The Gay Celebrant
I became engayged to my feyoncé, Clint, the night of the “Yes” vote announcement which laid down the legal path for LGBTIQ people like us to get married. We got married on our 8th anniversary, in April, 2019. Our own experiences in planning our wedding and those of the couples I’ve married in the past all teach us something similar: there’s nothing more disastrous or regrettable than having a wedding that doesn’t reflect your personality, your values, and who and what you are. So, Clint and I had a wedding that mirrored who we are and how we live our lives. We wanted a gay wedding, not a straight wedding. And so, we made sure our wedding day was the best day of our lives. The entire day revolved around our marriage ceremony and focused on the celebration of our love. It was a day that that we and our guests will remember for a long time. I’d love to help you do the same!
For two years, I volunteered as a newsreader at JOY 94.9 – Australia’s only LGBTI radio station – where I wrote and presented the news at noon once a week. Working at JOY put me in regular touch with other members of the LGBTIQ community, which I absolutely loved. I’m a financial member of both JOY 94.9 and GLOBE (Gay and Lesbian Organization for Business and Enterprise).
Some celebrants keep telling me there’s no difference between straight and LGBTIQ weddings! Wow! I disagree. I have a pretty deep understanding of how vastly different LGBTIQ weddings can be from straight weddings, apart from just the gendered roles that underpin most straight weddings. There are many rituals and traditions that can have an LGBTIQ twist or replacement, if couples wish. I co-founded The Equality Network to provide inclusivity training to wedding suppliers and to educate people about those differences, to help ensure that LGBTIQ couples are delivered a wedding that reflects their way of life and who they are. That training helps suppliers cater to LGBTIQ weddings in a more personal and sensitive manner.
Clint & I are proud parents of our 5 year old rescue kelpie, Bingo. We often spend our Sunday afternoons at DTs, Melbourne’s most iconic LGBTIQ pub.
I love telling stories. And I love writing them! The love story of any couple is often the central feature of their marriage ceremony. There are few things that give me as much pleasure as working with couples to create ceremonies that are authentic, interesting, unique and polished. I always aim to deliver these ceremonies keeping in mind the legalities, sensitivities and wishes of the couple.