Perfect weather for weddings!

IMG_3123IMG_3132I just spent a week in Noumea.  Our hotel was 50 metres from the beach and we had a balcony overlooking the coast.  Every morning we woke up to a beautiful blue sky and we went out for breakfast in the fresh morning air.  By the time we headed out for our activities for the day it was a gorgeous 25 to 27 degrees and by the evening it was a little cooler to get a good night’s sleep.

Always having weddings on my mind it occurred to me how wonderful it would be if we  could have weather like that for a few months of the year!  It would take away all that stress of having an outside venue and always having to back it up with plan B!

 

 

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Spring weddings!

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!

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Nathan and Erica’s secret wedding – and then 2 more ceremonies!

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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.

http://www.annarichards.com.au

Chris and Kristen’s wedding in the park

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!

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Beach Weddings

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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!

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Romantic beach wedding Nayani and Dinesh

 

Nayani and DineshNayani 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.”

The Vows

(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.

Vows:

“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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0407 300 970

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Joshua and Queenie’s relaxed and simple Royal Botanic Gardens wedding

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.

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….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 and Peggy’s Intimate backyard wedding

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!

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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.

http://www.annarichards.com.au

Northcote, Victoria

Personalised Marriage ceremonies Daniel and Bernadeth

 

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…………

(Daniel’s vows)

….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…….

 

Daniel and Bernadeth

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0407 300 970

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.