Coral Kortlepel

Overseas Couple

Regardless of what country you are coming from, if your dream is to be married in and around the Beaches and Harbour of Sydney Australia I can help that dream come true..

Over 23 years that I have been a Celebrant I have assisted and arranged 1000’s of Marriages for couples from every Country including Germany, Norway, USA, UK, Italy, Canada, Japan, China, Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland

You must be over 18 years of age to marry in Australia you do not have to be a resident here and there is no time frame of a period of residence status. Marriage in Australia requirements do not require that you obtain a single status document from your country, this is not necessary.

I am happy to assist you with arranging your special place to be married. On Board, a Boat in the Beautiful Harbour of Sydney or in a Park or Garden, arranging a Photographer, Florist, Hire Cars, And Champagne Toast. & finishing your day off by booking for you a fabulous evening at one of our superb restaurants or a Dinner Cruise on the magnificent Sydney Harbour By Night… What better way to finish your magic Australian Wedding Day than by seeing Sydney by night…

Ask me about Your Dream Sydney Wedding…

I will handle the bookings for all of the below for you with you only paying the fee that is required by gardens, parks and beaches in Australia as they do require a fee for securing the spot for the ceremony.

  1. Booking in the Botanic Gardens in an area with a view of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House or Park/Beach cost on application
  2. Hire Car i.e. Stretch Limousine, to pick you up at your City Hotel and bring you to the gardens
  3. Photographer for 2 hours coloured and black and white and a cd for you to take home
  4. Hair and Make-Up artist to come to your hotel.
  5. Medium bouquet and buttonhole to match Del to the hotel.
  6. Champagne toast arranged for you and your guests.
  7. Booked into one of Sydney’s best 5-star Restaurants.

And anything else wedding related that you may need

Inclusive of all legal papers prepared here in Sydney, pre and post wedding and with Coral conducting the marriage ceremony. Just get off the plane, settle in, relax and it is all done for you.

Documents you WILL Need

If you are born overseas you will need an overseas passport or a birth certificate translated in English.

If you have been married before you will need decree absolute (final divorce papers) or a death certificate all translated in English.

All of these papers and your original Notice of Intention to marry form must be bought with you on your arrival to Australia to give to the Celebrant. If posting please use Registered Post.

Please note that you cannot be married in Australia unless you have these original papers with you.

You can obtain a Notice of Intention to Marry from my web page go to the links section and download it from there, The back of the Form will tell you who can witness the form, for you. Notary Public or go to your Australian Embassy/Consulate and have the form witnessed there. This form can be lodged i.e. scanned/faxed or emailed to your celebrant prior to the wedding. Australian Law dictates that this form can be lodged 18 mths prior to the wedding date, but must be lodged no later than one calendar month prior to the wedding. I will arrange all of the Legal Paper work necessary for you to be married here. Remember that you need to get the form witnessed at the Australian Embassy or Consulate in your country or by a Notary Public.

You will be given a presentation marriage certificate on your wedding day. Before you leave Australia, you will need to allow time after the wedding day, to obtain a stamped registered copy of your full legal marriage certificate off the registry office… this is done ASAP before departing Australia. I will give you the necessary papers to do this.

If you are coming from Canada, USA U.K or NZ then you only need the stamped registered marriage certificate from the Sydney Registry Office. Unless at a later date you plan to live or work in a European or Asian country. In this case please discuss with Coral what you need to do to obtain the Apostle Stamp from Australian Foreign Affairs Dept. before you leave Australia.

With the obtaining of an Apostille stamp before you leave Australia, you need to make an online appointment (there is usually waiting period for this apt) again read the information Australian Foreign Affairs Site.

This stamp will make you marriage legal in your country. Regarding the Apostille stamp, it cannot be obtained in your country. Only the country in which you’re married in.

Again I stress that this must be obtained before you leave Australia. So when planning the time frame be aware that you have put all of this into place before and after the wedding to arrange this.

Thank you Coral

For complete information please contact me.

If you’re coming from another country to marry in Australia please check the for document information.


Sonja and Kay


Hi Coral,

Well, our round the world trip is unfortunately over and here we are in Norway with lots of great memories and plenty of photos to look at.

First of all, we would like to express our thanks for the wonderful way in which our wedding was organized and performed by yourself. You made the process very easy for us coming from the other side of the world and although we always had it in the back of our minds that it would be a very low key, relaxed ceremony you made it a very elegant, romantic and ceremonious occasion. We always had an idea in the back of our minds of how we wanted things to be but our invited guests lived through the occasion with no preconception of either the location or the ceremony and were emotionally moved by the beauty of the setting and of the way in which you conducted the marriage. We could go on and on in praising you but I will surfice it to say that in those few minutes on the afternoon of 27th February 2009 you touched our lives in a very direct way and that the memories of your aura and kindness and professionalism in marrying myself and Reidun forming a legal family bond for ourselves and Ben lives with us for always. We are forever grateful.

After we left you that day our evening at Cafe Sydney was wonderful beyond words and the perfect end to our perfect day.

Finally, we would just like to let you know that the process of getting our marriage certificate and apostle on Monday went exceptionally quickly which impressed us greatly and that the Norwegian authorities have now processed these so we are now officially recognized as being a married couple here in Norway.

Thank you once again Coral and please express our thanks to your assistant Katrina for all her help and to Kelly at Cafe Sydney.

Forever grateful

Andrew,Reidun and Ben Roberts

I forgot that Reidun also wished to express her thanks to Laurel for the amazing work she did with Reidun’s hair. Not only was the hair in itself a work of art but the character that she is put Reidun right at ease and took away the wedding day nerves. I guess you know all this but just to confirm she is a unique lady who Reidun feels privileged to have spent a few important moments of her life with.

Laurel had told Reidun that she intended to make me fall in love with her all over again when I saw her hair and makeup. Its on film that my first words were wow as I walked up to meet her and yes I did fall in love with her all over again.

Thanks Andy

Hi Coral

Well we’re home as Mr and Mrs Hughes and back to reality with work and some wet English weather!!!

Just wanted to say thanks again so much for making our wedding such a special day …….

I have attached some very special photos to us and want to share them with you as a way of saying thanks for all your guidance, support and instilled trust you gave us in preparation for the wedding and during our ceremony.

From the moment we were told about you and I emailled you, I had full confidence in everything you did for us and you made it so easy for us in our preparations. Your knowledge, manner and expertise gave us the utmost confidence and trust to know that you would make our day the most memorable day of our lives and all our dreams come true for our wedding in such an iconic location!

It was wonderful to meet you at the Marriot the few days before and spend time together so enjoyable and I hope that we are able to meet up when you come to England.

Enjoys the photos and once again, thanks so much for absoluetly everything and the memories you have helped create for us that we will hold dear for the rest of our lives.

Love Jen and Trev

Hello Coral,

I’m not sure if you will remember me from 3 months ago – you married me and my husband Luke aboard the Sydney Glass Island in February. Things have been manic since we arrived back in the UK so apologies for the time it has taken me to write this e-mail.

We just had to write to tell you what an amazing contribution you made to our wedding day. You were a true professional but the personal touch that you added to our ceremony just made it better than we could ever have imagined. You calmed my nerves down so much before the wedding and during the ceremony and were also so very considerate and caring towards our parents and guests.

We can’t ever thank you enough for being part of our day and making our ceremony so very unique. We feel so very lucky to have chosen you to be our celebrant!

Sending you our very best wishes (and a photograph to follow!)
Emma & Luke Thompson xxx U.K.

Dear Coral,

Just wanted to e-mail you to say thank you, although I don’t think thank you is a strong enough word, to convey what an amazing job you did on our wedding day. You made the start of our lives together a beautiful, romantic and an overall magical experience, we were delighted with how you turned our emails into the day of our dreams.

Thanks again for all your hard work, Sinead and Noel Gilsenan Ireland

Dear Coral,

This is Annette and Christian from Germany. We hope you remember last year when you married us at the end of October.

We’d like to thank you very much for this great day and all the efforts you put into it. It was such an intimate and extraordinary ceremony. You really exceeded our greatest expectations, the location, the people, the weather, the restaurant – everything was so perfect. We appreciate your calm and personal manner very much, which let us feel very comfortable on our big day. Michael’s photos are so gorgeous and are a great present for our families, friends and, of course, ourselves. Michael is a great guy and it made a lot of fun to go around with him in the Botanical Gardens to shoot photos. Our parents were very surprised and proud that we are so beautiful on the photos. If we can do anything else to recommend you to other couples, please let us know.

It was a pleasure to spend our big day with you, Michael, Laurell and Fred.

Thank you very much for your time,
Annette and Christian Lammel Germany

Dear Coral

Just a wee note to say thank you for all your support with our wedding arrangements. The ceremony exceeded both our expectations and we really Valued your thoughtfulness and sincerity and making our day so special. We had a wonderful time in Sydney and hope to return again.

With thanks, Michael and Neela K.L

Dear Coral Kortlepel

We just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for making our wedding day so special. From the moment we first met you, when we arrived in Sydney, we felt very relaxed in your company, and certainly appreciated the time you took on the Friday to meet with us and get to know each other a little. Your lovely warm personality, and the words that you spoke on our wedding day, made the celebration really special and a wonderful occasion for all who were there.

Once again thank you Bill and Karen NZ

Hi Coral

Just a quick email to let you know we have not forgotten what a superb job you did for us on our wedding day on 3 January 2004. It truly was a memorable and wonderful occasion for all concerned and we can not thank you enough – You did us Pommies proud !!! PS – Please could you also pass on our sincerest thanks to Val the Harpist as we did not get chance to thank her after the ceremony and also to the ladies who provided the drinks. Everyone concerned, particularly the harpist were extremely well received. She was brilliant so please thank her for us.

All the very best and we will be in touch within the next couple of weeks.

Craig & Becca (McEvoy!!)U.K.

Hi Coral,

This is a VERY late message to thank you for arranging our wedding in March this year. Organising a wedding in Australia from the UK was, we thought, going to be a complete administrative nightmare, but with you in charge it was dreamily easy! We are not sure how you achieved it, but you managed to make our little gathering informal and fun yet still romantic, as you promised. And moreover, we thoroughly enjoyed your company, and appreciated your kindness to our very elderly witnesses. Your assistance in helping to arrange every aspect of the day, made it so simple for us. Hope you are well and happy and that business is booming. We’ve told all our friend here: the married ones are deeply envious of our laid-back day, and the unmarried ones are considering the option quite seriously!

Best regards
Sheila and Graham U.K.

Hi Coral,

We continue to float on cloud nine and again special thanks to you for everything you have done for us to make our special day happen. Your a sweetheart and thank God there are such warm and caring people as yourself in the world. Michael Z (Photographer) kept his promise and made me look reasonable good next to beautiful Herlien and yourself. It was a fantastic day and most of all it was fun. Michael Z is a sweet, fun guy and did a great job in making us feel comfortable. It was as if an old friend were taking pictures of this important event in Herlien and my life. Coral, we look forward to seeing you in the near future and if you ever decide to visit Bali, it would be our honor to meet you and your husband, Fritz? here.

Warm regards,
Santo and Herlien from Bali

Dear Coral,

Yes we are back in Buetzer. Its very cold and windy here but we are happy having our baby Kyra back in our arms.I often open our marriage album and to be honest have tears in my eyes because they remind me of a great time and one of the greatest days of my life. Sean really did a great work on the photos and I thank you for recommending him to us. If you want me to write something to other couples let us know . I try my best English to tell them how glad we are having chosen you as our celebrant.

Best greetings from Germany
Sven and Ilka “Schoenberg”

Dear Coral

I am so sorry that Eric and I haven’t contacted you sooner to thank you for a wonderful wedding. In fact it is a month today since we did the deed!

We have talked about it almost everyday since and will always remember it as the best thing we ever did and the best way we could ever have done it. Emma and Richard said what a lovely service it was and that they found it very emotional too.

Our photos of the day are wonderful and the video is super, everybody back home who has seen them loves them. Raoul and Brian did us proud, as did you.

Eric and I went to a wedding on Saturday and it just brought all the memories of the feelings we had flooding back. Weddings will always mean so much more to me now that I have tied the knot as I know just how the couple will be feeling.

Also please pass our thanks to Kylie, who did a fantastic job of my hair and our make-up. Emma was really pleased and thought how fabulous to have somebody come to the hotel who could do both. In the UK most brides have to go to the salon for their bridal make-up and hair. I will find a picture which shows Kylie’s work off and if she wants to put it in her portfolio that would be fine with me too.

Thank you again,
With very best wishes, Katy and Eric U.K.

Hi Coral,

Just an email to thank you for all your hard work and effort that you put in to make our wedding so special and such a fantastic, memorable occasion. Your hard work on the planning and coordination was so much appreciated and everything worked out fine, didn’t it? Many of our friends and family mentioned what a great job you did at the wedding ceremony itself. We all felt that you had a special, warm presence but did a great job of standing back from the action to ensure it was still our own special day.

Please also thank Kylie who did a lovely job on the hair and make-up. Also, please say special thanks to the gentleman who did our flowers. The flowers were spectacular!

Also, thanks for your recommendations for Helen (photographer), Brian (video) and Margaret Keeble (cake) who all did highly professional jobs. We will be thanking them too personally!

They say that a wedding abroad can sometimes be a hotch-potch affair that cannot be as good as if you are doing it round the corner from home. However, for us you ensured that this was definitely not the case and you made our wedding the most fantastic, well-planned day!

With much love,
Helen and Blair Jenkins!! U.K.

Dearest Coral

We have recently spent some wonderful moments reliving Craig and becca’s Wedding in Oz. I know we thanked you at the time for your beautiful words and blessing but after watching the dvd we wanted to thank you once again. You really made the wedding special. We had Craig’s Grandma along with other family members on Friday evening to watch the DVD which is really stunning but they all remarked how much they loved your service and the things you said. You made us feel as if we had known you for years and made the day so memorable. We had a wonderful time in Australia and will carry those special memories with us for the rest of our lives. The people out there were really special. Thank you once again Coral it was so good to have met you

May God Bless you
Keith and Sue u.k. (Craig’s Mum and Dad)

Hi Coral,

Happy New Year to you. . We had the best Christmas day ever, being our wedding day, and a lovely meal at the Sea-Level restaurant, and thank you for everything. We couldn’t have asked for a better day. The whole ceremony was so intimate and just perfect. Our guests, Rachael & Andrew said it was the best wedding that they had been to. I loved the idea that it was so ‘spur-of-the-moment’ when choosing the location, and it was great when we arrived at the beach that we could change our mind about the exact place we wanted to get married and move the table accordingly to get the best shots.

You dealt with the complete organization of the ceremony from start to finish so professionally, and we thank you for that. Being able to search for a wedding celebrant via the internet only 2 months ago, to selecting yourself, to e-mailing this person, from the other side of the world, who we put our complete trust in and whom we had never met was initially a little daunting, but as soon as I met you and saw how you dealt with the whole ceremony, you made us feel completely relaxed and it was then that I knew that we’d made the right decision in choosing you.

Michael was excellent too and we were so pleased with the shots that he had taken. He made us look so natural, and put us at complete ease. He went out of his way to meet us in Sydney afterwards to show us the shots and to do a slide-show with music too was just fantastic.

Thank you so much again Coral. All the best.
Zoe and Simon Barber u.k.

Dear Coral,

We have just arrived back in the UK with some of the most wonderful photographs of our day. We would like to thank you so much for your time and effort that went ‘above and beyond’ in order that our day be so perfect. All of the services provided were superb and we set you a fair task in finding the wonderful ‘Aboriginal Didgeridoo player’ with just a few weeks to go, but you came up trumps. I would like to thank also Jenny McCarthy – Stunning individual cakes Kylie – Hair and Make up Andrew – Bouquet, absolute replica of the photo that I had emailed Val – Champagne and Canapés Helen – Photographer, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, she was great fun Didgeridoo player Thanks so much once again for performing the ceremony and your assistance in helping with the arranging all the service providers, I would highly recommend you for any future wedding.

Kind regards
Jo and Darren u.k.

Dear Coral

Where do we begin to say thank you, for the beautiful wedding day that you provided for us. We really did not know where to start when we decided to get married in Australia, and make there our dream honeymoon destination. But from the first moment of contact to the actual day, you never disappointed us. It did not matter what the question was, or the task we asked assistance with, you managed to calm us and tell us that it had been arranged. Your immediate answers to our questions, and the wonderful ceremony that you made so personal,were all parts of making our day incredible. We thank you so very very much. We will always hold Australia dear in our hearts. Your truly a remarkable lady and we feel blessed to have found you.

Michael and Kathleen (Ireland)

Coral, Fred, Mike,

Just a note to thank you all sincerely for helping us to enjoy our day on Balmoral. Coral, thanks for all the arrangements you made for us – everything about them suited us perfectly. Thanks to both you and Fred for helping us to enjoy it all in a pleasant and casual way.

We were afraid that it might be a little impersonal or that we would feel like we were “just another couple” to you – we certainly didn’t feel like that on the day. Fred, if you’re ever in Clare we owe you a beer!!

Michael, we received your CD today and are delighted with the photos. Again, thanks for making it pain-free. We really didn’t want a prissy fussy primadonna taking our photos. We had great fun with you and the photos are magic!

A cairde, go raibh maith agaibh
(our friends, thank you)

Caroline and Marcus (Ireland)

Dear Coral,

Just want to express our sincere gratitude to you for making our wedding such a wonderful day.

From the very moment that we planned to get married in Australia, we knew that it would be a big challenge to us, and we are so lucky that we found your name on the internet. From the positive comments by various overseas couples made on you, we knew that you are the person that we could trust. And you did prove to us that we’ve made the right choice.

The ceremony was so fantastic, touching and unforgettable. The location you chose for us was really wonderful. Thank you for bringing our wedding so amazing and memorable. Please also pass our special thanks to your husband Fredrick and Darlene (who took wonderful pictures for us). Without their presence, our wedding won’t be so complete.

Coral, Fredrick and Darlene, you will definitely be a very special part of our memory forever. Unquestionably, we will recommend you to our friends who wish to have a special wedding in Australia.

Wish you and your family every success in 2007 as well as the years to come.


Selvia & Stephen (Hong Kong)

Hi Coral,

Just a note from the both of us to say how pleased we were with the ceremony that you conducted on our wedding day.

We were both really pleased with the whole day and we couldn’t have asked for more from you in fulfilling our requirements. You made everyone feel at ease and made us feel like it was your first ceremony and that we were the most important people in the world. We would like to thank you wholeheartedly for the effort you put into the ceremony and the effortless way you have dealt with us throughout has been exemplary.

We will recommend you to any people we know who are getting married in Australia as the results you produced were simply delightful.

Thanks for everything Coral and we wish you all the best for the future.

Best Regards

Andrew & Eva U.K

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