The release of doves is a beautiful symbolic way of conveying a message of hope and love at the end of a wedding. These gentle, intelligent creatures have played an important role in human events since earliest times. As the doves soared into the skies there was no mistaking the joy and emotion felt by
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 skyline of Melbourne was a stunning backdrop to yesterday’s wedding on a high spot of a lovely park in East Brunswick.The steps were decorated with flowers, the champagne flowed, the bride and groom honoured their parents with a touching tea ceremony and the bride’s 100 year old grandmother was there as well.
A handfasting is a simple and meaningful ritual to include in the wedding ceremony, particularly if there is a Celtic connection. The bride and groom made handfasting a central part of their really moving, beautiful wedding at a lovely venue in the Yarra Valley.
What’s the happiest moment of a wedding ceremony? Of course, there are many – but one of the moments I really enjoy is when the bride and groom sit down at the signing table, after they have been pronounced “man and wife” and have a few moments together while the witnesses are signing their certificates.
Even though it was windy and rain was threatening, the sun shone and the skies stayed blue long enough for this very lovely, emotional wedding on the Sorrento back beach. Although they lived on opposite sides of the world, the bride and groom had found a way to marry each other in the happiest of
I performed a warm and happy wedding at my home – the bride comes from Vietnam and wore a traditional wedding dress. One of her friends read a poem in Vietnamese that uses images of plants and soil to describe the married relationship. Of course, we also had a translation! Somehow everyone managed to fit
It seems it’s the season for small, private weddings in my home – this one was between a lovely Indian groom who has been trying for three years to bring his fiancee here from Pakistan. Finally, they achieved it and I celebrated their wedding this week. Later in the year, they hope to go home
Scents of jasmine and the mellow lights of candles made for a beautiful, small wedding ceremony attended by only the bride, groom and their witnesses. Of course, they are planning a much more splendid celebration back in India later this year. We still enjoyed sharing the scrumptious wedding cake that is a traditional part of
While the rain, sleet and cold were so miserable last Saturday, we were inside The Grande Receptions in Epping enjoying the warmth of a candlelit wedding. The bride and groom’s three children stole the entry as ring bearer and flower girls. The bride and groom were relaxed and smiling throughout their ceremony. Afterwards, I was
Two weddings on Saturday – thankfully both indoors in lovely restaurants – given Melbourne’s cold and blustery weather of late. The first couple met in Spain two years ago. Their relationship thrived despite the challenges of times apart and different language and culture. The second couple, pictured here at Berth in Docklands, were at high
My first interstate wedding! It was on the beach at Mullaloo, north of Perth, W.A. Imagine white sand, a calm, silvery ocean and a gentle, golden sky at dusk. The bride and groom were eloping to have an intimate, intensely personl ceremony with a few close friends as witnesses. I felt very priveleged to be
It was a busy weekend with a beautiful wedding at the Fitzroy Town Hall Reading room and a very moving Naming Ceremony in Yarra Glen. The Reading room is a hidden treasure for a wedding venue with wooden panels, ornamental columns and antique furnishings.
March has flown by with 7 Weddings and 2 Naming ceremonies. Each was unique and special. One of the Naming ceremonies was for a twelve year old and the love and pride his family had for this great young person was very touching. The weddings have been in beautiful settings – varying from the forest
Weddings are increasingly assisted by social media. The bride and groom I married on Saturday met overseas via an internet dating site. We did all the preparation for the wedding via Skype and emails. Then, the wedding here in Melbourne was watched online by the groom’s parents who were in Portugal. This is a fantastic
The last rays of autumn sunlight brought warmth and colour to the lovely setting of Farm Vigano for the wedding of a beautiful young couple and their glamorous bridal party dressed in black velvet. It was made extra special because the couple’s two young children were there to see their prents get married.
Amidst much laughter and celebration I conducted a Ceremony of Commitment on Saturday for two women who love each other and want the world to know of their life partnership. What a pity that Australia isn’t ready to recognise same sex weddings!
I conducted a beautiful wedding over the weekend at one of my favourite venues – Montsalvat in Eltham. It has a number of cool, atmospheric settings and glorious, established grounds. This is not an advert, but the place really elevates my spirit.
I conducted two beautiful and very different ceremonies last week. the first was a Commitment Ceremony between two people who wanted to make a public declaration before friends and family of their life-long love. The other was a simple, warm and traditional wedding in a small chapel with bridesmaids, groomsmen and all the trimmings.