A bit about Karen…

I’m what you might call an ‘accidental’ marriage celebrant. I became a celebrant quite by accident, and I’m so glad that I did. I love it! In 2014, my stepdaughter became engaged, and it was her fiancé’s idea to ask me to officiate their wedding. Initially, I was shocked when they asked me; but after meeting several celebrants, they hadn’t found someone who was was well-presented, super-confident in front of groups, had a great personality, and who would write a ceremony EXACTLY to suit them. So with the support of Clare and Nik, I set off on my journey to become a Civil Marriage Celebrant.

I’ve had a few different careers including an Army Officer, Managing Editor for a national art magazine; and now I’m an executive in the Australian Public Service. I’ve taught public speaking and love writing and researching, so feel confident that I can write and deliver your wedding ceremony that is memorable, for all the right reasons.

Originally from Adelaide, I have made Canberra my home, and I will celebrate 25 years of marriage to my trusty roadie in 2020. I love to get dressed up, travel, read books and listen to Bruce Springsteen.

Oh, Wonder Woman is my superhero alter ego.

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