~ with Sunshine Coast wedding celebrant, Kari ~
A wedding in Parliament House? Not possible! Oh yes it is…but you need to know the right person.
Congratulations to Bec and Gary, who did indeed know the right person, well their parents did!
Bec and Gary contacted me from England, where they were living. Bec’s parents, here in Brisbane, were eagerly awaiting their daughter’s return for her wedding to her English beau Gary. While they waited Mum searched for the perfect place for the wedding ceremony and reception; somewhere stately, somewhere resonant of England and Australia. Who would have thought Parliament House would be available? The building is old and very grand. The rooms are stately and bedecked in resplendent furniture, lamps and trimmings with the lushness of a state’s rooms and a bygone era.
Brisbane Parliament House is a regal building. There are two parliamentary chambers, one that is not used for government any more. The Legislative Chambers are a beautiful set of rooms, with no modern computers and such to impede the magnificence of the room.
It was here that Bec’s father walked his daughter, the bride, down the aisle to a waiting groom, Gary.
I love the lyrics from the song Rebecca chose for her arrival.
Home – is where I want to be
But I guess I’m already there
I come home she lifted up her wings
Guess that this must be the place
I can’t tell one from the other
Did I find you, or you find me?
There was a time before we were born
If someone asks, this is where I’ll be . . . where I’ll be
These words describe how Rebecca and Gary feel about each other…they feel like they have found home. They had travelled and worked away for some time. Home is in each other, not where they reside. Gary had realised he’d go anywhere to be with Bec, to make sure she didn’t get away!
The reception was held in the impressive dining room with all the tableware of the house; heavy linen cloths, splendid silverware, gorgeous crockery and vases. This is vintage with absolute class and quality. Let your vintage heart go wild! The silver was polished to perfection, the china gleaming and with gold rims and crests. Simple and elegant, regal almost. The kind of absolutely matching dinner set any bride could dream of. every table alike yet with understated elegance. Bec and Gary put their touches on it all with sprigs of herbs, and the names of their fav pubs.
This is what I truly loved – the names of the wedding tables. Bec and Gary named each table after a pub in London they had visited. Each pub had a special memory for them; the first drink together, the first kiss, the first birthday….
Just the names of English Pubs are evocative of weddings; The Star and Garter for example or perhaps The Five Bells. However Bec and Gary revisited their courtship through the names of their very own special drinking holes of London when they lived there together.
Thanks to Elisabeth Harvey for the magnificent images:
Check out her blog too.