Weddings & Baby Namings
Are you looking for a ceremony with more meaning?
Seeking a ceremony that connects heart to heart?
Do you have a personal, family, or cultural story that you wish to share?
Wish to leave your friends and family with lasting memories?
"Definitely get Lindy & Ulf by your side to help tell the beautifully-unique story of you."
Lindy and Ulf take the time to get to know you and listen to your stories
they go to the heart of what matters and what is meaningful
then weave it all together in a truly unique and memorable ceremony
Read More about "Adding an Extra Layer of Meaning to Your Ceremony Through Storytelling" on the Less Stuff More Meaning Blog
Listen to a podcast on Bride Disrupted with Karen Hopkins, where Lindy and Karen discuss;
"Stories: the Secret to Creating Scared Wedding Ceremonies"
Telling the Beautifully Unique Story of You
We love to share your stories, the story of your courtship, whether it be a fairy tale, an adventure or total disaster story, the obstacles overcome and the heartfelt declarations. Perhaps the story of long awaited child, or maybe you have an important family or cultural story that should be shared...
Long after the cake has been eaten, it's the stories people remember.
Heart to Heart also have a rich repertoire of folk tales with ancient wisdom, fairy tales full of magic and sacred stories to enrich any wedding ceremony, baby naming or special family celebration.
Central Coast, Sydney & Newcastle
Our wedding ceremony was perfect and Lindy listened to the feel and our requirements and created the perfect blend
for a wedding ceremony. We especially loved the telling of the story of our meeting and the interwoven outdoor theme.
Everything was as we imagined it and more!
Gretta and Nick, Armidale NSW
"As a Wedding Planner it was so refreshing to see something different and completely personalised for the couple.
Lindy and Ulf took the time to get to know the couple and found ways to weave their story into a truly unique ceremony,
it was truly memorable and stood out from all the other weddings I have attended.
Definitely get Lindy and Ulf by your side to help tell the beautifully~unique story of you"
Karen Hopkins, www.bridedisrupted.com
The time you and Ulf took with us in the preparation for the wedding made for a special ceremony.
Your story telling of our story of us was realistic, funny and heartwarming. So many guests came up to us after the
ceremony and let us know that it was the best wedding ceremony that they had ever been to.
So THANK YOU so much for a truly memorable and special day.
Marcelle and Ken, Central Coast
"Our wedding day and whole experience with Lindy and Ulf as our celebrants was absolutely magical.
We wanted the ceremony to be the focal point of the day with some different (non traditional) aspects.
They were able to incorporate everything we wanted.
Ulf told a creation myth which beautifully authenticated gay relationships and Lindy's story about how we met
and our relationship really captured us a whole, this was unforgettable. Lindy and Ulf had our guests' full attention
with their amazing storytelling. There was lots of laughter and just as many tears.
We would highly recommend Lindy and Ulf for any wedding, our friends and family and even the photographer
raved about the ceremony saying it was one of the best they have ever been a part of. It was unforgettable and
we will cherish there memories for the rest of our lives."
Hayley and Jessie, Byron Bay NSW
In my career as a wedding photographer I've seen countless wedding ceremonies, and after witnessing the handfasting
ceremony that Lindy and Ulf performed for Jessie and Hayley I was blown away to hear it was their first ceremony.
Lindy struck the perfect balance between humour and emotion to create a ceremony full of love and laughter that was
a true celebration of the commitment Jessie and Hayley made. I have every confidence that Lindy will go on to
create many more incredible ceremonies for couples who are fortunate to work with her as she appears to have found
her true vocation in life and is a real natural.
Ben Wyeth www.benwyeth.com.au/
Baby Naming Review
Thank you so much Lindy and Ulf for the lovely naming ceremony you conducted on Saturday 11th January for our granddaughter. The words expressing our spiritual connection to the natural environment were eloquently spoken and very moving. The elemental ceremony was special and it was a delight to see Audrey receive the elements so enthusiastically!
Jennifer and David Avery, Central Coast.
Wedding Vow Renewal Review
As a celebrant, Lindy took the bits and pieces of our story and wove it into a narrative that bound us all together. Days later people are still talking about how beautiful the ceremony was, and how it felt so much like "us". Lindy was extremely warm and professional, easy to work with, and with a great energy. Fantastic experience!
Di Fisk, Central Coast.
Why Tell Stories?
Heart to Heart. Ever since there have been words, there has been storytelling, storytelling is our oldest art form. Stories just makes sense to us, we live stories, we share stories and we understand stories. In storytelling we find the commonalities of our humanity rather than differences. Storytelling provides the nourishment that our souls long for. Stories told eye to eye, mind to mind and heart to heart, gift us the sense of sacredness, the feeling of belonging and strengthen our sense of community.
A Story Shared. We have seen audiences deeply touched by our stories. A young man, with tears in his eyes said the creation myth we shared during a wedding ceremony made him feel truly validated. Guests laughed and cried as we captured the essence of a couple through their story, their struggles, their love and generosity and the beauty of their gentle humour and the inspiration of their steely determination. Through stories, we have cried at the beauty of life, laughed at its absurdity and been inspired by the hero's journey.
Meaning and Sacredness. Whatever the story, and whoever our audience, whether sharing stories
at a wedding, a naming or a community event, we never ceased to be amazed at the profundity of storytelling to open and connect hearts, to share wisdom, give meaning and sacredness back to modern life.
Read more in the Less Stuff More Meaning blog
Planning Your Wedding ? What to Do Next...
Ring and check to make sure we are free on your chosen date, then we can organise a get to know each other meeting.
A Month's Notice
You must give a month's notice of your intention to marriage.
You will need to fill in the NOIM (Notice of Intent to Marry)form and have it to us at least a month and a day before the ceremony. We will need to see original forms of identification such as Birth Certificates, Drivers Licence and Passports, as well as divorce papers or death certificate if you have been married before. At this time we would also sign an agreement with each other and ask that a deposit be paid to secure our services.
We generally like to see couples 2 or 3 times (depending on the time frame) We ask you all sorts of questions about your relationship, how you met, we want to hear your stories. And, of course we want to know about your hopes and dreams for your wedding ceremony. We have e-booklets with ceremony ideas, readings and vows to spark your imaginations and get you started. After consultations with you, we put together a ceremony and send it to you for approval or changes.
We also include a wedding rehearsal at the venue a day or two before the marriage.
As for the ceremony, most civil weddings in Australia follow a similar structure, there are legalities (see below) which must be done but otherwise you are free to mix it up, leave things out or add things in, have friends or family conduct parts of the ceremony... so let your creative juices run wild.
We are happy to answer your questions and guide you through, we can do as much as want or as little as you like.
Many aspects of the traditional wedding are not legally required, such as the exchange of rings, or the giving away
of the bride. There are many other rituals that can add meaning to your ceremony, hand-fasting, sand ceremony,
wine ceremony, candle ceremony, the list is almost endless or you can create your very own ritual which holds
special significance for you and your families.
And we believe that sharing your stories, whether they be personal stories of your meeting and courtship,
perhaps their were obstacles you had to overcome to be together, or maybe you have a rich family story or
a cultural story of significance which will add layers of meaning to your ceremony.
So, remember, there are legalities (in red) that must be performed by the celebrant, and vows which must be
spoken by the bride and groom but otherwise the couple is free to mix it up and be creative.
Welcome and Introduction
Acknowledgement of Country
Arrival of/or Giving Away of the Bride
How a group singalong or a circle dance?
*Monitum- Legal Requirement Performed by Celebrant
The Asking- (I will)
*The Vows- Legal Requirement
Exchange of Ring/Handfasting
(ok, an interpretive dance might not be for everyone)
*Declaration by Celebrant Legal Requirement
Kiss- optional but why would you miss that?
*Signing of register- Legal Requirement
Introduction of the married couple
Optional Flash Mob
( Lindy seriously loves a flash mob)
"Definitely get Lindy & Ulf by your side to help tell the beautifully-unique story of you."