Tumbling Waters Retreat

Wedding Ceremony & Reception | 8 February 2015 | Catherine & Marcus | Tumbling Waters Retreat, Stanwell Tops, Wollongong


Catherine and Marcus are a beautiful couple who currently live and work in London. They met through a couple of match-making friends and it was not long after that they realised they were falling in love with each other. They spent the next year traveling Europe and enjoying many adventures, fun times and falling deeper and deeper in love, before moving in together. But it was not until a trip to the United States, whilst visiting New York’s Central Park, that Marcus dropped to one knee and asked Catherine to be his wife.

Fast forward to 8 February 2015, the day Catherine and Marcus selected to exchange vows and become husband and wife. Tumbling Waters Retreat, which is perched on the edge of an escarpment at Stanwell Tops, located just north of Wollongong, was selected as the location for the ceremony and reception. With it’s beautiful private gardens, spectacular views and a glorious sunny day, it was just the ideal location for them to begin their journey as a married couple and to host an intimate celebration with their closest family and friends.

The ceremony, beautifully officiated by Rebecca Ramsay, was full of much love, laughter and smiles. Catherine looked stunning in her lace gown and lovely veil, whilst Marcus looked very suave and handsome in his bluish suit. Supported by longtime school friends and a work colleague, the entire wedding party looked elegant and stylish.

Following the ceremony guests enjoyed some refreshments and canapés before being seated and then welcoming Catherine, Marcus and their wedding party. Everybody enjoyed a delicious meal, great company lovely speeches, the cutting of the cake, Catherine & Marcus’s first dance, dancing and a room which was overflowing with love and happiness. All too soon it was almost time to farewell Catherine & Marcus, but not before a beautiful father daughter dance, a final dance joined by all their guests and a guard of honour as they departed.

Catherine and Marcus are a truly awesome couple who are so deeply in love. With the help of Catherine’s mum Maria, they created a wedding that was a joyous celebration – I look forward to seeing all the amazing professional photographs captured by Anna Blackman. It was such an honour to be granted the privilege of witnessing your life long commitment and to be your Wollongong Wedding DJ & MC. Catherine & Marcus I wish you a marriage, filled with loads of joy, love and care. The love you share, is immense and sweet. May your love never fade away. May your feelings and emotions for each other only grow deeper and stronger with time. May love, laughter and music fill your lives forever!!!

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Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Bridesmaid Processional:  “Spring” by Vivaldi

Brides Processional:  “Canon in D” by Pachelbel

Register Signing: “Everything” by Michael Buble, “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye

Recessional: “You’re The First, My Last, My Everything” by Barry White

Bridesmaids & Groomsmen Entry: “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen

Bride & Groom Entry: “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne

Cake Cutting: “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

First Dance: “Real Love” by Regina Spektor

Father/Daughter Dance: “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra

Farewell Dance: “Up Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes

Final Farewell Song: “Ho Hey” by Lumineers

Other Wedding Professionals

Celebrant: Rebecca:Celebrant   Facebook

Photographer: Anna Blackman Images   Facebook

Florist: Bunches

Cake Designer: I Want Cake

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Wedding Ceremony & Reception | 11 May 2013 | Tumbling Waters Retreat, Stanwell Tops


It did start to rain a little before the ceremony was scheduled to begin, after what was a sunny morning, but the rain could not compete with the force of the great love held for our beautiful couple by all those gathered and by the time the ceremony was scheduled to begin, the rain was just a very fine mist allowing us to proceed in the garden at Tumbling Waters Retreat overlooking the stunning vista as planned.

“G & “M” have requested privacy which I totally respect and honour; so there will be no photographs of this beautiful couple or their guests, but I have included a selection from the day so you may appreciate the care taken with their wedding dream, take inspiration from some of their styling ideas and admire the beauty of this wonderful location.

Following the ceremony, whilst “G” & “M” had photographs taken around the Tumbling Waters Retreat grounds, guests enjoyed canapés and drinks on the deck and availed themselves to Kumar, the caricature artist who on hand to provide a sketch of each guest – what a great memento to have and take home! Soon the wedding party were ready to enter the reception began. A short welcome and thank you from “M” before guests were served their delicious entrée.

“G” & “M” then cut their Pavlova wedding cake before we played the newlywed game, which the guests absolutely loved!! This was followed by another quick game to determine who the lucky guest was at each table who would take home the stunning centrepiece – flowers and vase! Let me tell you there were some very excited guests!  The main meal was then served before it was time for the Magic Show. “G” & “M” secured the services of Matt Hollywood, who has worked from everyone from Seinfeld through to Jerry Lewis and Robbie Williams. Matt dazzled and entertained the guests with both his magic and comedy, and was enjoyed by all.

Dessert, lovely speeches from “G”‘s dad, the bestman, “M” & “G” and it was time for the first dance – a special moment which was if they were both encased in a bubble and oblivious to anything around them – it was so beautiful. Joined on the dance floor by the wedding party and guests, everyone proceed to enjoy the rest of the evening. Before long it was time for the farewell dance before departing to start their new married life together.

“G” & “M” it was such a joy meeting you both, hearing you love story and I really love how you complement and bounce of each other, I love your honesty, I love how you make each other laugh and how obvious it is that you are both so very deeply in love with each other – it truly makes my heart happy!. Thank you so much for placing your trust in me, giving me the great honour of sharing some of your wedding journey with you and being your Sydney Wedding DJ & MC Entertainer – it was a magical experience [in more ways than one 🙂 ] . You are beautiful individuals and your love for each other and no nonsense approach to life will ensure an extremely happy future together.  May love, laughter and music continue to fill your lives forever!!

Photography by DJ:Plus! Entertainment (Except first & last photographs – Credits contained in photograph name)

Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Bridesmaid Processional: “Canon in D” by Pachelbel

Brides Processional: “Canon in D” by Pachelbel

Register Signing: “This Old Love” by Lior, “Forever” by Boyce Avenue

Recessional: “Beautiful Day” by U2

Wedding Party Entry: “Now That We’ve Found Love” by Heavy D & The Boyz

Bride & Groom Entry: “Now That We’ve Found Love” by Heavy D & The Boyz

Cake Cutting Song: “Ice Cream” by Sarah McLachlan

Bridal Waltz/First Dance: “Annie’s Song” by John Denver (Acoustic Version)

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

Final Farewell Song: “The Final Countdown” by Europe

Other Wedding Professionals

Celebrant: Hollie-Berri Sleeman

Photographer: Frank Farrugia Photography

Magician: Matt Hollywood

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Wedding Ceremony & Reception | 25 February 2012 | Tumbling Waters Retreat, Stanwell Tops


“Once In a While, Right in the Middle of an Ordinary Life, Love Gives Us a Fairy Tale” – Anonymous.

‘S’ did not like ‘T’ much when they first met. But they became friends and that friendship grew into love. Here we now were on an absolutely beautiful February day, at one of my favourite locations, Tumbling Waters Retreat, to witness and celebrate the beginning of S and T’s “happy ever after”.

The ceremony, officiated by T’s father, was held on the lawns overlooking the waters of the Pacific Ocean and the clear blue skies in the horizon. A special song entitled “Loving You”, written especially for S & T’s wedding by groomsman Stephen, was performed during the signing of the Register, adding a lovely touch to this special moment. (A recording of this performance is available below).

Whilst S & T had photographs around the property and off site, the guests enjoyed refreshments, canapes and the amazing view. Shortly afterwards the reception commenced. The wedding party and our ever so happy couple were greeted with great applause. A delicious meal, interspersed with some lovely heartfelt speeches from S’s dad, T’s mum and dad, S’s sister, friends B & F and last but not least, T. The wedding cake was cut and it was time for S & T’s fist dance as a married couple. Part way through they were joined by the members of the wedding party and the parents, followed by the remainder of the guests. Dancing followed before it was time for the bouquet toss – it went straight up and ricocheted off the chandelier. This was followed by a special moment for S and her dad during the father/daughter dance. Back to dancing and before we knew it it was time for the farewell dance and S and T left to begin their new life together.

S and T’s wedding was very special. You could see how happy they were to be married. Whenever you were in their presence, you could feel the love between them. It was the bringing together of two cultures, but more so, it was two beautiful individuals whose love is greater than that in any fairy tale. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your amazing day. S and T enjoy your “happy ever after”. May love, laughter and music fill your lives forever.

“Loving You” is a song especially written for S & T by groomsman Stephen. The song was performed during the Signing of the Register.

Listen to the actual performance from the wedding ceremony below:

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Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Bridesmaids Processional: “Marry Me” by Train

Brides Processional: “Marry Me” by Train

Register Signing: “Loving You” by groomsmen, Stephen & Tino

Recessional: “Forever” by Ben Harper

Wedding Party Entry: “All Of The Lights” by Kanye West

Bride & Groom Entry: “Fool For You” by Cee-Lo Green

Cake Cutting Song: “Ordinary People” by John Legend

Bridal Waltz/First Dance: “Dream A Little Dream Of Me” by The Mamas & The Papas

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

Farewell Dance: “Sea Of Love” by Cat Power

Final Farewell Song: “Moondance” by Michael Buble

Other Wedding Professionals

Photographer: Janine Kaye Photography

Floral Design: Abode Flowers

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Wedding Ceremony & Reception | 26 September 2009 | Alison & Kieran | Tumbling Waters Retreat, Stanwell Tops


Wow!!! What a week in Sydney it has been. Dust storms throughout the City and suburbs leaving a film of red dust everywhere and in everything but creating some very spectacular imagery. On Saturday, it looked like the dust and wind might make a return and upset Alison and Kieran’s wedding day. Lucky that they chose to have their ceremony and reception at one of my favourite wedding venues, Tumbling Waters Retreat. Tumbling Waters Retreat which is perched on an escarpment with sweeping ocean and bushland views, offered relative shelter from both the wind and dust and was the ideal location for this beautiful couple to accept each other totally and share their lives together.

The 70 invited guests all arrived early to share in the happiness of their day. Alison, who looked stunning, accompanied by her dad Tony and the bridesmaids made their way through the manicured garden and onto the deck overlooking the ocean and National Park where Kieran and the grooms men awaited. A beautiful ceremony, officiated by Keith Lammond, followed and before we knew it their lives were joined and the two of them had become one.

“I love you, not just for who you are, but for who I am when I am with you.
I love you, not only for what you have done with your life, but for how you’ve made mine so complete.
I love you for the happiness you have brought me and for the greater happiness I know is yet to come.
You are my every thought and my every desire.
You give me strength and fulfil my dreams.
You are my world and from this day forth I will take you, keep you, comfort and cherish you.”

Following the ceremony, the guests were treated to drinks and canapes on the deck whilst Alison, Kieran and the wedding party had photographs taken throughout the Tumbling Waters grounds.

On entering the reception, the wedding party wandered around the room energising the guests for Alison and Kieran’s entry. A quick welcome and thank you from Kieran and then guests were treated to a scrumptious entree. This was followed by lovely speeches from Alison’s dad, Tony and best man, James.

Following a delicious main course, it was time for Alison and Kieran to say a few words. Both expressed deep gratitude to all those who had played a part in their special day, but in particular to their respective parents. They also both spoke about their feelings for each other – this wonderful couple’s relationship has a very deep love as a foundation plus a mutual respect and understanding of each others needs – their happiness is assured and I know that their love will continue to grow. Kieran ended his speech by asking Alison to dance their first dance as husband and wife.

Unbeknown to the guests, Alison & Kieran had a choreographed routine planned, however they would start the dance with a ballad and then part way through segue into the choreographed piece. I have an excerpt below for your enjoyment. Needless to say it was a fantastic moment and the routine ended with a standing ovation and cheering from the guests.

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Whilst everybody was enjoying dessert, a slideshow presentation recounting this beautiful love story was screened. Next it was the cutting of the cake and then the wedding party and guests hit the dance floor. Kieran & Alison were on the dance floor for nearly the entire time – having the time of their lives. The bouquet toss, a special presentation of the bridal bouquet to Alison’s Mum, Lynne and it was time for the farewell circle.

To end the evening, Alison danced with her father Tony – it was an incredible moment for both of them. Sadly it was now time for Alison and Kieran to depart and the reception was over – but their life together had only just begun. A spectacular week in Sydney, a spectacular location, a spectacular wedding, the whole week was a big Wow!!…..but the biggest Wow!! was this spectacular couple!!

I love what I do and one of the benefits of my job is that I get the opportunity to meet and get to know the loveliest of people. All my couples are special to me and it is a real privilege and honour to be given the opportunity to be a part of their special day. Alison and Kieran were no exception, there was a lot of planning and work that went into this day – I enjoyed every second of it immensely and am still on a high from the satisfaction that I feel in having had a hand in helping to create some amazing wedding day memories for them.

Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Bridesmaids Processional: “I Can Only Imagine” by The O’Neill Brothers

Bride Processional: “Lonely Island” by Ernesto Cortazar

Register Signing: “This Old Love” by Lior, “Lucky” by Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat

Recessional: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Human Nature

Wedding Party Entry: “People Get Ready” by Human Nature, “Power Of Love” by Huey Lewis & The News

Bride & Groom Entry: “Lovin’ Each Day” by Ronan Keating

Cake Cutting Song: “Kisses & Cake” by John Powell

Bridal Waltz/First Dance: “This I Promise You” by Ronan Keating / “How Sweet It Is” by Michael Buble

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

Farewell Circle/Circle Of Love: “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” by Natalie Cole, “Everything” by Michael Buble, “Happy Together” by The Turtles

Father/Daughter Dance: “I’ll Remember” by Madonna

Final Farewell Song: “Drive Away” by Sundance Kids

Other Wedding Professionals

Celebrant: Keith Lammond

Photographer & Videographer: Collective Studio

Fun On The Dancefloor

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Wedding Ceremony & Reception | 3 November 2007 | Katelyn & Mark | Tumbling Waters Retreat, Stanwell Tops


Ceremony and Cocktail Reception for 70 guests held at Tumbling Waters Retreat, Stanwell Tops located an hour south of the Sydney CBD on the southern border of the Royal National Park. Perched on the edge of an escarpment overlooking the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by magnificent gardens, Tumbling Waters Retreat is a truly unique venue where couples can have their ceremony, photography, reception and honeymoon all in the one place.

For most of the day it was overcast and it did appear that the heavens would open up and spoil Katelyn and Mark’s ceremony and photography plans, however, the rain held off until very much later in the evening allowing for a beautiful ceremony to proceed as planned on the purpose built decking area and for some fantastic photos to be taken in and round Tumbling Waters outstanding garden.

The wedding ceremony, which was officiated by Deborah Jenkins, was followed with the guests being treated to drinks and various nibbles. This was followed by very substantial cocktail type food. It was a lovely relaxed reception yet still managing to remain elegant and the feel was enhanced somewhat by the atmosphere that the uniqueness of the venue created. I did notice on a number of occasions during the day that Katelyn was overcome by happiness and did become a little teary.

Later in the evening Katelyn, Mark and their guests certainly let their hair down and danced the night away, as evidenced by the photos and video in this post.

Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Processional: “Unchained Melody” by Il Divo

Signing Of The Register Songs: “You Raised Me Up” by Westlife, “Everything I Do, I Do It For You” by Bryan Adams

Recessional: “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen

Bride & Groom Entry Song: As the ceremony & photographs all took place at Tumbling Waters Retreat, there was no formal entry for the Bride & Groom .

Cake Cutting Song: “Heaven” by DJ Sammy (Candlelight Mix)

Bridal Waltz/First Dance: “Moondance” by Van Morrisson

Bridal Party Dance:Rock This Party (Everybody Dance Now)” by Bob Sinclar

Final Farewell Song: “Everybody Loves Somebody” by Blues Brothers

Other Wedding Professionals

Marriage Celebrant: Deborah Jenkins

Photographer: Diamond Photography – Shairon Paterson

Fun On The Dancefloor

Katelyn and Mark spent a significant amount of time on the dance floor along with the majority of their guests. Feel free to have a look at how much fun they are all having.

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