A lot of people ask me why I became a marriage celebrant, so here’s a bit of background and insight into how I came to be doing what I love and loving what I do…
Firstly I love ‘love’ in all its forms, in all the unique ways we express it and I love a celebration.
My background, before becoming a marriage celebrant was in corporate Organisational Development and learning with a focus on leadership, communication and culture. Essentially helping people be the best they can be in the workplace. I’m fascinated by our brains and I still love learning as much as I can about neuroscience, emotional intelligence and positive psychology.
Over the years I’ve sat through my fair share of ‘generic’ wedding ceremonies and always wondered why people were having ‘generic’ when there are only four things you legally have to have in your marriage ceremony and everything else is entirely up to you! What an opportunity to create something that is a true celebration of you!
Because we’re human, we all have a story and I am fascinated by people’s stories. I believe in our everyday lives we create our story, we live it, we tell it and on your wedding day we celebrate it, in whatever way is true to you.
I don’t believe in doing anything because that’s the way it’s always been done, or because someone, somewhere said that’s what you ‘should’ do. Generic is a waste of time.
I became a celebrant to inspire couples to see what’s possible, to help them find their story, to create a ceremony that is true to who they are and what’s important to them.
In the beginning I started doing a ceremony here and there and the feedback from couples and guests was overwhelmingly positive. They loved it and I loved it, so I kept doing more and now this is my full-time job and I couldn’t be happier.
I am on an absolute high after a wedding ceremony. I love seeing the pure joy and happiness on couples faces as they experience each moment of their ceremony. I also love seeing the range of emotions family and friends experience during a ceremony. I really see it as an honour and a privilege to be part of such an important celebration and to help make memorable moments happen.
I love what I do and I do it because I genuinely want you to have the most amazing ceremony ever!
- A no obligation, free initial meeting
- Unlimited meetings and correspondence to create your unique ceremony – the location and time is flexible and as agreed to with you
- The writing of your ceremony, from to draft to final copy
- ‘Getting Started’ pack of ceremony ideas, inspiration and example
- Final run through of your ceremony
- All forms, certificates and legal requirements arranged
- All travel included for Melbourne and surrounds e.g. Mornington Peninsula, Dandenong’s, Yarra Valley. For regional areas and destination weddings travel fees are discussed and agreed at our first meeting.
I am ridiculously committed to making the process of creating your ceremony relaxed, hassle-free and above all enjoyable. I recognise that normal life goes on while you’re planning your wedding so I am completely flexible and will work with you in whatever way suits you to create your ceremony.
A phone conversation or email…
We’ll chat about where you are at with your wedding plans so far, the date of your ceremony, fees and what’s involved. We’ll also organise a time and place to meet. This first meeting can be at your favourite café, bar, park – wherever works best for you.
Our first meeting…
At our first meeting we’ll talk a bit about you and a bit about me. You can tell me more about yourselves as a couple and your thoughts / plans for your wedding day so far. Based on that, I’ll give you some ideas about how we can work together, some information on the legal aspects of getting married and answer any and all of the questions that you might have. It’s an opportunity for you to get to know me, I get to know you, and we see if we click.
Planning, designing and creating…
Once you’ve confirmed your booking, I send you a whole lot of ‘getting started’ resources. It’s an email packed full of inspiration and ideas, questions, exclusive Pinterest boards and examples from previous ceremonies. Depending on your style you might devour it before our next meeting or you might delete it – either way is ok.
When you’re ready, we’ll book in a meeting to start planning, designing and creating your ceremony. We’ll meet wherever is best for you and we spend a good amount of time talking all about your stories, what’s important to you and all the things that make you click as a couple. We then brainstorm a whole lot of ideas about how we could celebrate all that in your ceremony.
After this meeting, I write you a full draft of your ceremony based on all the things we’ve chatted about.
We’ll also begin the legal paperwork and I’ll let you know what documentation you need for that.
From here, you have a read of your ceremony, you let me know what you like, what you want to change, add or delete and we go from there. Depending on what suits you, we might meet up again to talk it through or we might go back and forth on email for a bit – whatever works for you.
Ideally, in the fortnight before your ceremony we’ll meet up to walk through your ceremony at the venue / location.
And then it’s the big day!! By this stage I’m just as excited as you are! I’m there for you to make everything go smoothly, to make sure everyone is as relaxed as they can be, and to make your ceremony amazing!! You can just enjoy every moment and your friends and family can too as we kick off the celebrations with a ceremony that is authentically you.