celebrant ~ wordsmith ~ Performer
Hi! I'm Zoe - I'm a Commonwealth Registered Marriage Celebrant :)
Coming from a performing, arty and sometimes quirky background I hope to bring some new life into the wedding industry. Let's spice things up a little!
I currently live in Newtown, Geelong but grew up in Barwon Heads on the Bellarine. Servicing Geelong, Bellarine and The Surfcoast, I'm also partial to a drive down The Otway's. Frequenting Lorne and surrounding areas, I think it's a dreamy part of the world.
As a celebrant, I pride myself on delivering engaging and professional ceremonies. I'm here to change the industry, as you will say your vows at the end of our time together, I vow to you from the beginning to listen to what you want, and deliver exactly that.
Focusing on being fun, relaxed and thinking outside of the box - I create each ceremony from start to finish, completely uniquely. No two couples are the same, and therefore no two of my ceremonies will be.
Whether it's traditional, musical, humorous or just short & sweet, my main focus is to make it yours.
Geelong - Bellarine - Surfcoast
*** Happy to travel to all areas of Australia, travel fee's apply ***
Yep, it's your day and that's exactly what I'm here to bring out: You!
I have a knack at drawing blood from a stone. Even if you really struggle to talk about your feelings I will find a way to portray exactly how you feel about your loved one without making you feel uncomfortable.
If you're really good at expressing your feelings, I'll help you make them read succinctly. It's all about flow. Or maybe it's not! That's completely up to you.
It's my job to take your individual personalities + your relationship's story and showcase that to your "chosen ones". Your wedding day only happens once, I'm here to make sure you remember it for all the right reasons.
I want to create a killer ceremony, I want to perform it perfectly, I want you to relax and let me do the hard stuff... Most importantly, I want to make your ideas come to life.
UNIQUE MARRIAGE CEREMONY:
Also known as a "standard" ceremony but you get the picture that I'm not overly keen on those. A customised ceremony written and performed with and for you.
Sometimes the idea of a wedding is just plain old daunting, and legally committing to the love of your life really shouldn't be about stress, it should be about love & happiness. Usually carried out on a secret date at a secret location - let me be your secret-keeper and help create the most perfect moments for the most perfect day.
LEGALS ONLY OPTION:
Contact me if you're interested in something really, really simple but don't want to head to the smelly Registry Office. The price is comparable with the Registry, but we'll do the legals at a location of your choice.
What about have your friend or family member run the ceremony, I can ensure all the legalities are taken care of - while you make sure your nearest and dearest are centre stage for your special day. Excellent.
RENEW YOUR VOWS:
Becoming more and more popular and I'm not surprised. Everyone likes an excuse for a party! There are many reasons why you might renew your vows - Celebrating a milestone or anniversary. Maybe you've moved, life has changed and you'd like to marry again in front of the people that are important to you now. Some couples like to renew their vows because their original wedding represented the "old" them.
Whatever your reason, I think it's a beaut idea! The ceremonies are ALWAYS fun and lighthearted as they don't carry the legal jargon like a marriage. Get in touch, I'd love to re-marry you!
It's still an option for those wanting to formally commit to one another, without the legal elements.
SAME SEX MARRIAGE:
Heck Yes! Refer to all other options as you are now equal not only in my eyes, but in the eyes of Australian law.
LITTLE MORE / LITTLE LESS:
Everything is negotiable. If you're wanting a little more from me or feel like you don't need quite as much, please please please just let me know. I'm very open to customising my services to suit you, and your budget.
I'm all for diversity. Religion and culture excites me. Sometimes your ceremony might need that little extra something special. You might have a family tradition you'd like to keep up, or even start. Let's do that. That sounds fun!
As someone who's not shy of getting up and speaking in front of large crowds, I have the tools, equipment, confidence and qualifications behind me to run your next special event. Maybe it's help writing your speech or reading it on your behalf. Get in touch for a tailored quote.
LEGAL REQUIREMENTS / RELATIONSHIP SUPPORT
With a sound knowledge of the "Marriage Act 1961" as well as familiarity of local relationship support services, I'm more than happy to offer guidance or advice on anything industry related.
Contact me if you would like links and/or information regarding:
The legal requirements for a marriage
How to legally change your name
Local relationship support services
Mal & TIM
My partner Tim and I initially booked with another celebrant however she fell pregnant and was due the date of our wedding, thus we were put in touch with Zoe and met with her several weeks later.
Over a couple of drinks in the city we laughed and chatted about ourselves and what we hoped for in a wedding. Once we began sharing our story it felt as though we were talking to an old friend, we felt completely at ease with Zoe.
Along with the usual standard relationship questions there were many that really got us thinking about who we were and what we both wanted for each other in life, it was in no way intrusive but it was something we had never publicly discussed.
This was not only a great insight to ourselves but we were comfortable talking about it with Zoe.
Following our meeting we kept in touch over email, which was incredibly easy. Zoe was always very quick to reply and respond to EVERY question I had.
She gave us information on how to piece together our vows and also made them complement each other. They were truly beautiful and I still can't read them without becoming so emosh!
It was evident from the beginning Zoe has a huge amount of passion for her profession, she listened to what we envisioned for a wedding and created the most wonderful ceremony which encapsulated our relationship and all the things that are most important to us.
She made a comment about how she gets completely submerged in a wedding, wanting to make the ceremony fun and that it's not just a job but it's wanting to change an industry.
With all the hype that surrounds the organization of a wedding I think couples forget about the type of person that marries them, it needs to be someone passionate, full of fresh ideas and someone who will listen and tailor the ceremony to your needs and reflect you as a couple.
Zoe did this for us and we are incredibly grateful she did.
I really underestimated how much planning goes into a wedding but it's such a nice feeling to put your trust in someone and know they will make the day amazing! We are incredibly thankful we were put in touch with Zoe as we had the most amazing day of our lives to which she greatly contributed to. I wish we could do it all over again!
SONYA & MIke
Thanks Zoe for helping to make our day so special.
We loved every second and you helped us in every way.
So supportive and such a calm lovely demeanour. Thank you.
Brooke & Josh
Zoe Starr is an amazing celebrant. She was very supportive while we were writing our wedding vows.
We wanted to create a ceremony which celebrated our love and our family and friends.
Zoe had many great ideas to create a loving but fun ceremony. It was the perfect relaxed ceremony.
Zoe is very creative and thoughtful and you won't regret working with her for your special day
Lindall & jake
We wanted a low key wedding, to celebrate our love and the family and home we have built. After one catch up Zoe captured this, she understood what we wanted straight away.
From suggestions of songs and helpful tips for my hubby to a breezy run through, she was simply amazing.
We got everything we wanted and more, I couldn't recommend Zoe more.
Jamie & kyle
Zoe thank you so much for making our wedding happen on such short notice!
You went above and beyond to make it as perfect, special and entertaining as possible!
Can not recommend or thank you enough.