Prior to December 9th 2017, I had been on the journey with a wonderful same sex couple who wanted me to marry them.
“Is the bill going to be passed?” “Will it happen or not?”
Regardless they were determined to have a celebration of their future lives together in March 2018. It turned out they could legally marry and we were all over the moon with excitement.
Melross in Kangaroo Valley was a picturesque venue for the wedding. The ceremony was outdoors and the weather was perfect – sunny and warm. The 170 guests assembled for this historic wedding.
The couple’s fur baby led the bride and her party, referred to as her tribe, to the arch to meet her bride and her tribe. Fur Baby wore a bow tie that matched his parent’s tie.
The ceremony was so unique and creative, performed in tandem by their Master of Ceremonies and me.
Literally the brides tied the knot in the macramé hanging made by one bride.
The quests celebrated marriage equality by their loud cheers.
After the ceremony, the couple cut the “cheesecake” created by a tier of different cheeses. The drinks flowed and the guests indulged in the most beautifully presented smorgasbord of gourmet finger food. My husband and I were honoured to be invited to enjoy the pre-dinner drinks and delicious food.
The tables were elegantly styled and decorated by the couple. Spectacular macramé made by one bride adorned the walls.
“This day I will marry my friend, the one I laugh with, dream with, live for, love.”
Tips for couples
Choose a celebrant who is caring and leads you through the marriage process to minimise the stress that can happen during this exciting time.
The celebrant should be able to explain the process and manage the legal requirements. She will inform you that Notice of Intended Marriage must be completed, witnessed and lodged with her, the minimum of one calendar month before the wedding.
Ensure you have enough time and book the venue and the celebrant well in advance.
Be confident to discuss the process with your celebrant so that you can be satisfied with the outcome.
With your input, the celebrant should be able to create a personal ceremony for you and your guests and make your wedding a truly momentous occasion
Celebrations and rituals are important in acknowledging significant events from our birth, through to the end of our lives. I am passionate about creating ceremonies which bring joy to both the participants and guests.
I work with couples and families to deliver professional and stylish ceremonies for weddings, partnership and commitment ceremonies, naming ceremonies, renewal of vows and funerals. I will officiate at traditional and not so traditional venues and I offer a range of ceremonies with inclusions to suit individual budgets.
I value the institution of marriage and consider myself very family orientated. I have always been excited about celebrating momentous events and have officiated on many formal occasions. I also enjoy public speaking, which is why I decided to pursue my passion further and become a Marriage Celebrant.