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Tears of Joy Weddings And Celebrations

5.0  ( 18 reviews ) · Shellharbour, Wollongong & Southern Highlands and anywhere in Australia (View Map) · Show Phone
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A caring celebrant can elevate your wedding and create unforgettable lifelong memories, so why opt for anything less? Leanne McKay is here to help you perfect your wedding day with a unique script, a romantic ceremony, love and laughter. When it comes to marriage celebrants in New South Wales, you can't look past Leanne McKay!

Leanne McKay is an experienced wedding celebrant with a love and passion for the work she does and loves LOVE.  Leanne puts her couple's needs first every time. Leanne also brings a calming energy to the planning process, ensuring her couples feel their most confident. 

Ceremonies by Leanne involve romance, laughter, a little banter, and she always leaves couples feeling reassured. No matter the wedding theme or personality, Leanne is one of the finest marriage celebrants in New South Wales.


What you can expect when you choose Tears Of Joy Weddings and Celebrations NSW:

When you work with Leanne, you get the chance to create the ceremony of your dreams with a professional celebrant. Leanne provides a range of services to ensure she meets all nuptial needs. 

Packages from Leanne include:

Legals Only (for elopements)

  • Totally In Love Package (for complete ceremonies)
  • Pre and post-paperwork is  always included in all packages.

When you work with Leanne for a full-service package, you'll receive a complete ceremony script that's always approved by you, legal paperwork lodging, any readings/songs you want, music, high-quality P A system,  choice of signing table and chairs, travel anywhere (fee depends on distance), constant communication, and rehearsals (if required).

Leanne is always on hand to talk you through any queries or worries — no stress or fuss here, only tears of joy!


Highlights of Tears Of Joy Weddings and Celebrations

  • The chance to work with a truly passionate celebrant
  • Flexible package options to suit your Wedding  needs
  • Nothing left in the tank. Every bit of love is poured into each ceremony.
  • Leanne will travel 70 km for free; anything more can be negotiated
  • Leanne became a Celebrant when everyone was allowed to marry their Love
  • Inclusive Celebrant
  • All scripts and ceremonies are approved by you to ensure it's your kind of perfect
  • All paperwork completed so you can sit back and relax


I am an easy going, highly personable Celebrant, ready to meet you to see if I'm your Perfectly Perfect person for your special Day. I go to great lengths to assure that your day is all you've dreamed of or if you're not sure what type of day you would like, I am there to assist you, give you ideas and options and discuss with you. I am happily married to my Soul Mate and have adult Children and GrandChildren. I love watching Rugby League, listening to live music, and reading books.

Mrs Leanne Michelle McKay

Celebrant and owner



Service Area Shellharbour, Wollongong & Southern Highlands and anywhere in Australia

Shellharbour, Wollongong & Southern Highlands and anywhere in Australia
Shellharbour, Wollongong & Southern Highlands and anywhere in Australia



After you have paid the $200 NON refundable booking fee ( conditions apply ),

You can pay as you like.

All payments need to be finalised 2 weeks before your wedding date.

Not at all.

Let's meet and see what you have in mind.

I am flexible and welcome your ideas.

It's your day

Yes and I really welcome this idea.

It can make for a really personal wedding too.

I am open to any ideas you have. I am flexible so talk to me.

18 reviews 5.0 Write a Review

March 2023

Leanne is absolutely incredible! She is so caring and loving and we had the best experience the entire journey. We had a very quick wedding due to my husbands father being terminally ill and she held our hand every step to take us through getting our documents approved super quickly through court. She personalised our entire ceremony and had the best ideas to make it super special. Everyone commented that was was the best celebrant ever! We love her and highly recommend

Renee M.

March 2023

Leanne is just an absolutely beautiful celebrant. She made our wedding so easy and comfortable, we could laugh with ease as she’s very open and non judgemental, so, very easy to be yourself with her, which I think is important for a celebrant. I look back on our day with tears when I think about how absolutely perfect it was. I would recommend Leanne to anyone getting married for her organisation, attitude and flexibility. We could not have been luckier

Kaitlyn L.

Tears of Joy Weddings And Celebrations

Thank you so much for such a beautiful review. I appreciate you so much and your recommendations for others as well. I loved how natural your day was and remember you kissing on arrival, and loving that that was ok. Of course it's ok. Your Wedding, your way. Your Perfectly perfect I'm the lucky one. Big love and appreciation Leanne.

February 2023

Wow, I honestly don’t even know where to start with Leanne and the amazing service she provides. She is a beautiful lady who went ABOVE and beyond to make sure everything went amazing for us and I am SO thankful that we could work with her and have her be there on our families special day. She was easy to approach with any problems, queries and to talk to which made us feel so much more comfortable- even the kids loved her!! She helped in every way possible making sure everything went smoothly taking a lot of stress off myself. She listened to what we wanted and made it so special and come together perfect. I also was able to trust and wholeheartedly believe that the day would be amazing because of Leanne and the dedication she had to make it perfect. From the very start she was so accommodating

Caitlin B.

Tears of Joy Weddings And Celebrations

Trusting me to be the officiant for your beautiful Children on their naming day and then surprise your family and friends with your Wedding day, was awesome to be a part of. Working alongside you both, effortless and fun. I'm delighted that you trusted me, and enjoyed the service I was blessed to provide. Thanks for this amazing review.

January 2024

Leanne is a wonderful celebrant. I come across Leanne from a local mum’s group where I was seeking recommendations for celebrants. Over half of the comments were recommending Leanne! We were actually in a hurry as we didn’t expect so many things to prep! But Leanne has professionally guided us. She has done a great job from preparing us for the wedding day, helping us to decide the flow and songs, to writing up our vows based on what we want. Thanks for Leanne, many of our guests said it’s the most perfect wedding they have ever attended hehe. She has definitely spent time on us even her outfit matched perfectly with the venue. I highly recommend Leanne if you want an experienced, fully prepared, and down to earth celebrant.

Vivien C.

November 2023

Leanne is an absolute gem of a celebrant! She was a tremendous help throughout our wedding journey, guiding us seamlessly through everything and always being available to address our questions. Her warmth and kindness made working with her an absolute pleasure. The ceremony she conducted was simply beautiful - she narrated our love story perfectly, making it incredibly personal and touching. Leanne's dedication to getting to know us as a couple truly shone through during the ceremony. We are immensely grateful for Leanne's incredible contribution to our special day. If you're seeking a celebrant who not only officiates flawlessly but also cares deeply about telling your story, Leanne is the perfect choice! Highly recommended!

Melissa O.

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Certificate of marriage without the ceremony

Hi, we only need a certificate of marriage without a ceremony. This is for the partner visa application. Do you offer the service? How can we start, and what is the price? Can I have more details? Thank you.

Tears of Joy Weddings And Celebrations


Firstly, marriage in Australia is the union of two people for life.

If you're getting married just for visa purposes, then no.

However if you need to be married to your chosen partner, the marriage still needs to be legal.

It can be between you, your partner and two witnesses over 18.

You must sign documentation to validate your marriage. 


Anything we need to consider or do differently for a weekday wedding?

Hi there. We're considering a weekday wedding, maybe a Thursday or Sunday. Is there anything ] different or unexpected we'd need to consider about having a non-Saturday wedding?

Tears of Joy Weddings And Celebrations

These are becoming more popular.
Just be aware of extra work day traffic on the roads.

Some hairdressers don't open on Sundays, however, there are plenty of mobile options.

As others have mentioned, your Guests will need a little more notice to take the afternoon off work for a Thursday.

Some places will ask you to finish earlier on Sundays, but start your package earlier.


Hello. I currently hold a Working Visa here in the UK. Could I go to Australia and get married?

My partner will be coming from Philippines. Can we possibly go to Australia and get married? Thank you.

Tears of Joy Weddings And Celebrations


You absolutely can.

You will need to complete legal paperwork a month before your wedding day.

This either must be signed in Australia or can be signed by a consulate or other in your Countries.

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