It's a simple story. 10 years ago I came back from a family member's wedding frustrated that I hadn't heard a single word of the ceremony. The sweet little old lady leading the wedding, seemed to be in it more for something interesting to do in her retirement, rather than a role she had a natural aptitude for. She often looked a bit lost and flustured as her big plastic folder flapped in the wind...
I returned home and relayed the disappointing experience to my good friend Jessica, who then asked me, "Is it something you would do one day?"... "Yes" I considered "Maybe when I'm old and wise".
A few months later, Jessica was proposed to by her long time partner.
She then proposed to me - that I apply to become a celebrant immediately so I could marry them in six months. I investigated and found that once approved I would then be the youngest celebrant in the city by 14 years!
With my 4 years of professional vocal training (at Toi Whakaari), my talent for creative writing and my love of love, it was indeed a good fit.
Surprisingly, once Jessica shared on her FaceBook that I was to be her celebrant, multiple friends-of-friends and acquaintances came out of the woodwork seeking my services. Before I knew it I'd done four weddings already in the lead up to Jessica's big day.
10 years later, I have performed over 600 weddings and consider myself a seasoned professional but with a relaxed, friendly approach.
You'll no doubt notice amongst the photo album that along with my hair changing over the years, I've also had the wonderful experience of officiating weddings while pregnant. I was quite happy to have a good excuse to buy more celebrant dresses!
My son Sterling was born in May 2018 and I love being his Mum.
I began my adult life as a professional actor and am still working in the film industry as a Casting Director for NZ film and TV.
You can check out that other side of me at www.yrcasting.nz