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Wedding Reception | 5 November 2016 | Samara & Westley | Doltone House, Darling Island Wharf, Pyrmont, Sydney


It would appear that Samara and Westley were destined to be together, maybe as part of some grand plan by a greater being or maybe just by fate, but whatever the reason, it was obviously just meant to be. From their paths continually crossing in their teenage years at athletics and soccer, through to university later on in life, neither were able to escape the power of the circumstances which was responsible for them connecting, falling in love and becoming united in marriage to commencing their together forever journey.

Now whilst their paths were continually crossing, there had only been admiration from afar. It was not until an invitation to a mutual friend’s birthday party, and acting on a dare from her Mum, that Samara added Westley on Facebook. Westley accepted and this prompted lots of Facebook chats and eventually organising to go to dinner. When Samara and Westley met with me when they were enquiring into my services, Westley shared that he knew he was in love with Samara within the first three weeks of them first meeting and that she was the one he wanted to marry within six months.

Fast forward to 20 June 2015 where following a few weeks of preparation, surprised Samara with a proposal! It all started two weeks earlier when Westley spoke to Samara’s parents about asking for their daughter’s hand in marriage and then went to Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains to scout out the perfect location for the proposal at the base of a waterfall. The next weekend he went back with a photographer to check out where they could hide and have the moment captured. Given that each year from their first meeting they celebrated their anniversary in some way, Samara was unsuspecting of anything when Westley suggested they go to the Blue Mountains for the day.

The morning of they left early to go to the Blue Mountains. On the way when the conversation shifted to engagements, weddings and related things, Westley started to think that Samara may have suspected what he had planned, but no, she had no inkling of what was to come. When they reached Wentworth Falls and they were making their way down the steps, Westley pretended he did not know where he was going (even though he had been there the previous two weekends), by making comments and questioning if they were going the right way to get to the waterfall.

When they reached the waterfall, Westley said he wanted a photo at the base of the waterfall on some table height rocks. Samara was reluctant to climb up on those rocks and said things like “if you fall and hurt yourself, I can’t carry you back up!”. After to and froing for what seemed like five minutes to Westley at the time (but in reality was only about 20 seconds), Samara and Westley got up onto the rock. He put down his back and grabbed the ring from it. He then walked over to Samara and asked her, “did you think I was going to propose today?” To which Samara said “No.” Westley then said, “Well I am!” and got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife. Samara’s eyes started to fill with tears of happiness, her legs started to shake, she was momentarily speechless, before accepting with a most resounding, YES!

Oh…and yes the photographer did get the photo :-)!!

Saturday 5 November 2015, the day had finally arrived and Sydney shone like a diamond turning on such a perfect day for their wedding. They selected Doltone House, Darling Island Wharf as the location for their elegant wedding celebration. The room looked AMAZING! Their cake from The Cake Studio was detailed and spectacular, the table centrepieces from Anna Wang graced the tables along with the florals which hung from the ceiling above the bridal table and the white dance floor all coming together to create a beautiful and elegant feel in the room.

The evening was filled with heartfelt moments, fun, laughter, good food and lots of dancing! It was the perfect celebration of their love and the commitment to a life together. Samara and Westley are both kind, humble, gorgeous inside and out and reflective of their strong family bonds and the values instilled in them in their upbringing. They are much loved and this was evident thoughout the entire day. It was also fortunate and a great pleasure to have Siempre, Cinemotive Wedding Films and U Got Snapped Photobooth assist in capturing these fun and emotional moments – can’t wait to see the professional photographs and video!!

Together, Samara and Westley created a magical day filled with love, laughter a few tears of happiness, lots of fun and memories which they will treasure always. Thank you for inviting me to play a part in your magical day as your Wedding MC Sydney and Wedding DJ Sydney. I loved every second of it! It was such an awesome day with such awesome people. Samara and Westley, I know that your love will continue to grow and that the two of you will build a marriage that others will look upon as the ideal. May love, laughter and music fill your lives forever!!!

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Photography & Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment (except for Proposal Photograph)

Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Wedding Party Entry: “Feel This Moment” by Pitbull Feat. Christina Aguliera

Bride & Groom Entry: “Real Love” by Clean Bandit Feat. Jess Glynne

Cake Cutting: “Real Love” by Clean Bandit Feat. Jess Glynne

First Dance: “Sky Full Of Stars” by Personalised Version

Father Daughter Dance: “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” by Frontman Productions

Bouquet Toss: “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” by Beyonce

Garter Toss: “Thong Song” by Sisqo

Farewell Circle: “Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Final Farewell Song: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder

Other Wedding Professionals

Photographer: Siempre

Videographer: Cinemotive Wedding Films

Stylist: Anna Wang

Cake Designer: The Cake Studio

Photo Booth: U Got Snapped Photobooth

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Professional Photos From Amanda & David’s Wedding 27 September 2008


I had the opportunity of meeting and working with photographer Daniel Griffiths last Saturday at Amanda and David’s wedding reception. May I just say that it was a great pleasure to work with Daniel, he displays a professional attitude and combines his vast experience in photography to deliver some amazing photos.Daniel was kind enough to provide me with the following photographs from Amanda and David’s special day – I am sure you will agree, the photos certainly capture the spirit and emotion of their day.

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Wedding Reception | 27 September 2008 | Amanda & David | Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf, Pyrmont, Sydney


Amanda and David are a delightful couple who I had the pleasure of meeting a number of times leading up to their wedding day. In what turned out to be an absolutely perfect spring day, they celebrated their marriage with 175 invited guests at Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf. Guests enjoyed welcome drinks and canapes on the balcony whilst taking in views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge as the sun slowly set.

One very special person amongst the guests was Amanda’s grandfather who is in his nineties. It was later revealed that he had been looking forward and waiting all year for this day to come. David was also blessed with having one set of grandparents present at the reception. Sadly his other grandparents were unable to travel from the United States to join them in the celebration – however his aunt & uncle were able to make the trip.

As guests entered the room they were greeted by a fantastic canvas portrait of Amanda and David, whilst I have included a photograph below, my photograph certainly does not do the portrait any justice.

Following a lovely meal, it was time for the speeches. Amanda’s dad, Michael was up first and commenced by addressing David’s family in Italian – this was a very lovely touch which was greatly appreciated by the Italian speaking guests. David’s dad Eric followed, then the bestman James and finally David.

After the speeches, David surprised Amanda by presenting her with red roses, chocolates and a stunning diamond necklace. They then cut the wedding cake and took to the dance floor for their first dance to a beautiful song by Eros Ramazzotti and Anastacia. The members of the bridal party and invited guests then joined them on the dance floor.

All too quickly, it was suddenly time for Amanda and David to say goodbye, but not before Amanda had a chance to have a dance with her dad. Amanda had selected the most perfect song for this dance, I Ask (Amanda) – a song where a father is speaking to his daughter, Amanda on her wedding day, it was a emotional moment for both of them as can be seen in the photo and video clip below.

It was an elegant and fun reception with some emotional moments. This lovely couple are very much in love and there was frequent open expression of this throughout the reception. It was an absolute privilege to have been a part of their special day.

(Below) Amanda dancing with her Dad

Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Grandparents Entry Song: “Moondance” by Michael Buble

Bridal Party Entry Song: “Rain Down Love” by Freemasons Feat. Sideah Garrett

Bride & Groom Entry Song: “Rain Down Love” by Freemasons Feat. Sideah Garrett

Cake Cutting Song: “My Baby Just Cares For Me” by Natalie Cole

Bridal Waltz/First Dance: “I Belong To You (Il Ritmo Della Passione)” by Eros Ramazzotti & Anastacia

Father /Daughter Dance: “I Ask (Amanda)” by Richard Frankz

Bouquet Toss: “Ladies Night” by Kool & The Gang

Garter Toss: “Legs” by ZZ Top

Farewell Circle: “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones, “Thank You” by Dido, “My Happiness” by Powderfinger

Final Farewell Song: “On A Night Like This” by Kylie Minogue

Other Wedding Professionals

Photographer: Daniel Griffiths Photography

Videographer: Running Images 0412 448 305

Fun On The Dancefloor

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Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment

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