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The weather is warming up and I am looking forward to the spring wedding season. I have freshened up my website and have been busy organizing my office to have everything ready for the busy season. My couples for the Spring season are all very different so every wedding is a challenge which I really enjoy!
I have been concentrating on my Pinterest boards this week, I wonder which is the most important of all the social media platforms, maybe I will concentrate on Instagram next week! Of course and then there are my two blogs….AND I am getting a logo designed. Check out my Pinterest boards at https://au.pinterest.com/annarichardscel/boards/
The thing I like about Pinterest is I can refer my brides and grooms to my boards for information for example I have a board on vows, another on poems and readings and another on wedding music. There are also heaps of tips and suggestions related to your wedding planning. Enjoy browsing!
Hopefully next week I will have some more photos to share from a fun wedding on the outskirts of Melbourne where the kangaroos came to visit after the ceremony!
Nathan and Erica had a very small intimate ceremony in their backyard and very few people knew about it. He did a wonderful job decorating his backyard in Melbourne and creating a lovely intimate atmosphere for his marriage to Erica.
Erica was from Taiwan so after their legal ceremony in Melbourne they celebrated again in traditional Taiwanese fashion! There were many frocks involved for the pre wedding party and another frock for the main ceremony. It was a grand occasion!
See my website for information on small intimate weddings.
Chris and Kristen wanted a very short simple and casual ceremony with their friends and family in St Kilda Botanical Gardens. It was a beautiful day and the park had a lovely relaxed atmosphere with many people enjoying the sunshine. They arranged for me to come at a pre arranged time when the festivities were already in progress. I performed the ceremony with minimum amount of fuss and the celebrations continued!
Beach weddings look beautiful but with Melbourne’s unpredictable weather make sure you have a plan B! You will need to seriously consider your alternative plan not only if it is very cold, wet and windy but also in the extreme heat. Be mindful that your guests will have arrived a lot earlier than the bridal party so try to arrive on time and you may need to have some shelter and refreshments available!
Nayani and Dinesh were married with their feet in the sand on a glorious February day at West Beach Bathers Pavilion in St Kilda.
….”It was always Nayani and Dinesh’ dream to be married near the beach in summer, with their family and special friends here to help celebrate with them.”
In the bridal party there were three groomsmen, three bridesmaids and a flower girl and pageboy in glorious peach and white shades.
…Today is a celebration. A celebration of love, of commitment, of friendship, of family, and of two people who are in it for forever.
Today is a time to pause, look back, and smile at all the moments that brought you here. And a time to look ahead at all the moments that are still to come…
In Nayani’s words: “Dinesh is cute, kind and caring. We first met at the Diwali Cultural festival through our common friend Raj who is the best man here today! It all started after we both bumped into each other again at Southland Shopping centre. A magical love at first site moment, the chemistry was there from the start and we exchanged numbers. We think alike and are always on the same page and wave length. We have this weird connection which we can’t explain and we truly believe that fate plays a big part in our relationship.
“We are getting married because we always wanted to do everything right and make sure it was done perfectly. Once we tie the knot we want to start our own family and have a name for ourselves as a real family and have lots of children!
In Dinesh’ words: “Nayani is also cute, nice and giving, and both our goals for happy marriage is to not change what we have going right now, except maybe listen and communicate better!
We realised straight away that we were meant to be. We had the same beliefs and traditions and we just clicked and had heaps of the same interests. We were from the same country and Town, culture, religion and Language so our relationship developed easily and comfortably.”
(Celebrant) You fell in love by chance, but you’re here today because you’re making a choice. You both are choosing each other. You’ve chosen to be with someone who enhances you, who makes you think, makes you smile, and makes every day brighter.
“to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, as long as we both shall live.
…. Giving you this ring means that I give myself to you, it is a symbol of the love that I pledge.
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Joshua and Queenie just wanted a small ceremony with their close family and friends. We met at one of the gates at The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne and walked to the lovely secluded area they chose to have the ceremony. Queenie wore a short pink lace frock and Joshua looked smart and comfortable in his pale blue suit. It was a lovely intimate and relaxed ceremony.
….from their vows:
I promise to love you
offering my friendship and trust in you,
promising to be faithful and understanding
as long as we both shall live.
Please accept this ring
and wear it as a symbol of my love
and of the love we will share together.
I offer a discount on small ceremonies
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Gus sponsored Peggy who was born in Hong Kong to obtain a spouse visa to get married in Australia. He hired a migration lawyer to deal with the complicated application, who recommended me to assist with the process. I met with them both when Peggy was in Australia to sign the legal paperwork and to discuss their plans to marry.
They eventually, after the usual 9 to 12 month wait, had a lovely intimate ceremony in my backyard on a beautiful sunny autumn morning last year. Unfortunately the night before I had stumbled at the local shopping strip in Westgarth and had a very painful and swollen left foot. However the show must go on and I strapped it up, iced it and rested as much as I could before the ceremony. I had a sneaking suspicion I had a fracture, but first Gus and Peggy needed me to perform their marriage ceremony, my foot would have to wait!
That afternoon I spent a few hours in the emergency department getting a moon boot and crutches fitted for my broken foot. It was a difficult busy wedding season but all my brides and grooms were very understanding and my husband drove me everywhere!
I have been in touch with Gus and Peggy they are still waiting for a permanent visa in his words:
“Hi Anna hope you’re well, Yes you can definitely publish our story, we’re still in the process of getting a permanent visa. The process is pathetic to be honest and ridiculously expensive. Its been about a year and a half since we applied and our agent says we’re still a long way away from getting an answer. Thank you again for your great service.”
For next week’s story we go to The Melbourne Botanical gardens for Joshua and Queenie’s wedding.
Daniel waited a long time to marry Bernadeth. His bride-to-be lived in The Philippines and Daniel was sponsoring her to obtain a prospective spouse visa. He came to see me and to support his application we filled out the paperwork and I wrote a letter to the Department of Immigration stating that he had hired me to be his celebrant to perform their marriage ceremony. We set a tentative date and then had to wait for the visa to be granted before they could get married. Many months later the approval was finally granted and the marriage took place in April this year at beautiful Queens Park in Moonee Ponds. It was a crisp autumn evening but the ceremony was held outside with the beautiful backdrop of the lake. Bernadeth’s sister travelled from The Phillippines to be one of the bridesmaids…………
….It’s taken us 2 years and almost 6,000 kilometres to get here, But our journey is definitely not over yet. Today, I commit to spending the rest of my life on that journey with you I promise to love you and care for you, I promise to make you smile and laugh and I promise to always provide for you and look after you – Regardless if you’re being makulit or mabait. I’ll keep trying to learn Tagolog – but I’m not promising I’ll succeed with that one… From this day, to the end of my days I will love you and only you Mahal kita walang iba
(Bernadeth) When I met you, I had no idea how much my life was about to be changed, but then, how could I have known? A love like ours happens once in a lifetime. You were a godsend to me, the one who was everything I had ever hoped for, the one I thought only existed in my imagination.
When you came into my life, I realized that what I had always thought was happiness couldn’t compare to the joy loving you brought me. You are a part of everything I think, I do and I feel, and with you by my side I believe that anything is possible, because of you, I laugh, I smile and I dare to dream again…….
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I have helped many couple with their prospective spouse visa application, don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like me to be your celebrant and good luck with your application! Many couples wait a long time and it is a very rewarding experience to be able to help them.
It was a slow beginning to the relationship between Bruna and Alby it took months of text messages and the odd chance encounter on the train before Alby decided to give his mobile number to Bruna. Then one night in October at a soccer presentation night, Alby discovered the feeling of butterflies in his belly when Bruna went over to say hello. A quick good bye was exchanged at the end of the night with the hope that more would come. Around comes November and Alby invites himself to watch Bruna play indoor soccer; he felt like a young teenage boy full of excitement to see this girl. Finally Alby got the courage to ask Bruna out and they went on a first date on the 26th of November.
On this date there was no shortage of conversation, both were fighting to get their say, Bruna winning that battle of course. It was a great night; both enjoying each other’s company.
A second date followed on the Saturday where they decided a movie would be nice… which ended up with poor Alby discovered that bringing Bruna to an action movie wasn’t such a great idea. As it so happens Bruna is very jumpy during the action bits and has such a thing that with every jump she flings her arms in fright…well let’s just say that Alby went home that night with some nice bruising on his arm.
From then on Alby and Bruna were inseparable, with a deep understanding of each to the point where they would finish off their sentences or would answer each other’s questions before it was even asked. It is like they have known each other for years.
Now fast forward ……… nestled in a cute little restaurant under the Spanish steps in Rome, Alby asks Bruna to marry him and with a little delay she said yes…
I asked Bruna and Alby to finish this sentence – if love is… then marriage is?
If love is like making a cake…Then marriage is like enjoying what you have created together…….
The following are a few lines from the beautiful vows Bruna and Alby wrote themselves:
…….It amazes me how I feel so at ease and comfortable with you. Never before have I opened up my most inner thoughts and desires to anyone as I have to you. I have always had this inner me but not willing to share it with anyone before. ……….
Bruna, my Bella, I promise you today to give you all my love now and forever, as your husband till the day my eyes close for the last time.
………I love you for the way you make my heart beat a few extra beats when you hold me tight and for how you look into my eyes and allow all my worries to just fade away and you let me just simply breathe………..I love you for how you love my son like his yours and for how you are willing to make us your family. I love you for being you…a warm gentle soul, that has lots of time for others, that has compassion, courage, strength, intelligence, wits and a great passion for life…………..
Vows to include Bruna’s son Wayde)
Marriage is also an affirmation of the family union which includes Wayde and the responsibilities, joys, sharing, love and strength that this family holds for them. Alby and Bruna know that by loving one another they will give Wayde the greatest gift of all, that of giving and receiving love. Their shared love and friendship will bring great joy to themselves and to all those who know them.
Vows to Wayde
Alby: Today as I become your husband, we will also become a family. I promise to be faithful to you and I will be there for you and Wayde always. No matter what circumstances life brings our way, we will face them together as a family. I commit myself to both of you from this day forward and forevermore……
If you would like to hire me as a celebrant you can email email@example.com or visit my website for further information. www.annarichards.com.au
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