Local Bloke… Trent Baldock from Bondi
Bondi’s Trent Baldock is a marriage celebrant who runs his own local celebrancy, Trent The Celebrant. Trent shares his local favourites with The Beast…
How long have you lived here? It’ll be 32 years this year – my whole life. I’m the third generation of my family living in the beautiful Scum Valley.
Why do you live here? Because when I walk the streets I still see the beauty of what this place was, not what it has become now.
What’s your favourite beach? Hahaha, I’m going to have to say Bondi.
What’s your favourite eatery? I’m a simple man who enjoys a chicken schnitty down at the Rat House (North Bondi RSL), and lately the Diggers Club has been doing a cheap and banging seafood platter for two.
Where do you like to have a drink? The Royal was my local, but now you’ll really only catch me at the Rat House.
Best thing about the Eastern Suburbs? My family are all from here, and they’re still here, and there is no place like home .
Worst thing about the Eastern Suburbs? Rapid unplanned change and over-development! I worry about the impact it’s having on the natural environment and the long-term residents of the area.
Do you have a favourite sporting team? I’m a staunch supporter of the mighty Chooks.
What music are you into at the moment? Check out an up-and-coming band from Botany called Maverick – young dudes doing good things.
Who is your favourite person? If I don’t say my missus I’ll get castrated, but otherwise my mum, above all.
What do you get up to on the weekends? It depends on the weather, and whether or not I have a wedding on, but generally surfing and catching up with friends down at the beach.
What do you do for work? I’m a carpenter during the week, working with PGR Projects, and a marriage celebrant on the weekends. I launched my marriage celebrancy business last year, Trent The Celebrant, and it’s been incredibly enjoyable. If you’re planning a wedding, check out my website, www.trentthecelebrant.com. I also run a record label called Dogfight Records in my spare time.
What’s your favourite thing about work? I guess there is no better feeling than being the person who is standing in front of two loving people who are about to give themselves whole-heartedly to each other, and I am the one who gets to solemnise this and make it official – it’s hard to beat that.
Do you have a favourite quote? “Life is too short to worry about a price tag, you have the rest of your life to pay it off!” – Trent Baldock
Any other words of wisdom for readers of The Beast? Just keep on keeping on and the rest will come, and shouts out to James and The Beast for hitting me up to do this!