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Wedding Ceremony & Reception | 7 September 2019 | Megan & Marcus | Suzarosa, Berambing, Blue Mountains

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What do you do when on your wedding day there are icy cold gale force winds, loss of power at the venue (thankfully there was a generator), your marquee almost gets blown away and just to make it more interesting it buckets down with rain the night before? Well most couples would potentially freak out, but not Megan and Marcus, they were cooler than cucumbers and took it all in their stride.

Megan and Marcus met at high school. Marcus left in year eleven to commence an apprenticeship and it was not until a few years later that Marcus messaged Megan on Facebook. They began talking and going out. Megan didn’t think much of it until the 7th September 2013 when he officially confirmed that they were dating – six years later on this very day, they were exchanging vows and becoming husband and wife! Of course before this, there was the proposal on the beach at sunset in Surfer’s Paradise during a weekend away where Megan accepted with a big YES even before Marcus had finished asking 🙂

So here we were at Suzarosa, a stunning property set on 8 acres and located in a quiet part of the Blue Mountains, between Bilpin and Mount Tomah with panoramic views over Wollemi National Park. Due to the strong winds and cold temperature that it brought with it, it was decided to move the wedding ceremony indoors. Officiated by Vivienne Warren, Megan and Marcus became one during a simple, but beautiful ceremony. Following the ceremony, whilst our newlyweds had various photographs taken by the very talented Anne Marie Yuen Photography, guests adjourned to the Marquee for drinks, nibbles and wonderful conversation.

A little while later, everybody welcomed Megan, Marcus and their wedding party into the Marquee and whilst some may say that the howling of the wind and flapping of the Marquee made it a little challenging, I beg to differ and would prefer to say that it made the wedding very unique. We heard beautiful and humourous speeches from Megan’s dad Georg, Marcus’ mum, Honnie, Maid of Honour, Cassie and words from Corey, the Best Man.

This was followed by some fun as each table completed an activity prior to being able to proceed to the delicious buffet prepared by PJ’s Catering Service. Next we heard some wonderful messages from some who were unable to attend. A little more fun with the newlywed game, a dance off with a twist, and the centrepiece giveaway which included everybody – all lots of fun and laughter filled the marquee.

The cutting of the wedding cake, Dessert and it was time for Megan and Marcus’ first dance as a married couple – such a beautiful moment. The wedding party and guests then joined in to help Megan and Marcus celebrate!! As the night progressed, it did get colder and more icy cold, but most partied on regardless.

Megan and Marcus, from our first conversation I felt a connection, then meeting you both, I not only felt the connection, but also saw that you both also have a deep connection. I loved hearing your love story, about your first kiss, the proposal, our progress meetings, speaking with you on the phone and being truly honoured to be able to share in your wedding day! Whilst conditions were not ideal and not what you were hoping for, you made the best of it and did not let it impact your wedding day which goes a long way to providing insight into how you will both handle things in your marriage. After all this, I am absolutely certain that no matter what your love will prevail. Thank you so much for your trust as your Blue Mountains Wedding MC and Blue Mountains Wedding DJ, it was a total pleasure getting to know you both and playing a part in your wedding. May love, laughter and music fill your lives forever!!

Photography by DJ:Plus! Entertainment


Songs selected by Bride & Groom;

Bridesmaids Processional: “Marry Me (Instrumental)” by Train

Bride Processional: “Marry Me” by Train

Register Signing: “From This Moment On” by Shania Twain, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Jay Black

Recessional: “One Love” by Bob Marley

Wedding Party Entry: “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake (Pumped Up Mix)

Bride & Groom Entry: “Happy” by Pharrell Williams

Cake Cutting: “Sugar” by Maroon 5

First Dance: “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith

Mother Son Dance: “How Long Will I Love You” by Ellie Goulding

Bouquet Toss: “It’s Raining Men” by Weather Girls

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

Final Farewell Song: “Amazed” by Lonestar


Other Wedding Professionals

Celebrant: Vivienne Warren

Photographer: Ann Marie Yuen Photography

Photo Booth: The Booth Fairy

Caterer: PJ’s Catering Service


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Wedding Reception | 1 June 2019 | Deana & Matthew | Le Montage, Lilyfield, Sydney

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Just a very short post this time round on Deana and Matthew’s amazing wedding. There were so many elements that made Deana and Matthew’s wedding as amazing as it was – this needed my complete attention throughout the reception to ensure everything flowed as seamlessly as possible and unfortunately, there was very little time that I could spare to take more photographs, but please enjoy those that I managed to capture. I have also included a few photographs taken by the talented Phao Photography (these images are appropriately watermarked and should not be confused with my images which contain no watermark).

Deana and Matthew are a beautiful couple who are perfect together. They are caring, gentle, hilarious and fiercely loyal to their family and friends. They celebrated the first hours of their marriage at Le Montage, located in the Sydney suburb of Lilyfield which was lavishly adorned with stunning florals by John Emmanuel Floral Design.

Right from the start of the reception, everybody was there to celebrate and help them have the time of their lives, and what a time we had!!!

The guests cheered, clapped, laughed, sang, danced, enjoyed a beautiful meal, danced some more and kept on dancing right through to the end of the reception!

Deana and Matthew, THANK YOU for trusting me to be a part of your truly amazing day, it was a privilege to see the beautiful beginning of your forever after .. You are both awesome! May love, laughter and music fill your lives forever!!!

Photography by DJ:Plus! Entertainment except any watermarked which are by kind courtesy of Phao Photography


Songs Selected by Bride & Groom;

Wedding Party Entry: “Sara Perche Ti Amo” by Damichi, ” Luna Mezzo Mare” by Patrizio Buanne, “Volare” by Gipsy Kings, “Beautiful Day” by U2, “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley, “Can’t Stop This Feeling” by Justin Timberlake, “Forever” by Chris Brown, “In My Feels” by Drake, “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira, “Levels” by Avicii, “Danza Kaduro” by Dom Omar, “We Like To Party” by Vengaboys.

Bride & Groom Entry: “Pompeii” by Bastille

Cake Cutting: “Cool” by Alesso

First Dance: “You & Me” by Lifehouse

Father Daughter / Mother Son Dance: “One” by U2 & Mary J Blige

Bouquet Toss: “Love On Top” by Beyonce

Garter Toss: “Hot In Herre” by Nelly

Final Farewell Song: “Seek Bromance” by Avicii


Other Wedding Professionals

Photographer: Phao Photography

Videographer: NYC Films

Floral Design: John Emmanuel Floral Design

Cake Design: Something Blue Cakes


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Wedding Ceremony & Reception | 29 March 2019 | James & Jerome | Ecco Ristorante, Drummoyne, Sydney

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James and Jerome met just over thirty years ago. They share a love for ballet, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, travel and Kylie Minogue and today, they were making it all official, exchanging vows and becoming husbands.

It was a beautiful Sydney afternoon as family and friends gathered on the deck at Ecco Ristorante in Drummoyne with a stunning view of Sydney Harbour as a backdrop. Shortly afterwards, to the sounds to Pachelbel’s Canon in D, exquisitely played by Jasmine Strings, James, Jerome and their Wedding Party proceeded to walk down the aisle. What followed was a beautiful ceremony, which was wonderfully officiated by Kathyrn Breusch. The ceremony included heartfelt vows from both James and Jerome. Before we knew it they were married and pronounced husband and husband!

This was followed by drinks and canapes whilst guests congratulated James and Jerome, chatted, caught up and enjoyed the spectacular view. Not long after, everyone was seated, the wedding party were introduced and welcomed with great applause, with the biggest applause for James and Jerome. Guests were then served a delicious entree.

Next was the cake cutting, a presentation of a gift to James and Jerome and a dance off where one of the guests whom was celebrating a birthday was inconspicuously made the target of a fun prank, in a nice way of course. Lots of fun for the participants, guests and Ian our birthday boy!!

Guests then enjoyed a delectable main meal before we proceeded with the speeches. James, Jerome and Jerome’s sister Lesley all made lovely speeches, but the highlight was a little surprise that Jerome had planned for James. Jerome is a huge ABBA fan and he approached me about doing his speech which included sound drops of particular ABBA songs. We discussed a number of ways to execute this, but ultimately went for the option which would flow better and eliminate any potential hiccups. This was a HUGE hit with all the guests and of course James.

Below is Jerome’s speech with the red text being where the drop from the ABBA song occurred:

My dearest James,

Mamma Mia! Here we are, on our wedding day proving that when it comes to love – The Winner Takes It All. It was fate that brought us together thirty years ago when you said, “Take A Chance On Me“. You really did Rock Me. In no time at all we began Knowing Me, Knowing You and once we worked out The Name Of The Game, we had fallen well and truly Head Over Heels. I feel like a Dancing Queen whenever you Lay All Your Love On Me. You make my heart go Ring Ring and all I have to do is send out an SOS and you’re always there to Gimme!, Gimme!, Gimme! support, advice or a shoulder to cry on. Today I have truly met my Waterloo and I could not wait to say I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do. All that’s left is to ask – “Voulez-Vous?”

You can hear Jerome’s speech here:


Guests then gathered around the dance floor as James and Jerome danced their first dance together as husbands. It was a choreographed dance to “Give Me Your Love” by Fame – once again enjoyed by all the guests. With no formalities left, all there was to do was dance the night away….and dance they did!!

Before we knew it, it was time to farewell James and Jerome and the celebration came to an end. James and Jerome’s wedding represented them totally, there was no pretense, just authenticity. It was a lot of FUN and from the comments I received as guests were leaving, everyone had such a wonderful time. James and Jerome, thank you for the trust you placed in me – it was a privilege to play a part in your wedding day which was thirty years in the making. May love, laughter and music fill your lives forever!!!

Photography by DJ:Plus! Entertainment


Songs Selected by Grooms;

Wedding Party Processional: “Pachelbel’s Canon in D” performed by Jasmine Strings

Register Signing: “Bach’s Air on a G String” & “Flower Duet” performed by Jasmine Strings

Recessional: “Wedding March” performed by Jasmine Strings

Wedding Party Entry: “I Feel The Earth Move” by Martika

Bride & Groom Entry: “I Feel The Earth Move” by Martika

Cake Cutting: “I Think I Love You” by Partridge Family

First Dance: “Give Me Your Love” by Fame

Farewell Dance: “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston

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


Other Wedding Professionals

Celebrant: Kathryn Breusch Marriage Celebrant

Photographer: David Currington

Balloons: Balloon Elegance


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Wedding Ceremony & Reception | 24 November 2018 | Shana & Erick Stafanik | Chapel Hill Retreat, Berambing, Blue Mountains

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What an awesome day! Perfect weather, gorgeous couple, great venue and amazing details! I had sore cheeks from smiling all day and had to choke back tears several times too. I was so honoured that Shana and Erick invited me to play a part in their wedding celebration at Chapel Hill Retreat in the Blue Mountains. They are a genuinely lovely and thoughtful people and it was so wonderful to witness them celebrating their marriage surrounded by their close family and friends. So much attention to detail and love had gone into making it the amazing day it was.

Shana and Erick’s journey leading up to their wedding day has spanned just over two decades. Some of that time has for reasons outside their control, has been challenging, but together they have made it through and their love is stronger than ever. They first met during High School in 1997 and not long after meeting, realised they were in love. Circumstances caused them to be separated and whilst their lives took on very different paths, their love for each other never diminished.

It was not until 2010 that they reconnected through the marvel of social media and before long, they were building a life together. Whilst they are very different as individuals, with Erick being hot headed & impulsive and Shana passive, calm & organised, they complement each other perfectly. As life progressed, they worked through the complexities of the past, settled and added to their beautiful family. In late 2017 Erick was ready to make Shana’s dream from when she was fifteen come true. In early 2018, he secretly organised an engagement ring, booked a trip to Uluru for his birthday. On the second day at sunset on 26 February 2018, Erick proposed to Shana. Shana doesn’t remember saying yes (she did!) as it is all a bit of a blur to her now, a result of being caught up in the emotion and the surprise element of the moment.

Fast forward to 24 November 2018 and here we were in the small Chapel at Chapel Hill Retreat. Erick along with Best Man, Csaba and Groomsman, Nicolas and gathered guests were waiting with Celebrant, Philip Timbrell for Shana to arrive. As the first notes of Luke Bryant’s “To The Moon & Back” commenced and filled the air, flower girls, Taliyah and Zara, followed by bridesmaid, Hannah and Maid of Honour, Jenni made their way to the front of the Chapel. A short pause for a very special emotional tribute to honour the memory of Shana’s Dad before Shana, who was about to marry the love of her life, took those final few steps down the aisle. It was a beautiful ceremony with lots of love, emotion and that represented them. Shana’s vows included the following words;

“I’m so happy this moment that I have always dreamt of has finally arrived. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you as my husband.”

and Erick’s vows commenced with;

“Shana, ever since we first met at high school, you have always been the one that I have wanted to share my life with. I cannot explain why – as you have said, we are as different as the sun and the moon, yet like two pieces of a jigsaw, we were made for each other.”

Both vowed that “From this day forward, let us along with our children, build our family together – a family filled with love and laughter.”

Finally after 21 years their dream had become a reality! They were now husband and wife!!!

After the ceremony, Shana, Erick and their guests had a group photograph taken and then headed off with their wedding party around the Chapel Hill grounds with photographer Ben of Ben Newnam Photography and videographer, Tony of Blaycam Video Production to capture some amazing wedding feels.

Shana and Erick’s celebration was full of LOVE. It was everywhere!! – You could feel it, it was in the air, it was in everybody’s hearts, and in the very unlikely event that you needed to be reminded in any way, the word was featured in subtle ways throughout the entire reception room. We greeted the newlyweds and their wedding party with great applause, followed by the cutting of the wedding cake and then a very special first dance filled with more love. Guests were then invited to join Shana and Erick on the dance floor for a short dance set.

Following the Entree, there were beautiful heartfelt speeches from Maid of Honour, Jenni and Groomsman, Nicolas, some fun, the Main Meal, more fun, Dessert and then our second set of lovely speeches from Best Man, Csaba and our groom, Erick. Erick concluded his speech by requesting a Daddy Daughter dance with his three beautiful girls, Hannah, Taliyah and Zara.

At this point unbeknownst to Shana, who’s birthday fell during the past week, Erick had organised a birthday cake for her and then asked her to join him for a birthday dance – another beautiful moment. They were soon joined by the wedding party and guests and it was then party time! With a mix of current, classic and traditional music, guests enjoyed dancing the night away.

All too soon it was time for the bouquet and garter toss, farewell circle/circle of love, a farewell dance and Shana and Erick departed to honour their lifelong vow to continue building a family filled with love and laughter.

Knowing their story, and to see Shana and Erick’s childhood dream become a reality made my heart was so very happy. For me, weddings are just so beautiful, amazing and dynamic. Personally, I just relish in seeing how much love and joy can flow between two people, then watching how much emotion this love generates amongst the people around them. It is incredible to witness and such a privilege to be a part of. Shana and Erick I cannot thank you enough. It was a total pleasure and I hope that I was able to add some special touches to the memories that you will always treasure. I know your love will continue to grow, it has withstood so much and has never faltered. May love, laughter and music continue to fill your lives forever!!!

Photography by DJ:Plus! Entertainment


Songs selected by Bride & Groom;

Bridesmaids Processional: “To The Moon and Back” by Luke Bryan

Bride Processional: “To The Moon and Back” by Luke Bryan (DJ:Plus! Custom Edit)

Register Signing: “At The Beginning” by Richard Marx & Donna Lewis, “Endless Love” by Luther Vandross & Mariah Carey

Recessional: “The Deeper The Love” by Whitesnake

Wedding Party Entry: “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas

Bride & Groom Entry: “Highway To Hell / I’m All Yours” by AC/DC / Jay Sean Feat. Pitbull

Cake Cutting: “I’m All Yours” by Jay Sean Feat. Pitbull

First Dance: “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran (DJ:Plus! Custom Edit)

Father Daughter Dance: “Disney Medley” by Ashley Hess

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

Garter Toss: “Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen

Farewell Circle/Circle Of Love: “Forever Country” by Artists of Then, Now & Forever, “Making Memories Of Us” by Keith Urban

Farewell Dance: “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Housten

Final Farewell Song: “Ever, Ever After” by Carrie Underwood


Other Wedding Professionals

Celebrant: Phillip Timbrell

Photographer: Ben Newnam Photography

Videographer: Blaycam Video Productions


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Wedding Ceremony | 18 November 2018 | Hannah & Alok | Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

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I had the honour and pleasure of providing ceremony coverage for Hannah and Alok in the Rose Garden and Pavilion Area of the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney on this perfect Sunday morning.

It was a very intimate ceremony officiated by Married By Meera under the Fig Tree and the stunning arbour created by Jewel Phon Flowers. It was also a pleasure to work with Sarkodie Photography and Faure Valletta Photography.

It is very rare that I cover Ceremony only, but am very grateful to have been able to witness the love that Hannah and Alok have for each other. May love, laughter and music fill your lives forever!!!

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