Hannah and Leigh

Are you comfortable? Warm? Do you have something to eat at hand? Glass of water, too?


I only ask because once you clap eyes on Hannah and Leigh’s wedding, you won’t be moving for a while. You’ll be like me, immobile and gaping at the gorgeousness of their day.

Lisa Leek Photography

The first word that comes to mind when I think of Hannah and Leigh is bubbly. They’re both infectiously happy people and Hannah’s killer laugh is instantly endearing. You simply can’t be around them without being swept up in their unfailing enthusiasm for every part of life, even the everyday things. It’s beautiful to watch.

The first word that comes to mind when I think of their wedding is bright. Bright smiles, bright personalities and bright, vividly coloured flowers, all under a wide autumn sky.

Lisa Leek Photography

In a fun twist on the tradition in which the groom doesn’t know what the bride will wear, Leigh also kept his outfit secret from Hannah. This resulted in many laughs at our final rehearsal, when there may or may not have been jokes about velour tuxedos and designer trackies!

On the day however, I don’t know that either of them really took in what the other was wearing. Just the way they looked. Radiant. Euphoric. In love.

Lisa Leek Photography

Hannah and Leigh asked their beloved  Mums to do a reading together, called ‘On Your Wedding Day’. The reading turned out to be one of the most emotional moments of the ceremony. Both Mums choked up and with their arms around each other, finished lines for one another when the tears became too much. It was a powerful, personal and loving moment.

We also spoke about the things that bring Hannah and Leigh joy in their life together. Things like spending time with their family and friends, travelling, being outdoors and supporting each other. Most of all though, taking the opportunity to enjoy the little things they do on a daily basis together – talking, hugging and laughing.

Lisa Leek Photography

Before their wedding, I’d advised Hannah and Leigh to rehearse their kiss – after all, it can be daunting kissing each other in front of a hundred cheering, clapping, photograph-taking friends. The photo above was taken just as Leigh informed me that after a fair bit of practice, they were ready for their first kiss as husband and wife. I’m proud to say they did an excellent job of it, too!

Lisa Leek Photography

Lisa Leek Photography

Congratulations, Mr and Mrs P! Your marriage reminded me once more of why I love being a celebrant so much. It’s the honest emotion of real moments between two people in love, and the joy and pride of the people who love them.

Thank you so very much for allowing me to witness and share in your joy. xx Koren

Lisa Leek Photography

Hannah and Leigh, 31 March 2012
Venue: Yarra Ranges Estate, Monbulk
Photos: The extremely talented Lisa Leek of Lisa Leek Photography. You can see more of Hannah and Leigh’s beautiful wedding at Lisa’s blog.
Celebrant: Koren Harvey


Sharne and Daniel

‘We don’t want a wedding-wedding, we just want to get married with the people we love around us.’

Photo by Jackie McDonald

That was the brief I got from Sharne and Daniel when we first met to discuss their wedding. They wanted a low-key wedding that focused on the why rather than the how. Sharne and Daniel planned to marry at the Surf Coast home of Sharne’s aunty and to celebrate afterwards with woodfired pizzas, a cake made by one of Sharne’s dear friends and dancing all night long.

As part of their ceremony, Sharne and Daniel shared some of the things they love about each other, which neither had heard before the day. We learned that Daniel loves the way Sharne will run to stand a few steps above him whenever they’re on an escalator (it makes them the same height for kissing), and that Sharne loves how Daniel instinctively knows that sometimes, only a home-cooked meal followed by chocolate can ease the stresses of a hard day at work. The things they revealed were a mix of the light-hearted and emotional and prompted laughter, tears and one very loud ‘that’s right!’ from a guest!

Their first kiss as husband and wife was true to form, with Sharne standing on the deck and Daniel on the grass below – making them exactly the same height as one another! After some photos in front of the famous Aireys Inlet lighthouse, Sharne and Daniel made their way back to the house and celebrated. All night long.

Photo by Jackie McDonald


Congratulations, Mr and Mrs W! I wish you many happy years of escalator kisses. xx Koren

Sharne and Daniel, 24 March 2012
Venue: Private residence, Aireys Inlet
Photos: Jackie McDonald
Celebrant: Koren Harvey

Diane and Alan

Oh, it’s been a long time between posts, I know. I believe it has something to do with going overseas for five weeks, getting engaged while away, returning home to begin the wedding planning and then throwing a big birthday into the mix. But I’m back now. And I intend to blog on a weekly basis once more. Do hold me to it, won’t you?

This is a wedding I’ve been meaning to blog for ages. I haven’t yet because I couldn’t find the words. Not because I didn’t know what to say, rather because I had too much to say. I simply couldn’t work out how to condense all the thoughts swirling around my head into a post that wouldn’t go on for days.

Golden Light Photography

The couple I’m talking about, Diane and Alan, are the sort of people everyone should have in their life as friends. They’re kind, thoughtful and compassionate people and they embrace you with warmth and generosity. Spending time with Diane and Alan, it is immediately clear how much they value the friendship, support, guidance and love they give one another. It’s not an exaggeration to say that I felt truly honoured that they’d chosen me to marry them.

Golden Light Photography

Diane and Alan first met almost 30 years ago, but it was when their paths crossed again nine years ago that they began on the path to marriage. On a beautiful February day, with the sound of birdsong in the summer air, Diane and Alan celebrated their love for one another under the trees at Lindenderry Red Hill.

In front of their  closest friends and family members, they exchanged heartfelt and personally written vows that moved everyone – and I mean everyone – to emotion. It isn’t often that I get goosebumps when I hear couples say their vows, but the honesty and passion with which they committed themselves to one another was so strong I couldn’t help it.

I learned and gained so much from working with Diane and Alan, so much so that I haven’t the words to express it adequately. What I do have the words to say, however, is this – I’m thrilled beyond measure to have the privilege of knowing them and now calling them my friends.

Congratulations, Diane and Alan. I look forward to many more celebrations to come! xx Koren

Diane and Alan, 18 February 2012
Venue: Lindenderry, Red Hill
Photos: Golden Light Photography
Celebrant: Koren Harvey