paired wedding rings making a love heart when put side by side

With this ring I thee wed

“With this ring I thee wed…..” a wedding ring is considered to be a circle with no end, a symbol of the wedding vows. Many a wedding is not complete without an exchange of wedding rings. “With this ring I thee wed.” Do we recall this phrase from old movies?  Many a wedding is not…

Yandina Station wedding

~ with Sunshine Coast marriage celebrant – Kari. Congratulations Adele and Paul, married at Yandina Station between Yandina and Coolum. Using a vintage wedding theme, Adele decorated the homestead with a table of old cameras, old books tied with string, bottles of old fashioned sweets and a vintage typewriter for writing messages. Yandina Station was…

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…

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…

Wedding traditions on the sunshine coast

Unique Wedding traditions

Wedding traditions Wedding traditions can be a part of your wedding ceremony.  They can come from any culture or heritage. Different traditions can make your wedding quite unique.  You can draw from your own culture or heritage. Or you can be inspired by other wedding traditions. Together we can craft them to suit you, who…

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 winning wedding in Maleny

Maleny Wedding Congratulations to Karla and Matt. Theirs was a winning Maleny wedding. This wedding was nominated as one of only five weddings shortlisted for “Wedding of the Year” by Junebug Weddings. A story Most importantly, their day appeared as if out of a storybook. It was a fairytale come true at Maleny Retreat, which…

Married on the ridge

Rebecca and Justin didn’t actively look for a celebrant. They said they picked up a flyer one day and intuitively knew Kari was the right celebrant for them.  They were looking for a  non-traditional, creative, free-thinking, down to earth, grounded but a lively person for their wedding at Coolabine Ridge Estate. This place is magnificent, looking down towards the…

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.…