“Marriage is the highest state of friendship. If happy, it lessens our cares by dividing them, at the same time that it doubles our pleasures by mutual participation.” ~ Samuel Richardson
Kate and Luke are a truly beautiful couple who like all my other couples, are also genuinely lovely and thoughtful people. They are caring, honest, gentle, hilarious and very loyal to their family and friends. But most of all, they are perfect together and with the inclusion of their beautiful respective children, it was so wonderful to witness their love and see them celebrating their marriage surrounded by close family and friends.
Kate and Luke first met through Kate’s brother at Kate’s niece and Luke’s daughter netball game. There were no sparks or first impressions. It was only later through barbeques at Kate’s brother’s house did they begin chatting and getting to know each other better. Eventually, Luke gathered the courage to ask Kate out for a date and they had arranged to go on a picnic to Palm Beach. On the day, it was very hot and when Luke arrived to pick up Kate and her two children, he found a picnic laid out on the floor of Kate’s unit and they had a wonderful and memorable time out of the outside heat. Later that evening when the kids had gone to bed, they shared their very first kiss.
Three to four weeks after the picnic, Kate and Luke went out on a date without the children to a restaurant in Wahroonga. By the end of 2016, they realised that they were in love and in September 2017 that love had grown to a point where they were considering marriage, moved in together and on 27 October 2018, whilst on a holiday to Currarong Beach, he took Kate to Point Perpendicular and while the kids were in the distance, Luke proposed, and while Kate knew it was coming, she certainly was not expecting it on that day.
Fast forward to 2 November 2019, on a beautiful sunny day with a slight breeze at the Fairmont Resort in Leura in the picturesque Blue Mountains, overlooking the pond with Luke, who said he was feeling slightly nervous (I beg to differ and feel it was actually excitement that was being confused for nervousness 🙂 ) and Best Man, Matthew waiting patiently for Kate to arrive. At just a little after 3:00 pm, the processional music started to play and Anastasia, Madison and followed by Lucas, who was escorting his mum, who was absolutely stunning in her wedding gown, made their way around the pond and down the aisle.
The smile on both their faces were HUGE – it was obvious that they were so looking forward to becoming husband and wife! What followed was a beautiful ceremony officiated by Karen Brown, Marriage Celebrant, a lovely reading from Kate’s friend Bree and they were finally pronounced husband and wife!! From that point on, they appeared to be wearing permanent smiles – they were just so very happy!!!! (Spoiler Alert!!! – those smiles were there ALL day and night.)
A group photo prior to Kate, Luke and their wedding party exploring the Fairmont Resort grounds and having photographs taken by Jeff Davies – Photographer and video captured by Platinum Films by Andrew, while guests availed themselves to the wonderful facilities at the Resort.
The reception room looked fantastic! With a black and gold theme, L O V E letters, beautiful florals by Piccolo Petalo, stunning wedding cake by Eaton Cakes & Catering, seating names by Rockmelon xo and an open photobooth which was supplied by Jeff the photographer.
Before long, it was time to welcome them to the reception, and with cheers and applause we certainly made them feel special. A short welcome and thank you to the guests by Luke, prior to wonderful speeches from Kate’s dad Robert and Luke’s dad, Kevin. Guests were then served a delicious entree. Beautiful words from Kate’s life-long friend Emma and some marriage advice from Best Man (and Kate’s brother), Matthew.
A little bit of fun with the Newlywed Game, a scrumptious main meal, more fun with a scavenger hunt which had guests obtaining items from other guests for a “no expense spared” prize! This was followed by a surprise meaningful and humorous speech from Kate’s son Lucas. Lucas was a tough act to follow, but Luke soldiered on and thanked many people that had been instrumental in the relationship blossoming into a love story and today a marriage. There was nothing but endless love for Kate!
Guests enjoyed dessert, before some more fun with a dancing competition with a twist, the cutting of the wedding cake, before their very first dance as husband and wife to a personalised version of Coldplay’s “Sky Full Of Stars”. Guests then joined in and it was time to party – there were certainly lots of smiles on the dance floor and guests enjoyed themselves immensely.
All good things must come to an end and before we knew it, it was time to farewell our gorgeous couple, family and friends gathered in a circle of love and Kate and Luke made their way around it, thanking everybody for their love and support. A final dance where everyone was invited to join our newlyweds ended the night on a fun and happy note. Kate and Luke them made their way down a tunnel of love and the start of their forever love!!
Kate and Luke, thank you so much for granting me the ultimate honour and investing your trust in me for your special day as your Blue Mountains Wedding MC and Blue Mountains Wedding DJ. It was nothing but a pleasure and a whole heap of fun as we planned your day and I hope your wedding day vision was realised. I feel so honoured to have been a part of your day. Kate and Luke, thank you for allowing me this privilege. I know that your love will continue to grow and that the next chapter of your life together will be the absolute best. May love, laughter and music continue to fill your lives forever!!
Photography by DJ:Plus! Entertainment
Songs selected by Bride & Groom;
Wedding Party Entry: “Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child (DJ:Plus! Custom Edit), “Jump Around” by House Of Pain
Bride & Groom Entry: “I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas (DJ:Plus! Entry Edit)
Cake Cutting: “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
First Dance: “Sky Full Of Stars” by Coldplay (DJ:Plus! Custom Edit)
Farewell Circle/Circle Of Love: “Shallow” by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, “We’re Going Home” by Vance Joy, “All Night Long” by Lionel Richie
Farewell Dance: “I Want That Man” by Deborah Harry
Final Farewell Song: “Glad You Came” by The Wanted
Other Wedding Professionals
Celebrant: A Timeless Love, Karen Brown Marriage Celebrant
Floral Designer: Piccolo Petalo
Cake Designer: Eaton Cakes & Catering
Seating Names: Rockmelonxo
Photographer: Jeff Davies Photographer
Videographer: Platinum Films By Andrew