Penny and Glyn

Sometimes I am surrounded by so much beauty I struggle to take it all in. I’m not just talking about physical beauty, but about the beauty of emotions, the beauty of people of all ages and backgrounds who care for each other coming together and the beauty of small moments.

Penny and Glyn’s wedding was one of these occasions.

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They met on the first day of high school in Sydney and were part of the same friendship group all the way through uni. It was only once they were nearing the end of their tertiary studies that they became a couple. Not long after this, Glyn was transferred to Melbourne for work. They told me that it was (ironically) perfect timing on their part – they spend over ten years living a few streets from one another, then as soon as they became a couple, one of them moves states!

Such was their bond, however, that a mere 900kms weren’t going to get in their way. After enduring two and a half years of flights back and forth, Penny transferred to Melbourne to be with Glyn. They set up a life and a home together and the rest, as the saying goes, is history.

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They took off on a month-long overseas holiday a week after becoming engaged. Both Penny and Glyn say that the time spent overseas, just the two of them, allowed the realisation of the life ahead of them to sink in and they returned home even more excited about their marriage.

A year after Glyn’s romantic proposal, they married at the stunning Stones of the Yarra Valley (one of my all time favourite venues). Stones is at its best in autumn when all the leaves are changing colours, the days are crisp and the light is golden.

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It was touching to watch Glyn in the moments before Penny arrived. He was so full of nervous anticipation he couldn’t keep still, but as soon as Penny and her Dad appeared in the doorway, he calmed immediately. Absolutely breathtaking in her Mariana Hardwick gown, Penny entered to a live rendition of Pachelbel’s Canon in D by Amati String Quartet. You couldn’t wipe the smile off her or Glyn’s faces from that moment on.

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Penny and Glyn had written down some of the things they love about each other to incorporate into the ceremony. They were little things, such as sharing a bottle of wine on the couch and talking about their day, but these small moments of intimacy speak volumes about what they both value. Taking the time to be with one another, to appreciate one another, to reflect on their relationship and all it has brought them.

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Their friends read two passages on marriage; an excerpt from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and the wise Apache Blessing before emotions ran high when they got to their vows. It can be nerve-wracking for a couple when they say their vows, but Penny and Glyn weren’t daunted. They made their vows with such sincerity and emotion that nearly all of their family and friends were wiping away tears and photographer extraordinaire John Warren caught a beautiful moment when Glyn’s sisters gave in to their feelings.

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Glyn and Penny emerged from the Chapel into a shower of rose petals before taking a wander in the golden light of the vines with John and the talented crew from C2 Video. (You can watch the video of their day here. Be warned: it is stunning). They then made their way across to the Barn with their family and friends for a party that went well into the night.

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Congratulations, Mr and Mrs J. The way you feel about each other comes across in every single thing you do and it is so clear that at the heart of your relationship is a strong and abiding friendship. It was my absolute honour to be part of your day.
xx Koren

Penny and Glyn, 19 May 2012
Venue: Stones of the Yarra Valley
Bride’s gown: Mariana Hardwick
Photographer: John at Warren Photography. More photos here.
Videographer: C2 Video. See the full video (it is AMAZING) here.
Florist: Blooming Brides
Musicians: Amati String Quartet
Celebrant:
Koren Harvey 

Carmel and Damien

Intimate. Family-focused. Vineyard.

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These were the words Carmel and Damien used to describe their wedding to me when we first met. Their description of their wedding combined with the laughs and fantastic time we had at our first meeting had me so keen to marry them that I ended up doing one of my patented wedding rain dances, which basically involves me jumping around the living room, repeating ‘PLEASE pick me!’ over and over again. (Obviously not in front of them. That would be weird).

The rain dance worked and in April this year, we gathered at Glen Erin Retreat in Lancefield for their wedding. Carmel and Damien chose Glen Erin for its wide open spaces, country hospitality and on-site accommodation. This meant that all their guests could get ready at the venue and then retire to their rooms at the end of the night, effectively keeping the party going all night long.

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This also meant that Damien was a very relaxed groom, having had time to mingle and relax with everyone before Carmel arrived. She walked down the aisle on her Dad’s arm to the Etta James standard, At Last, preceded by her adorable niece and nephew. Once Carmel reached Damien they held on to each other tightly, arms wrapped around each other’s waists.

Carmel and Damien chose to surprise each other by writing how they would describe the other to a stranger and keeping it a secret until their wedding day. Damien phrased his by describing how you’d recognise Carmel in different situations – at the football, at a party, at their home – and Carmel described what Damien looks like, what he’s skilled at and what he enjoys, finishing with how he makes her feel. There were more than a few tears generated by these honest and moving statements and the insight they gave into their relationship.

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Damien and Carmel said their vows in front of a setting autumn sun, both tearing up a little. It was hard not to be affected by the emotion of their vows and the sincerity with which they spoke them. I pronounced them husband and wife to big cheers and the sound of Ben E King. When we signed the register, Carmel promptly punched Damien in the arm and told him off for writing a better description than she did! (For the record, they were of an equally great calibre!).

They then partied on with family and friends until the wee hours, aided by one huge lolly bar.

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Congratulations, Mr and Mrs T! I’m so happy my rain dance worked – being your celebrant was fun, moving and such a joy. I wish you so much love.
xx Koren

Carmel and Damien, 28 April 2012
Venue: Glen Erin Retreat
Photographer: Beth, Immerse Photography. More photos available here.
Celebrant: Koren Harvey

Carla and Peter

Do you believe in fate? The kind that means we’re pre-destined to meet people at certain points in our lives? I wasn’t sure that I did, but then I met Carla and Peter.

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Their meeting is one that could quite easily have never happened. After a night out at Crown, Carla and Peter were each making their way home early one Sunday morning. Carla had sprained her ankle after a few too many dance moves in some seriously lethal platform boots and was limping across the car park. Peter was walking with his friends through the very same car park and noticed the fair lady’s distress.

Being a true gentleman, he offered to piggyback her across Clarendon St. Carla accepted his gracious offer and they chatted all the way to Carla’s car. When it became clear that each was too shy to ask for the other’s number, Carla’s best friend, Anita, stepped in and insisted that they exchange digits before each went their own way home.

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If either of them had decided not to go out that night, if Carla had decided not to wear her injury-causing boots, if Peter hadn’t offered to help her and if Anita hadn’t stepped in, we may not have been celebrating their wedding earlier this year.  So many ifs, so much scope for things not to happen.

But all of the above did happen, and so on 22 April, six and a half years after they first met, Peter and Carla became husband and wife.

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They married at the stunning 333 Collins Street, Melbourne.  This incredible venue has a beautifully long corridor and Carla used it to full advantage for her entrance. Her flower girl and bridesmaids entered first and Peter kept his back turned until Carla entered the main hall on her Dad’s arm. She walked in to Marry You by Bruno Mars and timed it perfectly so that the bells at the end of the song were chiming as she reached the side of a very relieved Peter.

In a twist on the giving away of the bride, we asked both Carla and Peter’s parents to give their blessing to the marriage.  All four parents stood and proudly stated their support for their children before Carla and Peter said moving vows that they had written themselves.

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Their witnesses were, fittingly, Carla’s friend Anita (who had encouraged the exchanging of numbers all those years ago) and Peter’s godmother. They were then embraced by a seemingly endless line of happy friends and family, before hitting the road in some seriously cool Mustangs.

Congratulations to a beautiful couple who made me believe in the power of fate. It was my pleasure to work with you on your wedding and I wish you every joy in your future as husband and wife!

xx Koren

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Carla and Peter, 22 April 2012
Venue: 333 Collins Street, Melbourne
Photos: Alex Pavlou
Celebrant: Koren Harvey