Leanne is the first bride I've had that has now been in two of my weddings - she was also the Maid of Honour for her best friend, whose wedding was the first I ever did. Thankfully I must have done an alright job, because Leanne and Fred booked me for their wedding.
In the lead up to their wedding, Leanne and Fred must have had a touch of the nerves. Not because they had any doubts about marrying each other - but because their celebrant (me) was laid up in hospital having undergone a lovely bout of Salmonella Poisoning! Thankfully I was discharged from hospital two days before their wedding, meaning I had a day to rest up before heading down south to do their rehearsal the next day. Despite what was no doubt an extremely nervy situation for Leanne and Fred, they handled it like absolute champions, never conveying to me any stress. Of course like any good celebrant I have my back up options that I can call on in an emergency, but thankfully it didn't come to that.
Leanne and Fred chose the beautiful Arimia Estate Winery in Yallingup for their ceremony and reception, getting married on a perfect Summer's day surrounded by their family and friends. Although a simple ceremony was on the cards for these lovebirds, we included a minute of silence (rather than a reading) to extend the timing slightly, where family and friends wrote short notes to the couple on their happy day. These notes were collected into a jar and were taken home by Leanne and Fred as sweet reminders of their day to read through later.
After the ceremony, I left the bridal party and guests to celebrations, and left my PA system to the mercy of the reception - the hired PA system didn't show up/was lost in a back room, and the hire company had closed up shop for Christmas! Thankfully I always take my portable PA system with me, even when I'm told its not needed, so it was able to be used for speeches and music for the reception.
Congratulations again to Leanne and Fred, and all the best for the future - and for the welcoming of bubs next year!
Photos by the talented Kirsty Russell Photography