It was in 2010 that I was authorised to be a “celebrant”…and I get asked all the time how and why this came to be such a huge part of my life! After all, it wasn’t the typical career that a 29 year old might pursue! Throughout the many years of planning weddings and events I’d had, I had the pleasure (most of the time) of witnessing celebrants do their “thing”…and this instilled in me a passion to create interesting, fun, natural, relaxed and memorable ceremonies…ceremonies that are a little different to the ‘norm’! That combined with a friend’s encouragement to “marry her” and her fiancé and my career change evolved!
I am lucky enough to meet new people, learn their story, deliver this story to the ones they love and announce them married every single week!! And apart from enjoying time with my family; my husband and my three little boys – this is now my full time job (lucky me!) and I feel pretty blessed to be able to do something I love so much every single day…
Of course I cover all the necessary legals, but outside of this really encourage the ceremony to be all about you! Short and sweet or formal and traditional – I do take the time to get to know “you” as a couple and to create and deliver a ceremony you’ll love!
There is nothing I love more than standing in front of a beautiful guest group and seeing a sea of engaged eyes and listening ears as I tell your story…guests with happy tears and genuine smiles…all witnessing you both making a beautiful commitment to the one you love. In fact, I love it so much I do tend to get a little bit excited at times and can’t help but do little hoppy jumpy dancing thing towards the end of the ceremony when I get to the “announcement” bit! When I watch the video snippets that couples send me of their day I realise just how genuinely excited for them I really was!
We can meet and chat over a coffee (or a vino!), I can run you through a general outline of the ceremony, providing you with a handbook of sample readings, quotes, vows and ceremonies, that will assist you in selecting the most appropriate inclusions for the day. I can also provide you with an outline of a suggested ceremony, and work with you in person or via email to make sure we get it just right!
Should you wish to write your own vows, have a certain poem or reading, or play a particular piece of music; this can all be incorporated into the day. Music is a very important aspect of a wedding ceremony, and recommendations for live entertainment (and many other awesome wedding suppliers) can be provided, or pre recorded music on my speaker can be arranged. You can simply email me your chosen ceremony songs and I will do the rest!
I can be contacted as many times as you wish throughout the planning, and usually at the first meeting we will discuss arrangements and perhaps sign the NOIM (the important form!) or I can pencil the date for you. If you’d like to meet again, this is no problem, and I am also happy to meet you at your venue for a rehearsal before the day if you wish – although this is certainly not compulsory! I tend to be a stickler for crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s, so it is no problem to liaise over email or phone before the day to ensure everything is ready to go if you prefer!
I look forward to chatting with you about your plans.