Adele stole her moment
Carissa Walford is robbed of her celebrant solo
Words: Damien Woolnough
24th May 2018
Carissa Walford, Isabel Lucas and Isabella Manfredi front row at Lee Mathews show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.
"Basically she stole my idea," Walford says. "I became a celebrant so that I could marry my gay friends. Naturally I was concerned with what I would wear and my boyfriend came up with the whole priest vibe and then what does Adele go and do?"
Walford is referring to Adele's decision to officiate at her friend comedian Alan Carr's wedding to his partner of 10 years Paul Drayton wearing religious-inspired garb.
"Seeing as the cats out the bag," Adele shared on Instagram, "I married two of my best friends in January. You know me any excuse to dress up." The award-winning singer tagged Carr in the post and added the hashtag #LoveisLove.
Now Walford will have to wait to put her newly acquired skills as a celebrant to use. At the beginning of 2017 the graduate of the Australian College of Entertainment, where fellow alumni include Delta Goodrem and Bec Cartwright, felt the urge to explore the Marriage Act.
I had been asked to officiate at gay friends weddings – or ceremonies – before it was legalised
Carissa Walford in macgraw at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.
"I had been asked to officiate at gay friends weddings – or ceremonies – before it was legalised and that’s what got me interested. I thought it would be amazing to be legally able to marry my gay friends so I wanted to be ready."
The lengthy course was an eye-opening experience for the experienced presenter on Channel V, Nine Network and Fashion TV.
"There were different people from all backgrounds gathering together for eight months and it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life," she says.
"I was never the girl who dreamt of getting married but by the end of it I understood the importance of the commitment and why it was so important for my gay friends to be able to get married."
I was never the girl who dreamt of getting married but by the end of it I understood the importance of the commitment.
Carissa Walford with Chris Hemsworth. Image: Instagram/@carissawalford
Walford says that because of nerves she would like to start with a close couple but perhaps she could relax by meeting the couple in bed, where she currently conducts a series of interviews for her website.
So which gay men would Walford be happy to share her bed with?
"Ian Thorpe would be great but it’s hard to go past having Ricky Martin in your bed," she says. "I’d have a great laugh in bed with Joel Creasey and Tim Dorner from Big Brother who is such an amazing man."
That’s our kind of crowd.