed that such an amazing, humourous and loving man helped us in our very beginnings.

    Libby & Mark

  • Simon, we want to thank you for being part our celebrant, for marrying us and for being a huge part of our beautiful day.  Our ceremony was everything we wanted – relaxed, personal and special.  We appreciate your guidance throughout it all.  Thank you.  With love Karlee and Luke.

    Karlee and Luke

  • Hi Simon, we are on our honeymoon and remembering our wedding day. We cannot thank you enough for all that you did in making our ceremony special to us and the best everyone else has witnessed. Particularly our parents who doubted our decision for a civil celebrant – they loved every part of it! You exceeded our expectation and made us feel like we have known you all our lives. You calmed me and guided us all to make it a beautiful ceremony. Again, it was a great pleasure to have met you and shared the day with you.

    Dee and Adrian

  • Thank you so much for performing your duties so brilliantly on our wedding day.  You really were an integral part of things going so well and we can’t stress enough how at ease you made us feel in front of everybody.  You have received many compliments from our guests and will certainly be recommending you to all of our family and friends.  You really did help to make our special day as great as it was.

    Kath and Ross