About moi

A fun loving, bike riding, gin drinking Newcastle girl, who loves attending weddings!

I became a celebrant when I saw a terrible ceremony followed by a great ceremony a few weeks later and realised how important it is to have a good celebrant.

I never ever want any couple or guest to feel as horrible as I did watching that train-wreck of a bad ceremony. 

Now I have the best job in the world and am continually blown away by how many really special people I get to marry! 

On my days off I'm either camping, ​gardening, beaching or on the pottery wheel. 

Very importantly, I love 90s music and would never leave a dance floor untouched! 

I may be based in Newcastle, but I'm often in Sydney and everywhere in between, and I love to travel - don't let distance be a barrier! 

What my couples say about me.. 

"To be Married by Meredith is to be married by a dear friend. She embodies a calm and warm energy that makes you feel grounded, comfortable and confident throughout an often overwhelming process! Meredith not only gives you guidance and flexibility, but she will find the sparkle that makes your duo a unique and beautiful thing to celebrate. What a delight to have this wonderful human with her generous smile be such an important part of one of the most significant days of our lives!"

- Genevieve and Ollie

Swansea, Tasmania

"Meredith, you were fantastic!

We loved how you injected personality and humour into the ceremony, whilst maintaining the significance of the occasion.

We had so many guests comment on how wonderful you were, and your calm and happy energy helped us all feel relaxed and grounded. P.S We were told about the jellybean joke- phenomenal!

- Sophie and Gabrielle

Hunter Valley, NSW

"We absolutely loved the wedding ceremony. Meredith is a perfect mix of celebration and fun but at the same time made us feel like we were the most special people in the world. Meredith guided us through the pre wedding and legal paperwork easily, with patience and warmth that made us feel very at ease during what could have been a stressful time. We can’t recommend Meredith enough, she really goes above and beyond. We look forward to working with Meredith as our family grows."

- Tom and Lucy

South Coast, NSW

"Meredith, you are amazing!!! We are so lucky to have found such an incredible celebrant for our wedding. We liked your reviews and your profile but once we met you, we felt we knew you for years (plus we loved that you spoke Spanish!!!).

You made the whole process so easy from our first meeting and on the wedding day, you made it personable, and really captured what we wanted out of the ceremony without missing a thing. All our family and friends have mentioned what an amazing job you did. THANK YOU for taking the time to know us to ensure you could delivery the best and most special wedding ceremony for us. 

We would recommend you 1000 times! GRACIAS"

- Andrea and Will (and Jax the dog)

Kangaroo Valley, NSW

"Meredith made our ceremony so special and personal.

She really took the time to get to know us and listened to what we wanted and tailor made our ceremony around that.

We cannot thank her enough for all her support and guidance

leading up to our wedding.

Meredith is an amazing person and we made a lifelong friend!"

- Sam and Nathan

Central Coast, NSW

"We were so happy with our wedding and Meredith played such a pivotal role. Essentially she's just so full of empathy and what more do you want in the person guiding such an emotional event as your wedding day.
She was so patient in simplifying legal paperwork and making sure that we were comfortable with all beforehand preparation, right up until the morning of! Meredith provided just the right balance of guidance without interference, allowing us to confidently define the key parts of our wedding. She compiled a heartfelt ceremony and presented beautifully to all of our family and friends, so much so that two of our guests approached us immediately afterwards looking for her contact details. She really stripped the whole thing back to what it should be - a celebration of love!"

- Jack and Marie-France

Sydney, NSW

"Meredith gave us the perfect ceremony. She brought warmth and personality, her genuine happy nature, sense of fun, pride and above all love. She listened to us and got to know us beforehand, being very careful to give us time to think about what we wanted then carrying out all of our wishes! We would recommend her very highly."

- Renee and Bella

Sydney, NSW

"Meredith was awesome! 
We wanted a super-chill ceremony where everything that wasn't meaningful to us could be dropped. But we also had a bunch of other ideas we wanted to incorporate, to make the day meaningful for us. Meredith worked with us to shape it all into a beautiful whole.
The dawn ceremony and elopement exceeded our expectations. Meredith was patient, understanding, flexible and supportive throughout the planning process. And come the big day, felt more like a good friend than someone we had recently met. I couldn't recommend her more highly."

- Gavin and Olivia

Newcastle, NSW

"When we first met with Meredith we were quick to decide she was the celebrant for us. First impressions were right, we met with her a few times in the process and enjoyed relaxed teas and chats about life in general and the up and coming wedding. We both loved her approach to the process and it made the two of us feel confident and comfortable in her abilities. On the day the ceremony could not have gone better and all of our guests were happy and impressed with the choices the three of us had made together. Thank you Meredith for creating such a beautiful ceremony for us!"

- Fiona and Sam

Sydney, NSW

Newcastle based, travels for love!

0413 795 844


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