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Dearly beloved,


Many moons ago, I moved into a rural Japanese apartment, occupied over the years by foregoing expats and featuring cupboards upon cupboards of collected treasures.

On one particularly exploratory afternoon, I stumbled upon a beautifully preserved set of clergy robes that were promptly tried on for size. My sister, who unbeknownst to me, was very recently engaged, saw a photo and quizzed me on the possibility of officiating her wedding. I took on this challenge with feelings of excitement tinged with minor apprehension.


One year later, I married my sister. … wait… I married my sister to her husband.


The officiating of my sister’s wedding was deemed very pleasant to all those involved. So much, that in the months that followed, requests for my celebrant services began.

From my best mate since high school to a lovely elderly woman who'd picked me up during a hitchhike, the requests came in with enough flow and conviction that I decided to give the celebrant profession a serious go.

Four seasons later and I'm still loving every minute! I've hitched some of my best mates, dressed as a Jedi and even wedded Mr New Zealand. Every wedding and every couple have taught me something new..



I enjoy celebrating the love and sharing the story of any two people from any two backgrounds.

 "Happy Anchor" is a nickname bestowed upon me by a young Israeli family.that I once took scuba diving. The father informed me that  "Hogan Gill" directly translated into Hebrew means "Anchor Happiness". Thus, I was dubbed "The Happy Anchor"

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Wellington based but conducting ceremonies New Zealand wide