About Me                                                 

I was an English and History teacher and loved every minute of my career.  However, after attending a number of  weddings of family members and friends, I was impressed with the professionalism and presenting skills of the celebrants and decided to retrain to take on a new career. I trained in 2004 and received my authorisation in 2006.

Being well organised and having good literacy skills was essential to my previous work and I find that I have been able to put these skills to good use in my celebrancy work.  I love language and literature and so find that being a celebrant is a natural fit for me.

Being a good listener and a good communicator helps me to be effective in working with couples to create the ceremony which is true to them. I strongly believe that it is important to mark the rites of passage in our lives by the use of ceremonies that are individual, truthful and beautiful. Through individual ceremonies, we can share our important milestones with family and friends.

I live on Sydney's northern beaches but enjoy travelling to all parts of Sydney to conduct ceremonies.  I find it very interesting and rewarding to meet the people who are planning a wedding, a civil commitment, a naming, or any other ceremony.  Every couple that I meet has a "story" and my life has been enriched by the generosity of those couples in sharing their story with me.



  • B.A., Dip. Ed.
  • Justice of the Peace 
  • CHCMCEL401A Plan, conduct and review a Marriage Ceremony,
  • CHCADMIN5C Work within the administrative protocols
  • CHCCS5B Identify and address specific client needs
  • WFSFNL407A Perform General Funeral Celebrancy
  • SC02-N Conduct Naming Ceremony
  • Commonwealth Registered Marriage Celebrant, A7523

Association Membership 
Australian Marriage Celebrants Incorp.
AFCC, Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants Incorp.
Funeral Celebrants Association Australia Incorp.                        

Accredited Bridal Industry Associate, Australian Bridal Industry Academy
Finalist, ABIA Awards 2010, 2011, 2012                                                                                                                                                 

I support by regular donation:

Matthew Talbot Hostel   St Vincent de Paul Matthew Talbot Hostel
Wesley Mission, Sydney  Wesley Mission
Youth Off the Streets  Father Chris Riley's Youth Off the Streets
Unicef   Unicef Australia
Red Cross Australian Red Cross
World Wide Fund for Nature  World Wide Fund for Nature W.W.F.
Animals Australia Animals Australia
Rural Fire Service Rural Fire Service


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