Mic​helle Shannon

Marriage Celebrant

Weddings - Elopements - Renewal of vows

Relaxed - Modern - Fun - Real

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I believe love is magical

My philosophy is simple - your wedding day is one of the most important days in your life.

Whether you're getting married barefoot on the beach, in a little chapel or the hinterland hills, 

I want to be a part of your love story.  

Your wedding ceremony should be a moment you cherish and remember forever.


Photo -  Joel and Alice - Photo by Kait Barker

Michelle Shannon Byron Bay Wedding Celebrant

So this is me  (and Beck and Lindsay)

Most days I'm usually in the office writing, reading and filing all the 

important legal stuff required for weddings or I'm out walking to the lighthouse 

and enjoying a coffee with clients and friends.

But on the weekends or to be honest any day of the week now  I am lucky enough to meet incredible people from all walks of life and help them celebrate one of the best days of their life. Hopefully I will also get to meet you to.

Throughout your ceremony I want you to be close to one another - hold hands 

or put  your arm around each other (have a sneaky kiss if you wish)

and really enjoy the moment.

Photo at Verandahs with Beck and Lindsay

And this is my little family

I actually have a bigger version as well, but my 3 grown up step-kids are a little camera shy - so it's just my hubby Mark and my lovely daughter GG who now live at home and she keeps us both busy with dancing, singing and all sorts of concerts and fun things that she loves to do.. 

I first fell in love with becoming a celebrant when I went to a wedding 15 years ago in Perth, where the celebrant made everyone feel  welcome, relaxed and really included us in the ceremony - 'I loved it' and knew I that I could bring that 

same kind of feeling  to Byron Bay and beyond.

Below you can find just a few of the kind words that I have received from my lovely couples. (More on Testimonial page) I hope that this site will give you a little more information on who I am and what kind of service and style I can offer you as a celebrant.     Photo by Kate Nutt

Lucie and Rich stand together during the ceremony
Beck and Lindsay at Verandahs
Eli and Virginia
Alice and Joel during their ceremony

Where will your celebrant stand?

Well, normally many celebrants may aim for the very middle of the two of you 

and that is fine if you wish to have me in every photo.

But for me I really like you to be together and that you have connection.

I don't normally stand in the middle of you but just to the side so that if you have a sneaky kiss or hug it might just make you feel more comfortable, happy and relaxed.

It could also be your favourite photo of the day.

Henry and Emmy married at Deux Belettes

Henry and Emmy both honoured their families who many years before came to Australia as refugees from Cambodia and Vietnam.

Henry also kept the smiles and fun coming with his lovable nature.

Film by Byron Bay Videographer Matt Barwick

Sahra and Jordan - Fig Tree Restaurant

One of my favourite venues and two very special people Sahra and Jordan - captured beautifully by Liquid Light Studios

We’ve loved every minute of our journey

Jody and Jason  - married at Koonyum Range

Hi beautiful Michelle

Thank you does not seem like enough!

You are truly such a gracious woman and your contribution to our wedding day was elegant, spirited and just meant to be - we could not have asked for anyone more aligned to marry us! We will be forever grateful for the space YOU created for us on our wedding day..  So thank you - we adore you..

Sending you all our love from Adelaide - Big hugs Jody and Jase xxx

Photo by Bayleigh Vedelago

Sasha and Christina - Celebrated at Harvest Cafe

From the moment we put our feelers out for a celebrant in Byron Bay we were told be absolutely everybody in town that “there is Michelle Shannon, then there’s everybody else”. We found her reputation scratches the surface to what an impact she makes to the whole wedding experience.

Michelle held our hand from the moment we initially met her all the way to the end of the wedding aisle. Even though we live overseas, nothing was too difficult for her. No question too silly. She showed great care, kindness, endless patience and made true personal connections to us both, setting the tone for the best wedding 

cer​emony we could have ever imagined.

We are both eternally grateful that Michelle was part of our wedding day. 

She is simply the best.  Sasha and Christina

Photo by Kate Nutt Photography

Henry and Emmy - married at Deux Belettes

Hi Michelle - We just wanted to say our most sincere thank you for being our celebrant on our big day. We received so many comments that the wedding was the best our guests have ever been to, and they especially loved our ceremony and mentioned what a wonderful celebrant you were who really set the mood.

I still remember just before the ceremony you came upstairs to see how I was, 

which was when I was a nervous wreck, you grabbed my hands and looked me in the eye and said the kindest words. I don't remember what you said, but sometimes your actions really do speak louder than words and just being there holding my hands allowed me to compose myself again, it was exactly what I needed.

Anyway, we just wanted to really thank you again,our wedding wouldn't have been the same without you.  All the best Emmy and Henry XX

Photo by Bushturkey Studio

Michelle Shannon
Making sure all the legal paper work is correct
Happily married Alice and Joel
Michelle Shannon with Adam and Megan

How it all works

We need to say Hi

Meet in person if at all possible, say hello on the phone, by email or maybe even a skype call if you wish.

Official paperwork and writing the ceremony

The next step we start with the initial paperwork and then as we get closer to the wedding month we start working on your ceremony.


A day or two before the wedding I like to meet you, make sure that all the paperwork is ready to go for the big day and to also walk you and those involved in the wedding ceremony through the flow of the day so that everyone feels confident and relaxed. 

On the Day

I will arrive 30 mins prior to the ceremony so I can say hello to the groom and those that may be involved in the wedding and make sure we are all working as a team keeping everyone relaxed, happy and ready to celebrate while we wait for the brides arrival.  

And then once you are 'happily married' I will give you both a big hug and ride off into the wilderness and leave you all to celebrate.

So are you ready to take the leap and find out more?

Fill in the form below or pick up the phone and say hello. 

0412 649 313

Thank you! I will be in touch as soon as I can - Have a wonderful day.