Creative writing is my love ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Creative writing is my love***.

I’ve been a checkout operator, teacher, trainer, kitchen hand, tour guide, hotel housekeeper, waitress, deli hand, editor, researcher, gardener and owner-builder; all the while holding my passion for writing alight.

I love to play with words; I love the nuances of language; creative writing is my passion.

(Though I’m quite shy, I’m also warm, honest and helpful. I pay attention to detail, and I’m one of the lucky people who’s comfortable with public speaking.)

So, along came a role in which I can indulge my passion for, and use and share, my greatest skill – writing; and share these other skills to support and guide you through some of the most significant of life’s experiences.

WOW. Celebrating your love…and mine – serendipity!

***I also love love love my wonderful husband Fred, and Max, our Lab; I love celebrating – laughing, dancing, eating, singing – with my family and friends; time out at the beach, in the bush and the desert; drawing, reading and travelling!

And…food, everything about food! Growing, sharing, cooking, experimenting, discussing, eating…repeat.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥  


R. . . rituals..rites..rings

Rituals: what are they, why include them?

There are many rituals (often referred to as ceremonies or rites) within marriage and commitment ceremonies: some are religious, some cultural traditions, others’ origins aren’t known.

The exchange of rings is a common ritual – the ring symbolises endless love: it has no beginning, it has no end…and it’s a physical illustration of your commitment.  (There’s no requirement for wedding rings, it’s a personal choice for each of you.)

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Another very common ritual in Australia is  the ‘giving away’ / presentation of the bride (and groom) .

Including a ritual with special meaning for you in your ceremony will add quality, depth and distinction: it’s an opportunity to reflect  and illustrate your personalities; to demonstrate and reinforce your values and beliefs – about marriage, union, family, culture and heritage….and love.

This is a means to include, actively involve, honour, or symbolically join your families and guests in your ceremony.  

Rituals may be performed by, and include anyone you choose.

I’ll give you a range of ideas, and refer you to others if you wish…


Hi Lib

The naming ceremony you put together for Brodie was such a beautiful and special day for (us) all – it meant so much to us to have chosen you to share the experience with us. You’re an amazing celebrant… You had some amazing ideas; all the hard work you put in, and all the behind the scenes work you did definitely showed in the presentation.

Thank you so much again. I highly recommend you to others if they’re looking for a great, and easy going celebrant.

Ammie 10/3/16

it’s time

my old and dear (and very talented artist) friend Pete,

and many many many thousands of others in Australia

MUST be given the freedom to choose…

it’s time!



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Equality in the right to marry is the only way. 

One of the reasons I became a celebrant is that it’s a role where I can continue to help others, and in regard to marriage ceremonies, I work with them and am privileged to share in and help at a happy time.

As a celebrant I’m privileged to share in couples’ celebrations of love when they formally, legally commit to each other in marriage: as they share their love, and joy with their families, friends and communities.

However, so many couples in Australia are denied this opportunity; they do not have this right, as marriage equality doesn’t exist here. The reality is that couples in same-sex relationships are not treated with the same dignity as other Australians.

I believe that equal rights and liberties are essential for a healthy, fair society.

I believe that everybody must be given what should be the basic right to choose to marry – or not.

Equality in the right to marry is the only way. 

Laugh LAUGH laugh


Just look at at the word ‘laugh’ long enough you see it’s a really weird word … think about that! … are you smiling? (What has that to do with marriage and weddings, and me, who wants to be your celebrant?  hmmmm…?)

L is for love, and like; both essential ingredients in the healthy relationship recipe. 

But in my book laughter is the magic L word.


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When I met my now husband Fred it was NOT his fashion sense that attracted me (though the total surprises this brings have many many a time made me laugh).

He made me laugh. He made others laugh. Still does.

Lucky woman I am.


the BGs, Fred and Casey … how much they’ve grown!

talking about quality, animals, celebrants and diamonds

Lately I’ve been reading in wedding forums about celebrants’ fees, in particular that some celebrants are blatantly undercutting others in order to get the business.

It seems all very dog-eat-dog…  And considering how much is spent on some weddings, and the amount of work a professional celebrant does in creating a high quality ceremony, even the most expensive is very good value!

I’ve just been doing some research and I came across celebrant guru Dally Messenger’s 

“What is a fair fee? Do you want a 1 or a 5 Diamond Celebrant?”                                           

It makes a lot of sense – worth a look: 

professional celebrant who makes you feel like her only clientAs a bride said to me recently:                                            

“you pay peanuts, you get …….”  

Well, you know the rest!

your unique* [yoo-neek] dream package keepsake

my ‘dream’ wedding ceremony package (i.e. your dream wedding ceremony) is for couples who want a personalised ceremony, an all-inclusive comprehensive, premium level of service: resources, ideas, professionally written ceremony, end-to-end support –

plus your choice of one of:

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your own story or your vows – bespoke timeless unique framed keepsake

  • a framed handwritten keepsake of ‘your story’, or
  • your vows – framed handwritten keepsake, or
  • a hard-bound book of your ceremony (using photos provided by you); or if you prefer,
  • ‘your story’ published on my website.

shoes go out of fashion, limo rides fade from memory, but promises are forever… 

*UNIQUE   –  [yoo-neek]  –  adjective

1. existing as the only one or as the sole example; single; solitary in type or characteristics
2. having no like or equal; unparalleled; incomparable