If you’re thinking of running away to beautiful Margaret River for an elopement I offer Short and Sweet Ceremonies which are perfect for such intimate occasions.
My role as a Marriage Celebrant is my main vocation which means I’m available for small mid-week ceremonies and elopements, as well as big or small weekend weddings and celebrations.
No matter what size or shape your ceremony will take, I give a personalised service, putting the same amount of time, professionalism and care into my ceremonies, and the wonderful couples I’m working for. Check out My Services page for information on my ceremony inclusions. Read more about Elopements here.
If you want to run away with the one you love for a summer elopement there are still dates available for January, and a few precious weekend wedding dates left in February. Just remember you need to give a minimum one month notice of intent to marry.
There is a ritual inspired by Celtic traditions, said to be used by early settlers and convicts in Australia, where instead of exchanging rings, as they were far too expensive, the couple would cast a stone into the river as a symbol of the wedding promises made, ever strong and steady as the river of the water ebbs and flows around them.
Tiffany and Corinne were married in February 2018, in the beautiful natural setting of Nanga Bush Camp in Dwellingup, WA. The chosen location for their ceremony was in a clearing alongside the Murray River.
There were many personalised elements to Tiff and Corinne’s ceremony, as they stood together, with their siblings by their side, ready to take the steps to marriage. And although they were exchanging rings, a river stone ritual seemed like a natural choice for such a location, and was a perfect way to complete their wedding ceremony.
After the main part of the ceremony had taken place, and the couple and witnesses had signed the marriage register, the bridal party made their way across the rocks alongside the water. Their attendants, Brie and Daniel handed Tiffany and Corinne a special stone each, chosen for the occasion.
Tiffany and Corrine were asked to hold the stones in their hands to warm them, and feel the smooth, solid weight of them, before exchanging stones with each other. They then turned, and cast them into the river water below, followed by these words of good wishes:
“From this day forward, may your relationship stay strong and solid, as life, like the river, ebbs and flows around you.”
They were then presented for the first time as ‘Mrs and Mrs’ to cheers and applause from friends and family – such a wonderful moment to celebrate!!
I love helping couples find new ways to express their relationship and personalities, and to include creative elements to their ceremony. The river stone ritual worked so well in this setting by the Murray River, and could be adapted by to other locations as inspired. There are ideas for other rituals here.
The photos are by the talented Amy of April Loves Arnold. Many thanks to Tiffany and Corinne for sharing these photos, and their fabulous wedding day with me!
Exchanging Stones – photo by April Loves Arnold
Photo by April Loves Arnold
Signing the Registry – Photo by April Loves Arnold
Final Presentation to Family and Friends – Photo by April Loves Arnold
Exchanging Rings – photo by April Loves Arnold
Final Words – photo by April Loves Arnold
Tiff and Corinne Wedding Ceremony – photo by April Loves Arnold
Brides by the River – photo by April Loves Arnold
River Stone and Rings – photo by April Loves Arnold