married at woodford folk festival

Woodford Festival celebrant

Festival wedding Considering getting married at the Woodford Folk Festival? Many couples do, and they need a wedding celebrant. Imagine having an extraordinary, and I mean….Extra Ordinary, array of options for wedding ceremony location, restaurant reception options AND even entertainment options for your celebration afterwards. The festival is a place of ritual and celebration.  It is the energetic…

wedding vows to children

Wedding vows to children

Wedding promises to your children. Allow me to give you a glimpse of the story of Shireen and Aaron who wed at the beautiful and elegant Spicers Clovely Estate. Their wedding was a very classy occasion.  However it was also clearly a family affair, including promises to the kids. A family affair When I met Shireen and…

Married in a green dress

Married in a green Wedding Dress Do I have to be married in white, you ask? Of course not. Queen Victoria started the white wedding trend by deciding not to wear the classic royal wedding colour of silver.  She preferred white.  before that the ordinary folk simply married in their best clothes. Whatever colour they…

DIY Wedding

DIY Wedding Jess and Jesse married at Verrierdale Community Hall on the Sunshine Coast. Their DIY wedding was a grand party with loads of laughter. When Jess met Jesse, it was love almost instantly. Laughs are the hallmark of their love and their life.  And they are the only ones who don’t get the names confused!!!…

Jo & Jill -128 same sex celebrant Kari Marion Jonkers Photographer

Jo and Jill

On 9th December 2017 it became law in Australia that two people could marry regardless of gender. Love and equality finally prevailed. On Friday 15th of December something truly beautiful and poignant happened; two people fulfilled a wish of a long time.  A community of strangers; family, friends, photographer, celebrant, magistrate, clerks and registrar pulled…

A Russian Wedding tradition

We do not live by bread alone, and we cannot survive without salt. In Russia there is a wedding tradition…. But first a story. I remember from childhood a story about three sisters, the daughters of a king.  He asked of them, “How much do you love me?” One replied, “Father I love you like all…

making poetry of legal wedding vow

When I begin planning a unique ceremony with couples, they often ask what they must do, and what they can do. Well the answer is that the Australian marriage law is very flexible.  There is no compulsion to be in a registered marriage office, as in Europe, nor to mention God in a civil ceremony.…

Unusual buttonholes for groomsmen

Unusual Buttonholes for grooms Even the celebrant received a buttonhole for this particular wedding….. more on that a bit later…. But first – Preparing the bridal party It can be such fun preparing for your wedding ceremony.  Once the reception venue and marriage celebrant are booked, and a few legalities for marriage in Australia taken…

Naming the Fields of Love

~ with Sunshine Coast Wedding Celebrant, Kari ~ A new married name Congratulations to newly weds, Anna and Jon, wed on a stunning day at the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens.  Their wedding was a true love story, simply fill of love and care.  Anna and Jon chose to wed, almost exactly five years from their…