Today it is all about Marina and Simon'S big day, who I had the pleasure of marrying on Sunday. I have previously stated that weddings with Chinese have their own dynamics and magic. In fact, when we were waiting for the bride, the Groom and the Best man (who I was the Celebrant for four years ago) were talking about how long we would be waiting for the bride. They said that if there are two Chinese they have the potential for being late. With one Chinese in the marriage partnership not so bad. They were pleased I was not heading off to another wedding. We all agreed that in future if it is a wedding where I was to be marrying two Chinese, it should be the last wedding for the day. Much better not to have any pressure and to be able to accommodate any delays. Yes you need to have lots of flexibility.
When I arrived at the wedding venue, I was told that the couple were having the Tea Ceremony and that there was a great number of family present for that ceremony. Perhaps more than expected as I thought it was usually the parents and very close family. After the ceremony the bride changes I am told. Then I am guessing Mariessa Waddington and her team were kept busy doing the makeup.
I was laughing with the bridesmaids at the rehearsal – four of them and all very accomplished young women. That flexibility I mentioned earlier had to come into play as well. The lovely chief bridesmaid tells me two girls and one guy (all cousins) would walk out. They would then be followed by another three and another. Until all 18 were seated at the front. Then 3 flower girls and one page boy, followed by four bridesmaids individually and then the Bride and her father. I didn’t get much time with the bride and groom at the rehearsal. I was heading off to perform a wedding and the bride had kindly stopped to get popcorn for everyone. Such a delightful couple.
Kelly Shakespeare was the photographer on the day. She is such a professional. Calmly going about her business and not letting the many other “want to be photographers” present, phase her. I would understand any photographer getting upset and having to take deep breaths as there were lots of cameras. I am sure there will be stunning photos as a very pretty wedding and I am looking forward to seeing photos and learning more about that Tea Ceremony. Perhaps a blog on Tea Ceremonies! (I have put one of Kelly's stunning images with this blog). #Kellyshakespearephotography
The wind was very strong and was playing havoc with the flowers and everyones hair, including mine. It really didn't matter as Marina and Simon were getting married. It was worth the wait. A beautiful bride, a nervous groom, proud Father, lots of smiling faces. Beautiful harp music in the background. Yes a beautiful and happy wedding.
The tables were set beautifully and every place setting had an apple and there were bowls of cherries to share. I knew there was going to be cherries and they had said they would be available for me as well. There was no sign of that, however, extremely grateful for the beautiful fruit basket they gave me when they came to visit when securing me as their Celebrant. Oh and I must mention the cake. Nine, yes nine levels to the cake. Oh what a magnificent site.
Another great wedding, another happy couple.
Congratulations Simon and Marina, now husband and wife.
Always delighted to find people I married previously at my current weddings. As mentioned, The Best man and his wife were married by me four years ago. Loved hearing that their marriage is great (very happy) and they are expecting a baby in February. #completecanterburyweddings #julielassencelebrant