And I’m a Melbourne-based marriage celebrant.
If you’re wondering, Koren rhymes with Lauren, although I’ll answer to most things. I once worked with a man who called me ‘Core-in’ for two years.
Other things to know about me?
I love languages, speaking German fluently and a smattering of Indonesian and Swedish. I can also ask ‘where is the bread?’ in 13 languages (carbs are very important to me).
I don’t have an AFL team (sacrilege in Melbourne, I know), follow Bayern München in the Bundesliga and met my husband at a Bledisloe Cup game.
I prefer baking to cooking, red wine to white (pinot noir, please), drink my coffee black and always look at the dessert menu first.
I harbour a dream that in another life, I could have been a professional ballet dancer (six foot tall ballerinas are a thing, right?).
I believe there is no such thing as too many candles or books.
My favourite tv show of all time is The West Wing and if they ever made a movie of my life, I’d want to be played by Allison Janney. (LOVE her. And she’s tall!).
You will always find a Leonard Cohen song in my playlists, along with some tunes from the Spice Girls, Johnny Cash, Burt Bacharach, Nick Cave, various musicals and David Bowie. Possibly also some Sir Mix-A-Lot - I’m not ashamed to say I know every word to Baby Got Back.
I became a celebrant at the end of 2010, inspired by my lifelong love of weddings, writing and love stories.
I remember being so excited when I conducted my first wedding, coming home to dance around the kitchen with joy, much to the amusement of my husband. It’s something I still do now, even after celebrating hundreds of weddings.
I can’t help it.
There is something so magical and life-affirming about being invited into a couple’s life, trusted with their story and then witnessing them promise to choose each other, always.
It’s a pleasure and privilege I don’t take lightly.
Put simply, I have the best job in the world.
I’d love to help you celebrate your love for each other in a way that feels right for you.
If you think I might be able to do that, let’s meet for a drink.
Banner image by Ben Swinnerton Photography