Authorised Marriage Celebrant

I, Adrianne Skye Kupsch, am a Commonwealth registered ‘Authorised Marriage Celebrant’, honoured to guide souls like you through the sacred journey of love as you embark on the union of marriage. Poised on the threshold of forever, I weave unforgettable tapestries that capture the essence of your unique bond, extending to you an invitation to explore the options below as you consider me to be your official celebrant.

 

Specializing in the delicate art of breathtaking elopements, I draw from my own wedding experience in 2005. On Castaway Island, Fiji, amidst nature’s grandeur sunset, I embarked on a personal journey of love, eloping with my soulmate and crafting our own vows. This profound experience, filled with intimacy and authenticity, ignited my passion for crafting ceremonies that authentically reflect the love shared by each couple.

 

Today, under the canopy of possibility, I offer a range of options, from simple legals-only ceremonies to bespoke ceremonies crafted solely by me or collaboratively with you. Together, we’ll create a ceremony that infuses every word and gesture with the essence of your unique love story.

 

Whether amid the trees or roses at my very own venue, TOTOKA URBAN FARM; or nestled on the Fleurieu Peninsula amongst whispering pines; or beside the rolling waves of the ocean; or beneath a star-strewn sky; I stand ready to be your guide, your storyteller, and your champion of love. Let us celebrate the extraordinary magic that exists within the union of two souls, by taking your hands and stepping into the enchanting world where your love story unfolds in its own beautiful way.

“Love is the poetry of the senses.” – Honoré de Balzac

Overview

Hello, a beautiful CONGRATULATIONS on your engagement and upcoming wedding!
Thank you for enquiring about my marriage ceremonies as your Authorised Marriage Celebrant.
Please peruse all the below tabs, so you can start to visualise your dream ceremony. I have included my prices and packages, some ideas of rituals, poems and even songs and shall you decide to proceed with booking myself as your celebrant, I look forward to meeting to start the journey towards your wedding day!
My non-refundable booking fee is due on or before our ‘Booking Meeting’ (paying cash on the day is accepted, however EFT must be received prior) and with remaining total due 30-90days prior to ceremony depending on location (the invoice will reflect the due date). This covers my time for the meeting and required legal paperwork (Notice of Intended Marriage). IMPORTANT to note that the Legal requirement to have NOIM lodged with an Authorised Marriage Celebrant, is minimum one month prior to ceremony.
The itemised fee schedule for 2024 & 2025 are on the website link above, with all terms and conditions in the pages following.
Shall you require a quote for beyond 2025, please reach out to me by email for a quote.
Shall you proceed with my services, at our ‘Booking Meeting’, I will fill in all contact information on page2 of PDF in email, verify your ID AND complete the NOIM for lodgement.
Our meeting will include many questions in order to create the most beautiful ceremony!
If you wish to proceed with booking my celebrant services, please sign the final page of the terms and conditions (page 6 in PDF on email) and return via email ASAP as dates are open until our ‘Booking Meeting’ and Booking Fee PAID. Upon receipt of the signed document above and pending the date is still available for my services, I will organise a mutually suitable time for our meeting and generate your ‘Invoice’.
As your celebrant, it is a profound honour to stand by your side on this extraordinary day, where two souls unite in love and commitment. Years ago, I chose the theme quote for my own wedding day: ‘Marriage is the sunset of love.’ I extend this sentiment to you, that your journey into this enchanting sunset is illuminated by the warm and radiant hues of enduring love and boundless happiness.

To confirm my registration status, please search my name at the following link for peace of mind: 

https://marriage.ag.gov.au/commonwealthcelebrants/all

With Gratitude, Adrianne

Celebrant Packages INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

ALL Celebrant Packages, the following is INCLUDED:

  • ‘Booking Meeting’ at Totoka Urban Farm or mutually agreed location.
  • Lodgement of NOIM (Notice of Intended Marriage).
  • Correspondence via email/telephone.
  • Personally composed ceremony script or inclusion of your own vows/script with legal requirements.
  • Completion and remittance of all legal paperwork to solemnise the marriage.
  • Telephone, mailing, printing and paper required for all legals.
  • Celebrant PA system if required.
  • Bound by Terms and Conditions (pages 17-20), including final Balance for celebrant only due 30 days prior to ceremony/Totoka packages due 30-90days prior.
  • $ includes GST in Australian Dollars.
 

ALL Celebrant Packages, the following is EXCLUDED:

  • Registered Copy Marriage Certificate (Additional $60)
  • Legal letters for Immigration, Department of Foreign Affairs, Court House Applications.
  • Printing costs or responsibility of ceremony booklets.
  • Costume hire for themed weddings.
  • All travelling costs including airfares, tolls and tickets.
  • All EXCLUSIONS will be invoiced additionally as per Terms & Conditions.
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Celebrant Packages & Prices 2024

‘TOTOKA TUESDAY’ ~ Elopement @ Totoka Urban Farm = $650.00

  • True elopement – legals only ceremony by celebrant Adrianne; simple but beautiful, focus solely on the legal requirements for marriage.
  • 15 professional digital photos by KISS PACKAGE or local photographer (organised by Totoka). 
  • Includes: Booking Fee $200/Booking Meeting at Totoka/Paperwork.
  • 45mins total time, from arrival to departure.
  • NO guests – David (Adrianne’s husband) and Photographer are witnesses.
  • Tuesdays only – these book fast, a popular package!
  • ‘Totoka Tuesday’ = $650 AUD includes GST
 

“CASTAWAY’ ~ Ceremony of choice @ Totoka Urban Farm = $1180.00

  • Bespoke ceremony crafted to your desire, at Adrianne’s breathtaking ‘Totoka Urban Farm’, Coromandel East South Australia.
  • Includes Adrianne as Celebrant AND hire of stunning elopement venue Totoka.
  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday.
  • Includes Celebrant Booking Fee $200/Booking Meeting/Rehearsal/Paperwork/Ceremony
  • Public Holiday additional surcharge, price upon request.
  • This package offers a SIGNIFICANT discount with Adrianne as the celebrant at her own venue, Totoka!
  • ‘CASTAWAY’ = $1180.00 AUD includes GST
  • The inclusions for Totoka as the Venue are listed on the wedding page in detail under ‘Castaway’ package on ‘WEDDING‘ Page however inclusions such as live piano, coffee roastery AND signing table is some of the WOW factors that Totoka offers!

 

‘I Do’ ~ Ceremony of choice @ YOUR Dream Location, anywhere IN Australia = $880.00

  • Bespoke ceremony crafted to your desire, at your dream location across Australia, with Adrianne as your Authorised Marriage Celebrant.
  • Any day of the week
  • Includes: Booking Fee $200/Booking Meeting/Rehearsal/Paperwork/Ceremony
  • Public Holiday additional surcharge, price upon request.
  • ‘I DO’ = $880.00 AUD includes GST

 

Celebrant Packages 2025

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Ceremony Ideas

Welcome
  • Some family members and friends have travelled from intrastate and/or overseas to attend…We thank … (names and location travelled from). We thank you for being a part of their journey.
  • The ceremony today is a small gathering of loved ones, where each individual has profoundly touched the hearts of our couple in some way. We thank you for being a part of their journey.
 
Words about Marriage
  • One of the things we celebrate at a wedding is how two people, two families and two cultures are joining together. On this occasion we are celebrating the joining of ….cultures here.
  • In joining these 2 wonderful souls we are also joining 2 separate families. In doing so we are not linking circles but rather creating one big circle. Soon we will be inviting the children to participate in a sand ritual that will help to symbolise this union of families.”
 
Giving Away
  • Would the parents of the bride please stand? Reef and River, by simply answering “We do”, (if that is indeed your desire,) do you give your blessing to this marriage between Willow and Reed?”
  • Could I ask for all who can, to please stand. Thank you. Rather than the traditional “giving away” Reef and River are looking to you, their friends and family, their community, to give a communal vow of support. They have talked to me about the strength they receive from their interactions with you all and know that their marriage will be stronger if those relationships continue. With a simple collective answer of “We do”, do you, Reef and River’s community, offer your vow of support for their marriage?”
 
The Asking
  • Do you [Name] take [Name] to be your lawfully wedded [husband/wife]? To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and not so good times, for richer or poorer, keeping yourself unto [him/her/them] for as long as you both shall live? I do.
  • “Reef Coast do you choose this wonderful woman before you, River, to be your life companion, to share your world in honesty and openness, with truth guiding your words and respect guiding your actions? Do you promise to love her more with every disagreement, every change of plans, every new grey hair and every wrinkle? Do you promise to realise that life together will have its ups and downs, but that it is in the downs where your love for her will need to truly show its greatest power?”
 
Personalised Vows
  • [Name], I promise to cherish you always, to honour and sustain you, in sickness and in health, in poverty and in wealth, and to be true to you in all things until death alone shall part us.
  • “I vow to be your spell checker, grammar friend, and tell you when things need hyphens. I promise to be your partner in exercise, even if I am much faster than you, and most of all, I promise to try things, even though I am sure I will not like them, just because you say, ‘Try this!'”
  • “I promise to comfort you when your football team loses… again.”
  • “I promise to stand by your side, through the good times and the bad, to cherish every moment with you, and to love you more with each passing day.”
  • “I vow to be your partner in all of life’s adventures, your confidant in times of uncertainty, and your comfort in times of sorrow. I promise to laugh with you and to cry with you, and to build with you a life better than either of us could imagine alone.”
 
Ring Exchange
  • Both parties receiving rings:
[Name] and [Name] have chosen rings to exchange with each other as a symbol of their unending love. As you place this ring on [Name]’s finger, please repeat after me. With this ring, I thee wed and pledge you my love now and forever.
[Name], as you place this ring on [Name]’s finger, please repeat after me. With this ring, I thee wed and pledge you my love now and forever.
 
  • Bride only receiving ring:
A ring is an unbroken circle, with ends that have been joined together, and it represents your union. It is a symbol of infinity, and of your infinite love. When you look at your ring on your hands, be reminded of this moment, your commitment, and the love you now feel for each other.
[Name], place the ring on [Name]’s finger and repeat after me:
[Name], I give you this ring as a symbol of my love with the pledge: to love you today, tomorrow, always, and forever.
 
Annoucing/Declaration of Marriage
  • By the power vested in me by the state of [State], I now pronounce you [husband and wife/husband and husband/wife and wife/partners in life]!
  • Before these witnesses, you have pledged to be joined in marriage. You have now sealed this pledge with your wedding rings. By the authority vested in me by the great State of [State], I now pronounce you married!
  • After exchanging rings (which can also come with a short script,) and signing of the registrar, comes a big moment! The pronouncement of 2 people being joined as one in marriage. This is as simple as “I now pronounce you…” This is also where you can invite the couple to kiss but if they are not fans of PDA and would rather “high 5” each other or go for the more Covid-world appropriate “elbow bump” it’s all good. Roll with it.

Poems/Readings

1/ “To Love Is Not to Posses,” by James Kavanaugh
“To love is not to possess,
To own or imprison,
Nor to lose one’s self in another.
Love is to join and separate,
To walk alone and together,
To find a laughing freedom
That lonely isolation does not permit.
It is finally to be able
To be who we really are
No longer clinging in childish dependency
Nor docilely living separate lives in silence,
It is to be perfectly one’s self
And perfectly joined in permanent commitment
To another—and to one’s inner self.
Love only endures when it moves like waves,
Receding and returning gently or passionately,
Or moving lovingly like the tide
In the moon’s own predictable harmony,
Because finally, despite a child’s scars
Or an adult’s deepest wounds,
They are openly free to be
Who they really are—and always secretly were,
In the very core of their being
Where true and lasting love can alone abide.”
 
 
2/ “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë
I have for the first time found what I can truly love—I have found you.
You are my sympathy—my better self—my good angel—I am bound to you with a strong attachment.
I think you good, gifted, lovely;
a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart;
it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wrap my existence about you—
and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.
 
 
3/ “Buried Light” by Beau Taplin
Home is not where
you are from
it is where
you belong.
Some of us
travel the whole
world to find it.
Others,
find it in a person.
 
 
4/ “The Art of Marriage” by Wilferd A. Peterson
The little things are the big things. It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once a day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is at no time taking the other for granted;
the courtship should not end with the honeymoon,
it should continue through all the years.
It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating
gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have wings of an angel.
It is not looking for perfection in each other.
It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.
It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful. It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.
It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.
 
 
5/ The Wedding Singer”
I want to make you smile whenever you’re sad. Carry you around when your arthritis is bad. All I want to do is grow old with you. I’ll get your medicine when your tummy aches. Build you a fire if the furnace breaks. Oh it could be so nice, growing old with you. I’ll miss you, Kiss you, Give you my coat when you are cold. Need you, Feed you, Even let you hold the remote control. So let me do the dishes in our kitchen sink. Put you to bed if you’ve had too much to drink. I could be the man who grows old with you. I want to grow old with you.
 
 
6/ “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles
My whole heart. Will be yours forever. This is a beautiful start, To a lifelong love letter
Tell the world that we finally got it all right. I choose you. I will become yours and you will become mine…
We are not perfect we’ll learn from our mistakes, And as long as it takes I will prove my love to you. I am not scared of the elements I am underprepared, But I am willing. And even better I get to be the other half of you.
 
 
7/ “There Will Be Time” by Mumford and Sons, featuring Baaba Maal
But in the cold light I live to love and adore you
It’s all that I am, it’s all that I have
In the cold light I live, I only live for you
It’s all that I am, it’s all that I have
 
 
8/ “Winnie the Pooh” by A. A. Milne
If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart…
I’ll always be with you.

Songs

1/ “I Swear” by Westlife
Tip for when played: Walking down the isle
 
2/ “Heaven” by DJ Sammy
Tip for when played: Signing of the Papers
 
3/ “Say You Won’t Let Go,” by James Arthur
Tip for when played: Signing of the Papers
 
4/ “Truly Madly Deeply,” by Savage Garden
Tip for when played: After announcing the couple walking back towards guests with rose petals…
 
5/ “Perfect,” by Ed Sheeran
Tip for when played: After announcing the couple walking back towards guests with rose petals…
 
6/ First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by George Michael
Tip for when played: Anytime just a beautiful song!

Rituals

1/ Butterfly Release
A butterfly release can signify several different things, but when it comes to tying the knot, this ritual is most often associated with love, hope, beauty, and the start of a new journey as a married couple.
 
2/ Blanket Wrap
This custom derives from Native American culture; it involves wrapping a quilt around the newlyweds’ shoulders to symbolize warmth and togetherness as they take on the future together.
The ancient Cherokee tradition, however, is a bit more involved. First, both parties are wrapped (individually!) in blue blankets, before an officiant blesses the union. Next, the couple is shrouded in a single white blanket. The blue represents the elements of the couple’s respective past lives and the white symbolizes the couple’s dedication to filling their new lives with peace.
 
3/ Tie the Knot
In this old Irish tradition, the bride and groom ties a fisherman’s knot with ribbon to symbolize a bond that, rather than break under pressure becomes stronger.
 
4/ Light a Unity Candle
This Judeo-Christian tradition is probably the most well-known wedding ritual that symbolizes unity. The bride and groom each hold a lit candle and combine their flames to light a third, larger candle. Sometimes the bride and groom’s parents take on this task instead to symbolize the union of their families. You can also get the guests involved by displaying candles in the ceremony entrance and inviting friends and family to light one and say a blessing as they enter.
 
5/ Sand Ceremony
Sometimes referred to as a “blending of the sands” ceremony, each person pours a small container of sand (often two different colors) into a larger vessel to symbolize their “coming together” as a couple. This practice is particularly meaningful if you’re tying the knot on a beach or want to use sand from a hometown or favorite vacation spot.

Order of Ceremony

Music while waiting for everyone to arrive and be seated:
Introduction: Celebrant Welcoming Guests (housekeeping only if applicable):
Hello, I am Adrianne Skye.
Optional/can write your own:
Bit of housekeeping before we start…Toilets are located west of where we are now follow the signs.
Today’s ceremony is ‘UNPLUGGED’ meaning NO phones or private photos. The couple have asked for you to all please enjoy the moment and photos can be screen shot off their facebook page after they have been published for the public.
 
Celebrant: The couple’s commitment/story – optional/can write your own:
 
Reading/Poem: “optional”
 
Monitum from Marriage Act (Legal Requirement)
“I am duly authorised by law to solemnise marriages according to law.
Before you are joined in marriage in my presence and in the presence of these witnesses, I am to remind you of the solemn and binding nature of the relationship into which you are now about to enter.
Marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union of two people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.”
 
The Asking (I Do) – optional/can write your own:
?, do promise to always love, respect, be honest and stand by ? for the rest of your life?
(? – I Promise)
?, do promise to always love, respect, be honest and stand by ? for the rest of your life?
(? – I Promise)
 
Vows (Legal Requirement): wife, husband, spouse or partner in marriage
“Please repeat after me”
Partner 1: name
“I call upon
the persons here present
to witness that I,
name,
take thee, partner name,
to be my
lawful wedded wife/husband/spouse/ partner in marriage.”
“Please repeat after me”
Partner 2: name
“I call upon
the persons here present
to witness that I,
name,
take thee, partner name,
to be my
lawful wedded wife/husband/spouse/ partner in marriage.”
 
Personal vows – optional/can write your own:
 
Ring Ceremony – can be included in the vows – optional/can write your own: Optional
Partner #1, please take this ring and place it on the tip of Partner #2 finger then repeat after me:
“Partner #2, with this ring, I take you to be my partner in marriage. May this ring always be a sign of our marriage and of my never-ending love for you”.
 
Partner #2, please take this ring and place it on the tip of Partner #1 finger then repeat after me:
Partner #1, with this ring, I take you to be my partner in marriage. May this ring always be a sign of our marriage and of my never-ending love for you”.
Versicle (as the last ring is being placed)- optional/can write your own:
As a symbol of your everlasting love for each other, your rings are a reminder of the unbreakable bond you are declaring today.
 
Ritual/Reading/Poem – optional/can write your own: Optional
 
Declaration of Marriage/Pronoucing to guests – optional/can write your own: Optional
We have all been witnesses to ? and ? promise to love one another in marriage. They have exchanged vows declaring their love and lifelong commitment to each other. They have given each other the gift of a ring, symbolising their love, trust and faithfulness. With that in mind, I am happy to declare them finally married. Celebrate with a kiss!
 
Signing of the Register and Certificates (Legal Requirement):
“We will now sign the marriage certificates. During this time we ask to remain seated and enjoy the music. WITNESS #1 and WITNESS #2, please join us to witness the signatures”.
 
Presentation of the couple: Optional
“Family and friends, it is my pleasure to present to you ??? and ???, officially married!”
Cue for Music: “optional”
Recessional Ritual for leaving of the ceremony (confetti/petals/music): Optional
 
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