Dallas McMaugh, South Coast Marriage Celebrant,
All areas, all venues, all ceremonies, always professional, friendly and focused on creating the unique ceremony your hearts desire.
Civil Marriage Celebrant
I love my work as a marriage celebrant, the happiness of being part of a wedding ceremony is utterly contagious and I always leave in a little bubble of bliss that can last for days afterwards. I get lots of lovely, affirming feedback from my couples but the one thing I hear most is that I make them feel both relaxed and confident on their big day. Please scroll through my website to see some of the fantastically affirming feedback my couples have left for me.
My philosophy "Love one another and you will be happy. It's as simple and as difficult as that. There is no other way. Amen" Michael Leunig
About me: I recently had the pleasure of performing my 400th wedding ceremony- a very exciting milestone!
My main focus as a celebrant is ensuring your wedding is a meaningful and memorable occasion by working with you to create the perfect ceremony for you, one that is uniquely yours and reflects your personalities and relationship.
I bring a varied background to my work as a celebrant, having worked in Public Relations/Events at the Australia Council for the Arts and Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens and with many years of experience as a professional writer. I have written and performed in plays, had poetry and short stories published ,contributed to magazines as diverse as Harper's Bazaar and On the Street and even had my own column in Dolly for many years.
I love being a south coast celebrant there are so may wonderful locations to explore, unspoiled beaches, rock cathedrals, rustic barns and homesteads, stylish function centers and every type of greenery from vineyard to landscaped garden to the unique Australian bush. You really are spoiled for choice. Whether you are planning a gypsy, bohemian vibe or are going for utter glamour you will find the perfect venue on the beautiful south coast.
Ahh the glamorous life of a celebrant! Here I am after a wedding at Hyams Beach and photographer Dean Dampney of Cloudface photography (who also took the photo of the blossom shower above, and perfectly captured the relaxed elopement below) has caught me juggling wedding register, signing table, tablecloth, ceremony and my shoes!
I just wanted to say thank you so much for being our celebrant.
Everyone loved the ceremony and even though I was so nervous walking
down the aisle, you made me feel relaxed once I made it to the
altar! The whole evening was perfect and started off so well with an
amazing ceremony. Thank you for being so open to all that we wanted to
do and for being so relaxed. I would not hesitate to recommend you to
anyone getting married! So thank you again, we could not have asked for anything more. Kelly and Adam
So elegant and subtle that I missed you after the ceremony was over! Through our correspond
Dear Dallas, This is just a quick email to say many thanks for all your help being our wedding celebrant. You did a fantastic job and made us feel very happy and relaxed. Lots of people said you were the best celebrant they'd seen and that you spoke really well - so top work there! Thanks again for making our day such as success. Claire and Cameron
Dear Dallas, Thank you very much for being a fabulous celebrant at our wedding. We had such a wonderful time. We really appreciated your help in crafting such a lovely wedding ceremony. Alison and Richard.
Dallas is an excellent celebrant. She is profession
Hi Dallas, Just wanted to say a huge heartfelt thank you for performing such a wonderful ceremony last Friday, you were so lovely and gracious and such a natural .... you made us feel so comfortable and we had an absolute ball! So many people commented on how great the vows were ... I'm glad I added a bit of comedy as I didn't want it to be too serious.Again, thank you so much, Warmest regards, Gerrie & Stephen
Dallas is such a professional person with a kind and loving nature. She
makes your wedding exactly the way you dreamt it would be. Keeps you
calm and makes you laugh. Couldn't recommend this beautiful lady
anymore. She made our day a beautiful one to remember! Thank you! Jody & Aaron
Even more about me: I have two gorgeous sons (pictures below to prove I'm not exaggerating their handsomeness!) and when I'm not performing wedding ceremonies I'm usually chauffeuring them to various activities. If I have free time you will usually find me gardening or reading (Elena Ferrante is my current favourite!) or exploring - I've lived on the South Coast after the big move from Sydney 10 years ago but still finding amazingly beautiful new spots and of course, being a celebrant often takes me well off the main road!
The McMaugh-Anderson family, Tom, Ramir, Dallas & Jonas
A few different takes on marriage:
Some great advice from the great Bill Murray: If you have someone that you think is 'the one', don't just sort of think in your ordinary mind, 'OK, let's pick a date. Let's plan this and make a party and get married. Take that person and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world, and go to places that are hard to go to and hard to get out of. And if when you come back to JFK, when you land in JFK, and you're still in love with that person, get married at the airport."
The New Yorker:
and Robert Fulghum: You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks - all those sentences that began with "When we're married" and continued with "I will" and "you will" and "we will" - those late night talks that included "someday" and "somehow" and "maybe" - and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, "You know all those things we've promised and hoped and dreamed - well, I meant it all, every word. Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another - acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years. Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this is my husband, this is my wife.
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