The Greatest (Gay) Showman
Sorry Hugh jackman, make way for Married By Andy
Head: Damien Woolnough
2th July 2018
Celebrant Andy Rohner sees every wedding as a show, where he happily takes a supporting role while the grooms are the stars.
"My passion is weddings and meeting people and talking about their big day," says Rohner, founder of Married By Andy. "I’ve got a performing arts background from when I was younger and did loads of work back in Germany.
"You need to know how to guide an audience."
Fiancees Adriano Rabelo and Andy Rohner.
When not witnessing kisses the Sydney-based Rohner works as an IT consultant, but working with couples is what makes his Hollywood smile spring to life. An extra sparkle is present when talking about same sex ceremonies.
"Since I’m getting married myself I understand all of the stresses," he says.
Rohner will marry his fiancée Adriano Rabelo later this year in the Hunter Valley.
"There is really no difference to marrying a man and a woman, except that I can relate to what they’re about to experience."
One major difference that Rohner has encountered is gay male couples who have waited for most of their lives for the legal and social acknowledgement of their relationship.
"One gay couple had been together for 35-40 years," Rohner says. "Most ceremonies are about looking to the future but this became about telling the story of the past." Things will be slightly different for two 25-year-old men with a wedding coming up.
Rohner likes to meet with the couple, in person or on Skype, weeks before the wedding to help finalise the ceremony. Two weeks before the big day he likes to work on the details and put the couple at ease. "Most of the time they want to know that there will be no crazy jokes."
Crazy is something Rohner is used to, having officiated at a Viking-themed wedding where he donned a faux fur coat for his duties.
"I did a lot of research into Viking traditions and hand-fastening but I think the couple were more into the television series Vikings…"
At another ceremony the wedding party jumped into the pool to cool off after a hot day in Coffs Harbour but at all the celebrations Rohner brings love to the proceedings.
"My favourite part is the couple’s story," Rohner says. “It’s dissecting why they are there. Then the vows… so many beautiful vows.
"I’m quite excited by my own wedding and writing up my own vows. I will struggle to say it all in a couple of sentences."