I was brought up in central Scotland, trained in Bristol as a Stage Manager and worked professionally throughout the UK until moving permanently to Sydney in 2002 where I am still gainfully employed in the industry.
In 2009 I took the plunge to train as celebrant. I had been driving down the M4 and passed an older, slightly dented Mazda which advertised celebrant services on the back window. I was intrigued and peered through the driver’s window. Sitting behind the wheel was a stern faced lady dressed in beige and I wondered whether she enjoyed being a celebrant. Did she bring a sense of fun to the ceremony, or was every marriage just another job?
The image stuck in my mind for hours, I arrived home and googled ‘celebrant’ and discovered training courses. That’s when I decided there was an opportunity for me to embrace some learning. I booked in for an intensive week of legalities, classroom based learning, hours of paperwork and days of marriage role-play with my crazy classmates. Together with letters of support and lots of research, my application to the Attorney-General’s Department was submitted and I was subsequently appointed in December 2009.
My mantra is that every marriage and life ceremony I officiate at will be unique, a collaboration of ideas and a reflection of the people who have entrusted me with their day. Say no to beige!