Julia Polkinghorne is a civil celebrant based in Western Australia.
Julia began her career as a lawyer, after completing a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Western Australia. Julia enjoyed working with families and helping those people who needed it the most, so found her niche specialising in Family Law.
After the birth of her son in 2010, Julia decided to resign from legal practice for a more family friendly career. After some time at home as a stay at home mum, Julia decided it was time to move on to the next adventure. Following her passion for helping people, and her love of celebrating the special things in life, a suggestion from her sister-in-law compounded into a new career as a civil celebrant.
Upon completing her Certificate IV in Celebrancy, Julia quickly realised that while she loved weddings, she wanted to be a unique type of celebrant, not your traditional. Julia’s focus is always on what she is able to do to make each wedding ceremony personal to each couple. In addition to this, Julia felt compelled to complete a course in Life Celebrations, giving her the skills to not only perform marriages, but also commitment ceremonies, renewal of vows and baby naming ceremonies.
Julia was also involved in the campaign to legalise same sex marriages as an avid supporter of marriage equality in Australia. Though she celebrates the success of that campaign, Julia acknowledges that there is still a long way to go before all couples in love are equally celebrated. Through her membership with the Australian Federation of Civil Celebrants Julia is an active member of the community and takes pride in advocating for her couples so their love can shine.
Julia lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband of 11 years and her two sons, aged 8yrs and 4yrs.