As I get older (eek!) I realise I have become quite the feminist. For me it is the fight for equality, for all. It means recognising the privileges I enjoy and fighting discrimination in all of its forms - even if its not happening to me. Discrimination isn’t just based on gender, but also abilities, skin colour and sometimes the person you love.
On December 9th, 2017 in Australia the laws changed regarding same sex marriage. The Marriage Act now states that marriage in a union between two people. The first time I was able to say that, was a surprisingly emotional moment. The congregation I was addressing burst out in applause and cheers, and the couple I was marrying, (hi Liz and Tony), were delighted. I got a little choked up, there was something in my eye - it was a monumental occasion.
There was talk of a flood of new marriages, of everyone in the wedding industry getting rich off the fat stacks coming our way from all the newly engaged couples rushing to the altar. But I knew it wasn’t going to be that way. Everyone wants their special day to be amazing - and whether you suddenly decide to elope or spend a good 2 years (or a lifetime) planning, marriage isn’t something to be taken lightly, just because you can.
By the time March rolled around and I was finally able to officiate for Lauren and Stacey, things had settled a little bit. I was excited, they were nervous, their guests were full of joy and their wedding planner and close friend, Brooke, was stressed out! It was freezing, threatening rain. The venue looked amazing, Lauren and Stacey were looking stunning and Stacey was rocking some serious shoe bling. Shannon Stent Images took some beautiful pictures (like this moment of pure joy right here) of a very happy couple, and they got hitched.
It was pretty much just another day at the office for me - except that my office is so fancy and I get to wear my best frock and I have the most amazing job with the very best feels in the world - nothing (but of course everything) to see here! No more debates or arguments, and no more labels. You see, now that we have marriage equality, these two lovers have a marriage. It’s as unremarkable and as wonderful as that.
So… here’s to tying the knot! And may your marriage be as epic as your wedding day.