Rita and Tom - Mandalay House & Garden

Rita and Tom - Mandalay House & Garden

If you haven't had the opportunity to see Mandalay House and Garden in action, then you're missing out. With its stately, French-inspired home nestled in the centre of seemingly endless manicured gardens, criss-crossed with little pathways, it is an original and constantly surprising venue at every turn.

For Rita and Tom, it provided the perfect backdrop for their elegant, yet relaxed, wedding garden party. Living in the U.K. and trying to coordinate their big day from overseas, they employed the ever-lovely and experienced Alice Mary Events to bring it all to life for them. 

Stephanie and Nathan - Relaxed Winery Wedding

Stephanie and Nathan - Relaxed Winery Wedding

Nathan and Stephanie wanted to make sure that their family was made to feel welcomed and appreciated on their wedding day, so we added a few personal touches to their ceremony that acknowledged the people they love the most.

Stephanie's (90-something year old) Gran was invited up to read Corinthians chapter 13 verses 1 to 13 and both of their Mums were honoured with the presentation of a single rose; Nathan giving his rose to Steph's Mum and vice versa. 

These beautiful photos are courtesy of Gianna from Gpix Photo.

Corinne and David - Music Festival Wedding

Corinne and David - Music Festival Wedding

David and Corinne first met 6 years ago when they worked together at the (sadly) now closed Krypton Discs in Glenelg. Their mutual love of music drew them together and so it was only fitting that their wedding day had a healthy helping of quality live music as well.

They took their special day to the next level by introducing an upmarket (with mismatched vintage furniture from By The Oaktree & toilets that worked!) music festival vibe complete with picnic blankets and an awesome food truck at Karka Pavilion in the Belair National Park.

Jenna and Brent - A Bohemian Affair

Jenna and Brent - A Bohemian Affair

Jenna and Brent first met in high school over 10.5 years ago. And even though they were always close, nothing ever happened between them.

Their wedding at Longview Vineyard, captured beautifully by Ellen Heather Photography, was warm and relaxed and their decor featured lashings of deep red accents, oriental rugs and unstructured florals. Their bridal party entourage was as cool as they were well dressed and the atmosphere was simply a laid back celebration of love and life.

Lauren and Max - Modern Romance

Lauren and Max - Modern Romance

Creating a ceremony where everyone is made to feel special sets the tone for the entire day.

Early on in the wedding planning process, I try to encourage my couples to think about who they would like to include in their ceremony; an inclusive ceremony is warm and memorable and honours the people that you care about the most.

Lauren and Max's ceremony was a testament to their love for each other, their family and their friends. They had their twin nieces as cheeky, smiling flower girls, invited their four sisters to do a couple of beautiful (and slightly teary) readings, asked both sets of their parents to give them to each other in marriage and even recited shared wedding vows; they each read one sentence at a time.

Brianna and Chris - Elegant Garden Party Wedding

Brianna and Chris - Elegant Garden Party Wedding

Chris and Brianna absolutely adore their family and friends and really wanted their wedding day to be just as much fun for their guests as it was going to be them.

Brianna rocked her fitted and romantic, lace Alexis George gown and Chris was decked out in a modern navy Joseph Uzumcu suit.

After their inclusive and moving ceremony in the rose garden, guests made their way through the sumptuous gardens of Al-Ru Farm to the main lawn where they enjoyed pre-reception drinks, canapés. Lawn games and acoustic guitarist, Israel Amoy, provided the entertainment until the guests were ushered into the regal and elegant reception.

Photos are courtesy of the bubbly and talented Maraya Verdonk Photography.

Enjoy!

Nicole and Hung - rustic elegant winery wedding

Nicole and Hung - rustic elegant winery wedding

Nicole and Hung first met over 10 years ago when they worked as ushers at Greater Union Cinemas in Arndale.

They were grateful to be given the tedious task of cleaning out the cinema rubbish bins one night because it gave them the opportunity to talk and find out a little more about each other.

Their hopes for the future are quite simply to raise an army of sausage dogs and to grow old and wrinkly together.

Photos by Luke Simon Photography.

Hannah bug's Naming Ceremony

Hannah bug's Naming Ceremony

Amy and Mark already had the bright and beautiful Hannah-bug present with them at their wedding ceremony in October 2015. So when I received an email a couple of months ago it wasn't the 'we're pregnant' kind of news, but rather 'Hannah is turning 1 (!) and we would love to arrange a joint birthday party and naming ceremony'. Where has the time gone?

Amy set about planning an adorable woodland themed celebration, complete with a little red riding hood cloak for Hannah and magical toadstool cake.

Enjoy!

Confetti - c'mon, you know you love it..

Confetti - c'mon, you know you love it..

Weddings have changed a lot in the last 40 odd years, but the need to celebrate and mark the occasion with memorable moments and demonstrations of love and hope, hasn't.

While I can acknowledge (albeit, begrudgingly) that it's not 1977, I still challenge anyone not to appreciate the childlike fun of a good 'ol confetti toss. I mean, look at this awesome photo by Kate Pardey - it simply oozes happiness and joy, right? And who doesn't want an extra big helping of that on their wedding day?

Hey, I'm Camille..

Hey, I'm Camille..

I've been meaning to make a celebrant video for my website for ages.

You know, something simple and to the point, just to say hi and let people know a little of what I'm about. And I am well aware that if I were 20 years younger, I'd be snapchatting my way through most weekends.

But when I tried to take a handful of short videos for Bridechilla Club last week at Luke Simon's studio (thank you again, Luke), I discovered that it wouldn't be the walk in the park I hoped it would be.

But then, I had a revelation.