Connecting the Dots – A Brisbane Bayside Wedding

Blessed by the natural beauty of Brisbane’s seaside suburb of Wynnum, this wedding was made even more beautiful by the efforts made by the Groom, Brad, to create a romantic wedding by the bay for his Bride, Phannawadee.

Standing before his family and friends, Brad bravely spoke some of his vows in Phannawadee’s native Thai language, which, in English translated to ‘You are in my heart forever, I love you.’ But even more impressive than this gesture was the poem below that he wrote especially for the ceremony.

Connecting the Dots’ by Brad Sheriff 

‘A life is made of many points, and these points, like dots connected, can trace out where a life has gone and how it’s been affected.

Regardless how the points may lie or how they came to be, without a point you can’t define what a life will be.

So today two lives will be entwined bound by loving and affection and their points from here and further on will always have connection.

And as more points come to their page through faith or fate or whatever. A stronger resolution’s made per square inch drawn together.’

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.

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.

 

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