Celebrate with Serendipity

Hervey Bay Marriage Celebrant & MC

Celebrate with Serendipity

Based in Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast QLD


Prices range depending on when, where and who and what is involved.

Mid-week Elopements

A Modest Ceremony can be secured at a low $400  Weekdays Only  

Weekend Elopements

20% surcharge for weekends


Travel cost will be incurred if the couple decide on a venue more than 100 km from Hervey Bay and may extend to accommodation and transport costs if the destination is further.

About Celebrate with Serendipity

Creative  Alternative  Professional

I am a sole trader, who has been establishing my skills and experience over my life time.  

I value my clients and strive to create ceremonies which reflect their values, beliefs and culture and customs.  

I have many contacts within the industry and can at an additional cost to the ceremony, can assist in the arranging of all that you need.

Creative  Alternative  Professional

About Sarah Nerva

On August 6th and 7th, 1999 I married the love of my life Roderick Nerva at a Registry Office in Bournemouth and in a Handfasting in Sway, Hampshire, England.  

Nearly a quarter century later we are still going, stronger than ever. On our special day, we did it our way.

Celebrant Sarah Nerva

We had:
Period costumes from the Restoration Period (1660 – 1688) 
Handfasting in the forest
Jumping the Broomstick (Celtic tradition), Breaking the Glass Ritual (Mazel Tov!), a Cusack dance and Conga line
BBQ served by English Wenches
An Irish gig band
Non-traditional wedding cake  

Fun Facts

– I prefer gardening to housework.

– I have been happily married for 25 years and have twin boys.

–  I love dressing in period costume.

– I am an Master of Ceremonies and theatre performer.

– I feed many wild birds in my garden twice daily.

Eloping to Australia

Eloping to Australia offers a myriad of captivating reasons that make it an ideal destination for couples seeking a memorable and enchanting elopement experience. Here are some compelling reasons why you might consider eloping to Australia:
Breathtaking Landscapes: Australia is renowned for its diverse and awe-inspiring landscapes. From the rugged outback to pristine white sand beaches, lush rainforests, and vibrant cities, Australia offers a stunning backdrop for your elopement. Whether you envision exchanging vows against the backdrop of the Great Barrier Reef, or one of our many stunning beaches, Australia has a multitude of breathtaking locations to suit any couple’s desires.
Privacy and Intimacy: Australia boasts vast stretches of untouched natural beauty, providing ample opportunities for couples to find secluded and private locations for their elopement ceremony. Whether you opt for a hidden beach cove, a tranquil rainforest clearing, or an exclusive resort, you can find serenity and intimacy in the midst of Australia’s captivating landscapes, ensuring your special day remains intimate and personal.
Mild Climate: Australia’s climate offers a variety of options depending on your preferences. Queensland offers a temperate climate. Choose the perfect time and place for your elopement based on your desired weather conditions. 
Abundance of Accommodation Options: Australia is home to a wide range of accommodation options, ranging from luxury resorts to cozy cabins, boutique hotels, and charming bed and breakfasts. Whatever your preferred style, you can find accommodations that suit your tastes and provide a romantic and comfortable retreat for your elopement experience.
Adventurous Experiences: If you’re seeking adventure and excitement, Australia offers an array of activities to enhance your elopement experience. You can go snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, explore the ancient rainforests of Daintree National Park, take a hot air balloon ride over the picturesque Yarra Valley, or enjoy a romantic sunset sail on Sydney Harbour. The country’s diverse landscapes and adventurous spirit ensure that you can create unforgettable memories during your elopement.
Warm and Welcoming Culture: Australians are known for their friendly and laid-back nature, which creates a welcoming atmosphere for visitors. Whether you need assistance with planning your elopement, recommendations for local attractions, or simply want to immerse yourself in the local culture, you can expect warm hospitality from the locals, adding an extra touch of warmth and friendliness to your experience.
Eloping to Australia offers couples the opportunity to celebrate their love amidst stunning landscapes, enjoy privacy and intimacy, experience a mild climate, choose from a variety of accommodation options, embark on adventurous activities, savor delicious cuisine, and immerse themselves in a warm and welcoming culture. These factors combine to make Australia an enchanting destination for an unforgettable elopement. An interpreter can be engaged and I can provide assistance with visa and migration letters.


Australia has no residency requirements for marriage. Foreigners can marry as soon as they arrive providing they are free to do so. Before getting married both partners have to sign a declaration stating that there is no legal impediment to the marriage.  The Notice of Intended Marriage form can be sent to you, but it must be completed in the presence of an Australian Consular Officer.  Although a one calendar month is the standard time requirement, shortening of time can be applied for under specific circumstances.

Approach to Elopements

Why Elope?
Elope, the word itself holds a sense of mystery and adventure, conjuring images of passionate romances and secret unions. While the traditional notion of a grand wedding celebration with all the trimmings has its charm, eloping offers a unique and enticing alternative that is worth considering. Here are several compelling reasons why people should consider eloping:
Intimacy and Privacy: Eloping allows couples to experience the true essence of their love in an intimate setting. By choosing to elope, you can focus solely on each other, without the distractions and obligations that often come with a traditional wedding. It creates a sacred space for you and your partner to exchange vows and start your journey together, free from external pressures or expectations.
Cost-effectiveness: Weddings can be expensive affairs, with costs quickly escalating for venues, catering, decorations, and entertainment. By eloping, couples can save a significant amount of money, which can be used for other important aspects of their lives, such as buying a home or planning a dream honeymoon. It allows you to invest in your future together rather than in a single day.
Flexibility and Spontaneity: Traditional weddings often require extensive planning and coordination, which can be stressful and time-consuming. Eloping gives you the freedom to be spontaneous and flexible in your decision-making. You can choose to elope at a moment’s notice; providing the Notice of Intended Marriage is submitted one calander month prior. Travel to a destination of your dreams, or even tie the knot in a location that holds deep sentimental value for both of you.
Authenticity and Focus on Love: Eloping strips away the elaborate rituals and expectations associated with traditional weddings, allowing couples to focus on the core essence of their relationship: love. It creates a genuine and authentic experience, where the emphasis is on the commitment and connection between two people. This intimate setting often leads to heartfelt and sincere moments that will be cherished for a lifetime.
Stress Reduction: Planning a large wedding can be overwhelming, with numerous decisions to make and potential conflicts to navigate. Elopements, on the other hand, offer a simpler and more stress-free alternative. There are fewer logistics to manage, and you can avoid the pressures of pleasing a large guest list. It allows you to create a wedding day that is true to who you are as a couple, without the external noise and expectations.

Take a helicopter ride to K’Gari (Fraser Island). or travel up the coast to exotic locations.

Adventure and Romance: Eloping presents an opportunity for couples to embark on an exciting adventure together.    Eloping, enables you to create memories in a unique and extraordinary way, making your wedding day truly unforgettable.

In conclusion, eloping offers a path less traveled, one that allows couples to prioritize their love and create a wedding experience that is deeply personal and meaningful. It provides an escape from the pressures and conventions of traditional weddings, offering intimacy, cost-effectiveness, flexibility, authenticity, and reduced stress. So, if you’re seeking an extraordinary and heartfelt way to start your journey together, eloping might just be the perfect choice for you.

Elopement Special

I will offer a $50 discount of all bookings secured before the end of 2024.

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Sarah helped us make our wedding day perfect!
“Sarah helped us make our wedding day perfect.
Sarah was so helpful throughout the planning stage and offered excellent suggestions for our ceremony. She made sure the ceremony was exactly what we wanted and facilitated all of our requests. She helped us to be able to involve our family and make our day all that we had hoped for.”
Nicholas Jobson   11/01/24

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