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

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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!!!


Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment


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 | 26 September 2009 | Alison and Kieran Sladen | Tumbling Waters Retreat, Stanwell Tops

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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.

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

 

 

 

 


Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment

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Wedding Reception | 3 April 2009 | Hayley and Ross Hunter | Austinmer Surf Life Saving Club, Austinmer, Wollongong

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Following a full week of rain, Hayley and Ross were blessed with a lovely sunny day for their wedding. The reception was held at Austinmer Surf Life Saving Club Function Centre just north of Wollongong. Attended by 82 guests it was a fun celebration with a relaxed beach theme – given that this venue has the beach on it’s doorstep, it really was the perfect venue for Hayley and Ross’s celebration. Hayley was also very honoured by being able to have two of her grandmothers and her great grandmother present at the reception.

 

 

 

Hayley, Ross and the remainder of the wedding party arrived accompanied by a bagpiper – this certainly got the attention of all the guests and they were greeted with cheers and applause.

 

Following a very lovely buffet, there were speeches from Hayley’s father Russell, Bridesmaid Bec, Bestman Neil and then Ross and Hayley. During Bec’s speech it was revealed that Hayley had actually been in love with Ross since she was 13 years old and how she would always convince Bec to walk past his house in case Ross happened to be out the front. Notice the permanent smiles both Hayley and Ross have in all the photos – they obviously were very happy and are very deeply in love.

 

From speeches to the cutting of the wedding cake and then Hayley and Ross hit the floor for their first dance to an acoustic version of the Chris Brown song, “Forever”. Mid way through the song the wedding party and guests joined them and the celebration began in earnest.

Below: Hayley with her Dad Russell

Below: Ross with his Mum Agnes

I had the pleasure of meeting with Hayley and Ross on a number of occasions prior to the wedding. These meetings allowed me to understand the vision they had for their reception and to get to know them better – firstly I believe that I was able to assist in providing the reception they had always dreamed of, but more importantly, I got to see what a wonderful couple they are, the beauty they have within and the love that grows deeper for each other as each day passes. It was a great honour to have been given the opportunity and privilege to make a contribution to and be a part of their day.


Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Bridal Party Entry Song: “Walking On Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves

Bride & Groom Entry Song: “Walking On Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves

Cake Cutting Song: “Can’t Get Enough Of your Love, Babe” by Barry White

Bridal Waltz/First Dance: “Forever” by Boyce Avenue

Father /Daughter Dance: “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” by Van Morrison

Farewell Circle/Circle Of Love: “Up Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker, “I’m On My Way” by The Proclaimers, “Take Me To The Clouds Above” by LMC Vs U2

Final Farewell Song: “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life” by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes


Other Wedding Professionals

Event Stylist: She Designs

Photographer: Tony Lyon

Catering: True Blue Spit Roast Catering


Fun On The Dancefloor

 

 


Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment

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Wedding Ceremony & Reception | 6 December 2008 | Gabrielle Hutchens and Sultan AlDossary | Panorama House, Bulli Tops

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Gabrielle and Sultan flew in from Saudi Arabia the day before the Ceremony and Lunch time Celebration for 60 guests held at Panorama House, Bulli Tops which overlooks the entire south coast. Gabrielle and Sultan live and work in Saudi Arabia but wished to celebrate this special time with Gabrielle’s family and friends in Australia. Unfortunately, due to distance, none of Sultan’s family were able to attend, however we could certainly feel their presence amongst us.

 

 

Following a lovely ceremony, on what turned out to be an absolutely beautiful warm day, guests adjourned to the function room for canapes and refreshments. This was followed by a lovely meal overlooking the magnificent view. After the entree there were two lovely speeches – the first from Gabrielle’s dad, John who detailed the Gabrielle and Sultan love story and the other from Gabrielle’s sister Letitia who wrote a very lovely poem/verse about Gabrielle’s life – it was amusing, sentimental, factual and very well put together – a true highlight of the day!

 

 

 

With the completion of the meal Gabrielle and Sultan hit the dance floor – in no time at all a large majority of the guests had joined them and were helping create wonderful memories. Gabrielle had wanted a fun/party/reunion type of atmosphere – this was easily achieved and everybody had a really enjoyable time. Another wonderful couple, I really have one of the best jobs in the world, I get to meet so many fantastic couples on one of the most significant days in their lives and feel very privileged to be able to contribute to it.

 

 


Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Processional: “On My Way Home” by Enya

Recessional: “Beautiful Day” by U2

Bride & Groom Entry Song: “Forever” by Chris Brown

Cake Cutting Song: “Life” by Des’ree

Bridal Waltz/First Dance: “Everything I Do (I Do It For You)” by Bryan Adams

Father/Daughter Dance: “Unforgettable” by Natalie & Nat King Cole


Other Wedding Professionals

Photographer: Nicole Anderson Photography

Florist: Flowers of Helensburgh – 02 4294 3600


Fun On The Dancefloor

 

Photography by DJ:Plus! Entertainment

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

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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.



Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment

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