Hawkesbury Country Retreat

  • Wedding Reception & Ceremony | 22 October 2022 | Marta & Jarrod | Hawkesbury Country Retreat, Cornwallis, Hawkesbury

    Marta and Jarrod have been together since 2016 and they continue to adore each other so openly and honestly. They are fun to be around. They have a gentle tenderness for each other, I love their light-hearted banter and how easily they make each other laugh, is a joy to behold.

    They created a wedding that was perfectly suited to their fun loving, relaxed and joyful family and friends. The ceremony and reception was held at Hawkesbury Country Retreat which is nestled amongst the Blue Mountains, on the Hawkesbury River, and offers impressive waterfront and mountain views, perfect for Marta and Jarrod.

    The ceremony took place in the tree lined driveway of the property, whilst there were moments leading up to ceremony time that it looked like we may have to opt for the indoor option, following 15 minutes of rain the dark clouds disappeared and it was perfect for the rest of the day.

    A few highlights of the ceremony was the bridesmaids, in their rustic green dresses, walking down the tree lined aisle, Marta and Jarrod’s daughter Kenzii riding a pony led by Maid of Honour, Angela, down the aisle and the pièce de résistance, as Marta walked down the aisle, a very emotional Jarrod, at times choking up, sang “Amazed” by Lonestar. This was such a beautiful and special moment.

    The ceremony itself, beautifully officiated by Darrin Noon, was filled with love, laughter, little witty and fun remarks plus some happy tears. The love these two share and how comfortable they are in each others company was very obvious and heartwarming to witness.

    Following the ceremony, whilst guests enjoyed refreshments and canapes as they relaxed in the picturesque grounds, Marta, Jarrod and their wedding party had photographs around the 20 acre property.

    To rapturous applause we welcomed the wedding party, then Marta and Jarrod into The Shed to commence the reception and celebration of this wonderful marriage. A welcome from Jarrod – delivered in a way that was Jarrod to a tee, followed by a surprise special dance routine for Jarrod by Marta and the bridesmaids to “Dear Future Husband” by Megan Trainor really kicked of the reception in a special way.

    Guests then enjoyed a delicious American style BBQ buffet, wonderfully prepared by Crosdales BBQ. This was followed by the Newlywed Game, the first round of speeches by Maid of Honour, Angela, Marta’s Mum and Best Man, Brent.

    Next Marta and Jarrod were invited to cut their wedding cake. This moment was made more special by their daughter Kenzii, singing along with the Pink, Willow Sage Hart duet of “Cover Me In Sunshine”. Truly a lovely moment, so much so that Marta and Jarrod were, understandably, so mesmerised, that I had to discreetly remind them that they needed to cut the cake, before the song ended.

    Another fun activity involving guests before the second round of speeches plus some surprises from Jarrod’s family which acknowledged the New Zealand heritage and traditions that were important on an occasion such as this. All the speeches were down to earth and hearfelt. There was laughter and more happy tears – the things that make a wedding so special and memorable.

    More fun as we set up Best Man Brent in a dancing competition, which was a lot of fun. Guests then enjoyed Dessert.

    It was now time for our lovely couple to take to the dance floor for their very first dance as a married couple. As the music commenced, the dance floor began to fill with low lying fog (dry ice), at the appropriate time the team from Series Of Events Australia, set off the spark machines and at another point also those from the ceiling creating a waterfall effect of sorts – it was all quite stunning, but what I noticed was that Marta and Jarrod were totally in the moment, savouring each second of this dance, it was if they were the only two in the room and they only had eyes for each other!! For a hopeless romantic like me, this was what made this moment so special.

    For the remainder of the evening guests danced the night away, there was a bouquet and garter toss before we bid our beautiful couple farewell.

    Marta and Jarrod are awesome people..they laugh easily, love openly, cherish each other deeply and are so much fun to be around! They are perfect for each other and they made their wedding day perfectly spectacular (with a little help from their fabulous family & friends and also the weather gods!) Thank you for sharing yourselves and allowing me to play a part in your beautiful day as your Hawkesbury Wedding MC & Hawkesbury Wedding DJ! Fate knew what it was doing when it bonded your lives together. Wishing you love and many more years of happiness to come. May your love for each other continue to flourish and blossom through all of life’s chapters!

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    Key Songs

    Bridesmaid Processional: “All My Life” by K-Ci & Jo Jo

    Flower Girl & Maid Of Honour Processional: “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” by Wham

    Brides Processional: “Amazed” by Jarrod (Groom)[Sung Live]

    Register Signing: “Songbird” by Eva Cassidy, “If Tomorrow Never Comes” by Ronan Keating

    Recessional : “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder

    Wedding Party Entry: “Sexy Back” by Justin Timberlake, “Jump Around” by House Of Pain, “Yeah” by Usher, “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins, “You Can Do It” by Ice Cube

    Bride & Groom Entry: “Throw Your Hands Up” by Quote Feat. Pitbull

    Cake Cutting: “Cover Me In Sunshine” by Pink, Willow Sage Hart & Kenzii

    First Dance: “You Are The Reason” by Callum Scott & Leona Lewis

    Bouquet Toss: “My Humps” by Black Eyed Peas

    Garter Toss: “WAP” by Cardi B Feat. Megan Thee Stallion (Clean Version)

    Farewell Dance: “You To Me Are Everything” by Real Thing

    Final Farewell: “From Now On” by Hugh Jackman


    Other Wedding Professionals

    Celebrant: Best Man Civil Marriage Celebrant-Darrin Noon

    Caterer: Crosdales BBQ

    Sparkulars Dry Ice: Series Of Events Australia