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Sunday Telegraph Weddings Section | Alison and Kieran Sladen


One of the best things about each of the two Sydney Sunday papers is their respective wedding section. Each Sunday I look forward to reading about the featured couples and their wedding day story. This morning I was very pleasantly surprised and excited to see Alison & Kieran as one of the featured couples in the Sunday Telegraph Weddings Section.

Seeing their photograph and reading the summary of their wedding transported me back to their wonderful and highly emotional celebration and it gave me great joy to replay elements of their special and amazing day in my mind. It also reminded me that the key to a fun and successful wedding is the pre-production work. Alison, Kieran and I committed a lot of time to this process and we certainly had a lot of fun along the way, but most importantly, the result was – a wedding day that dreams are made of!

Scan of Feature from Sunday Telegraph Weddings Section, 28 March 2010 (Click on Feature to enlarge) Alison and Kieran’s Wedding
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Wedding Ceremony & Reception | 2 January 2010 | Louise and Ben Wark | Yester Grange, Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains


As I made my way to the Blue Mountains, I was caught is a a torrential downpour and I held a fear that Louise and Ben’s wedding ceremony on the grounds of Yester Grange would be washed out. But except for a slight drizzle about forty minutes prior to the ceremony it turned out to be a fantastic day with the sun breaking through the clouds and shining as bright as the love this beautiful couple have for each other.

Louise and Ben live in Singapore, but unfortunately due to the festive season and time constraints after arriving in Sydney, there was no opportunity to meet up with them (as is my preference) before the wedding. Well what a really delightful couple they are and so very very much in love. The constant acts of affection towards each other and the constant smiles on their faces openly displayed their extreme happiness.


Yester Grange is nestled in 10 acres of totally private parkland and gardens at the top of Wentworth Falls waterfall, the rolling expanse of green lawn reaches from the magnificent Victorian mansion, to touch the thousands of hectares of World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains Wilderness that lies beyond – the perfect backdrop for this ceremony and celebration.

Preceded by her bridesmaids, Louise, accompanied by her Dad, Ross made their way down the Yester Grange steps and to the ceremony area where Ben and the groomsmen awaited. A very beautiful ceremony, officiated by Susan Artup followed – much to the delight of the 115 guests (some which had traveled from Singapore and the US).


Showered with rose petals as they made their way back down the aisle, the joy that they felt finally being married filled the entire valley. While Louise, Ben and the wedding party wandered around the grounds for photographs, the guests enjoyed refreshments, the beginning of the cocktail food, music by Simon & Glenn on Violin & acoustic guitar and the breathtaking view.



Ben’s step-father David Stratton, who was the Master of Ceremonies, asked the guests to gather in the ballroom for the first set of speeches. First up were Louise’s Mum & Dad, Jennifer and Ross who recounted the Louise and Ben Love Story in the form of a fairytale being read from…….a book of fairytales! Next up were Ben’s parents, Susie and Brian – who both expressed the elation they felt for this perfect match. A short recess followed where guests were able to mingle and socialise in the many areas of Yester Grange or even take a silly picture in the photo booth!


Following a spectacular sunset, David once again gathered the guests in the ballroom for the concluding speeches, first Louise, then groomsmen Julian & James, followed by best man Chris and finally Ben. The speeches were heartfelt, humorous, each very special in their own way and enjoyed by all.

The cutting of the cake followed and then it was time for the first dance. Midway through Louise and Ben were joined by the wedding party. At the conclusion of this song guests were invited to join in and it was certainly party time!!! (as can be witnessed in the video clips at the end of this post).

As Ben had proposed to Louise in New York, for the last dance they selected New York, New York by Frank Sinatra. As you can see in the portion of video I captured, surround by family and friends they were having the time of their life right up till the very last minute of their special day.

Louise and Ben, I thank you for giving me the great honour and privilege of allowing me to be a part of one of the most significant days in your entire life. It was an absolute pleasure and joy to meet you and contribute to the memories you will always hold of this day. May love and music fill your lives forever!!!

Being a part of Louise and Ben’s wedding allowed me to meet and work with photographer Janine Kaye for the very first time. Janine impressed me greatly with her professionalism, passion for her work and creative flair. These are ideals that I hold high and form the basis of the service I provide. I look forward to having the opportunity of working with her again soon.

Janine has a blog where she has placed some of her professional shots from Louise and Ben’s wedding. I think they are amazing and fully capture the essence and emotions of the day. Please take a few minutes to have a look.

Louise & Ben | Married | Yester Grange, Wentworth Falls

Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Bridesmaids Processional: “Pachelbels Canon” performed by Simon & Glenn on Violin & Guitar

Bride Processional: “Time After Time” performed by Simon & Glenn on Violin & Guitar

Register Signing: “All You Need Is Love” performed by Simon & Glenn on Violin & Guitar

Recessional: “Stand By Me” performed by Simon & Glenn on Violin & Guitar

Wedding Party Entry: “Beautiful Day” by Vitamin String Quartet

Bride & Groom Entry: “Beautiful Day” by U2

Cake Cutting Song: “How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor

Bridal Waltz/First Dance: “Can’t Keep My Eyes Off You” by Andy Williams

Last Dance: “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra

Other Wedding Professionals

Celebrant: Susan Artup A Ceremony By Design

Florist: Erica Blossoms

Photographer: Janine Kaye Photography

Ceremony Musicians: Simon & Glenn Dial A Fiddler

Fun On The Dancefloor

Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment

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Wedding Ceremony & Reception | 26 September 2009 | Alison and Kieran Sladen | Tumbling Waters Retreat, Stanwell Tops


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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