Chloe + Mahmoud’s Gardens House Wedding

First meeting

At Phuket airport. Mahmoud tells me he was instantly mesmerised by Chloe’s beauty.
He had just shared a laugh and a hug with one of his friends, before he turned to see Chloe standing there behind him in the customs line, so he promptly broke into a huge smile and asked her if she would like a hug too!

First impressions

They immediately discovered a very similar sense of humour, and bonded over a love of travel and immersing themselves into different cultures, but it was their strong family ties and a love for sports that brought them close together….well, by sports I mean mainly AFL….meaning mainly Carlton….ok so maybe that was just Mahmoud that was obsessed with sport, but either way, it didn’t take long at all for their friendship to develop into the loving bond which led them to marry at the beautiful Gardens House in the Melbourne Botanical Gardens.

Vows

After lots of Lebanese family traditions starting the day off for Mahmoud, Chloe made her entrance at Gardens House as a breathtaking figure in custom Craig Braybrook Couture.
She named her handsome groom as “the most beautiful, smart, and generous person I have ever known”. Mahmoud promised to love, cherish and commit his heart + soul to Chloe for as long as he lived.

Mahmoud’s nephew stood up as the cute as button ring bearer, before a first kiss as husband + wife drew highly anticipated cheers and applause from a very festive group of guests!

Congratulations Mr + Mrs M and thank you for allowing me to share a part of your amazing day with you!

Photo credit

The incredibly talented Theo from Loco Photography for the beautiful images – what a superstar x

Gardens House Celebrants

Gardens House Celebrant Meriki Comito

Gardens House Celebrant Meriki Comito

Gardens House Celebrant Meriki Comito

Gardens House Celebrant Meriki Comito

Lebanese Wedding Traditions

Lebanese Wedding Traditions

Lebanese Wedding Traditons

Wedding Entourage

Bride's arrival

Beautiful Wedding Flowers

Page Boys job at the wedding

Here comes the bride

Here comes the bride

Here comes the bride

Gardens House weddings with Meriki Comito Celebrant

Gardens House weddings with Meriki Comito Celebrant

Gardens House weddings with Meriki Comito Celebrant

Gardens House weddings with Meriki Comito Celebrant

Gardens House weddings with Meriki Comito Celebrant

Gardens House weddings with Meriki Comito Celebrant

First kiss as husband and wife

Signing the register

Married!!Bridal party goals

Alone at last

Wedding kisses in the rain

Love in the rain on your wedding day

Wedding dance Lebanese style

Newlywed heaven

 

Chloe + Mahmoud | 02.11.2018

Photography: Loco Photography
Ceremony Location: Gardens House 
Celebrant: Meriki Comito 
Videography: IMedia Studios
Bridal Gown: Craig Braybrook Couture 
Bride’s Shoes: Valentino
Flowers : Floretta By Grace
Groom’s Cars: Pony Passion Cars
Bride’s Cars: RR Classic Car Hire
Ceremony Music: Four Seasons String Quartet
Reception Location: Metropolis

 

Ceremony Entrances – Know your options!

Feature photo by Ben Swinnerton

Ceremony entrances, or processionals, are one of the most highly anticipated moments of every wedding, but these days, you have more choices than ever!

Whether you’re a traditional couple, or an unconventional one, there’s a ceremony entrance to suit your style, and I have listed my Top 10 processional options for you here!

What kind of couple are YOU?

1. The Traditional Couple

One person waits at the front whilst the other party makes their way down the aisle (or catwalk, as I like to all it if not in space that has an actual aisle!) on the arm of their father, or mother, or both!

Alternative A: You can also walk down the aisle with your mother, sibling, uncle, aunt, grandparent, children, dog, best friend or anyone else for that matter!

Alternative B: BOTH parties can walk down the aisle separately, each to their own song (think of the options!) They can also both be accompanied by their mum, dad, sibling, grandparent, child, pet, etc.

Garden Ceremony Entrances with Melbourne Celebrant Meriki

Photo by Memory Box Studio

2. The Independent Couple

One person waits at the front and the other enters solo – and totally OWNS that entrance!

Alternative A: Same as above, but then the couple can meet half way to walk hand in hand together to the front.

Alternative B: The couple can each walk in solo one after the other. They can even scrap the aisle idea completely and instead walk down opposite sides of their guests to meet at the front.

Celebrity Wedding Celebrant Melbourne Meriki Comito

Photo courtesy ABC News

3. The Blended Family Couple

One person waits at the front and the other walks down the aisle with their father AND step father on each arm!

Alternative: The bride/groom enters the ceremony space with their step father, then changes over to their birth father half way (say at the end of the seating) to approach the front together. Or Vise Versa f course!

4. The Inclusive Couple

The couple include their guests in the processional

Option A: Guests are provided with single flowers upon arrival, so that as one, or both parties make their way down the aisle, the flowers are collected to form the wedding bouquet(s). 

Option B: One, or both parties would like guests to sing, cheer + clap, or high five them as they walk down the aisle.

Creative Melbourne Celebrant Meriki Comito

Photo courtesy of Levinine

5. The Sharing-is-Caring Couple

The couple enters the ceremony space hand in hand, enjoying the moment together.

Alternative: No alternative for the couple really, but they might like to have their wedding party attendants walk in two by two as well, if they’re having any!

6. The Party Couple

A great alternative for cocktail style weddings, where the guests arrive early for drinks before the ceremony starts! The couple don’t want to miss a single opportunity to party with their guests, so they choose to arrive at the same time to kick off celebrations before official proceedings commence.

Same Sex Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito

Photo by It’s Beautiful Here

7. The Surprise Couple

Family and friends are invited to an engagement party, where one or both parties slip away for a quick costume change before a big surprise wedding is announced!

8. The Boss Couple

The couple enter the ceremony space together first, with guests following behind them.

Option: The couple can be lead by a musician, say a bagpiper, drummer or violinist.

Cultural Weddings with Melbourne Celebrant Meriki Comito

Photo by Christophe Viseux

9. The Entertaining Couple

The couple enter the ceremony in a semi choreographed dance routine with all their wedding attendants.

Option: Guests join in too….and the celebrant as well if they want. Just saying.

10. The Free-Spirited Couple

The couple chooses an entrance that’s totally their own style just for fun, because they can. They may want clapping and cheering, bells rung, whistles blown, drums played, flags waved, or songs sung. They may even want to arrive via parachute, on a camel or a Harley Davidson, and to any style of music that makes them happy.

Laid Back Melbourne Celebrant Meriki Comito

Photo by Candid Captures Photography

As I tell every couple I meet, you can arrive at your wedding ceremony anyway you choose.
It’s your day, so go for it.
Choose your own entrance, be excited about it, and start your celebration off exactly how you want the rest of the day to go!

Do I need a Wedding Video?

In the beginning

Discussing wedding suppliers with my couples is always an exciting time for me. I get to find out who I’ll be working with in the coming months, and can assist couples by recommending all the fabulous industry legends I have come to know and highly respect. And I base my recommendations on the excellent quality and standards I have experienced first hand.

(My Recommended Suppliers Directory is here if you’d like to check them out!)

Decision time

Most couples I meet with have already locked in, or are about to lock in a photographer for their wedding, but I have to admit that I am surprised by just how many are still tossing up whether they need a wedding video as well.

My short answer is if you’re already thinking about it, then yes. I really think you do.

What will a video add to my day?

A professional wedding video will capture the fun banter during all the preparations in the morning. It will capture the emotion in your voice as you recite your vows, and the crazy loud reaction from your guests when you share your first kiss as a husband and wife. It will help you to recall the sensation of your first dance together, the playful nature of any young children who attended, and the sentiments of all the speeches made by yourselves, your family and your friends.

My husband would most likely argue that the haphazard, grainy capture on my brother law’s handicam proved sufficient enough, and in the end, saved us a few dollars and enabled us to get, who was at the time, an amazing photographer, but I can say now with absolute certainty, that if I could do it all again, I would most definitely employ one of the fabulous wedding videographers that exist now.


Wedding Video by Humdrum Films

Gone are the days of long winded and boring wedding video’s that feature the romantic strains of Madonna, Whitney Houston and Foreigner, and in their place, are the incredibly fun, candid and cleverly edited captures that flood our social media today!

Why is video important?

Before becoming a Marriage Celebrant, I had always entertained the idea that photos were for ever and that video’s were an expensive form of light entertainment that couples would drag out every anniversary and laugh at, but my mind has changed dramtically, and chatting to my lovely hairdresser, Leanne, recently, she mentioned that as there were many guests at her wedding who have since passed away, her wedding video has become an incredibly valuable source of comfort, as she can listen to their voices and experience the hugs, dances and words she shared with all her loved ones past, again and again, any time she wants.


Wedding Video by Film My Wedding

A recent bride of mine also mentioned that regardless of how hard she and her husband tried to “live in the moment”, the whole wedding ceremony was such an out of body experience.
“At one point, I remember wondering why I was standing up there, and why all my family and friends were staring at me – and I recall you talking and seeing your lips moving but I don’t remember hearing anything you said! It was such a bizarre but equally incredible experience!”
So I’m guessing they’re  going to be very grateful indeed to have a beautiful professional wedding video to refer to any time they like! 

Who do you recommend?

The following are some amazingly talented teams & individuals who, whilst blending into the surrounds like a video ninja, will have the best quality equipment (as well as know how to use it!) and will totally nail the ability to capture the best and most important moments of your day perfectly.

 
Wedding Video by Nathan Kaso Weddings

Their experience in the industry means they not only understand and embrace the pressure of only having that “one chance” to capture it all, they know exactly how to read a ceremony, position themselves to best capture all the main moments AND how to document your day in a way that allows to re-live it over and over again – both from your perspective and that of your family and friends. They will also be totally fun and awesome and not boring at all 🙂


Humdrum Films
Video Boutique
Burgess Video
Film My Wedding
Lunar Red
Directors Edge
Nathan Kaso Weddings

Allure Productions

Momento Films
Thick Black Frames

 

meriki@simplycelebrant.com.au
0417 394 792

Rain on Your Wedding Day – Do you have a plan B?

Feature Image by Ben Swinnerton 

Whats the weather forecast?

Nothing sets off the fear in many a brides heart more than the thought of rain on their wedding day. Weather is the one element you have no control over, but as long as you have a “Plan B”, you can rest easy it will still be a perfect day.

Have the conversation

The first point of conversation at all my planning meetings with couples who have chosen to marry outside, is what they plan to do if it pours with rain.

Most brides will have an alternative location already in place, which is amazing, but for those of you who are living out their planning days either crossing your fingers that it won’t rain, or attempting to use the power of prayer, voodoo, positive thinking or threats on someone’s life to prevent it from raining, I can tell you now with absolute certainty, that Melbourne weather is ridiculously unpredictable. It doesn’t care how desperately you want that beautiful sunshiny garden wedding and can totally ruin every one of those HOURS you have spent planning and preparing for that one big day.

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Your guests should remember your wedding for the RIGHT reasons..

No bride or groom ever dreams of arriving at the ceremony looking spectacular, only to get out of the car and get completely soaked whilst they sink into the soggy ground down the aisle. And let’s not forget about your guests and husband to be, who have been waiting that 15-30 minutes prior to your arrival, miserably clutching an umbrella, or huddling under the nearest tree. In my experience, guests will often refuse to come and take a seat in the rain, preferring the shelter of a tree over witnessing the beautiful ceremony and vows you have spent months perfecting.

Melbourne Celebrants
Photo by LJM Photography

On a personal note

Oh, and just from my perspective as a celebrant, standing in the rain is not an ideal situation for us either. It’s rather difficult to balance our ceremony script folder or device, as well as a microphone and an umbrella all at the same time. And even in the cases of a light shower, our sound systems and legal documents don’t tend to do very well when they get wet either, so without the kind offer of bridal party members or guests to stand up and hold up umbrellas, you may be without sound or have a soggy marriage certificate as a keepsake!

Melbourne Marriage Celebrants
Image by Joseph Koprek Photography

An easy, budget friendly plan sometimes isn’t enough

Some couples will arrange for shelter  in the form of market umbrellas or gazebos. These are perfect for the days when there’s just some light rain or drizzle, but you will still need to be prepared for the case of heavier rain, as those options will not make any difference when the rain is coming in sideways!

Melbourne Celebrants
Image by Gerard Assi

Many brides are totally against a plan B, as they think its not going to be the ceremony of their dreams if they have to resort to it, but trust me when I say that unless dancing in the rain is your thing (and rainy day wedding photos can of course be absolutely magical!),  getting completely soaked during the legal parts and having grumpy, wet guests arriving at your reception afterwards is by no way going to contribute to that idea of a perfect day.

Talk to your reception venue

A lot of venues have some beautiful wet weather options, and if you’re lucky enough to book a venue that provides exclusivity, you can normally select which option you would prefer to go with, only a few hours in advance!

Melbourne Celebrants
Image by Meriki Comito

In other cases, if your venue is not able to provide an alternative rainy day option, they will most likely allow you to move your ceremony into the space you have booked for your reception.

In short, putting a solid wet weather contingency in place, will provide you with absolute peace of mind that no matter what the weather, you will be guaranteed a truly beautiful Plan B that can actually leave your guests thinking it was the Plan A all along! All it needs is a little organising in advance, so that every one of your suppliers can make sure it happens!

Melbourne Celebrants
Image by Jerome Cole Photography

In the end

But the most important point to remember is that at the end of the day, regardless of the fact that you have no control over the weather, you will be married to the person you have chosen to spend the rest of your life with, and that’s something the weather will make no difference to!

So if you’re planning an outside ceremony, and you don’t have a wet weather contingency, the following fabulous suppliers can help you to lock in your dream Plan B!
Otherwise just ask your humble celebrant. I’m pretty certain they’ll be able to send you in the right direction. Just for peace of mind x

 

Dann Event Hire
Harry The Hirer
The Style Co
Weddings of Distinction

meriki@simplycelebrant.com.au
0417 394 792

Ellen + Lachy’s Yarra Valley Wedding

First Meeting

First meeting at ‘Electric Lady Land’ on Chapel Street, Lachy thought Ellen looked hot and seemed fun to talk to.
Ellen found Lachy to be kind of quiet, but she liked the way he ran his fingers through is hair, so after discovering a mutual appreciation of good food & wine, they bonded over the fact that they had both worked at wineries, both shared a love of animals, and both enjoyed each other’s company immensely.

Ceremony vibes

In a laughter filled ceremony at one of Yarra Valley’s newer wedding venues, The Farm Yarra Valley, Ellen and Lachy became husband and wife.

Ellen was so on trend in a fabulous Amaline Vitale Bridal & Couture gown (with pockets – always a win in my mind!) as she stood hand in hand with her handsome groom before a giant steel + floral Ceremony Circle by Sassafras Flower Design.

After receiving the best wishes of each and every guest, we were treated to two awesome readings by close friends, before Ellen and Lachy exchanged vows declaring “It is your heart that moves me, your spirit that inspires me, your humour that delights me, and your hand I want to hold for all of our days”

Their first kiss brought thunderous cheers and applause before squeals of excitement when I announced that the newlyweds had organized an Easter Egg hunt immediately after!
So much fun!!

Photo credit

Beautiful images by Anitra Wells / Photographer who is always so fabulous work with!

Yarra Valley Celebrants

Melbourne/ Yarra valley Wedding Venue

Ellen + Lachy | 15.04.2017

Photography: Anitra Wells
Ceremony & Reception Location: The Farm Yarra Valley
Celebrant: Meriki Comito 
Flowers + Ceremony Circle: Sassafras Flowers
Bridal Gown: Amaline Vitale
Cheese Wheel Cake: The Farm Yarra Valley

My Top 10 Most Asked Questions!

“I’ve never done this before, so I have no idea where to start”

Every new couple I meet with, even those who have been married previously, have questions regarding the marriage ceremony and what they need to factor into their planning. Just about every couple I have “worked” with, will know that I take at least 15-20 minutes at the beginning of our initial meeting to establish what to expect during their wedding ceremony planning journey, but I will ALWAYS allow for a question/answer time, (once we have discussed all the important things like whether or not they have found their dream wedding dress!) as I know at least one of these following questions will pop up!
Main Photo Credit: Loco Photography


Let’s start at #10 and work our way through to the #1 most popular question.

10. “IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT MAKES A GREAT WEDDING CEREMONY?”

I believe this is very similar to asking someone what, in their opinion, makes a great holiday?
A great wedding is one that is absolutely perfect for you.
Every couple is different, so the more of yourselves you put into it, the more likely your ceremony will be everything you’re hoping for!
It should reflect not only who you are, but also what you love, and what you consider to be most important in life.
It should be fun, romantic, sweet, hilarious, serious, formal, casual, lighthearted, traditional, totally random, or all of the above, but most of all, it should be meaningful to you, should be memorable for all the right reasons and should create all the feels you would like to see shine through in your photos  – your memories of that one big moment you will come back to for the rest of your life.
Finding a marriage celebrant who understands you, can offer you ideas that inspire you, and with whom you feel confident can create this magical moment with you is SO very important, so please take the time to get to know a few of us!

       Photo Credit: Candid Captures

9. “WHAT DO YOU (as a celebrant) NORMALLY WEAR?”

Whatever you would like me to!
This is something I will always discuss with every couple, to ensure I complement their colour scheme and dress code on the big day. In fact I wouldn’t mind at all if you requested a specific colour dress that I didn’t already have in my wardrobe – any excuse to buy a new frock is a great one in my opinion! But don’t worry, unless it is specifically requested, I will NEVER wear white, in any form – that is for the bride and the bride only!

Melbourne Civil Celebrants       Photo Credit: Ben Differding

8. “CAN OUR VIDEOGRAPHER CONNECT TO YOUR YOUR PA?”

Absolutely! It means, in many cases, that you will have a much better quality sound for your wedding video, and I’m all for working with your suppliers to ensure you receive the best outcome in every aspect of your planning!
You are also welcome to pass on my details to them so they can contact me in the lead up to the big day to discuss any connection requirements.

Melbourne Wedding Celebrants       Photo Credit: Gerard Assi

7.“WE’RE QUITE SHY, DO WE REALLY NEED TO USE MICROPHONES?”

In short, no, as long as your two official witnesses are close enough to hear you state your legal intentions.
The long answer is, your family and friends have all come along to hear you make a lifelong promise to one another and are so excited to be able to witness such an important moment in your lives, so unless you prefer that they sit and wonder what on earth it was that was said to make you smile, laugh, cry or all of the above, then yes, microphones are always a good idea, but I promise I won’t make you hold it yourself, i fact I’m happiest holding the microphone for you so you can concentrate on sharing the beautiful words you have written for each other!

Marriage Celebrants Melbourne       
Photo Credit: Vlad Savin

6. “WHAT SHOULD WE DO IF OUR BABY STARTS CRYING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CEREMONY?”

Babies cry. It’s a fact. If you have young children, the best thing to do is NOT assume that it will be a magical day where they won’t cry at all. The best thing to do is to accept that they probably will, so be prepared for that, and always have a nominated carer on hand to keep an eye on them at all times so you don’t have to!
I have conducted many ceremonies where young children are involved and I find it all works out for the best when you simply follow their lead and go with whatever happens on the day.
If they want to be held by one of you for the entire ceremony, then let them. Their squishy little face between you when you share your first kiss as a married couple will be captured by your photographer and will provide you all with the best memory in the years to come.
If they want to sit on the ground at your feet and play with the flowers/dirt/sand/grass/ shoelaces/ empty ring box/ cracks between the floorboards or anything else that amuses them, then let them.
If they want to be held by you one minute, then your mum the next, or the bridesmaid or groomsman, or any other random guests that captures their attention, then let them.
And if they want to grab my microphone and say hello with a big cheesy (and sometimes dribbly) grin, then believe me, I will let them do that too 🙂
Don’t worry if they get dirty. Don’t worry if they don’t want to smile perfectly for the camera. Don’t worry if they rip off their flower crown/boutonniere/vest/jacket/ shoes before they’ve even made it down the aisle. And don’t worry if they want to stand up the front and pull faces at you, at your guests, at your photographer, or at me – it will be really funny (about a week later for you maybe), and everyone will look really happy in all your photos! Trust me.

       Photo Credit: Kate Deagan Photography

5.“WHAT AGE WOULD BE CONSIDERED TOO YOUNG FOR A FLOWER GIRL/PAGE BOY/RING BEARER?”

Well, if they can’t walk down the aisle themselves, most would consider them too young.
Unless a parent carrying their child down the aisle adds significant meaning to your day, I would advise against it, as the parent can sometimes appear embarrassed, leading to a rather awkward start to the ceremony….

        Photo Credit: Nicole Taranto Photography

4. “HOW LONG DO YOU NORMALLY STAY FOR AFTER THE CEREMONY?”

Long enough to a) Watch you receive lots of congratulatory hugs + kisses from your family + friends,
b) Pass your marriage certificate on to a nominated person of your choice (that you have already decided on in the lead up to the big day), c) Pack up all my equipment, and d) Give you a hug goodbye with my very best wishes for a fabulous celebration!
Oh, and if there is champagne going around, I may make a quick toast to your future as a new Mr + Mrs!

       Photo Credit: ProShot Photography

3.“WE DON’T WANT A REHEARSAL, BUT HOW WILL WE KNOW WHAT TO DO ON THE DAY IF WE DON’T HAVE ONE?”

No problem at all! That’s what I am there for!
I will always discuss ceremony details at our final meeting leading up to the big day, to ensure that I understand your brief exactly regarding every moment of how you would like the ceremony to run.
I will meet you when you arrive and will discuss your entrance with your venue co-ordinator to ensure it runs smoothly. If you don’t have a venue coordinator, I will assist you with your arrival and your entrance.
I will show your bridesmaids where to stand after they walk down the aisle to ensure they are nice and symmetrical to the groomsmen. But if your bridal party is uneven, I will work with numbers to ensure you are all still positioned perfectly for photos.
I will guide you through every aspect of the ceremony from start to finish and will ensure both you and anyone else involved directly in the ceremony knows what they are doing and are confident in their individual roles. You won’t need to worry about a thing!

       Photo Credit: Blumenthal

2.“WHAT WILL I DO IF I START CRYING DURING MY VOWS AND CAN’T SAY THEM?”

Again, try not to overthink this part.
In most cases, you have never done anything like this before, so how can you possibly imagine how you are going to feel and react? You can’t. So don’t even try. Just go with it, and like with everything else, be prepared for anything.
But know that I will always be there to help you through those ridiculously unpredictable emotions.
Trust me, I’ve done this a few times now and I’m pretty good at keeping those words flowing and turning sobs into smiles, but I will always let the tears with the feels fall if it means that your partner (and all your family and friends) can see just how much you mean to each other x

       Photo Credit: Doux Wedding Corp

And the number one question most brides ask……..

1. “WHAT NAME DO I SIGN ON THE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE AT THE WEDDING?”

Your usual name! You have to actually sign the marriage certificate before you can be considered legally married and eligible for a change of name!

Wedding Celebrants Melbourne        Photo Credit: Luke Lornie Photography


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As I said, these are only MY top 10, but if you have any other questions in regards to your wedding ceremony (and there is absolutely no such thing as a silly one!) please feel free to contact me at any time!

 

Kate + Lars’ Chateau Doré Wedding

Kate and Lars’ first meeting in Spain was one of those real ‘sliding door’ moments in life, when Kate stopped in Spain at the beginning of a 12 month world trip to join a Spanish language class, and met Lars a few days into her extended stay.

Kate thought Lars looked like a school boy swinging on the back of his chair in the Library, and Lars thought the same thing about Kate after spotting her strolling through the streets with her cute little backpack on! But when they were both invited to join a mutual friend for lunch, they hit it off immediately, and Kate cancelled her other travel plans to spend as much time in Spain with Lars as possible.

Six weeks later, Kate was obliged to continue on her world tour, but both she and Lars knew that their time together was so much more than just a summer romance, and Kate made arrangements to meet Lars on his home ground in Hamburg on December 12th 2009 – six years exactly before they married at the beautiful Chateau Doré in country Victoria.

As family & friends gathered from as far as Germany, Kate & Lars’s ADORABLE baby boy Sebastian arrived dressed in the cutest traditional ‘Lederhosen’ to the absolute delight of every guest, staff member, photographer & celebrant present!!

Grateful for my mother’s Austrian heritage, I was thrilled to be able to welcome Lar’s family in their mother tongue as well as incorporate a few German words into the ceremony itself!

Kate said that she loved Lars’s “genuine & pure love of life and that he sees the very best in every person he meets”, and Lars said that Kate “makes everything you do, feel & experience together absolutely amazing”.

After exchanging rings with a mixture of both German & English vows, Kate & Lars shared one of the most passionate first kisses that I have ever seen to the loudest of cheers!

And one of my favourite industry pros, Alli Oughtred, was there to capture it all xx

 

Kate + Lars | 12.12.2015

Celebrant: Meriki Comito
Ceremony & Reception Location: Chateau Dore
Photography: Alli Oughtred Wedding Photography
Flowers: The Eternal Vase

Stephen & Leigh’s Colourful Winery Wedding

When Stephen first laid eyes on Leigh at a friend’s BBQ about four years ago, he thought she was way out of his league, but went on to impress her with his polite nature and perfect manners, so the pair soon struck up a friendship, bonding over a mutual love of movies, cocktails, ‘phat’ beats and the great outdoors.

They both grew to love the unconditional love they both provided the other with, as well as the freedom of being able to be completely who they truly were. It was fun, and comfortable, and felt so right, that marriage had definitely become an option for the future.

It was during a two-week road trip through New Zealand that Stephen entertained the idea of a perfect proposal, but after waiting for that perfect moment to present itself, it became apparent that he was struggling to keep his big secret, and after three failed attempts to work up the courage, finally asked Leigh to marry him on the final night of their adventure.
It may have been a huge source of anxiety for Stephen, but according to Leigh, it was private, and personal, and absolutely perfect.

The beautiful Mandala Wines in the Yarra Valley was the location in which Stephen & Leigh chose to become husband and wife. In a stunning lace Marianna Hardwick gown, Leigh quietly declared to her handsome groom that “you love me even when I don’t love myself” (before quoting Beyonce!), after which Stephen told Leigh “your beaming smile can brighten my darkest days, and your beautiful laugh brings me more happiness than anything.”

It was an absolute pleasure to share this moment with Stephen & Leigh and I hope they achieve all their dreams of travelling the world together, starting a family of their own and enjoying all the adventures that life will bring x

A huge shout out to the super talented Zosia from Aparat Photography for these stunning images!!

 Melbourne Wedding Celebrant | Meriki Comito |Stephen & Leigh's Mandala Wines Wedding | Photo: www.aparat.com.au

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Melbourne Wedding Celebrant | Meriki Comito |Stephen & Leigh's Mandala Wines Wedding | Photo: www.aparat.com.au

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant | Meriki Comito |Stephen & Leigh's Mandala Wines Wedding | Photo: www.aparat.com.au

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 Melbourne Wedding Celebrant | Meriki Comito |Stephen & Leigh's Mandala Wines Wedding | Photo: www.aparat.com.au

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Stephen & Leigh | 16.04.2016

Celebrant: Meriki Comito
Ceremony & Reception Location: Mandala Wines
Photography: Aparat Photography
Ceremony Arch & Bunting: Created by the clever Groom!
Bridal Gown: Marianna Hardwick
Bridesmaids Dresses: Rodeo Show
Flowergirl Dress: H&M
Groom’s Attire: Joe Black
Bouquet’s, Boutonniere’s and Flower Crown: Debbie O’Neill
Cake & Bomboniere: The Bride’s own creations

Sharmaine & David’s Luminare Wedding

What does marriage mean to you?

When I asked David and Sharmaine what marriage meant to them, they recited a quote that struck a real chord with them. It read, “love is a friendship set on fire – a combination of everyday life and magic bundled into one. Love has the unique ability to transform the webs and pillars of everyday life into silk and gold. It is more than a feeling or emotion, concept or theory; it is a being.”

After all the traditional Chinese customs in the morning, I was waiting with David on the rooftop deck at Luminare, when admitted that he was very much looking forward to seeing Sharmaine make her way down the aisle. I’m pretty certain that she most definitely exceeded his expectations as she stepped into the sunshine, absolutely exquisite in Anna Campbell.

First Meeting

David and Sharmaine first met at University about 8 years ago. David recalled his first impressions of Sharmaine as being that she was very small, but very pretty! Sharmaine admitted that she loves the fact that David is tall enough to reach all the things that she can’t!

True love

All jokes aside, David & Sharmaine also share an incredible connection and found themselves wanting to share all the important moments in their lives quite early in their relationship, eventually leading to David’s amazing mid-air proposal.

Sharmaine said that she loves how well she & David understand one another and that he is so open minded, with  the endearing quality of being both patient and impatient all at the same time.

David said that Sharmaine is caring and compassionate and absolutely beautiful, inside and out. He also loves that she supports him 100% in any decision he makes, always offering encouragement in any endeavour he decides to embark on.

Wedding Symbolism

Incorporating a hand fasting ritual to provide a visual representation of their commitment,  Sharmaine & David’s hands were bound with silver & white ribbons to represent purity, peace, creativity & inspiration, before they shared their first kiss as husband & wife to the absolute joy of all their family & friends.

Photo credit

These exquisite images by Jonathan Ong captured every ounce of this couples’ outer AND inner beauty and the absolute pure love they both radiated & elicited. What an absolute pleasure it was to declare them husband & wife! xx

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

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Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sharmaine & David's Luminare Wedding | Photo: www.jonathanong.com

Sharmaine & David | 27.12.2014

Celebrant: Meriki Comito
Ceremony & Reception Location: Luminare
Styling & Florals: Tori Allen Events
Bridal Gown: Anna Campbell
Photography: Jonathan Ong
Videography: The White Tree
Ceremony Music: The White Tree

Sarah & Tysons’s Amazing Rustic Wedding

Sarah & Tyson met whilst they were working as extras on a Bollywood movie set and clicked immediately, but spent their first few dates as self-appointed wing men when Sarah’s sister & Tyson’s brother developed an interest in one another. A fabulous friendship soon developed into something more serious, with Tyson & Sarah deciding to take the next step into becoming an official couple after a highly entertaining Super Mario Cart challenge!

After his impressive Canadian Rocky Mountains proposal, Tyson stood before Sarah on their wedding day and declared “As soon as we met I knew it was something I had never felt before, as if I had known you my entire life”, after Sarah, composed and absolutely exquisite in a Jane Hill gown, named Tyson as “the most generous, loving and captivating person I know”.

Wonderful readings from Tyson & Sarah’s sister’s provided a warmth and joy that only comes from loving members of the family, before the newlyweds shared their first kiss as husband & wife to whoops & cheers from their thrilled family & friends.

Amy Deluca & her team at Blakes Feast catering, together with the styling brilliance of Georgie Campbell & The Marquee People created the most amazing space on Tyson’s family property for the celebration.

I hope these amazing images by dynamic duo superstars Melissa & Jerry Ghionis give you a little bit of an insight as to how incredibly beautiful this celebration was!

 

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

  Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Sarah & Tyson's Country Wedding | Photo: www.jerryghionis.com

Sarah & Tyson | 17.01.2015

Celebrant: Meriki Comito
Ceremony & Reception Location: Tyson’s Family Property
Photography: Melissa & Jerry Ghionis
Bridal Gown: Jane Hill
Men’s Suits: Yd
Bridesmaid Dresses: Review
Catering: Blakes Feast
Florals: Georgie Campbell
Marquee: The Marquee People