Bride and groom being ushered in by celebrant - Yes I will marry you!

About Liz

L.O.V.E. I am surrounded by it and I literally live, breathe and love all things weddings!  I'm a Gold Coast marriage celebrant who travels extensively for ceremonies as I can legally marry anyone, anywhere, at any time around Australia. At the end of 2019, I was up in a hot air balloon marrying another gorgeous couple as well as another on Christmas morning.  I'm also an ordained non-denomination interfaith minister able to marry couples in every state of USA. Who wouldn't want to spend their days dressing up, sharing in very special, intimate moments and getting to travel?

I've worked in education, high end fashion and a former model.  I've compered special events and appeared in TV commercials & films as well as voice over for radio, so you can be assured my presentation, grooming and delivery are always a priority for your day.  As such, I have an extensive wardrobe appropriate for any event and if not, a girl can always shop!  I get it's not just how I look but how I deliver those special words for you. I'm often complimented on my voice and the tone and delivery of my ceremonies but I'll let you in on a secret, my voice is not something I've ever been completely comfortable with.      

Gold Coast Marriage Celebrant Liz Pforr in love at Parkwood for Gold Coast weddings

I've put my life experiences into practise completing my Certificate IV in Training and Assessment training colleagues in their compulsory Ongoing Professional Development within Queensland and interstate since 2016.  I joined 5,499 wedding professionals for a huge wedding industry convention in Las Vegas in November 2018, bringing back a wealth of information, knowledge and contacts in the industry.  If a destination wedding is more your thing and you'd prefer to marry in Las Vegas, New York, Italy, Bordeaux, France or Canada, I can help.  Many couples are choosing a small intimate legal wedding in Australia with a celebration overseas or are eloping to the Gold Coast, contact me if this is you as I can help you too.

I've been privileged to have officiated at weddings streamed live to Japan from Palazzo Versace and others to Russia, England, Saudi Arabia, Canada & Iran - literally world wide.  

A wedding to me is a sacred and truly magical event but a marriage requires constant attention and nurturing as the years go by. Love should always be showcased and yet, is so infinitely fragile & immeasurable.  My husband and I married on my birthday in 1986 (yes, 33+ years!!). I had my very own surprise renewal of vows in Las Vegas in 2017, so the tables were turned entirely as I was completely clueless until I sat in the gondola floating along in The Venetian wondering who this woman was who rudely came and sat in our boat handing me a huge bouquet of white roses! 


Last November we were both surprised in Vegas attending the MBA, a large convention of wedding professionals on a chapel tour organised by Las Vegas Wedding Connection, where we were chosen to renew our vows at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel by none other than Beetlejuice! So much fun! (see photo below) 

Both sons had baby namings which was very unusual 28+ years ago and I officiated our eldest son's wedding (see photos below) held at the beautiful Braeside Chapel, Merrimac and we're in the process of organising our youngest son's wedding in May this year.  Exciting times ahead!  My parents celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary last year so I have big shoes to fill.  My aunt, Betty Debnam, was a celebrated cake decorator and another darling aunt was a bridal dressmaker, so you could say, weddings are part of my DNA and I'm simply carrying on the family tradition.

Bulgari Resort celebrity elegant wedding in Bali with Gold Coast marriage celebrant Liz Pforr

I am as comfortable conducting a small intimate ceremony in your home or backyard as I am in front of 200 people in a formal setting.  I've enjoyed celebrations in so many diverse locations around Australia and overseas, way too extensive to list here. 

I attended the Senate hearing in Melbourne on Marriage Equality and I am quoted in Hansard as saying '...for couples, marriage is a rite of passage.  It is a pivotal and an emotional milestone in a couple's lives.  In getting married, they do want authenticity and a ceremony in their life that reflects them as a couple and their beliefs'.  

I was a panel member of the Subject Matters Expert Group updating training units with the Skills Council for aspiring celebrants in the new Certificate IV in Celebrancy and I trialled the new online registrations for marriages in Queensland with the Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages.  I'm a former Vice President / committee member with the Alliance of Celebrants Queensland Inc. (ACQ), their Master of Ceremonies and/or presenter/organiser of their annual conference for many years with keynote speakers such as humanitarian Kay Danes OAM and Pip Courtney, ABC presenter.

Gold Coast Marriage Celebrant Liz Pforr Yes I will marry you officiating at a wedding at Braeside Chapel

I have been so lucky to have met or worked with several famous and diverse people.  How many celebrants can say they've sung with Paul Kelly & Julie Anthony? No, I'm NOT a singer - just in the right place at the right time.  

Celebrated Australian musicians such as John Farnham, Ricki-Lee, James Reyne, Kate Miller-Heidke, Pete Murray & Kirk Pengilly from INXS

Sports stars Yvonne Goolagong Cawley, Pat Rafter, Chris Judd, Layne Beachley (who gives me my daily mantra of positivity!), Steph Gilmore, Mick Fanning, Wally Lewis, Grant Kenny, John Eales, Ken Wallace, Emma Snowsill, Sarah Carrigan, Drew Ginn, James Tomkins, Lisa Curry, Geoff Huegill, Jessica Schiffer, Loretta Harrop, Nikki Hudson, Mal Meninga, Rob de Castella & the late, great Ron Clarke AO MBE and many more;

Actor/Comedians Paul Hogan (my family & I were extra's in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles), the late Dick Emery, Col Elliott, Shane Jacobson & Cameron Daddo;

WWE/RAW Wrestlers John Cena & Kane;

V8 Supercar Drivers the late Peter Brock, Jim Richards, Russell Ingall, Shane Van Gisbergen, Rick & Todd Kelly, Tony Longhurst, Steven & Dick Johnson & David Besnard;

Indy/Champ Car Drivers Paul Tracy, Alex Tagliani, Will Power, Marcus Marshall & former NASCAR Driver & now V8 Supercar driver Marcus Ambrose; Formula 1, 2, 3 and Open Wheel driver, Gary Johns;

President of Gran Canaria Spain, Jose Manuel Soria Lopez; 

Prime Minister's Malcolm Turnball, John Howard OM AC, SSI, the late Malcolm Fraser & his wife Tammy; Queensland Premiers Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Peter Beattie, Anna Bligh & Campbell Newman;

Fashion Designers George Gross, Harry Who, Trent Nathan (a former employer), Collette Dinnigan, Gail Elliot, Carla Zampatti & Alannah Hill;

Authors Tara Moss, late Australian poet Les Murray, Jim Schekdhar, Kay Danes OAM, Debi Marshall & Frances Whiting;

TV Personalities Luke & Cody from House Rules/Queensland Weekender, Kochie, Eddie McGuire, Lavinia Nixon, Jamie Durie, Shelley Craft, Pip Courtney & Rhonda Burchmore;

Other notables such as June Dally Watkins, Deborah Hutton, the late great Bart Cummins (trainer), the late George Moore (jockey), Sir David Longland,  John-Michael Howson & Lady Sonia McMahon.  It was a thrill to receive a letter from Buckingham Palace for the Queen & Prince Philip's wedding anniversary. 

Things that I love: chocolate, hugs, the word 'cherish', ladybirds, fresh sheets, fresh flowers, sunshine, cooking, celebrations, silk, tea, an eclectic reader & music fan, live music, avid movie buff, bubbles, travel, antiques, weddings, watching the footy (all codes), art, Christmas, the smell of gardenia's and an ever growing shoe collection!  I am a proud supporter of ACT for Kids (formerly known as the Abused Child's Trust).  

Rest assured though, my couples are my MIP's (Most Important People) I could ever hope to meet and I am privileged in sharing such a special time with you. So now you know about me...I'd love to know more about you and hear your unique story.  I also respect your privacy and show discretion as well as honouring different cultural differences, traditions and religions.  Some weddings are traditional, they may be themed or include special symbols as your wedding day is a celebration of your love and should be as individual as the two of you and I invite you to click onto my 'Ceremonies' page to see how I can help with other life celebrations and milestone events...

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,

but people will never forget how you made them feel." 

maya angelou

  • I don't do ordinary - "I do" perfect

Call Liz on:

0418 875 329

16 Eingana Street, Hope Island
Queensland 4212