What a difference a day makes

A year ago today, this happened.

IMG_0385 IMG_0433 Much to my surprise, I have been very laid-back in my approach to our wedding. Having worked on and gone to so many weddings, both Dave and I were pretty certain about what we wanted for our own celebration. We had the date picked and the big four – celebrant, venue, photographer and videographer – booked within a month of announcing our engagement. We then sat back and waited for the 11 months to pass until the big day. It seemed like it would never arrive.

Now, 10 of those months have passed. The wedding is less than four weeks away and we are moving through all the final details on our to-do list. On Friday night, we took our parents to our reception venue to help us choose the wedding menu. It started out like a regular family dinner, but over the course of the evening we all realised that the day is coming.

We realised that in a matter of weeks, my Dad will walk me down the aisle towards the man he already considers a son.

That in a matter of weeks, Dave and I will stand in front of all the people we respect most to declare our love and commitment to one another.

That all the people we love will be in one room. (That there will also be champagne and cake in the room is a bonus).

That our two families will be joined and together, we will start a new family.

That in a matter of weeks, I will marry my best friend.

I am SO EXCITED.

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All photos copyright Koren Harvey.

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Amanda and Cameron

Photo by Kirralee

When I think of old Hollywood, I think of evening cocktails, of champagne in coupé glasses, of glittering candlelight. I think of effortlessly stunning women, draped in gowns so beautiful they defy imagination. Of handsome men in well-cut suits, leaning on marble bars as they sip on a martini.

All of these images and more were brought to mind at Amanda and Cameron’s stylish Melbourne Town Hall wedding.

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Everything about their wedding hinted at old Hollywood glamour, from the timing and the setting of their ceremony to their perfectly attired bridal party. Beautifully dressed guests mingled on the balcony at Melbourne Town Hall, their excitement only growing when they saw Amanda and her bridesmaids cross Collins Street. Cameron, keen to keep an air of mystery, refused to look and stood facing his groomsmen until he knew that Amanda had entered the building.

Amanda’s bridesmaids were beautiful in their floor-length blue gowns, providing a sharp contrast to the ivory silk of Amanda’s stunning Shane McConnell couture gown. She stepped on to the balcony with her very proud Dad to the sound of Rachael Leahcar’s La Vie En Rose and Cameron, a man not otherwise given to displaying his emotions, was visibly undone at the sight of her.

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Amanda and Cameron chose to face towards the street for much of the ceremony, giving guests ample opportunity to appreciate Amanda’s beautiful veil and train. Amanda and Cameron were conscious that their marriage was about joining two families together, so rather than having a ‘giving away’, Amanda’s Dad stood and lovingly welcomed Cameron into his family – as a son, a brother and the man who will love and cherish Amanda for the rest of his life.

We recounted the history of their long and happy relationship, sharing stories of treasured trips overseas, the life they have created together and the home they share with their beloved dog, Angel. We also spoke of Cameron’s ability to surprise Amanda, which was shown off when he proposed on Acland Street, St Kilda, one of Amanda’s favourite places.

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Amanda and Cameron then made their heartfelt and emotional vows.

‘I promise to give you the best of myself and to ask of you no more than you can give.

I promise to respect you as a person with your own interests, desires and needs, and to realise that these are sometimes different, but no less important than my own.

I promise to keep myself open to you and to share my innermost fears and feelings, secrets and dreams.

I promise to grow along with you, to be willing to face change as we both change in order to keep our relationship alive and exciting.

And finally, I promise to love you in good times and in the bad, with all I have to give.’

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Amanda and Cameron then exchanged rings, holding hands and looking lovingly into one another’s eyes.

‘This ring I give to you as a token of my love and devotion. I pledge to you all that I am and all that I will ever be. With this ring, I gladly marry you and join my life and dreams to yours.’

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I then had the great honour of pronouncing them husband and wife. As Amanda and Cameron shared their first married kiss, a huge cheer went up from Swanston Street below. Unbeknown to us, a crowd had gathered across the street to watch the ceremony unfold and their spontaneous applause only added to the joy up on the balcony.

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Congratulations, Mr and Mrs F. It was such a joy to work with and to get to know you both and I felt privileged to share in your happiness. May the years ahead be filled with many more moments as special as these. xx Koren

Amanda and Cameron, 10 November 2012
Venue: The Balcony, Melbourne Town Hall
Bride’s gown: Shane McConnell
Photos: Kirralee
Celebrant: Koren Harvey

 

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