KATE + STEVEN - Banking on Love

By Sally Hughes, Melbourne Celebrant

Great ceremonies are dependent on two factors; an easy-going and good humoured couple who are willing to share great stories, funny and romantic (preferably both) and a celebrant who knows how to retell them in a way that will make a group of people sit up, listen, laugh and sigh. Add to that a stellar supplier line up and a group of guests who have just enjoyed a welcome drink (it’s a game changer!) and you really can’t go wrong.

Kate and Steven’s ceremony ticked both boxes. Two laid back, yet organised people, funny, fun, sentimental and intelligent - they’re a celebrant’s dream really. And importantly, Kate and Steven placed their trust in me to read the crowd on the day and play to them in a way that met their “relaxed, interactive, sentimental and a little cheeky” brief.

And boy, the crowd was on fire! They responded to every little joke, quip (scripted or otherwise) and romantic declaration without restraint. But don’t take my word for it. Let Katie Harmsworth’s fabulous photos of their Stones of the Yarra Valley celebration demonstrate my point.

(Tip - if your budget and logistics allow, always serve a welcome drink. It’s a ceremony game changer!)

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Love Note…

“Sally, it was truly the most amazing day and I think our favourite thing was the ceremony!! You absolutely nailed our brief of being humorous yet sentimental and so many of our friends and family raved about it afterwards. Thank you again for making it so special!!”

Kate + Steven


Celebrant: Sally Hughes

Venue: Stones of the Yarra Valley

Photographer: Katie Harmsworth

Videographer: One Heart Studios

Katie’s Dress: Suzanne Harward 

Katie’s Denim Jacket: One Day Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses: Shona Joy

Suits: Oscar Hunt

Florist: Sugar Bee Flowers

Hair: Tara Steel

Make Up: Merton Muaremi

Ceremony Pianist: Liam Dixon

Reception Musicians: Baker Boys Band

Cars: Supplied by Kate’s dad

Rings: Simon West Fine Jewellery

Neon Sign: Neon Collective