And the bride was wed in red at her Tatra Wedding!
Laura and Hayden chose to get married in March at the beautiful chapel at Tatra Receptions in Mount Dandenong.
Laura was walked down the aisle by her proud father Glen and as they entered the chapel, there were gasps as Laura looked breath taking in her ruby red dress. This was kept a secret to everyone- including myself, so even I looked at Hayden and said “WOW-She looks beautiful in red!”.
At their Tatra Wedding, Laura chose to walk down the aisle to Sweet Disposition by Temper Trap. Hayden could not stop smiling and was simply overwhelmed by her beauty. Glen made the giving of the bride a fun one by saying a few cheeky words. We all enjoyed it!
To tie in their request of having a relaxed and fun ceremony and allowing their guest to share a laugh, I wrote a bit about their story and how they met, the proposal and what they admire in each other. They wrote their own vows which were truly great to witness and the theme of Laura’s love of animals was evident throughout. Along with emotional tears, there was also a bit of laughter…
Here is a snippet of Hayden’s vows:-
From the first time we met I knew you were someone special. Over the years we have grown together and learned a lot about each other.
I look forward to spending the rest of my life with you. Your love of revenge movies and obsession with animals makes you my perfect match.
Here is a snippet of Laura’s vows:-
Hayden, you are the one for me. Nothing and no one compares to you – my real life Rambo – I fell in love with your unique spirit and outlook on life.
Throughout our life, I will work hard to remember where I have put your things after a cleaning frenzy; however, I can’t guarantee that I won’t ask for more animals.
I first met Jacinta and Corey in July 2012 and was so happy to meet a couple like them. We got along so easily and I knew that their wedding day would include a variety of emotions.
Although these guys are total opposites, I could see immediately that they were also like two peas in a pod who knew how to enjoy life together and share some laughs. They chose to celebrate in colourful style at Zonzo.
Jacinta and Corey chose to have a fun bright theme and the pops of colour looked fantastic against the natural backdrop of the winery.
Jacinta had organised their friend Charles to sing and play guitar Make you feel my love by Bob Dylanfor the processional and wanted both sets of parents to give them away so we decided to do a parental blessing.
Kieran and Stef enlightened us with the personalised story, which was really nice to witness. Jacinta’s brother Damien and Corey’s sister Haylie each did a reading. Haylie got very creative and put something together about opposites attracting and had everyone giggling as they could relate the similarities to Jacinta and Corey’s relationship.
Jacinta and Corey chose to write their own vows. It was discussed that Jacinta would have quirky vows and perhaps Corey would write more serious vows! Both were beautifully written and Jacinta couldn’t wait to read her vows out. There was lots of excitement in the air and like myself, guests enjoyed witnessing such an uplifting and touching part of the ceremony.
Here is a line from Corey’s vows:-
You are my best friend, my greatest supporter, my most-valued critic.
Here is a line from Jacinta’s vows:-
We make it work, as our differences bring us laughter, happiness and make our love unconditional.
Their wedding day as a whole included lots of smiles and enjoyment, sentiment and fun.
I wish Jacinta and Corey all the best for their future together and thank them for letting me be a part of such a memorable occasion.
My belief is as your wedding day will be one of the most special events in your life, it should reflect who you are as a couple. Wedding ceremonies can be serious, traditional or humorous and it is okay to share tears as well as laughter with your loved ones to bring out your personality on the day!
Sam and Karina were an absolute pleasure getting to know. When I met them back in January, there was a clear connection between them and we seemed to get along so well, it didn’t feel like a first meeting. Straight away, I knew that their St Kilda wedding day would be something special.
They chose to have a relaxed evening ceremony at the funky The Deck at The Prince in St Kilda. The sun was shining and absolutely perfect for a roof top ceremony at this time of day. When I arrived I was greeted with a friendly welcome by their parents, family members and friends.
Prior to their ceremony, Sam and Karina spent the day together. They had photos taken around St Kilda and when it was time to start the ceremony, they walked down the aisle as a ‘ready to get married’ couple!
When we discussed what to include in the ceremony, both Sam and Karina were keen to share their story, which goes a little something like this. This is a snippet from their ceremony I read out:-
Sam designed a special engagement ring for Karina whilst sneakily getting hints of what she might like. Karina did talk about marriage also so they were on the same wavelength.
As they have the same silly humour and think alike, they quite often will finish each other’s sentences. Both feel that they are like a package deal and are quickly morphing into one!
They look forward to living together as a married couple and eventually seeing the world. They envisage their married life will be like that of their families- long and loving.
Their ceremony also included a parental blessing and the reading On Your wedding Day. Both read their vows to each other and it was clear that their family and friends truly felt happy being there to celebrate such a momentous occasion in their life. Sam’s sister Rachel and Karina’s sister Carley were chosen as the witnesses to sign the register and certificates.
When the ceremony concluded, the guests enjoyed a glass of bubbly and a cocktail reception with the newlyweds.
Photography was by the lovely Carly Ravenhall who was just wonderful to work with and DJ Tim from Algo Rhythm played his tunes with a smile on his face!
I look forward to keeping in touch with both Sam and Karina and also wish them all the best for their future together!
All Smiles at our 10 year wedding anniversary celebration!
Jason and I got married back on 30th August 2003. We couldn’t believe how quick our anniversaries would come around each year and on we always discussed having a celebration on our ten year anniversary so we could renew our vows.
In 2011, I officiated at a wedding at All Smiles of the Yarra Valley in Warranwood and we were invited to stay for the reception. Both of us were simply amazed by the hospitality, continual food service and funky vibe the place had to offer. We both agreed that we would have our celebration here and locked it in back in January 2012.
It didn’t take long for us to organise everything. I guess as a celebrant, I see lots of different colour themes and choices so it was a lot of fun choosing something totally different to our wedding day. For something a bit quirky, I chose to buy a button bouquet from Nic’s Button Buds as I just love her creations!
Most importantly, I took a bit of time putting together our ceremony so it reflected our relationship and our personalities.
With the winter sun shining, Saturday 31st August 2013 finally came and we both woke up just as excited as what we did ten years ago. Tania de Ross from De Ross Artistry came nice and early to do my make-up and I was so happy with the natural look she gave me to suit our theme for our lunch time cocktail function.
We decided to have transport for the day for just the two of us and were lucky enough to have Vince from LR Limousines pick us up in the stylish Chrysler Sedan. On the way, we enjoyed chatting whilst sipping on champagne.
I must admit, my emotions started during the trip and it did feel like our wedding day all over again- except that we had the comfort of each other during the preparation and travel there which was wonderful.
We arrived and were greeted by the super smiley Tim from C2 Video and guests started arriving not long after. Our amazing photos were captured by the ever so friendly Andrew from Passion8 Photography who I have had the pleasure of working with at previous bayside weddings.
Our ceremony was performed by Robyn Meikle who is not only a celebrant but also a friend of ours. It was great having her there for such a significant role.
Throughout the ceremony, I could feel myself tearing up and as my sister in law Colleen read out one of my favourite poems by Regina Hill, she too was getting emotional!
As well as tears of emotion, we shared plenty of laughs throughout- especially whilst our bit of history was read out. Everyone has a story to tell and generally, it does come with some humour!
The time came for our vows to be read out and ordinarily, I tend to let the groom go first but in this instance, Robyn suggested I go first… so I did…. and there were tears!!! I The emotion I felt during this time was just like our wedding day and I loved it! Some of our guests were quite teary also which was actually really nice to see.
Jason then read his vows out which he too had written himself and I was in hysterics (as well as teary still!). Much to my surprise, Jason wrote a limerick about us and I was just blown away by how thoughtful and wonderful his words were.
Not long after, the ceremony ended on a high and we all went inside to enjoy Andrew Grant and Rich sing and play the song I walked down the aisle to – Goodnight Girl. They specifically learnt this song for me and I was so happy sitting and listening to them with my husband by my side. I reminisced about how I felt ten years ago whilst this song was playing. I specifically chose this song because of the lyrics “… take your love and promises and make them last…”
We had some photos and footage taken on the premises and had so many laughs together with Tim and Andrew. (Hiring suppliers you get along with, really helps make a special occasion so much fun and enjoyable!)
During this time, our guests enjoyed looking through a memory album I put together which included photos of Jason and I from when we were young, right up to our wedding day and our years together.
After our photo and videography shoot, we had a bit more time to chat to our guests and enjoy some of the food and drinks on offer.
We then cut our choc mud cake which was made by the girls at Fantasy Cakes and this was then given out to everyone or they could take some home. It was so delicious that we encouraged everyone to take more than one slice!
The time soon came for the end of the function and each person was given a bomboniere to take home. I had lots of fun putting them together. We bought some small heart shaped glass jars and filled them with mini m&ms. The bon tags (as well as our invitations) were made by Sally from Notefully and I tied them on with bright orange ribbon.
Our guests all commented on what a wonderful day it was and how special it was for them to be a part of a great occasion.
When we arrived home, both of us were so happy and felt it was a great day.
That night, I couldn’t sleep as I was still beaming with excitement that not only had we reached such a great milestone in our life together, but we are also just as happy from when we met in 2002.
As a marriage celebrant, the request for renewal of vows is not all that common, but I guarantee that if you take some time to have a celebration with close family and friends and show your recommitment to one another, you will have a wonderful time just like on your wedding day.