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.
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!
Melbourne wedding ceremony posts:
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.
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
From where the celebrant stands, it’s not always possible to see what the bride and groom’s attendants are doing. Often, it’s the children – the page boys and flower girls – who are stealing the show, while the ceremony goes on around them. These two adorable twin page boys were totally enjoying themselves and the
There we were, gathered beside the beautiful lake in the Botanic Gardens in Berwick, waiting for the bride and her attendants to arrive. Then unexpectedly, to everyone’s surprise and delight, her pre-recorded message of welcome and excitement at being about to marry the love of her life, was played just as she drove up in
Both the bride and groom were a long way from their birthplaces in Ethiopia, but they recreated a sense of home at the vibrant Horn Restaurant in Collingwood. It was a special wedding becuase they had battled so much red tape to be together.
The bridal party arrived in a horse and carriage while I waited with a fairly nervous groom and his best man under a tree by the lake at the Carlton Gardens. Luckily, the spot they had chosen had not already been taken, although there were plenty of people enjoying the sunny weather and the beautiful
A beautiful couple, a stunning setting at Poet’s Lane in Sherbrooke, glorious weather, handsome groomsmen and lovely bridesmaids and, most importantly, laughter and happiness all around. Everything came together after months of planning made challenging because the groom worked in WA and the bride lived in Gippsland. Many of the guests had come from overseas
It’s not at every wedding that the groom and the groomsmen sing the bride down the aisle, but everyone was really impressed, except for the couple’s little boys who were in tears! The song set the tone for a fun-filled, joyful wedding held outdoors in glorious, evening sunshine with the Melbourne city skyline in the
I’m looking forward to celebrating two weddings on Saint Valentine’s Day next week and thought it might be interesting to know the history of the day. Saint Valentine’s Day is observed on February 14th each year in many countries around the world. A popular story (thanks to Wikipedia) about Saint Valentine of Rome was that
I celebrated two beautiful “weddings at home” last weekend. The first couple made a shady garden gazebo their setting. The bride’s jewell-encrusted red and white dress was simply stunning. The second couple had set up a romantic tent of white and pink gauze panels from which to welcome their family, colleagues and friends to their
Black swans, pelicans, yachts and sunlight glinting off blue waters formed the background for this week’s wedding between two lovely young people who are making a new life in Australia. Their specially chosen wedding guests were friends they have made while studying medicine and chemistry at university in Melbourne. Everyone enjoyed the beautiful, romantic ceremony
The garden at Cloudehill in Olinda was the glorious setting for today’s wedding. The bride and her mother made a stunning entry. As the ceremony unfolded, tears of happiness accompanied rituals of warming the wedding rings and a hand fasting. The bride threw her bouquet which was caught by her excited bridesmaid.
Sunlight flooded through the windows of Russian House in Fitzroy as the groom and his best men cheerily awaited the arrival of the bride. Then, accompanied by the skirl of bagpipes, the bridesmaids entered, followed by the beautiful bride on her mother’s arm.
I was checking out the images for Queens Park in Moonee Ponds on its website and was thrilled to see a photo of me with a wedding for a lovely couple whose wedding I officiated at back in December, 2009. It brought back very happy memories of them and their ceremony. Even after nearly 5
Pink and white tissue pompoms mingled with white blossoms and the grass was sprinkeld with pink rose petals in this lovely garden setting at Wyreena in Croydon. We included a hand fasting ritual in the ceremony because of its connection to the groom’s celtic background and the bride’s Thai wedding tradition of linking the couple
It’s wedding season again and the sun chose to sign on this couple who symbolised their new status and unity with lighting a marriage candle. The flame represents the warmth, love, comfort and security they will find in their marriage.
We were all in tears – the bride, the groom and me! This young couple had been legally married 3 months ago in Taiwan, but the groom felt one very important ingredient was missing – he had never formally proposed. So today, while on holiday in Melbourne, in a moving ceremony to renew their wedding
The bride wore her mother’s sixties wedding dress of lace daisies to honour her memory and hold her spirit close as she married the man she had loved from high school days. Even though their lives had taken different pathways over the intervening years, when they re-discovered each other, they had no doubts that theirs
Not everyone realises that celebrants are required to attend 5 hours of compulsory professional development every year to keep them up to date about changes to marriage law and the legal obligations of celebrants. So that is what I have been doing for the last 2 days – combined with my celebrant association’s annual conference.