Katy and Jonny and their Aussie Wedding

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Katy and Jonny met in England 9 1/2 years ago at the University Sailing Club.  They sealed their love with a wedding ceremony with their English family and friends in April.  Not wanting their Australian family and friends to miss out they held a Reaffirmation of Vows Ceremony at their home in Manly.  They chose a reading from The Owl and the Pussycat for their ceremony and then “danced by the light of the moon, the moon, they danced by the light of then moon” at Manly Deck Restaurant.  Katy later told me they had so much fun during their ceremony their guests thought we’d been friends for years.

Cam and Kate seal their love

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On a recent trip to Southbank in Melbourne Kate and Cam were watching a young couple kissing.  Kate said “Bet you can’t beat that Cam” to which he said “Bet I can” and produced an engagement ring and asked Kate to marry him – Kate said yes and Cam’s mother cried with happiness.  They decided that Manly Deck Restaurant was the perfect venue to exchange their vows. Cam, in a very efficient way, was able to organise the whole day, incorporating a “Mario” theme into the Reception.  Kelly loves the colour pink, butterflys, her two girls and Cam and their ceremony had all those elements. Kelly looked beautiful in a hot pink gown and the girls wore beautiful white dresses.  During the ceremony, Tory-lee, welcomed all the guests and Charlee sang “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” (actually the guests did most of the singing and Charlee just looked pretty – which she did with style).

Kelly and Jason seal their love with a Lock Ceremony

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Kelly and Jason’s love affair started in high school.  Little did Kelly know that having a broken leg would attract the attention of her true love and the person she would later marry.  Jason, a true romantic, quietly bought an engagement ring, stowed it in his backpack, and on a surprise visit to Santorini in Greece proposed to Kelly as the sun set.

In the months leading up to their ceremony great construction plans were put in place by Kelly’s Dad.  He designed and made interlocking hearts fixed to a sandstone base so they could incorporate a Lock Ceremony into their day.  On their many travels Kelly and Jason visited “Lovers Lane” in Cinque Terre in Italy.  This Pathway of Love is frequented by many couples in love and tradition has it, that locks are attached to the fence and the keys thrown away.  Kelly and Jason asked their guests to each bring a lock to attach to the hearts – symbolising the locking together their love.  Kelly and Jason exchanged their handwritten vows (which they learnt by heart) at Cherbon Waters Ceremonial Gardens with Photographer and school friend, Beth Carter,  taking the beautiful wedding pics.  Kelly and Jason’s love for each other was radiant throughout the ceremony.  An amazing couple on an amazing day.

Mahala and Matt at Broadway Chapel

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There was hours of preparation leading up to the marriage of Mahala and Matt, their beautiful German Shepherd Sasha, even wanted to help out with the ceremony.  Not wanting to have a wet weather alternative, they choose The Broadway Chapel for the ceremony.  But the floods in January had other ideas, and their reception venue was badly damaged. The day however, was just beautiful.  Mahala arrived with her bridesmaids, Zoe and Bindu and her Mother, Rae.  Although being nervous, as most brides are, she was just radiant and so excited to be marrying Matt.  Matt and the boys were calmly waiting inside in the airconditioned Groom’s Wedding Party Room. The love shown in their eyes as they exchanged vows would have made even the toughest person shed a silent tear. 

Redland Bay Golf Club

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With the fountain as a backdrop the beautiful Redland Bay Golf Club with their manicured grounds and exceptional catering will make your Wedding Day memorable.

Glengariff Estate

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A beautiful venue – Glengariff Estate in Dayboro.  This historic winery is the perfect venue to exchange your wedding vows.

Linda and Greg at the Botanic Gardens

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Deciding to have a wedding ceremony on the eve of her 50th birthday party was how Linda decided to remember this special birthday.  Making all the arrangements from North Queensland made everything that little bit more difficult but what a success it was!  Such beautiful weather and the beautiful setting in the Botantic Gardens, Brisbane ensured Linda and Greg exchanged their vows in front of close family and friends a very special and heart warming occasion.  As Linda said “she didn’t think she would enjoy the ceremony as much as she did, she just wanted to marry her gorgeous man” and she did.  A couple so in love.  Greg’s late wife, Lyn, sent a sign of approval from heaven which they all laughed about but expected.  They concluded they wedding weekend with a party on the Brisbane River which was a roaring success.

Darrin and Mimi exchange vows at the Venice Restaurant, Brisbane

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The weather wasn’t kind to us but the look of love between Mimi and Darrin brought the sun out.  With such a beautiful setting beside the Brisbane River, the Venice Restaurant pulled out all stops to make the exchange of vows between Mimi and Darrin a memorable and beautiful occasion.  The beautiful music played by Harpist, Janice Preece, set the romantic feeling that moved through the ceremony.  The traditional words they chose gave greater depth of meaning when they exchanged their vows, they chose to complete their ceremony with a Sand Ceremony, pouring the sand into one vase symbolising the joining together of their lives (we had fun rehearsing the Sand Ceremony with white and raw sugar – like a sweet rehearsal!).

Wennie and David signing the Register

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It was a beautiful sunny day for Wennie and David to exchange vows in Gumdale, Brisbane.  Wennie wore a beautiful knee length cream chiffon dress and with her beautiful dark features she looked the radiant bride.  David wasn’t the least bit nervous – which was good to see and they exchanged their vows with great depth of feeling.  We all took so many photos they’ll have a slideshow that goes on for days.  May the rest of their lives be as happy as their wedding day.

Puppy Naming for Vison Australia

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It was the generosity of Trilby Misso that allowed me to celebrate a special puppy naming ceremony for Vision Australia.  Each puppy has an extensive and expensive training regime before they are given the very important role of being the “eyes” for a visually impaired person.  Trilby Misso sponsored “Ty” and we formally named him in a ceremony at the Trilby Misso Offices in Brisbane.  I hope many other companies follow their example.  Ty behaved himself very well, but is still a little afraid of stepping over that gap between the floor and the elevator.  He look’s very important in his special “training coat”.