Steven Murray worked as a wedding photographer in our nation’s capital, Canberra, for 20 years before shifting his focus ever so slightly and becoming a celebrant. He says being a celebrant is one of the most rewarding experiences of his life. Playing such an important role in a couple’s life, surrounded by so much love is something he considers himself lucky to be able to do over and over again.
Couples are drawn to Steven’s relaxed, humorous style, so we wanted to get to know him a little better. Below he shares a few of his favourite things, what it’s like to be a wedding celebrant on the Sunshine Coast…
Tell us a secret, Steven!
You have a completely free day to hang out on the Sunshine Coast. Get out about! Where are you going, what are you doing and who are you with?
What makes you stand out from the crowd?
There must be a million celebrants on the Sunshine Coast, and that makes it a challenge for couples to choose who is best for them. My point of difference is that I have 20-plus years experience in the wedding industry, both as a wedding photographer and celebrant. So I have been on both sides of the fence, which has allowed me to gain valuable experience of all aspects of the wedding day. I have been involved in weddings of 2 people up to 600, from mountains to churches, beaches to lounge rooms and have seen just about everything that can happen on a wedding day, actually happen! (maybe I should write a book!). My style is very relaxed and easy going, with just the right amount of humour. The biggest point of difference is that I wear a bow tie!
What do your happy clients say about working with you?
My couples always comment on how easy I made the whole process and how much their guests enjoyed their ceremony. In fact the majority of my bookings come from referrals from past couples. It is a shame I can’t give those past couples a discount on their next wedding as a thank you for referring me! Not a good thing to offer!
How do you prepare for a wedding on the day?
Photo credits: The Beautiful Collective, T8 Photography, Creative Image Photography