Frank and Nick’s wedding was all about love and acceptance. Whilst I have previously entertained for same sex couples making lifelong commitments, these have been before marriage equality law was passed in Australia. They selected Yester Grange at Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains as the location for their ceremony and reception. Yester Grange is nestled amongst 20 acres of totally private parkland and garden at the top of the Wentworth Falls waterfall and National Park which was very fitting as no matter where in the world they are (Frank and Nick are prolific travellers), they always seem to happen across a waterfall.
The ceremony commenced with Frank and Nick walking in separately from either side of the ceremony location and following the ceremony, which was beautifully officiated by Laura Graham of Put A Ring On It, the crowd was split and Frank and Nick walked away together, as husbands with the aisle awash with rainbow ribbons being waved around in celebration of the occasion.
This was followed by a group photograph on the Yester Grange steps before Frank and Nick took part in a German wedding tradition where a log was sawed in half. The log on a sawhorse represented the trials and tribulations that inevitably occur over the years in any marriage. Frank and Nick cut through the log using a double-ended saw. This ritual symbolises their first achievement together as a married couple and reminds them that they can work together to overcome any obstacle! Check out the photos below and the video at the bottom of the post.
What followed was a relaxed celebration with heartfelt moments, wonderful speeches, surprises, lots of fun and heaps of dancing. Some of the guests had travelled from the Northern Territory, Western Australia, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, across New South Wales and as far away as Germany. Everybody celebrated this union wholeheartedly. All too soon, it was time to farewell Frank and Nick but not before they both tossed bouquets and left to commence their married life together.
Frank and Nick, thank you for entrusting me with the responsibility of looking after the audio and music for your ceremony and giving me the privilege of being your Blue Mountains Wedding DJ. It was a pleasure and honour to play a part in this wonderful milestone moment in your lives. May love, laughter and music fill your lives forever!!!
Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment
Songs selected by Frank & Nick:
Processional: “My Love” by Cher (DJ:Plus! Edit)
Register Signing: “Your Love Is King” by Sade, “Truly, Madly, Deeply” by Cascada (Slow Version)
Recessional: “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz
Log Sawing Song: “Lean On Me” by 2-4 Family
Wedding Party Entry: “I Feel Love” by Donna Summer
First Dance: “Lab Mich Dein Pirat Sein / Let Me Be Your Pirate” by Nena (DJ:Plus! Custom Edit)
Farewell Dance: “Last Dance” by Donna Summer (Masters At Work Remix)
Final Farewell Song: “Love Shack” by B-52’s
The Global Wedding Awards showcases the brightest and best from across the wedding industry, encompassing everyone from wedding planners and decorators to tailors, caterers, entertainers and everything in between.
In it’s second year, I felt very proud when informed earlier in the year that I had been nominated for this award. When informed that I had actually won Best Wedding DJ Australia & Best Wedding MC Australia in the 2018 Awards, I felt extremely humbled and appreciative of the trust that each couple place in me for their wedding day. This is a huge responsibility and not something that I take lightly nor the trust placed in me, for granted.
Seeing those smiles at the end of it all and receiving those hugs is the biggest reward and it never fails to make my heart very happy that I was able to add a little something to a wedding day and the memories. Thank you to all that have allowed me the opportunity to witness their love and be a part of their day. Thank you to all those that continuously encourage and inspire me to be better. I love you all and you mean more to me more than you can imagine! ~ Serge
Belinda & Frank are a truly gorgeous couple, inside and out! They have a beautiful nature about them with gentle and caring souls.They also have an adorable blended family which consists of Belinda’s three children, Frank’s two and another which is the result of the great love these two share for each other!
With almost perfect weather, bar the exception of some wind, Belinda & Frank just took it in their stride, made some slight allowances and let the day unfold without any fuss or stress. Belinda and Frank selected the stunning Seclusions, which is located in Rydal on the western edge of the Blue Mountains and the gateway to the central west, as the location for their ceremony and reception.
As the processional music started, the bridesmaids, Belinda’s daughters and Frank’s daughter) commenced their walk to the custom built ceremony area overlooking the majestic view of the lake and mountains. Belinda then commenced her walk escorted by her and Frank’s son. Waiting with celebrant, Louisa O’Brien of Lulu Celebrations, was Frank and his son. What followed was a very beautiful ceremony which commenced with Louisa recounting Belinda & Franks story, which I would like to share with you (the following is the extract from the ceremony as compiled and presented by Louisa of Lulu Celebrations):
“Frank & Belinda met through work. Belinda says that she thinks Frank thought of himself as the big time boss and that he had no time for a pleb like her. She apparently set herself a challenge of trying to get him to notice her. She thought it wasn’t working, but little did she know that he was keeping an eye on her. He immediately liked the fact that she is small, petite, cute and very feminine with a beautiful smile and laugh.
Neither of them realised that they were falling in love with each other. In their early days they would spend many hours on the phone just talking about everything and anything. Belinda describes it as a ‘slow burn’ and now can’t imagine living without him.
Belinda loves that Frank is always trying, but let’s her be the boss. She says he has an amazing heart and that he always has the family in mind. He would do anything for the kids or herself. He provides support and love to all of the family.
Frank says that Belinda helps him be a better father, son, friend and partner. She helps him find that balance between all those roles.
Once they are married, Belinda cannot wait for their honeymoon, to spend some time on their own. Frank is definitely looking forward to calling Belinda his ‘wife’ after all their years together.”
This was followed by the exchange of vows and rings, the signing of the register and Belinda & Frank were pronounced husband and wife!!! Their first kiss as newlyweds and they ventured back down the aisle to loud cheers and applause. Congratulations all round before a photograph with all the invited guests and photographs around the picturesque venue with Rachel from Rachel H Photography and Sonia the videographer.
Guests availed themselves to canapes, drinks, lawn games and enjoying the surrounds whilst the kids had a little play area set up for them inside the Barn area at Seclusion’s. As the sun started to set a little chill started to fill the air and guests were invited to take their seats inside the warm Pavilion. The Pavilion had been exquisitely decorated and styled by the lovely team from Wild Blue Studio with an amazing hanging arrangement, fresh flowers, gold cutlery – just so much detail had gone into the look of the room! Also taking pride and place in the Pavilion was the beautiful wedding cake by Josophans.
With cheers and twirling napkins, we all welcomed the wedding party before Frank thanked everybody for being a part of their day and encouraged everyone to have a wonderful time. Guests were then served a delicious selection of dishes that was expertly prepared by Mountain Wide Event Catering before it was time for the speeches. First up was Belinda’s dad, Chris who spoke with great affection for both Belinda & Frank. Chris was followed by Belinda’s eldest daughter, Breanna ,who decided at the eleventh hour to make a speech and was supported by her sisters, step sister and step brothers. Breanna made a beautiful speech! Whilst trying hard to hold back her emotions, but it was of no use, those emotions came to the fore embracing Belinda, Frank, her support team and many in the room – it was so beautiful to see how much love there is in this blended family and it made my heart so very happy. Last but not least, Frank also spoke with much love for those celebrating with Belinda and himself, but also for those that are no longer with us. Beautiful and considered words all round!!
It was then time for a little fun before a short dance set to help everybody digest a little. By the end of the dance set dessert was being served and the coffee truck from Coffeenova had arrived to prepare cappuccinos, lattes, short blacks and the like, to order for anybody who desired a coffee hit or warm beverage! More fun ensued with another party game and then more dancing until the conclusion of the evening.
Guests were then invited to grab their favours and hot chips snack before heading off to the bus to take them back to their accommodation, but not before they were given glow sticks and forming a guard of honour for Belinda & Frank to leave through, united as one in love!
Belinda & Frank’s wedding day was filled with the warmth and love of their family and friends and reflected who they are in everything they did – it was relaxed and fun! They light each other up and everyone around them. They are gentle, genuine, sweet, funny, totally in love and completely perfect for each other. Their reception was a celebration of their two families coming together and everyone was full of joy and excitement for them. I am very blessed to have amazing couples like them who not only put their trust in me to help create some wonderful memories, but trust me enough to be themselves with me….which puts the biggest smile on my heart! Thank you Belinda & Frank for trusting me and allowing me to be there to witness your magical and unforgettable day! May love, laughter and music fill your lives forever!!!
Photography by DJ:Plus! Entertainment
Songs selected by Bride & Groom;
Bridesmaids Processional: “All I Want Is You” by Vitamin String Quartet
Bride Processional: “All I Want Is You” by Vitamin String Quartet
Register Signing: “Next To Me” by Imagine Dragons, “Until The End Of Time” by Justin Timberlake & Beyonce
Recessional: “Tonight” by Secret Nation
Wedding Party Entry: “Eye Of The Tiger” by Survivor, “Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child Feat: Breanna, Bethany, Ivana & Brooke (Custom DJ:Plus! Edit)
Bride & Groom Entry: “Adventure Of A Lifetime” by Coldplay
Cake Cutting: “Sugar” by Robin Schulz Feat. Francesco Yates
Farewell Dance: “Paradise” by George Erza
Final Farewell Song: “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher” by Jimmy Barnes
Other Wedding Professionals
Photographer: Rachel H Photography
Floral Design & Styling: Wild Blue Studio
Catering: Mountain Wide Event Catering
Cake Design: Josophan’s
Coffee Van: Coffeenova
The weather forecast for Tania and Shane’s wedding day was anything but great, with a 90% chance of rain. Tania had been fretting a little [ or maybe even a lot 😉 ] in the days leading up to today, that her dream, which she had played out in her mind endless times, of walking down the path into the ceremony area of the Sylvan Glen gardens and into the arms of Shane, the love of her life, would be replaced by a much shorter walk in the wet weather indoor option. Whilst not the worst case scenario, it would mean the world to her to have the wedding ceremony in the garden. I will come back to the ceremony in a moment.
Tania and Shane are genuinely lovely and thoughtful people. They are also caring, gentle, hilarious and fiercely loyal to their family and friends. But most of all, they are perfect together and it was so wonderful to witness them celebrating their marriage surrounded by many of their close family and friends.
Having met through a mutual friend back in March 2015, they immediately felt a connection and saw something extraordinary in each other. By November of the same year they were a couple and not longer after, started planning their future together. This has seen the bringing together of two families and a shared love for their respective children and now also for their adorable granddaughter, Piper.
Sylvan Glen is located in Penrose in the southern half of the Southern Highlands of NSW. The Estate sits in a lush valley of over 60 acres and has a rich and varied history, dating back to 1870. Today, it is an award winning wedding venue, offering couples the opportunity to host family and friends for the weekend, get married on site, hold their reception there and also having accommodation available! Tania and Shane took full advantage of the facilities.
Now, back to the ceremony, as it would happen, the rain eased and stopped, leading up to the ceremony time and the call was made to proceed with the garden location. Everything was going so well, Tania got to walk down the aisle accompanied by her son, Corey. Shane got to witness that wonderful, beautiful moment when you see your bride in her wedding dress walking towards you, there were words of wisdom shared by Tania’s parents, Rob & Jan and Shane’s friends, Dean & Samantha, the guests all gathered witnessing the culmination of one chapter of this love story and the beginning of another.
Shane was part way through his vows when a few drops started falling. Tania followed with her vows as some umbrella’s were dispensed to the wedding party and guests as the rain increased slightly. Tania finished her vows then the ring ceremony followed. A reading by Juliette before Tania and Shane were declared husband and wife by Civil Marriage Celebrant, Margaret Phillips to loud applause! Their first kiss as a married couple ensued. The rain drops intensified slightly, so a quick relocation for the Register signing and Mr & Mrs Shane & Tania Phillips were now official and ready for their together forever!! Now some may look upon the little rain towards the end of the ceremony as ruining it, but having gotten to know Tania and Shane and how deep their love is for each other, I saw it as a blessing from the powers above that this love will continue to grow and enrich not only their own lives, but also that of all those whom they come into contact with.
Once in the reception area, guests were provided refreshments and canapes whilst Tania, Shane and their wedding party took advantage of a subsequent break in the weather to have photographs captured around the picturesque Sylvan Glen grounds by the very talented Laura from Elysium Photography and videography by the equally talented Cassie and Craig from Puzzleman Productions.
It was a wonderful evening with many personal touches as we celebrated this beautiful love in a relaxed and fun way. So much attention to detail and love went into making it the amazing day it was. From the detail in the decorations, the personalised introductions, the games which had everyone laughing and “awww-ing”, the messages from those unable to attend and much more all coming together to create some wonderful memories for Tania, Shane and their guests.
Following much dancing, the reception ended with a farewell dance and an “endless tunnel of love” for Tania to Shane to exit through and begin their married life together…..but as many were staying on the property, I could hear the celebration kicking on in the Guest House as I was leaving the property an hour later – and why not, they have SO MUCH to celebrate.
Despite some minor challenges with the elements, it really was perfect, just like their love for each other. These two light each other up and are so deeply in love it literally radiates off them. It was such an honour to have been able to be a part of this celebration. Thank you Tania and Shane for your trust in me as your Southern Highlands Wedding MC and Southern Highlands Wedding DJ, for being all about the FUN and for not letting the crazy weather dampen your amazing day! Enjoy your mini-moon and reflecting on the wedding and your future together. May love, laughter and music fill your lives forever.
Photography by DJ:Plus! Entertainment
Songs selected by Bride & Groom;
Bridesmaids Processional: “You Are So Beautiful” by Instrumental
Bride Processional: “I Get To Love You” by Ruelle
Register Signing: “Feels Like Home” by Chantel Kreviazuk, “Beautiful To Me” by Little Birdy
Recessional: “Be My Forever” by Christina Perri
Wedding Party Entry: “Katchi” by Ofenbach & Nick Waterhouse, “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida, “Circle Of Life” (Trap Remix) by LUCiD, “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang
Bride & Groom Entry: “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake
Cake Cutting: “Better Together” by Jack Johnson
First Dance: “Sea Of Love” by Honeydrippers Feat. Tania & Shane (DJ:Plus! Custom Audio)
Garter Toss: “Mmm Yeah” by Austin Malone Feat. Pitbull
Farewell Dance: “Lookin’ Out My Backdoor” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Final Farewell Song: “Brighter Than The Sun” by Colbie Caillat
Other Wedding Professionals
Photographer: Elysium Photography
Videography: Puzzleman Productions
Floral Design: Knot & Beau
Cake Design: Bev’s Catering
On the 19th of June 2018, DJ:Plus! Entertainment was pleased to attend the Australian Bridal Industry Academy’s prestigious 9th National Designer of Dreams Awards at The Star on the Gold Coast.
Wedding providers from all over Australia came together to celebrate excellence in the industry and it was such an honour to sit in a room with the best of the best and witness their achievements, hear their struggles and challenges and share ways of making each and every couple’s wedding day the best it can be.
To be a finalist in these awards is a great achievement in itself! Over the preceding 4 years, 102,293 couples took the time to nominate & provide feedback on 3,712 wedding businesses in ABIA’s Four Pillars of Perfection: Quality of Product, Quality of Service, Value for Money & Attitude of Staff. It is these nominations & ratings which determined the 316 Finalists. To qualify as an ABIA Designer Of Dreams finalist or winner is very impressive as it represents on-going consistency in delivering high quality products and/or services which exceed customer expectations. All finalists have received exceptional ratings and feedback from their couples each year for the past 4 consecutive years.
DJ:Plus! Entertainment always strives to exceed expectations and set standards which others in the industry aspire to emulate and subsequently has been a finalist or winner in the ABIA Designer of Dreams Awards since its inception, which is an achievement in itself, especially in this day and age where wedding businesses often do not last more than a year or two.
My couples will always be the focus of what I do and the love that they share is considered so very precious by me, which is why I take the utmost care with their wedding day. I hope to be able to continue help create wedding memories for them, for some time yet!