~ with Sunshine Coast wedding celebrant Kari ~
Congratulations Diane and Patrick, married in the charming pergola at Tiffany’s, looking out over the Glass House Mountains from the Maleny Ridge. They wanted a creative, fun and relaxed wedding. They chose Tiffany’s for the view, for the incredible feeling you get when gazing out over the vista of the Glass House Mountains.
What an extraordinary place on the edge of the ridge, what a splendid sunny day.
AND what a charming ring bearer! More of her later….
Diane and Patrick wanted their wedding to be memorable, unforgetable in fact, and a bit of fun for their guests. All they wrote on the wedding invite was a date, a time and ‘surprise location’. The guests had no idea where they were going and what to expect. A bus collected them all, to take them to Tiffany’s. The bus was there again to continue the adventure to Clovelly Estate for a classy reception banquet. What fun! Everyone arrived at the ceremony full of intrigue and with smiles already on their faces.
Diane arrived in retro style in the divine Red Kombi. Just bride and her parents.
A gentle and relaxed bride, Diane just glowed on the way to meet her Patrick. She arrived on the arms of both her parents. It is a tradition that is very heartwarming, when a parent accompanies their daughter to her wedding day. In these modern days of equality we still have room to remember an ancient custom, that of a bride’s father accompanying her to her wedding.
On her wedding day Diane chose to arrive with both her parents, one on each arm. In this way we know that father and mother are supportive of the bride and groom and their decision to embrace marriage. And indeed there is room too to thank the parents for the Groom for all they have done to bring their son to his wedding day too. Diane and her parents brought a charming tradition into the modern world.
As a Sunshine Coast Marriage Celebrant, I prefer a couple’s vows to come from them. So my microphone is always switched off for the vows. All you hear is the bride and groom’s voices. Yet I am there by their side to support them with the words, a bird by their shoulder.
Diane and Patrick wanted their other family member, Ruby, a black Labrador, to be part of their special day and found a a way to include her in the ceremony. Their dear Ruby was a feature guest for the day. Sporting a ribbon on her neck, most of the guests just thought she was there for the ride.
Ever thought you’d be able to have your pets at your wedding?
So it was the ring bearer who stole the show. When the wedding bands were called for, Ruby the dog bounded down the aisle to her favourite people to deliver the rings. She happily sat while Patrick took the rings from her neck, to place on the finger of his bride.
Ruby stuck around for photos and I’m sure would have enjoyed the canapes, but she had other treats in store.
Kylie from Paws Luv Walks arrived in chic sporting attire. Ruby was whisked away for a long walk on the beach and a sleep over at Kylie’s. Lucky Ruby.
To top off a beautiful afternoon, Di and Patrick invited their guests to the divine and classy Spicers Clovelly Estate for a three course banquet around a continuous table. Beautiful plant arrangements by A Sculpted Leaf, the boughs of the Jacaranda tree hanging down beside the pavilion, and an array of sumptious food from the Clovelly French styled chefs. You may think Ruby was wondering who got the best deal. She didn’t even know, as she frolicked on the beach with Kylie, or perhaps by now she was snoring on a large cushion. It was an important day for Ruby, delivering the rings to the ceremony on cue! She deserved her rest.
Photos by Tania Stanley.