Wendy Haynes

Celebrant... Author... Trainer
Celebrant background: My background was primarily teaching improvised theatre skills to young people K-12 and as a consultant to drama teachers in the local area. I also had a passion for yoga and meditation and became a qualified teacher in this field which more recently has seen me specialise in teaching the mindfulness based stress reduction program in schools, at ongoing professional development days and also in the community. 
Why I'm a celebrant: I was attending a friend of a friends wedding in a Sydney registry office. After the registrar pronounced the couple to be married the father of the groom declared, 'Well son, now you have a ball and chain for the rest of your life'.
I was shocked and while I did not know the couple that well I could not help but raise my glass and make another toast that immediately released the tension in the air.
The registrar came up to me afterwards and said, 'young lady you should become a celebrant!' and so I applied! That was 26 years ago!
Treasured memories: So many wonderful memories of ceremonies and couples - one ceremony that comes to mind was held in a little chapel by the beach. I woke at 4am and after getting ready arrived at the resort in the dark.
The pathway to the chapel was lined with the flickering light of small candles. The air was still and it was very quiet.
As I got closer I could hear the excited voices of family and friends gathered in the courtyard which was lit by more candles.
The ceremony was of two doctors who both volunteered overseas in Aid projects so they had included a blessing and special touches that made it deeply meaningful for them. 
I pronounced the couple husband and wife and we headed down to the beach in the predawn light to watch the sunrise over the ocean.
The simplicity and the beauty of their love and their ceremony really touched me.
Tips : Arrange your wedding plans so that all preparations are completed a day before your wedding date.
This will give you plenty of time to relax and spend time with your family and friends especially those who may have travelled to be with you.
and I'd like to say: May you be blessed with a fabulous celebration and a long and happy marriage!
Areas serviced: Coffs Harbour, NORTH COAST and NORTHERN RIVERS
Celebrant Town/ Suburb: Coffs Harbour
State: New South Wales
Phone: 02 6652 1427
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