Born and bred in Melbourne, I live with my partner, artist Jessie Deane, and our two pooches, Gordie and Biddy, in Yarraville in Melbourne’s west.
I see myself as a deep thinker who holds a heartfelt commitment to the value of long-term, loving relationships, whether they be between same-sex partners, a man and a woman, within families or amongst friends. On a personal level, I feel very strongly about doing the work it takes to maintain and grow those relationships. Furthermore, I passionately believe that ceremonies have their own, very significant role to play in keeping relationships strong and full of life.
I have worked in various fields, most recently as the manager of an inner-city bookstore. I have also put my hand to making radio features for the ABC, teaching English overseas, running a small importing business, working in retail, running a nightclub, as well as doing my fair share of hospitality.
I have an Honors Degree in History from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma in Media Studies from La Trobe and a Certificate IV in Sound Production from RMIT University. I have also completed the Certificate IV in Celebrancy from Victoria University. I am also a member of ICCA, The International College of Celebrancy, based here in Victoria.
I have travelled extensively in Europe, the USA, India, the South Pacific and Asia. However I hold a special place in my heart for Brazil, where I lived for a number of months, gaining some fluency in Portuguese in the process. I also have some skills in French and Spanish.
I became a celebrant because I felt I could use my personability, work experience, ethics, spiritual beliefs and life experience to help people create genuinely beautiful and meaningful ceremonies to mark the milestones in their lives. I love my job most when those amazing moments of deep and authentic human connection are able to shine through during a ceremony – that is what I am always working towards.
Member of ICCA, The International College of Celebrancy.