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.


Women Take a Leap of Faith on February 29

Miranda asked Steve in Sex and the City and Monica hit up Chandler in Friends but is it really fair to steal your man’s thunder when it comes to marriage proposal?

Centuries ago the British passed a law allowing women to propose marriage in a leap year. Since February 29 fixed a problem in the calendar, why not use it to fix an outdated custom! The decree stated that any man declining a leap year marriage proposal must pay a fine ranging from a kiss to several pairs of gloves or a silk dress. The perfect way for a clever girl to get a whole new wardrobe without spending a cent!

If your gent seems to be waiting for a certain shade of green then perhaps you should consider taking the bull by the horns on February 29. Sometimes if you want a job done properly girls, you just have to do it yourself.

(Image courtesy www.supergiftplace.com)


Mr and Mrs Miller Save the Best for Last

Although I was not the celebrant, I would like to share the wedding story of some good friends who were recently married by my husband Ben on Hope Island in Queensland.

This outgoing couple met on RSVP and instantly “clicked”. Each had been married once and maybe 3 times before, acknowledging in their ceremony that “perhaps we are supposed to meet the wrong people, so that when we finally meet the right one, we will know how to be grateful for that gift.”

Even the guests who had attended their previous weddings could tell they were serious about their union despite the groom taking photos of his own during the ceremony and promising to love each other through the good times and bad times including when “he comes home stinking of bait but with no fish.”

Theirs was a hilarious wedding where a gay friend protested undying love rather than “forever hold his peace” and the newly-weds departed by golf buggy, but it was cleverly balanced with a respectful hand-holding ceremony and beautiful vows  which represented even more beautiful intentions. As the wedding singer belted out that old Vanessa Williams tune, you could tell these two love-birds really had saved the best for last.

Photos by The Wedlock Smith (Copyright 2011)

Love Prevails for Mr and Mrs O’Loughlin

Que sera, sera! Whatever will be, will be, so relax and have faith that your wedding dream will come true – at the end of the day you will be married and in the grand scheme of things, not much else really matters.

Recently The Wedlock Smith ventured to Byron Bay to marry Mr and Mrs O’Loughlin. The Brisbane couple successfully coordinated a Canadian entourage, a St George Illawarra Dragons themed bridal combi van and a picture-perfect Hinterland reception property. However, Mother Nature had other plans for their barefoot Tallows Beach wedding and persistent drizzle forced the ceremony to be moved to the reception venue. 

With a little luck, determination and patience, The Wedlock Smith married  the O’Loughlins in a garden overlooking the lush, green Hinterland. Apart from a few tears shed by the Bride’s proud father, guests managed to stay dry throughout the ceremony and the celebration was able to kick off without delay. The moral of this story is not to fret if you must use your “Plan B” ceremony location. Ultimately love shall prevail. Go the Drags!!!

Images courtesy of Denise Yates from D.A. Yates Photography & Design www.dayates.com.au 

Testimonial from Mr & Mrs O’Loughlin

“Jac Smith gave us our dream wedding ceremony. We can not say enough about Jac, not only is she a lovely person, she is also the best marriage celebrant we could have ever hoped for. Leading up to our wedding day, Jac was extremely helpful, providing us with heaps of different ideas for our vows. On the day, Jac was organised to ensure everything ran smoothly and she set the tone perfectly, making us feel relaxed and our family and guests feel welcomed. We would highly recommend Jac to anyone planning to use a marriage celebrant.”

Mr & Mrs O’Loughlin

Patience is a Virtue for Mr and Mrs James

Sometimes, no matter how well you plan, some aspects of your wedding day are beyond your control. In March 2011 I had the pleasure of tying the knot of Mr and Mrs James at Burleigh Heads. The couple had planned an outdoor ceremony by the ocean with views back to Surfers Paradise – the perfect backdrop for a cheeky, intimate ceremony if only the wind and drizzling rain would stop long enough to enjoy it! It was an anxious wait but the determined couple stuck to their guns and The Wedlock Smith managed to get them hitched during a very quick break in the weather. The rain did little to dampen the spirits of the Kiwi and Aussie family and friends, however, who efficiently emptied several eskies or chilli-bins and “took shelter” in the photo booth at the Point Break Restaurant reception.

Images courtesy of Focus Films, Brisbane www.focusfilms.com.au 

Testimonial from Mr & Mrs James

“We wanted to say thank you once again for making our wedding day so perfect. Your relaxed and laid back personality was perfect for our beachside wedding. Many of our guests commented how lovely you were and what a great job you did.

In addition to the fantastic job you did on the day, dealing with you in the lead up was a pleasure and your suggestions were so helpful. We were so glad that you were able to celebrate with us at the reception afterwards. Your follow up card and gift the next day was such a lovely surprise and a testament to your caring nature.

We’ve enclosed a couple of photos. Your dress matched in perfectly with our colour scheme, thank you for taking this into consideration and checking with us prior. Something that I hadn’t thought of!

All the best, Mr & Mrs James”

The Wedlock Smith Ties the Knot

I initially became interested in marriage celebrancy when organising my own wedding. Like most brides, I wanted everything done a certain way. My way.

I designed and made my own dress, asked both parents to give Hubby and I away, snuck a cheeky pash with Hubby before walking down the aisle together to our sunrise beach ceremony and enjoyed a sunset reception. The thing I was most fussy about, however, was finding a young, vibrant celebrant to suit our eclectic, intimate and fun ceremony. Luckily, gorgeous Merimbula Marriage Celebrant, Kylie Grey, doesn’t mind an early start!

Based in Brisbane, I am also now a thirty-something authorised marriage celebrant.  Having been there and played bridezilla myself, I now enjoy the privilege of helping shape the special ceremonies that couples, their friends and family will remember for a lifetime.

Images courtesy of photographer Angela Tarlinton www.angelatarlinton.com