Spring Sunshine

Much of the winter in the South West had been wet and cold so I was glad that my couple had planned for a small indoor ceremony for their early September wedding.  It seemed that the winter weather wasn’t going anywhere in a hurry. However, to everyone’s delight it was a glorious spring day.  The sun was shining on the deep greens of winter in the vineyards, farmland and forest of the Margaret River region.  When I arrived at the private residence in Yallingup for Sunny and Jacob’s ceremony it was quickly decided to take in the glorious weather and hold the ceremony on the sun dappled alfresco area of this stunning home.

The ceremony was sweet and simple, with vows made and rings exchanged amongst close friends on a spring afternoon.  It was a joy and an honour to be a part of such an intimate occasion and I felt warmly welcomed by everyone present.

sunny-jacob-thumbprint
Adding my print to their keepsake canvas painting

After the ceremony I was invited to join in with some photos and enjoy the beginnings of the celebrations.  I was delighted when the couple asked me to add my fingerprint to their canvas keepsake (as shown).

It was an honour to officiate this ceremony and be included in the warmth of the day.  Wishing Sunny and Jacob much love and light in their future together.

 

Short & Sweet

I pride myself on giving my clients the full service when booking me to be their Civil Marriage Celebrant. I offer a flat fee which covers pretty much everything from beginning to end.  I have meetings with couples where we discuss likes, dislikes, dreams and random thoughts, and I turn that into their personalised ceremony.  There’s the choice of rituals, readings, poems & inclusions. There’s emails to and fro with the draft ceremony to make sure everyone is happy, and a wedding rehearsal so all who are involved knows what to do on the big day.  Ultimately, the end goal is to be legally wed, which I also ensure happens along the way!

passionate-wedding-quote-a-wedding-is-a-party-not-a-performance-if-at-the-end-of-the-day-you-are-marriedSome couples however just want the ‘short and sweet’ version.  It may be an elopement, it may be a second marriage, or you simply may want just ‘the legals’ without any of the ‘extras’.  As a celebrant I am here to offer you what you want, ensuring at the end of the day that you are legally wed.  So what would ‘just the legals’ entail? (Note that this is skimming over the details – I’m happy to explain it all in full when discussing options with you)

A signed, completed NOIM (Notice of Intended Marriage) in my hands AT LEAST one month prior to your wedding day.

Evidence of Date and Place of birth, and Identity documents must be sighted by the Celebrant.

A declaration of no legal impediment to be completed and signed with the Celebrant prior to the wedding.

A ceremony that must include the following:

  • The marriage celebrant should identify themselves and the names of the couple to be married.
  • The marriage celebrant should state the Monitum to the bride and groom, and at least two witnesses over 18.
  • The bride and groom must say the following legal vows: I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, [_ _], take thee, [_ _], to be my lawful wedded wife/husband. (Or words to that effect).
  • Signing of the required forms with two witnesses over 18.

And then you’re married!

Everyone has their own idea of the perfect wedding.  My role as an Authorised Marriage Celebrant is to offer you the choice, and to ensure at the end of the day, that you are legally married…and HAPPY!

The first chat with me is obligation free.  I’m happy to meet with you somewhere nice, we talk about your hopes and dreams, and you decide if I’m the right fit for you.  Then we can take it from there 🙂

A Beach Wedding

It was unusually hot and humid as I prepared for Lisa and Ben’s big day.  A thunderstorm had been threatening for a few days now, but it seemed (fingers crossed) that the weather would hold off for the late afternoon ceremony time.

The setup at Gnarabup Beach, (near Margaret River) was simple and stylish, and all thatIMG_5359 was required with such a breathtaking location.  The dramatic cloud formations, along with the sparkling water and the rock edged beach cove made for a perfect scene as the guests gathered to welcome the bridal party to the ceremony.

Being a ‘barefoot beach wedding’, the guests were encouraged to leave their shoes at the stairs and enjoy the sand beneath their feet.  The bridesmaid followed by the bride making their entrance, and flinging off her shoes at the bottom of the stairs was a great start to a relaxed wedding.

12322895_1069390813107368_2807120092169546170_o
Lisa and Ben’s Ceremony – Gnarabup Beach (photo by Cas Ritter)

The ceremony that followed was simple and sweet, with a highlight being the ring-bearer Toby, a very well behaved and loved dog who had the rings tied around his collar complete with a smart bow tie.

The threatening thunderstorm provided a beautiful skyline, and an amazing sunset that night.  A perfect start to married life for this gorgeous couple.  Thanks to Lisa and Ben for allowing me to share their story.  It was an honour to be their celebrant!

Tree planting ceremony

Late last year I officiated a beautiful country wedding held on a family property in Margaret River.

IMG_4778

The Bride and Groom requested a tree planting ritual as part of their ceremony to symbolize the deepening roots of their relationship, and the continued growth of their love.

A young olive tree was set on a table, with two small pots of soil, two small trowels and a watering can.

When it was time for the tree planting ceremony, the couple each took a trowel and scooped soil into the pot containing the tree while words were read out about strengthening love, growth and nourishment.  As the couple held the watering can together and watered their tree for the first time, the words from  Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis DeBernieres were read:

“Love is a temporary madness,

it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides.

And when it subsides you have to make a decision.

You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable

that you should ever part. Because this is what love is.

Love is not breathless, it is not excitement,

It is not the promulgation of eternal passion.

That is just being “in love” which any fool can do.

Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away,

and that is both an art and a fortunate accident.

Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from the branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.”

IMG_4948

At the conclusion of the ritual the couple were then reminded to nourish each other, with words of encouragement, trust, and love on a daily basis to enable them each to grow to their fullest potential.

“Take this little olive tree with you when you return home, as a reminder of this day and your commitment to nurture each other today and into your future.”

Find out about other ceremony rituals here.

Wendy xx

summer-floral-tree-heart-shape-pot-18892593