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Ian & Laura’s autumn wedding at Werribee Mansion.

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Ian & Laura’s autumn wedding at Werribee Mansion. 12th April 2014

Ian and Laura initially met with me in a year before their big day.

I clearly remember them saying they wanted a relaxed ceremony and knew I would be able to help them with that request!

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Our second meeting was lots of fun! I really enjoyed hearing their story so I could then incorporate it into their service. After a few pages of writing notes, and getting to know them better, I was able to put together their personalised ceremony and email them a draft.

With a couple of amendments and after receiving their personalised vows, Ian and Laura’s ceremony was complete and it wasn’t long before the big day was here!

Upon arriving at Werribee Mansion, I walked to the lemon scented gums where the ceremony was to be held. It was a perfect autumn day and I was greeted by Dean the Videographer who was a family friend, and Madeleine in the talented string quartet who was organised by Tom from Mr Boutique .

Ian and his four groomsmen looked quite relaxed and happy. After he greeted his mother Karen, Ian’s emotion set in and there were tears along with laughter. I knew that today would be a great ceremony to be part of, simply because of the sincerity and support from the family and friends and the connection shared between Ian and Laura.

After having a quick catch up with the lovely photographer Karina Jade, it was time to get the boys organised ready for the girls’ arrival.

As the string quartet began playing, the beautiful bridesmaids Eliza and Ellen walked down the path followed by Laura’s maid of honour and sister Erica. Laura then made her grand entrance with her father Michael by her side, and Ian could not take his eyes off his bride to be.

The unplugged ceremony began and with a welcome, the bridal party were acknowledged and thanked for being part of the wedding.


Following the parental blessing and introduction, I was then able to share Ian and Laura’s story which was well received with some tears as well as laughter. A real highlight was that Ian organised the proposal in Tasmania so Laura could share the happy news in person to her beloved nan whom she shares a close bond with.

Ian and Laura wrote their own heartfelt vows and it was such an honour to witness them reading these to each other. With such poise and sincerity, both declared their commitment to each other, with a bit of added humour.

Part of Ian’s vows:-

You are absolutely gorgeous.

(Obviously. Look at you.)

Your understated humour brings me uncharacteristically to tears in fits of laughter…

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And part of Laura’s vows:-

I love that we are best friends.

You always make me feel beautiful, even when I don’t think I am.

I love our little furry family. Turning you into a cat person was the best thing I ever did!

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So, needless to say,  I was really happy to help Ian and Laura during such an important part of their lives.

I wish them all the very best in the future and thank them for allowing me to share their story to their family and friends as their celebrant.

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“Hi Karine,

We would just like to say a huge thank you for all of the work you put in to make our wedding ceremony so fantastic.

We really appreciate the time you took to get to know us and formulate a ceremony that reflected us in every way. We also really loved your friendly, positive and ‘can-do’ attitude. We knew that if anything went wrong on the day you would be able to handle it for us, probably without us even knowing. Luckily, nothing went wrong!

We were so happy with the service we received from you and really enjoyed the whole process.

Thankyou again; we had the most wonderful day and you played an important role in making it that way.”

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Many thanks to Karina Jade for the beautiful photography.

Bouquets were created by Smellies in Geelong.

Hair and make up were by Blondie

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Chloe & Mitchell’s wedding at The Brighton Savoy

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Chloe & Mitchell’s wedding at The Brighton Savoy

When I met with Chloe and Mitchell last year, I knew that this was going to be a fun wedding for everyone involved. Each meeting had lots of laughter and enjoyment and I really had a great time putting together their personalised relaxed ceremony.

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Their wedding was held in the stunning Gala Atrium at The Brighton Savoy and as guests arrived, it was time to chat to the boys and get them ready for the girls’ arrival.

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As the ceremony was about to start, I could see that everyone was in such high spirits! There were cheers and well wishes as Chloe entered the room with her mother and brother by her side to the beautiful 1000 Years

Their personalised story had a bit of everything, lots of love, lots of humour and lots of emotion all round.

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After reading their vows and exchanging rings, we did a sand ceremony to represent the blending of their lives into one.

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It was soon time for Mitchell to kiss his bride and the crowd went wild! The cheers of congratulations filled the room and I was so happy to witness such a joyous occasion with family and friends showing their overwhelming support.

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I wish Chloe and Mitchell all the very best in their married life together. I’m sure there will be continued love, fun and laughs shared between them both.

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” We were so happy and grateful for all the effort you went to and the ceremony was beautiful; all our guests loved it and said you were perfect.


Photos thanks to Ivan at Rosa Photography who captured Chloe and Mitchell’s personalities perfectly!

Celebration at Avalon Castle | Commitment Ceremony

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Kristy & Mandi’s Commitment Ceremony

Kristy and Mandi first met with me in 2012 to discuss their upcoming commitment ceremony. I could see straight away that these girls were going to have a magnificent celebration and I enjoyed meeting with them to discuss their ceremony preferences.

It turned out to be 40 degrees on the day but everyone was very excited to be a witness in the beautiful grounds of Avalon Castle in Cockatoo. With 8 bridesmaids and 3 pageboys to support them both, it was going to be an emotional day for everyone.

The girls chose an instrumental rendition of A Thousand Years to walk down the aisle to. Kristy wanted to walk down first with her father Craig so she could then take it all in and watch Mandi arrive.

When the time came for Mandi to arrive, she got a glimpse of Kristy and she too was overwhelmed. With her father James by her side, she said to Kristy “you look beautiful” and the ceremony then commenced.

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I shared their story to the guests which included some laughter, before they recited their heartfelt vows to each other and exchanged rings.

Their service also included a rose ceremony. Their mothers, Cheryl and Robyn presented them each with a rose, which has the symbolic meaning of “I love you”.

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Rose Ceremony

Rose Ceremony

The time soon came for the end of the ceremony. We signed a keepsake certificate and the celebration continued with photos and a cocktail reception.

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It was a pleasure working with Stu from Stu Art Video Productions and being a part of such a special and touching ceremony.

Thank you to Aaron from Avalon Castle for his hospitality.

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I wish both Kristy and Mandi all the very best!



Jon & Ainslie’s Wedding day at Encore St Kilda

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The heat was on at the ceremony for Ainslie & Jon! Encore St Kilda

25th February 2012

Ainslie and Jon were an absolute pleasure to get to know and discuss their ideas for their ceremony. I always find the second meeting a lot of fun as this is where I generally will find out the story of how they met and the proposal to then start a draft. Ainslie and Jon’s story was definitely a enjoyable one….

On the day, Ainslie and her bridesmaids carried beautiful bright bouquets of various flowers.  The girls wore pretty navy blue dresses with stripey shoes! Meanwhile, although the boys wanted to wear their jackets for the ceremony, I did insist they have them off whilst we were waiting…. did not want to have anyone fainting!

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You can see the excitement in their eyes throughout the video and photos; and although it was a steaming 40 degrees that day on the rooftop of Encore St Kilda Beach, we still had a lot of laughs from the guests who enjoyed themselves as much as I did.

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The fact that Ainslie did not stop smiling and acknowledging her family and friends with a beaming grin and laughter made it all the more wonderful for us all.

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To view the video snippet please click here

Karine Hart | Marriage Celebrant Melbourne

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As a younger marriage celebrant, I generally get asked by a lot of people  “what made you become a marriage celebrant”. The answer is pretty simple;  here’s the story in a nutshell.

When Jason and I were married in 2003, we had a wonderful day but it wasn’t without unavoidable hiccups. The one thing that stood out as being the best part of the whole day was in fact the marriage ceremony.

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I’ve always had a fond interest in the wedding industry and I was keen to be involved in the happiness of weddings. I thought about what I could do in the industry that would be rewarding and special and after reflecting on our own wedding day, I chose to commence my studies to become a marriage celebrant.

It was hard work. I was working full time at that stage and would complete my modules late into the nights. I LOVED every moment of it though as I knew that soon enough, with my determination, I would be able to share in the joy of so many wedding celebrations!

I became registered in October 2008 and then chose to complete further studies. I have a motto that I came up with “the heart of the wedding day is the marriage ceremony”. The whole wedding day is not complete without the marriage ceremony which makes it all legal. In my opinion, it is one of the most important elements of the wedding day. As a marriage celebrant, I take great pleasure in standing up there with couples and witnessing such a wonderful occasion in their lives.

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I’ve had the opportunity to share in many tears and laughter at numerous marriage ceremonies and I love that the couples that choose me as their Marriage Celebrant have such a fun perspective on their wedding as a whole. There is generally no stress as I like to make everyone feel at ease in the lead up to and on their wedding day. It should be a cheerful day with lovely memories and celebration.

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So, it started back at our own wedding day with the realisation that the marriage ceremony was definitely the most momentous part of our wedding. There is so much emotion that happens during this time that you will never forget. Along with the nerves, there are moving tears and laughter and of course, lots of love and happiness! This is why I am a marriage celebrant.

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“The heart of the wedding day is the marriage ceremony

Karine Hart | Marriage Celebrant Melbourne



Tatra Wedding

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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!”.

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Bride in ruby red at Tatra Receptions

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.

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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.

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sharing a smile!

Photos were taken by Andrea from White Canvas Photography and make-up was by Tania from De Ross Artistry.

I wish Laura and Hayden all the very best in their future together and thank them for choosing me as their Marriage Celebrant Melbourne.

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Bridal party at Tatra Receptions

Karine Hart | Marriage Celebrant Melbourne


Zonzo Wedding

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The Zonzo wedding of Jacinta & Corey

30th March 2013

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.

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On the day of their zonzo wedding, I was greeted by their friends and family as well as Joel and Chloe from White Rabbit Productions.

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 Dylan for the processional  and wanted both sets of parents to give them away so we decided to do a parental blessing.

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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.

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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.

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Here is a line from Corey’s vows:-

You are my best friend, my greatest supporter, my most-valued critic.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Karine Hart | Marriage Celebrant Melbourne

Photos thanks to Joel and Chloe from White Rabbit Productions

Circa St Kilda Wedding

Circa St Kilda Wedding of Sam & Karina

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.

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The Deck at The Prince, St Kilda

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.

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Sam & Karina’s ceremony

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.

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Sam reading vows

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!

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newlyweds at their St Kilda Wedding

Karine Hart | Marriage Celebrant Melbourne

All Smiles Warranwood

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.

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Jason and Karine 30th August 2003

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!

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Button bouquet

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.

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LR Limousine Chrysler Sedan

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.

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all smiles warranwood

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!

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sharing a laugh

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.

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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.

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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.

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all smiles warranwood

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!

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funky cake

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.

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bomboniere & bouquet

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.

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all smiles warranwood

To view a snippet of our day, please click here.