Julie's Magic Carpet Ride
A WEDDING is the day you get married…. A MARRIAGE is what comes after the wedding.
AND back on 16th September, 1978 Alan and I were married by Jill Ellen- Fuller…. one of only a few Civil Marriage Celebrants back then. She must have been so busy AND of course you could always go and get married at any Registry Office… however we chose to be married in the grounds of Windsor Gardens, Mowbray Road, Chatswood NSW at 11.30 am. That same day the Rugby League Grand Final was held between our hometown favourites, Manly Warringah and the Cronulla Sharks.
The score ended in a 11 all draw and these two teams came back 3 days later, for a replay of the Grand Final, with Manly winning 16 nil.
These days…. They play extra time to get a result AND Windsor Gardens is an Aged Care Home….
Who would have thought 40 years on, I am a full time Civil Marriage Celebrant and for the last 12 years I have had the pleasure of officiating at some 500 varied and diverse weddings AND as nothing remains the same, so too has there been changes in who can get married ….
And so dear to my heart was the wedding of Leanne and Judith at their special place, “The Green Cathedral” at Tiona on the Mid North Coast. At first they had planned to hold a Confirmation of Vows to celebrate their special anniversary. But then came changes with the Federal Government legislating on 9/11/17 that “two people” could marry. I performed a fun wedding ceremony, with tears and laughter for these two people, as they stood hand in hand making their heartfelt pledges for a lifetime of marriage. There was even a Chocolate Ceremony, whereby they each chose and fed chocolates to each other…. After all, chocolate is considered the food of love. It was their journey and I was so honoured to be their Celebrant.
I am so happy to live at Eraring, a rural lakeside hamlet at Lake Macquarie – which is where Chad and Corrie chose for their wedding, surrounded by 40 of their “nearest and dearest”. What a beautiful sunny day it was. The daisies were in full bloom as Chad stood waiting on the ceremonial bridge for his beautiful bride to arrive. It was not too long to wait, with Corrie escorted to be married by her Nephew, with her loving Mum’s final gesture of placing her Daughter’s hand in Chad’s and giving a kiss to them both.
Along with the words, it’s the little things and gestures that mean so much.
For Charmaine and Arthur, it was a wedding at deck of the Surf Club, overlooking the clear blue surf and white sand at Redhead Beach. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon, as many of the family and friends came to witness this couples heartfelt vows, which they had written themselves. This was their special place… this was their happy place and so it was a no brainer to get married here. Their wedding ceremony told the story of how they had met each other at work, then connected through their kids going to the same school all those years again. It was a friendship which had evolved and grown over time… it was their love story and I loved telling it. The Groom’s Son was his Bestman and the bride’s Daughters were her Bridesmaids, another gesture of love and support for this marriage. Two families from each side of “the Ditch” and now united by marriage….
Yet another wedding was held at the beautiful Tamburlaine Organic Wines, Pokolbin one of many of my favourite wedding venues scattered in and around the Hunter Valley. No detail spared for this wedding, as this much loved and only Daughter Kat married her darling Robbie . Everything had to be perfect for this Bride and just as I had been the Celebrant for Josh, at the Bride’s Brother’s wedding to Kellie at Quorrobolong in 2014, I was booked to be the Celebrant for Kat and Robbie.
If you or someone you know are planning to marry, in one of the many beautiful locations, churches/chapels, beaches and estates from Lake Macquarie, Gosford, Hunter Valley, Newcastle and Mid-North Coast - I would love to talk weddings. I promise that it will be fun and memorable for all the right reasons – no stress and I have some very magical ways of saying “I DO”.
Thank you for being part of my journey and stay tuned for my next blog.