Wow! What an amazing day it was for Stacey & Kerryn’s wedding! It had been raining most of the night and when I left Sydney it was overcast and looked like a downpour was imminent. But as I got closer and closer to Seclusions, located in Rydal in the Blue Mountains near Lithgow, the clouds began to clear and a beautiful blue sky was starting to appear. By the time Kerryn and Stacey commenced their walk down the aisle, it was a picture perfect day for this life long commitment that they were making. The only thing which caused a little bit of an annoyance was the intermittent wind, but it did have the advantage of keeping everyone cool.
It was a truly beautiful ceremony conducted by Kerryn and Stacey’s friend Nicole. Now I could go on a get all descriptive about this very special commitment, but I feel that the best way for you all to get an appreciation of what it was like, is to provide the vows that Kerryn and Stacey wrote for each other;
“I, Kerryn, choose you Stacey, to be my wife, knowing that you will be my constant friend, my faithful partner and my one true love.
On this day I give to you, in front of our friends and family, my promise to stay by your side and to love you without reservation.
I vow to always be a true and loyal friend to you.
To cherish you, and to share my thoughts, hopes and dreams with you.
I vow to be your partner in all things; working with you as part of our team.
I vow never to steal the bed sheets, unless you are hogging them.
I vow to always respect your choice of music, except when that choice is Nickelback.
If you promise to kill the spiders and cockroaches that invade our home, I promise to always pick up Snowy’s poo.
If you promise to cheer loudly for the Bunnies (except of course when they are playing the Tigers), I promise to do the same in return, for you.
I will never back the Yankees in baseball or the Blues in State of Origin. I’m sorry, I just can’t.
I want us to grow old and wrinkly together.
To shake our collective fists at teenagers, and talk endlessly about the old days when things were better, cheaper and generally more wholesome.
Stacey, I love you more than I ever thought it possible to love anyone.
I love you more than I love chocolate.
As we stand here together, I am so excited that this, here and now, is the beginning of the rest of our lives.
I choose to spend today, and all of my tomorrows, with you.”
“Kerryn from the first moment I saw you smile at me through the gate I knew there was something special about you. At that time I did not know that three and a half years later I would be standing here committing the rest of my life to you and still discovering just how special you are.
What I know now is that no matter how tough times ahead may be, no distance will ever be too far, no arguments will ever be too bad, no challenges will ever be that difficult that we can’t get through them.
I promise that despite the physical distance we face ahead there will never be a day where I don’t say I love you and there will never be a night where I don’t wish you sweet dreams. I promise to always remind you of why I love you and what makes you so special.
I vow to love you unconditionally and support you in all of your endeavours. I will be by your side in whatever adventures life has in store for us. I will be your shining light when times are dark and guide you along while you are finding your light at the end of the tunnel.
Today becoming your wife is not a choice, it was always an inevitability because you are my best friend, my love, my soul mate.
Today I stand here before our family and friends and vow to spend the rest of my life with you.”
The rest of the afternoon and evening was filled with lots of love, fun, laughs and great times. Guests enjoyed lawn games, fantastic speeches, a little bit of insight into how well Kerryn and Stacey actually knew each other (which was a lot of fun), much dancing, some beautiful tender moments and a amazing evening with many memories being created! But in the end it was about love and a lifelong commitment.
I also had the great pleasure of working with photographer Catherine Rose, Red Pepper Catering and The Little Cart Of Blooms to help create Kerryn and Stacy’s dream wedding.
Having had the opportunity to have met with Kerryn and Stacey a couple of times in the lead up to their wedding day, I could tell from our first meeting that they light each other up and are so deeply in love, it literally radiates off them. I also remember how Kerryn was the first to try some chocolate cookies I had out that day and it took some convincing from her before Stacey would try one, but she did and loved them. The next time they came for a progress meeting there was no hesitation from Stacey whatsoever :-).
Kerryn and Stacey, it was such a huge honour to have you both place your trust in me and to be given the opportunity to play a part in your spectacular wedding day. I had an absolutely awesome time as your Blue Mountains Wedding MC and Blue Mountains Wedding DJ – I can’t thank you enough – it was such a pleasure and joy to share in the journey towards your together forever, even when you were stressed and felt like you had no idea what to do next. I loved our meetings, phone calls, the lead up to your wedding and every aspect of your wedding day. I know you will honour your vows and commitment and your future will be extremely happy as your love for each other will continue to grow stronger. May love, laughter and music fill your lives forever!!!
Photography & Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment
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Wedding Party Entry: “Get The Party Started” by Pink
Bride & Bride Entry: “Get The Party Started” by Pink
Cake Cutting: “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen
First Dance: “Everything” by Michael Buble
Father Daughter Dance: “I Loved Her First / Daddy Dance With Me” by Heartland / Krystal Keith [DJ:Plus! Edit]
Bouquet Toss: “One Way Or Another” by Blondie
Farewell Circle: “We Are Young” by Fun Feat. Janelle Monae, “You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates, “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen
Farewell Dance: “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers
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Photographer: Catherine Rose – Wedding & Portrait Photography
Catering: RedPepper Catering
Floral Design: The Little Cart Of Blooms