Emily and Mitchell are perfect together. They are caring, gentle, hilarious and fiercely loyal to their family and friends. Their wedding was full of many wonderful moments, happy tears. endless love and a huge helping of fun!!….but more about that in a moment.
I vividly remember my first phone conversation with Emily, in July this year after she submitted an enquiry wishing information on my Wedding MC & Wedding DJ services. Well, we connected immediately and as I asked her a little about her wedding and what she desired, I could feel the love she has for Mitchell and her family and friends. I also learned that their wedding planning journey had been marred a little by the actions of a couple of other providers whose actions were not the most professional – whilst this saddened me greatly at the time, as our conversation progressed, I started becoming more and more excited about the potential opportunities to help Emily and Mitchell create a wedding day that totally represented them and which their guests would always remember!
Emily and Mitch ultimately chose St Aubyn’s on Clairvaux as the location for their ceremony and reception. St Aubyn’s is a gorgeous secluded family property in Bathurst in the Central West of NSW with beautiful established gardens for the ceremony and an elegant rustic shed for the reception. It was just perfect for Emily and Mitch’s wedding!!
Guests arrived and commenced gathering in the stunning garden ceremony area. Mitch and his grooms men lined up to await the arrival of the bridesmaids and Emily. The time had finally arrived and following a welcome from Bronwyn Dollin Marriage Celebrant, the processional music filled the air and the flower girl and bridesmaids commenced walking down the aisle. Once they had reached their position, Emily and her Dad, Geoffry, stepped into view and waited for a moment. At this point Mitch had his first glimpse of Emily and was completely overcome with emotion (check out the video of this moment directly below). At the same time, as Emily and Geoffry were still standing in position, Emily honoured the memory of her Mum with a beautiful message. Emily and Geoffry then waited a few moments before commencing their walk down the aisle. Such a beautiful, heartfelt moment full of overwhelming love.
Browyn then proceeded to conduct a warm and meaningful ceremony which included some pearls of wisdom from Mitch’s Mum, Cathy; Emily and Mitch’s Love Story and before we knew it, Emily and Mitch were exchanging vows, exchanging rings and pronounced as husband and wife, which was of course, sealed with a kiss! Yes Emily and Mitch were now MARRIED!!! This was followed by the signing of the Marriage Register, a blessing and then they made their way back down the aisle under a shower of rose petals and congratulation from the invited family and friends!
All the while our photographer, Danni Evans Photography and videographer, Pixflix Productions were discreetly and expertly capturing it all. I must also mention the stunning florals that adorned the arbour, which was so elegantly decorated by Wilde Ivy (who also provided the matching florals for the reception), fit in perfectly with the surrounds and added a lovely pop in the background. Emily and Mitch then had a few group photographs, immediate family photographs and then head off with the wedding party for more photographs around the picturesque property.
Whilst the wedding party were away for photographs guests made their way to the Shed and garden area where a grazing table was available with lots of delectable morsels and an array of lawn games. Soon it was time to move into the Shed and await the arrival of our wedding party. After a very short wait, we welcomed the wedding party accompanied with huge applause and cheers; the biggest, obviously saved for Emily and Mitch.
Without wasting a moment, we proceeded with the first of the speeches which was from none other than our newlyweds. Both Mitch and Emily then delivered beautiful heartfelt speeches that at various times envoked tears from the guests and themselves. Some truly lovely sentiments and thanks were conveyed and a total credit to them both.
Everybody then indulged in a delectable buffet that was lovingly prepared by Mitch’s mum, Cathy. This was enjoyed by all with many availing themselves to second helpings. We then ventured into a little bit of fun with the Newlywed Game followed by the cutting of the Wedding Cake and the second set of speeches. Once again very beautiful heartfelt speeches for “Pop”, Mitchell’s Dad and Bestman, Nigel, a surprise speech from Aunty Monique and then Emily’s Dad, Geoffry. Geoffry ended his speech by asking Emily to share a Daddy Daughter dance with him. Part way into the song we then asked all the other dads and daughters to join them – such a beautiful moment and a sight to behold.
A little break whilst everybody enjoyed a selection of sweets including a wall of donuts, for dessert followed. Whilst this was happening Emily and Mitch ducked out quickly with Danni the photography and Adam the videographer for some sunset shots. On their return we played another game which involved some individual guests which had been pre-selected by our newlyweds. This was a lot of fun and enjoyed by all.
To wrap up the speeches for the evening we had Maid of Honour and Groomsman, Tiffani and Luke; friends, Georgia and Taylor and last but not least, Uncle Jody. Once again some beautiful words and thoughts were conveyed. A quick Bouquet Toss and Garter Toss with a twist, and it was now time for Emily and Mitch to share their very first dance as a married couple. In what started as a slow sway they transitioned into a choreographed routine that had everybody smiling and then that transitioned into another song where Emily and Mitch went and gave guests no option but to join them – but really there was no resistance and in no time the dance floor was full and it remained that way until the end of the night.
They danced to rock, they danced to rock ‘n’ roll, country, reggae, dance and really anything that was played, even the interesting “family traditional dance” to Buffalo Soldier by Bob Marley had them up. Everybody! and I mean everybody, regardless of whether they were young or older, in attendance wanted Emily and Mitch to have the time of their lives and they certainly were fully invested in ensuring that this happened……..and ended up having a wonderful time also!! Time flies when you are having fun and in what seemed no time at all, it was time for the farewell dance, the exit arch and we bid a fond farewell to Emily and Mitch as they commence the beginning of their together forever.
It is often said that things happen for a reason and I feel so wonderfully blessed that fate brought them to me and they both decided to trust and include me in their wedding day as their Bathurst Wedding MC and Bathurst Wedding DJ. It was such a great honour and huge privilege. I loved every second of their magical day..it was a joy to meet your friends and family, my cheeks ached from smiling and a few sneaky tears may or may not have leaked out also. The love they have for each other is undeniable. They light each other up and their love continues to grow with each passing day – for a hopeless romantic like me, this fills my heart with much love and makes it extremely happy. May love, laughter and music fill your lives forever!!!
Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment except Video at beginning of post
Songs selected by Bride & Groom;
Bridesmaids Processional: “I Get To Love You” by Instrumental
Bride Processional: “I Get To Love You” by Ruelle (DJ:Plus! Custom Edit)
Register Signing: “Love On The Weekend” by John Mayer, “Say You Won’t Let Go” by Matt Johnson & Jaclyn Davies
Recessional: “Send Me On My Way” by Rusted Root
Wedding Party Entry: “Rock The Party (Everybody Dance Now)” by Bob Sinclar
Bride & Groom Entry: “Rock The Party (Everybody Dance Now)” by Bob Sinclar
Cake Cutting: “Livin’ On Love” by Alan Jackson
First Dance: “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)/Classic/500 Miles” by Sleeping At Last/MKTO/The Proclaimers
Father Daughter Dance: “All That You Are” by Goo Goo Dolls
Bouquet Toss: “Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child
Garter Toss: “Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leopard
Farewell Dance: “Hangover” by Taio Cruz Feat. Flo Rida
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)
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