Sarah + Tristan’s Stones of The Yarra Valley Wedding

The Event

Sarah and Tristan chose to celebrate their 10 year relationship by saying ‘I do’ during a beautiful Stones of the Yarra Valley Summer wedding.

It was a true celebration of young love that had developed into a deeper connection over time and led two gorgeous souls to declare a lifetime of love and commitment to one another.

Sarah had her gorgeous sister as maid of honour by her side and it was heartwarmingly clear how close the two of them were as they shared such a special day together.

Sarah’s spectacular entrance to the Stones chapel in a stunning off the shoulder, mermaid gown with cathedral length veil, was received with smiles, gasps of appreciation and tears of joy.

Their ceremony reflected on the 10 years they had already spent together, as well as their hopes and dreams for the future, before some beautiful vows and a first kiss as husband + wife gave us all the feels.

A famous Stones petal toss kicked off celebrations immediately after, before guests enjoyed drinks in the dairy whilst the newlyweds took some time to enjoy the just married vibe with a sunset portrait session.

The Meeting

First meeting just after high school at a house party, Sarah and Tristan were two of the last few people to leave and were involved in an intense game of Nintendo Wii.

Tristan thought Sarah was the most stunning woman he had ever seen, and Sarah was completely drawn towards Tristan’s kind and gentle nature.
Being around one another was effortless right from the start, as though they had already known each other for years, and they felt an instant connection.

The Proposal

Tristan loved how loyal, caring and incredibly loving Sarah was, and that every moment spent with her made his day better, so deciding to celebrate 9 wonderful years together with a holiday in Fiji, Tristan secretly packed a beautiful ring in his carry bag before they left.

Sarah loved how unbelievably selfless Tristan was, always going out of his way to help those he cares about, and always putting her first, so when he bent to one knee during a day trip to a private island and asked her to marry him, she didn’t hesitate.

The Vows

Sarah vowed to “always love and support you through whatever life may bring us…I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward for as long as we both shall live.”

Tristan promised to “share in your dreams and support you as you strive to achieve your goals….you are my best friend, my soul mate, and I will love and respect you always.”

The Party

After some stunning sunset portraits within the grounds at Stones, Sarah and Tristan chose the celebrate their marriage in the Barn, styled to perfection by Table Art Event Hire, the team at Stones, and with the spectacular floral artistry of Sugar Bee Flowers.
Guests enjoyed music and entertainment supplied by Rutherford Entertainment and cake by Miss Ladybird Cakes, before a spectacular sparkler exit signaled the end of a perfect day.

The Photography + Videography Team

A huge thanks to the superstar team that is Theodore & Co and C2 Films for capturing every moment so beautifully and for allowing me to share their work. What an honour it is to work with these ladies + gentlemen!

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Sarah + Tristan | 18.01.2020

Venue: Stones of the Yarra Valley
Photography: Theodore & Co
Videography: C2 Films
Ceremony: Meriki Comito 
Florals: Sugar Bee Flowers
Bridal Gown: Annette of Melbourne
Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bariano Australia
Make Up: Katie Winkler Makeup
Hair: Pearly Hairstylist
Grooms Attire: Joe Black
Groomsmen Attire: Joe Black
Ceremony String Trio: Stringspace
Cars: Triple R Cars
Tableware: Table Art Event Hire
Cake: Miss Ladybird Cakes
MC: Sam Muscat
Reception Entertainment: Rutherford Entertainment

 

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Hamish + Sunny’s Coombe Yarra Valley Wedding

The Event

Hamish + Sunny’s beautiful Yarra Valley Wedding at Coombe Estate took place on a 44ºC Summer’s’ day, but the super chilled + considerate duo were quick to prioritise the comfort of their family + friends by making a last minute ceremony location change to ensure grateful guests were seated in the shade, before they moved inside to party with the air-con!

When I first met with Hamish + Sunny, they brought their gorgeous Maid of Honour, Jordie, along for the ride, and after a couple of wines and ton of laughter later, I knew the trio were definitely my kind of people and that this wedding would have a seriously fun + relaxed vibe.
It was all that and more. A fabulous bridal party, festive guests, romance, style + elegance galore, lots of laughs, all the feels, and an A-team list of vendors helping to make the day perfect.

Ceremony Details

Initially meeting through mutual friends at the gym, Hamish was confident that Sunny had fallen in love with him at first sight, but when Sunny saw him smashing it out on the cross-trainer in a hoodie in the middle of summer, she only thought him to be a big sweaty mess! But the brief conversation that followed ignited an undeniable spark and they soon bonded over a mutual love of food, travel and finding any opportunity to take a nap.

Popping the big question during a holiday in Bali, Hamish chose total romance by bending to one knee, as they walked along the beach at sunset.

After arriving, bathed in sunshine, on the arm of her prod father, Sunny stood before her smitten groom and promised to “always arrive at the airport 3 hours early so you can get the exit row, to nurse you back to health after your yearly ankle operations” and “to be worth it – worth the time, worth the energy, and most importantly, worthy of your love.”

Hamish declared that he felt “blessed & lucky to be marrying the most beautiful, driven & caring person I know”, before promising to “respect you and protect you with my life and to be by your side no matter what”, before they shared their first kiss as married couple and celebrated on the lawn with cold drinks and hugs all around.

The Photography Team

Many thanks to the amazing team at Lost in Love Photography for allowing me to publish their gorgeous images, as well as superstar videographers Moon & Back Co for the fab film!

 

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Head over to Lost In Love’s Blog for more images of this gorgeous couple’s big day!

Hamish + Sunny | 20.12.2019

Photography: Lost In Love
Location: Coombe Yarra Valley
Videography: Moon & Back Co
Marriage Celebrant: Meriki Comito 
Bridal Gown: Toni Maticevski
Florals: Vagari Creative
Ceremony Music: Four Seasons String Quartet

 

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Best Outdoor Wedding Venues + Locations in Melbourne

With the COVID-19 gathering restrictions easing, and couples once again searching for the perfect wedding venue, I have created a list of some of the best outdoor wedding venues + locations in Melbourne, plus a few of my favourites a little further out from Melbourne!

There are so many stunning gardens and estates to choose from, so I have made the search a little easier by listing a HUGE selection of some of the best outside wedding locations (in alphabetical order), AS WELL AS some amazing wedding venues that have beautiful outdoor wedding spaces too!

If you are looking for a garden wedding option in one of Melbourne’s beautiful public garden spaces, please visit my Public Garden Wedding Locations page, which also features some great rotundas + undercover options for wet weather contingencies 🙂

Please remember that although many outdoor wedding venues + locations in Melbourne are public spaces, you will still need to obtain a permit from local council in order to marry there. Private venues will of course welcome all enquiries for weddings that take place on their premises independently.

And, as always with outdoor wedding venues + locations in Melbourne, be sure to consider all possible weather predictions, providing shelter for both a 40ºC day, or a surprise downpour!
Your guests (and celebrant!) will appreciate it immensely.

To view the best outdoor wedding venues + locations in Melbourne and surrounds, you can either scroll ahead and view locations in alphabetical order, or visit locations by area using the following links.

By Melbourne Celebrant Meriki Comito
Feature Image: Lost In Love Photography

Best outdoor wedding venues + locations in Melbourne;

CBD + Inner Suburbs  |  Northern Suburbs 

Southern Suburbs  |  Eastern Suburbs    

Western Suburbs  |  Bayside  |  Bellarine Peninsula 

Daylesford  |  Yarra Valley  |  Public Garden Wedding Locations

 

Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford 

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Photo credit: Mr Theodore

Alexandra Gardens, Kew

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Alowyn Gardens, Yarra Glen

Alowyn Gardens Weddings
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Avalon Castle, Cockatoo

Avalon Castle weddings
Photo credit: Lavan Photography

Balgownie Estate, Yarra Glen

Balgownie Estate weddings
Photo credit: Balgownie Estate

Ballara Receptions, Eltham

Ballara Receptions weddings
Photo credit: Wedding Vic

Bramleigh Estate, Warrandyte

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Photo credit: Immerse Photography

Brighton Savoy, Brighton

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Butler Lane, Richmond

Butler Lane weddings
Photo credit: Hitched

Campbell Point House, Leopold

Campbell Point House weddings
Photo credit: One Wedding Wish

Camp David Farm, Spring Hill

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Canterbury Gardens, Canterbury

Canterbury Gardens weddings
Photo credit: Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre

Carlton Gardens, Carlton 

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Photo credit: Weekend Notes

Carousel, Albert Park

Carousel Albert Park weddings
Photo credit: The Style Co

Catani Gardens, St Kilda

Catani Gardens weddings
Photo credit: City of Port Phillip

Circa, The Prince Deck, St Kilda

Prince Deck weddings
Photo credit: Pinterest

Como House, South Yarra

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Photo credit: Film Northeast Victoria

Convent Gallery, Daylesford

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Photo credit: Alli Oughtred

Coombe Yarra Valley, Coldstream

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Photo credit: Lost in Love

Cranbourne Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne

Cranbourne Botanical Gardens weddings
Photo credit: Garden Drum

Crown Aviary, Melbourne

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Dalywaters Rose Farm

Photo credit: Film Victoria

Dandenong Ranges Botanical Gardens, Olinda

Photo credit: Weekend Traveller

Darling Gardens, Clifton Hill

Photo credit: Yarra City Council

Edinburgh Gardens, Fitzroy

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Emu Bottom Homestead

Photo credit: Hitched

Euroa Butter Factory, Euroa

Photo credit: Pinterest

Farm Vigano, South Morang

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Fenix Events, Richmond

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Fitzroy Gardens, East Melbourne

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Flagstaff Gardens, West Melbourne

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Flemington Racecourse, Flemington

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Flowerdale Estate, Strath Creek

Photo credit: Pinterest

Footscray Park, Maribyrnong

Photo credit: Australian Music Scene

Forest Edge, Gembrook

Photo credit: Bride Online

Gardens House, Melbourne

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Glen Erin, Lancefield

Photo credit: Veru Photography

Goona Warra Vineyard, Sunbury

Photo credit: Winecraft

Greenfields, Albert Park

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Grollo Equiset Garden at the National Gallery of Victoria

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Gum Gully Farm, Silvan

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Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen

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Hyatt Place, Essendon Fields

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Immerse in the Yarra Valley, Dixons Creek

Photo credit: Yarra Valley Wines

Jack Rabbit, Bellarine

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JFK Memorial in the Treasury Gardens, East Melbourne

Photo credit: Melbourne Daily

Lake House, Daylesford

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Leonda by the Yarra, Hawthorn

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Lindenderry Estate, Red Hill

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Luminare, South Melbourne

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Luna Park, St Kilda

Photo credit: Hidden City Secrets

Lyrebird Falls, Kallista

Photo credit: Ateia Photography

Mandala Wines, Dixons Creek

Photo credit: Visit Yarra Valley

Marybrooke Manor, Sherbrooke

Photo credit: Immerse Photography

Meadowbank Receptions, Campbellfield

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Melbourne Botanical Gardens

Photo credit: Distinctive Photography

Melbourne Museum, Carlton

Photo credit: Museum Spaces

Melbourne Zoo, Parkville

Photo credit: Zoos Victoria

Montsalvat, Eltham

Photo credit: T-One Photography

Overnewton Castle, Keilor

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Park Hyatt, Melbourne 

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Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden, Melbourne

Photo credit: My Open Garden

Poets Lane, Sherbrooke

Photo credit: T-One Images

Port Melbourne Yacht Club

Photo credit: Peter Rowland

Port Phillip Estate, Red Hill South

Photo credit: Lost In Love

Portsea Hotel, Portsea

Photo credit: Travel Victoria

Quat Quatta, Ripponlea

Photo credit: One Wedding Wish

Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne

Photo credit: Marriage Ceremonies Melbourne

RACV Healesville

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Red Hill Estate, Red Hill

Photo credit: The Barn Balnarring

Redwood Forest, East Warburton 

Photo credit: Visit Warburton

Rippon Lea Estate, Elsternwick

Photo credit: Party with Lenzo

Riva, St Kilda

Photo credit: Zomato

Riverstone Estate, Coldstream

Photo credit: Aria Photography

Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, St Kilda

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Sandringham Gardens, Sandringham

Photo credit: TappaNappa

Sandringham Yacht Club, Sandringham

Photo credit: Meriki Comito

Sault, Daylesford

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Scienceworks, Spotswood

Photo credit: Hidden City Secrets

Secret Garden at Sky High, Mount Dandenong

Photo credit: Flickr

State Rose Garden, Werribee

Photo credit: Barefoot Cinema

St Kilda Botanical Gardens, St Kilda

Photo credit: Weddings Of Distinction

St Kilda Pier, St Kilda  | Little Blue Restaurant

Photo credit: HeraldSun

Stones of the Yarra Valley, Coldstream

Photo credit: Stones of the Yarra Valley

Studley Park Boathouse, Fairfield 

Photo credit: My Guide Melbourne

St Vincents Garden, Albert Park

Photo credit: Propoerty Observer

Summerfields Estate, Bittern

Photo credit: Vision City

Tanglewood Estate, Dromana

Photo credit: Dan Brannan Phorography

Tatra, Mount Dandenong

Photo credit: Parties 2 Weddings

Terindah Estate, Bellarine

Photo credit: Smudge Eats

The Farm Yarra Valley, Warrandyte

Photo credit: Bridal Expos Australia

The Gables, Malvern

Photo credit: Herald Sun

Vines of the Yarra Valley, Coldstream

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Vue on Halcyon, Chirnside Park

Photo credit: Meriki Comito

Werribee Mansion, Werribee

Photo credit: Wedding Chicks

Williamstown Botanical Gardens, Williamstown

Photo credit: Victorian Collections

Windmill Gardens, Bonnie Brook

Photo credit: Tree Studio

Witchmount Estate, Bonnie Brook

Photo credit: Easy Weddings

Yarra Ranges Estate, Monbulk

Photo credit: Hitched

Yarra Valley Estate, Dixons Creek 

Photo credit: Party with Lenzo

Yering Station, Yering

Photo credit: Michael Biggs

Zonzo Estate, Yarra Glen

Photo credit: Rick Liston

 

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Patricia + Samuel’s Werribee Mansion Wedding

Patricia and Sam began their day with a traditional Tea Ceremony at home. This allowed them to honour their families’ Chinese/Malaysian heritage with traditional elements.
Their Werribee Mansion Wedding continued on with the same amount of elegance, grace, humour and fun that these two embodied.
This wedding had everything. Incredible styling, amazing florals, brilliant sunshine, and a perfect sparkler exit.
A truly beautiful, kind and fun-loving couple certainly deserved such magical day.

The Meeting

A marriage nine years in the making, it took the first two years of sitting next to each other in med school for Sam to muster up enough courage to ask Patricia out on a date.

Unfortunately for Sam, Patricia declined his first invite. His subsequent persistence paid off though and resulted in an official date soon after!
They supported each other through all the stressful study times that followed and bonded over a mutual love of Gelato. A love which consequently supported their decision to hire a gelato cart for the big day!

The Proposal

Sam decided to propose on Christmas Day. He thought it would be hilarious to throw Patricia off with a multi layered wrapped present containing romantic letters and cards, revealing an ugly Christmas jumper at the end. The prank backfired though as Patricia was overjoyed with the  jumper! So Samuel quickly bent to one knee and revealed the much more valuable and sparkly present from his pocket!

The Vows

Patricia vowed to cook Sam’s favourite chicken rice more often than once every 3 years and promised to “choose you every day, a million times over, not because I have to, but because I want to.”
Sam declared Patricia as the most “charming, beautiful, intelligent and graceful” woman he knew (we all agree!), promised to always bring her ice-cream, and ended with AA Milnes’ “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you”.

The Wedding Details

Patricia and Sam secured the services of wedding planner Sarah Wang, from Blooming Love Events to help create their special day alongside Bursaria the Refectory. Enlisting the services of Ivy & Eve, Dann Event Hire and a team of other fabulous suppliers, Sarah produced the most incredible setting for Patricia and Sam to say their I Do’s!

The Photographer

Patricia and Sam chose the amazingly talented Jesse Hiscoe to capture all the details, and I thank him for allowing me to share his beautiful images with you! The smiles he captured say it all!

Contact Meriki to discuss your special day HERE!

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Patricia + Samuel | 22.02.2020

Photography: Jesse Hiscoe 
Ceremony Location: Werribee Mansion
Reception: Bursaria The Refectory
Videography: Lovely Day Films
Marriage Celebrant: Meriki Comito 
Bridal Gown: Enzoani | Eternal Bridal
Planning/Styling: Blooming Love Events
Florals: Ivy & Eve
Ceremony seating: Dann Event Hire
Ceremony Music: Stringspace
Cake: Nobody Hates Cake

Larissa + Paul’s Greenfields Albert Park Wedding

Initially planning to marry at an outdoor location, strong weather warnings led Larissa + Paul to make a very wise, last minute decision, to move their ceremony to the indoor sanctuary of their reception venue, and have a Greenfields Albert Park wedding.

The staff at Greenfields Albert Park, together with the amazing Tori Allen Events team, were absolute superstars in setting up a beautifully elegant ceremony area indoors, where guests and vendors alike gathered gratefully within the welcoming, warm and light filled space.

Acoustic artist, Emma, from Top Dog Entertainment provided the perfect start to proceedings, as Larissa made her way down the aisle, in a stunning Suzanne Harward creation, to stand beside her clearly smitten Paul.

The Meeting

Larissa and Paul told me they felt an instant attraction from the the first moment they laid eyes on each other, but once they started working together, the chemistry between them was undeniable and they bonded very quickly over their shared values, similar sense of humour, a deep love for family + friends, and passion for good food, great wine and a desire to travel the world.

The Vows

In her vows, Larissa told Paul that she knew from their first date that he was the one she wanted to spend her life with, and that he was the most amazing person she had ever known.
And Paul told Larissa that he had loved her from the first moment they met and that she made his life better in every way.

The Photographer

The lovely and talented Amanda Alessi and Suzie from Lovely Day Films were there to capture all the details of the day and I thank Amanda and the new Mr + Mrs A for allowing me to share their incredible images!

Contact Meriki to discuss your special day HERE!

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Larissa + Paul | 15.02.2020

Photography: Amanda Alessi Photography
Ceremony Location: Greenfields Albert Park
Videography: Lovely Day Films
Celebrant: Meriki Comito 
Bridal Gown: Suzanne Harward
Styling: Tori Allen Events
Music: Top Dog Entertainment

Kylie + Duncan’s stunning Luminare Wedding

Kylie + Duncan’s Melbourne city wedding was not only about celebrating the love of a  super fun and incredibly kind couple at one of my favourite venues, Luminare, but was made next level amazing when their adorable fur babies joined them down the aisle too!

The Meeting

When Kylie and Duncan first met, Kylie knew Duncan was special when she noticed that he had just finished cooking and was cleaning up after himself in the kitchen!
Duncan saw Kylie as a cute + smart, dog loving, lawyer, who liked to play Xbox and had free VIP tickets to music festivals.

Kylie loved that Duncan shared her sense of humour and got as excited over dogs as she did.
Duncan loved the free music festival tickets.

Duncan gave Kylie a grape-flavoured ‘ring pop’ during one of their first trips away together (which she still has!), but realised that he wanted to marry her for real when he realised that Kylie could build pre-packaged Ikea furniture faster than he could.

The Proposal

The adoption of Holly, Charlie and Mac confirmed their commitment to one another and after a hilariously chaotic proposal that involved all three crazy fur babies, Kylie agreed to marry Duncan and their #kyliejoinsthejoiners Melbourne wedding was born!

The Wedding details

Apart from some heartfelt and hilarious Vows, there was a Donut Wall, a Gin Bar, a Fly-away Veil, a Champagne Tower, a Sparkler Exit and of course the three fur babies – thanks to superstar Melbourne wedding dog handlers Katie + Mark from Heads + Tails! What a celebration!

The Photographer

The fabulous Jenna Fahey White captured their amazing day, together with the brilliant team from
Film My Wedding, and I thank them and the new Mr + Mrs J for allowing me to share their amazing images + footage!

 

Check out the awesome highlights film by Film my Wedding

 

Kylie + Duncan | 16.06.2018

Photography: Jenna Fahey White
Ceremony Location: Luminare
Videography: Film My Wedding 
Celebrant: Meriki Comito 
Bridal Gown: Mariana Hardwick
Flowers : Lulu Bird
Dog Handlers: Heads + Tails

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!

 

For more Wedding Day planning tips + ideas, have a look at “Rain on your wedding day – Do you have a Plan B?

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

For more Wedding Day planning tips + ideas, have a look at “Do I need a Wedding Videographer?

meriki@simplycelebrant.com.au
0417 394 792

Ellen + Lachy’s The Farm 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 Details

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!!

The Photographer

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

The Farm Yarra Valley Wedding

The Farm Yarra Valley Wedding

The Farm Yarra Valley Wedding

The Farm Yarra Valley Wedding

The Farm Yarra Valley Wedding
The Farm Yarra Valley Wedding

The Farm Yarra Valley Wedding

The Farm Yarra Valley Wedding

The Farm Yarra Valley Wedding

The Farm Yarra Valley Wedding

The Farm Yarra Valley Wedding

The Farm Yarra Valley Wedding

The Farm Yarra Valley Wedding

The Farm Yarra Valley Wedding

The Farm Yarra Valley Wedding

The Farm Yarra Valley Wedding

The Farm Yarra Valley Wedding

The Farm Yarra Valley Wedding

The Farm Yarra Valley Wedding

The Farm Yarra Valley Wedding

The Farm Yarra Valley Wedding

The Farm Yarra Valley Wedding

The Farm Yarra Valley Wedding

The Farm Yarra Valley Wedding

The Farm Yarra Valley Wedding

The Farm Yarra Valley Wedding

The Farm Yarra Valley Wedding

The Farm Yarra Valley Wedding

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

 

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