Coming of Age

Coming of Age

In April 2016 I came of age as a marriage celebrant – yes! 21 years ago I received my authorization to change lives. What a serious charge, really… it isn’t one that should be trivialized even though my favourite part is still throwing on a frock and reading out...
The Gift of a Blessing

The Gift of a Blessing

So a wedding is not only the declaration of a union but the opportunity for the invited to have their say – to cast a bespoke or borrowed blessing on the newly- weds (coming as it should after the binding is made). The blessing is the finishing touch to the ceremony –...
Why Poetry?

Why Poetry?

The choice of a couple of poems – or readings – is essential to a wedding ceremony’s meaning. A poem can encapsulate feelings with a poignancy and elegance in a way that ordinary conversation cannot. Clumsy, wordy phrases are replaced by eloquence in a few lines with...