It's not every day I get to marry a couple whose journey I have witnessed - from crushes and young love through to the proposal and marriage, but I was fortunate enough to be there for Sarah and Justin's journey.
From their times at University (where they met in a social justice group) to present day, Sarah and Justin have always referred to each other as their "enabler" - they are best friends and partners in crime and one of those couples that you just know is destined to get married.
In fact, I knew for sure when Justin signed me up to be their celebrant before he had even proposed to Sarah! Luckily I didn't have to wait too long as he whisked her away on a surprise trip to Europe, before proposing in Ireland - that's one proposal many guys could not top!
Always the friendliest guy in the room, Justin had a tough time narrowing down his large group of friends to take on the role of groomsmen and finally Justin and Sarah decided that they would just have to have all their closest friends as part of their bridal party. Despite being the biggest bridal party I have ever had to coordinate (first issue - will they all fit up the front?!), they were a pleasure to work with and a credit to the bride and groom.
Having their ceremony at Monument Hill Reserve and their reception in the very room they first met at Notre Dame University in Fremantle, the location of Sarah and Justin's marriage was a journey back to the spiritual heartland of their relationship.
A truly heartfelt congratulations to Justin and Sarah!
Photos by the wonderful Ange Coote Photography.
Talk about weddings close to your heart - Cameron and Teleisha's wedding epitomised that for me!
Cam and Teleisha have been close friends of mine for over 6 years, so when they asked me to be their wedding celebrant the tears started to flow! There was only one proviso - I had to promise that I would not cry at their ceremony! As it turned out, there were very few dry eyes in the house (or in the field as it was in this case) but I kept my promise!
Cam and Teleisha have a long history of heading down south with family and friends whenever the opportunity arose, so it was a clear choice for them to have their ceremony and reception at House of Cards Winery in Yallingup.
While it may have been a struggle to get my PA system out to the part of the field they had chosen for their ceremony, it was well worth the trek for the stunning photos that they now have. Placed to the side of a glorious old tree (strategically avoiding the ant nest directly in front of the trunk) and underneath its arching branch, Cam and Teleisha's ceremony was framed by the simple beauty of nature, suiting this couple perfectly.
In the lead up to their wedding day, Teleisha asked me if it would be possible to weave some of her favourite Harry Potter quotes throughout the ceremony - not obviously, but so they alone would know they were there. As it turns out, J.K. Rowling knows a thing or two about emotive writing, and the subtle addition of the quotes only served to make the ceremony more touching and meaningful to the couple.
It was my utmost honour to be able to give Cam and Teleisha the greatest wedding present I can give - a wedding ceremony from my heart, which suited them perfectly.
It was then my absolute pleasure to join them in their amazing outdoor reception at House of Cards Winery, under the light of the moon, the stars and of course, festoon lights. With an amazing banquet of food provided by Goanna Gourmet Catering and delicious wine by House of Cards, this wedding was definitely one to remember!
Thanks to Bianca Kate Photography for the stunning shots!