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Chapel Ridge wedding: newlyweds walking out of the chapel hand in hand
Real Weddings

A Tale of Elegance: Dom + Nick’s Chapel Ridge Wedding When I look back on Dom and Nick’s Chapel Ridge wedding, the word that immediately comes to mind is CLASSY. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Classy? Isn’t that just a fancy way of saying expensive?” Not at all! Creating a classy wedding is all […]

Dom + Nick’s Classy Wedding | Chapel Ridge | Salt Atelier

Funerals

Traditionally, funeral readings emphasise positivity and inspiration, often celebrating the departed’s uplifting actions and the joy they brought to others. However, choosing a fitting funeral poem can be challenging, particularly when the relationship with the deceased was complicated or strained. This blog: Funerals Poems + Readings for Difficult People, offers a unique approach to honoring […]

Funeral Poems + Readings for Difficult People

Real Weddings

This is the story of my 400th wedding: a beautiful sunrise King Edward Park elopement in February 2024! A Big Wedding and a Small Wedding King Edward Park Elopement When Greta first reached out to me, she and Dylan were deep into planning their big wedding in Germany. They needed someone to handle the legal […]

Greta + Dylan’s Sunrise Elopement | My 400th Couple | Rotunda, King Edward Park, Newcastle

Funerals

Introduction Grieving is tough, and sometimes, finding solace in movies to watch while you’re grieving can make a world of difference. But can movies really help with grief? Absolutely. Films have a unique way of reflecting our experiences, showing us we’re not alone in our struggles, and offering a glimmer of hope amidst the darkness. […]

Coping with Loss: Movies to Watch When You’re Grieving

Real Weddings

Peterson House Chapel was perfect It was an Australian-English-Greek wedding, with a sizeable guest list full of family and friends from the Azzurri football club, where the couple first met. Peterson House Chapel was the perfect venue for their celebration, because of the air-conditioning and ample seating to accommodate their large guest list 🎉 Emotions […]

Gemma + Sam’s Australian-English-Greek Wedding | Peterson House | Rachel Livingston

groom crying at his wedding
Wedding Advice

Introduction Whether you normally bawl at the drop of a hat or can’t even shed a tear during The Notebook, there’s a good chance that you might cry on your wedding day. So many couples confide in me (as their celebrant) that they are worried about crying during the ceremony, as they feel it’s a […]

Why it’s OK to Cry During Your Wedding Ceremony

Elopements

First Wedding at Wallaringa Farm Wallaringa Farm near Dungog in the Hunter is a real gem. As a celebrant, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing love stories unfold in many beautiful places, but there is something truly special about this place. It has a unique charm that’s hard to find elsewhere. Owned by the lovely […]

Hannah + Stephen’s Intimate Elopement | Wallaringa Farm, Dungog | Rogue Photography

Two brides on the back of a ute at Great Hops Brewery
Real Weddings

MY FIRST ARMIDALE WEDDING: GREAT HOPS BREWERY ⁠When Hanah and Christie first booked me, I had this image in my mind of a classy, upscale affair in the vineyards— you know, the whole big shebang. ⁠Turns out, I completely misread the vibe they were going for. They had this vision of a relaxed, down-to-earth country […]

Hanah + Christie’s Casual Rustic Wedding in Armidale | Louise Brown Photography | Great Hops Brewery

public speaking tip for celebrants from Julie Muir
Celebrant Mentoring

Do you ever find yourself on the brink of a major event like a wedding, baby naming, or funeral, only to feel like your mouth has transformed into the Sahara Desert? It’s like your tongue’s been superglued to the roof of your mouth, right? If you’re a celebrant, this scenario might hit close to home. […]

Public Speaking Tip for Celebrants

Real Weddings

Wedding Day Magic at Leaves and Fishes, Hunter Valley Let’s talk about the real magic of your wedding day. One of the most heartfelt pieces of advice I offer my couples is to forget about chasing perfection on your wedding day; it’s overrated. ⁠⁠Sure, we all want to create a remarkable experience for the guests, […]

Sophie + Tom’s Emotional Wedding | Leaves + Fishes | Azure Creative Photography

Real Weddings

My Favourite Ceremony Moments at Peppers Creek Chapel & Barrell Room. Peppers Creek Chapel & Barrell Room boasts this wickedly long (aka best) aisle in the Hunter Valley so I met the bride Kylee and her crew out of view at the top of the aisle to impart some last-minute pearls of wisdom like relax, […]

Kylee + Matt’s Wedding | Peppers Creek Chapel & Barrell Room | Calla Lily Collective

Kim and Barry getting married at Circa 1876
Real Weddings

Purple, red and gold wedding colour palette at Circa 1876 wedding venue I have a little secret……My most magnificent weddings tend to be the trickiest to capture in words. It’s a procrastinator’s conundrum, really. I find myself hesitating, paralysed by the fear that my words won’t do justice to the couple’s wonderful wedding. ⁠⁠When I […]

Barry + Kimberly’s wedding | Circa 1876 Wedding Venue Hunter Valley| Margan Photography

Real Weddings

The morning of your wedding sets the tone for the whole day 🎉I often swing by where the bride(s) or groom(s) are getting ready. Ya know, to sign a few papers and make sure everyone’s stress levels are under control. 📝 ⁠⁠Sometimes, it’s like walking into the eye of a storm! 🌪️ When that happens […]

Annika + Blake’s Australian/German Wedding | Zenith Beach | Bedroom Studio

Real Weddings

My favourite Hunter Valley Wedding of 2023 was at Dark Horse Vineyard Hands down, my FAVOURITE wedding of 2023! 🎉 I try not to pick favourites, but this one at Dark Horse Vineyard stole the show.⁠⁠My first time at Dark Horse, and WOW – I instantly knew it deserved a prime spot on my ‘Best […]

Kath + Mitch | Dark Horse Vineyard | Kevin Lue Photography

Baby Namings

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a great Baby Naming Theme On Sunday I had a great time at Finn’s baby naming ceremony at Gillieston Heights Community Centre. It was all themed around The Very Hungry Caterpillar – balloons, cake, the whole shebang! 🎈🍰 Seriously, who doesn’t love that classic book?! 🐛✨⁠ Choosing The Hungry Caterpillar […]

‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ Themed Baby Naming Ceremony | Gilliestion Heights, Newcastle

Do You Talk Funny? Book Cover
Book Club

Welcome to our book club shindig! This time around, a bunch of celebrants, including yours truly, delved into the treasure trove that is David Nihill’s Do You Talk Funny? If you’ve dived into the same pages, feel free to spill the tea in the comments. QUICK RECAP: Do You Talk Funny? The book unveils seven […]

Book Club Discussion: Do You Talk Funny?: 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker by David Nihill

Baby Namings

Baby Naming Medowie- for a baby who faced a rocky start Non-religious christenings or Baby Naming Ceremonies as they are commonly called are not just about picking a name; they are about giving a high-five to the little champion for overcoming early hurdles. These naming ceremonies for babies who’ve faced a tough start are like […]

Celebrating Life’s Triumphs with a Naming Ceremony for Jude at Pacific Palms Golf Club – A Tale of Strength and Resilience

Love Stories by Trent Dalton Book Cover
Book Club

Greetings, fellow literary enthusiasts! Welcome to this book club gathering. This month, myself and some other celebrants took on the non-fiction gem, “Love Stories” by Trent Dalton. If you’ve read the book, I encourage you to share your thoughts in the comments below. Whether you’re eager to tackle the discussion questions or simply spill the […]

Book Club Discussion: Love Stories by Trent Dalton

Elopements

From Lightening Ridge to Bar Beach Newcastle: A Sunset Elopement by the Sea 🌅 Amber and Danny tracked me down on the Internet. They’re from Lightening Ridge but thought, “Hey, why not have a blast and tie the knot in Newcastle?” They weren’t picky about the date, time or location, so after some chitchat, we […]

Amber + Danny’s Sunset Elopement | Bar Beach | Rogue Weddings

Baby Namings

BEAUTIFUL BRONTE⁠ I’ve been Facebook friends with Tatum since I was her wedding celebrant at Albion Farm Gardens back in 2019. I’ll happily accept a friend request from any of my clients (but equally won’t be offended if anyone doesn’t reach out in that way). It’s a great way for me to keep up with […]

Newcastle Baby Naming for Bronte | Cooks Hill

Celebrant Julie Muir holding baby Ella Rose at her Hunter valley baby naming
Baby Namings

Celebrant for Life I had the pleasure of marrying Hannah + Charlie back in August 2020, so when they asked me to do their daughter Ella Rose’s baby naming at the Hunter Valley Gardens, I was over the moon. I’m officially their CELEBRANT FOR LIFE now!⁠⁠It is not always possible for grandparents to get involved […]

Ella Rose’s Hunter Valley Baby Naming | Hunter Valley Gardens

Wedding Advice

Hey there, fellow pet lovers! Let me share a heartwarming story from my journey as a celebrant. When I was training to become a wedding celebrant, I was told to steer clear of including pets in ceremonies due to their unpredictable nature and potential for distractions.

But life always has a way of surprising us, doesn’t it? In my very first booking as a celebrant, the couple insisted on having not just one, but all three of their adorable dogs participate in their special day. I found myself at a crossroads. As a celebrant, my role is to guide and facilitate, not to impose my own preferences on couples. So, the dogs got the green light!

Dogs in the Wedding Party? I say YES!!!

merewether_legals_only_wedding
Real Weddings

Deciding to legally marry before or after the big day This is story of how I got to be part of the most epic Merewether Legals Only Wedding…….. Sometimes a good old ☎️ phone call beats an email! So, this gal named Danika reached out to me, all curious and excited, about my Legals Only […]

Danika + Drew’s Pre-America ‘Legals Only’ Wedding | Merewether Beach

Book Club

Atomic Habits by James Clear book sold over 5 million copies since its launch in 2018! It’s been on the New York Times Best Seller list for over 100 weeks. It has a 5-star rating on Amazon and over 65000 reviews. If you want to improve your habits, it’s hard to miss this book. But does it […]

Book Club Discussion: Atomic Habits by James Clear

Couple kissing at Traditional Korean Wedding
Relationship Advice

Love knows no boundaries… but bureaucracy sure does! ??? Being in a cross-cultural marriage is like embarking on a rollercoaster ride through immigration forms and language barriers. ??️ Attending my brother Jack’s Traditional Korean Wedding, I found myself thinking not only about his extraordinary love story but about the crazy challenges that all couples face […]

Challenges facing couples from different countries

woman lauging at funeral
Funerals

When we think of funerals, a somber and serious atmosphere often comes to mind. However, there is a growing recognition that humour can play a meaningful role in the grieving process. Humour, when used appropriately, can help alleviate tension, create connections, and offer moments of relief amidst the sadness. Although it may seem unusual to […]

Laughter Amidst Grief: The Healing Power of Humour for Funeral Ceremonies

Big Magic Book Cover
Book Club

Hey there, bookworms! Welcome to my virtual book club discussion, featuring none other than the delightful masterpiece called Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert! Get ready to dive into this literary gem, and when you’re done, join me in the comments section for some discussions. Feel free to tackle any of the discussion questions or simply […]

Book Club Discussion: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Family photos of previous generations
Funerals

When someone dies, it is not uncommon for hidden truths and undisclosed secrets to emerge, leaving loved ones grappling with a mix of surprise, confusion, and even emotional turmoil. These revelations can range from financial matters and hidden debts to the discovery of undisclosed relationships or unexpected family ties. Dealing with these posthumous revelations in […]

Secrets Unveiled in Grief: Navigating the Impact of Posthumous Revelations

flowers after death
Funerals

Mother’s Day, a day meant to celebrate and honour mothers, can be a difficult and painful experience for many individuals. For those who have lost their mothers, the day serves as a stark reminder of their absence and the void left behind. Even for those who had complicated relationships with their mothers, Mother’s Day can […]

Navigating Mother’s Day when you are Grieving: A Day of Mixed Emotions

Chapel Ridge Hunter Valley Wedding Venue
Wedding Advice

Hey there, fellow wedding enthusiasts……….Let’s talk about the best Hunter Valley wedding venues, shall we? Holy moly, there are a lot of them which is why you might need to clear your diary, get comfortable and pour yourself a glass of wine before you dive into this comprehensive list.

The Best Hunter Valley Wedding Venues- The Ultimate Guide 2024

Bride and groom on a porch at Willow Tree Estate
Real Weddings

Mellow Yellow Colour Palette at Willow Tree Estate Are you smiling? Yellow is such a bright and intense colour that it immediately grabs your attention. It invokes strong feelings of happiness and optimism….a great choice for a wedding, and not one that you see often. ⁠⁠I usually attempt to dress tonally, but my options were […]

Cathy + Ben’s Elegant Wedding | Willow Tree Estate | Tracey Beveridge

groom holding his bride
Real Weddings

Lucky Dip Styling at Ravella 48 Watt St ⁠I turned up for Noelle & James’ wedding at Ravella 48 Watt St and my mouth hit the floor. I knew the couple had good taste. I figured the aesthetic was going to be sophisticated and modern but I had no idea how incredible the styling was […]

Noelle + James’ Urban Chic Wedding | Ravella 48 Watt St | Alex jack Photography

Real Weddings

Proposal Story for Wedding at Hunter Valley Gardens For their wedding in the Hunter Valley Gardens, Chris planned a romantic proposal for the couple’s 10-year anniversary. Unfortunately, he got a migraine and was too unwell to propose at the zoo. ⁠He had a sleep in the arvo to try and shake it off. Afterward, he […]

Sarah + Chris’ Romantic Garden Wedding | Hunter Valley Gardens | Matts Photography

newlyweds holding a sign board saying "Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds"
Real Weddings

Micro Wedding at Shepherd Hill Newcastle A wedding in Shepherds Hill, Newcastle wasn’t what Jessica & Jake had in mind at first. Because to the pandemic, they ⁠had to postpone their original plan of having a big wedding celebration at Murrays Brewery in April last year. ⁠⁠Sadly, it’s a common refrain. ⁠⁠Like many couples in […]

Jess + Jake’s Coastal Clifftop Wedding | Shepherds Hill Newcastle | Sarah Nash

Real Weddings

When it rains at Stonehurst Cedar Creek Wedding It poured rain so we poured ourselves into the open-sided wedding platform at Stonehurst Cedar Creek while a string duo kept the mood upbeat.⁠Bronwen walked down the aisle in her beautiful boho dress and headpiece to ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’⁠ ?⁠⁠All the couples’ nieces and nephews […]

Michael + Bronwen’s Rustic Wedding | Stonehurst Cedar Creek | Stories with Mel

Real Weddings

Meeting Halfway Down the Aisle at Twine Restaurant James and Angharad got married at Twine Restaurant in August last year when weddings were allowed but international and inter-state travel was banned. Not ideal when you are from New Zealand and all your family lives there, as in Angharad’s case. ⁠⁠Since early in the pandemic, there […]

Ungie + James’ Winter Wedding | Twine Restaurant | Nicole Butler Photography

Real Weddings

Rainy Days at Valentine Bowling Club Rainy days got me thinking about Hannah & Jake⁠’s wedding which had to be moved inside the Valentine Bowling Club instead of on the grass overlooking the lake. ⁠⁠Ok, so it wasn’t how they planned it but Hannah took it all in her stride. ⁠⁠She didn’t worry about her […]

Hannah + Jake’s Fun-filled Rainy Wedding | Valentine Bowling Club | Waterfield

Elopements, Real Weddings

This is what a Spicers Vineyard Estate Elopement looks like BEFORE the ceremony Rachel and Peter had no guests at their wedding at Spicers Vineyard Estate, so they weren’t constrained by rigid thoughts about how their wedding should be. ⁠Everything they chose to do was intentional and just for themselves. ⁠⁠They got ready together in […]

Rachel + Peter’s Hunter Valley Elopement | Spicers Vineyard Estate | Ben Howland

bride and groom laughing at their wedding at Vinden Wines
Real Weddings

At their wedding at Vinden Wines, Jude revealed that ever since first meeting Cheryl, if he ever had a chance to make a wish, for example on his birthday candles, in a temple, at a wishing well or if he saw a shooting star……he’d always wish for the same thing: to marry Cheryl one day. […]

Cheryl + Jude’s Intimate Elopement | Vinden Wines | Rope + Pulley

Real Weddings

Covid Wedding at The Wedding Social Co Last year myself and some of my wedding industry friends  @ropeandpulley + @thenakedfloristau  teamed up to do a free giveaway contest for an all-inclusive dream micro-wedding with The Wedding Social Co ….. back when they were having a moment due to all the restrictions. It was our way of sprinkling […]

Brodie + Renee’s Magical Giveaway Wedding | The Wedding Social Co | Rope and Pulley

Real Weddings

Intimate wedding despite having over 100 guests at Peppers Creek Chapel I remember this wedding at Peppers Creek Chapel as one of those days where everything went right: I had the guests hanging off my every word, laughing at my jokes, and reaching for the tissues. Was it me? Or was it them? A bit […]

Sarah + Steve’s Classy Wedding | Peppers Creek Chapel | Ben Howland

Real Weddings

Covid Wedding at Fernbank Farm This photo of a wedding at Fernbank Farm pretty much sums up weddings in the last few years…..postponements, masks, limited guest numbers. There has been so much stress and heartache for anyone planning a wedding. Covid has robbed couples of so much excitement.⁠We thought it would all be behind us […]

Roshelle + Issac’s Covid Wedding | Fernbank Farm | Muse Photography

Real Weddings

Saying The Monitum That’s me saying the monitum at Sarah & Jacson⁠’s Tocal Homestead wedding. That’s the serious part: the legal part taken directly from the legislation. It’s what marriage IS in Australia. It doesn’t really match the rest of my style of writing. It’s a little dense in the wording. But that’s what marriage […]

Sarah + Jacson’s Sun-kissed Wedding | Tocal Homestead | Popcorn Photography

Real Weddings

Look after yourself before the wedding I get it. You are spending a lot of money on one day and you want it to be amazing! My advice to all my couples is to have a vision, be organised, plan, delegate, employ good vendors and then trust they will do a great job, which is […]

Emma + Lucas’ Romantic Homestead Wedding | Stanley Park | Ben Howland

Bride and groom sitting and gazing out at the field at Wallalong House
Real Weddings

Backpacker Love Story at Wallalong House As I say on my website, whether you met at the King St Maccas or backpacked overseas, then your story deserves to be told.⁠⁠ Liz & Andy’s Wallalong House wedding started with a love story falls into the latter category. Like all couples who meet overseas, their story involves […]

Liz + Andy’s Laugh out loud Wedding | Wallalong House | Bryce Noone

newlyweds sharing a kiss
Real Weddings

Rain on their Wedding Day at Leogate Estate These cuties got married at Leogate Estate in January 2020, over 18 months ago. I’m finally getting around to posting about their wedding. Looking at their photos triggered so many memories from the day. Lots of little details came flooding into my mind……….☔ Steph and Troy ⁠had […]

Stephanie + Troy’s Rainy Day Wedding | Leogate Estate | Waterfield

Real Weddings

Last Minute Chats at Circa 1876 I don’t remember Oscar being nervous before the ceremony at Circa 1876. He is a person that carries himself in a way that radiates confidence – others are drawn to him. ⁠⁠We’d had a rehearsal the day before so everyone was calm. There was no frantic running around worrying […]

Jaden + Oscar’s Dreamy Wedding | Circa 1876 | Wildwood Weddings

Real Weddings

Fabulous First Look at Wandin Valley ⁠⁠The BOM radar is a couple’s best friend on their wedding day at Wandin Valley. For Rochelle & Daniel, it was the bearer of bad news.⁠They made the difficult decision to redirect all of their guests to the big barn at the back of the Wandin Estate for their […]

Rochelle + Daniel’s ‘All the Feels’ Wedding | Wandin Valley | Rope + Pulley

Real Weddings

Anchored Calm Pre-ceremony nerves are totally normal. Expected, even. ⁠Weddings like this one at Voco Kirkton Park can be highly charged emotional events. From societal pressure to family drama. Let’s not even talk about the budget! It’s easy to get overwhelmed. ⁠⁠Just before you walk down the aisle, it’s understandable that your heart beats faster. […]

Chantelle + Sina’s Emotional Wedding | Voco Kirkton Park | Jack Chauvel

Real Weddings

The florals for this Mindaribba House wedding were stunning Whenever couples tell me their florist is Jade Mcintosh, I get a huge smile on my face- I know instantly they are in good hands and their flowers at their Mindaribba House wedding florals are going to be just stunning! I respect Jade and her team […]

Madi + Jason’s Black Tie Wedding | Mindaribba House | Nat Salloum Photography

Being a celebrant lights me up inside. My oxytocin goes through the roof knowing that I help people create beautiful and memorable life events.

In a former life, I had a career in sports event management which certainly helps me as a celebrant. I am super organised, have great attention to detail and love creating 'a feel good factor'.

I spend my downtime roller-skating, campaigning for the environment and planning my next adventure. 

I am the whiskey-drinking, yarn-spinning, belly-laughing, ray of sunshine that is all you need to brighten your day and nail your event. 

Hi, I'm Julie. 

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