Julia and Michael

Do you remember that day in March that poured? I do, but not for the rain. I remember it because it was the day when two best friends got married.

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Julia and Michael have been inseparable for longer than anyone can remember. They were friends first – best friends. It wasn’t until Michael moved to the UK  that each began to acknowledge the feelings they had for one another went somewhat deeper than just friendship.

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That Christmas, Michael took a gamble and arranged for a shiny present from Tiffany’s for Jules back in Melbourne. Just in case Jules hadn’t got the hint, her sister informed her that ‘friends don’t give friends heart shaped necklaces’. Michael, meanwhile, was holidaying in the Austrian alps and endured a nervous wait until he was back in the reach of mobile reception to find out what Jules thought of his gift! (It’s safe to say she liked it).

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Michael returned home the following year and they set about building a life together. Some time later, he arranged for Jules to be picked up from work one day in a chauffeured car. Thinking that Michael had arranged this as a birthday surprise, Jules was driven around Melbourne and given instructions to go into various stores and ask if there was anything there for her.

After stopping to pick up a CD of their favourite songs, a bunch of flowers and a bottle of bubbles she was taken to a Yarra Valley vineyard, where her best friend was waiting to ask her to be his wife. Michael had been scouting venues for the two weekends prior, and Jules had no idea until she came across him amongst the vines. When they told me this story at our first meeting, I was like a nodding dog in the back of a car. ‘And then? And then?’ I couldn’t believe the amount of thought and romance that had gone into it.

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They approached their wedding with the same thoughtfulness, planning a ceremony that included their family and friends and showed off their sense of fun. After a rehearsal in 40 degree heat the week before, the heavens opened on their wedding day but I don’t think either of them really noticed. I certainly didn’t. My memories are of the applause that filled the marquee when Jules and her Dad entered, the beaming grin on Michael’s face and endless applause when they embraced for the first time as husband and wife.

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From my first meeting with Julia and Michael it felt like we’d been hanging out for years. We chatted and laughed for well over an hour and every subsequent meeting we had felt like a social catch up.

Congratulations to you both, you gorgeous things. You truly made this the best job in the world and I can’t wait for our next catch up over a glass of vino or two! xx Koren

Julia and Michael, 3 March 2012
Venue: Rippon Lea, Elsternwick
Photos: Andrea Colvin Photography 
Celebrant: Koren Harvey

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Amelia and Glen

I get to meet the best people in this job! People like Amelia and Glen, for example. As soon as they stepped through my door I wanted to marry them.

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They’re a thoroughly cosmopolitan couple who appreciate all the good things in life – good coffee, good wine, good food – and love nothing more than exploring new countries, cultures and cuisines together. Both of them have a great fondness for St Kilda, so it was no surprise when they told me they planned to marry by St Kilda beach.

It was a balmy evening with only a hint of wind when friends and family gathered for the ceremony in the green surrounds of Catani Gardens.

In an innovative twist, Amelia chose not to walk into any particular song, but rather have a playlist of their favourite tunes on. She decided to take her chances with whatever was playing as she arrived and as luck would have it, Amelia entered to Jeff Buckley’s rendition of the Leonard Cohen classic, Hallelujah.

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It was a beautiful moment, made all the more special by the obvious emotion Glen felt. As Amelia walked towards us, looking for all the world like a modern Grace Kelly, he was so overcome by his feelings that he couldn’t look at her until she was next to him. Awww.

Amelia and Glen wanted their wedding to be intimate and personal, so we worked in a lot of details about their life together and the things that are important to them. They each added a secret line to the end of their vows that the other heard for the first time on their wedding day.

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Whilst these secret lines were lighthearted in nature and cracked us all up (they involved trekking the world in search of the perfect coffee and not falling asleep in front of the tv), they were also a reflection of the people Amelia and Glen are and the approach they took to their wedding ceremony. They wanted it to be fun, but above all else, they wanted it to be an accurate representation of their commitment to one another and the values and interests they share.

After their ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests sipped champagne as they watched the sun go down over Port Phillip Bay before retiring to a Fitzroy St venue to celebrate into the evening.

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Congratulations, Amelia and Glen! Thank you for inviting me to be part of your marriage – it was my absolute privilege. xx Koren

Amelia and Glen, 8 April 2011
Venue: Catani Gardens, St Kilda
Photos: Robb Duncan Photographer
Celebrant: Koren Harvey