You will notice that I do not include photos of couples on my website or on Instagram. This is because I feel that your photos are personal and you should have complete control over where they may end up being posted on the internet – even if you have given me permission to include them.

I welcome feedback from couples and with your permission, I will include your comments on my webpage and on Instagram. The comments included below are unedited and genuine testimonials from some of the amazing couples that have allowed me the privilege of officiating at their wedding ceremony.

An amazing woman – so supportive and helpful, and made us feel like she was one of our oldest friends. Lani and Brad, Christies Beach.

Helen performed our wedding ceremony in October 2015 in Waikerie. We had a wonderful day, reinforced by a proactive yet clam and warm celebrant, Helen Hutton. She took the time to get to know us as individuals and as partners entering into marriage. She met with us on numerous occasions prior to the wedding to gain an in-depth understanding of our relationship. On the day, we felt like Helen was a good friend, someone we would invite to our wedding due to her unconditional commitment to us. She even took us out for coffee several times in the weeks leading up to what turned out to be an amazing and special day. Helen has a very calm manner and on the day of our wedding created an ‘everything is OK feeling’. Standing with Helen at the ceremony made us feel like we were in safe hands and that nothing could go wrong and nothing did. After all the planning that went into our wedding day, this is exactly what we wanted and needed. From the bottom of our hearts thank you, Helen. You made our special day even more special. Phil and Grace, Waikerie.

Helen, nothing was too much trouble, Thank you so much. It took us ages to decide what we wanted and you helped us to much to create an amazing ceremony that our friends and family really loved. We so appreciate everything you did for us to make our day so special. Livy and Azan, Adelaide.

We didn’t expect that when we asked Helen to perform a 50th wedding anniversary renewal of vows ceremony that it could possibly be to wonderful. Helen treated our landmark anniversary celebration just as though she was planning our actual wedding ceremony. Every detail was perfect and she absolutely capture the spirit and emotion of the day – right down to our choice of music, readings and words. She even included a beautiful certificate that our grandchildren could sign as witnesses to this perfect day. Thank you, Helen. You are an absolute gem. Martin and Evelyn, Bridgewater.

Helen is so easy to get along with. We wanted our wedding to be fun and funny and Helen was perfect for our ceremony. She exactly how to make people laugh and when to be serious. She is a great public speaker and makes everyone feel at ease. We loved her willingness to be flexible and was prepared to wait much longer that she actually had to when one of the vintage cars broke down. We very much appreciated that her policy is ‘one wedding only’ on any given day and that she is totally committed to the couple no matter what might happen. We can’t thank her enough for our wedding which we and our friends and family always remember. Chelsea and Patrick, Adelaide.

When we first met Helen we had already seen two other celebrants. While they were lovely, we went with Helen because we could see that she would be obliging, friendly and fun. We loved the ceremony that she helped us to create and it so reflected exactly what we wanted to say. She though of everything – right down to the tissues and sewing kit both of which we needed on the day! Our day was so special and her service to us was exceptional. Paul and Briony, Mannum.

We are so pleased that we had Helen as our celebrant. Everything was so well organised for us and we didn’t have to worry or think about anything. Our wedding day was cold and windy and, although Helen kept suggesting a backup plan, we were sure that it would not rain. It did! Halfway through the ceremony and during the most important reading it absolutely poured. Helen handled everything so well. We were so glad that we at least listened to her suggestion about umbrellas so none of us got wet – or at least not very – and the wedding documents were all kept dry. Nothing was too hard for Helen and we so appreciated her good nature and humour before and on the day. Chelsea and David, Barossa Valley.

Helen was a pleasure to have as our celebrant. She was professional and very well organised and answered all our questions in such a way as to put us at ease and not worry about the day. She was contactable and approachable. On the day her PA system was perfect and she was generous in allowing us to use it for music after the ceremony while we we having photographs taken. Joshua and Joanne,  Stoneyfell.

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Cast in stone

There are so many ways to say “I do”. Although there are words that must be said in the vows, couples are free to be creative and include words and objects that mean something special to them and make their wedding day memorable.

Th custom of the oathing stone comes from Scotland where the marrying couple placed their hands around a stone while saying their wedding vows. I performed a ceremony recently in Kuipto forest and the couple inlcuded this ritual in their ceremony. It is deeply moving as it signifies that the voes are, in fact, set in stone.

Any stone can be used for this purpose. This couple collected a special stone from Port Noarlunga close to their home. It was carefully washed and dried and sent to a professional engraver who inscribed their initials and date on the stone which was then placed in a box until the ceremony.

The image above is from Monkey Jewels.


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