About Jennifer, Your Celebrant

 
On your marriage certificate and other legal papers I need to use my formal name, but feel free to call me Jenny.
I'm sure you don't want to read a long and boring  "look at me", so here are the basic facts:
  • Full-time professional celebrant ( I have no competing obligations)
  • Female
  • Definitely not stuffy or pompous. Getting married is serious business, and there will be moments of solemnity in everyWarm and Wonderful Wedding,but you and your witnesses and guests will also enjoy the experience (that's the Warm and Wonderful bit).
  • Experienced - I was authorised in 2006 and have officiated more than 800 legal weddings since then.
  • Mature (which means that I have lots of life experience in addition to a great deal of experience in creating and leading weddings large and small so can you can rely on me to diplomatically and sensitively handle any situation that arises)
  • Knowledgeable about the Marriage Act and other relevant legislation (which means that I know what must be done, why it must be done, and how it must be done, and I understand and care about what the consequences for you will be of not doing it). As a result I will never give you advice that causes you to go to unnecessary trouble or expense. Where your circumstances are not straightforward I can provide you with advice and a way forward to ensure that your marriage is legal .
  • Relaxed about spontaneity in your ceremony, so you are free to be yourselves
  • Creative problem solver who concentrates on giving exceptional value for money, great service, and a joyous and meaningful ceremonial experience for you and for your guests.Not that your wedding is a problem, but if we address any need or idea as a  problem to be solved then there's no risk of dismissing it as too hard, too way out, or too much trouble.
  • Culturally versatile. I've lived in a number of countries, including developing countries, and have performed weddings honouring and including a wide range of cultures.
  • Experienced in working with interpreters
  • Efficient (which allows me to be respectful of your time, too)
  • Qualified. Since 2004, all  Civil Marriage Celebrants appointed in Australia have to undergo training before appointment and regularly thereafter.  In addition to the minimum requirement I hold:
    • Advanced Diploma in Marriage Celebrancy (with High Distinction)
    • Advanced Diploma in General Celebrancy (with High Distinction)
    • Advanced Diploma in Funeral Celebrancy (with High Distinction)
    • Certificate IV in Marriage Celebrancy
  • Accredited by the Australian Bridal Industry Academy
  • A solid track record, but don't just take my word for it. In 2013 I was voted Queensland's top Marriage Celebrant and have been a finalist every year since 2009, 3rd place in 2018, and in the top 25 celebrants in Australia since 2011

Who I Work For

 
I strongly affirm the dignity of each human being, support the  maximisation of individual liberty and opportunity consonant with both social and environmental responsibility, and endorse democracy, education, equality, justice, tolerance, reason and environmental responsibility.  I am non-judgmental. I welcome all couples with open arms, and therefore I provide ceremonies for everyone regardless of culture, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or the time of day or type of setting in which the ceremony is being held (with a few exceptions relating to legality or safety). 

Where I am

 
I am based in the western suburbs of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and conduct ceremonies throughout Brisbane, Ipswich, Redlands, Redcliffe, Logan, Pine Rivers and surrounding areas.