|As a celebrant who takes pride in his work, it is really rewarding when someone says "thank you!" So, I decided to publish comments from some who sent me a note including the lovely things they said.
Australian Bridal Industry Academy
Awards Nov 2011
It was with great excitement and immense personal satisfaction that Philip learned that his brides from across Australia had once again, for the 2nd year in a row voted him in as a finalist in the ABIA awards.
Neil and Suzanne at Swansea RSL Club
On behalf of Suzanne, myself and ALL of our guests, please accept our dearest appreciation for our wedding ceremony that you performed.
We and our guests were completely surprised at how special, the ancient Scottish traditions were intertwined with our background culture.
Without exception, our guests stated that it was the absolute best service that they have ever attended.
We all had a wonderful time
Kim & Serena at their private residence, Warners Bay
I just wanted to spend a minute to say THANK YOU.
You were just amazing, patient and so very courteous - a thorough gentleman. The service was just beautiful. I apologise for throwing the odd little "extra" in - but you handled it all with great aplomb.
I would recommend you in a heart beat. You will remain very special to us.
Matt & Elise at The Sebel Kirkton Park, Pokolbin
We would like to thank you for being part of our special day on 25 February. Your professionalism, care, & kindness helped make our special day even more memeorable, and we would not hessitate to recommend your services to family and friends
Jeremy & Ginni at Noahs on The Beach, Newcastle
Just wanted to say a big thank you again for conducting our ceremony - so many comments! Our NZ guests in particular loved the engagment ring part as they had never seen it. We had a very special day, thank you for your part in it.
Many thanks also for the fantastic name change pack, have already filled most of the forms so they are ready to go when the certificate arrives.
Brendan & Neroli at The Grand Mercure Hunter Valley Gardens
Brendan and I would like to take the opportunity to say a very big, heartfelt Thankyou to you for doing such a wonderful job at our wedding on Saturday.
We are really happy to be married and very pleased with how well the ceremony and also the rest of the day / night went.
The ceremony you performed was so special and even exceeded the high expectations we had. All the guests commented how unique and special the ceremony was. People loved the parents blessing, ring cleansing & handfasting ceremony particularly and also your explanation of "tying the knot".
My elderly uncle told me he had become overwhelmed with emotion during the ceremony and said it was the best wedding ceremony he had ever attended.
The comments we received were overwhelming and meant so much to us. Of course the ceremony was very special and perfect to us but its nice to know that the guests felt it was really special too.
We sincerely thankyou for everything. I will certainly recommend you to all other friends and family who marry in future! We really, really appreciate your wonderful work.
Daniel & Samantha at Roberts Restaurant, Pokolbin
Firstly we wish to thank you again for being part of the most amazing day of our lives, the positive comments regarding the ceremony came thick and fast from the moment it finished, well into the night and the following day(s).
Landis & Mika at The Sebel Kirkton Park,
Thank you so much for making the day different and very special.
Everyone commented on the ceremony and thought it was the best wedding they had been too.
Australian Bridal Industry Academy
Awards Nov 2010
It was with great excitement, immense personal satisfaction & a deep sense of humility that Philip learned that his brides from across Australia had actually voted him a 99.64% result. This was the highest vote ever received by a NSW celebrant from outside Sydney Metro. Thank you!
Katy & Michael
Sebel Kirkton Park, Pokolbin
"Thank you so much for the amazing ceremony you performed for out wedding. All out guests have raved about how spectacular everything was. We really appreciate the fantastic job you did to make our wedding so memorable."
John & Kylie at Barry Park, Fingal Bay, February 2011
An amazing experience & planned ceremony, very passionate & professional like he was managing his own daughter or son's wedding. The overwhelming response we received on our special day & for weeks after was very special.
Both my husband & I are so happy that we had the opportunity to have Philip manage our wedding ceremony. We have lovely memories of our wedding celebrant & vows with Philip.
He put many hours & passion into our cermony preparation even while he was admitted to hospital, Phil still kept in touch with us.
Craig & Heather at Pearson Park, Soldiers Point.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for delivering such a wonderful ceremony. The most common comment we received was along the lines of "it was such a beautiful ceremony, we've never seen anything like it, it was amazing. We'll never forget it". Everyone loved how you got them all involved and explained the origins of the stone and binding of the hands and the anamchara, people had never heard of that one before and liked learning about the origins of the sayings 'set in stone' and 'tie the knot'.
I was afraid people would whinge about the length of the ceremony...but in retrospect it was just me being lost in the moment as I stared at Heather. We both commented that we vaguely heard what you were saying but we weren't really listening (that is no offense to you at all, we were just lost in one another, captured in the moment where no one else existed or mattered because we had finally reached our goal of finally getting married...it was a truely spiritual experience).
That said, we knew what you were saying and knew our ques. You truely deserve your reputation and we will be forever grateful for your contribution to our day and thus our lives, you made it very special and you are a truely special and gifted man (in the best way possible).
Thank you again, with all our combined heart.
Craig and Heather.
Monika and Luke, beneath the old-growth trees at Jesmond Park, January 2011
"The best celebrant on earth. Everyone was commenting on how beautiful and special it was. We all loved it. It was the most beautiful ceremony I have ever been to, thank you so much for making our day so special".
Rodd & Nikki's conventional wedding at Carroll Reserve, Corlette Nov 2010
"Just a quick message to thank you for all your help & advice.
We will look back on the day with great fondness of the important roll you played. Again, we both thank you with all our hearts!"
Peter & Alejandra's conventional wedding with Spanish traditions at Sebel Kirkton Park, Pokolbin, Oct 2010
"We would also like to take the opportunity to thank you for a truly wonderful wedding ceremony. We have had lots of comments from our family and friends and every comment has been very positive!. The ceremony was so special, we will truly remember it for the rest of our lives."
Warren & Regan at Salamander Shores, Soldiers Point March 2010
"Thank you for doing such a beautiful ceremony for us on our wedding day on 6 March this year."
Anne-Louise & Andrew at Peppers Creek Chapel, July 2010
On hearing of my ABIA results, Anne-Louise said: "Congratulations! That is really good to hear, and you deserve it. Hopefully next year you'll be highest! I would be pretty pleased with myself too if I were you!
Thank you again for all your efforts and I hope all goes well for you in the future."
Brooke & Allan at Sebel Kirkton Park, Pokolbin May 2010
"Just wanted to send a quick email before we head off on our trip.
Thankyou so much for the most beautiful ceremony, it had everyone talking!! So many people came to us to tell us how much they enjoyed it and how unique it was. If you would like us to write a testimonial for you we would be more than happy to!! We will be O/S for the next 5 weeks so we can sort that out when we get back!!"
Joyce & Aaron at their home, Nelson Bay Feb 2010
"We are so happy that we chose you to marry us. You did a wonderful job and we will not forget how memorable you made our special day."
Lauren & Ben Hokin's Scottish wedding at at Menangle House,
Menangle Park April 2010
"Not only did Philip meet our expectations, he surpassed them giving us a memorable and fun day. Thank you!"
Rachel & Warren at Richley Reserve, New Lambton, April 2010
"Just wanted to thank you for such a wonderful ceremony. Thanks for your time & hard work. Everyone said how beautiful the ceremony was. YOu did a wonderful job.
It was a day that, naturally, we will always remember. You played a big part in making it so special.
We are very impressed with the name change kit. It has been fantastic!
Alison & Garry, Mount View April 2010
"I just wanted to say thank you again for our ceremony – it was everything we hoped it would be and more!
It was the perfect length and everyone found it unique and interesting, which was exactly what we wanted. I have to say, I felt like I was in such a trance, partly due to nerves and partly due to the emotion of the day, that I had to go back and watch the video Gary’s niece took for us, to really remember it all. And it was just as wonderful watching it, as it was being in it.
The rest of the day was just as magical as the ceremony. We couldn’t have asked for a better wedding."
Fiona and Andrew at the Chapel, Hunter Valley Gardens, November 2010
"Just a short note to express our appreciation for conducting a moving, unique and outstanding Celtic wedding ceremony for Fiona and Andrew."
Jan and John (parents of the bride).
Joel and Julie-Anne at The Chapel, Hunter Valley Gardens, October 2010
"Thank you so much Philip for being the celebrant at our wedding, the ceremony was beautiful. I had so many compliments on how great my ceremony was because of you.
I was told by so many of my guests that it was the most beautiful ceremony they had ever seen, and also complimented on how the ceremony you preformed was so much more meaning full and personal than all the others. 99.9 % of my guests had never seen a handfasting ceremony before and loved it.
They also said they sat through the whole ceremony wondering why the rock was on the floor. Not only did I have a beautiful ceremony you managed to captivate my guests and keep them completly interested in the ceremony. thank you so much Philip you were amazing."
Tracy & Garreth at Peppers Creek Chapel, Pokolbin, Jan 2010
"I'm sorry we didn't get to chat more on our wedding day last Sunday....
It all seemed to go so fast.
It was truly the best day of our lives and you helped make it all come true.
I thank you so much."
"The amount of comments we have had from all our guests...
Interesting, not boring, unique, exciting, new traditions and every one loved the Gaelic introduction, wine ceremonies and settling in stone... Everyone was talking about it all night..
It was all a massive hit! Thank you so much again."
Lance & Jodi at Toowoon Bay Beach, Nov 2010
thank you so much for your amazing service and help with our marriage. You really did make our day perfect and you willalways be remembered.
Jason & Vivienne at Tamburlane Members Lodge, Pokolbin Feb 2010
"Thanks for helping make our wedding a wonderful and memorable one."
Chloe & Jordan at Calais Estate, Rothbury March 2010
"Thank you so much for being the celebrant at our wedding. Both of us as well as so many of our guests were amazed at how spiritual and beautiful the ceremony was. I had people coming to me and saying "I never knew what "tie the knot" or "set in stone" meant".
We really appreciate what you did for us.
Thanks again - I will highly recommend your services in the future."
Andrew & Emma at St Patrick's Church, Nulkaba Aug 2010
"We has an excellent cermony. So many of our guests commented how special and interesting our ceremony was. We thank you for such a personal and brilliant ceremony."
Belinda & Ken at Le Meillier Horizons Resort, Salamander Bay March 2010
"A big thank you for making our special day really great! We loved every moment of it.
Everyone was so impressed with the cermony. Everyone couldn't stop talking about it and saying how beautiful & unique it was."
Kelly & Chris at Maddies, Bolwarra March 2010
"It was a beautiful ceremony and we were very impressed. Everything went really well. Everyone commented on how the ceremony was peformed. Thank you Philip for being part of our special day."
Luke and Genevieve's Scottish wedding at Gregson Park, Hamilton Aug 2009
"Thank you so much for being a part of our spedial day. The ceremony you delivered was absolutely spectacular. Our friends & family are still talking about it. You have something special that a lot of celebrants don't have."
Samantha & Anthony's Scottish-Chinese wedding at the Hunter Valley Gardens chapel. May 2009
"Thank you for being such a wonderful celebrant at our wedding. Many of the guests loved the novelty of the Scottish traditions and it certainly made our wedding a unique and memorable day for us and our guests. We had the most wonderful day and we hope you enjoyed yourself!"
Kylie & Mahunthan at Margan Estate Jan 2009
"Once again, thank you for such a wonderful ceremony on the 31st - it was a truly memorable day and we were glad you were able to share it with us.
We're still waiting on the official photographs from the day, however we will ensure we send you some through for your collection."
Thom & Danielle at Cafe Enzo, Peppers Creek, Pokolbin Dec 2009
"Thank you so much for making our wedding ceremony so special and unique. All the guests kept telling us how beautiful and different the ceremony was.
Even the photographers came up to us and said that it was one of the most beautiful ceremonies they had ever seen! Everyone especially loved the ring warming!
Thom & Carol at Bagnall Beach in front of their residence, Corlette Jan 2009
"Just to say a thank you for making our day so special. The ceremony was beautiful & a reflection of what we feel for one another.
Your passion, enthusiasm & intimate knowledge of traditional rituals made it very special for all in attendance.
We are so grateful that we had you"
Carrisa & Gavin at Nora Head, Oct 2009
Hi Philip, Yes we had a fantastic time.
We're back from our honeymoon and back to reality!
We would both like to thank you for such a FANTASTIC job. Soooooooo many people commented on what a great celebrant you were and what a beautiful ceremony it was. Thankyou so much. Wowie my head has just grown to triple size!"
Lachlan & Nicole's Scottish wedding at Milton Park, Bowral, Aug 2009
Just thought I would touch base and see how you were. As you said we would, have had countless favourable comments about our ceremony (usually people just complain about that and want it over with). We received the video and everything looks fantastic. We would be happy to provide you with a copy for your archives if you want.
We also have some great photos of you and Barry the piper that we thought we would send up."
Thank you also for everything you did to help us create the perfect ceremony, it was wonderful how approachable you always were when we had any questions and your amazing ability to always be able to answer them in such detail!
All the best for the future. It was lovely meeting you and having you be apart of our big day!"
Ross & Danielle at Peppers Creek Chapel, Dec 2009
Even though we did not have a chance to get to know you (which we would like to have done), we both thought you put so much into the ceremony and the planning behind it. This shows a lot of character! .
I think the temperature affected us all, but not in a way that made the service any less memorable.
Jessica & Effendi at Barry Park, Fingal Bay Oct 2008
"Thank you for helping us create a beautiful ceremony and day, it was very special. We appreciate your support and guidance.
We were overwhelmed and happy with how wonderful the whole ceremony and day was. My Grandmother said in all her years she has never seen any priest perform a ceremony the way you did or as good as you did...."
Nick and Jodie at Wandin Valley Estate, Lovedale (Hunter Valley vineyards), Sept 2008
Thank-you for complimenting our amazing day. I really appreciate your personal touches that you added to our ceremony and I feel made it more memorable. There were plenty of tears of joy on the day and I couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather!!
Lani and Drew's earth-centred wedding at Pepper Creek Chapel, Pokolbin 2008
Thank you so much for making our big day so unique & special. We had so many comments on how fantastic the ceremony was and how great you were. We really appreciate everythig you did to accommodate our vision & bring it to fruition. thanks for helping us create a day that will be impossible to forget.
Colin and Carol's Scottish wedding at The Old School House, Dunmore near Kiama April 2008.
"We had such a fun day at the Old School House and your ceremony was such a lovely combination - you made the day so special for us with all your hard work! The guests are still raving about it! They had never seen anything like it and I know they will remember out special day forever!
Thanks again for making our day everything we had hoped for. We still play the disk once a week and comment on what a beautiful day you made for us. Every time we hear the pipes or see a kilt, it brings back such fond memories."
Christine and Vincenzo at
Peppers Convent, Pokolbin
"Thank you so much for everything. You were absolutely wonderful and everyone commented on how you were one of the best celebrants they had experienced. Thank you for making everything so wonderful..."
Bruce & Nichole in the
Stockton Sand Dunes
"Bruce and I would like to say a big thank you for being our celebrant, we were so happy with the way the day went. Everyone loved the ceremony and had a great time, it was heaps of fun.
A big thank you to Don, the bagpipes were great"
Aimee & Greg in their 5 acre backyard at Corranbong 2008
"Thankyou so much for contributing to what was an utterly outstanding and perfect wedding day.
You did a fantastic job and really made the difference in a fun and exciting ceremony."
Ken and Gina at Eaglereach Eco Resort, Barrington Tops August 2008
"Thank you for making our wedding day very special and a day that we will always remember."
Brooke & Alex at Peppers Creek Chapel, Oct 2008
"Thanks for the ceremony, it was awesome. Many folk have told us it was one of the most interesting and unique things they had seen and also wanted to know more. This is the sign of a success if you ask me."
Adam & Rachelle at Mt View Oct 2008
"We just wanted to say thanks and let you know everthing is going well.
All of the guests commented on how much they enjoyed the ceremony & how you introduced the elements, like handfasting, so that they knew what the meaning behind them was.
My wife & I personally want to thank you for helping make our wedding something special."
Jason & Nicole at Blacksmiths Surf Lifesaving Club, Feb 2008
Your presence and voice were so calming for everyone on our Wedding Day, we cannot THANK YOU! enough it was a BEAUTIFUL! ceremony and you made everyone there especially my parents and all the wedding party feel very welcome and relaxed.
What a great night that was & it was worth every bit of effort and the wait. Thank you for making this the happiest timeof my and Nicole's lives. We are on such a high and deeply appreciative of your help and support on this very special day.
WE LOVED THE STONE! we thought it was FANTASTIC! Mr Philip Greentree THANK YOU! you did an AMAZING JOB!
Take Care, Yours Sincerely
Jessica & Peter at Shoal Bay Resort & Spa, Shoal Bay April 2008
I have been meaning to write this email for the past month!
Thankyou so much for all that you did on our wedding day. Your
proffessionalism and guidance allowed us to enjoy the ceremony without
the worry. Everyone that attended commented on the ceremony, and the
lovely touches that you brought to it, especially the ring washing and
the candle ceremony.
I can and will recommend your services to all me friends in the future.
I have included a couple of photos that you may use if you want, I
will email them seperatly as they are quite large.
Alison & Guy at The Rotunda, . King Edward Park, March 2008
We both just wanted to say thank you once again for our beautiful ceremony that you performed for us on Saturday 8th March. The day was truly wonderful and was everything we imagined (and hoped!) it would be.
Susan & Scot, Shoal Bay Resort & Spa, Shoal Bay Nov 2008
Thank you so much for your beautiful ceremony. We have had many positive comments about the ceremony and many people asking for your name.
Per Lee & Terry at the Garside Gardens, Newcastle, Aug 2008
"Thanks very much for your comical yet professional method of conducting our ceremony. Our friends say it was by far the "coolest" wedding they've been to."
Dave and Julie at
Maddies Restaurant, Lorn June 2008
"Just want to thank you again for your wonderful service. David and I were very very happy with it. If there is anyone that needs your services I have no worries at all in recommending you for the job. Once again thank you so much."
Melissa and Brett at
The Chapel, Hunter Valley Gardens Feb 2008
"Thanks for a beautiful wedding service. Dealing with you was such a pleasure
which made our day go so smoothly. We will highly recommend your professional service to anyone having a wedding."
Bree and Glen at
Horizon Resort, Salamander Bay Oct 2007
"Thank you Philip for all your advice and guidance leading up to Bree and Glen's wedding, sincerely Michelle" (bride's mum).
Sue and Denis at
Crowne Plaza, Newcastle Jan 2007
"Just a quick email to thank you for making our ceremony so special. You were the perfect person to compliment our wedding and we feel very happy and privileged to have met you."
Jess and Lance at The
Rotunda, Cessnock Supporters Club
"I just wanted to say a great big THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! The entire wedding and naming ceremony was absolutely perfect, better than the way I ever imagined it. Thank you for making our special day truly special, you did a wonderful job. I just found out today that I'm pregnant again, so I'll be in touch in about 10 months for a second christening."
Sarah and Michael at
Capri Plaza Motel Jan 2007
"Without your time and effort we would not have had such and amazing and memorable day. Thank you again."
Annemarie and Adrian
Cattai National Park, Cattai
"Thanks again for everything. Your involvement in our ceremony contributed to making the day very special for us. Many thanks."
Clare and Justin
at Mansfields, Maitland
"We would like to thank you for helping to make Justin and Clare's wedding a very enjoyable one." Signed David and Ursula (Parents of the bride).
Connie and Hanifi, (Greek Wedding)
Twin Restaurant, Alexandria Nov 2007
"Just a short note to say a BIG thank you for making Saturday 24 November a very memorable day for everyone."
Kay & Kevin at Peppers Mannor House, Sutton Forest Oct 2007
"Thanks again for the outstanding job. Your unique ceremony certainly went a long way to making the day as special as it was."
Gemma and Jason at
Zenith Beach, Tomaree National Park. March 2007
"Jason and I wanted to say thank you very much for the lovely ceremony. You were brilliant. Given our less than orthodox style and ceremony wording, we appreciate your sense of humour.
We also wanted to thank you for all that you did for us in the amazing amount of information that you provided at the beginning, to make it all as easy as possible to understand. As well as all the paperwork (right down to address labels) to make the name change process afterwards easy too.
I don’t know what we would have done without you, your folder or the step by step guide afterwards. You did a fantastic job and helped make it a very special day that many of our guests will not forget. Thank you."
Jodie & Dave at Tuscany Terrace, Hamilton July 2007
"This is a belated thankyou for our beautiful wedding ceremony. We are
still floating on cloud 9 and continually receive compliments about how
unique and wonderful our wedding was. Thankyou so much!!!!"
Lisa and Nicholas at
Peppers Convent, Pokolbin May 2007
"Thank you very much for making our day very special"
John & Cindy at their home, Edgeworth, Oct 2007
"Many thanks for helping to create such a wonderful and memorable wedding ceremony for us. The memories will stay with us forever."
Kylie and Matthew at
The Rotunda, King Edward Park Dec 2007
"Thank you for making our ceremony so memorable. It was a great day and thank you for being part of it.... "
Steve and Tanya at
"We would like to thank you for making our day as wonderful as we had hoped. You felt like a member of the family. Thank you!"
Penny and Allan aAt their home, Nelson Bay
"Allan and I would like to thank you so much for the wonderful ceremony you performed on our very special day last Friday. It was just the way we wanted our day to be with the special people in our lives being with us. It was perfect - thank you."
Lindsay and James at their property, Dungog April 2006
"The day was exactly as we wanted, everything went smoothly and we felt relaxed and we were so pleased with the way the actual ceremony went, so thank you! Both lots of parents were impressed with your professionalism, James' parents were a little apprehensive when we said we wanted a celebrant as they had seen some ceremonies where the celebrant was terrible! They said they were more than happy with you and said our choice couldn't have been better."
Debra and Andrew at
"Just a quick note to thank you for the excellent ceremony you conducted for Andrew and my wedding. Many of my guest said what a nice service it was and how impressed they were that you provided a PA system to enable them to actually hear the service."
Kristy and Stan at
Cyprus Lakes Resort, Pokolbin
"Thank you for marrying us. We had a wonderful day and your ceremony made it very special."
Rasini and James
Sebel Kirkton Park, Pokolbin May 2006
"Thank you for being part of our wedding ceremony and for imparting some of your knowledge onto us."
Kim and Chris
at Wanda Beach Wharf, Soldiers Point March 2006
"Chris and I would like to thank you for the wonderful ceremony that you did for our wedding. So many people have commented on what a wonderful, professional, yet personal ceremony it was. . Also, everyone was happy they could hear what you said because of your amplifier."