Valentine love

Valentine love

Valentine love

Valentines Day makes us think about love; a valentine love.

 

Love poetry of Rumi

And the poetry of Rumi is often about love, in the deepest sense.  Just like a wedding vow or marriage proposal.  His poetry is not a Hallmark giftcard message.  The love poetry of Rumi makes us pause and think, helps us to go deeper and reflect what love means inside and how to show it outside.

 

Your task is not to seek for love
but merely to seek and find all the barriers
within yourself that you have built against it

Rumi

Love is the Water of Life
Drink it down with heart and soul!
Rumi
 
 
 
The springtime of Lovers has come,
that this dust bowl may become a garden;
the proclamation of heaven has come,
that the bird of the soul may rise in flight.
The sea becomes full of pearls,
the salt marsh becomes sweet as kauthar,
the stone becomes a ruby from the mine,
the body becomes wholly soul.
Rumi
 

A Hindu wedding ceremony

A Hindu wedding ceremony

~ with Sunshine Coast wedding celebrant – Kari.

You are thought and I am sound. 
I am the words and you are the melody. 
I am the melody and you are the words.”
 

Congratulations Belinda & Biju, married in an Australian Hindu wedding ceremony on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.  

Belinda and Biju came to me requesting an unusual wedding ceremony.  Biju comes from India and wished to include several Hindu elements into the ceremony.  Belinda is Australian and wanted a wedding ceremony that reflected this land and the traditions of Australia. And so we wove a truly multicultural ceremony, an occasion to honour both cultures.

The Golden statue was centre of the setting; an altar to Ganesha.  Around the statue were placed several ceremonial objects; a candle, flowers and fruit in offering to Ganesh.  The theme colours were vibrant and alive; deep pink, bold red, fragrant yellow and burnt orange.  Gerberas in all these flame colours were placed around Ganesh.

And for the fun of colour and festive atmosphere, paper lanterns in deep orange and pink were hung in the branches of the centuries old fig tree; an ancient witness to the sacredness of the celebration.

Biju was very confident when he asked me, the celebrant, to sing the essential incantations in the Sanskrit language.  For who else would do it, he asked.  And so I did!  His trust helped me to learn the appropriate blessings, and the role they played in the ceremony.  And I sang for this lovely couple, to bless their married lives.

Photos by Darren Frankish of Kish Photography

In any culture marriage is a sacred and treasured union.  According to Hinduism, marriage between two persons is a sacred relationship that is not limited to this life alone.  It extends across seven or more lives, during which the couple help each other progress spiritually.  The adage that marriages are made in heaven is very much true in the case of Hinduism.  Two souls come together and marry because their karmas are intertwined and they have to resolve many things together upon earth in order to ensure their mutual salvation.

In an ancient Hindu text it is said that when the one man loves the one woman and the one woman loves the one man, the angels abandon heaven and go sit with the couple and sing for joy.  Just looking around the guests we could see the angels present.

In Hinduism every auspicious occasion begins with an invocation to Lord Ganesha. Blessings are sought for a ceremony that will be free from impediments and for a marriage free from all hardships and obstacles.  Ganesha’s grace is invoked for the health, happiness, prosperity, and peace of the bride and groom and their families. The offerings included flowers for beauty, coconut for fertility, rice for sustenance, and sweets to ensure a sweet life! 

The ceremony included many traditions and customs from a Hindu Wedding in India, involving the family, water and fire, and song and walking circles around Ganesha and the altar.

A special moment is when the bride and groom take seven steps; steps towards their lives together, a set of wedding vows,

On the first step;       Together we shall cherish each other in sickness and health, in happiness and sorrow

On the second step;       Together we shall be lifelong friends

On the third step;       Together we shall share each other’s ideals

On the fourth step;       Together we shall nurture each other’s strengths, talents, and aspirations

On the fifth step;       Together we shall make each other happy

On the sixth step;       Together we shall love, provide and care for our children and our families

On the seventh step;       Together we will look forward to the mysteries of the future with awe, open-mindedness, and inspiration

We have taken the seven steps.  You have become mine forever.  Yes, we have become partners.  I have become yours.  Hereafter, I cannot live without you.  Do not live without me.  Let us share the joys.  We are word and meaning, united.  You are thought and I am sound.  I am the words and you are the melody.  I am the melody and you are the words.

These vows are poignant and poetic.  They are not dissimilar to vows from an Australian ceremony. Walking around the altar added an extra poetry to the steps of marriage they undertook.  I congratulate Belinda and Biju on blending their two cultures seemlessly and with great love and patience.

As a marriage celebrant I am often requested to accommodate the unusual.  This is my specialty.  I have sung in sanskrit, read in Afrikaans, waxed poetic in French, and played my wooden flute or lap harp.  Just ask me, you never know what I will agree to!

Wedding decorations, creative and cheap

Wedding decorations, creative and cheap

~ with Sunshine Coast wedding celebrant – Kari.

Wedding decorations can be fun.  They can really make your reception reflect your style, AND invite your guests into a playful world for your wedding day.  Ideas for theming and decorating your wedding reception abound.  Possibly you want to design something unique and different, something to make your wedding guests say “wow”.

Perhaps you want some cheeky fun, or to stimulate  a creative atmosphere at your wedding.  Personally I love the hand made look, the creative spirit that only one person can achieve. You.

Here are some fabulous creative decorative ideas, ranging from the sweet to the sublime, the crazy to the ridiculous, but always the fun.  There’s bides shoes and wedding jewelry, even a unique green wedding ring.  There’s flower arrangements with a twist, recycled containers for the decorations, living table settings, green ideas, and unusual candles.  Find family portraits, unusual lighting effects, green themes, and other wonderful creative touches.  Let me know if you use any of these ideas on your wedding day.

 

He sang her a song

He sang her a song

He sang her a song…

But first let’s look back at how it began.

Congratulations Royanna and Tyler married at Tiffany’s Maleny looking out over the Glasshouse Mountains. And he sang her a song.

Wedding date

They chose an auspicious date, the 11th of the 11th of 2011.  Tyler had first proclaimed his love on 8th of 8th  2008, so recurring numbers were a theme.  However recurring love was the theme of their 50’s style wedding day.

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Falling in Love

She described falling in love with him as experiencing two people dancing to a beat that nobody else could hear.

So much love and thought was poured into their wedding day; from the first moment the guests received a save-the-date with pics taken in a field of the couple-to-be peeping from behind a parasole, until the games on the grass and the dress-up-photo-booth at the reception.

Wedding music

Coastal Jazz warmed the air with relaxed Jazz tunes, fan tailed doves wandered around the sandstone courtyard, the sun shone brightly.  It was a perfect day.

The bride arrived in a baby blue 1950’s Plymouth, called Alma May.  Ooooh ain’t she sweet.

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He sang her a song

However there was one item, Royanna did not know about until the middle of the marriage ceremony.  Tyler turned to his bride and apologised because he had recently spent money on …wait for it… a ukelele.  He proceeded to sing to her, their special song….and brought the house down.  It’s hard for a celebrant to keep a dry eye occasionally!

Photos by Karen Buckle

Kari,  We cannot thank you enough for marrying us, and not just for marrying us but for taking our every phone call and meeting with us and always making us feel as though we were your only clients. You continued to make us feel as though we were incredibly important to you. Your attentiveness to us helped us feel secure that all the personal touches that we wanted throughout the ceremony would be honoured.

It is clear that you love what you do and that shined through on our wedding day. The whole bridal party loved you and we received so much positive feedback from the guests about you also. I have heard many people say that they spoke to their celebrant once over the phone before their wedding or simply communicated over email. With you, we felt as though our friend was marrying us by the time our Wedding Day arrived because you provided us with so much personal attention. I will be recommending you to anyone I meet that tells me they are getting married.

Lastly, you were so kind to us Kari and we will always remember you. Thank you for absolutely everything. You are a godsend!!

Royanna & Tyler

Married in purple

Married in purple

happily married with gerbera buttonhoke and brides purple dress

Married in purple

This was a cosy and intimate wedding and full of love…. AND the colour purple

Bianca and Christiaan married on the veranda of The Country House B & B homestead looking out from Hunchy, over the glorious flowered garden.  We could see all the way to the coast over the trees.  What a spectacular place is Hunchy tucked away from the world along an old track over the cattle grid and beyond.  The Hunchy secret is discovered by Peter Pans and Mary’s seeking a retreat under the hills of Montville on the Range.  Bianca and Christiaan found a country paradise for their Australian wedding.

They chose not to go with white for their wedding, but got married in purple instead.

newly wed bride in purple rests on his knee

Purple wedding theme

Bianca’s favourite colour was definitely the theme of the day, complemented by bold pink and orange gerberas. And there were flowers everywhere; in lapels of each guest, in her hair, and woven lovingly through the slats of the veranda rails.  She proved how absolutely stunning a bride can look without wearing a white wedding dress.

Christiaan cut a most handsome image as he waited for his bride.  The bold colours suited their young and bold outlook on life, migrating to Australia to make a family life.

Kari celebrant with a newly eloped couple dressed in purple

Prayer in Afrikaans

Originally from South Africa, Bianca and Christiaan wished to include in their ceremony something reflective of marriage back home.  They requested a prayer be read in Afrikaans.

So this celebrant takes herself off to learn how to pronounce Afrikaans!

We were also privileged to watch a video message sent from South Afrika on the computer screen.

newly weds in purple down a country lane

Purple jacaranda blossoms for the wedding

As they walked away from their hinterland wedding ceremony, we noticed the road was strewn with jacaranda blossoms.

It was a perfect purple day!

Photos by Andrea Sproxton

Don’t get married in white! Try other colours instead.  Like this bride who married in a green dress