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meet wendy haynes,
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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See what Wendy's been up to recently! Wendy recaps weddings, events and more in her personal blog.


Hearts in the Earth


We are back in Les Plagnes, which is situated in the presence of Mont Blanc and the surrounding alps. It is lovely to be back in the gardens and see how much everything has grown. Roger, Pascal, his daughter, Lisa and I have harvested over 250 kilos of potatoes, and many more kilos of beans and zucchinis.   ... read more


a gift of the mountain


Our host, Cecile is an amazing woman that is truly inspirational. Yesterday we celebrated her birthday with her husband and two of her three beautiful daughters. Aside from being a great mum, a gardener and a nurse she is currently training to become an accredited mountain guide. Now that is pretty exciting in itself especially when you consider the peaks that are in her back yard. Mont Blanc just to name one! Yet when you add into the mix, that for years, she has worked, with others, to give people with disabilities an opportunity to get into the mountains I am in awe.

Cecile is part of an organisation called 'Ensemble'. (Translates as 'Together') This association was formed in 2008 and its purpose is to gather people together to support the goal of making the mountain accessible to all. It is for people with disabilities - physical or mental, any persons in recovery from an illness or accident or any other people who are eager to discover the world of the mountains.

With her colleagues they literally push or pull the people around the mountains in a special 'Joelette' which requires at least two helpers to make it possible. When I looked at her photos of one of the expeditions I was in tears. The joy on peoples faces as they are carried to the top of the mountains is indescribable. I have walked some of these peaks and they are not a stroll in the park; they are seriously steep and demanding at times and yet, it is worth every step. For Cecile this is the same even with the extra load - she is happy and delighted to be of service. What a gift for herself and for those who would otherwise never get to have this alpine experience in this way.

These photos are from the Tour de Blanc - a trip around the alps!




In 2008 a group of European and Peruvian walkers and guides, including Cecile, took 4 people in the joelettes and one blind person around the mountains in Peru on a one month expedition! Cecile is in green in the first photo below.




I know it must be amazing for those being carried however I asked Cecile how the people were with receiving such a gift ... while knowing others are working really hard to carry them.

Cecile said that this can be a problem however before they start the expedition they let the people (who are being assisted) know that, as guides and the support team, they are very happy to be there and to be of service. If the people are feeling apologetic or a burden; or over grateful it can be quite difficult for everyone - so this is sorted out very early on. 

What a great reminder of how important it is to receive a gift or an act of kindness with an open heart and by doing so we are, in truth, giving back to the giver.

I am deeply grateful to have met Cecile!  ... read more


a special relationship


There are many ways to relate to each other - verbally and non verbally, both very powerful in their own right. I was deeply touched when I read about my dear friend, Margot's daughter, Emma and what she has achieved.

This information was sent to the local Rural Newspaper, Border Mail. Albury NSW (written by Margot Smith)
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Driving each other in circles!


We are a quarter the way through our adventure and we have covered lots of ground both externally on our inner journey. We have fared well and managed to survive a few upsets which mostly revolved around driving and directions… what is it about freeways and exit junctions that can cause so much tension, panic and fights? We’ve had a fabulous time looking at the undercurrents that are behind the words and upset… after all, like we both acknowledged after the event, we will only get lost… and then found! So we have been lost and found a few times. We have both raged and we have made up and got on with it… We keep coming back to the principle that it is not a problem only a situation that we have to deal with. This, we find, makes it so much more manageable.  ... read more


Our Meeting


Many people have asked how Roger and I met and I thought, today being Valentine’s Day might be a good time to share about our unexpected meeting.  ... read more


Love of fish and chips


I met this little old couple who worked in a haberdashery shop in Chesterfield. The shop was musty and small but packed high to the rafters with every conceivable bit of lace, cotton, buttons and thread you could every need. Zippers were hanging from hooks by the till and padding was stuffed into plastic bags that looked like they would pop.

I asked the old gentleman, who had the kindest face, if he had any wool, to which he replied he hadn’t however if I were to go… and he gave me the directions to a craft shop nearby. One of his directions, he said, would take me past the fish and chip shop, at which point he paused, rubbed his tummy with both hands and with the biggest smile and broadest English accent, told me it used to be the best fish and chip shop in the area when he was younger.

For an instant I was transfixed on this beautiful gentleman and didn’t want his storytelling to end. There were other customers and he came back from his reverie so I moved out but I was deeply touched by the time standing still as we was taken back to that obviously most pleasant memory of days gone by.  ... read more


The Expression of Joy


I met this little old couple who worked in a haberdashery shop in Chesterfield.

 

The shop was musty and small but packed high to the rafters with every conceivable bit of lace, cotton, buttons and thread you could every need. Zippers were hanging from hooks by the till and padding was stuffed into plastic bags that looked like they would pop.

 

I asked the old gentleman, who had the kindest face, if he had any wool, to which he replied he hadn’t however if I were to go… and he gave me the directions to a craft shop nearby. One of his directions, he said, would take me past the fish and chip shop, at which point he paused, rubbed his tummy with both hands and with the biggest smile and broadest English accent, told me it used to be the best fish and chip shop in the area when he was younger. In that moment I was transfixed on this beautiful gentleman and didn’t want his storytelling to end. 

 

There were other customers and he came back from his reverie so I moved out but I was deeply touched by the time standing still as we was taken back to that obviously most pleasant memory of days gone by.

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Mentoring and Vision Boards



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Pyjamas and Marriage



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My love letters



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