LoVe With A Capital ‘V’

She promised, “To cook and clean for you”. He promised, “To tell you how good you look when you cook and clean”. And such is the amusing and enviable relationship of two of my very best friends, Junior and Leah.

I had the pleasure of making them Mr & Mrs Vassiliou on a shimmering, silver-lined afternoon in beautiful Noosa. It was this shared sense of humour and laid back attitude that turned an otherwise grey, rainy Saturday into a romantic, laughter filled day for their family and friends. They just found some uber cute umbrellas and got on with the show!

Leah floated down the aisle on the arm of her proud father in a Darb Couture dress fit for a princess. A dress that filled her parents’ spare room for months and literally stopped traffic later that evening for their wedding photos. A dress that every little girl dreams she will wear when she marries the love of her life. Just as Leah did.

They say rain on your wedding day is either a bad sign of the tears the bride will cry during the marriage or a sign of good luck and fertility. For this couple I can happily say the signs are all good, as they recently welcomed their deliciously chubby son, Austin, into the world. Yes, this shows that it takes me a while to get blogging, but it also shows that those who always look for silver-linings will find their happily ever after.

The Royal Wedding of the Year

Every little girl dreams of meeting a handsome Prince who sweeps her off her feet, down the aisle and into his palace where they shall live happily ever after. A typical childhood fantasy – but now I do know one such little girl who grew up to have it all!

I had the honour of tying the knot of Mr and Mrs Prince at their Brisbane palace in February. Their yard was filled with a marque that was in turn filled by their combined brood of seven children and closest family and friends. The charming Alan escorted his beautiful bride, Kathryn, down the aisle to stand together before their guests, but it was as though everyone else disappeared and only the two of them were standing there, beneath the chandelier, looking into each other’s eyes.

Their wedding ceremony was short, but fun and sweet, as all seemed quite keen to get to get on with the celebration! The enamoured couple made promises to each other which they had written themselves. She promised to drink beer and watch sport with him, while he promised to teach her more about sport so she wouldn’t interrupt during important moments. Seems the pair is already well on the way to living happily ever after. Congratulations Mr and Mrs Prince.

The Royal Wedding

Going to The Chapel and We’re Gonna Get Married

Cue a peel of wedding bells and release a pair of white doves – here is the wedding we’ve all been waiting for! It was love at first sight when Ruben met Melanie at her sweet sixteenth birthday, so their wedding feels like a long time coming. The lovebirds have travelled all over the world together like they were test-driving dream honeymoon destinations. Mel even caught the bouquet at my wedding back in 2010 so there have been many signs this wedding was on the cards. I am just so happy I had the honour of tying their knot beneath the sparkling chandelier at the elegant Latrobe Chapel in Paddington.

Melanie floated down the aisle in a princess gown from Brides Desire with a train that gave her sister, Charm, several Pippa Middleton bridesmaid moments. Her beau, Ruben, and his groomsmen looked sharp in grey Roger David suits while Mel’s bridesmaids glowed and sparkled in flowing coral frocks. Julie Willis Photography and Wedding Cinematographer All Your Memories captured all the special moments from the ceremony and the reception at Moda Events Portside. Enjoy a sneek peek of Mel and Ruben’s special day here.

Wake Me Up When September Ends… The Dream Wedding of Tamika and Shaun Ireland

It is always a good day at the office when you are a Marriage Celebrant. You get to work in breathtaking locations with a bunch of talented photographers, videographers, musicians and wedding suppliers to create a happy and special day that couples, their friends and family treasure for a lifetime. Tamika and Shaun’s September wedding in beautiful Tumbulgum was certainly no exception!

High on a hill overlooking the scenic Tweed Valley, the lush grounds of private residence, Velleron House, created a spectacular setting for Mr and Mrs Ireland’s romantic wedding. Tamika had gone to great lengths to style her dream wedding day, with several guests commenting that she should perhaps get into wedding planning! The bride was stunning in an ethereal George Wu dress as her proud parents walked her across the lawn to marry her beau. After a warm and charming ceremony the guests celebrated the beginning of the couple’s happily ever after in a marque on the lawn, perched almost in the clouds.

To really appreciate this wedding you must see Tamika and Shaun’s fabulous wedding video by Matt Barwick Films. Matt is a pleasure to work with and his wedding films capture the emotion, beauty and sentiment in a truly unique and considered way. Tamika and Shaun’s equally delicious wedding photos were taken by the delightful Caroline of Minihaja Photography who is also responsible for their dreamy engagement photos.

Backyard Bliss for Brisbane Love Birds

As much as I love a big fat greek wedding will all the frills and distant cousins, I really admire a couple that can keep it low key and just get on with the core business of getting hitched.

I spent a lovely Sunday afternoon in September marrying one of the sweetest couples I have ever come across. Having both been married with children before, these two love birds tied the knot on their back deck in front of only their immediate family and a couple of good mates. The lack of formality took nothing away from the meaning of the ceremony as these family and friends joked, laughed and even had a bit of a cry throughout. It was a lovely wedding to be a part of and I must admit I teared up a bit myself, which is a bit of an occupational hazard!

When all was said and done I left the newly blended family taking “official” wedding photos of Mr and Mrs Ingram on their mobile phones before settling into a Sunday BBQ in the backyard. It certainly had me wondering whether the hubby and I would have had just as memorable a wedding day if we invited our parents and siblings to a backyard ceremony and cleverly paid all the money we saved off the mortgage…

A Romantic Evening by the Brisbane River

On a breezy afternoon in March I married my good friend, Andrea, and her beau, Bradley,on the lush green lawns of Riverside Receptions on Merthyr Road in New Farm.

As was tradition for the women in her family, the bride was “piped” down the aisle by Piper Joe McGhee to be married before friends and family overlooking the Brisbane River. Once the deal was sealed with a kiss, Piper Joe belted out a few more tunes on his scottish bagpipes to send the happy couple on their way to New Farm Park for photos. 

As dusk turned to twilight the lawn was transformed into an outdoor lounge bar with white couches lit by romantic candles on the lawn and paper lanterns glowing in the big old tree overhead. It was a magical evening by the Brisbane River for Mr and Mrs Tink and their guests, who danced the night away beneath a glowing full moon.

On a Monday Afternoon in October

On a Monday afternoon in October I had the pleasure of marrying my friends, Tim and Phamy Leslie. The sweethearts of eleven years were ridiculously jetlagged after returning from a romantic romp around Europe. Their family and friends had joined them for a beautiful wedding celebration in France and I had the honour of tying their knot officially upon their return home.

The couple said their vows and exchanged rings in an intimate ceremony witnessed by four friends on the back deck of their quaint home in Brisbane. After signing the register I slipped quietly out the front door and left them to celebrate in their kitchen with some delicious smelling food, plenty of wine and a little posse of very close friends.

Mr and Mrs Leslie have kindly shared photos from their charming French ceremony. The groom looked dapper, as usual, in a navy suit with a bow tie and the bride wore a Fleur Wood frock that was beyond perfect for the romantic setting of St Gery.