What people say about Merrilyn Williams
testimonials and photos
On Saturday 27 April 2013, Caitlin and Cameron were married at the boatshed at The Lane Vineyard in Hahndorf. It was a beautiful autumn day at the most stunning venue in the Adelaide Hills!
Caitlin arrived in this beauty!
Here's the note of thanks they sent -
Thank you so much! You made our day very unique and very us. It was a pleasure to work with you leading up to our wedding day and a great honour to say that you were the celebrant who officiated our marriage! All of our guests have commented back to us regarding how great you were, many saying that it was the best non-religious ceremony they have ever been to! They all loved our little add ins of the warming of the rings ceremony, and the wine ceremony, which some of them had never heard of before and they were grateful to hear our story told in full. Thank you for helping us make our special day so special for our family and friends as well. I don't think enough thank you's could be said! X Caitlin and Cameron
Congratulations Caitlin and Cameron!
The Lane Vineyard, Hahndorf
We could not have been happier to have chosen you as our celebrant for our wedding. The ceremony was a perfect representation of us as a couple and captured everything we wanted! We couldn't have done it without you!! Thank you for everything. We enjoyed our day and love that we shared part of it with you. Love, David and Naomi Gilbert X0X0
Penny's Hill Winery, McLarenVale
Thank you Merrilyn Williams for the care, beauty and humour you brought to our ceremony. We were so very lucky to have met you and have you participate in the most memorable day of our lives. You really did help make our day a special and unique reflection of us xx
Kerry and Raimon
Bird in Hand Winery, Woodside
Ayers House, Adelaide
Ee Wah and Jing Yan - beautiful photo of the marriage ceremony
courtesy of Kerin Burford Photography
From his comment on facebook, I think that Jing hadn't expected to enjoy his marriage ceremony quite so much .... even though he contributed his thoughts and feelings as it was being created. He wrote 'Thank you Merrilyn for agreeing to be our celebrant. You have exceeded our expectation. Many of our guests commented on how personal the ceremony felt to them and how they liked your stories about us. You have added much colour to a dull event.'
I took this photo following the ceremony!
Congratulations Jing Yan and Ee Wah!
Thank you Merrilyn Williams for creating such a beautiful ceremony with us. Your guidance, support and commitment to our day was above and beyond our expectations. You are a beautiful person, your passion and love of your job made our day magical. Thank you, with much love from Ben and Kelly xxx
Kuitpo Forest, Meadows
Dear Merrilyn, Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for conducting such a beautiful ceremony. Allowing us to personalise it, meant that it truly was a reflection of us, as a couple. We will be recomending you to all of our friends (as Gemma and Daniel did to us) and hope to see one of your beautiful services again in the future. Best wishes (the new) Mr & Mrs English!
Maggie Beer's Pheasant Farm in The Barossa!
I just wanted to say thank you VERY much for helping to make our day so amazing! John and I absolutely LOVED our ceremony.. it was very special for us. Many of our guests have told us how much they enjoyed it also. We (obviously) would have loved the weather to have been a bit nicer but in the end we were really glad the ceremony was inside, it was beautiful. Thank you again for making our day so special :)) Take care, Paula & John
Kingsbrook Estate, Currency Creek
At The Lane Vineyard
Thank you for your guidance and flawless approach to creating the most memorable part of our wedding day ... the marriage ceremony.
Warmest, Paula and Alex
At The Lane Vineyard
We are writing to send our thanks to you for making our wedding so special. Our guests and ourselves were thrilled with our ceremony. It absolutely poured down with rain didn't it? No matter, the ceremony and reception were lovely and we couldn't have asked for a better celebration. Having just returned home (to NSW) from SA, we are back in the swing of things and we wanted to take the time to express our many thanks to you. You made the ceremony preparation easy, guided our words with care, and paid attention to the things that really mattered in relation to the ceremony and ourselves personally. Merrilyn, you truly are a wonderful celebrant, and we were glad we got to share our wedding with some-one as professional as you. You have a gift for magic verse and tone, and personalised our wedding beautifully.
Kind regards, Evan and Raelene
photography Lion and Blue Hahndorf
At The Barber Shop - Adelaide Botanic Gardens
photos courtesy of Panache Photography
All the ingredients for the perfect marriage ceremony - laughter, tears and a whole lot of love! Congratulations Cathy and Hien!
Emily and Leigh eloped on beautiful Kangaroo Island - Flinders Chase
The Ribbon Ceremony celebrating the five elements
Congratulations Emily and Leigh!
We just wanted to say thank you and that we feel very grateful to have had you as our celebrant. You did an amazing job and we really appreciated you starting our new chapter. Zac and I had THE BEST DAY!!! Honestly we wouldn't change a thing about Sunday!!!!
I have up loaded some photos for you. They aren't the professional photos...
Thank you again and you really were a pleasure to work with :)
Mr & Mrs Ronayne (Zac and Sarah)
At The Lane Vineyard, Hahndorf
Gary and Julia
Two gorgeous flower girls Louisa and Laura
dancing in the twilight with their rose petals!
At The Lane Vineyard, Hahndorf
photo by Angelsmith Photography
Dear Merrilyn,Thank you so much for helping us put together such a wonderful wedding ceremony! Everyone has commented on various aspects of the ceremony from the funny stories, the inclusion of Shakespeare and Tolstoy, to the vows and just the whole thing really!! Your ideas were fantastic and really encouraged us to be ourselves and unique. Thank you so much! Matt and Corri
At Carclew House
At The Lane Vineyard down by the boatshed
Thank you so much for making our wedding day perfect.
We will remember it for the rest of our lives.
Thank you also for telling our story so beautifully.
Melony and Mark
Merrilyn, thank you for the most amazing ceremony. Everyone commented on how good it was which is a real credit to you, and to how unique your ceremonies are. Our day and the reception, were just perfect. We have it on video and will always treasure it. Thank you, Kristin and Peter.
Private garden in Kersbrook
Thank you again so very very much for helping to make our day so special. I really loved having the opportunity to create such a fun and individual ceremony that held so much meaning for us both. I loved every part of the process. Will be in touch very soon with some pics! Em and Dan.
Hi Merrilyn, Just wanted to say Thanks!
We had a brilliant day and we really appreciate all that you did for us on the wedding front. Everybody commented on how fabulous you were, and we totally agreed! Thank you again for being our celebrant.
Have attached some photos for you to have a squiz! Ciao for now, Sasha and Sam.
Borthwick Park, Kensington
Thank you so much for all of your hard work and for making our wedding ceremony unique, memorable and amazing.
We were so happy with the outcome and our friends and family cmplimented the personal touches throughout.
Thank you so much!
Laura and Al.
At Longview Vineyard, Macclesfield
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU !!!! AND MORE THANK YOUS !!!!
It's now been well over week since we've been back in good old England where the sun is shining (a treat!) and we've all gone back to our work-school-college-house routine after partying with family, friends and neighbours plus lots of catching up phone calls and emails with family and friends from Brussels and Germany!
preparing for - up, up and away!!
And yes, our heads are of course still filled with wonderful memories and images of our fabulous trip to your amazing country and a totally unforgettable wedding! There's no words big enough to thank you, dear Merrilyn, for the most fantastic wedding ceremony we could have ever dreamed of! You made it so intimate about the two of us as a couple and the four of us as a new family unit, and despite the fact we live on the other side of the planet and only met the night before our Big Day after exchanging emails for the last 6 months (what a challenge eh!), you captured us exactly the way we are and gave us a truly perfect, fun and one of a kind wedding!
Thank you so much for all your lovely touches too... the beautiful ceremony booklet, the heart chocolates and your magnet (now on our fridge door)....and you turning up at the airport with photos and a delicious bottle of your local wine, what a lovely surprise! You have become a friend and you will always be part of our happiest memories! By the way, we enjoyed your bottle of Sauvignon (sorry, on the rocks and in plastic tumblers as we couldn't chill it that quick) on the plane from Adelaide to Sydney as we were not allowed to take it on the next international flight (100ml liquid maximum allowed!) and we toasted to you !
... we send you our fondest thoughts and wishes, and we'll keep in touch ! Lots of love, Clo and Andy xxx
will you marry me?
thanks Mike and crew
Dru, Andy, Clo, Laura
glass mosaic crafted by Clo
Their ceremony took place in a hot air balloon - Barossa Ballooning
We wish to thank you so much for helping to make our wedding day so special and unforgettable! From the beginning of our journey you gave us support, patience and understanding, helping us to create a ceremony that was just perfect for us!
Despite our overwhelming nerves and emotions on the day, you helped us to stay calm and composed with your reassuring presence - this is more than we could have asked for in a celebrant!
Yours sincerely, Anthony and Emma
Emma, her parents and bridesmaids arrived at Longview Vineyard via the Bridal Express!
We've been fielding compliments from our guests on every aspect of the wedding ever since! Besides the weather, the food and the location, almost everyone has said what a beautiful, personal and 'different' ceremony it was - I totally agree, and that was in large part due to your expert guidance. It all went exactly as we wanted it to, and I'm so very pleased that the kids could take such a meaningful part in the ceremony, while still being their exuberant little selves!
... thank you again, for helping to make the celebration of our marriage so very special!
Kind regards, Mel and Tom
The ceremony and celebrations took place on the family property at Balhannah
Thank you for a lovely ceremony on Saturday. You received compliments from all our guests. They were very pleased to hear a personal ceremony, while we were very glad of the chance for them to hear how we met and why we wanted to marry each other. It was a refreshing change from the usual impersonal wedding service. Graham and Linh Ayers House
Victoria and Ben were married at the incredibly stunning Lane Vineyard at Hahndorf. Would you believe that it was a wet and cold day.. in December?? No problems ... The Lane made sure their intimate marriage ceremony was held in the warmth and comfort of the enclosed patio in the Bistro while the heavens wept for joy! Logan - their gorgeous 18 month old son - was simply delightful!
Thank you so much for the wonderful job you did in marrying us! It suited us fabulously and we had lots of great remarks about you and your style of ceremony. We had the best night ever and you were a large part in that! Thanks again, Love Julia and Stephen
They surprised and delighted their guests by getting married at their engagement party on the family property in Mt Barker!
Dave and I would like to thank you for the wonderful job you did with our wedding ceremony. We couldn't have been happier with how it went! It was just perfect. We have had some really great feedback from guests as well saying how much they enjoyed our ceremony and how it was "so us." So thank you once again for helping to make our day so fantastic. We really did appreciate all of the help and support you provided us. Regards, Aimee and David
Glen Ewin Estate
Ella and Jackson helped their Mum and Dad - Jo and Brett - say 'I do' at The Watershed at Mawson Lakes.
Apologies for taking so long to contact you but Dave and I just wanted to let you know how thrilled we were with our Wedding Ceremony. It was a fabulous day and the Ceremony was perfect - thanks to you. We had so many people come to us afterwards and say what a lovely Ceremony and that they thought you were great - as did we. Your professionalism was outstanding. Everything just flowed on the day - we couldn't have been happier with the outcome thanks to your creativeness and guidance. Thank you so much and who knows, our paths may cross again one day..... Best wishes Sharon and Dave Ayers House
Thank you for all your hard work in helping us create our wedding ceremony. You did a fabulous job. The ceremony was just perfect.
Love Sarah and Ian
One beautiful day at Longview Vineyard, Macclesfield
First of all Happy New Year and we hope you had a wonderful Christmas. We have not long returned from a wonderful 3 week honeymoon and I just wanted to express our enormous thanks for doing such a wonderful job of our ceremony.
We received so many comments on how personal, funny and loving the ceremony was and as nervous as we both thought we were, we both enjoyed it so much – it was actually my favourite part of the day. It really was perfect and very much ‘us’.
Thanks again Merrilyn, I will most certainly recommend you to any of my friends who take the ‘plunge’. Jo and Terry
The Cedars, Hahndorf
These few photos of Bianca and Alex and their families are just beautiful! It was inspirational to work with such a lovely couple eliciting the joy of their journey so far in words and capturing the magical interaction between them. And the emotions shown by their parents is truly wonderful - laughter and tears – THAT’S what a marriage ceremony is all about! Glen Ewin Estate
their first kiss as husband and wife!
Thank you for being part of our special day and for going above and beyond to make it a memorable occasion. We appreciated all of your personal touches that made the whole event so special. It was a pleasure to celebrate our wedding with you.
Regards, Greg and Kristina
Another beautiful day at Longview Vineyard, Macclesfield
You are most welcome to use one of the photos for your website, this makes Abdou happy as he really wants to be a model!!!
We are still talking about the ceremony and are pleased one of my friends recorded it. We both had such a great day and have had a lovely time driving around the country with my in-laws, my French is improving...
One of the guests has suggested when they get married they would like to use you too, so we will see each other again now I am sure. They want the ceremony to be held in Mount Gambier.
Everyone mentioned how personal the ceremony was and all - including my Grandparents - stayed at Kingsbrook till 5:30pm.
Thank you for everything once again! We really appreciate everything you had done for us to make this day forever a wonderful memory!
Regards, Renee and Abdou xx
Kingsbrook Estate, Currency Creek
Thank you so much for all your help in ensuring our wedding day was so magical.
We just had the most amazing time and were so pleased that it was you who married us …your calm nature and exceptional planning made our day so enjoyable and relaxing … the ceremony felt so amazing and right, we loved every second of it … it was truly precious in every way.
Sian and Ben