Born and bred in Melbourne, I live with my partner, the rather brilliant needlepoint artist Jessie Deane, in Yarraville in Melbourne’s west. We also share our lives with our two pretty adorable dogs, Gordie and Biddy.
I consider myself 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 including as a bookseller for many years. I have been lucky enough to be on staff at the legendary Sun Bookshop in the heart of Yarraville for many years. As well as that I am currently working with the wonderful history consultancy Way Back When. 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 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. Currently I am (slowly!) progressing my way through a Masters of Cultural Heritage at Deakin University.
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 pronunciation of 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.
I would love the opportunity to work with you in the exhilarating process of creating exactly what you want for your special day, so call me on 0407 058 006.
Member of ICCA, The International College of Celebrancy.