I am a LGBTQI-friendly celebrant based in the northern suburbs of Perth.

My partner Rowan and I hand-fasted in 2007 with our family and friends as witnesses, and had our legal lesbian wedding with all of our parents, step parents, children and step-children in our back yard in May 2019 – after the Australian marriage law was changed to allow same sex marriages. More recently my partner came out to himself and the world as being a transgender man, and we are now proud to call ourselves queer couple.

(My partner would like to have a third wedding ceremony, but much as I love a good ceremony,  this time we will settle for getting dressed up and having a photoshoot for some new wedding photos once his medical transition is complete 😉)

I welcome enquiries from clients who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and queer – love is love and deserves to be treated equally and with respect.  You are entitled to a ceremony experience that respects your gender, sexual orientation and family constellation as no more or less important than your personal beliefs and values and cultural heritage.

I can help you and your family with a ceremony to:

  • celebrate your relationship (legally recognised or otherwise)
  • welcome a new family member
  • honour a significant birthday or anniversary
  • say farewell or honour the memory of a deceased loved one
  • or any other occasion that you wish to mark in a special way with ceremony

All my ceremonies are designed in close consultation with you, the client, to ensure that they are a comfortable fit with your own values and beliefs.

Marriage equality – Australian law finally changed!

Photo from our original handfasting ceremony in 2007

My partner and I had our original handfasting commitment ceremony at the Spring Equinox in September 2007 in our front garden at Hilton.

Eleven years later following the change to Australian law to enable two people of any gender to legally marry, we formally updated the status of our relationship, with another wedding…

Making it legal – with a colorful wedding ceremony that involved all of our parents/step parents and all of our children/stepchildren.

Baby with Two Mums gets a Naming Ceremony

This baby's two mums held a naming ceremony to welcome him into the family in their own way

This little boy is blessed to have two mums! For lesbian families, finding a celebrant who isn’t going to make you feel weird or uncomfortable about your family constellation is very important. I was very happy to be able to help these two celebrate the birth of their firstborn son, in a way that was meaningful to them. Diane and Fiona chose to appoint ‘Earth-Parents’ for their son (rather than Godparents) – a term they coined to fit their own worldview. Angus’s naming ceremony was a big social occasion for all the extended community of family and friends.

Gay wedding on Mullaloo Beach

Gay boys getting married on mullaloo beach
The happy couple – marrying on the sands of Mullaloo Beach

“Me and my partner always wanted a very intimate outdoor ceremony with close family and friends. Ishara’s experience, knowledge and recommendations helped us get there. She not only made suggestions on potential wedding locations, but also helped us with our wedding vows, making sure that those were align in tone and kept in secret until the moment we made our promises to each other on the ceremony. From the moment we messaged her first enquiring her assistance, through the time we first sat down with her till the end of our ceremony she showed dedication and professionalism. We could not have asked for a better celebrant and a more joyful ceremony.”

Attila nemeth