Meredith Campbell

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Your ceremony will be individually crafted according to your preferences, and I will provide a draft for you and your partner to fashion and refine as necessary.  It goes without saying that the legal elements of the ceremony will be included to the letter, having regard to recent provisions of  the Marriage Act 1961.  I can suggest ways to create a personal and meaningful ceremony that entirely suits your tastes, beliefs and feelings, and that reflects your personal story.  Cultural  and traditional elements, such as hand-fasting, sand-combining, and unity candle-lighting, can also be included to accommodate and acknowledge your beliefs and wishes.  As well as cultural symbols, I also encourage the use of poems, readings and music in the ceremony.

I arrived in Alice Springs in the summer of 1980, so for many years now I have attained the exalted status of a local Centralian.  Over the decades of droughts and flooding rains, I have also gained another unofficial accolade, and proof of continued and committed residency:  I have seen the Todd River flow more times than I can remember.  Local legend has it that if you observe the normally dry and sandy Todd River bed fill with its gushing brown and debris-laden torrent more than three times, then you are committed to life in Central Australia for your natural term.  So, to paraphrase the traditional marriage vow, it’s ‘til death do us part for the Todd River and me.

Since 1998, when I obtained my appointment as a Registered Marriage Celebrant from the Commonwealth Government, I have been celebrating marriages for folk who live nearby and far away from this mighty inland river.  In fact many of these weddings have been beside the Todd River within a national park area called the Alice Springs Telegraph Station, just north of the famed outback town that has been my home for over three decades.  The original Alice Springs, a rock-rimmed waterhole of the Todd River within the Telegraph Station precinct, forms a stunning backdrop for many of my outback weddings.

As you may have realised, the great outdoors and its associated lifestyle define Central Australia, and an outback wedding among the gum trees is the natural choice for most marrying couples.  The structure and scope of the marriage celebrant program enables couples to have absolute choice of location of their wedding, as long as it is within Australia and her territories, and within her sea borders.  I am willing to travel within Australia and her coastal waters to share your special day, and officiate at your marriage ceremony. Some favourite wedding ceremony locales for couples in my part of the world are Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park, the Alice Springs Desert Park, and the many iconic natural features within the West MacDonnells National Park.  I can also raise you up for your ultimate marital moment as you take your vows and exchange rings in a hot air balloon above the vast pastel plains and beneath a stunning Centralian sunrise.

With a professional background in radio broadcasting (ABC Local Radio), and local government (former elected member of the Alice Springs Town Council) I have had years of experience in public speaking and presentation.  I have a sincere and relaxed manner, and can astutely  “read” your needs in terms of celebrant style and presentation.  You can decide whether I am the right celebrant  to enhance and embellish your special day by meeting me obligation- free at your chosen location, or picking up the telephone and giving me a ring.

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