Susan is a straight woman with a 45-year connection to the gay community. With the style and sophistication that comes from conducting over 1000 ceremonies in 25 years, she is delighted to have added many LGBTQI weddings to her experience.
Susan is author of the book, Love is in the Air
, which outlines everything you have to do to marry in Australia, and is a practical handbook of ceremony ideas and anecdotes. Susan’s joy is to capture the personal style of her couples in their wedding.
For years I have been offering commitment ceremonies to all couples, straight and gay, who want to make a public commitment to each other presided over by neither the law nor the church. In many ways such a commitment can be an even stronger mark of a union : it does not need a legal document or a religious sacrament to hold it together.
To publicly make a commitment to stand by another person with exclusive, enduring devotion is one of the highest expressions of integrity that characterises humankind.
Marriage is not the only domain within which such dedication can flourish and endure.
Commitment ceremonies provide an alternative to couples who wish to formalise their relationship and make public the union of heart and mind which connects them.
However, marriage has other implications and the argument now is that these implications and the opportunity to share in them be open to all. As well as its legal implications, it is the function of a marriage ceremony to give formal expression to this serious intent and to have it recognised and registered without compromise.