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.

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.

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”

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