There was threatening rain and dark clouds all day, but while I watched Amy arrive in her gorgeous car (and I got to see bridesmaid Claire who I married in 2011!), the sun broke through the clouds and set Amy's gown alight in dazzling sparkle. THAT is a great sign! The Landing at Dockside was all dressed up for the occasion. The ceremony was heartfelt and personal, with an acoustic guitar solo by the groom's brother and lots of laughter which is always on my agenda! A beautiful, magical, meant-to-be day. Congratulations David and Amy!
When Daniel and Naomi told me about how they found their perfect wedding venue at Songbirds Rainforest Retreat at Tamborine Mountain, I thought I knew what I was expecting. But, it was truly amazing. So private and peaceful. And the red decorations went so well with their oriental twist, and Naomi's red dress! We all heard their car coming long before she arrived :) and the guests smiled and cried their way through the ceremony. It was so them, with a male man of honour and a relaxed, celebratory atmosphere. A wonderful afternoon!
Rain, rain, go away! Don't you know we have weddings to do!? Luckily for Jesse and Aimee, they had a brilliant back up plan at Sunset Blue function room at Scarborough. The rain ended up actually holding off (could it have been due to my go away rain dance?) and so we took advantage of marrying on the sun-drenched deck overlooking the yachts in the marina. My mum actually worked with Aimee and so was present, and to have her say to me, in a quite surprised tone mind you!, that their ceremony was the best she had ever been to...well, let's just say...I was proud! It was personal with Jesse's sisters singing and the whole ceremony ran like clockwork. Congratulations Jesse and Aimee!
A gentle breeze down at Eve's on the River kept the heat of the day at bay, as James and Jessica tied the knot under the fig tree. Jessica actually witnessed me perform a ceremony there a few months earlier and this is how she came to book me for her wedding. So it was lovely to be back there and see all the public who were strolling along the waterfront stop and listen to their ceremony too. There's just something about hearing a love story that makes you stop and pay attention. It was perfect, in every way, and I couldn't stop their parents from hugging me with tears in their eyes afterwards. It was a pinch yourself moment, and why I love what I do. A gorgeous couple, wishing them all the very best.
A morning wedding- I find these so refreshing! Especially when they are held at Sirromet Winery (never too early for their specialty wines!) by the banks of their lagoon. It was relaxed and comfortable, with nearby wallabies grazing, an acoustic guitarist playing gentle music and happy tears and laughter as I recalled Jason and Brenda's relationship to this point and they vowed to continue their love forever more. I am sure there would have been a lot of dancing at their lunch reception as Jason was National Champion for latin dancing! Congratulations to you both.
Today was a special day, as a married an old school friend and her beau. Casey looked incredible and arrived on the Rainforest Deck at Bundaleer Rainforest Gardens behind her bridesmaids and the cute little page boys with their chalkboards reading "Here comes the bride.." It was picturesque, the setting was amazing, and everyone looked incredible. We had a joke about their professions and some happy tears as their siblings read readings. It was such an honour and I wish we could do it all over again just for the fun of it! Congratulations Jarrod and Casey!
By the banks of the Brisbane River, with the sun setting for one last Winter day, Rob and Mery spoke their vows and wiped away happy tears. Mery looked amazing. A gorgeous flowing white dress and her hair pinned up. Rob was such a gentleman- taking care of her all afternoon. Congratulations Rob and Mery!
Joel and Larissa tied the knot today in a simple, sweet but heartfelt ceremony. The location was a private property in Brookfield and it was just magical. A little clearing by a stream. It was dainty and had a magic, fairytale feel about it. Larissa looked incredible and they were both so relaxed and took the whole ceremony in their stride. It was an honour to be present and share in their big day.
Ooh...the picturesque Yandina Station was the location for Reece and Laurie's country style wedding today. I have had the pleasure of marrying Laurie's brother (in fact that was my first every wedding!) so it was an honour to marry Laurie too. It was just magical- a gorgeous winter afternoon, warm sun, not a cloud in the sky. Reece and Laurie were so relaxed the whole way through. There were romantic moments when Reece and Laurie both were brought to tears during their vows, and moments of laughter when we had a giggle at the fun times they've had during their relationship so far. Laurie looked amazing like we always knew she would. An absolutely incredible day. Congratulations Reece and Laurie!
Today was a simple, sweet ceremony for Max and Merilou in their home surrounded by the family. It reminded me of how beautiful a ceremony can be when it is brought right back to the basics and the simple sweet act it is to tell your best friend how much you love them and that you choose them. A really genuine couple and best wishes for your future together!
Today I got to see a whole lot of "family" again. Today I married Andy and Katie at Mudgeeraba Showgrounds. Katie had been a bridesmaid at a wedding I did in 2011 and after the ceremony I remember her saying "I want you to do my wedding!"- well, today I did! It was so lovely to see all her family again and they all remembered me and welcomed me with open arms. Andy is indeed lucky to be marrying into such a lovely family. The ceremony was gorgeous, under a big fig tree with a chandelier and draped white fabric. Katie came through a white door for impact, we all had lots of giggles throughout- in fact...why not check it out for yourself! View Andy and Katie's wedding video on my Home page. Congratulations to a real sweetheart couple.
What a beautiful day for a wedding! I returned to Tenerrife today to marry Jamie and Paula. I had met Jamie in my other life (dietetic work) so it was lovely to marry a friend. Paula looked amazing and walked down the aisle while we heard soft guitar music and live singing and felt the breeze off the river. It was relaxed and friendly and memorable. Just perfect. A really special afternoon.
Today we welcomed another little bundle into the family- Sophia Charlotte. She's an absolute joy and a terribly good sleeper! Feeling very blessed and smitten. Thank you for all the well wishes.
Well, it's my annual month off from weddings, but due to the expected arrival of our second baby next month, I will be taking some extended leave from wedding ceremonies. I want to thank all my lovely couples for a fabulous year, including the 15 or so who se weddings I had to do while pregnant! Whilst I would not have minded in the least should you have wanted to find another celebrant without a baby bump for your photos (!), I feel so very honoured that every single one of you wanted to continue your booking with me. Merry Christmas and see you soon in 2013!
Wow- final wedding for the year and it was amazing. Clare and Adam married in style at Bundaleer Rainforest Gardens today. Clare wore a very unique pink dress and the styling continued to the parasols, mini cupcakes, pretty teacups and croquet! A definite garden event. Both were so easy to work with, despite living interstate , and I couldn't have been prouder to marry them. Can't wait to see photos of this wedding!
The rain seemed set in this week and today we had a serious storm to contend with- complete with fallen trees and blocked roads! Gareth and Cheri moved their beautiful wedding from Roma Street Parklands to the Watermark Hotel where again the wedding decorators transformed the room! I can highly recommend this venue as a back up for wet weather if planning to marry in the park. Everything ran according to plan, why wouldn't it? I loved their ceremony music, really upbeat and fun, and this flowed through to the ceremony style- fun, relaxed and not too serious! Oy may have been crazy outside, but it was all love and peace inside. A beautiful wedding!
Rain, rain, go away! The weather was not on our side today, but as the photographers always tell me, "it's so perfect for photos!" Luckily Gaven and Jenny had a beautiful back up location next to a lake and the wedding decorators transformed the place into a wedding haven. We had some trouble locating the mother of the bride, so proceedings started 30mins late, but it's a special moment and I want to ensure all those who need to be there, are there. Jenny looked incredible and Gaven was so chivalrous! They did an amazing job considering they had been up all morning performing a customary wedding ceremony beforehand! Congrats!
An inner city marriage today at the Broadway Chapel! Was very special and I was so glad to be a part of it. A beautiful venue and Luke and Sarah said their vows among friends and family amid laughter and smiles. Luke was so nervous beforehand, but calmed down as soon as he could hold Sarah's hand. Very emotional, but with Sarah we always knew it would be! A lovely day.
A magical little wedding this afternoon at a sandstone chapel at Coolibah Downs where I celebrated with Josh and Jess. It was relaxed and we all watched as their children performed delightfully as flowergirls. A truly happy wedding for a gorgeous family.
Steven and Rebecca married at Glengariff today and it was nice to be back there! A really relaxed but intimate wedding with lots of smiles. The ones I love. They were such a fun couple to work with. And Rebecca looked truly radiant! They had these amazing Singapore orchids and their beautiful children "nearly" stole the show! Congratulations and wishing you lots of love for many years to come.
Back to Brookfield, this time to Bundaleer Rainforest Gardens to marry Seth and Hayley. This wedding was all about the details. Beautiful baby's breath flower arrangements, 3 sweet little flowergirls who came down the aisle together and almost got me teary they were so cute (!), the most exquisite bridal gown. Seth was so relaxed before, definitely excited, but in a very measured way. You could tell he was just so ready to get married! Hayley looked beautiful. They married under a big Jacaranda tree, beside a bubbling creek with a very enthusiatic crowd of guests. It was fun and laughter right from the very beginning and I'm sure their night would have continued in the same way. A really lovely afternoon, on a picture perfect day.
Two weddings today!
First, a lunchtime wedding for Josh and Lauren at a private residence in Brookfield. This was so much fun. They had jumping castles and guests sat on haybales. The ceremony was broadcast online to family in the USA and it was so intimate, and meaningful. They spoke their own vows, with such sincereity. A delightful family too- I always get chatting to family and friends when they come up to thank me for the ceremony and Josh and Lauren's were so welcoming, I felt like an old friend. Oh, and did I mention bagpipes! So special...congratulations!
Next, I was back to Ocean View for the wedding of Mick and Cassie. It's always a favourite location of mine and today was no exception. We had some lovely personal touches, like lighting a candle for those grandparents who couldn't be with us, and a rose petal shower- complete with petals from the groom's mum's garden! Mick and Cassie are high school sweethearts which just gives me goosebumps! And they met 12 years ago to the day they married... gosh, I have a great job don't I? Such a delightful couple to work with and so honoured to help share their special day. Wishing them many more years of happiness together.
A quiet, backyard wedding- yeah right! Jamie and Dung described their wedding to me with this phrase when we first met. Whilst it was at Jamie's mum's house, it definitely was not quiet or low key! Dung had about 3 outfits she planned to wear on the day, they were both elaborately dressed with headwear too! They space was beautifully decorated and everyone was in the mood for a party and celebration! The ceremony was full of laughter and happy tears- just how we planned it. And I wasn't allowed to leave until I had tried at least Jamie's mum's amazing salsa dip and Dung's meatballs. No complaints from me! Best wishes for a long and happy marriage!
Leigh and Jess married at Wolston Park Golf Course today on a beautiful lawn with a river backdrop. It was so serene with live music and a relaxed, happy bride and groom! I did my fair share of encouraging Leigh to relax in that final half hour, but honestly, what guy wouldn't be excited! I love it when all through the ceremony, the couple are barely listening to me- and they just have eyes for each other, and I can hear them whispering all sorts of things to each other. That's when I know that they're a team and they're going to support each other in moments of anxiety- like standing up in front of 80-100 people! They did so well and looked amazing. Congratulations!!
On a grassy lawn beside the ocean at Woody Point, Brent and Jess exchanged vows and sealed their marriage with a kiss! A beautiful sunny afternoon. Everything went picture perfect as expected and even their gorgeous children were so very well-behaved! After setting a wedding date 3 times previously, and being engaged for 7 years, I am so happy to have been the celebrant that got them across the line! A beautiful family xx
It was a special wedding today for Andreas and Lana. Andreas had been the best man at a wedding I had done about 1 year previously for his best friend so it was an honour to be asked to marry him and Lana also. The location- The Courthouse Restaurant at Cleveland- a lovely spot at the water's edge. It was high tide, the sun dipped behind the building (so poor Andreas didn't have to squint at Lana) just as the ceremony started, and everything went off without a hitch (as usual). I took a little peek inside their reception before I left- I just love weddings, I couldn't leave without seeing the table decorations!!... and saw their little bonbonieres- chcoolate freckles in various letter shapes indicating the guests first name. Yum! Lana looked her splendid best, and it was so special to catch up with Ben and Karlee whom I had married just over 1 year prior. Congratulations Andreas and Lana!
Picture this... Sirromet Winery (gorgeous!), but then you drive off to the Laguna- about 1km off the beaten track, away from the tourists, to a purpose built white open air chapel at the lake edge. This secluded and picturesque spot is where Aziz and Jo became husband and wife. The ceremony was perfect- humorous and fun, but personalised and meaningful also. Jo's dress was elegant and stylish with diamante detail around the waist. A really friendly and down-to-earth couple to work with- who introduced me to a fabulous bar during one of our catch ups! I'm sure they will continue to make each other laugh and be surprised for many years to come, not least on their honeymoon. Tahiti!!
Dave and Shanyn married on a deck by the bobbing yachts on Scarborough Harbour. Shanyn's dress was just beautiful and I always think water gives off such a soft glowing reflection on your skin in photos (just check out her photos in my Photo Gallery)! They spoke their vows so beautifully- really personal vows that they had given so much time and attention to. Many guests commented on what special words they were. A brilliant afternoon in the sunshine (after days of rain). Congratulations Dave and Shanyn!
Nathan and Lizzi transformed their family home for their wedding today. It was a beautiful space to marry in and the ceremony did not disappoint. Lizzi's grandmother came up to me afterwards to say it was the best wedding ceremony she had ever attended- awwww! Such a lovely couple, and I know they were in for a big party that night in their draped marquee! Congratulations Nathan and Lizzi!
A morning wedding- LOVE these. Mornings are my favourite time of day, yes, even with a 2 year old! They are bright and fresh and expectant- who knows what the day will hold? This morning Darren and Korryn married at Victoria Park Golf Course while the sun warmed us all and their vows warmed our hearts. A perfect wedding, and they looked amazing. You could almost see the relief wash over them as the ceremony was over, and then it was party time! What a great idea to have the whole day ahead of you to celebrate it!
Another wedding in NSW- this time Byron Bay, by the beach, under the trees, with a rose petal aisle. Justin and Alana, who I went to high school with (!) asked me to marry them in front of all their close family and friends and their 3 darling boys. We all had fun pouring in sand for the sand ceremony, even sneaking a little from the beach to take a little piece of their wedding location home with them (shhh, don't tell anyone). They looked incredible, with the most vivid blue orchids I have ever seen- just beautiful. Congratulations to you both!
Up in the mountains today at Billy and Jamie's wedding at Tranquil Park at Maleny. I got the envious job of marrying them on a deck overlooking the entire Glasshouse mountains, islands, Brisbane city and sunshine coast. Needless to say, it was a picture perfect day. Everything went perfectly, Jamie looked incredible and they were such a great couple to work with. Really must remember to make a weekend of it when I next do a wedding in Maleny- was such a shame to drive back to the city!
Rain, rain, go away! Luckily Justin and Sonya thought of a back up plan in advance and booked the quaint Windaroo Cottage for their ceremony. We were all warm and dry, as we listened to the story of how they met, what they love about each other and what promises they will never break. It was all fun and games at this wedding, Sonya was the most relaxed bride on the day I have ever come across- nothing would faze her! A really sweet and memorable wedding.
Two weddings today! Firstly, Peter and Debbie. A lovely relaxed ceremony in the grounds of their home, underneath a twinkling fairy-light lit and rose covered arch, Pete and Deb married in front of their close family and friends. It was really personal and each guest was thanked individually in a speech by the groom after the wedding, including how the couple knew them. Lots of laughs, some tears too, but a real celebration and party atmosphere. Glad to be a part of it!
Then, off to Old Petrie Town again for the wedding of Brendan and Vicki. In the secluded rotunda surrounded by those they know and love most in this world, they spoke their own beautiful vows. It was really gorgeous- very personal and touching. Two romantics at heart! Congratulations!
I was back at Hillstone today for Rainer and Mandie's wedding. It was held in a private side courtyard. Amid the sandstone, brightly coloured cushions and rose petals, the gorgeous couple started their married life! Can't wait to see photos from these two- they'll be bound for the covers of bridal magazines everywhere- just stunning. Congrats!
Set amidst the towering trees in the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens, Todd and Claire were married under hanging paper lanterns, with their baby boy looking on. Claire's grandpa said some lovely words, and then I said the magical words "Mr and Mrs". It was a beautiful location, a picturesque day. Could the ceremony have gone any better? I don't think so. Pity we can't do it all over again.
This ceremony was more like a party! And really, shouldn't they all be? Sarah arrived and came down the aisle after her 3 gorgeous girls at a beachside park in Scarborough. She laughed the whole way through- and she did say she would either laugh or cry! Both Jason and Sarah said their vows so well, and everyone was comfortable, relaxed and celebrating the happy occasion. Such a pleasure to work with, and a really lovely family. Congratulations!
The rotunda at Sandgate, Rad and Rebecca and their cloest family and friends, the perfect ceremony for them. When I arrived there was an athletic team running laps around the rotunda! I quickly spoke to those in charge and they were quickly moved on to let me get down to business. Bec arrived in a lovely gold gown which matched her skin tone so well! The ceremony was proceeding as per usual...and then...the groom's phone rang in the middle of their good friend reciting her reading! Laughs were had all around. It was a relaxed, comfortable event with smiles and happy tears galore. Nothing would stop these two from smiling and enjoying life- best wishes.
Regan and Alison married in style today at New Farm Park. The rain may have been a nuisance, but the all weather rotunda was the perfect antidote and ensured their outdoor wedding was trouble -free. Alison looked breathtaking and the lovely details in the decorations were very stylish. Was great to see a past work colleague in the crowd of guests too! Wishing you all the very best Regan and Ali!
A sweet wedding for a couple from Laos today. Vang and Bao married in simple style but with heartfelt vows. I roped my mum and aunty in as witnesses to the lovely union and not only did I manage to perform the ceremony with an interpreter- she performed the interpretation over the phone from Melbourne! A very sweet couple- congratulations!
The pavillion in Roma Street Parklands was transformed today for the wedding of Dale and Kira. Lanterns with lit candles, paper parasols, glass vases and roses- the scene was ready for a ceremony filled with love and romance- and it certainly created some happy tears. With their baby boy looking on and making his presence known at all the right times, Dale and Kira exchanged their own heartfelt vows and each shed their own emotional tears. Kira had a gorgeous dress and unique veil (very classy), while Dale looked dapper in his suit. Such an organised but relaxed couple- a really beautiful wedding.
I was so incredibly happy for Shehan and Ivana at their elegant and honest wedding at Topiaries at Beaumont today. From the moment I met them, they have treated me like a good friend, and I was so happy to be able to share their special moment with them. It was just exquisite- from the gown, to the pale purple rose petals framing the white aisle, the white dove release, the harpist , to the very sincere vows. So very easy to work with and clearly very much in love with each other. Many of their lovely family and friends came to introduce their families to me at the conclusion of the service- so special. Congratulations!
Damien and Erin- trendy, modern, sincere and personal- that's how I will remember their wedding. Fratelli's Ristorante, the place they frequented so often over the past few years was transformed for their wedding (their first at the venue, but I am sure not their last). From the outset, this couple knew what they wanted and how they wanted to do it. Live guitarist, a personal reading that made everyone laugh out loud, and photo booth. Erin was gorgeous in a deep blue dress. It was such an elegant and down to earth wedding- I drove home with a smile on my face.
Well, it doesn't take long to get back in the swing of weddings! Beerwah Hideaway certainly lives up to its name. Tucked behind the front fence was a beautiful rainforest backdrop to frame the wedding of Andrew and Stacey . Their precious children took part and were delightful! It was stunning warm weather (which I'm sure was a change for all the guests from England)! Stacey looked incredible in her gown- all 5 layers of it! A really special family and great fun to work with- congratulations!
My annual month off from weddings- time to rejuvenate the batteries and spend quality time with my amazing husband, son and extended family and friends. Looking forward to a spectacular 2012!
It was a trendy, modern wedding on the Rooftop Terrace Deck at the Powerhouse where I married Brad and Libby today. Such sweet little details in the decorations and Libby's dress was just beautiful! They read their own vows, we had a bit of fun with a reading from a children's book and even a passing party boat sang out their congratulations! A really delightful, sweet wedding. Congratulations Brad and Libby!
Back to Ocean View Estate today for Ryan and Megan's wedding amongst the vineyards. It was a really sweet, spring wedding today with bunches of spring flowers that looked like they had been gathered by hand. The ceremony began with the arrival of the bridal party, led by the cute flowergirls who performed so perfectly! But they could not steal the show from Megan, who looked very elegant. A really warm, sincere ceremony. Congratulations!
Today was a special day- not just because of the date 11/11/11, but also because Damian and Nicole invited me to perform my first ceremony south of the border- that's right, NSW! It was a down-to-earth, rustic wedding today in the chapel at Pioneer Country, complete with horse and carriage, akubra hats and leather boots. Damian was shaking in those boots until Nicole arrived, but her presence had a calming effect on him the moment she arrived. She looked amazing. An old bell rang as we made our way out into the gardens- announcing the happy news to the world!
Today was a really lovely day- at Ocean View Estate, down by the lake with the waterlillies, with violins playing sweetly, Scott met his bride Jodie at the top of the aisle. We had a fun, relaxed ceremony with personalised humorous vows and a poem by Dr Seuss! Everything went perfectly and I was so overwhelmed with lovely comments afterwards that it was a struggle to leave! Happily picked up some lovely wine from the onsite vineyard to have tonight, in honour of Scott and Jodie of course!
Today I married David and Leighanne at Virginia Palms in a sweet ceremony accompanied by the lovely sound of a string quartet. The couple's daughters took part in preceedings (with the youngest being a photographers dream!) and everything went perfectly! David had been briefed on the exact process on putting Leighanne's ring on her finger by the photographer, in order to guarantee the perfect shot, so we all had a little giggle when he had to struggle to get her ring on in the first place! A really warm family and a pleasure to work with.
It was a family affair today! By the edge of a lagoon, in the bright sunshine, Brian and Tracey exchanged vows with the help of their lovely daughters. Tracey looked beautiful and the children all behaved so well- even taking part in the sand ceremony with their own special colours. A really wonderful afternoon, congratulations!
Such a warm, loving couple- Dave and Emma- I knew their wedding would have the same characteristics. Their families greeted me like I was a long time friend- I found it hard to leave! It was a relaxed, but intimate ceremony under the boughs of some fig trees that were over 300 years old at Old Petrie Town. The rain kept it's distance and the ceremony went off without a hitch (as per usual). The bridesmaids wore flowing floral dresses, Emma had a lovely vintage gown- and their colour theme- a soft dusty pink. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
Anthony and Jo married at Topiaries today. It was good to be back there amid the old fig trees and sandstone. We had lots of fun with a rose petal aisle, a champagne toast to the happy couple at the end of the ceremony and lots of precious moments in between. Jo's dress was lovely- gathered at the front in a way I had not seen before, but very fashionable! A really cute couple.
A pleasant trip back to Reid's Place for Damien and Berlinda's ceremony today. I knew I wouldn't have to do much in the way of setting up today, as the venue owners are great with attention to detail. The gardens looked amazing- very impressive after a morning of wild rain and storms. Damien was holding back tears as soon as he walked his mum down the aisle, and as Berlinda entered through the arch, he couldn't hold them back anymore. Raw emotion- I love it! It was a really sweet ceremony with children included (I secretly envied their little lace parasols). And Berlinda's dress was uniquely beautiful. They had chosen this lovely song "I do" by Colbie Callait to play at the end of the ceremony and I found myself humming it all the way home. A great day.
Today, Andrew and Cindy took me to Newstead House for a relaxed but elegant ceremony in the grounds of the big estate. The weather was perfect, Andrew and his groomsmen looks very handsome (despite some prior stress when one set of suit pants went missing!), and when Cindy and her bridesmaids arrived, the scene was complete. A sweet spring ceremony!
Now there's relaxed weddings, and then relaxed weddings. Geoff and Crystal took it all in their stride today with a real family wedding. From the first time I met these two I knew that they were really proud of their family and that they would want them involved in their ceremony. It couldn't have been cuter with 4 of their children participating in a "blessing". They spoke their vows in Hebrew and were completely relaxed from start to finish- I'd like to think I was a big reason for that! Congratulations!
Two weddings again today- from Mudgeeraba to Marburg!
First stop was a quaint little place called The Old Tea House Gallery where Michael and Amanda married in a white rotunda. It was old world charm here, with sweet gardens, fine bone china and lace. Michael was one nervous groom- hesitant to turn around and see Amanda walk down the aisle for fear of crying. That's what love does to you! The ceremony was perfect, their parents were oh, so proud! And to top it all off, I was given a personalised bottle of bubbles as a momento. A really romantic wedding.
Then, it was a trip to Marburg where I married Sam and Lisa in a secluded leafy grotto amid an expansive residence at Woodlands of Marburg. Such a fun and personalised ceremony! We read excerpts from children's books, Sam's vows were compiled from song lyrics, and Sam serenaded his beautiful bride at the end until we all joined in (yes, me too)! With a violin in the background we were whisked into another world. It was a shame to direct the car back towards the hectic bustle of the city.
Another windy day- but bright and sunny too! I arrived nice and early, as usual, which was lucky because I volunteered to go off in hunt of some roses before the proceedings for the couple's rose ceremony, when we discovered theirs had been misplaced. The Golden Ox was a stunning backdrop for Neale and Samantha's wedding where even I nearly shed a tear as they both choked up over their vows. So heartfelt, so sincere, so moving. It's crystal clear that they are madly in love. Samantha looked elegant and beautiful- her dress a classic strapless gown. Another beautiful wedding I'll never forget.
What a windy wedding it was today! On Shelly Beach, with the sand between our toes, Brett and Kim married whilst standing within a heart of red stones- so sweet. The aisle was framed with seashells, their gorgeous Daschunds carried their wedding rings and they wrote their own romantic vows (which guests commented they wanted to applaud after- they were that good)! There may have been a strong wind coming off the ocean, but there was no rain, just a gorgeous rainbow to top off a lovely afternoon wedding.
By the banks of the lovely Brisbane River, Andrew waited patiently for his bride to arrive at Eves On The River. The weather played nice today, and so did Claire, arriving right on time in a great big purple stretch limo and in an amazing off-white gown. This was one calm and collected couple- if they felt nervous, they certainly didn't let it show! I loved that so many people strolling along the boardwalk stopped to listen to the ceremony- who wouldn't want to share in a happy couple's moment? Congratulations to you both!
We managed to sidestep the rain yesterday, but it was set in today for Matt and Kate's wedding. But we all know it's good luck to have rain on your wedding day- not that these two need it! Due to their foresight, they had picked Shaftson House as their ceremony location, and their wet weather option was just divine. A beautiful room with chandelier, sculptures and flowers. It was a very sweet, romantic ceremony today- very personal and meaningful. Kate looked so lovely in her one-shouldered gown and they both spoke their vows so incredibly well! Both sets of parents came to thank me afterwards and comment on the ceremony- job well done I say!
Such a beautiful and talented family! Neil and Victoria married in style today at Topiaries at Beaumont - a lovely sandstone paved building with views over the Samford valley. Victoria looked so elegant and beautiful in her gown. The groom's niece and nephew sang a lovely duet whilst we signed the register. It was just so picture perfect- under a Moreton Bay Fig tree, with threatening rain but it played nice and stayed away... need I go on? A light, laughter-filled ceremony- lots of smiles and a few happy tears. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
Two weddings today!
Firstly, Peter and Lili had a morning wedding at The Golden Ox in lovely manicured gardens with trickling waterfalls. I love mornings- they're fresh, expectant, a beginning- just perfect for a wedding! Surrounded by their close friends and family they made heartfelt promises to one another. These two have a wonderful journey ahead of them overseas. Congratulations!
Then, Nick and Jodie whisked us off to Jolly's Lookout and perched high above the Samford Valley, they became husband and wife. We all had a giggle over their peronalised vows and Jodie's son did such a sweet reading! He stole the show! Afterwards I had a good old chat with all their family and friends who were so friendly they wouldn't let me leave!
Today I ventured out to Glengariff to marry Tim and Imas in a beautiful ceremony on the mountainside overlooking Dayboro Valley. It was sweet, and personal and I felt I did my usual best, but boy did the flowergirl steal the show when she did her reading! Very cute. Imas's dress was breathtaking and the location, well, it's hard not to be romantic in that setting. The couple read their own vows to one another and were a pleasure to work with. A really lovely afternoon.
Under a bali hut, in a beautiful rainforest at King Country, John and Vanessa tied the knot! Vanessa looked amazing and her mum was so proud. It was a pleasure to see Kym, one of the bridesmaids who I married last year- gotta love those word-of-mouth referrals! A really beautiful wedding for a couple who literally arranged their wedding within 2 months. Wishing you all the happiness in the world!
A picture perfect sunny morning wedding at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. Once proceedings got underway 1hr late (the photographer innocently got the address wrong), David and Maria shared their own heartfelt vows that neither had heard before and shed a few tears (happy ones of course!) under the branches of an old fig tree. Such a laid back, relaxed and happy couple. Maria looked amazing as I knew she would. Wishing you a very happy future together David and Maria!
Today started with a lovely drive through the country to Kilcoy Farmstay- what a great way to start the morning! Darren and Melissa choose this picturesque location for their down-to-earth, friendly celebration. I married them under a big fig tree with white paper lanterns swaying in the breeze. There were a few tears, lots of smiles and so many photos! Melissa wore a beautiful flowing dress and she entered the aisle to bagpipes. Their reception activities included quoits, horseshoe tossing and badminton on the lawn- sounds like fun! Such a warm, happy couple- wishing you all the best Darren and Melissa! Anyone considering a location for a real country wedding, I highly recommend this venue- just delightful.
I love a winter wedding! In the warm sunshine amid cold mountain air and in the beautiful grounds of Tamborine Gardens, Ben and Karlee didn't put a foot wrong as they started the morning engaged and ended the day married! This wedding was all about the details- thoughtful touches such as matching ribbon on the flowers, the surprise "dip kiss" (magical photo opportunity) and even little matching jewels amongst the rose bouquets. The fact that Ben was losing his voice did nothing to stop him from loudly pronouncing "I will" and the best man who triple-checked that he had the rings prior to the ceremony, dropped them when it was time to hand them over- so we all had a bit of a giggle. Although I usually get positive comments from guests at each wedding, one lovely lady singled me out to say it was "the best wedding ceremony she had heard", that it "was so natural, and reminded her of the real reason why people get married". Oh, I love what I do! Congratulations Ben and Karlee!
Off to Cherbon Waters today to marry Ben and Sara. Having never been to this venue before, I was impressed with the secluded gazebo and beautiful lake backdrop. I must say, Ben was the most excited groom! If I had let him, I think he would have raced up the aisle to meet Sara! Thankfully, Sara entered via the traditional procession (before her bridesmaids) so Ben didn't have as long to wait! :) There was a lot of laughter throughout this ceremony and a lovely relaxed feel. Sara looked amazing and the weather was perfect. Can't get much better!
I felt like part of the family at Tim and Caroline's wedding today. An intimate and personal affair in the grounds of their lovely home, surrounded by their family and friends. Caroline looked amazing as she walked along a rose-petal strewn path to her waiting groom. There was a short misting of rain moments before Caroline arrived, but as soon as she stepped onto the lawn, the sun shone. How magical. And the orchids! Gorgeous big white orchids- the biggest I have ever seen, as bouquets and in Caroline's hair. Caroline knew she would marry Tim the moment she laid eyes on him. I hope today was everything she imagined 11 years ago.
A romantic fairytale... how could Jane resist a man who has given her a rose every month of their relationship?! There was old world charm at today's wedding- Jane had a veil until the kiss (so lovely) and they included a rose ceremony to celebrate the fact it was a significant part of their relationship. Marrying under the beautiful gazebo at Boulevard Gardens, there was barely a dry eye to be seen. I will always remember Jason and Jane as a delightful couple who were oh, so easy to work with. Wishing you all the happiness and love for your future together!
Oooh today was LOTS of fun! Anyone who knows me, knows I love surprises, and to be involved in a surprise wedding (my other fav thing)- well, what could be better? Chris and Cindy surprised everyone in attendance at their baby naming celebration by springing a surprise wedding on their guests! It was pure joy to see everyone's faces slowly change from confusion to excitement as they cottoned on to the proceedings. The couple wrote their own vows (beautiful and a little bit cheeky), there were heaps of happy tears and it reminded me of the pure and simple joy of a wedding. These two are made for each other and have the cutest little girl you'll ever see. A really fun way to kick off a marriage, their wicked sense of humour will see them laughing together for eternity- and Chris can make a mean Pimm's Punch! :)
Today took me back to Brett's Wharf and the beautiful little rotunda with the white chiffon decorations. Such a cute, sweet couple- Richie and Lisa were adorable. I love that Richie's lips were quivering just a little during the vows, and that Lisa giggled over the word husband. It was a smart, classy wedding but still retained that depth of remaining personal and intimate. Lisa looked just beautiful and her smile was so genuine. Wishing you both all the happiness in the world as you begin your marriage together!
A gorgeous Autumn day on the Kangaroo Point cliffs- gosh I love my job! An intimate wedding for Clinton and Julia and their closest friends and family. Clinton was looking very smart and Julia just beautiful on the arms of her parents. All the guests were involved in adding their best wishes and luck to the couple by "warmings the rings"- a lovely touch. With the Brisbane city skyline in the distance, it was very similar to the exact spot that Clinton proposed, and the wedding date is shared by Julia's parents- their 39th wedding anniversary today! All the very best for your future together!
Today was a relaxed, personal wedding for Martin and Melissa, with their 4 gorgeous children, in the grounds of their sprawling home and gardens. Their children were just adorable, sprinkling rose petals on the aisle, holding the wedding ring pillow and their eldest daughter did a great job reciting a reading to her parents. The groom's brother sang whilst Mel made her way down the aisle with her dad. Their relationship is just as sweet as their family- meeting as teenagers and never looking back. Mel looked incredible. Look out neighbours- I think they're in for a great party tonight with their guests! Congratulations Marty and Mel!
The weather wasn't on our side today, but luckily we had a great Plan B- and as I always say, overcast days make for superb photos! At Bretts Wharf in Hamilton, Dion greeted his bride Stacey after she walked the aisle covered in rose petals. Her gown was exquisite- fitted, beaded bodice flowing out to a fuller skirt but made of such fine material it apperaed like she floated down the aisle. And I will always remember her dad's face as he gave her away- he was the proudest man in the room. They giggled their way through the ceremony surrounded by all their closest family and friends. It was such an honour to marry two friends and I wish Dion the best of luck in attempting to curtail Stacey's shopping habits in the future! Congratulations!
Today's wedding took me back to Reid's Place, a lovely ceremony venue at Scarborough to marry Troy and Kerri. It was a real family affair with the couple's son and daughter taking part as page boy and flowergirl- such cuties! They are a really beautiful family and it was an honour to marry them. Kerri looked amazing in a slinky gown and I know the rose petal shower will look incredible in the photos. I loved how their daughter was hugging Kerri's leg as the couple kissed for the first time as husband and wife. Such precious memories! Wishing you a magical marriage Troy and Kerri!
Today's wedding at Hillstone was very special. I had been the celebrant at the brides' sister's wedding (Shilo- see previous entry) last year, so it was an honour to be requested by the family again to marry Raffaelle and her (now) husband Peter. If you looked up the definition of "laid-back and relaxed", you would see a photo of these two. They wrote their own funny and personal vows, the bride wore red high heels underneath her feathery white gown, the groom had bright red Converse shoes! I will always remember how perfectly they complement one anothers personality. Raff looked stunning and Pete was very handsome. Enjoy Thailand you two!
It may have been a warm Summer day, but the fabulous location at Dockside meant we had a cool breeze from the adjacent Brisbane River for relief. I had previously worked as a Dietitian with the bride Peita, so it was an honour to marry her and Michael and help celebrate the happiest day of their lives! They are a relaxed, fun loving couple with a real zest for life, so we all had a bit of a giggle at their expense whilst I recounted some of their early days together. Peita looked incredible, as I knew she would and Michael looked very handsome in his light grey suit. Congratulations Peita and Michael!
Nothing was standing in the way of this wedding going ahead. Brisbane may be flooded and we may have experienced torrential rain in the weeks (let's face it... months) preceeding this week, but a few days before Kane and Jana's wedding, the sun started shinning, the waters receeded, the roads started opening up again. I will always remember Kane and Jana for their sense of humour and easy-going personalities. It was a fun, relaxed ceremony with their dog Weston fulfilling the enviable role of ring-bearer. I love that they wrote their own rules for their wedding and felt comfortable going against the grain of tradition, because your wedding day is about celebrating your relationship and yourselves. It was just a fun, happy, lovely day! Congratulations Kane and Jana!
After being with someone for over 20 years, you would know you have a strong, lasting relationship- and the decision to take the final step and marry each other, as John and Brenda did today in the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens, to me, is just gorgeous. This, to me, demonstrates how becoming married really does cement your relationship. Your willingness to declare to others that you're walking this road through life with your husband/wife... it grounds you. With a waterfall in the background and sweet lillies in a bouquet, the relaxed couple exhanged vows and shed a few tears. While some brides may be shocked when a group of tourists gatecrashed the ceremony, Brenda welcomed them to be a part, even inviting them to take part in the photos. Weddings are such a fun, happy day, why wouldn't perfect strangers be drawn to witness such a happy moment? Congratulations John and Brenda! Enjoy your cruise and the next 20 years together!
Today I wore my fair share of hats- and was most delighted to do so! First I met the groom Jason at the ceremony site in Caboolture- a secluded little enclave of trees at the end of a road that you have to access via a creek-flooded road, you get the idea- rural. It was gorgeous. We found a lovely spot where an overhanging tree caused a natural arch in the background and I got started setting up the chairs for the guests. Next, I swapped hats and officiated the ceremony when the lovely bride Heather arrived. Relaxed and informal, yet meaningful with Heather's daughter taking part. Then, I donned my photographers hat and happily took photos of the happy couple plus all their guests with a multitude of guests' cameras. It was great- I'm not one to sit around aimlessly and was thrilled I could assist in so many ways. Congratulations Jason and Heather!
Picture perfect- gorgeous, sunny day, light wind in the air, stunning location at Pelican Waters. The bridal procession commenced with the little scamper of the flowergirl and page boy, holding hands and grinning from ear to ear. Next the lovely bridesmaids, then the stunning bride. Elisse looked magical. With the soft tinkling of the fountain in the nearby lake, John and Elisse sealed their love in the presence of their family and friends. Complete with candle ceremony including their beautiful daughter and mothers.
Two little lovebirds... that's how I will remember this couple. Bride Emma had sewn her own lovely dress, including a matching tie for (now) husband Dave. We had to hike a little to get down to the lovely arch where the wedding would take place, and the previous night of rain did little to improve the journey in high heels. But oh, the view! At Eagle Heights Hotel, sitting high up on Mount Tamborine, the photos will have the enviable backdrop of the Gold Coast skyline. Dave practically carried Emma down there, and throughout the vows I don't think he looked anywhere else but in her eyes. Whilst I would have loved to accept the invite to lunch, another couple awaited, so I left them to their celebrations and and the start of a long, happy married life together!
Today I married Brad and Mel, and then conducted their son's naming day! At popular Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast, with fistfuls of coloured rose petals being thrown by their daughter, they said their own personal messages to each other, unscripted. I love that- speaking straight from the heart, not rehearsed. I guess you feel that comfortable when you have known each other for over 20 years like these two have. A really gorgeous family.
Here's a wedding date that's difficult to forget! 10/10/10- thought to bring good fortune and perfection- two characteristics that I hope Jason and Jess will have in abundance throughout their marriage! At Robertson Gardens, with rose petals on the aisle, Jess made her way down to Jason on the arm of her mum. There wasn't a dry eye between them which I just loved- if there's one day to wear your heart on your sleeve- it's your wedding day! The wedding gown was exquisite- a fitted bodice with full skirt and millions of sparkling crystals. Trying to get to them to congratulate them and say a quick goodbye afterwards was like accessing celebrities amid a frenzy of papparazzi! A really personal ceremony- loved it.
I know it's good luck to have rain on your wedding day, but to have it clear about an hour before the ceremony starts... that's just magical. By the beautiful Brisbane River at Ipswich, with that lovely soft sunlight after the rain, Colin and Jeni had a very personal ceremony. I don't think I saw them look anywhere but into each others' eyes the entire time. A somewhat nervous Colin instantly relaxed once his bride arrived- obviously more comfortable to be with her, than apart from her. Jeni looked amazing. I'm sure they won't need to rely on it, but I hope the good luck that shone on their ceremony today, continues to shine on them for many years ahead. A gorgeous morning for a gorgeous couple!
Who says you shouldn't work with animals or children? Today's wedding saw Stephen and Kym married in a beautiful ceremony, with the rings held by each of their two lovely young daughters. They were absolutely bubbling with anticipation and excitement, waiting for the moment I would ask them to give the rings to their mum and dad, a very special honour indeed! A relaxed, personal ceremony with lots of laughs- the kind I love. I will never tire of watching the groom as he first sets eyes on his bride. Stephen was no exception, I wish I had a mic on him so everyone could hear the sharp intake of air as he caught sight of her! Kym looked stunning.
They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, Finn need not worry- his Naming Day proved that he can call on many family and friends to support him during his journey to maturity! In a beautiful garden, the exact spot where his parents were wed 4 years ago to the day, we welcomed him into the world and gave meaning to the names chosen especially for him. Looking very cute in his linen suit, he was a picture perfect baby. Welcome to the world Finn!
It was meant to be... the rain cleared about an hour before the ceremony which left me sufficient time to set about drying the chairs for guests and ensuring the aisle was covered with petals. The groom's mum and I were like little elves working in the night! The bride was set on an outdoor wedding come rain, hail or shine and the Gold Coast sun didn't disappoint, shinning brightly for Shilo's magical entrance. I think I saw a tear in Dale's eye when he caught sight of his lovely bride. With a beautiful waterfall trickling in the background, the gorgeous couple spoke their own vows. The overcast clouds made for stunning photography afterwards! Perfect!