Weddings Blog

Below is a collection of short posts about the Melbourne wedding ceremonies that I have performed. I love this job, and I love reading these posts again from time to time for the memories. Please contact me here with any enquiries or questions – enjoy!

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Melbourne wedding ceremony posts:

Scents of Christmas lilies

The scents of Christmas lilies and candles filled the air as this beautiful young couple exchanged the marriage vows they had written for each other and committed to support, love and respect each other for the rest of their lives together. A small gathering of family and friends wished them happiness. 

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Sunshine, family and happiness

The bride and groom chose to marry before their close family members on the deck of his parents’ beautiful home overlooking the beach at San Remo. At exactly the right moment, the sun broke through, the sea sparkled below them and they exchanged the wedding vows that they had written for each other.

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It’s all about Friendship

  Their friendship started 20 years ago when the groom agreed to mow the bride’s lawn in exchange for a cuppa and a chat. Their lives may have taken different pathways, turnings and challenges, but the friendship endured. How appropriate then, that their lovingly maintained garden was the setting for their wedding on Saturday. It

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And Baby Makes Three!

Recently I have been thrilled to receive joyous news from two couples whose marriages I celebrated earlier in this year. They emailed to let me know that a new baby had arrived and included photos (not this one). I feel very privileged that many couples take the time to keep me informed of achieving a

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Home Office Wedding

The candles are lit, the flowers are on display, music is playing softly and the guests are seated – all part of preparing my home office to become the ceremonial space for a wedding. This morning a lovely young couple exchanged their wedding vows before a small group of family members to celebrate their civil

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Surprise Vows Bring Tears

The bride and groom had both written personal wedding vows that they had kept secret from each other until the wedding. It was always going to be an emotional moment, but who could have guessed that the groom would barely contain his tears when it came to saying the words? We all held our breath

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Penny & Chris 2

Surprise!!

The guests were there to celebrate a first birthday party for the couple’s little girl. They had just finished blowing out the candle and singing “Happy Birthday” when I arrived on the scene and swapped the candle for a cute pair of owls dressed as a bride and groom. The penny slowly dropped and happy

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Mazel tov!

The Nevsky Russian restaurant was alive with music, love and laughter as the groom married his beautiful Japanese bride. Their joyful wedding ceremony concluded  with the symbolic breaking of a wine glass while the guests shouted Mazeltov!

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CCGA Professional Development 2015

The photo is from the cover of the Celebrants’ Conference I have just enjoyed over the last two days. I belong to the Civil Celebrants Graduates Association or CCGA, made of up celebrants who completed a Monash University post graduate qualification in celebrancy. The first day covered ongoing professional development which we have to undertake

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Melbourne Marriage Celebrant Rosemary Salvaris

St Vincents Garden in Albert Park

It was a wedding in the beautiful St Vincents Garden in Albert Park. So what better reading than the poem “Thoughts in a Garden” by R. Gerhardt? “This is a special place, a place where people have brought beautiful living plants, here to establish them, to nurture and care for them, that they may forever

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Melbourne Marriage Celebrant Rosemary Salvaris

“He’s not perfect”

Marriages that start with friendship seem to be off to a good start. This couple recommends a long engagement because it encouraged them to try and work through any issues that arose in their relationship. I really liked their Reading from Bob Marley’s “He’s not perfect”.

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Melbourne Marriage Celebrant Rosemary Salvaris

True friendship

The poet Judy Bielicki wrote: It is often said that it is love that makes the world go round. However, without doubt, it is friendship which keeps our spinning existence on an even keel. True friendship provides so many of the essentials for a happy life-it is the foundation on which to build an enduring

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Melbourne Marriage Celebrant Rosemary Salvaris

Beautiful rhythms

There are beautiful rhythms in a wedding ceremony – from the expectation of the arrival of the bridal party, the welcoming of guests, the often lighthearted telling of the couple’s story, the carefully chosen readings and reflections, the formality and the meaningfulness of their exchange of vows and rings, to the signing of the marriage

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Melbourne Marriage Celebrant Rosemary Salvaris

Seawinds Gardens

Seawinds Gardens overlooking the full sweep of the bay was the idyllic setting for Saturday’s wedding. The happily married couple then went on to celebrate at their grandparents’ place in Merricks, simply called “the Block”. It was a joyous and, at times, tearful expression of the bride and groom’s love for each other.

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Melbourne Marriage Celebrant Rosemary Salvaris

Smiles at Brighton Beach

The beach at Brighton was the glorious setting for this happy wedding between a young couple who had been trying for over two years to obtain a prospective marriage visa in order to celebrate their marriage in Australia. Finally, the moment had arrived and a few tears of joy were shed amidst all the smiles.

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Melbourne Marriage Celebrant Rosemary Salvaris

St Valentine’s day at Coburg Lakes

On the anniversary of their first date – twenty three years ago – this happy couple finally “tied the knot” on St Valentine’s day under the welcome shade of a stately gum tree at the Coburg Lakes. During the ceremony, they participated in a hand fasting ritual with ribbons that were the colours of St

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