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Wedding Reception | 14 March 2015 | Ella & Andrew Xiberras | Castlereagh Hall, Castlereagh

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While most will associate the work “click” with computers and the act of rapidly depressing and releasing a button on a mouse or other input device, in the case of Ella and Andrew it has a double meaning. This beautiful couple met on Instagram through their shared interest of all things fitness. Little did they know that the simple sharing of fitness photographs would be the start of a beautiful love story. Over the months that followed Ella and Andrew spoke every single day and it started to feel like they had known each other forever. So as they were “clicking” the buttons on the mouse, they also “clicked” as people and as each day passed, their hearts began to beat in unison and faster each time they spoke – oh, did I mention that Ella was located in the United Kingdom?

In September 2013, Ella jumped on a plane from the UK and flew to Australia for four weeks. There was no awkwardness at all, as they greeted each other with their very first kiss Both admit however, that there was some nervousness, with Andrew possibly somewhat more nervous than Ella. As it happened, Andrew was between jobs at the time and they were able to spend the entire four weeks together or as Ella termed it “the perfect month!”. Straight from the airport Andrew took Ella to the City and then on a ferry to Manly where they walked along the beach, enjoyed the sights and being together.

When Ella left following those four weeks, Andrew felt there was something missing in his life, that something was Ella and came to the realisation that he was in love. Similarly, Ella on her return to England confided in her mum that Andrew was the man she was going to marry. A few days later Andrew was busy organising plane tickets for Ella to return to Australia. In January 2014, after Ella having returned to Australia in December and Andrew having given Ella a Christmas present of a weekend away at a retreat in Lithgow, had, unbeknownst to Ella, organised the room to be decorated with rose petals, candles and wine and asked Ella to be his wife. Ella having no idea the proposal was coming, was initially overwhelmed with emotions, but she did say yes. A month later on 6 February 2014 they were married.

When I first met with Ella and Andrew, they told me how much she wanted the wedding reception they did not have on their wedding day and to celebrate with their family and friends. Ella told me how much it meant to her for her dad to walk her down the aisle. They told me of how they were wanting to expand their family. I am so happy that all these wants became a reality on 14 March 2015!

Ella & Andrew selected to have their vow renewal ceremony at Mt. Tomah Botanical Gardens in the Blue Mountains, where Ella’s dad George walked his daughter down the aisle. Their reception was held at Castlereagh Hall in Castlereagh, just north of Penrith and at the foot of the Blue Mountains. With gorgeous vintage styling , stunning views over horse studs and Penrith Lakes and a stones throw from Andrew’s parents home, it was a perfect choice.

Surrounded by love from their family and friends, Ella and Andrew had the most amazing day, they celebrated and everybody celebrated with them! When Andrew announced during his speech that they were expecting a baby, the entire hall erupted in applause which lasted a few minutes – everybody was overjoyed in the happiness that these two have found in each other. It also meant that their third want had also been achieved!

When it came time to party – my lord did they party!!! Just check out the photos and video below to see just how they partied! I am certain they would have kept going all night if we were allowed to. Ella and Andrew, it was such a joy, honour and privilege to be invited to be not only your Wedding DJ Sydney, but also your Sydney Wedding MC and to get to know you both, your beautiful loving families and a glimpse of your dreams for the future – which is all set to be very bright and filled with much happiness. May love, laughter and music fill your lives forever!!!


Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment


Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Parents, Bridesmaids & Groomsmen Entry: “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley, “Ring Of Fire ” by Johnny Cash, “Cheeleader” by OMI, “Collerina Road” by James McKay, “Uptown Funk” by Mick Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars, “The Nights” by Avicii

Bride & Groom Entry: “Danzar Kaduro” by Don Omar

Cake Cutting: “Losing You” by John Butler Trio

First Dance: “You’re The One That I Want / (I’m Gonna Be) 500 Miles” by Angus & Julia Stone / Sleeping At Last (DJ:Plus! Entertainment Special Edit)

Father Daughter Dance: “Love Me Tender” by Norah Jones

Bouquet Toss: “Crazy Love” by Mindy Gledhill

Garter Toss: “Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye

Farewell Dance: “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne

Final Farewell Song: “Hold Back The River” by James Bay


Other Wedding Professionals

Photographer: Grey Willow Photography

Caterer: PJ’s Catering Service


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Wedding Reception | 1 November 2008 | Jenny and Guy Keeghan | Castlereagh Hall

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Jenny and Guy are a lovely couple who celebrated their wedding with 60 invited guests at Castlereagh Hall . Castlereagh Hall offers a rural outlook and is located at the base of the Blue Mountains. Whilst rain threatened to ruin their day, it held out and they were able to proceed with their ceremony and photographs exactly as planned.

 

It was a very intimate and relaxed reception with family and friends treated to a great buffet and a wonderful evening. Jenny’s sister Allison acted as Master of Ceremonies which added a very personal touch to the evening. A popular feature at the reception was the extensive “Candy Buffet” which was available throughout the evening and was continually being replenished – guests were certainly able to share in the sweetness of their love.Following speeches by both the fathers, the Matron of Honour – Cate, Best Man – Alan and finally Guy, Jenny and Guy performed the cake cutting ceremony. They then took to the dance floor for their first dance in what was a very special moment – you could feel the mutual dedication this couple have for each other throughout the venue. The moment was enhanced by the simplicity and genuineness of their chosen song, I Want to Grow Old With You by Adam Sandler. This was followed by the father daughter dance. Half way through this dance, other fathers & daughters and mothers & sons were invited to join Jenny and her dad, Brian on the dancefloor.

The rest of the evening was filled with much dancing. Certainly a fun and enjoyable evening that I am sure Jenny and Guy will remember forever. As always it was an absolute privilege to have been able to take part in their special day and to meet such a delightful couple.

 

 

 

(Below) Jenny and Guy’s First Dance

(Below) Jenny dancing with her Dad and Guy with his Mum

 


Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Bridal Party Entry Song: “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz

Bride & Groom Entry Song: “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz

Cake Cutting Song: “Throw Your Arms Around Me” by Hunters & Collectors

Bridal Waltz/First Dance: “I Want To Grow Old With You” by Adam Sandler

Father /Daughter Dance: “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle

Bouquet Toss: “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper

Farewell Circle: “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life” by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

Final Farewell Song: “I’ll Be There For You” by Bon Jovi


Other Wedding Professionals

Caterer: Crown Catering

Photographer: Simply Bliss Photography


Fun On The Dancefloor

Shake Shake Shake…….

 

Boys just want to have FUN!!!!


 

Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment

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