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.

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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.

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)

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”