About Me
I love my job. As one of the few full-time professional marriage celebrants in the Brisbane area (most celebrants are part-timers, doing weddings as a sideline to their 'real' full-time occupation), I offer you the experience of well in excess of 650 happy weddings, each as individual as the couple, together with over 300 naming ceremonies, each as individual as the child, and many commitment, renewal of vows, and other ceremonies.

I am also a registered Civil Partnership Notary, legally authorised to conduct Civil Partnership Declaration Ceremonies in Queensland.

My business philosophy is simple: I focus on not following the pack. What this means is that I do not provide standard ceremonies indistinguishable from the many ceremonies you've experienced as a guest - ceremonies that frankly alienate and bore the guests and do little to enhance relationships.

Instead I concentrate on being original, on giving exceptional value for money, great service, and a joyous and meaningful ceremonial experience for you and for your guests. It also means that I don't need to obsessively control every part of the ceremony. I'm relaxed about spontaneity, about not being the person who does all the talking (though I'm happy to be that person if you wish), and have offered unstructured*, free-flowing ceremonies for many years, along with more formal ceremonies where you get to see the script well before the ceremony.

*Unstructured does not mean unprepared!

As a Civil Marriage Celebrant I was appointed by the Attorney-General to conduct civil marriage ceremonies in compliance with the requirements of the Marriage Act, and have been doing so since 2006. While appointed by government to solemnise marriages, I am an independent small business owner specialising in the provision of a wide range of ceremonies.

I classify myself as a Secular Humanist. That is, I adhere to a rational philosophy informed by science, inspired by art, and motivated by compassion, and therefore I specialise in meaningful non-religious ceremonies so you can be confident that, unlike a distressingly significant proportion of civil celebrants I will not see your ceremony as an opportunity to indulge in missionary activities and spring religious content on you without warning. But you can also be confident that I will respect your belief system, whatever it is, and if you wish, include expressions of your spirituality in your ceremony. I strongly affirm the dignity of each human being, support the  maximisation of individual liberty and opportunity consonant with both social and environmental responsibility, and endorse democracy, education, equality, justice, tolerance, reason and environmental responsibility.  The unique ceremonies I create for my clients reference their beliefs, not my own.  Most clients seeking a civil ceremony want no religious expression in their ceremony. However, in Australia there is no prohibition on inclusion of religious expression within a civil ceremony provided that it is at the express request of the client.  So my clients have complete freedom regarding expression of their beliefs through their ceremony. As a Secular Humanist

I am based in the western suburbs of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and conduct ceremonies throughout Brisbane, Ipswich, Redlands, Redcliffe, Logan, Pine Rivers.

As an accredited Naming Celebrant and General Celebrant I also offer ceremonies to acknowledge or celebrate other events -
  • the loving commitment of partners who are not marrying,
  • the naming and welcoming of a child into the family
  • renewal of marriage vows for couples celebrating staying married
  • a divorce or end of a relationship
  • reaching puberty or maturity (wise-woman ceremonies also known as croning)
  • launching of businesses or other ventures
  • house-warming
  • other ceremonies
Why should you trust me with your once-in-a-lifetime ceremony?

My eight-point guarantee
I spell out what you can expect from my in my eight-point guarantee

I am a full-time professional celebrant
And by full-time I mean really full-time. I do not have obligations to anyone or anything that may compromise my capacity to meet your needs or to attend on the day of your ceremony
  • I DO NOT have obligations to an employer 
  • I DO NOT have competing obligations to a young family
  • I DO NOT have competing obligations to children's sporting or hobby schedule
  • I DO NOT have competing obligations to personal interests or groups

I am well presented
I am well-spoken with good voice projection. My dress style is elegant and understated. Regardless of how informal your ceremony is, I ensure that what I wear conveys my respect for the occasion. I never under dress, and I definitely will never turn up wearing trainers, t-shirt, jeans, or a rumpled check shirt.  And I don't compete with the mothers either. I will seek information from you about the dress-code for your occasion together with your chosen colour scheme so that I can ensure that what I wear will coordinate but will not compete

Your ceremony will be truly personal
I understand that having an individual and unique ceremony (even if you've booked a Registry Office Style Ceremony), is important. Regardless of the type of ceremony you choose you will have at your service
  • my breadth and depth of knowledge
  • my capacity to design and deliver a ceremony that uses beautiful words to touch the hearts and minds of everyone present
  • my capacity to design and direct a ceremony that is visually satisfying and delivers opportunities for stunning photographs

My take on a Registry Office Style Ceremony is not that is is a standard, one-size-fits-all-thank-goodness-for-post-it-notes experience. My take is that a Registry Office Style Ceremony is as easy for you to organise as getting married at the Registry Office (in some senses, even easier), and that therefore you are not required to attend numerous meetings or spend a huge amount of time doing homework.

The difference between personal and personalised
While most celebrants tell you that they will deliver a  'personalised' ceremony it will be the type of personalisation you get when you buy a car - everyone recognises it for what it is (make and model), all you've been able to do to put your personal stamp on it is choose colour, a few internal features, maybe slightly fancier wheels and perhaps a racing stripe down the sides. Following that logic, a 'personalised' ceremony is generally a standard or mix-and-match ceremony (i.e. one which you create by selecting from pre-written sections and slotting them into a pre-determined structure) which includes a section or two that is about you, perhaps a reading you have chosen, plus a ritual (performed in a standard way) but the rest could be about anyone.
I deliver only custom-created ceremonies. To achieve this I use a number of mechanisms to ensure that I understand your needs, values and wishes for your ceremony.  I work in close conjunction with you to facilitate development of a unique ceremony. While this is more work for me I feel it works much better for you and for your guests than the more-usual "mix-and-match" methodology. I will do as much of the work in writing your ceremony as you wish me to.
I am highly qualified both in general and in celebrancy
In addition to academic qualifications and many years of experience as a celebrant, I have had many years of experience in librarianship, education and management that has equipped me with highly developed skills in
  • formal public speaking
  • capacity to 'read' an audience and ensure that they connect with the ceremony
  • interviewing clients to establish their needs
  • providing service and information to clients which meets their needs and timelines
  • research, analysis and synthesis of information
  • writing (author of approximately 100 published works)
  • creativity
  • attention to detail
  • high level computer skills that enable me to produce documents with professional layout and content
  • high level of comfort and facility with online communication
  • working with others to assist them to meet their own needs and achieve their goals

I am accredited

And I'm fully insured

You will save both time and money
Even though my fees are not as low as some celebrants charge, you get so much more for your investment, and in the long run you will save both time and money.
  • I DO NOT require you to attend numerous meetings (saving you time and money spent on petrol)
  • I'm happy to meet with you after hours or on weekends, so you do not have to take time off work
  • I advise you about the most efficient and economical ways to meet the legal requirements when you are getting married
  • I DO NOT pay kick-backs for referrals, so don't have to add those fees to what I charge you
  • I can provide you with advice about venues, council requirements and other matters, saving you the need to research them
  • I will teach you negotiating strategies that will deliver greater savings than just directly negotiating on price
I provide you with personal and supportive service
I take the time to get to know you, to understand your vision for your ceremony, and work hard to ensure that your ceremony exceeds your expectations.

Because I do nothing to compromise my capacity to give you 100% loyalty, where your venue's "preferences" for how your ceremony will be structured conflict with the unique, out-of-the box features you have planned, I can and will advocate on your behalf with the venue. Most venues prefer that ceremonies are very short, that the processional for a wedding is always done the same way, and that the ceremony happens in a certain order. To comply is to have a ceremony that is indistinguishable from every other ceremony ever held there.

There will be no uncomfortable surprises
My policy and commitment is that you will have no uncomfortable surprises in relation to your ceremony. Everything will be agreed and signed off beforehand.

My 'no uncomfortable surprises' policy includes no uncomfortable surprises for the participants. While I'm happy to perform ceremonies that are a surprise for your guests or others, I believe it is unfair to spring such a surprise on a participant even where the ceremony is a non-legal ceremony. NB: It is illegal in Australia for one partner to make arrangements for a legal wedding without the full knowledge and consent of the other. Completing a Notice of Intended Marriage is not a binding consent to be married. So both parties have to be aware of date, time, and place of the marriage ceremony throughout the process.

I value and protect your privacy

  • Any information provided to me is provided in confidence.
  • Information is stored in a secure location, is accessed only by me, and is kept no longer than is needed for the purposes of your ceremony, at which time it is destroyed by shredding.
  • I do not pass on, or otherwise use, any information provided as part of arrangements for your ceremony for any purpose, and that includes sharing or re-using your ceremony.
  • When we meet, it is in private, not in a shared office space.