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…

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…

DIY wedding at the family property

with Sunshine Coast marriage celebrant – Kari So much love, so much love, so much love.  Wow what a wedding ceremony to remember! Here on the Sunshine Coast, there are many perfect places for a wedding.  But none seems quite more perfect for a family wedding than the property where one grew up, played by…

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…

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.…

a naughty wedding veil

A marriage celebrant well might ask, “What does one do with a naughty wedding veil during a wedding ceremony?” Hmmmm…. Congratulations to Gayle and Keith who were married on top of the hill at Ruffles Lodge on the Gold Coast Hinterland. But my story gets ahead of itself.  Let’s back track a little…. With spectacular…

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…