We caught up with the gorgeous Jacqui Patterson (otherwise known as the “Champagne Celebrant“) recently, to chat about all things health and what it was like to be on Channel Ten’s Australian Survivor in 2017.
Tell us a bit about the ‘Champagne Celebrant’ …
”I am one of six siblings with the best mum and dad, a fifth generation local and married to an amazing man named Gaz. I have two adult children, Angus, 24 & Sarah, 23 who keep me grounded. I reside on the beautiful Byron coastline and don’t sit still. I’m high energy, quick-witted, love a laugh and a chat and will give anything a go.
I surf, trampoline, walk, run, go to the gym, ride, i’ve even flown trapeze, and am partial to a glass of bubbles! Love that bit.
I’m fortunate enough to be one of the few, full-time Byron Bay Celebrants, which allows me to be very generous with my time. Doing weddings gives me a deep satisfaction just from making two people ecstatic on the most important day of their lives. It’s an incredible high!
The raw emotion, the excitement and the flood of genuine feelings gets me every time. When the bride and groom are buzzing, I am resonating with them. Tears, laughter, joy – bring it on!”
What kind of activities do you like to do to stay fit?
”Anything!!! Gym, bike, walk, run, stairs, surf…you name it I’ll do it!”
What type of food and drinks do you like to incorporate into your diet to maintain your health?
”Love my omelette for brekky. Heaps of fish, veggies, fruit, nuts and natural yoghurt with loads of berries, carob powder, coconut, LSA, chia seeds etc…All that boring stuff he he
Water, water…. And JT’s Coconut Water of course! Decaf tea and coffee, chai tea with soy..Yum!”
What motivated you to go on Channel Ten’s Australian Survivor?
”Why not! I felt I had something to offer! I wanted to demonstrate to woman of any age, but particularly my era, that life doesn’t end at 30 – married with kids, a housewife perm and stuffing your face with cupcakes. I felt I had something to prove! I always love a challenge and feel like I’ve been training for something like this my whole life..”
What were some of the biggest challenges you had to overcome while on the show? And what were your highlights?
”Hardest parts – The mental side definitely. Who needs food and sleep! The rain at night or anytime really but when you are trying to sleep especially. Keeping anything dry for longer than 5 minutes is testing at times also!
Highlights – it really was an experience of a lifetime! Seeing how it all unfolds behinds the scenes and what goes in to making reality tv. Challenges were my favourite part I must say. Meeting some crazy peeps who also went along for the ride and having that unique connection with them out of the show also.
AND…..getting back from challenges and seeing that we still have a fire!!!!!!! Yay…. rice time. 😊 ”
Since returning to Australia after Survivor, you have had to fight one of your biggest challenges ever after being diagnosed with Stage 4 Melanoma. What are you doing to maintain your overall health during this difficult time?
”Staying out of the sun! Seriously just taking extra care with the 50+ and covering up when need be. Check-ups every 3 months with my skin Doc and then every 6 months with the specialist.
It’s all about checking ya moles, ya mole! 😊
Don’t wait, you have nothing to lose … except maybe your life. Melanoma doesn’t discriminate!”
Planning your wedding or know someone who is? Head over to Jacqui’s website The Champagne Celebrant, to check out the wedding packages available and put a little ‘champagne’ into your ceremony!