Julie's Magic Carpet Ride
Goodbye 2017 and all the wonderful couples I have had the honour of being their Celebrant. It was a big year both personally and for the wedding industry. Australia said yes to same sex marriage AND I am so pleased that everyone can celebrate their love.
Change to the Monitum (which is what is a legal component, by which I will say :
I, Julie Ferguson, a Civil Celebrant, am duly authorised by law to solemnise marriages according to law. Before you ........... and ........ are joined in marriage in my presence and in the presence of these witnesses, I am to remind you of the solemn and binding nature of the relationship into which you are now about to enter. Marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union of two people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.
I am really looking forward to my first same sex wedding in September - which of course means, no different to my usual flair and care, just that it will be my first.
On a personal note I was happy to officiate at the marriage of my Niece Erin and Danny - just a small home affair with their nearest and dearest, plus Rocco, their Staffy as Ring-bearer. He did an outstanding job...... better than some human attendants. Unfortunately Erin's Dad John, was not able to be present, but it was great to hear his special message recorded by one of the ECU Nurses at Royal Northshore - it is a loving legacy for all time now.
..... and so I returned to the family home 10 days later for a wonderful Celebration of Life for John Beverley, with family, friends and neighbours all gathered at his home in Frenchs Forest and forming a Guard Of Honour, to say farewell and honour his legacy. Thank you Picaluna for enabling this very special funeral.
I am now back at my desk and resuming my Celebrant duties. I am expecting it to be a mixed bag and I am looking forward to another great year of weddings, funerals and special milestones in my life.... such as 40 years of marriage!
Thank you for being part of my journey and stay tuned for my next blog.