Let’s start with this amazing couple who chose me to share their day with them. A great honour.
It was clear Kristine knew what she wanted. Yes, a super organised bride. Didn’t want a rehearsal. Had given everyone involved a timeline and very clear instructions on what was needed from them.
They had chosen a lovely location for the wedding – Pemberton. Beautiful gardens and just suited their wedding perfectly. Heather and Doug, The Heather & Doug Records captured amazing photos and you must look at the gallery of their lovely photos. And as you now know, they had me as the Celebrant and I got to deliver an awesome ceremony put together by Kristine, and I am sure some input from Lance. Let me share some of the highlights.
I got to welcome the guests and tell them that they were important and were appreciated.
Always a nice welcome.
I loved sharing “Once upon a time, there lived a boy named Lance, and a girl named Kristine. They grew up in different continents, and didn’t meet until 9 years ago, when Kristine started a new job at the Postie Plus office. He taught her how to load promotions, and so began their journey of getting to know each other.”
Yes four years after they me, they went on a date and 5 years later they made it official and got married.
I remembered those that were no longer with us and made special mention of Kristine’s maternal grandmother and grandfather, whose marriage lasted 65 years.
Awesome readings from Rebecca, Lance’s sister and another from Terence, Kristine’s brother.
I met these two gorgeous young people at the wedding and this was a nice inclusion:
"When Lance and Kristine, asked Lance’s niece and nephew what getting married was all about, Shaye, 5 years old, said, “It’s kissing, and eating cake, and getting a ring on”. Fhyn, who’s 7 years old, said, “you like each other, and you have a party, and get cake”. Good thing Kristine likes cake! And likes Lance!
Then there was this part to the ceremony which I loved."
On their big European adventure in 2011, Kristine and Lance noticed padlocks all over Italy, most noticeably on bridges, and were informed that it was a common practice for Italian couples to lock the padlocks on, throwing away the key to symbolically lock up their love. This custom is said to have originated in China. Thousands of locks can be found along sections of the Great Wall, and during wedding ceremonies held in those sacred spots, couples say their vows as they hang their lock in hopes that their marriage will last as long as the Great Wall. So it was great they got their padlocks and by linking the two locks, locking them together, and throwing away the key, they wish for a marriage that will last forever.
May I present to you, in the making since 2011, and established this day, the 29th of November 2015, the newly wed Mr & Mrs House!
Congratulations Lance and Kristine - I enjoyed being your Celebrant and celebrating your wedding day with you.
Photographers: The Heather and Doug Records (photos below)
Celebrant: Julie Lassen
Table settings: The Little Hire Company - call Fallon on (021) 105 7704