For couples who seek a relaxed, meaningful and handcrafted wedding ceremony
Your ceremony lies at the heart of your wedding - it infuses the entire day with meaning and acts as an anchor for one of life’s most significant moments.
I see life as a series of ceremonies - some take the form of simple daily rituals, and others happen rarely and are reserved for the biggest moments. Ceremony and ritual allow us to express ourselves as human beings - we have been doing so since time immemorial and though we’ve drifted away from regular ritual in our modern lives, we still recognise the power of ceremony for major milestones.
As a celebrant, I am completely captivated by this power and love showing my couples how truly meaningful their ceremony can be. I also love knowing that my approach makes them feel both immediately at ease and excited to see a vision of their wedding come together. I am so fortunate to work with couples who are totally aligned with my values - they are always seeking ceremonies that are an authentic, true expressions of who they are and the love they share.
I’m often asked to style ceremonies - creating beautiful backdrops is one of my other great passions. I work with natural materials and eco-ethical suppliers to create whimsical and bespoke surroundings worthy of such a profound moment.
By nature, I am free spirited, relaxed and down to earth. The natural and the botanical worlds inspire me endlessly and I believe that connection to the rhythms of Mother Nature are the key to true wellbeing. I’m a nomad at heart, so am all in for destination or adventure weddings (I’m an official celebrant in the States as well)! If you want to marry your soulmate on top of a mountain, I’ll hike up there with you. I’m equally happy on a sandy beach, under the canopy of trees or anywhere else in the great outdoors.
While my American roots run deep, my heart has always belonged in Australia and the Byron Shire is where my soul calls home. I’m a lawyer by training, but have an artist’s heart. My English degree comes in rather handy when handcrafting ceremonies and I feel that the power of language can transform lives. Ceremona was born out of a yearning for creative expression, connection with likeminded souls and the incredible experience my husband and I had planning our own ceremony with our celebrant (who is now a mentor and dear friend) over a decade ago.
Crafting and conducting ceremonies is the honour of a lifetime - it brings so much joy to be of service in this way. In addition to weddings, I love creating baby naming, blessing way, funeral, bridal blessing, coming of age and vow renewal ceremonies. Incorporating ritual throughout the phases of life can be incredibly healing - all thresholds crossed deserve to be honoured.
Please be in touch if Ceremona resonates with you!
“From the day we met Ann, it was love at first sight, or ‘celebrant at first sight’. She got to know us, and we got to know her, everything resonated, and we knew we were in safe hands. Her attention to detail, her aura, we will never forget all the ways in which she made the ceremony so personal to us. Ann’s aura is love, and love is love is love...
...Ann was flawless! We felt so comfortable with Ann, and she helped us shape our ceremony into a moment even more incredible than we could have ever imagined. Even the journey of creating our ceremony will be something we remember forever.
It was effortless. Everything with Ann felt so organic and natural. Ann got to know us as the people we are now, but also learnt about who we were. Our histories, our families, what we stood for as individuals and as a couple. She helped us shape the ceremony in a way that was so personal to us, yet inclusive to our guests. Ann’s magic is unifying people, and there was never a moment of doubt that we would have the most epic ceremony. We still have people raving about our ceremony and how it was the best they’ve witnessed. With all the details, the personal touches, the surprise section, our day was absolutely magical.”