on your engagement & upcoming wedding, or the recent birth of your new bundle of joy!
May you enjoy this time, cherish every moment and marvel at the love in your life.

The beauty of a Marriage Ceremony or a Naming Day Ceremony is that it is a public celebration & declaration of the love you feel and intend on sharing for the rest of your life.
In Marriage this means forsaking all others by committing to your soul mate for the rest of your life.
In celebrating the birth of a child – this means vowing to guide, protect and love this little human being for the rest of your life.

Both life events are magnificent and worthy of celebrating with your other loved family & friends!

Other life events are just as meaningful, symbolic and important to acknowledge, celebrate or process.
The death of a loved one is a traumatic and life changing moment in a family – but I pride myself of being that family’s advocate. Helping a family through their grief and saying goodbye to their loved one is a true passion of mine and a privilege that as a Celebrant I have been afforded.

…And this is where I come in – Nicole Penning Civil Celebrant

Since 2017 Proud member, co-founder and co-director of
The Geelong Celebrant Collective

GC_(1)Since 2016 Proud co-founder and administrator of
Geelong Celebrants for Marriage Equality
Since 2017 Proud member and advocate for Natural Death

Since 2016 Trainer at
The Celebrants Training College

Since 2017 Member of
The Association of Civil Marriage Celebrants of Victoria

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peter dearnleypeter dearnley
03:55 04 Mar 24
Just a great day. Nicole is the best. Well planned, organised and professional. We were so pleased Nicole was our celebrant.
Nikola DixonNikola Dixon
02:17 21 Feb 24
We cannot recommend Nicole enough! If you are looking for an organised, professional, very personable celebrant, who is also just a genuinely lovely person, look no further! Her communication throughout the process was great and she was able to offer her expertise on many aspects of our wedding when we asked. We also loved the way she gave us lots of options and examples of different ceremonies which allowed us to tailor our ceremony the way we wished.
Christine BlissChristine Bliss
23:16 15 Feb 24
We feel so incredibly lucky to have had Nicole as our celebrant on our wedding day. She is the calm, caring soul that every bride and groom needs not only on their big day but also in the months/weeks/days leading up to the wedding.Right from the beginning Nicole made the process so easy for us – whilst still ensuring we had the most perfect, unique ceremony. We will be forever grateful for the amazing memories we have of our day and it’s all thanks to the hard work Nicole put in behind the scenes to ensure it was completely personalised to “us” !Thank you for everything Nicole – you are a truly wonderful at what you do 🙂
Chelsea CheavinChelsea Cheavin
07:24 15 Feb 24
Nicole was an absolute dream to work with. Her personality is so vibrant, bubbly and warm and talking to her felt like interacting with a friend!She made a great first impression with her introductory e-mail that was very informative. She was also very willing to travel to our home to meet which was very convenient for us. When it came to requiring assistance with creating our ceremony and writing our vows, Nicole was highly responsive and made many suggestions on how we could make the ceremony more personable.We appreciated the option of being able to rehearse our ceremony, especially in both of our potential ceremony locations as it alleviated stress. Our ceremony was exactly how we pictured and everyone commented on how beautiful our ceremony was. After the conclusion of our ceremony, Nicole assisted our photographer in co-ordinating our family photos. We really appreciated the small gift, the commemorative wedding certificate and the bag of goodies.Overall, Nicole was extremely organised and is very passionate about her profession. We feel absolutely honoured to be her 600th ceremony and we would highly recommend her!
Helena FechnerHelena Fechner
08:05 14 Feb 24
From our first meeting with Nicole up until our wedding day, Nicole made the whole experience so seamless and easy. We felt very comfortable with Nicole from the beginning. Her experience, professional and kind nature definately didn't go unnoticed. We couldn't recommend Nicole enough for a wedding celebrant, we were extremely happy with everything she had to offer.Alex and Helena Trinchera.
Sam HoskingSam Hosking
00:58 13 Feb 24
Nicole was outstanding through the entire process! She was extremely helpful to both myself and my now wife! Forever grateful for our easy she made the whole process from first meeting, communication through, vow writing, ceremony scripting creation and everything that was apart of our wedding day. Thank you very much Nicole!
Ben WattersonBen Watterson
02:49 20 Dec 23
FANTASTIC!We could not recommend Nicole enough. She was our wedding celebrant on the 16/12/23 and she was phenomenal at her job.She makes the experience so personal and you can tell how passionate she is about her job, it shines through in the ceremony she creates for you.She remembers the little details about you and your partner, goes over absolutely everything with you and really takes the time to get to know you during the process.All of our guests were in awe of the ceremony and how well it flowed. We are so grateful that we had the experience of working with Nicole. She was so lovely.Worth her weight in gold!!- Sheridan and Ben

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