The celebration of 20 years of A Ceremony by Design in July 2015 was a delightful milestone for me! All weddings are special but now I am reflecting on my first couples and looking forward to working with you on your wedding and contributing to it the wealth of knowledge and approaches that I have gathered over the years.
There have been many changes in law and in the marriage celebrant program and indeed in the profile of the celebrant profession. However, one thing remains unaltered: the commitment of two people to each other in love and respect. As we stand at the threshold of changes in marriage equality, I am convinced of the truth in the words I first wrote about the opportunity of marriage “… married life is a shared life, which, generous and sincere, allows a richer future of burdens shared and increased joy… where forgiveness and open communication play a part, marriage will stand up to all the stresses inevitable in life: it is an enduring bond – it does not change under pressure. It is constant and true and knows no measures or conditions.”
As your celebrant it is my role to give you as much choice in the wording of your ceremony as possible so that the tone and style you envisage for your day is honoured; it is also my role to ensure that everything is said and heard and registered according to law.
The vows you make to each other are the foundation of your wedding day, the foundation of your lives together – and it would be my privilege to be witness to them.