About Maree

I live in Cessnock and have officiated in the Hunter Valley vineyards every week for over 15 years, so have the expertise to ensure that your ceremony reflects your standards and the quality of your venue.
Maree Callaghan Wedding Celebrant

Highlights:

  • Friendly and professional full time marriage celebrant officiating only in the Hunter Valley
  • Available weekdays and weekends for interviews or ceremonies
  • Can officiate at short notice (one month)
  • Black tie, semi formal, small weddings, elopements, renewal of vows, commitments.

History and credentials:

  • Former Mayor of Cessnock for 8 years
  • Former director national Australian insurer, subsidiary companies interstate, overseas, national mutual, etc.
  • Former member health, welfare, housing, social, compensation, etc., government committees
  • Career in community and charity work
  • Convenor, Hunter United Celebrants
  • Chair, Hunter Enviro-Mining Operations Community Consultative Committee
  • Member, Hunter Valley Wine Tourism Association.

Testimonials

I am very much risk averse, ie, I look for things that have the potential to go wrong in a ceremony … from the first interview, I tell couples of any perceived risk, and advise of ways to alleviate or manage it. I have a checklist for every wedding and arrive half an hour early on the day, checking that it will all go as planned. The results speak for themselves:

Elyse and Brett

66We were very happy with the ceremony, we have had people comment on how lovely the words were, and we enjoyed ourselves so much. The kids loved it too, especially the way you suggested involving them. You were wonderful, thank you!! You made our day very special, and helped us with lots of things (questions re: makeup, flowers, etc.)!! and we thank you Maree. You were terrific!66

Elyse and Brett were married at Spicer’s Vineyard Estate.
2015-08-11T00:46:09+00:00
We were very happy with the ceremony, we have had people comment on how lovely the words were, and we enjoyed ourselves so much. The kids loved it too, especially the way you suggested involving them. You were wonderful, thank you!! You made our day very special, and helped us with lots of things (questions re: makeup, flowers, etc.)!! and we thank you Maree. You were terrific! Elyse and Brett were married at Spicer’s Vineyard Estate.

Yi-Kwan and Stuart

66Thank you for officiating at our wedding, for being patient with us, responding to our emails and your helpful suggestions. Thanks for your flexibility and friendliness. Thanks for checking everything to make sure the ceremony went without a hitch, and for being so humble. We both thought you did a wonderful job and were so lucky that you agreed to be our celebrant on the day. You were so supportive of us throughout the whole process and we really are very thankful to have had you with us the whole way. Mums liked the gift - you did that very well - they did not expect it at all! The ceremony exceeded our expectations. We were very impressed by your professionalism and understanding of our circumstances, and grateful for your guidance and good humour. If you ever need us to speak to any prospective couples, do not hesitate to pass them my details - I would be more than happy to provide a reference and share our experience with them.66

Yi-Kwan and Stuart were married at Ironbark Hill.
2015-08-11T00:45:07+00:00
Thank you for officiating at our wedding, for being patient with us, responding to our emails and your helpful suggestions. Thanks for your flexibility and friendliness. Thanks for checking everything to make sure the ceremony went without a hitch, and for being so humble. We both thought you did a wonderful job and were so lucky that you agreed to be our celebrant on the day. You were so supportive of us throughout the whole process and we really are very thankful to have had you with us the whole way. Mums liked the gift - you did that very well - they did not expect it at all! The ceremony exceeded our expectations. We were very impressed by your professionalism and understanding of our circumstances, and grateful for your guidance and good humour. If you ever need us to speak to any prospective couples, do not hesitate to pass them my details - I would be more than happy to provide a reference and share our experience with them. Yi-Kwan and Stuart were married at Ironbark Hill.

Nichole and Shane

66We loved how our ceremony went. We wouldn't change a thing. We both loved how organised and well spoken you were. All our guests loved the ceremony and couldn't stop talking about it. We really enjoyed planning our ceremony with you and were very happy at how it turned out on the day. If we know anyone getting married in the Hunter we will definitely be passing on your details. From day one we were happy and even more happy after our ceremony.66

Nichole and Shane were married at Peppers Creek Chapel.
2015-08-11T00:39:00+00:00
We loved how our ceremony went. We wouldn't change a thing. We both loved how organised and well spoken you were. All our guests loved the ceremony and couldn't stop talking about it. We really enjoyed planning our ceremony with you and were very happy at how it turned out on the day. If we know anyone getting married in the Hunter we will definitely be passing on your details. From day one we were happy and even more happy after our ceremony. Nichole and Shane were married at Peppers Creek Chapel.

Megan and Peter

66Firstly thank you for making the day special. We thought the ceremony was beautiful and exactly what we wanted, and it went well. Having a wedding interstate can be a little tough to organise but you made the ceremony process so easy and stress free. All the information you sent us was easy to understand and helpful in writing our ceremony and vows, it was a nice touch! Your professionalism and passion for your work shows in how you communicate with your bride and groom to be and we enjoyed meeting you for the first time just days before the wedding. Everything went so smoothly and I couldn’t have asked for anything more, I wouldn’t change a thing! So thank you very much for being a part of our memories and starting our marriage off with such ease and fun. You looked wonderful and I especially appreciated how you dressed to match the ceremony.66

Megan and Peter were married at Peppers Guest House.
2015-08-11T00:41:38+00:00
Firstly thank you for making the day special. We thought the ceremony was beautiful and exactly what we wanted, and it went well. Having a wedding interstate can be a little tough to organise but you made the ceremony process so easy and stress free. All the information you sent us was easy to understand and helpful in writing our ceremony and vows, it was a nice touch! Your professionalism and passion for your work shows in how you communicate with your bride and groom to be and we enjoyed meeting you for the first time just days before the wedding. Everything went so smoothly and I couldn’t have asked for anything more, I wouldn’t change a thing! So thank you very much for being a part of our memories and starting our marriage off with such ease and fun. You looked wonderful and I especially appreciated how you dressed to match the ceremony. Megan and Peter were married at Peppers Guest House.

Rebecca and Bradley

66The ceremony was just perfect. Brad and myself spoke about our ceremony the next day and we both agreed that eloping with just the two of us was definitely the right decision. Eloping meant not having to worry about anybody else, just the two of us. It was a very personal moment shared between the two of us. I would recommend it to everyone. Your service was great, friendly, laid back, relaxed as well as professional. We are incredibly happy with how our day played out. Thank you so much for your services and all your help throughout the planning of our elopement.66

 Rebecca and Bradley were married at Billabong Moon.

 

2015-08-11T00:48:35+00:00

 

The ceremony was just perfect. Brad and myself spoke about our ceremony the next day and we both agreed that eloping with just the two of us was definitely the right decision. Eloping meant not having to worry about anybody else, just the two of us. It was a very personal moment shared between the two of us. I would recommend it to everyone. Your service was great, friendly, laid back, relaxed as well as professional. We are incredibly happy with how our day played out. Thank you so much for your services and all your help throughout the planning of our elopement.  Rebecca and Bradley were married at Billabong Moon.

Krystal and David

66We LOVED your ceremony and thought everything about our service was perfect. From the first emails we exchanged to the ceremony itself you were so supportive and helpful - so thank you! Organising an Australian wedding from Canada wasn't easy - but you made the actual marriage and ceremony part so simple for us. Both of us felt absolutely confident the whole way through and several guests commented how professional, measured and easy to understand you were. Also, I think some of your ideas and leaving an uninterrupted view behind us just added to the beauty of the ceremony.66

Krystal and David were married at Hunter Valley Gardens.
2015-08-11T00:43:54+00:00
We LOVED your ceremony and thought everything about our service was perfect. From the first emails we exchanged to the ceremony itself you were so supportive and helpful - so thank you! Organising an Australian wedding from Canada wasn't easy - but you made the actual marriage and ceremony part so simple for us. Both of us felt absolutely confident the whole way through and several guests commented how professional, measured and easy to understand you were. Also, I think some of your ideas and leaving an uninterrupted view behind us just added to the beauty of the ceremony. Krystal and David were married at Hunter Valley Gardens.

Bec and Chris

66I really don’t know how we could ever thank you enough for being such a significant part of our special day, it feels like words just don’t do justice! You carried out our ceremony so beautifully and so perfectly, we couldn’t have wished for anything else. For that we will be forever grateful to you. You also looked absolutely gorgeous and your little winks and smiles throughout the ceremony kept me calm and comforted in the scorching sun. Maree, we can honestly say with all of our hearts that there is absolutely nothing we would have changed about our ceremony – it was perfection, a true fairytale and a dream come true! It was the most magical time of our lives and we owe so much of it to you for running it so beautifully. I just wish we could do it all over again, in exactly the same way!! Again, thank you with all of our hearts for being part of the most wonderful day in our lives – we will always highly recommend you and please know you will always have a very special place in our hearts as our wedding celebrant!66

Bec and Chris were married at Circa 1876.
2015-08-11T00:40:25+00:00
I really don’t know how we could ever thank you enough for being such a significant part of our special day, it feels like words just don’t do justice! You carried out our ceremony so beautifully and so perfectly, we couldn’t have wished for anything else. For that we will be forever grateful to you. You also looked absolutely gorgeous and your little winks and smiles throughout the ceremony kept me calm and comforted in the scorching sun. Maree, we can honestly say with all of our hearts that there is absolutely nothing we would have changed about our ceremony – it was perfection, a true fairytale and a dream come true! It was the most magical time of our lives and we owe so much of it to you for running it so beautifully. I just wish we could do it all over again, in exactly the same way!! Again, thank you with all of our hearts for being part of the most wonderful day in our lives – we will always highly recommend you and please know you will always have a very special place in our hearts as our wedding celebrant! Bec and Chris were married at Circa 1876.

Haley and Dominic

66Thank you so much for everything! You were fantastic! The ceremony was perfect and the feedback we received from our guests was all very positive. It was very 'us' and suited our personalities perfectly. We really liked the variety of ceremony wordings you provided and loved that we could chop change, add and personalise our ceremony. We would not do anything differently, it was the BEST day of our lives! Everything was perfect! We would recommend you to anyone trying to find a celebrant in the Hunter Valley.66

Haley and Dominic were married at The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley.
2015-08-11T00:20:08+00:00
Thank you so much for everything! You were fantastic! The ceremony was perfect and the feedback we received from our guests was all very positive. It was very 'us' and suited our personalities perfectly. We really liked the variety of ceremony wordings you provided and loved that we could chop change, add and personalise our ceremony. We would not do anything differently, it was the BEST day of our lives! Everything was perfect! We would recommend you to anyone trying to find a celebrant in the Hunter Valley. Haley and Dominic were married at The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley.

Dan and Ilona

66Dan and I would like to say a big thank you to you for making our day so special. We thought it was perfect, and would not change one aspect of our ceremony - we loved it and felt that it reflected our personalities perfectly. You have been absolutely amazing, we could not have asked for anything more. We will be highly recommending you to everyone, you are one in a million. Thank you so much.66

Dan and Ilona were married at Peterson House.
2015-08-11T00:21:50+00:00
Dan and I would like to say a big thank you to you for making our day so special. We thought it was perfect, and would not change one aspect of our ceremony - we loved it and felt that it reflected our personalities perfectly. You have been absolutely amazing, we could not have asked for anything more. We will be highly recommending you to everyone, you are one in a million. Thank you so much. Dan and Ilona were married at Peterson House.

Connie and Alan

66We would both like to thank you for your effort, making it a wonderful ceremony, which we are very proud of. Thank you for your professionalism, your eye for detail and your care factors. As for our ceremony, I quote my husband "it can't be more perfect". We got a lot of positive feedback from our families & friends too. We're so happy. Thanks to you! Again, Maree, you were brilliant. Alan and myself will have you to thank for and remember for rest of our lives.66

Connie and Alan were married at Chateau Elan at The Vintage.
2015-08-11T00:42:24+00:00
We would both like to thank you for your effort, making it a wonderful ceremony, which we are very proud of. Thank you for your professionalism, your eye for detail and your care factors. As for our ceremony, I quote my husband "it can't be more perfect". We got a lot of positive feedback from our families & friends too. We're so happy. Thanks to you! Again, Maree, you were brilliant. Alan and myself will have you to thank for and remember for rest of our lives. Connie and Alan were married at Chateau Elan at The Vintage.

Rachel and Peter

66The large range of potential ceremony notes that you gave us prior to the wedding was greatly appreciated and sets you well above the other celebrants that we talked to.  Your experience was very much evident and when we look at the photos taken by guests, your style to stand to the side adds so much to the presentation. We are so grateful that you pointed this out to us. Thank you so much for your professionalism and personal touches in your role as celebrant at our wedding. We really appreciated how honest and approachable you were. With your guidance we were able to create a beautiful ceremony that was very special for us and our families.66

Rachel and Peter were married at Wandin Hunter Valley.
2015-08-11T00:43:08+00:00
The large range of potential ceremony notes that you gave us prior to the wedding was greatly appreciated and sets you well above the other celebrants that we talked to.  Your experience was very much evident and when we look at the photos taken by guests, your style to stand to the side adds so much to the presentation. We are so grateful that you pointed this out to us. Thank you so much for your professionalism and personal touches in your role as celebrant at our wedding. We really appreciated how honest and approachable you were. With your guidance we were able to create a beautiful ceremony that was very special for us and our families. Rachel and Peter were married at Wandin Hunter Valley.

Rachael and John

66John and I wanted to thank you so much for doing our wedding/reaffirmation of vows ceremony. We really appreciated your professionalism and the manner in which you conducted the ceremony. You ensured that our ceremony was absolutely wonderful and we really can’t thank you enough or say kind enough words! We had a lot of guests at the wedding comment on what a wonderful ceremony it was! I would not hesitate to recommend you as a celebrant for any one I know getting married in the Hunter region.66

 Rachael and John were married at Hunter Valley Resort.

 

2015-08-11T00:47:03+00:00

 

John and I wanted to thank you so much for doing our wedding/reaffirmation of vows ceremony. We really appreciated your professionalism and the manner in which you conducted the ceremony. You ensured that our ceremony was absolutely wonderful and we really can’t thank you enough or say kind enough words! We had a lot of guests at the wedding comment on what a wonderful ceremony it was! I would not hesitate to recommend you as a celebrant for any one I know getting married in the Hunter region.  Rachael and John were married at Hunter Valley Resort.

Dee and Nic

66We think that you are wonderful, we LOVED the way you did our ceremony. Everyone heard it and enjoyed it and the comments we got have been that it was beautifully done!! So a big thank you. Everyone said that I should be prepared on the day that something would go wrong, nothing went wrong. We are so pleased that you were part of our day!!66

Dee and Nic were married at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley.
2015-08-11T00:44:29+00:00
We think that you are wonderful, we LOVED the way you did our ceremony. Everyone heard it and enjoyed it and the comments we got have been that it was beautifully done!! So a big thank you. Everyone said that I should be prepared on the day that something would go wrong, nothing went wrong. We are so pleased that you were part of our day!! Dee and Nic were married at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley.

Jemima and Craig

66Thank you so much for officiating our wedding, it was just perfect for us and we couldn't have asked for more. You made the whole process so easy for us right from start to finish. The fact sheet that you sent me beforehand was fantastic as it answered all the questions that I had. We had many comments from our guests about the ceremony and that your words were lovely and it was not too long or too short. They also appreciated the microphone as people commented that it was often hard to hear the celebrant. Thank you so much again for making our day so special. We will definitely recommend you to anyone having a wedding in the Hunter.66

 Jemima and Craig were married at Tuscany Wine Estate.

 

2015-08-11T00:47:58+00:00

 

Thank you so much for officiating our wedding, it was just perfect for us and we couldn't have asked for more. You made the whole process so easy for us right from start to finish. The fact sheet that you sent me beforehand was fantastic as it answered all the questions that I had. We had many comments from our guests about the ceremony and that your words were lovely and it was not too long or too short. They also appreciated the microphone as people commented that it was often hard to hear the celebrant. Thank you so much again for making our day so special. We will definitely recommend you to anyone having a wedding in the Hunter.  Jemima and Craig were married at Tuscany Wine Estate.

Jono and Dasha

66You were fantastic as we both knew you would be! We picked you as you are the most professional and kind of all the people we looked at beforehand and you were totally perfect Maree, everyone said so! Thank you again, you made the day much easier and less stressful.66

Jono and Dasha were married at Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens.
2015-08-11T00:39:38+00:00
You were fantastic as we both knew you would be! We picked you as you are the most professional and kind of all the people we looked at beforehand and you were totally perfect Maree, everyone said so! Thank you again, you made the day much easier and less stressful. Jono and Dasha were married at Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens.