Yes I was the celebrant for both, the mother and the daughter…. but not at the same wedding!

sunshine-coast-wedding-photographer-matt-rowe-324Two views from on high. Two very beautiful brides. Two weddings. One family!

As a Sunshine Coast celebrant, I often get called upon to marry daughters.  That sounds odd, doesn’t it!

But consider that for nearly every wedding a parent walks a daughter down the aisle.

Sometimes I get to marry a mother.  Often her son or daughter walks with her down the aisle.

But how special to be celebrant to both the mother on her Coolum Beach wedding day, then a few years later to the daughter for her Maleny wedding.

Let’s back track a little.

Camille and Simon were wed on the cliff top of Yaroomba Beach.  They wanted a casual ceremony, outdoors, and a reception at a long table under the trees.

When Simon and Camille met at Uni, Simon was instantly attracted.  That attraction never wore off!  It just took a while before Camille returned the notice.  Did she ask him out? No she asked for help with her homework.  Now there’s a good opening line!  Over many years they had been friends, best friends and lovers.  They thrived on each others’ company. They said to me, why not marry your best friend?

Their wedding day was perfect; sunny, a small breeze, and a view out over a blue, blue sea. Their wedding on the dune top was just perfect looking over a perfect view of ocean magic.  Almost too perfect… Simon was just slightly tempted by the waves..!

When we were planning their wedding, I asked Simon about his Scottish ancestry.  He replied that there is no way he was wearing a kilt!  Okay, I said.  No reason to!

But then as we talked about rituals and weddings he noticed a section in my ceremony folio, which inspired us to create a custom ritual for their very own wedding.

This is what I said during their ceremony;

Given Simon’s ancestry he wished to draw on a Scottish Wedding tradition in which the Groom presents the Bride with a silver teaspoon on their wedding day to symbolise that they will never go hungry. 

Given Simon’s profession as a chef, he has decided on giving her a soup ladle. He is adamant that she will NEVER go hungry! The spoon they have chosen is made by the Ndebele tribe of sth Africa, well known for their colourful artwork.  It was bought via a fair trade collaboration community project.

Also a traditional sword dance is often performed at a Scottish wedding reception.  We look forward to Simon’s dancing on his carving knives after the dinner!

Take note of the bridesmaid in lavender pink….

Fast forward a few years and I get a phone call from Jiline, asking me to be her celebrant.

And delighted I became the celebrant for the daughter.

Jiline had in mind a very different wedding.  Djoel and her chose an elegant and serene wedding in the Chapel at Weddings at Tiffanys in Maleny. Another clifftop, possibly somewhat higher than the dunes at Yaroomba.  But with an equally splendid view, this one of the Glass House Mountains.

Thanks to Matt Rowe Photography for these amazing images:

Yes I was the celebrant for both, the mother and the daughter…. but not at the same wedding!

Two views from on high. Two very beautiful brides. Two weddings. One family!

As a Sunshine Coast celebrant, I often get called upon to marry daughters.  That sounds odd, doesn’t it!

But consider that for nearly every wedding a parent walks a daughter down the aisle.

Sometimes I get to marry a mother.  Often her son or daughter walks with her down the aisle.

But how special to be celebrant to both the mother on her Coolum Beach wedding day, then a few years later to the daughter for her Maleny wedding.

Let’s back track a little.