I love conducting weddings for people. I love the process of getting to know a couple and seeing what makes them distinct from all other couples I’ve ever met. Every pair is different and it’s my job to discover what makes you unique.
I came to celebrancy quite naturally, after a long career of teaching music at an alternative school. In that time, I was in charge of redesigning the school’s seasonal festivals to be inclusive of all our students, yet still pay homage to traditional roots.
I come from a long line of musicians. I am a trained pianist, voice teacher and actor, and have worked as an opera singer for the past 25 years, having sung both as a soloist and a chorus member with the Canadian Opera Company. I conduct three children’s choirs and studied music and theatre at the Banff Centre.
I have two sons. Max, 25, plays the fiddle, and Frank, 21, plays the banjo. I have been married for 32 years to my best friend, Neal, who plays the double bass. Yes, I’ve continued the tradition of music in my family.
I am also trained as a creative writer and am currently working on my Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. Skilled writing is imperative in creating a ceremony that is uniquely yours, letting your story shine through.
As a result of a life of music, performance and writing, I have a deep understanding of what makes a production of any kind successful. Ceremonies are, after all, theatrical events, with staging, costume, text and choreography – all designed to come together in a way so that you don’t notice them, just the couple getting married.
Let me show you what’s possible.