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A little more about John Carey


I have been providing marriage celebrant services since 2000. It is a great privilege (and fun) to help you on your journey towards marriage. It is really important to me that your ceremony captures and celebrates your story and the reasons you have decided to marry.

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Read below to hear first hand what couples say after their ceremony.

Where Do I Help -I have married dozens of couples all around South East Queensland – from traditional, informal, private, casual or themed ceremonies in parks, churches, restaurants, wineries, private homes and back paddocks with views forever, beaches, gardens, paddocks, museums and function centres. I am happy to travel so you can use the venue you feel will make your day just the way you want it to be.

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This is what some of the couples I have married say about their marriage ceremony…

Hayley and Chris - May 2018 - Photographer Katelyn - Cripps Photography

John is amazing, such a down to earth person whom truly cares about your marriage. He is a person who helps you feel calm when you are nervous! On your big day his professionalism is on point from the words, to how he speaks and how he dressed for our big day. He gives you what you ask for, he always is very helpful and answers any questions you have. Thank you so much for everything.

Shiralee and Darryl - April 2018 - Private Venue - Photographer - Jessica Nicholls and Kimberly Johnson

John was the perfect fit for our wonderful day. For our wedding we did something a little different and John didn’t miss a beat, improvising where he needed to. Before the day he was a massive help with putting together our vows and throwing in great ideas, even though I left it all until about 4 days before the wedding! I’d recommend him to anyone for their special day no matter how you plan to celebrate.

Alex and Alyssa - Bunya Mountains - March 2018 Photographer

John did everything he could to make things easier with the kids. We received so many great comments about the ceremony.

Ray and Kylie -  March 2018 - Kingaroy Photographer - Denise Keeyan
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We can’t thank you enough John. You made our ceremony truly amazing with everything we asked for. You were happy to work with us, wanting all of our humour. One of our guests came to me and I quote “your ceremony was truly amazing and funny, it’s lovely to have a celebrant with a sense of humour and not have to be all serious”. Thank you again for making our day highly recommend you to everyone.

Ken and Robyn - Private Ceremony - March 2018

Thank you for all your effort in making our wedding the success it was. We cannot thank you enough for the lovely service you conducted on our special day. Our guests all commented on what an excellent ceremony we had. Great having you as our celebrant.

Alannah and Craig - February 2018 - Venue: - Photographer

Words cannot express how grateful we are for your efforts in making our day so special. We have had multiple family members comment on how brilliantly you did and how you made our ceremony feel so intimate and personal. We will fill in your survey form soon, however my Dad was wondering if he was allowed to fill one in as well as he would like to give you a "rave review". Thank you again

Trevor and Debbie Coonan - February 2018 - Bride's Parents -

John kept Kept ceremony light, friendly & personal. Kept couple calm and kept it flowing and everyone's attention on the ceremony.

Denise and Virgil - Renewal of Vows and Family Unity Ceremony - Ringsfield House - January 2018 Photographer

We asked John to lead a recommitment ceremony for our parents to celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary. We were not really sure how to go about making it special, without being cliched or corny. John brought forward suggestions we would never have thought of. He was organised, listened intently to our ideas, made suggestions for making it work better (eg. Not having too many surprises for our Mum who likes to feel in control of situations)and truly made the event incredible. Our event became a commitment ceremony for the entire family. It was absolutely beautiful and so meaningful. John is truly gifted at giving a celebration depth and structure. Highly, highly recommended.

Cherie - Family Member - Virgil and Denise

We asked John to lead a recommitment ceremony for our parents to celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary. We were not really sure how to go about making it special, without being cliched or corny. John brought forward suggestions we would never have thought of. He was organised, listened intently to our ideas, made suggestions for making it work better (eg. Not having too many surprises for our Mum who likes to feel in control of situations)and truly made the event incredible. Our event became a commitment ceremony for the entire family. It was absolutely beautiful and so meaningful. John is truly gifted at giving a celebration depth and structure. Highly, highly recommended.

Jacinta and Dale - Venue - Pioneer Park, Nanango - Photographers - Jessica Nicholls Kymberley Johnson

John married my husband Dale & I on Saturday 28th October 2017. John kept everything relaxed & cheery which eased the stress & emotions & made it more enjoyable for everyone. His prior meetings to the day were very thorough & he made sure we were happy, & with my husband & I being like chalk & cheese that couldn’t have been easy! I would highly recommend John to others wanting to engage his service. Thanks again for everything John.

Damon and Kate - Venue Russell Park, Bunya Mountains - Photographer -

John gave us a very clear understanding for our preparation for our ceremony. John provided a relaxed atmosphere, just as we wanted. Our guests commented positively on John's delivery.

Annette and Matthew - October 2018 - Photographer -Jessica Nicholls Kymberley Johnson

John was everything we could have wanted from a celebrant. Professional, yet relaxed. He was able to adapt to our needs and think quickly when the circumstances (rain) changed. Highly recommend him to anyone.

Iesha & Daniel  Venue: - Photographer

John was amazing and I would highly recommend him to anyone needing a celebrant He was professional, friendly, takes in your own ideas and all round amazing to work with. John is a great celebrant. (Groom said) He really helped myself and my beautiful wife to plan every little detail, he is very thorough but calm. I could not imagine anyone else taking his place. Thank you very very much John.

Bryan & Emily - Venue: Bunya Mountains  Photographers: Venue: Bunya Mountains  -

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John, we are particularly in awe of how you approached our ceremony. Everything from your gentle manner, your calmness, sense of humour and even down to how you dressed was perfectly in tune with the greater ceremony, bridal party, and particularly with us, and we still wonder how you did it!

You are an exceptional celebrant in our eyes. You worked with us at our pace, giving us enough information to get started, but also enough freedom to create something so unique and real to us. We wanted our ceremony to be about more than just promises. We wanted to bring our everyday life into our words, with heart and humour and your support enabled this to be possible. Not only have we had overwhelming feedback from our guests about the ceremony and the words spoken but we too know that we would not change a single word.

But it goes deeper than that. We knew very soon after meeting you that we had found someone very special to officiate our special day and we weren't wrong.

John, we will not hesitate to recommend you to all we can. Our deepest thanks for all you have done.

Evan and Shona - Photographer

Thank you John for being a part of our special day! John did a great job and even when I mixed up the order of a part of the ceremony he carried on like nothing had even happened!
When we first met John well before the wedding we knew right away he was perfect for the job, and we are so happy with how it all went!!

Katelyn and Nick - April 2017 - Venue: Photographer:

John, you made our day so incredibly special and intimate. Everyone commented on how lovely our ceremony was.

Nick and I can't thank you enough for your calming presence which helped soothe the nerves we both had before the ceremony (although, it could have been the lavender ?).

We couldn't be any happier with our magical afternoon and we highly recommend your services!


Chris and Bec - April 2017 - Photographer:

We highly recommend John for anyone needing a celebrant. He is very professional, does his best to tailor the ceremony to suit your needs. We had John as our celebrant for our wedding yesterday and honestly I don't think we could have found a better person to help us create and perform our ceremony the way we wanted. We were after a light hearted fun ceremony and we got exactly that. There was giggles and tears, the serious and not so serious parts. Throughout the ceremony John held guests attention effortlessly and conducted it in a timely manner whilst keeping everyones interest. Again, highly recommended. Thanks John, we very much appreciated everything you did for us in the lead up to and on our special day.

Lori and Andrew - April 2017 - Venue:

John was so easy to work with and gave us great advice. With the help of email, we only needed two meetings. Very relaxed & light-hearted and inclusive of guests! A perfect day!  John is a real gentleman.

Zach and Deanna - Venue: Photographers:

John was a super star and a lot of people commented on that! He was so helpful in all aspects from start to finish and always made sure we understood and communicated. Everyone enjoyed themselves!

Chris and Sara - Private Venue

John was very courteous, kind and had just the right touch to keep things calm while we all waited for the bride to arrive on 10 December 2016. Couldn't have asked for a more professional approach, yet had that personal touch to make it a very special day for all. Sara and I could not have chosen a better celebrant to marry us.

Nic and Emma - Venue: The Bunyas Photographer:

John is an incredible celebrant! He was great to work with and had an eye for turning our ideas into a beautiful, flowing, specialised ceremony. I wouldn't go past John in your search for a wedding celebrant. We had a great fun time at our ceremony! Thank you for everything John!

Daniel and Samantha - January 2017 - Venue: Photographer:

John is amazing! Us and all our guest loved him saying they liked how he could keep everyone calm and relaxed and broke the nerves with a few laughs. It was a very hot day but he was nothing but kind and a pleasure to have around and made our day very special. Very professional and passionate about his job? We couldn't be more happy with our choice of celebrant John! He told the story of us perfectly! Definitely recommend.


Dov and Grace - Photographer -  Jessica Nicholls

Absolutely amazing, nothing was too hard for John! Friends and family all commented on how amazing John was.

Todd and Marieke - Godshill - Bunya Mountains

Marieke and I just wanted to send through a big THANK YOU for being such an amazing celebrant - not just on the day - but from our first meeting!  You really did get to know us enough in such a short time to write the perfect ceremony.  We loved every second of it and there was not one bad thing we have to say! (rain and all)

Laura & Kerrod Venue Dusty Hill Vineyard Photographer Charmaine Otto Photography

Extremely helpful and accommodating to all our needs. Short, sweet and genuine- just what we wanted. I would happily recommend John to anyone.

Ben & Rebecca - Venue - The Gums Memerambi

Ben and I want to thank you for being such a fantastic, warm and heartfelt celebrant. You made it so special, yet calm and relaxed and we can't thank you enough.

Adin & Bonnie - Private Venue Photographer - Treasure Pics

We could not rate John's services high enough.

Scott & Marina - Venue -

John was awesome - laid back and reliable.

Jono & Trish

John makes you feel very comfortable and relaxed, he kept our ceremony light hearted and meaningful. I would recommend John to anyone.

Ashleigh & Justin - Venue - Taabinga Homestead - Photographer - Charmaine Otto


Thank you for such a beautiful ceremony. You made us both feel so comfortable.

Rowie & Jacque - Venue - Barambah Station - Photographer -Jessica Nichols Photography -

On my wedding day I had the privilege of having John as our celebrant, I would like to say this man is very professional with quick wit and makes you feel very relaxed and comfortable on your day. Thank you so much for conducting our ceremony. We are so happy with our day. I have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone. We couldn't of picked a better choice for a wedding celebrant.We are still floating around on a high. Thanks again John!

Toby and Cassandra - Venue - Taabinga Homestead - Photographer Charmaine Otto

Guests commented on natural yet very professional nature. John went above and beyond to make our day extra special!

Casey and Peter - Private Venue - Photographer

We had the most amazingly beautiful love and emotion filled day. The ceremony was perfect and Ash was spectacular with us for the photos. Everyone I have talked to said it was the best wedding they have ever been too, and everyone cried,even Pete's Dad!

Felicity and Karl - Venue - Taabinga Homestead - Photographer Vicki Miller

John, thank you for making our day a very special one! You were wonderful! Thank you! :):):)

Tieran and Amy - Private Ceremony

It was perfect and short and sweet!

Greer & Kyall - Venue Photographer - Olivia Buttsworth

John made something that seemed scary, calm and exciting. He was great at setting a great mood for our guests. We are both very happy we chose John for our special day!

Joe & Liz

We were so happy with our ceremony it was very personal. John was very interested in us and made us feel so relaxed. Thank you for marrying us!

Clint & Denise - Photographer - Nancy Jayde Photography

Everything was catered for exactly as we wanted it. John was helpful and professional and made us feel totally comfortable. The ceremony was beautiful and made several people cry.

Kylie & Aaron - Booie Bellio Vista - Photographer - Nancy Jayde Photography

Meeting with John put us at ease and he was very respectful of our preferences. All our family said that the ceremony was fantastic. We couldn't be happier with the ceremony and John.

Terry and JudyBooie Bellio Vista - Photographer

John was extremely helpful during our meetings and met all our personal preferences.  Perfect ceremony!

Sam & Robyn - Rice's Log Cabins - Bunya Mountains

John was happy to tailor the ceremony to be "short and sweet", just what we wanted. We appreciated the laid back approach.

Andrew & Amy - Coomba Falls

Thank you for performing such a wonderful ceremony John, you definitely made our day extra special.

David & Adrieanne - Yarraman - Photographer -

Very understanding and only to happy to accommodate our needs. John was very flexible and was willing to travel to us when needed! Everybody commented how fantastic John was! We couldn't be happier if we tried. You enabled us to have the ceremony exactly the way we had pictured in our heads and you just made the whole experience so enjoyable. Thank you!!!

Samantha & Adrian - Mt McEuen - Photographer

John was very flexible with our ceremony. Meetings with John were fun and rehearsals were fun. Our guests said it was the best laid back wedding. It was the greatest day ever, thanks so much John! Ashleigh Carey and John Carey you two are the best of people Adrian and I can't thank you both enough for every thing you have done for us the photos are amazing and the ceremony was beautiful considering the heat!  My thanks is not enough for these photos are a memory of my special day and happiness and words will never say how you guys have made it perfect... Truly wonderful people thank you.

Jason and Sharon - Murgon - Photographer

John, I would like to thank you very much for making my day so special, my parents were very happy with the ceremony. You made it special for me and Jason.

Troy & Kylie - Shellys Beach - Caloundra -  Photography

We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful service, John understood our desire for a ceremony that showed our closest family and friends the love that Troy and I have for each other - his suggestions and ideas were perfect! John has a calming presence and our meetings with him were very relaxed but you always got the feeling that he was listening to the smallest of things to ensure he understood what you wanted. He was able to read emotions and allow us time to enjoy the ceremony.  Troy and I both agree that the ceremony was beautiful, his focus was making sure that this day was the most special for both of us! We recommend John to anyone who is looking for a special person to preside over your special day! thank you!

Kirsten & Trent - Concordia College Chapel, Toowoomba - Photographer

All of our family and guests have said our ceremony was one of the most meaningful and beautiful ones they've ever witnessed.
I'd like to thank John for marrying us. Our wedding day would not have been the same without his careful planning in making our ceremony very meaningful to us. John absolutely described our relationship just the way it is.

Matt & Jess - Empire Theatre Church, Toowoomba - Photographer

Thank you John for being a part of our big day. You are a true professional and from the moment we first met you, we knew that we had picked the best!

Ashlee & Nick  - The Gums, Memarambi

The ceremony was extremely enjoyable as John made everyone feel welcome. We loved that he made my husband and I comfortable after walking down the aisle. It's a very emotional part of the ceremony and his support to made us comfortable begin the ceremony. Everyone we have spoken to has commented on how much they enjoyed the ceremony because it was unique to us.

Michael & Wendy - Location - Trinity Beach, Cairns Photographer - Sheridan John

My mother being a ministers wife, has been to many many weddings and she commented on how personal and wonderful it all was, she even asked for a copy of it for herself! Just a great big "THANK YOU" for making our day complete and enjoyable. Thank you for the effort you put in taking time to fly all the way to Cairns to marry us and for just being such a special part of it all. No one else could have made our day as special as you did

Paul & Carla - Bunya Mountains - Camelot Function Centre

Very helpful and easy going. We had a perfect day, thanks to John. It all came together beautifully!

Ben & Samantha Location: New Farm Park, Brisbane Photographer:

We knew that John was the perfect person to ask to officiate our ceremony from both personal history and reading through his website. He more than exceeded our expectations. He guided us every step of the way and empowered us to write our own statements to each other. John also went out of his way to travel to Brisbane to meet with us and remained in constant contact from the moment we booked his services to after the big day!!! We can't recommend John highly enough

Larry & Katrina - Renewal of Vows

With limited information John was fantastic in writing the most perfect ceremony for the two of us. His soft nature and his well spoken manner came across in the ceremony wonderfully. Thank you so very much!

Ben & Amanda - Location: Rice's Log Cabins, Bunya Mountains

John was able to understand the casual affair we were after and did well to calm any nerves that were there, including the guests where appropriate to lighten the stress. We were extremely happy with the service John provided from the initial meetings to the end of the ceremony, a personal thank you John, from Amanda and Ben.

David & Kym Location: Photographer

We loved that we were able to incorporate some elements into the ceremony that were personal to us. By working with John, we brought together a ceremony that truly meant something to the both of us and was not just a 'generic' that is heard at many other weddings. Our messages to one another are already something we've read back on to remember our special day. We have had many many comments from our guests that said how enjoyable the ceremony was. It was fun and light hearted that brought many laughs to not only us, but our guests as well. All of our photos show just how much fun we had and I think whilst it was serious when it needed to be, it really reflected who we are as a couple. We'd just like to thank you for making our day so memorable, we had an absolute ball!

Paul & Tracey - Location:

As a bride and groom take on such an important union as marriage, you can understand that most couples are a little anxious with everything regarding a marriage, however, as we had John for our celebrant, we were extremely relaxed and felt like we were being married by someone we knew all our lives. John made our ceremony "ours" and I will always remember his kind eyes and the wonderful ceremony and only hope that anyone who gets married is lucky enough to find John and have him as their celebrant!

It is not often you hear how wonderful your celebrant is. At our wedding, we had numerous, friends and family comment on John and his ease and uncanny ability to make everyone feel welcome and seem to know that he had been in our family for years!

Cameron & Anne Venue - Photographer

Incredibly happy with how personal preferences were managed. Could not have asked for anything better. Very considerate with scheduling. John always was happy to schedule around us even out of business hours. Made our planning run smoother. Absolutely loved the ceremony, many positive comments were heard! Truly made our day incredible! Would not change a thing. More than happy to have had John part of our day.

Tony & Mandy - Location:- Captains Paddock - Kingaroy - January 2012

John listened to what we wanted for our wedding. Meeting with John were very relaxed and was like meeting a friend for a get together.
John was very professional and he didn't make it all serious which was good. He was very relaxed with all of us and the guests.John is a very lovely person and we would gladly recommend him. It was great to have him apart of our special day.

Mel & Andrew - Location: Private Ceremony - Bunya Mountains - November 2011

Thank you John for caring and accommodating all of our needs right from the initial contact. We appreciate your suggestions, comments and your willingness to work with us to create our special and memorable day. Andrew & Mel

Andrew & Di - Location: Goomeri Golf Club - November 2011

Many guests are still commenting how suitable the ceremony was for both of us. John was friendly and approachable to everyone there... he was like part of the family! John had us both feeling comfortable and relaxed. He was very professional but casual and suited the day perfectly!

Christine & Jonathan - Location: - "The Gums" - October 2011

John was fantastic, everything ran like clock work, even when the storm started and it was raining, there is nothing at all that I would change about the ceremony. We are both very happy.....thanks so very much John.

Tim & Michelle - Location: "The Gums" -September 2011

John did a wonderful job with the ceremony. He made us feel very comfortable and relaxed. Many of the guests praised how good the ceremony was.

Steph & Will - Location -  "Little White Chapel, Maleny - June 2011

Fantastic at breaking the ice :-) spoke wonderfully.We couldn't of asked for a better celebrant, everyone loved him.

Simone & Cam - May 2011

Our wedding ceremony was enjoyed by each and every person. One couple even went as far as to comment - "The best wedding they have ever attended".

Brad & Lauren - Location: - Camelot Function Centre - Bunya Mountains - April 2011

Many family and friends commented that you were the best celebrant they have ever seen and really enjoyed the way you added humour to the ceremony. John, you helped to make our ceremony truly perfect and we can't thank you enough.

Sarah & Rory– Feb 2011

Overall we are very grateful for your help with our ceremony, our day was wonderful and my nerves were certainly put at ease when we stood up in front of a professional like yourself.

Kylie & Rob– Location: - Brindabella Gardens, Tooowoomba

Thanks John, you were very professional, yet casual in your delivery of our ceremony. We felt very at ease in your presence which made such a great day. Everyone said it was the best wedding they had been to! Thanks.

Roger & Liane – Sep 2009

We were married on 5 September 2009 by John Carey.  He personalised the entire marriage celebration, making the day truly special for us. John was very relaxed and good-humoured. From the earliest planning right through to the ceremony, and even afterwards he was always the professional. He was simply wonderful!

I'd love to meet you and discuss how I can assist you develop a memorable wedding ceremony.


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