I wasn’t always going to be a Celebrant. In fact, when I was growing up and I used to sneak around the house when my father was preparing his Sunday sermon, it couldn’t have been further from my thoughts that I would one day be officiating at similar ceremonies myself. I spent the first forty odd years of my career being a nurse, still am a nurse!
|Anna Richards, CMC with Julie & Joe|
|Anna Richards, CMC with Helen & Pasquale|
I like to think of myself as the friendly Celebrant with a professional image who really cares about and listens to what my couples want. It is their day and it should be all about them. I give them a 20 page comprehensive Celebrant resource booklet which covers everything from the legalities to examples of vows, readings, music, writing your own vows and how to apply for an official marriage certificate.
I have learnt how to use the computer by the way, and my computer guru son is quite impressed how I now manage my own blog, website and various other forms of social media.I love performing marriages for couples from overseas and have helped many couples obtain their prospective spouse visas.
My most memorable ceremony was in a suburban backyard where the groom decided, after having first said the legal vows, to sing his own vows to his bride. I was a little apprehensive but she loved it and it was amazing how he kept it all together. We were all in stitches!
|Anna Richards, CMC with Annie & Ben|