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Are you looking for an experienced, professional, and warm celebrant to officiate your Sydney wedding? Look no further than Simone Lewis-Cocks, the dedicated owner-operator of Heart 2 Heart CMC. Whether you’re seeking a relaxed vibe with lots of humour, or a deeply romantic celebration of your love, Simone will use her expertise to craft a ceremony that is perfect for you.

Are you unsure where to start with planning your ceremony, let alone writing your vows? Simone is here to help. With a background in English and the performing arts, Simone is an articulate and engaging speaker who will charm your guests with her authenticity. Your guests will love Simone’s friendly and fun approach, as she welcomes them to your ceremony and ensures everyone is comfortable. 

With over 11 years of experience and hundreds of ceremonies behind her, Simone will put you at ease with her calm and collected demeanour. No matter the last-minute changes or hiccups on your wedding day, Simone will work tirelessly to ensure everything runs smoothly. You need not worry about all of the tedious legal requirements and paperwork, as Simone will make sure these are taken care of with minimal worry from you. 

Simone is a true romantic and believer in the union of marriage; just ask about her mother’s wonderful love story! Each Heart 2 Heart ceremony benefits from Simone’s guidance, care, and commitment to providing a bespoke service. Simone wholeheartedly believes that creating a heartfelt and meaningful ceremony requires a personal approach. Your ceremony will be a perfect tapestry of your favourite couples’ anecdotes, most meaningful rituals, and all the unique elements of your love story. 

“Thank you for helping us to create our perfect wedding. It was very difficult to organise a wedding from the other side of the world in such a short timeframe, but with your assistance, our dream became a reality. We could not have asked for anything more. Nothing was too much trouble, and we even managed to add a few last-minute surprises. A breathtaking setting, a wonderful ceremony, a very happy bride and groom, and a perfect day.” — Michalis + Chantelle

What you’ll love about working with Heart 2 Heart Celebrant for your New South Wales wedding:

  • Experienced and professional. Backed by 11 years of experience creating beautiful marriage ceremonies, Simone approaches her vocation with the utmost professionalism. Simone holds a BA Degree in English, Drama and Theatre Arts from Manchester University, as well as a Post-graduate Diploma in Education, in addition to later TAFE Office Studies and MYOB Accounting to hone her business acumen. 
  • Ceremonies for weddings of all sizes. Whether you’re planning an intimate beach elopement, or a grand garden ceremony for all your friends and family to observe, Simone will tailor her offering to suit your celebration of choice. 
  • Incredibly versatile and accommodating. Simone will build your wedding ceremony around your unique couple's identity. Special requests are encouraged including rituals, guest speakers, music, and poetry. Experienced at guiding people through the process, Simone will ask the right questions to allow you to participate in the design process for your ceremony. 

Highlights of working with Heart 2 Heart Celebrant for your New South Wales wedding:

  • All legal aspects professionally covered
  • A fun and helpful initial meeting 
  • Tailored packages available 
  • A list of trusted suppliers amassed over 11 years of experience
  • Packages ranging from $850 to $1200 

What are your first steps to planning a wonderful wedding ceremony with Heart 2 Heart Celebrant?

The first step of any Heart 2 Heart ceremony is the initial meeting. After you have reached out to Simone, you’ll meet for a fun and exciting (but unwaveringly professional) sit down to discuss your hopes, dreams, and expectations for your wedding ceremony. At this time you will also discuss the legal aspects of your marriage, plus any and all plans for the day. Simone is also more than happy to meet virtually with couples living overseas and wishing to marry in Australia. 

“My wedding ceremony went so smoothly and perfectly. It was everything I could have wanted, and a great deal of that was due to the incredibly kind, helpful, and friendly Simone Lewis-Cocks. Right from the start, when I first met Simone, I instantly liked her. She is a very warm and friendly person. She made us feel right at home and helped us create the wedding ceremony of our dreams. We didn’t realise how much there is to organise and consider when planning a wedding ceremony, but luckily Simone had it all covered and helped us with absolutely everything. I couldn’t recommend Simone more highly. If you want a fun and personal, yet professional experience, then definitely choose Simone as your celebrant.” — Samantha + Matthew

About

Simone Lewis-Cocks B.A., Dip.Ed. J.P. C.M.C. Simone is an experienced, professional, celebrant who absolutely loves her work. Simone has a Manchester University BA Degree in English, Drama and Theatre Arts. She then completed a Post-graduate Diploma in Education and followed with further study in English As A Foreign Language with TESOL and later TAFE Office Studies and MYOB Accounting to run her business professionally.

Ms Simone Lewis-Cocks

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  • Legal ceremony 
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  • Short and sweet
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Elopements
  • Consultation
  • Legal paperwork
  • My Garden or Yours
  • PA Audio for music and speech
  • Beautiful ceremony
  • Assistance with vows
  • Final paperwork for legal lodgement after married
  • Application for Marriage Certificate

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Classic Weddings
  • 2-3 Consultations
  • Lodgement of all legal documents
  • Co-create a beautiful ceremony
  • Additional rituals and features if required
  • Assistance in writing vows
  • Music organisation
  • A written ceremony read by the couple months before the Big Day
  • Some rehearsed features in my office
  • *Extra for a full rehearsal, at my place, at yours or the venue
  • Final lodgement and application for Marriage Certificate

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  • 2-4 Consultations
  • Lodgement of all legal documents
  • Co-create a bespoke ceremony
  • Additional rituals and features if required
  • Assistance in writing vows
  • Music organisation
  • A written ceremony read by the couple months before the Big Day
  • Some rehearsed features in my office
  • Rehearsal - 2 hours. 
  • Travel to destination ceremonies anywhere in Australia and onboard cruise ships
  • Final lodgement and application for Marriage Certificate

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FAQ

Book a venue for your reception and ceremony.

Confirm the date  then book in and complete a Notice Of Intended Marriage with your celebrant.

Have two meetings with your celebrant or more to plan and prepare for the wedding ceremony.

Have a rehearsal if required.

Your Wedding takes place beautifully, as planned.

A passport or an original birth certificate and a driver's license will be sufficient to complete the Notice Of Intended Marriage (NOIM).

Many of the questions on the NOIM ask about answers that are displayed on a birth certificate so please bring that if you have it, rather than a passport.

Once the Notice Of Intended Marriage is signed and witnessed by me, you cannot marry for one month from the date it was signed.

So if you see me on the 24th of March, the first day you are legally allowed to marry is the 24th of April.

The NOIM is valid for 18 months so you can marry anytime for the next 18 months.

If you have been married before you will obviously need to bring your divorce certificate to prove you are free to marry. If your previous husband or wife passed away you will need to provide the death certificate.

Absolutely! For some couples formality and an elaborate wedding just isn't their style. They would prefer a very short and relaxing ceremony and would feel too nervous or anxious in a formal setting. Your wedding can be as low key as you like and some of the most beautiful weddings I have ever done are backyard weddings. Your wedding, your way is my motto!

I am completely approachable and am open and flexible to all of your requests and explanations.

Some couples have difficulties with family members and friends and a little chat can relieve a lot of stress.The couple may want to warn me about a possible problem for example a sudden change to the bridal party or an embarressing family member. My lips are sealed but forewarned is forarmed.

Civil Celebrants may be religious personally but they are creating a Civil ceremony for you and will not impose any religious elements into your ceremony unless you specifically request it. I am not religious but have done religious weddings for those couples who wish it so. However, most ceremonies I perform are not religious in any way.

I have done many ceremonies where  rituals from other countries are included into a civil ceremony.

I am completely flexible and will add anything you like as long it is not insulting to anyone.

Some examples of cultural inclusions are :-

Feeding each other sweets at the end of a ceremony to symbolise a sweet life ahead

Groom putting a gold necklace around the bride's neck

Sharing a special bread with symbols of a happy marriage made of dough

Smashing a glass underfoot 

Walking under a special archway

Standing under a canopy for the ceremony

Everyone washing the bride and groom's hands with blessed water

The red thread of destiny and fate.

Call and ask me about these beautiful rituals. Mob: 0414 654 062 They certainly make weddings unique and fascinating.

 


39 reviews 5.0 Write a Review

April 2020

A million thanks to Simone for assisting us to create a memorable and heartfelt ceremony for our marriage. You are so talented that you wrote our story so beautifully. You were always keen to hear our thoughts as well as offer up your own expertise. We were very impressed at how patient you were particularly in answering a million questions from us at our first meeting. It was very helpful that we had a rehearsal and Alice’s parents were happily involved remotely. It was a great idea to broadcast our wedding over the Internet and Alice’s parents in particular, watched the whole ceremony from overseas. Our guests were really impressed at our ceremony, and said it was very meaningful and it was one of the nicest weddings they have been to. We had such a fantastic day thanks to your professionalism and expertise. We are so grateful for everything you have done for us. May the force be with you and may you help many more couples with their dream weddings in the years to come :) Lots of love, Linh and Alice xxxx

Alice Q.

October 2019

Simone, when we first met you in Sydney at your house we both got a warm feeling from you and I said to Sue walking to the car, this is our Celebrant as you explained everything in detail, we walked out of your house thinking nothing but positive thoughts. At the rehearsal at the Fiddler you made the Flower girls and bridesmaids do the rehearsal three times to perfection, the same as the groomsman and Bride and Groom to be. They all said my god do we have to do another rehearsal. But on the day of the wedding you made everything go so beautifully, when the Flower girls and Bridesmaids came walking out it was to perfection, nearly all the women watching on had a tear in their eyes, the way they walked to greet me and when the Bride walked out, all the women started crying. To the lighting of the candle and signing the Register, to us it was so amazing the way you had conducted everything and yourself to perfection, we couldn't have asked for a better Celebrant for our wedding, you come across as a friend more than a Celebrant and for this we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. All the guests that have rang us all say where did you find Simone and Sue keeps asking them why, they all say it was one of the most amazing Ceremonies they have been to. Thank you again, we were given Simone’s phone number from Mel at the Fiddler where our ceremony and reception was held. The Fiddler was amazing, our Camera man took some amazing photos. To Simone we would recommend her knowledge and enthusiasm to anyone that is getting married, such a beautiful person, to Simone our celebrant, to Mel at the Fiddler and to Charlie our camera man, thank you all so so much

Steve And Sue A.

April 2019

Simone was fantastic! She did an amazing job at my sister's wedding, so we knew that she would be perfect for our wedding! She was really easy to work with and made us feel comfortable during all of our meetings. This allowed us to share our emotions and feelings with her and she used this to create a very personal ceremony which will be forever special to us. We had a rehearsal with Simone before the wedding and this made us relaxed and confident with what we needed to do in the ceremony. On the day, Simone was professional and we loved our ceremony, as did the guests, who commented frequently about how nice the ceremony was and how personal it was.

Natalie S.

April 2019

Upon looking for a marriage celebrant we came across Simone Lewis Cocks from Heart 2 Heart on the internet. What drew us to Simone was her warm smile. Simone's warmth was also reflected in her demeanor and services. Simone was friendly, professional and on the ball. She informed us of all the important legal aspects of marriage, assisted us in completing the paper work in a timely manner and organised a beautiful and memorable registration in her backyard for us and our families. Thank you, Simone.

Hari And Aji S.

May 2018

Simone was very professional and relaxed on our big day. She was very accommodating to the style of ceremony we wanted and made the afternoon flow perfectly. Her flexible style and ideas was exactly what we wanted to make our wedding day the way we wanted and I would highly recommend her!

Jessica G.


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How do I set up a wedding ceremony schedule?

Heart 2 Heart CMC - Simone Lewis-Cocks

At the first meeting, I work out every other meeting until the wedding. This may include a rehearsal date if one is planned.

The run sheet or schedule for the big day is worked out with the venue, cake supplier, florist, decorators, photo booth supplier, photographer and videographer, etc.

Once you know how long you will take for photos before the start of the reception then we can plan the best start time for the ceremony.

Most of my ceremonies are between 30 to 40 minutes long, depending on wording choices, rituals and other inclusions.

If the reception is going to start at 6:00pm and the photographer requires one and half hours for photos, I suggest you start your ceremony at 3:30pm.

Allow at least 30 minutes for the ceremony, add 30 minutes for congratulations,  group and family photos at the ceremony venue. 

Then add one hour and a half with the photographer.

Take into account your guests will want some entertainment and drinks while they wait for you. Depending on the venue, games on the lawn or an entertainer is a wonderful way to fill the 1 and 1/2 hours. Another alternative is to suggest a great local pub or RSL.

Depending on the venue, games on the lawn or an entertainer such as a magician or live singer is a wonderful way to fill the 1 and 1/2 hours.

Another alternative is to suggest a great local pub or RSL with a reminder of the start time for the drinks and canapes at the reception venue.

Please have plan B in place in case of bad weather including a suggestion if it is raining and your guests can't stay outside at the venue.

Bec B

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