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Sasha & Josh

“If we could give you a hundred stars, we would! 

Genene is so professional (but also so fun) and truly made our day just perfect. She captured the essence of who we are as a couple so perfectly and sweetly with a personalised ‘love story’.

We had wonderful feedback from our friends and family that the ceremony was just perfect, and a beautiful reflection of us. Genene was SO organised, which meant we didn’t have to be, and truly it took away any stress.
Thank you, Genene, for all your care and attention to detail; we loved every second of our day.

  • Smoked Garage | Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
  • Florido Weddings

Jess & Sam

“If I had to describe our experience with Genene in one word, it would be ‘perfect’. 

Genene was the first vendor we booked after securing our venue, and it was one of the best decisions we made.

She was incredibly professional, yet warm and personable, and she made the entire process of planning and executing our ceremony a breeze.

Not only did she create the perfect ceremony for us, but she also provided us with many helpful recommendations along the way, which made the typical stressful wedding planning process so much easier.

Genene took the time to get to know us as a couple, and she worked with us to create a ceremony that was truly unique and special to us – the perfect balance of seriousness and laughter.

We were nervous about being the centre of attention at the ceremony, but as soon as we stood in front of our guests, Genene put us at ease and made the ceremony engaging and enjoyable for everyone.

It was the perfect start to our wedding, and we highly recommend Genene to anyone looking for a celebrant.

  • The Refinery | Newstead, Brisbane
  • Sunshine House Creative Studio
  • KD Flower Design

Mel & Nick

“Genene was genuinely our favourite wedding vendor. 

We were referred to Genene by a colleague of mine, and we’re so glad we got that referral.

From the moment we first met Genene, we felt comfortable and knew she was the celebrant to officiate our wedding.

I especially loved how organised Genene was, with the whole process planned in steps that helped it feel less overwhelming.

Genene worked with us to create the ceremony that was right for us and was able to capture the essence of us beautifully.

When the nerves set in, Genene was there to put us at ease and everything went perfectly on the day.

  • The Calile Hotel | Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
  • Finch & Oak
  • Garden Graffiti

George & Kathleen

“More weddings should be like that! 

It was such a beautiful and perfect day for us; thank you for your poise, class, and professionalism. All of our guests commented on how great the ceremony was and how more weddings should be like that. By all accounts, a massive success.
Thank you! George & Kathleen

  • Cassa Campana | Nunderi NSW
  • Nicola Lemmon Photography
  • Marc Media
  • Mrs Gibbons Flowers

Elly & Derek

“You were everything we wanted in a celebrant… 

We just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for being a part of our day and most of all marrying us.

You were everything we wanted in a celebrant; you were professional, calm, organised and so personal which made our ceremony everything and more we had dreamed of.

Genene made our ceremony so personal and special, it really set the precedence for the whole day which was all amazing.
She was extremally professional which made us feel very taken care of throughout the whole process. We did not once have to worry about what to do next as Genene took care of everything.

We would highly recommend using Genene for your special day, she will make it really memorable and special.

  • Austinvilla Estate | Gold Coast Hinterland
  • Lauren Joy Photography
  • Tiger Lily Flowers

Leticia & Shaun

“So impeccably organised, approachable, helpful…as well as gifted with words.

Shaun and I just wanted to say from the bottom of our hearts the biggest THANK YOU for the most heartfelt ceremony we could have dreamed of.

Not only us but our family and friends were laughing and crying. We were all enthralled in every minute of what you put together.

There was not a dry eye in the room (I know because I looked for one to make me stop crying!) The men who ‘do not cry’ had tears.

Our love story was written so beautifully – both equally touching and witty. Our family and friends spoke so highly of the ceremony in full. The ceremony set the tone for the most intimate day of belly laughter and tears (alongside impeccable food and cocktails). Our day was crowned ‘hands down’ everyone’s favourite wedding.

I knew from the beginning you were the right celebrant for us. So impeccably organised, approachable, helpful… as well as gifted with words. The whole experience was easy and seamless.

We will not be a return customer, but we will always recommend you!
Mr and Mrs Atkins xx

  • Agnes | Fortitude Valley
  • Two Blushing Pilgrims
  • Laceleaf Floral

Rebecca & Peter

“Everything you have done for us has been incredibly well thought out and a lovely experience.

Thank you for the beautiful package in the mail. Everything you have done for us has been incredibly well thought out and a lovely experience. We hope you have an amazing year ahead.
Rebecca and Pete

  • Bougainvillea House | HSW Brisbane City
  • Aleisha Edwards Photography
  • Kate Dawes Flower Design

Pip & Marley

“Genene is pure brilliance! 

Where to begin, Genene. You are a master. By choosing you to officiate our marriage this year we witnessed the Midas Touch that is Genene Deakin. I would suggest to anyone seeking a Marriage Celebrant (read: love litterateur, mother of ceremonies, chief of cool) they need not look further than Genene’s LOVE LETTERS webpage. We second each and every sentiment of those who have also entrusted Genene with this very special piece of their marriage.

Every interaction we had with Genene was as delightful as it was professional. From the very first meeting we were overwhelmed with comfort! A big family wedding was not something I had thought I could handle, but we found in Genene the source of reassurance and empowerment we needed to create our celebration our way.

Genene is pure brilliance. We feel so deeply grateful and privileged to have chosen Genene to tie the knot for us, officially.

  • Pottique Lavender Farm | Kingaroy QLD
  • Kristina Wild

Jacinta & Dimitrij

Genene was the perfect wedding celebrant! 
Jacinta and I are so thankful we could have her on our special day. She was exemplary in keeping us on top of our paperwork, vows, ceremony and preparing us for the day. All the little things she organised for us, her attention to detail and professional manner, really made us comfortable going into the wedding. We highly recommend her as a celebrant and can knowingly say she is the best there is!
  • The Lussh | Woolloongabba, Brisbane
  • Maple & Ochre
  • Gloriosa Florals

Amy & Marcus

“Genene did an AMAZING job for our wedding! 

Genene is an incredible celebrant who made our day so special. She is thorough, quick to respond to questions and a lovely person. Genene made the whole process fun and easy, and we cannot recommend her highly enough! Thank you, Genene! x

  • The Refinery | Newstead, Brisbane
  • Aimee Catt Weddings
  • Aurora Floral Studio

Angee & Luke

“Genene felt like having another friend along for the ride with us. 

Genene was absolutely amazing from the beginning, leading up to our wedding and on our wedding day. Genene has a warm, professional and knowledgeable approach.

She wrote “our love story” as if we were the ones writing it. We received so many compliments from our guests and family.

Genene thank you for making us Mr & Mrs Young xx

  • The Lussh | Woolloongabba, Brisbane
  • Figtree Pictures
  • Mrs Gibbons Flowers

Alena & Adam

“Thank you for the beautiful ceremony that you crafted for Adam and I.”

You were able to perfectly capture our love and the essence of our little family in your love story and you were a true professional on the day! We received so many compliments from our family and friends on your work!

  • Bougainvillea House HSW | Brisbane
  • Leah Cruikshank Photography
  • Aurora Floral Studio

Elle & Rowan

“We appreciated you so so much on our day.”

Thank you so so much Genene! We hope you loved our ceremony nearly as much as we did. We really loved the day and nothing could have made it any better.
Love Elle & Rowan

  • The Calile Hotel | Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
  • Erin & Tara

Maddie & Michael

Our ceremony and ‘love story’ were so beautifully written and were a true reflection of us.

We can’t thank you enough for our beautiful ceremony, ‘love story’ and co-ordination. There was not a dry eye amongst our guests during your beautifully written and delivered ceremony.

We are so grateful for all your detail, organisation and care for everything; you made it all so easy for us!

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for absolutely everything you did for us and our special day!

Thank you for making us the Lancasters

  • The Refinery | Newstead, Brisbane
  • Megan Kelly
  • Salt Media

Eden & Dan

“We couldn’t imagine having anyone else marry us!”

Genene made us feel comfortable, and confident in her from the moment we met. She is extremely professional and warm – you can tell she genuinely loves what she does! She took the time to get to know us, and helped tailor our ceremony until we loved every part. Thank you Genene for not only performing our ceremony so beautifully but for being such a calm and reassuring presence in our wedding preparations.
Love, Eden & Dan

  • Raby Bay | Cleveland, Brisbane
  • Florido Weddings

Rebecca & Calum

“Organised, down to earth and genuinely lovely. 

A huge thanks to our amazing celebrant Genene who put together the perfect ceremony for us! After several years of cancellations due to COVID we came across Genene’s website as we looked to relocate our ceremony to Queensland and completely downsize. Nothing but positive energy and constant reassurance that it was going to happen this time around. We couldn’t recommend Genene highly enough – organised, down to earth and genuinely lovely.

  • Northern Parklands | Mooloolaba QLD
  • Light With Love Photography

Courtney & Aaron

“Genene has a lovely calming warm energy.”

Genene has a lovely calming, warm energy that we were looking for in a marriage celebrant. She summed up our love story perfectly and curated the ceremony in the exact style that suited us as a couple. The whole process in the lead up to the big day was streamlined and easy.
It was a pleasure having Genene involved in our dream wedding. xx

  • Sirromet Winery | Mount Cotton, Brisbane
  • Nakita A Photography

Phoebe & Dan

“Genene was absolutely amazing to work with and the perfect fit for us!”

She understood the dynamics of blended families and helped us navigate through and include the kids so they felt a part of the big day.
She made our little intimate elopement feel so special. Her calm presence and confident demeanour was a great support, helping make our special day so memorable.

We  recommend to anyone expecting a brilliant, smooth sailing, calm confident celebrant! Thanks again Genene!

  • Calile Hotel | Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
  • Nikita Pere Photography
  • New England Flower Co

Bianca & Matt

“You went above and beyond as our Celebrant and the ceremony was flawless.

Matt and I both wanted to thank you so much!! You made us feel so relaxed, even through a stressful week full of COVID uncertainty.  We could not have asked for a better Celebrant!  You were professional, personable, and a pleasure to work with.

We had the best of the best on our team (yourself included) and the day went off without a hitch.  Although I had control issues not proofing the love story – it was perfect and a joy to hear it for the first time alongside Matt on our big day.

We will definitely recommend you to anyone we know planning a wedding now or in the future. Thanks so much!!

Much love
Mr & Mrs Palmer xx

  • The Warehouse | Brisbane
  • Todd Hunter McGaw

Chelsea & Jayden

“Our ceremony was our favourite part of the whole day, all thanks to you!”

Thank you sooo much for making us feel so relaxed on the day! And thank you so much for all your efforts you put into our ceremony. xx

  • The Refinery | Newstead, Brisbane
  • Bulb Creative
  • Jarod Lucas Films

Abbey & Adam

“It was highly memorable for us. “

Genene is highly considerate of her clients and their families in organising, drafting and delivering her ceremonies.

She is easy going and able to adapt to changes on the day and fabulous with young children involved in the ceremony.

It was highly memorable for us and Genene made the process smooth, easy and stress-free and we couldn’t be more grateful.
Thank you, Genene, x

  • Sirromet Winery | Mount Cotton, Brisbane
  • Jess Took This Photography

Jess & Brendan

“Thank you for your beautiful ceremony!”

We had a fantastic experience with Genene as our celebrant for our wedding. She was professional, easy to contact and talk to and very accommodating.

The ceremony she created was beautiful. We would recommend her to everyone.

Thanks for helping us with our special day Genene!

  • Calile Hotel | Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
  • Allume Weddings
  • Kate Dawes Flower Design

Candice & Dan

Our ceremony was the highlight of our wedding day and many guests commented on how moved they were and how much it felt like it came from our hearts. Which it did!”

Absolutely loved working with Genene!
Our wedding was one of many that was caught up in ongoing COVID delays, and Genene was so accomodating through our changing dates. She helped us put together a ceremony that ticked all of the formal boxes, but also felt like it was a reflection of who we are.
She helped us to include my partner’s 7 year old daughter – who LOVED it!

  • City Botanic Gardens | Brisbane
  • Sal Singh Photography

Bec & David

“We are so glad we found you to be a part of our day. It was everything that we wanted and more. Neither of us thought we’d be so emotional, so thank you for the little moments of encouragement.”

Genene is amazing. Professional from start to finish and a pleasure to deal with. Genene took the time to get to know us as a couple and find out what we wanted from our wedding day. She was easy to contact and had amazing attention to detail throughout the planning process. On our wedding day, she was a delight to have as our Celebrant. Thank you!

  • Calile Hotel | Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
  • Nikita Pere Photography

Deana & Brent

“When we met with Genene for the first time, we felt comfortable instantly. “

Genene was an amazing celebrant and my husband and I were so lucky to have her be part of our special day! Genene wasn’t pushy which was a big selling point for us. She communicated with us frequently through email and also met with us in the lead up to our ceremony, she even made the trip out to our wedding venue to meet with us there.

She was very organised and always promptly replied to our emails, which were very thorough. Genene gave us the opportunity to tailor the ceremony to our needs and likes. She also created a wonderful ‘love story’ from questionnaires that we answered privately and it was a lovely touch to read through these after we got married – we are grateful for having that special moment after our wedding day. Genene went out of her way to drop by to see me before I walked down the aisle and made it a point to introduce herself to all the people involved in our ceremony. As my husband and I got married during COVID-19, there were many uncertain things we had to deal with, including plans changing constantly. However, Genene remained optimistic and positive throughout the process, offering her help and assistance where possible. We are so glad to have had Genene officiate our marriage and would 100% recommend her to anyone looking for an amazing celebrant for their special day.

  • Sirromet Winery | Mount Cotton, Brisbane
  • Photographs by Zanti

Kathy & Alex

“Genene was an absolute delight to work with.”

Genene was always organised and was so supportive. Genene made very clear the legalities of marriage and really allowed us to personalise our ceremony.

We are so lucky to have had a kind and graceful celebrant to officiate our wedding that represented us as a couple. There are no words to express how grateful we are and we cannot recommend Genene enough!!

  • The Gardens Club | Brisbane City Botanic Gardens
  • Weddings By Jazz

Samantha & Alefay

“Honestly, my husband and I couldn’t thank her enough!”

Our wedding was cancelled last year due to COVID and the lovely person she is let us set another date that suited us which was 3 weeks ago. We were finally married after being together for 17 years and we couldn’t ask for a better person than Genene to marry us.
Thank you Genene

  • Keira Farm | Mutdapilly, Scenic Rim
  • CapturePro Photography

Jenny & Seng

“Genene officiated our beautiful wedding ceremony.”

Genene is a very friendly, understanding and flexible celebrant! Genene officiated our beautiful wedding ceremony and meetings in an organised manner. Genene always checked to see what we wanted/dreamed of and tried to make them come true. However, due to COVID-19, there were many obstacles and changes. Genene was so flexible and helpful during this period and ensured we still got married! I highly recommend everyone to check her out!

  • Sirromet Winery | Mount Cotton, Brisbane
  • Eric Wang Photography

Bronte & Michael

“Absolutely perfect day, couldn’t ask for a better celebrant!”

Genene was so organised and very personable! She was the perfect celebrant and even our families commented that she was so wonderful.

She was with us at every turn of our journey and we would highly recommend engaging Genene to anyone who wants their day to be magical (and run smoothly!).

  • Newstead House | Newstead, Brisbane
  • One Mustard Seed

Jane & Grant

“We were so very lucky to have Genene as our celebrant.”

She is so lovely, genuine, organised and professional. Genene made the whole process easy, and on the day kept both my new husband and myself calm. She made the day completely about us, with a personalized ceremony. We highly recommend Genene as a celebrant.

  • Blackbird | Riverside, Brisbane City
  • Radio Club Photography

Sandi & John

The day was magical and I can’t thank Genene enough for making it so special for us!”

Genene is amazing. organised, beautiful to work with, down to earth, professional. We love her!!! Genene was incredible to work with. I actually didn’t expect the service we received.  It was to a very high standard and Genene made our whole experience of getting married so memorable.

She was organised and guided us through the whole process, with lots of fun along the way. By the time our big day came around, Genene knew us pretty well and that made the whole ceremony very genuine.

  • Mr & Mrs Jones | Hamilton, Brisbane
  • Sarah Merson Photography

Zoe & Tom

“I’m so glad we found her as she is such a lovely lovely lady.”

I hired Genene after having to find a new celebrant due to postponing and my original celebrant wasn’t available.
She made the process so easy and is very relaxed which is just what I needed on an extremely emotional day.
Highly highly recommend!!

  • The Transcontinental Hotel | Brisbane City
  • Joseph Fraser Photography

Maddi & Kim

“We had the best day!”

Genene was amazing and so flexible with a last minute venue change. She made my partner and I feel so comfortable to share our story with.

Thank you again for helping us create perfect memories for our perfect day.

  • Private Venue | Brisbane
  • William Elliott Photography

Emma & Doug

“I highly recommend Genene!”

From the get go, Genene was genuinely interested in assisting us to create a meaningful and heartfelt ceremony for our marriage.

Our original ceremony was cancelled due to COVID-19 and Genene was incredibly supportive and helpful when we had to re-schedule and change our ceremony. 

Genene went out of her way to meet us on a number of occasions and was always keen to hear our thoughts and offer up her own expertise. We had such a great day and that is in part thanks to the professionalism and expertise of Genene. Thank you for everything Genene!

  • Paddington, Brisbane
  • Family Friend

Debbie & Farai

“Genene was more than just a celebrant, she became like family.”

Genene was absolutely amazing, she went out of her way to meet up with us on several occasions. She was happy to assist and pick up the call at odd hours to give us advise which was not just about the ceremony but about our wedding in general.

Genene was more than just a celebrant, she became like family. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone getting married.

  • Dockside | Kangaroo Point, Brisbane
  • Sid Hart Photography

Odette & Kylie

“Genene made our special day so very memorable.”

She was an absolute pleasure to work with and did not mind some last minute changes to our venue and ceremony due to sudden Covid restrictions.

She has a warm, friendly personality and was genuinely excited to share our special day. She was in constant contact with us through the planning process and her confident demeanour meant we never felt nervous at all. We recommend her services without hesitation!

  • Point Arkwright | Sunshine Coast
  • Family Friend

Anna & Kurt

“Genene, thank you so much for being a part of our special day, we were very lucky to have you! “

Genene is an amazing celebrant! She was kind, warm, friendly and caring. She has a beautiful heart and is so easy to communicate with. English is not my first language so I was nervous about writing my vows and worried about making mistakes. Genene definitely helped me and made my big day perfect!

Genene is very professional. You absolutely can feel she loves her job very much. I couldn’t speak more highly of Genene. I would highly recommend booking with her if you’re considering getting married.

  • Factory 51 | Coorparoo, Brisbane
  • Alex Huang - Puremotion

Kathy & Ben

“My husband and I are so grateful to Genene.”

We both really appreciated her professionalism, patience and transparent communication. Working with Genene made the process very easy and any misunderstandings were cleared up smoothly and in a timely manner. 

She is clearly very experienced, organised and takes pride in her job as a celebrant. We are extremely satisfied with her effort and it was lovely to have Genene officiate our marriage.

  • Mount Coot-Tha Botanic Gardens | Brisbane
  • Photographs By Zanti

Emma & Ky

“Genene was fantastic!”

We had changed plans a few times with our wedding and she accommodated us last minute for an elopement. She welcomed our plans that were a little different to normal and made the day so special. We would 100% recommend.
Thank you again Genene.

  • The Borrowed Nursery | Windsor, Brisbane
  • Family Friend

Leslie & Raymond

“From start to finish Genene made it her mission to ensure we had the best ceremony we could possibly have.”

Value for money wasn’t a question, if anything, I found myself saying this is really amazing! With Genene’s work ethic and excitement, we truly have memories that will last a lifetime. Once it was all said and done we arrived home to open our paperwork to find a very personal hand written card from Genene. It’s those small things we often overlook, that on such a day mean the most. We truly wish you all the best Genene. 

  • B17 Rooftop | Newstead, Brisbane
  • Brett Adams