Testimonials - Marriage
Kenneth is the first and only celebrant Em and I spoke to for our wedding, and from our first meeting we knew we didn’t have to look any further.
Kenneth was organised, professional, genuine, calm, patient, confident, trusting, fun, and thorough, and single-handedly ensured our ceremony was effortlessly stress-free. His guidance allowed both of us to thoroughly enjoy our ceremony, with heartfelt laughs and love.
Prior to our wedding, Kenneth was on top of everything. He kept us on point and on track. He was able to take the entire ceremony off our hands, took us through everything he’d planned in person and we always felt free to make any changes we wanted. He offered a multitude of different personalised symbolic expressions, favours and keepsakes of love and commitment as a part of the ceremony, many of which we’d never heard of before, yet alone considered. We chose to have a ring-warming ceremony, and it was fantastic having all our guests involved in such a hands-on way (and the guests loved it too!).
The showpiece, however, was the stunning couple of passages Kenneth spun from the 5 special words we’d each secretly provided to him about the other before the wedding. I was able to review my half to Em, which was spookily accurate, but when I finally got to hear Em’s it felt as though she was speaking directly to me. It was a truly memorable moment.
We opted to have a rehearsal with Kenneth the day before the wedding where he took us through all the motions (including common pitfalls to avoid) which certainly eased my nerves for the day. Even with members of the bridal party arriving at the end of rehearsal, Ken took the time to repeat everything to ensure everyone knew what they needed to know.
Kenneth additionally took a number of last minute changes and curveballs completely in stride. This included everything from me requesting an extra passage for the ceremony to a change in location due to rain. Ken even put his body on the line, standing with a wet back to the rain, to ensure Emily and I had enough space under our wet-weather alternative.
Kenneth carries himself with the presence of a man who has been performing ceremonies for a hundred years, and will be performing them for a hundred more, and enjoys each and every one.
Many thanks Kenneth for making our dream ceremony come true.
Michael and Emily
We were extremely happy with the overall experience, Kenneth created a lovely service which we and our guests were very impressed with your attention to detail.
Kenneth, we are writing to say thank you for the beautiful ceremony you performed on the day of our wedding, it was so heart felt and took our guests on a journey that truly reflected how our love developed and grew throughout the years. The way you helped create a special time to remember past loves for both ourselves and our children via a balloon release, was very significant for all of us.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you Ken for making our special day so perfect. Your trusted advice helped us to navigate through this exciting and sometimes crazy time. You made the whole process so easy and natural.
The day itself ran perfectly. Your warmth and professionalism made everything fall into place like magic.
We couldn’t have asked for anyone better to guide us through this momentous experience.
It also meant the world to us that we were able to honour our non-traditional family values and our heritage. The respect you showed for our personal beliefs meant that our ceremony was exactly what we wanted it to be.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
With love and gratitude, Glenn and Golda
Dennis and I would like to thank you for all that you did for us during the lead up to and on our special day. From the minute we met, we found you very welcoming and easy to talk to. You were comforting and accepting and not in the least bit judgemental, and it was clear that you were happy to roll with whatever we requested or envisaged for our special day. This was so very important to us both.
Come the wedding day, not only was it 44 degree heat and all 155 guests were squished into a small room with very little ventilation, the roof also leaked and our 3 year old son (the page boy) decided to break dance for everyone half way through the ceremony. We adored the way you just took this all in your stride, remained professional, patient and were still able to incorporate some humour considering the circumstances; which really sat well with our family and friends. We could not be more appreciative and we would strongly & freely recommend hiring you as Celebrant to any of our family and friends.
Wishing you all the best for your future
Kristie & Dennis
Therese and I were married in the first week of September and we couldn't be happier with how Ken performed the ceremony and the lead up.We found Ken to be very friendly and he took the time to meet with us a couple of times, to get to know us both, and put together a very personal ceremony for us. We had a lot of compliments from our guests of how personal everything was!One thing that was a highlight was we each gave Ken 5 words to describe each other, and he turned it into a couple of paragraphs. These turned out very well, and described perfectly how we feel about each other. This section was kept hidden from each other up until the big day, so the first time we each heard what the other had said was at the wedding ceremony, which made it even more special!Ken came out to the venue the day before the ceremony for a rehearsal, and gave us a run down of everything that would happen.On the day, Ken was very professional and friendly. He settled some early nerves when I basically started drifting off the planet, and handled a slight problem - the best man didn't have the rings! - with ease.So if you're looking for someone to marry you, I can only think of good things to say about Ken and Classic Coastal Ceremonies. We had lots of compliments on the day and when you decide to go with Ken, I'm sure you will too!
Adrian and Therese
Hi Kenneth, Sam and I wanted to thank you so much a beautiful day yesterday. It was a magical day for both of us and we have you to thank, the ceremony couldn't have been better. We thank you for your professionalism and your calmness throughout the afternoon. Your ability to write something so beautiful for us and to personalise it as well as you did is so appreciated. We wouldn't hesitate in recommending your wonderful services to family and friends.
When Ken informed us of how the day was going to pan out and the amount of work he put into making sure that everything ran smoothly, he exceeded our expectations.
Thank you Kenneth for your professionalism and care throughout the process of arranging our wedding ceremony. Our ceremony was everything that we had imagined and more.
Ken turned up looking very dapper and we had such a great time with him on the day. He took our words and delivered them with heartfelt care and never made us feel like our short ceremony was any less special than a more formal wedding. He was relaxed and flexible, quickly changing locations and never missing a beat. He shared a glass of champagne with us and our family, not to mention a laugh or two. We couldn’t imagine having anyone else perform our ceremony and are beyond happy with his services.
Giles & Jessica
We really felt like our ceremony included everything we hoped for, and it was truly unique. Our guests commented not only on how the ceremony looked but how how you managed to share so much detail about each of us, and our love story. Thank you very much for your happy, and welcoming personality, and your professional and ethical approach when planning the best day of our lives. We have and will continue to recommend your services to people we know.
Jeff & Kobea
Ken, we just wanted to say a big thank you for marrying us! The ceremony that you did was truly incredible and we are so happy that this ceremony was how we got married. Our family was so impressed about the way you did the ceremony, it was really beautiful!
We can't thank you enough for your help and support from the time we all met at the Ettalong Wedding Expo to the time you pronounced us husband and wife. You really helped make our day perfect!
So thank you once again
Andrew and Ashleigh
Keith and I would just like to say thank you for a lovely ceremony on Friday. We had the best day and were asked by a number of people how long we had known you, as you were obviously a friend because the ceremony was so personal and intimate. They were shocked when they found out it was only 6 weeks prior that we had met you, I think that is a massive compliment to you. Everyone I have spoken to have commented that it was one; if not the nicest ceremony they have been to, where the love was felt!! Again down to your creation of the ceremony. Lastly my Mum was blown away by her inclusion into the ceremony it just made the day all the more special.
Thank you again Keith & Seonaid.
We were hoping to find somebody relaxed yet professional and we found that in using Kenneth. We made the decision after our first meeting to go with Kenneth by the time we got to the end of his street on the way home. Kenneth was a great choice, we were so comfortable with him we opted to skip the rehearsal because we felt he would conduct a great ceremony. We had many people say what a good celebrant and that everything was very professional.
Richard & Gabrielle
"Kenneth, words cannot express how grateful we are that we found your website when we were looking for a celebrant for our big day. From the very first time we met you we KNEW that you were the man to marry us. You were everything we wanted for our ceremony and more. Your approach to life and love is similar to our own. You were fun and engaging – you knew us before we expected you too. Whatever we asked it was never too much for you, even when we changed our vows on you. Your script was beautiful, thoughtful and personalized. You will never know how much that piece about the lighthouse and the ocean meant to me (Kim). I (Damian) also appreciated how great you were on the day, letting my son help with whatever you needed and you reassured us and made sure everything was right to go even down to the smallest of details (you even had the same pen as we had for our guest book – that’s how well you knew us). Despite the cold, windy (yet sunny day) you made our day warm and beautiful. It was ours to a tee – you personalized it beyond our imagination. It was truly perfect. If anyone is looking for a celebrant, we would highly recommend you – no hesitation! Not even a fighter jet flying over could ruin a perfect day"
Damian & Kim
"Ken made our ceremony everything we hoped for. After recently loosing a loved one he was able to assist us in remembering that loved one in our ceremony that didn't take away from the happy and joyous occasion that was our wedding day. As a young couple we also found that Ken was very approachable and informative when providing us with information about the wedding process and an all round easy person to chat with. His kind words and well spoken manner meant we able to create memories of our wedding day that will last a lifetime. Thanks so much!"
Kaylee & Ryan
"Ken made both of us feel welcome from the minute he invited us into his home, we both felt at ease and willingly discussed our thoughts and feelings with him. He provided us with everything we needed to know and made sure that we had an easy and stress-free run towards the big day. Ken also liaised with us on numerous occasions after our first meeting, he sent us run sheets and proposed speeches/words to make sure that we were happy with everything, Ken even lent us one of his own collection of vows, we both thought that was very kind and thoughtful. On the day of the wedding, Ken was there to meet us boys in the garden at the arranged time like he had promised. We went through a little on-the-spot rehearsal and an informal chat...probably more for my sake (the groom) I think Ken really helped calm my nerves. During the ceremony everything was perfect, it was almost like we had rehearsed, the PA sound was good, the chapel was beautiful and we had family and friends come up to us after the ceremony to congratulate Ken for such a wonderful, personal and warm feeling inside the chapel. It was sad to farewell Ken after the ceremony, we would have loved for him to join us at the reception, both of us were very impressed and so too were our guests with your ceremony. Thank you for being with us on our special day"
Justin and Vicki
"Ken, Thank you so much for all your work in helping us create our perfect ceremony. From the very first meeting we knew you were our perfect celebrant. We were blown away by your friendly manner & genuine ability to put us right at ease. Everyone we've spoken to has said it was such a lovely ceremony and were really touched by the balloon release. It was all so perfect - we wouldn't change any of it for the world. We both feel the ceremony was the perfect celebration of who we are now and also in the future. Thank you for helping us celebrate the happiest day of our lives! You are such a lovely person & you have definitely found your calling. We're lucky to have found someone as wonderful as you."
Matt and Steph
"I would totally recommend Classic Coastal Ceremonies (Kenneth Livingstone) to any couple. Our marriage was perfect and we couldn't have asked for anything more from Kenneth, very professional, He topped a perfect day.Mark and Elizabeth
We were both very happy with the initial meetings before the wedding, and the commitment you showed to creating a personal ceremony. Ken you were so helpful with planning our day and very approachable. On the day we couldn't have been happier with the service provided. We both felt very relaxed and enjoyed every moment of "our" ceremony. To hear our words you helped us create about each other spoken in front of our family and friends was very special. All of our guests commented on how unique and personal our ceremony was and how great the celebrant was. Ken you helped to create a wedding our guests and ourselves will never forget. A wedding that represented "us" perfectly, we couldn't recommend you more highly. Thanks again"
Nathan and Brooke
"Ken, you have exceeded our expectations of a celebrant. The service was lovely and genuine - you provided us with ideas for the ceremony and your flexibility also allowed us to add our own personal touch. You were highly organised and we particularly appreciated your efforts in organising the documentation for Births Deaths & Marriages so changing my name was a breeze! Thank you for making our ceremony so memorable."
Jeff and Michelle
"Ken, I would like to say that I have had nothing but positive & warm heartfelt feedback about our ceremony. Most of our guests said they had never cried so much before at a wedding & that our ceremony truly showed the couple that Carlos & I are. So many lovely comments have been made about my Mums inclusion also & how special the balloon part was. I knew we chose the right person in you to make our day as wonderful as it was. Now I have had time to reflect I would have to say our ceremony was one of my most favourite parts of our entire day, I can't speak for my husband of course but I know through our conversations about our wedding he was absolutely happy we had you & loved how personal it was & how well you did everything. (He even recommended you whilst picking some things up a few days after to a couple that were checking out Kantara House) so we are spreading the word that's for sure! You were beyond professional but in saying that you weren't at any point uncomfortable to deal with on any matter whether we were late with replies or not. You kept your patience, you were never intrusive & allowed us with your guidance to create a ceremony that was exactly how we hoped & planned. In the end we had our dream wedding & you helped create that! Please don't ever change what you are doing as you have a natural ability & we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Many thanks"
Carlos and Ali
"My husband and I could not be happier that we chose you to be our celebrant for our wedding. From the initial meeting to actual ceremony, he showed us continual professionalism and were always available to answer any questions we had. You suggested we nominate 5 words to describe our better halves that were kept a secret until the ceremony. It was a lovely personal touch to the whole day. We have recommended you to 2 of our friends who are getting married next year. We look forward to using you as our celebrant in future for naming days! Thanks again Ken!"
Eugene & Kirsten
"From the moment we first met you and right up to the moment we said I do you were nothing but professional. Our rehearsal was excellent and it was fun too! Your knowledge and organisation made everything so much easier. We highly recommend your services."
Andrew & Kymberley
"We would just like to say Ken that we found you to be very professional and you went out of your way to make our day so very special. We are so proud of you and how you conducted yourself from our first meeting right through to our ceremony. Nothing was ever a problem and you seem to be in tune with what couple's are looking for in a ceremony. You are a true professional in every way and we are proud to say that Kenneth Livingstone our dear friend was our Celebrant.Malcolm & Wayne
We had a fantastic, amazing day and you really helped make it what we wanted in terms of the ceremony and the relaxed feel. Thanks so much again. Wonderful"
Todd and Celia
"Just wanted to send a note of thanks for all you did for us for the wedding. It was such a lovely service and we had many good comments about you and the ceremony. All was great, even the ring dropping bit! Classic. We will certainly have no issue referring your services, in fact we already have!"
Mel and Josh
"Thank you for making our day so special, we have five words that best describe you Professional, Sincere, Fun, Supportive and Unforgettable."
Steve and Cheryle
"Thankyou for being the Celebrant for my daughters naming day. Your professional manner well spoken presentation made her naming very special and a day to remember. Your idea of a ceremonial box is such a great and unique idea as it gave all who attended a chance to leave knowing that they've left something that my daughter can remember when she turns 18. We will and would recommend your service to all that ask.
We Thankyou and God Bless."
Jessie & Kylie
"We couldn't have wished for a more perfect service to farewell our mother, and our guests were very impressed and most complimentary. We were grateful for your helpful input and suggestions, and for allowing us as much time as we needed to talk about our mother and her life so you were able to portray her so beautifully in your service.We can't thank you enough for making a very difficult and emotional time, much easier to bear."
Carole & Susan
"Ken, the preparation, ceremony and feedback from our guests was excellent. You were organised, never rushed us and made us feel like you had everything under control.Overall we could not have been happier with the way you conducted yourself, organised everything and presented the wedding on the day. A lot of people will benefit from your calm manner and reassuring presence on the day.Thanks again."
Daniel & Alana