On 22 October last year I was extremely honoured to be a part of Sam and Marty’s amazing wedding day at Peppers Craigieburn, in Bowral, Southern Highlands. I loved and enjoyed every single moment of their day and it was so very beautifully captured by one of Sydney’s most talented photographers, Matt Johnson. Matt’s wedding work has been featured in numerous wedding magazines and blogs including Style Me Pretty, Wedding, 100 Layer Cake, Wedding Style Guide and The Knot.
Matt kindly promised to provide some of his images from the wonderful day for me to share on this Blog. Well you cannot imagine my excitement when he made available so many beautiful images that it was a tough job to narrow it down and just select a handful, so I apologise in advance for the vast number of photos in this post. No wait…I don’t, they need to be seen. Thank you very much Matt, your work is truly exceptional – the photographs transported me back and allowed me to relive Sam and Marty’s magnificent wedding all over again!! Enjoy this fabulous pictorial of Sam and Marty’s wedding.
Sometimes the best friendships turn into something more….an everlasting love! This sums up Samantha and Martin (Sam and Marty) perfectly. Sam and Marty are a beautiful couple who possess a warm, genuine and caring nature….they absolutely adore each other, are lots of fun and whilst they are in many ways not alike, they complement each other perfectly!!
Sam and Marty selected Peppers Craigieburn for both the ceremony and reception. This stunning rural property nestled on the outskirts of Bowral was an impeccable choice for this wonderful celebration.
Given that Sam had actually not been well and had other bad news in the fortnight leading up to the wedding, it was only just that it was such a perfect day – brilliant location, fantastic weather and the dark clouds that had decided to make an appearance and threaten to ruin Sam and Marty’s ceremony, eventually were swayed by the love that this couple share and resolved to roll on by.
The guests had gathered and at the allotted time, the bridesmaids commenced their walk down the Craigieburn steps to the ceremony area. All eyes were on Sam as she appeared at the top of the steps, with her father, Mark. Looking both beautiful and stunning, Sam made her way to Marty, who was feeling just a little nervous.
It was a beautiful ceremony, officiated by Julie Lawton, it was full of love, fun and sentiment. I loved the way Sam changed the vows by adding the word “absolute/ly” in a couple of significant spots – dare I say it, absolutely beautiful. Before we knew it Sam and Marty were united in marriage. They spent a little time mingling with their guests before setting off around the Peppers Craigieburn grounds for photographs.
“I love you You are my absolute best friend Today I give myself to you in marriage I promise to encourage and inspire you, to laugh with you, and to comfort you in times of sorrow and struggle I promise to absolutely love you in good times and bad When life seems easy And when it seems hard, When our love is simple, And when it is an effort I promise to cherish you, And to always hold you in the highest regard These things I give to you today, And all the days of our lives”
Whilst the photographs were being taken, guests adjourned to Montfords Bar and enjoyed pre-dinner drinks.
A short time later the wedding party entered the reception to rapturous applause. A short welcome and thank you from Marty before a delicious entrée was served. A very heartfelt speech by Sam’s dad, also recounted a little story about how Marty was introduced to the family. Next we heard from Marty’s grandfather, Keith, who is affectionately known as “Pop”. Keith went on to speak about how proud he and “Nan” were of Marty and how very pleased they both were to welcome Sam into the family.
Loved the little heart with Martin 4 Sam at Sam’s setting on the Wedding Table – So Sweet!
The Lolly Buffet, which proved to be extremely popular!!!
Following a tantalising main meal, it was time for the cutting of the cake and the rest of the speeches. Bestman Kenny and Maid of Honour, Katie along with Bridesmaid, Mikala have been friends with Sam and Marty since pre-school or kindergarten and their speeches were both heartfelt and amusing. Kenny spoke first and recounted some amusing stories from when he and Marty were growing up. Katie and Mikala spoke of Sam, their close friendship and all her great qualities. Then just before Marty made his speech, there was a special surprise – a message from Mikala’s husband, Shelby in Canada (Shelby was meant to be at the wedding, but due to a change in job was, sadly unable to attend). Marty, is a person of few words, but he thanked everyone for coming and then turned his attention to Sam, and expressed how amazing she had made his life and how more amazing it would be now that they were married.
Sam and Marty then made their way on to the dance floor for the first, of a lifetime of dances, as a married couple. The love between them was beautiful and it was a magical moment. Joined by the wedding party and guests they continued to dance the night away.
There were lots of things to love about Sam and Marty and their wedding day; I loved that they just wanted to get married..to start the next chapter of their lives together surrounded by their close family and friends, I love that they were true to themselves throughout their day and focussed on enjoying the day and having fun together regardless of whatever was thrown their way in the lead up, I loved their ceremony, I loved that they gave me the privilege to be a part of their special day and witness their love first hand. Sam and Marty, Thank you for your trust and faith in me. But most of all, thank you for touching my heart, by being your sweet lovely selves. May love, laughter and music fill your lives forever.
Songs selected by Bride and Groom;
Bridesmaids Processional: “Kissing” by Bliss
Brides Processional: “Kissing” by Bliss
Register Signing: “The Wedding Song by Angus & Julia Stone, “All Is Love” by Karen O & The Kids
Recessional: “If Tonight Was My Last” by Laura Izibor
Wedding Party Entry: “Soul Meets Body” by Death Cab For Cutie
Bride & Groom Entry: “Romeo & Juliet” by The Killers
Cake Cutting Song: “Ice Cream” by Sarah Mclachan
Bridal Waltz/First Dance: “Paperweight” by Joshua Radin & Schuyler Fisk
Bouquet Toss: “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” by Beyonce
Garter Toss: “Sharp Dressed Man” by ZZ Top
Final Farewell Song: “Heartbeats” by Jose Gonzalez
Matt Johnson, the photographer at Sam and Marty’s wedding has kindly provided some of his amazing professional images of the wonderful day. These photographs can be found on this blog at: Sam & Marty by Matt Johnson Weddings
It was an absolutely perfect day as I made my way down to the beautiful Southern Highlands for Madeline and Robert’s wedding. The wedding ceremony and reception was held at Peppers Manor House which is set on a picturesque estate, a short drive past Bowral. This retreat and the grand country house exudes a wonderful old world country charm, which made it the perfect setting for Madeline and Robert’s union in marriage. This special day in Madeline and Robert’s life was attended by 100 family and friends, some which had traveled from the United States.
The ceremony was held in the baronial Great Hall, which was converted into a ‘chapel’ for the service and exchanging of vows. At around 3:30pm guests began to gather in the Great Hall whilst Robert and his grooms men waited excitedly. The bridesmaids and Madeline entered the Great Hall via a staircase from the upper level – it was such a lovely way for them to make their way down the aisle. A beautiful and meaningful ceremony, officiated by Pastor Ron Brookman followed. The ceremony was interspersed with some hymns performed by live musicians and a vocalist. After the signing of the Register and being pronounced a married couple they made their way back down the aisle. Congratulations from guests and then a group photograph from above.
“I will love you and share my life with you, in sickness and in health, in poverty and in prosperity, in conflict and in harmony.
All that I am I give to you and all that I have I share with you. Whatever the future holds, I will love you and stand by you, as long as we both shall live.
This is my solemn vow.”
Whilst, Madeline, Robert and their wedding party wandered around the estate grounds for photographs, guests were treated to canapés, refreshments and live music. The happy couple and their wedding party were later able to join in and mingle during this relaxed time prior to the commencement of the reception.
With a unique song selected for each couple of the wedding party and each of these individuals dancing and “playing up” to their particular song, as they entered Katers Restaurant, there was lots of cheering and applause creating a fun and entertaining start to the reception. Lots more whooping and cheering as Madeline and Robert made their entry. A few lovely words from Robert and the Pepper’s staff served a delicious main.
After enjoying the meal, we proceeded with the first set of the speeches; commencing with Madeline’s dad Geoff, who stated how much he loved Madeline, how proud he was of her. and concluding by wishing Madeline and Robert the fulfillment of all their dreams, hopes and happiness always. Next was the grandfather of the bride Douglas, who being 90 years old and having been married for almost 68 years to date, was in a position to offer a few words of valuable advice on how to achieve a happy marriage – a very lovely and sweet speech from a very dear man.
Below: Madeline’s Father, Geoff
Below: Madeline’s Grandfather, Douglas
Below: Best Man, Harry
Following a short interval for dessert, it was time for the final set of speeches. First up was Robert – he commenced by thanking all the guests who had traveled from far and wide to the Southern Highlands, he thanked Madeline’s parents Geoff and Robyn, his mother Jackie, the bridesmaids and groomsmen and then concluding by saying some beautiful words to Madeline, which came from deep within his heart, becoming a little emotional whilst delivering them. A very lovely speech from Robert. The last person to make a speech was the best man, Harry who amongst other things, retold the story of when Robert & Madeline met. The cutting of the cake was next, before it was time for Madeline and Robert’s first dance with the wedding party joining in a few verses later.
A special song dedication to the mother of the groom and it was time for everyone to let their hair down and party……and party they did!. There did not appear to be a moment when the dance floor was not full of guests enjoying themselves. Amongst all the dancing was Madeline herself who really let loose during a special request of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen (a portion of this can be seen at the end of the post).
The bouquet toss and garter toss, more dancing before guests were invited to join Madeline and Robert on the dance floor for a farewell dance. Following the dance, Madeline and Robert navigated their way through a guard of honour as they left Katers Restaurant and the reception. The party was not over yet though, guests continued to dance for some time before it was time to wind up this fabulous celebration.
As I have stated many times on this blog – I love weddings, I love getting to know the couples, I always feel very privileged and honoured to being able to share in one of the most special moments in their entire life. My couples are the nicest people. Each and every one of my couples are very special, they all have a special connection….Madeline and Robert were no exception, I loved spending the day with them. They wanted their wedding to represent love, happiness and joy…I believe we managed to achieve this and more! Thank you for placing your trust in me and allowing me to contribute to your memories. I know that the love you both have for one another will continue to grow and your future holds much happiness. May love and music fill your lives forever.
Songs selected by Bride and Groom;
Bridesmaid Processional: “Sanctuary” by Twila Paris
Bride Processional: “Sanctuary” by Twila Paris
Register Signing: “Hallelujah” by Stan Walker, “Amazing Grace” by Stan Walker
Recessional: “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen
Wedding Party Entry Songs: “Sex Bomb” by Tom Jones Feat. Mousse T., “Let’s Get Married” by Jagged Edge, “Beautiful” by Snoop Dogg Feat. Pharrell, “Gin & Juice” by Snoop Dogg
Bride & Groom Entry Song: “All Along The Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix
Cake Cutting Song: “Something In The Water” by Brooke Fraser
Bridal Waltz/First Dance: “I Got Ya Back” by Katchafire
Bouquet Toss: “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” by Beyonce
Garter Toss: “Are You The One” by The Presets
Farewell Dance: “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warne
Final Farewell Song: “It’s You, It’s Me” by Kaskade