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!)
“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