~ with Sunshine Coast wedding celebrant, Kari ~
A row of 12’s looks great on the marriage paperwork.
So good in fact that I just had to create a special 12/12/12 certificate for them… just for fun.
Congratulations to Sandy and Michael for selecting the perfect dozen for their wedding day.
Sandy and Michael told me they don’t need trumpets to declare their feelings for one another. They enjoy the simple things of life. They came to a point in their lives when sincerity outweighs pomp, and intimacy is appreciated more than fanfare. Yet they also acknowledged that there are times in ones life when a ceremony or a bit of ritual can describe what is deep within. They chose an intimate elopement, and wanted to share this sacred moment with their supportive friends.
They have known each other for 6 years, and tell me that despite finding a couple of old warts and the occasional nervous twitch, life has been very good to them both and together. So they selected the most auspicious date for their nuptials, hired a house and together with their friends escaped to the hills of Montville to seal their relationship with a wedding.
At exactly the 12th hour, on the 12th day of the 12th month of the 12th year of the millenium, Sandy and Michael took their wedding vows.
Enjoy the fabulous photos by Marion Jonkers Photography
We do things in ceremony that are profoundly symbolic. It allows the depth of what we feel to shine through. Ceremony or ritual is the visible means for honouring that unseen world that we feel within. I love to create ritual special to each couple. I often ask couples to bring a food, which nurtures their daily life, and a drink to use for celebration. In sharing these things you symbolically foster both daily life and special moments together.
When we spoke together I noticed they both called each other ” darling honey”. So I suggested they use honey as a symbol of their perfect union.
Honey has many sustaining properties. In many ancient cultures honey is a basic food, and can also be a drink. It is often considered a delicious treat. Honey is a symbol of richness and sweetness in all traditions. In sacred texts, honey flows like a stream through promised lands. In others considered the drink of the Gods. In others again, it is equated with the higher self. And we’ve heard of the role New Zealand Manuka honey can play in healing.
We know honey to be natural and sustainable, a gift from nature, needing no further manufacture. Pure honey straight from bees is ready to eat. And we also know it to be long lasting. Honey found in the Pyramids today is still edible. What better symbol for a marriage. Sweet, nourishing, long lasting, and a food to enjoy.
I asked them to feed each other some honey, as a symbol of daily nourishment, yet also representative of the sweetness of life together.
What an extraordinary and yet intimate wedding day.
Here’s what Sandy & Michael said:
Getting married and finding the right Celebrant, words and ceremony is certainly not easy, even second time round. We found Kari’s approach easy and open and felt very comfortable discussing our thoughts for an intimate elopement ceremony. Kari not only listened to our thoughts but, found those little things that really mattered to us both and individually. Considering our thoughts, Kari provided some excellent suggestions which made it easy to find the right words and ceremony, along with the legal requirements we had to provide and complete prior to getting married.
We wanted something simple, formal, intimate with some involvement by our close friends, Kari achieved this and more, telling our story with some lovely touches, (Honey and passing the Rings) Kari can explain!
All our friends including ourselves felt privileged to be part of our wonderful day, a day and a moment in time we will always treasure.
We thoroughly recommend Kari and her professional Celebrant services.
Regards Michael & Sandy Clark