A few years ago, I moved to rural Japan to work as an English teacher. My apartment had been occupied over the years by foregoing teachers and had cupboards upon cupboards of collected treasures.
On one particularly exploratory afternoon, I came across a beautifully preserved set of clergy robes which I 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 a lovely elderly woman that picked me up during a hitchhike, to my best mate since high school, the requests came in with enough flow and conviction that I decided to give the celebrant profession a serious go.
I'm now 35 weddings wiser, and I've developed an excellent understanding of what makes an amazing ceremony.
With experience in scuba diving instructing, school teaching, pub crawl hosting and even life modelling, I am entirely content in front of a crowd. I have been described as a “unique individual” and it is entirely up to you how much of this uniqueness is presented during your ceremony.
I enjoy celebrating the love and sharing the story of any two people from any two backgrounds.
The name "happy anchor" is a nickname I received from an Israeli family. I was taking a father and his two children diving one day and he informed me that "Hogan Gill" directly translated into Hebrew means "Anchor Happiness". Thus, he dubbed me "The Happy Anchor"