Throughout my years of being a wedding photographer, Nettie was one of the most frequent celebrants I'd see performing weddings, from Geelong to the Bellarine Peninsula and the Otway regions, she'd pop up everywhere (lots of smart couples!)! We became friends on facebook and when I decided to get back into the business she was one of the first people I turned to as I value and respect her work so much. Her ceremonies are absolutely beautiful; every one tailored individually, and you really get to see that she adores and cherishes every couple she comes into contact with.
I'm also very happy to announce that Nettie and I and along with Forrest guesthouse are offering elopement packages for special couples, so get in fast and have an awesome, run-away wedding with everything looked after for you!
1. Tell me a bit about yourself.
Well it’s a bit challenging speaking about myself…I’m usually talking on behalf of other people! I live with my partner, Fran, on twenty acres near Forrest and just love being in the bush. We have a lot of wildlife visiting us daily: wallabies, kangaroos, echidnas, snakes and lots and lots of different bird species. I especially love the yellow tailed black cockatoos.
2. How would you describe what you offer? What’s special about you that makes you unique in this field?
I thinking one of the unique things I offer couples is the ability to work collaboratively and creatively to design a ceremony that expresses them. I have the confidence after a decade of weddings to be able to say anything goes and I’ll make sure it’s ‘legal’. Some couples know exactly what they want. Others don’t know where to start. I can tailor my approach to suit everyone.
3. How did you get started in being a celebrant?
Strangely enough it was through organising and speaking at my father’s funeral twenty years ago. So many people afterwards said what a beautiful, heartfelt ceremony and that I should consider doing it for a living. I started my training at Monash University and they suggested I try for registration as a marriage celebrant and my business just grew from there.
4. What do you love most about being a celebrant?
People. So many different and wonderful people have crossed my path during my time as a celebrant. I know it is a cliché but it truly is a privilege to be part of people’s lives at those milestone moments, even though our connection may be brief, it often feels very profound. I get a lot of satisfaction from happy clients.
5. What advice would you give potential couples when looking for a celebrant?
Interview a few to make sure you find the person who is right for you. If you haven’t seen the celebrant in action yourself, or had them referred by someone you trust, you can ask for references. Never think ‘oh it doesn’t matter, anyone will do’ because when the day is over it is so important that you can look back to the moment you exchanged those important vows and remember a beautiful, personalised ceremony.
6. If you weren’t a celebrant what would you be?
Well I am lots of things already! My ‘day’ job is as a trainer in community services work and I develop and deliver professional development for celebrants Australia wide on behalf of Gordon TAFE. I am also editor of Otway Life Magazine , which is a fantastic experience. And I like to paint, draw and sculpt. Time in my studio space is very re-energising. I love camping and fishing and planning our next travel adventure to Canada…
7. Where can we find you?
https://bluecharminn.wordpress.com (travel blog)