Ceremonies

I'd love to help you create the perfect ceremony for the milestone events in your life. Whether by choice, such as commitment ceremonies and baby namings, or by circumstance, in the event of the death of a loved one, ceremony provides the avenue to celebrate and commemorate – to truly give honour to your life and your relationships in the company of those you love.

Every ceremony I create is unique to you and your story. It can include special elements to reflect family traditions, cultural or religious customs, or rituals such as candle lighting, wine ceremony, rose exchange, tree planting or unity sand ceremony.

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Commitment Ceremonies

It would give me great pleasure to officiate at the commitment of two people as life partners. I have witnessed the deep love, respect and commitment between same sex couples in my broader family and amongst my friends and it would be an honour to celebrate the union of two people for life in this way. I look forward to the day when all people are recognised equally under Australian Law.

A commitment ceremony provides a beautiful way to express your love and commit to each other as life partners, surrounded by family and friends. I'd love to meet with you to discuss your vision for your ceremony.

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Commitment ceremonies for same sex couples within Sydney, Wollongong, South Coast and Canberra.

Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law.

Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy, A.D. 524.

Renewal of Vows

Renewing your wedding vows provides not just the opportunity to recommit to your spouse but to celebrate your journey as a couple with all those who have shared in it. It's a precious occasion to remember why you fell in love all those years ago, celebrate the ups and downs of married life and recommit to each other anew.

On the occasion of our 30th wedding anniversary, my husband Paul and I renewed our vows at a ceremony with our children, family and friends. It was the most wonderful night of our lives. I'd love to help you create a fantastic ceremony to celebrate and renew your relationship!

Louise & Paul Renew Their Vows
Renew your vows within Sydney, Wollongong, South Coast and Canberra.

New love is the brightest and long love is the greatest. But revived love is the tenderest thing known on earth.

Thomas Hardy

Baby Naming

I love babies! (Ask anyone who knows me.) To celebrate the miracle of life through a naming ceremony is one of the happiest and most memorable events.

A naming ceremony is a rite of passage that has been celebrated throughout human history to welcome a child into the family and wider community. It brings together everyone who is part of your child's life - to honour the love and support these significant people will provide. Whether you wish to celebrate the arrival of a new baby or unite foster or step children within your family, I'll work with you to create a unique and beautiful ceremony.

Baby Naming Ceremony Fees
Naming ceremonies performed by Louise McDonough within Sydney, Wollongong, South Coast and Canberra.

A new baby is like the beginning of all things - wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.

Eda J. Le Shan

Funerals

The death of a loved one, whether sudden or expected, is always an incredibly difficult time. It can be overwhelming to have to deal with the necessary funeral arrangements at a time of such grief.

As your celebrant, I will meet with you and your family to assist in creating a sensitive, meaningful and dignified ceremony that is truly faithful to the one you have lost. A ceremony that will not only honour the memory and celebrate the life of your loved one, but that will also provide comfort to those left behind by enabling them to acknowledge their grief and loss.

Each and every service is unique and delivered with compassion and dignity to ensure your memory of this final farewell is a comfort to you in the years to follow.

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Compassionate and moving funeral ceremonies by Louise McDonough.

That we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us.

Helen Keller