In my life before I became a marriage celebrant, I was (am) a graphic designer. I have been blessed to lead a creative life, which I never took too seriously and enjoyed a lot.
I have had the good fortune and wonderful adventures of working with mad geniuses - and some people who were downright mad. I have slaved under impossible deadlines and seen beautiful ideas come to life. Along the way, I made some things I'm really proud of - especially friendships. Nothing is better or more satisfying than finding someone who 'gets' you. Not just because they bring out the best in you, but because they support you, too. Collaborations rock!
Which brings me to where I am now - marrying people. Cementing in place the greatest collaboration there can be: marriage. Oh, challenge and compromise and big battles, too - but at the core of two people working together successfully, there is joy.
Yesterday I met a beautiful couple in person for the first time - they live in Cairns and I live in Margaret River. Pretty much as far away from each other on mainland Australia as you can get. We've had a long and fruitful correspondence, but to see them in person, in each other's company was magic. I can't wait to see them married tomorrow. They're keen as mustard - not just for the party (it's going to be epic), but also for Every. Single. Day. after…
Their's is my first wedding of the 16/17 season. I've married over 200 couples and been at it for more than six years - but I still get a little bit nervous, because I want it to be super special.
So luckily for me I'll have the support of some of my best creative friends there, too. Besides all the love - it's the best bit about being a wedding professional in my little town. The photographers and videographers are my pals, they are uber talented, super nice babes and they don't publish photos of me with double chins. These folk are my family every other Saturday till May, and they help me stand tall and smile.
So here's to collaborations: creative amalgamations of love and energy and support, and being surrounded by babes!
Talented and wonderful, check them out: