An interview with Brisbane City Celebrants

With Celebrants Cara and Jamie of Brisbane City Celebrants

Here’s a transcript of Brisbane City Celebrants recent interview with a bridal magazine. Special mentions to Eves on the River bride and groom Amanda and Tim for being kind enough to send us the beautiful images that accompany this post and to the very talented Anthony Hoang for capturing these images.

How did you get into the wedding game?  Quite simply we LOVE love and believe it should be celebrated!

Following our own wedding we both trained and became Celebrants with the mission to be the best we could be and to really ‘get’ what each individual couple envisages their day to feel like and to deliver exactly that.

What is your celebrant style? Modern, calming and thoroughly enjoyable.

Eves on the River Wedding with Brisbane Celebrant Jamie Eastgate. Image by Anthony Hoang

Eves on the River Wedding with Brisbane Celebrant Jamie Eastgate.
Image by Anthony Hoang

Do you support same-sex marriage? HECK YES!

Favourite Brisbane venue

There are so many it really is too hard to choose. We feel very privileged to be Celebrants in Brisbane, with such a diverse selection of amazing venues and an all year round wedding season, Brisbane brides and grooms are all very lucky indeed!

Tell us a little about your journey since being appointed to today

At the time we were appointed as Celebrants in 2008 Brisbane City Celebrants were amongst the youngest Celebrants in Brisbane!

We launched with a bang at a huge QLD wedding expo and now 7 years later, having followed our core principle of ‘your day – your way’ Brisbane City Celebrants have grown to become amongst Brisbane’s most sought after and most referred Celebrants by brides and grooms.

We have simultaneously become highly respected by the Brisbane wedding industry and also by fellow Celebrants which is such a huge compliment to us.

Eves on the River Wedding with Brisbane Celebrant Jamie Eastgate. Image by Anthony Hoang

Eves on the River Wedding with Brisbane Celebrant Jamie Eastgate.
Image by Anthony Hoang

Equipped with a wealth of experience and having been mentored by the most highly perfectionist and honest critic around  (each other), we know how to create the atmosphere our couples envisage for their day, while ensuring they are relaxed enough to share that beautiful connection throughout the ceremony, so everyone present can experience a thoroughly enjoyable and seriously amazing wedding.

What is it that you enjoy about being a celebrant?

We love the whole journey with each couple, from meeting and getting to know them, creating their ceremony and sharing and witnessing special moments like;

–          Seeing the look on the grooms face (as his heart beats through his chest) when he sees his bride for the very first time;

–          The hug the father of the bride gives his ‘little girl’ as he ‘gives her away’ clinging on for those few extra moments, there is so much emotion right there!

–          Being a vital part of creating an amazing celebratory atmosphere for one of the most special moments of a couples life;

–          Seeing parents and grandparents in the front row beaming with love and wiping away the odd happy tear as we share the couples own unique love story;

–          We love when brides and grooms hear each others surprise vows to each other for the very first time on the day, so many crazy beautiful heartfelt emotions;

–          And of course when we introduce the new Mr & Mrs followed by the first kiss… when the crowd goes wild! Ciara says “I still get goose bumps every time!”

Eves on the River Wedding with Brisbane Celebrant Jamie Eastgate. Image by Anthony Hoang

Eves on the River Wedding with Brisbane Celebrant Jamie Eastgate.
Image by Anthony Hoang

Tell us about your favourite/stand out wedding you have officiated?

A recent stand out wedding would have to be the first ever same sex wedding (commitment ceremony) that Jamie recently performed.

There were so many emotions from heartfelt tears of happiness to fits of laughter, all accompanied by a room full of guests beaming with love, the vibe was simply amazing!

It was an incredible ceremony and the feedback from the 2 grooms was beyond fantastic, so we couldn’t be happier.

Any advice for bride’s to be when it comes to choosing a celebrant?

When choosing a Celebrant firstly think about the kind of ceremony that you want and look for a Celebrant that specialises in exactly that.

For example, Brisbane City Celebrants specialise in simple and meaningful, fun and light hearted or short but super duper sweet weddings that are thoroughly enjoyed by everyone present.

If couples are looking to fill their ceremony with rituals or religion we are honest and tell them that we simply wouldn’t be the best fit for them, however there are plenty of Celebrants that are.

A great sign that you have found the right Celebrant is that feeling that they really ‘get’ you, are on the same page, they listen to what is important to you and have the right ideas and suggestions for the kind of ceremony you have in mind.

Listen to your gut feeling, after all you need to feel comfortable that they are the right person to be stood up there with you on the day.


Make sure you ask your potential Celebrant if you will be able to proof your ceremony before the day, this is simply one of the best ways to prevent some of the things that are commonly heard of going wrong during the ceremony and knowing what to expect will really help to put you at ease.

Eves on the River Wedding with Brisbane Celebrant Jamie Eastgate rings exchange image by Anthony HoangEves on the River Wedding with Brisbane City Celebrants Jamie Eastgate. Image by Anthony Hoang

If you enjoyed this insight about Brisbane City Celebrants and are looking for a Celebrant for your Brisbane wedding, they would love to hear from you. Contact Brisbane City Celebrants for more information and to confirm availability for your special day.