I’m Jenny and it is my pleasure to welcome you to this website where you can get an idea of my services.
A note on Marriage Equality:
It has always been my utmost wish that all couples in love could be given the opportunity to be legally recognised in Australia. I’ve always believed our time would come, and that’s why I’ve been a celebrant for so many years. I believe in love and the celebrations and milestones that come along with it. So if you’re having a look at this website and hoping to marry the person you love in 2018, and you’re in a relationship that is lesbian, gay, or any other non-binary part of the human race, I would absolutely love to work with you. I have your back and I want to stand beside you as you legally marry the person you love.
It was a difficult year for GLBTIQ people in 2017. The postal survey, the upper house, and finally the lower house discussing, debating, arguing, but finally we have our result, and that is that marriage equality is now law in Australia. Same sex couples can lodge their intention to marry from December 9, with the first legal ceremonies taking place from January 9, 2018. If you would like a simple ceremony as soon as you can, please get in touch so we can start submitting your paperwork. Information about that side of things can be found here.
I am over the moon. This means the world to me personally and I can't wait to celebrate with you all.
Thank you for reading. On with the general intro!
When big things happen in life, it’s a good idea to get together with our nearest and dearest to have a shindig. It gives us a chance to pause briefly and consider what this change means, not just for the individuals marrying or making a commitment, but also for friends and family. Celebrating milestones, change and achievements gives us all the opportunity to take stock of what is meaningful, and how we value one another.
My role as a celebrant is to assist you in creating a ceremony that will truly reflect your individual taste and style. You can show your love, respect, joy and celebration in a variety of ways that will result in a satisfying and authentic occasion for you and the special people in your life.
Having a celebrant on board means you can do it your way. It doesn’t matter whether you have no idea where to start or a wealth of plans - the flexibility of celebrancy lends itself beautifully to shaping the ceremony around your core values and the ideals you’d like to highlight on your day.
Joyful Ceremonies specialises in warm, inclusive, fun and relaxing occasions that you will always remember fondly.
Celebrants are appointed by the Attorney-General's department, and the Codes of practice for the profession can be seen online here.
Jenny O’Keefe is a professional communicator and celebrator who spends her time conducting ceremonies as a civil celebrant, MCing receptions and generally just hanging out around Castlemaine enjoying herself. She has a flair for event management and a background as an educator teaching broadcasting, as well as working in youth work and doing a bit of Auslan interpreting.
When based in Melbourne, Jenny spent many years broadcasting on Joy 94.9 and PBS FM. She’s a lover of animals, gardening, bushwalking, podcasts, craft of all kinds (except scrapbooking) and cooking. She and her wife have a baby boy who would be happy to dribble a lot and be generally adorable in your direction. If you come visit her she’ll probably make a batch of scones and a pot of tea to welcome you.
"Jenny, thank you so much for helping to make our wedding day so special. We feel so grateful to have found you - even if it was on You Tube. Your speech that day on Spring St was so powerful and beautiful.....we knew immediately that you were the one. And then, to find that you lived in Castlemaine, that you knew Sam the hair legend, that you are a PBS chick - just everything worked out perfectly. It was a pleasure and an honour to have you as our celebrant. Thank you "- Caroline & Laurie xxx
Just wanted to say a big thank you again for everything you did for us. We felt so supported and guided by you, not just on our wedding day but from the minute we met you. And I can't tell how many people came up and told us how amazing and fabulous our celebrant was! Our ceremony was exactly as we had imagined!
- Jenni and Toby
"Jenny made our ceremony everything we could have hoped for, and more. Her warmth, humour and professionalism is incredible. She has the ability to make everyone feel welcomed and part of the experience. The feedback from our family and friends about Jenny and the format of the ceremony has been overwhelmingly positive!" - Petro and Nick
I’ll arrange all the paperwork required by the government to cement your marriage in the eyes of the law, one step at a time. When you think about it, the wedding ceremony is the part of the day when you are the most still with your partner.
Do you just want to get it done, without the stress of event management? I have conducted some exquisite elopements that have been incredibly meaningful, intimate and fun. Also it just feels a bit cheeky, which I’m a big fan of.
On Thursday the 7th of December 2017, the momentous news was announced that marriage equality is now law in Australia! Same sex couples are at long last treated equally. In the meantime, anyone can have a commitment ceremony!
The arrival of a new family member heralds significant and limitless change and impact on parents, guardians and close community members. A naming ceremony is a beautiful opportunity to gather and officially give a child a name, welcoming them whilst gathering in celebration and love.
The possibilities are endless. Would you like to name your boat, welcome a new pet, clear your new home of past energies, celebrate coming-of-age or anything else?
You can contact me by filling out the form on the contact page or via the following methods:
Phone: 0434 821 168 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org