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.’

Spicing It Up in Montville

Spicers Clovelly Estate in Montville is well versed in setting the stage for an elegant and intimate autumn wedding and a romantic garden ceremony in this lush country estate proved the perfect surroundings in which to celebrate the marriage of Oliver and Jessica.

Before exchanging vows, the Bride and Groom invited their Mothers to share their wisdom and experience of marriage. A wonderful way for the Mothers to be involved in the ceremony, this ritual never fails to create some sweet, touching and hilarious moments. The moment that stole the show, however, was the enthusiastic Groom jumping in for the kiss before being invited to do so and the Bride scolding him and insisting we do it again! Oliver got two kisses though, so I think he still came out in front.

As the sun slowly set on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, the newlyweds were serenaded under the candlelit trees by a string quartet and went on to enjoy an evening of fine dining and extra fine dancing well into the wee small hours.

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.

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)

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”