I offer an important preface to this profile: I strongly believe that a ceremony is never “about the celebrant”. A wedding is always about the two people being married. A celebrant simply facilitates but does not dominate a ceremony. That said, a celebrant must garner trust and confidence in their ability to undertake this important role. It is in this context that I offer the following background information. I am also happy to provide a free, no-obligation face-to-face chat.

Wedding celebrancy, with passion

I would like to think that I offer a wealth of knowledge, life experience, and personal skills to underpin my vocation as a professional Civil Celebrant. Yet beyond all the qualifications and experience, I think the one major factor is a true passion for celebrancy and the people it involves.

My customer service ethic was well-honed during 14 years of ownership and management of the renowned Shizuka Ryokan, the Japanese country spa & wellness retreat in Hepburn Springs. With my wonderful wife Margie, I built this unique hospitality business into a multiple award-winning tourism icon attracting intense media interest, including the broadcast of various profiles on Japanese television.

Most rewarding however were the occasions when I assisted guests to celebrate special occasions, whether anniversaries, birthdays, or even proposals. For instance, I often collaborated to create an ideal romantic environment by laying out rose petals spelling out the marriage proposal on the guest’s bedding. Such experience exercised and further enhanced my sensitivity, patience, and interpersonal skills.

Arranging special events, whether professionally or even for my own wedding, have all served to finely attune my eye-for-detail and creativity. Appearances on radio and television (including singing on Japan’s equivalent to “Countdown”!) and ongoing professional development have all served to amplify my communication and presentation abilities.

Doing it right, every time

A lifetime of experience, whether in living overseas, undertaking experiential leadership programs, engaging in the corporate world, or experiencing a tree-change, has contributed immeasurably to my presence and authority as a Civil Celebrant.

I know my material, having completed significantly more training than the government’s strict legal requirements dictate. First in my class to graduate from my Marriage Celebrancy course, I have also pursued additional qualifications in the conduct of other life celebrations. I was successful in fulfilling the stringent requirements of the federal Attorney-General’s department to become a Commonwealth-registered Marriage Celebrant.

From vow to wow!

Not one to rest on my laurels, I continue my ongoing personal and professional development through active participation in associations such as Australian Marriage Celebrants Inc.

In doing so, I happily abide by the various Codes of Conduct dictated by such bodies in addition to following my own ethical and moral compass, which happens to include strong support for marriage equality.