Rosemary Johnson – Wedding Celebrant
As a romantic at heart, I love everything to do with weddings, but most of all I love the ceremony. It is a magical moment when a couple, oblivious to their ‘audience’, declares their love for each other.
I have attended ceremonies where the vows are brief, others with comedic vows, and others still where the vows were quite poetic. The thing all of these ceremonies had in common was the obvious meaning behind the words, which were particularly relevant for each marrying couple.
I believe that a ceremony is about ‘celebrating your love’. Whether your ceremony is in an intimate setting or in front of a large gathering, it is an open expression of your love for each other in a way that is personal to you.
Every couple’s ‘love story’ is unique and being a celebrant allows me to conduct ceremonies that truly reflect each couple’s distinctive style. I like to work closely with couples, allowing them to express themselves in their own way, which enables us to produce a ceremony that is reflective of all the special qualities of their relationship.
Love is not discriminatory and for this reason I believe that all people, regardless of their gender, should be able to commit to a loving relationship that is recognised by law as a marriage. I support Marriage Equality.
My background in management and client service has provided me with skills that are very relevant to my role as a celebrant, with planning and organising being important attributes, along with an ability to listen to and understand my clients’ needs.
I am a registered Civil Marriage Celebrant (since 2009) and a member of the Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants. I take my responsibilities as a celebrant seriously and as such complete annual ongoing professional development activities and ensure I keep up to date with the requirements of the Attorney-General’s Department.