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Why Celebrant Sam Swapped Out Tools for the Wedding Suit Queensland Country Life


You won’t find many chippies who will freely admit to loving love; in fact, finding the one who wants it is probably as difficult as finding the “elusive”.

But in the case of Sam Capewell, a boy from Charleville who now lives in Brisbane, celebrating love in all its forms is its bread and butter.

So much so that at the end of 2018, he definitely cut down tools and turned his gig into I am celebrant Sam in a full-time business.

Since then, he “has waged a single-handed battle against boring, endless and mundane wedding ceremonies.”

“The ceremony, the part where you make it really official, is not something to go through while you wait for the ‘real’ party to begin,” Sam said.

“And just because the tradition of marriage is as old as it comes, that doesn’t mean the way we do it has to be.

“I strive to create personal and meaningful wedding ceremonies that not only appeal to the couple, their unique vibe and love story, but also give them as many compliments as their venue, dress, costume and openness. bar.”

Sam celebrates love in all its forms and has hosted nearly 350 weddings in the 4.5 years since registering as a civil celebrant. Photo: Luke Middlemiss Photography

As most good ideas go, it was his better half, his wife Kady, who gave him the impetus to become a registered civilian celebrant.

“My wife is four years older than me so I had been to a lot of her friends’ weddings … where you don’t really know anyone and then you sit for the 45 minute ceremony and it’s boring to go out all of them, Sam said.

“You sit there uncomfortable in a suit, you sweat, you can’t hear them because usually it’s an older lady or an older man and they talk a little too soft, and they talk about it. love and what marriage is but that’s a lot of their opinion and their perspective on it all. “

Despite the many weddings filling their social calendar, Sam said none of the ceremonies resonated with him and his take on what marriage is.

“When it came time for my wife and I to get married, we fled to Vegas just because we had never seen anything that resonated enough with us to want to do it all,” he said.

“Then a few years later a lot of my friends started getting engaged and planning weddings and I was kind of whining to my wife, ‘Oh, here we go again, we’re going to have to see this genre again. stuff. ‘, and she basically said’ shut up and do something ‘. “

Kady and Sam Capewell fled to the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, with only Pastor Pete as an audience.  Photo: Gaby J Photography

Kady and Sam Capewell fled to the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, with only Pastor Pete as an audience. Photo: Gaby J Photography

And that’s how he “took the plunge” in mid-2017 and got recorded, “just with the idea of ​​laughing a little bit, because who would expect a chippy to be a marriage officiant “.

The plan was simply to offer his services to family and friends, but in the 4.5 years since Sam started hosting the famous “I dos,” he has hosted nearly 350 wedding ceremonies.

“I’m one of four boys so this was going to be a chance to do my brothers’ weddings and that sort of thing, a lot of my friends were engaged at the time so I was able to do a lot of these weddings and that’s all it was to get started, ”Sam said.

“Once I started doing a few weddings, the word spread and friends of friends started contacting me about having their weddings, because they liked the fact that there was something different there.

“Eventually I created a Facebook page and it snowballed from there in a few other weddings, then I decided to take it a step further and created a website and I started advertising. time with that. “

Gifting “something a little different, a little outside the traditional lace-adorned white box” isn’t the only talent Sam brings to a wedding day – he’s also known to act as an assistant. photographer and jump on a motorbike to kick some dust for the shot.

Sam (right) is known to have helped set the scene for the wedding photographer.  Photo: Lindy Hick Photography

Sam (right) is known to have helped set the scene for the wedding photographer. Photo: Lindy Hick Photography

“The first time I did this was for my brother’s wedding. We were on our homestead in Charleville and the photographer, Edwina Robertson, needed someone to bring horses around my house. brother and his wife for the photos.

“I kinda can’t help myself when I’m on a motorbike, I get a little silly and started having fun, so Edwina said ‘let’s start making dust for them then’ and we got some cool pictures of that one. And I did that a few other times for friends at properties. “

His days as Celebrant Sam are far from the construction site, and he wouldn’t have done it any other way.

“It was never really my calling, I guess you would say, to be a chippy; it was just something I fell into,” Sam said.

“I was off the tools and the construction management side as well, so going from a construction site where you’re the bearer of bad news all day and everyone’s in a bad mood, to a wedding and all the rest. world is so happy to be there and ready to have a good time, and to be the person who can give them a ceremony they weren’t really expecting.

“And who doesn’t love love?