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leading australian wedding & civil celebrant

Wendy HaynesQuotation MarkI love my work and have been passionate about celebrancy since I was appointed in 1995.
It's been an inspiring and rewarding journey working side by side with many couples and families creating personal, unique and heartwarming ceremonies that have touched not only the couple but everyone present. 
Whether your celebration is a wedding ceremony, name giving ceremony, funeral, birthday celebration, or any other of life's 'touchpoints', I can help you to make it unforgettable, exciting, relaxed and friendly and, most of all, fun and inspiring."Wendy Haynes Signature
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Blake's Naming day

Sunday afternoon 1st November 2009

When I get to meet with families I have worked with before it is a special treat. I married Kellie and Ryan nearly five years again, and named their first daughter, Phoebe, last year. Little Blake was welcomed into the world on the 15th August 2009.

When Kellie heard I was going away she rang up to book me in for Blake's naming ceremony before I left. What an honour it is to be the family celebrant. I loved meeting with Kellie's mum, Pam and Ryan's parent's Jim and Jill. They have always written beautiful readings for their grandchildren's naming days which always brings a tear or two.

Sunday afternoon was perfect - warm and dry - so the ceremony was held in their backyard where we had stood for Phoebe's naming day. Phoebe, however was now running around, her little crop of red hair bright and curly. It was different in that there were a few children this time running around, were as last time they were all babies. There were also a few more pregnant mums!

Kellie had created a beautiful collage of photographs and a wall hanging with Blake's name on it. There was also a few pages ready for guests to write blessings on that Kellie would scrapbook later.

I started with a warm welcome and then spoke about the joys, the challenges and the responsibilities of being a parent, especially now there are two. We honoured the importance of everyone's role in the life of children in our community.

I affirmed the relationship and respect between Kellie and Ryan, and the love that was flowing between them was palpable. What a wonderful legacy to their children. I honour them both.

Seve and Andrea (whose baby is due this week) came forward as the godparents and accepted the role. Little Blake slept the whole time. I always say, that while the child may be sleeping or too young to remember a naming ceremony, they will know that we took the time to honour them, and it will impact upon them in some way. Quite often they will read the ceremony when they are older or watch the video and see the importance of the occasion. It is such a special time.

Kellie and Ryan planted another tree in the garden in honour of Blake. Phoebe's tree was growing really well!

Congratulations to Blake and the Woodlock family!

We finished with the Happy Day Recipe

Begin with a smile
Mix in some laughter
Add a dash of wisdom
Stir in plenty of hugs
Blend with inspiration
Combine with joy and
Top off the day with
A generous sprinkling Of love!

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