midday 12/12/12, a perfect dozen

midday 12/12/12, a perfect dozen

~ with Sunshine Coast wedding celebrant, Kari ~

A row of 12’s looks great on the marriage paperwork.  

So good in fact that I just had to create a special 12/12/12 certificate for them… just for fun.

Congratulations to Sandy and Michael for selecting the perfect dozen for their wedding day.  

Sandy and Michael told me they don’t need trumpets to declare their feelings for one another.  They enjoy the simple things of life.  They came to a point in their lives when sincerity outweighs pomp, and intimacy is appreciated more than fanfare.  Yet they also acknowledged that there are times in ones life when a ceremony or a bit of ritual can describe what is deep within. They chose an intimate elopement, and wanted to share this sacred moment with their supportive friends.

They have known each other for 6 years, and tell me that despite finding a couple of old warts and the occasional nervous twitch, life has been very good to them both and together.  So they selected the most auspicious date for their nuptials, hired a house and together with their friends escaped to the hills of Montville to seal their relationship with a wedding.

At exactly the 12th hour, on the 12th day of the 12th month of the 12th year of the millenium, Sandy and Michael took their wedding vows.

Enjoy the fabulous photos by Marion Jonkers Photography

We do things in ceremony that are profoundly symbolic. It allows the depth of what we feel to shine through.  Ceremony or ritual is the visible means for honouring that unseen world that we feel within.  I love to create ritual special to each couple.  I often ask couples to bring a food, which nurtures their daily life, and a drink to use for celebration.  In sharing these things you symbolically foster both daily life and special moments together.

When we spoke together I noticed they both called each other ” darling honey”.  So I suggested they use honey as a symbol of their perfect union.

Honey has many sustaining properties.  In many ancient cultures honey is a basic food, and can also be a drink.  It is often considered a delicious treat.  Honey is a symbol of richness and sweetness in all traditions.  In sacred texts, honey flows like a stream through promised lands.  In others considered the drink of the Gods.  In others again, it is equated with the higher self. And we’ve heard of the role New Zealand Manuka honey can play in healing.

We know honey to be natural and sustainable, a gift from nature, needing no further manufacture.  Pure honey straight from bees is ready to eat.  And we also know it to be long lasting.  Honey found in the Pyramids today is still edible.  What better symbol for a marriage.  Sweet, nourishing, long lasting, and a food to enjoy.

I asked them to feed each other some honey, as a symbol of daily nourishment, yet also representative of the sweetness of life together.

What an extraordinary and yet intimate wedding day.

Here’s what Sandy & Michael said:

Getting married and finding the right Celebrant, words and ceremony is certainly not easy, even second time round.  We found Kari’s approach easy and open and felt very comfortable discussing our thoughts for an intimate elopement ceremony. Kari not only listened to our thoughts but, found those little things that really mattered to us both and individually.  Considering our thoughts, Kari provided some excellent suggestions which made it easy to find the right words and ceremony, along with the legal requirements we had to provide and complete prior to getting married.

We wanted something simple, formal, intimate with some involvement by our close friends, Kari achieved this and more, telling our story with some lovely touches, (Honey and passing the Rings) Kari can explain!

All our friends including ourselves felt privileged to be part of our wonderful day, a day and a moment in time we will always treasure.

We thoroughly recommend Kari and her professional Celebrant services.

Regards Michael & Sandy Clark  

Creative wedding decor

Creative wedding decor

Wedding decor with coconut fronds

Creative Wedding Decor

Decorating your wedding day can be such fun.  There are ideas for special themes, colours or designs.

Sometimes it is helpful to have a specialist help you, sometimes you just want to DIY the entire day.  At a recent wedding at Kenilworth Homestead, Jess co-opted her female family and friends, and they did it all themselves.  From bunting to cocktails, through to vintage teapots full of cottage garden flowers, and hand picked crockery from op-shops.  Read about Jess inspiration.

wedding decor with woven coconut fronds

Something rather different

Here is a totally unique and environmentally friendly solution, not yet seen in any Bridal mag, from local cane, coconut frond and festival artist, Kris Martin.

His new wedding and event decoration business called Artisean was recently launched at a wedding on Stradbroke Island.

The business, based in Mapleton in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, uses natural materials such as bamboo, coconut palm leaf and vines top create fabulous wedding arches, aisles and arbours.

Coconut frond wedding decor

Kris Martin, artist and founder of this creative endeavour is excited to bring some of the magic of the festival and event work that he has been doing for over ten years, to the wedding industry.

Along with his partner Alex, and a team of artists, they have been recognised for their dedication to environmental arts through winning the Glossies award in 2012 (for ‘Ship of Fools’ Project, Floating Land, 2011) and 2011 (for ‘Kabi Canoes’ Project, Woodford, 2010).

Here’s a peek at some of the current designs being developed.  But Kris will design something all new for you too, made to order.  Check out Artisean.

wedding decor with woven coconut fronds and white flowers
wedding decor with florals on woven vines

Something elegant in wedding decor

Carly Laczko runs a gorgeous decorating and wedding planning business, CL Weddings & Events, creating beautiful weddings using simple ingredients that together make that ‘wow’ feeling when guests walk into a room.

elegant table setting for wedding reception

Wedding Styling

Wedding styling can be so variant, from sparkling prettiness to elegant dark shades or charcoals and rich red over to fun vibrant colours that pop with personality. The main aim of styling, Carly espouses, is to ensure it reflects the couple and your personalities together as a couple.

Styling themes

Cl Events’ style is so broad, there really isn’t a certain theme that they don’t like!  And they specialise in creating a theme with the couples name on it, rather than a ‘modern vintage’ or ‘rustic’ tag. Sometimes the best styles are when they get to make a mix of themes to create unique look.

Carly says: “The décor on your day should be handled much like the way you dress, it should fit you.”  

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DIY Wedding Decor

But if it’s DIY you’re into, then check out Jessica and Joel’s wedding decor.

DIY vintage wedding table settings with op shop crockery and florals in teapots

The girls, did it all.  Mum, Aunties, Gran and the bridesmaids all chipped in making all the decor.

It came together over a fun evening the night before the wedding, when the bridal party  went to town in a rustic old Barn.

Here is their story:

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
 

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.

 

Married on the family farm

Married on the family farm

Married on the farm

Congratulations Lisa and Rupert, married on the family property in Obi Obi, Kennilworth.

Arrival of the Groom

The Groom doesn’t have to wait for his bride at the altar, he can arrive in style too! This Groom planned to arrive on the motorbike he had spent many loving hours renovating.  For on their first date, he had whisked Lisa away on a bike to a country village lolly shop…..and….

However on the awaited day, the starter motor was not happy.  His brother knew the answer; kick start it down the driveway of the family property near Kennilworth, then burn up behind the house to collect the Groom on this perfect wedding day.  We had a sneak preview of what was to come, and Rupert’s dream of arriving by bike was manifest.

Arriving on a vintage motorbike

And the groomsman too

His brother Jake rode behind tossing frangipani flowers in a path for the bride; a masculine bent on the flower girl theme.  The bride, Lisa chose to walk on the arm of her Dad behind her bridesmaid.

Lisa and Rupert wanted a fun ceremony, yet one with resonances of their lives together, and as a part of an extended family.  It was a wedding day of relaxed family fun and friendly games and joy in the spaciousness of a private garden.  Beside the dam, the marriage ceremony was held in a gentle breeze, under the shade of the trees.

As part of his vows, he promised to “have as much fun as possible..no matter what.  I can’t wait.” And she answered with  “what I’m promising today is to love you with all I have to give in the only way I know how, completely and forever.”

The guests were part of the ceremony too, having rehearsed their lines before the couple arrived, then everyone had a chance to water in the olive tree with their warm wishes for the couples future.

As the newly weds walked away from their ceremony they invited all to share in lawn bowls, badminton and croquet with champagne.

You can have the ceremony you wish for, just ask!

Photos by Calli B

Leap Year proposal

Leap Year proposal

Leap into marriage

It’s a leap year.  And whilst you may consider yourself a modern woman, you may like to adopt a vintage marriage tradition this year.

It’s the girl’s turn

In a leap year, traditionally a woman may propose marriage to her man.  The leap year marriage tradition was introduced centuries ago. According to folk lore, the leap day was an invented day to fix a discrepancy in the calendar.  It was not considered a “real” day; it had no cultural status.  Thus, the reasoning goes, social customs also had different reality status on that day too.

Leap Year Wedding proposals

Given the leap day was to fix a glitch, women thought they could fix an unjust glitch in social custom, freeing them up to pop the question to the man they adored.

How did the leap year marriage proposal begin?

The first documentation of this practice dates back to 1288, when Scotland supposedly passed a law that allowed women to propose marriage to the man of their choice in that year. Tradition states they also made it law that any man who declined a proposal in a leap year must also pay a fine. The fine could range from a kiss, to a silk dress or a pair of gloves.  Now this wedding celebrant thinks that’s a win win situation!

So for women who tire of waiting for the bloke to ask for their hand in marriage, the leap year gives them a legitimate occasion to propose, to leap into their own power.

Or does your wardrobe need a few more frocks?  Propose away girls.