Welcome to Heartfelt OccasionsWhere Love & Life are always worth Celebrating!
As a Celebrant I tell a Story
This story marks a moment in a person’s life. Hopes, dreams and expectations are expressed in words and symbols to be celebrated with a ceremony. Individuals, couples and families today have a wide choice of what rites of passage are important to them, with events and milestones in our lives becoming more personalised.
There is a proverb that says… “If love interferes with your business, quit your business”. Love, however, is my business! Love grows and changes throughout our lives. I celebrate and tell the story of the love a couple have for each other as they are engaged, planning their wedding & their future lives together. Couples renewing their vows after a lifetime together, share their story and their ongoing commitment. A baby naming, celebrates and tells the story of the love parents have for their child as they welcome and introduce their son or daughter into their circle of family and friends.
It is my absolute pleasure and a privilege to share with couples and families such special times in their lives.
Whether big or small, traditional or contemporary, formal or relaxed, as a Registered Marriage Celebrant, I am able to help you to create a ceremony that you and your guests will remember. Each ceremony is as unique as you are and should reflect your love and commitment.
To perform your ceremony, I am happy to travel throughout the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland and lower Hunter Valley areas. I can also be available for ceremonies beyond these locations with travel to Sydney, the Central Coast, Port Stephens and the Jervis Bay region – negotiated upon request. Any where else? Just ask!
I am warm, friendly and down-to-earth. Your ceremony is all about you and your loved one. I will always listen to your needs so that on the day of your occasion, the ceremony is all you have dreamed of.
What is my story… I really loved my wedding day BUT I honestly don’t remember what food we ate or what wine we drank or even what flowers were in my bouquet. What I do remember about the day was that first look and the smile on Michael’s face as we met outside prior to our ceremony starting. We have been happily married for over fifteen years (… the years fly by!) and we have three beautiful and busy children.
In my past career, I was a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at a major teaching hospital in Sydney. I loved my years as a nurse and it was a very rewarding time. I have made lifelong friends and have fond memories of the patients that I cared for. Shift work, however, just didn’t fit into our plans as a young family. The one aspect of work that I missed was connecting with people on a personal level. Then, one day I was invited to the civil marriage ceremony of a friend. The ceremony was lovely and I thought that this was a profession that would allow me to have the flexibility to be there for my family but to also give something special to couples on one of the most important and memorable days of their lives.
After successfully completing my Celebrant studies in 2007, I was officially appointed as a Registered Marriage Celebrant by the Attorney General’s Department in April 2008.
I have had the honour of officiating at the marriages of many fabulous couples. I love every aspect of being a Celebrant – meeting and working with lovely couples and families to celebrate and share their life and love story is always special. I hope to be performing ceremonies for the next few decades… will keep you posted as my story continues to unfold.
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Completion of the Legal Obligations
Plus online application of your Official Marriage Certificate.
An obligation free meeting so we can chat about your plans & you meet me in person.
A PA System
For your guests to hear your love story.
You want to feel relaxed on the day.
Unlimited Support via phone & email
Coffee, hugs & a laugh also when needed!
A Personal & Heartfelt Ceremony
All about the two of you!
We asked Fiona from Heartfelt Occasions to perform a naming ceremony for our child who is adopted. Fiona was just wonderful before the event. She settled us with her approach to the day and her suggestions around what to include. She listened to the story of how our child came to be with us and she even followed our blog so she could incorporate many special moments of our time together as a family.
Fiona went the extra mile in everything that she did and she even researched some of the cultural heritage of our child’s birth country and included many special mini ceremonies within the naming/welcome that reflected both our traditions and those of another culture. Fiona was respectful and kind in her dealings with us and our child. We felt that we had a friend who had known us for years conduct our ceremony and it made the day more special than we imagined.
Fiona went out of her way to include all our guests in the ceremony and one of our guests even exclaimed that they wished they had known about Fiona for their child’s wedding. That is the impact Fiona has on those who are gathered for a heartfelt occasion. Fiona’s passion for what she does is only outstripped by the professionalism and delivery on the day.
The photos of the day and our memories stay with us and our child will be able to look back on the day with much fondness and know that she is truly loved and cherished, and on that day Fiona helped us formalise and celebrate our life as a family.
We would heartily recommend her and wish her every success in her future. She is a gem and has wonderful ideas that fit with the traditional, but also tailors the ceremony to meet the needs of the individuals. Heartfelt in deed and action.Geoff & Geraldine Moran
Our wedding day was perfect. Fiona enabled our wedding ceremony to run smoothly and allowed us to tailor our ceremony to suit our style, location and our family structure. I cannot recommend her enough.Lucy
We just wanted to say “thank you” so much for making our ceremony so romantic, happy and personal. It was just the way we had imagined it and wanted it to be!
It was really great to visit Newcastle and meet with you beforehand as we felt at ease with you on our amazing day.
Our family and friends all commented to us – what a romantic wedding and setting it was and what a lovely job our celebrant did to deliver such a heartfelt ceremony. Our ceremony resonated with them in a very positive way and everyone was on a high!Sue & Chris
The keepsake booklet for both parents was a very nice touch and much appreciated.Thank you for all the last minute changes. All the guest commented on how lovely ceremony and location was.Kim
Just want to thank you for your professionalism in the way you conducted our ceremony, it was of a high standard.Janelle
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I welcome all enquires to have a chat about your plans and my availability for your heartfelt occasion.