"Super relaxed, light hearted and full of love!"
Lou + Shan | Fitzroy Gardens, East Melbourne | Captured by Josie Lee Photography
The NOIM Form
To legally kick everything off, firstly you need to lodge a Notice Of Intended Marriage (NOIM form) with me at least one month before your wedding date. The form is here but I'll email this to you so don't worry about printing it. There's other paperwork we need to sign too - I'll go over this with you in person.
Kim is lovely, warm and made us laugh and cry throughout the process (happy tears of course!)
Kate + Sop | Dumbo Feather HQ, St Kilda | Photo credit Nicole Reed
"Kim was wonderful and we had so many compliments about the ceremony itself."
Melanie + Martin | Swallowfield Winery, Gembrook | Snapped by Perla Photography
Documents To Bring
I need to sight identification you before the wedding takes place. The easiest is if you have an Aussie or overseas passport. An original birth cert + photo ID are also fine. The best time for me to sight your ID is is during our NOIM meeting but it's also possible for me to sight this another time say at the rehearsal, or even on your wedding day (obviously before the ceremony starts, haha!)
If either of you were once previously married, you will need to bring with you the divorce paper or death certificate
Your ceremony needs to include the following elements to make sure it ticks all the legal boxes:
WITNESSES // You will need two witnesses of at least 18 years present at the ceremony to sign the paperwork.
INTRODUCTIONS // I'm required to introduce myself as the celebrant, using my full name. The couple's full names must be said by either you or myself during the ceremony, before or during your vows.
VOWS // Marriage vows must be exchanged by both of you. You need to each say at least the minimum wording:
"I ask everyone here present to witness that I, FULL FIRST NAME, take you, FULL FIRST NAME, to be my wedded wife/husband/spouse."
"You are such an amazing person and we could not have asked for anything more."
Lucy + Jackson | Zonzo Estate, Yarra Glen | Photo credit It's Beautiful Here
"From the moment we met Kim we just had a great vibe from her, it didn't feel forced or unnatural at all."
Melissa + Brenden | Brown Brothers Winery, Milawa | Photo credit Kim Cartmell
THE MONITUM // Before you exchange vows, by law I'm required to say aloud the following statement:
"I am duly authorised by law to solemnise marriages according to the law. Before you are joined in marriage, in my presence and in the presence of everyone here today, I am to remind you of the solemn and binding nature of the relationship into which you are now about to enter. Marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union of two people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life."