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Wedding Ceremony & Reception | 7 December 2013 | Haley & Aaron Salter | Peppers Craigieburn, Bowral, Southern Highlands

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It was the perfect weather for Haley and Aaron’s morning wedding ceremony and lunchtime reception at Peppers Craigieburn, Bowral, in The Southern Highlands. The sun was beaming down on these two lovers as they exchanged vows, committed to marriage and promised to love each other for all time.

Haley and Aaron met 6 years earlier through mutual friend Stephanie – who today was one of the bridesmaids. They began spending time together, got to know one another better and eventually started dating after 6 months.  They have been through a lot together and their relationship has had its share of ups and downs throughout the years, they have always managed to work through them together and come out stronger at the other end. They are each others anchor in a stormy sea. They are awesome, honest and down to earth people, they laugh easily, love openly, cherish each other deeply and are so much fun to be around! They are also both very hard workers, they are both very passionate about their family and providing a stable environment for Jayden. They enjoy the outdoors and spend most of their free time outside.

Needless to say it was a beautiful wedding full of love and lots of fun!!…and even though there was the odd hiccup, they took it all in their stride and were determined to have the time of their lives regardless. A delightful time was had by all as they enjoyed their meal, mingling, chatting, the speeches, dancing and celebrating this special day with Haley and Aaron.

Haley and Aaron’s relationship is built on a foundation of love, honesty and respect. They are equals and are united in achieving their goals. Haley and Aaron, I am completely honoured that you allowed me the great privilege to be a part of your fantastic day and that I got the opportunity to; get to know you better, meet your family and friends, see happy smiles and silly faces, but most of all, the abundance of love! Have a wonderful delayed honeymoon next year and may love, laughter and music continue to fill your lives forever!!!


“I promise to share with you a relationship of love, honesty and commitment. I will stand by you through all of our tomorrows respecting you as a person and your individuality. I promise to live with you and laugh with you; to stand by your side and sleep in your arms; to always bring out the best in you and to be the most that I can be. This is my promise for our life together.” ~ Haley

“You are the only woman I want to share my life with, and I promise to encourage you in your successes and support you when you stumble or have doubt; I promise to work with you and walk along side you, to create a life and family full of joy, fun and meaning. This is my solemn and binding vow. ” ~ Aaron

 

Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment

Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Bridesmaid Processional: “Bitter Sweet Symphony” by The Verve performed by Clear Strings

Brides Processional: “Teardrop” by Massive Attack

Wedding Party Entry: “Feel The Love” by Rudimental

Bride & Groom Entry: “Hot N Cold” by Katy Perry (Custom Edit)

Cake Cutting Song: “Truly Madly Deeply” by Savage Garden

First Dance: “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz

Bouquet Toss: “Milkshake” by Kelis

Garter Toss: “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke Feat T.I. & Pharrell

Farewell Dance: “The Time (Dirty Bit)” by Black Eyed Peas

Final Farewell Song: “Time Of Your Life” by Green Day


Other Wedding Professionals

Celebrant: Caro Kennewell

String Quartet: Clear Strings

Photographer: Marions Photographics

Videographer: Eagle Eye Productions

Floral Designer: Poppy’s Of Thirroul

Cake Designer: I Do Cakes Mittagong – (02) 4872 2328


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Vicky and Risto’s Wedding | 27 July 2013 | Centennial Vineyards, Bowral

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Even though Vicky and Risto worked together, it was not until Vicky’s last day before starting a new job, which happened to coincide with staff drinks that she and Risto got talking, sparks started flying and they shared their first kiss. They had dinner together a few days later and thus was the beginning of this beautiful love story. Just over a year later, on a beach in Wineglass Bay, Tasmania, Risto proposed to Vicky. Amongst the tears and laughter, Vicky managed to say “Yes” and here we were celebrating their wedding day.

On what was one of the most a perfect sunny winter’s day, Vicki & Risto exchanged vows in St Simon and St Jude Anglican Church and celebrated their wedding at Centennial Restaurant, Centennial Vineyards, both located in Bowral, Southern Highlands.  As the sun was setting, guests (some that had made the trip from the UK, Canada and Singapore) gathered in the Courtyard area in front of the outdoor fireplace, for canapés and drinks whilst Vicky & Risto had photographs taken around the vineyard.

As the winter chilled started to fill the air, guests made their way into the restaurant before Vicky, Risto and their wedding party were welcomed by great applause. A lovely speech from Vicky as she thanked her Mum, her brother, sisters, paid tribute to her Dad and then spoke to Risto’s family in Macedonian, which received rapturous applause, before ending with some special words for Risto.  This was followed by her brother William.

The Centennial Restaurant staff then served the guests a delicious entrée, followed shortly later by a delectable main, which was enjoyed by all. It then gave me great pleasure to be able to share numerous “audiograms” from the UK, US and Hong Kong, all conveying their best wishes and sending a little “International Love” Vicky and Risto’s way from those that were unable to be in attendance.

It was then time for the remainder of the speeches commencing with Risto’s Dad, Zivko, followed by Godfather, Igor, Best Man, Mike and last but not least, Risto. Risto thanked his parents, Vicky’s Mum, Edie, all the guests who had travelled to be there and finished by letting his new wife know just exactly how much she meant to him and that he was really looking forward to 2063 (when they would be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary).

Next came the cutting of the wedding cake, a scrumptious dessert and it was time for Vicky & Risto’s first dance as husband and wife. They were joined part way through by the members of the wedding party before the guests then made their way onto the dance floor and the party began. Alternating with live traditional Macedonian music guests danced the night away whilst also availing themselves to the Lolly Buffet and entertaining themselves with the Photobooth. A final farewell dance and it was time for Vicky & Risto to depart. Loved how as they emerged from the tunnel of love and were about to go through the door, Vicky turned around and she and Risto spontaneously  kissed – I was so thrilled to capture this fantastic moment and in essence, sealing the wedding with a loving kiss – just so beautiful!!

Vicky and Risto are a beautiful couple who share a deep love for each other, they are best friends and complement each other perfectly. You could feel the love and need only look at some of the photographs to see this. I loved seeing how both their faces light up when you are in each others presence, adored the way they openly display their love and sneak in a kiss at every opportunity. Vicky and Risto you deserve all the happiness in the world. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the very first few hours of your happy ever after – this was certainly a great day, but remember that everyday you are together, is the greatest day of your life. May love, laughter and music continue to fill your lives forever!!!

Risto’s Dad, Zivko Godfather, Igor

Best Man Mike

Risto

An emotional Vicky during Risto’s speech

Traditional Macedonian Dancing

Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment


Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Wedding Party Entry: “Count On Me” by Bruno Mars

Bride & Groom Entry: “Marry You” by Bruno Mars

Cake Cutting Song: “Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What a Beautiful World” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

First Dance: “Marry Me” by Martina McBride & Pat Monahan

Farewell Dance: “Save The Last Dance For Me” by Michael Buble

Final Farewell Song: “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None The Richer


Other Wedding Professionals

Photographer: Vibrant Photography

Floral Designer: Fiona Nixon Flowers / Nixon Flowers

Cake Designer: Gumnut Pastisserie

Lolly Buffet: The Lolly Brigade

Photobooth: Flashback Photobooths


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Wedding Reception | 9 February 2013 | Kate and Matt Roberts | Peppers Craigieburn, Bowral, Southern Highlands

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Kate and Matt’s wedding day was filled with love, family, laughter, a few raindrops, some happy tears and lots of fun. Matt started off as Kate’s personal trainer and whilst there were feelings from almost the beginning, they managed to keep them contained. Eventually these feelings became so strong, that they gave in to them and went out on their first date. Fast forward to 9 February 2013 and St Francis Xavier’s Catholic Church in Berrima, where these two beautiful people made lifelong promises, exchanged vows, were married and became one.

Following the ceremony, guests made their way to the stunning Peppers Craigieburn on the outskirts of Bowral for the reception. Whilst Kate, Matt and their wedding party had photographs taken around the property, the guests relaxed in Montfort’s Bar & Terrace enjoying the relaxed ambience and some friendly chatter whilst being served refreshments and canapes.

Family and friends then made their way into the Carrington Room and moments later the proud parents, the members of the wedding party and Kate and Matt were welcomed by lots of applause. A brief welcome speech from Matt before the Craigieburn staff served a beautiful entree. What I found was really lovely about Kate and Matt’s reception was that everyone was so just genuinely happy for them and very comfortable with each other; right from the beginning there were guests roaming from table to table and chatting and there were those that danced, shimmied or swayed to the background music as they socialised and made their way around the room. This really set the tone of the reception early in the evening and it prevailed for the duration of the reception.

Next it was time for the first of the speeches, first from Kate’s dad, Domenic and then Matt’s dad, Jeffrey. Both spoke of how elated they were that Kate and Matt had found each other and were now married. Beautiful speeches from two dad’s who kept their emotions at bay, but you could see and feel just how proud and happy they were. This was followed by a fun game and the delicious main meal.

Speeches from Maid of Honour, Rebecca and Best Man, Ben, dessert and then a speech from Kate. It was such a lovely speech; it contained elements of Kate and Matt love story, it contained humour, emotion, tears of joy and was full of LOVE. Kate finished her speech with some heartfelt words to Matt and concluded with a verse which she felt came close to describing her feelings for him:  “If I dropped a tear into the ocean, only when someone finds it will I stop loving you.” After a brief moment we proceeded with the cutting of cake – with a difference. Kate and Matt wanted to include all their family and friends so with a roll of ribbon each, Matt on one side of room, Kate on the other, they walked the ribbon to each table and then met at the cake. They then tied the ribbons to the cake knife. So as they cut the cake, each table was in essence, cutting the cake with them. Beautiful.

Their first dance was next. This was the moment that they had told me over twelve months earlier, at our very first meeting, was most important to them about their wedding reception. Well they were totally in the moment, oblivious to everything around them. It was as if they were the only two in the room. As the music for the first dance ended and Kate and Matt morphed back to reality, they were joined by their parents and the wedding party, then the remainder of the guests and party time began!!. It was such fun, guests tarantella-ed, gangnam-ed, macarena-ed, danced and partied the night away. Before we knew it it was time to wrap things up. Bouquet toss, farewell circle, a very special father daughter dance and Kate and Matt then departed to start their new married life.

Kate and Matt, thank you for your trust in me. It was such a privilege and honour to have been a part of your day. I enjoyed myself immensely. I loved hearing your love story, planning the details and making it happen. I loved getting to know you both and seeing the deep love, affection and respect you have for each other. I loved that you both love your families dearly. I loved so many things. I believe your wedding day was everything you dreamed it would be. Having got to know you, I know you will nurture the love you share and it will continue to grow. I wish you all the happiness in the world. May love, laughter and music continue to fill your lives forever!!

Maid of Honour Rebbecca

Best Man Ben

Special Cake Cutting including Guests

Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment


Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Parents Of The Bride Entry: “Ti Amo”(Dance Mix) by Umberto Tozzi

Parents Of The Groom Entry: “Forever” by Chris Brown

Jnr Groomsman, Jnr Flower Girl & Flower Girl Entry: “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO

Bridesmaid & Groomsman Entry: “Yeah x3” by Chris Brown

Maid Of Honour & Best Man Entry: “Throw Your Hands Up (Danza Kuduro)” by Pitbull & Qwote

Bride & Groom Entry: “When Love Takes Over” by David Guetta Feat. Kelly Rowland

Cake Cutting Song: “Smile” by Uncle Kracker

Bridal Waltz/First Dance: “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri

Father Daughter Dance: “18 Yellow Roses” by Bobby Darin

Bouquet Toss: “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” by Beyonce

Farewell Circle/Cirle Of Love: “I’m All Yours” by Jay Sean Feat. Pitbull, ” Count On Me” by Bruno Mars, “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones

Final Farewell Song: “Sunchyme” by Dario G


Other Wedding Professionals>

Photographer: Weddings By Wayne

Floral Designer: Affair With George

Cake Designer: I Do Cakes – Bev Brown  Phone: 0408 211 896


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Wedding Reception | 15 December 2012 | Kylie and Ryan Kelly | Baillieu Ballroom, Milton Park Country House Hotel, Bowral, Southern Highlands

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Kylie and Ryan are such lovely, genuine people,  an absolute joy to be around, continuously radiating warmth, completely in love and are just so perfect for each other. They first met in primary school where Kylie was often responsible for getting them in trouble for talking in class. But love blossomed and in July 2011, whilst on a trip away to Melbourne, before heading out to dinner, Ryan got down on one knee and proposed to Kylie.

When Kylie and Ryan first contacted me enquiring about my services for their wedding, they informed me that they were going to have a projection screen at their wedding and desired some music videos screened whilst guests were dancing. I did let them know that I had never done this before nor did I have any music videos, however, if they were satisfied with everything else I offered for their wedding day, we could most certainly discuss the possibly of video clips further.  Following phone calls and assistance from a few colleagues, I was so pleased and excited to be able to confirm that I would be also able to also deliver this element, to help create their dream wedding.

Fast forward to 15 December 2012, after many months of planning, Kylie and Ryan were married at Loreto Chapel in Normanhurst, Sydney. Following the ceremony, the 100 invited family and friends made the journey to the Southern Highlands and the beautiful Milton Park Country House Hotel, Bowral to celebrate their love.

On arrival, guests relaxed whilst being served refreshments and canapés before entering the immaculately decorated Ballroom. Following the introduction of the wedding party, a slide show featuring some life and love story highlights was shared. Just as the last slide faded, Kylie and Ryan strolled into the room to thunderous applause….the ‘stars of the show’ were finally ‘in the house’ so the party had now officially begun with everybody set to to have loads of fun!

A delicious entrée was served which was followed by Kylie and Ryan having photographs taken with their guests. A delightful main was then consumed prior to the first of our speeches. Feeling a little nervous and emotional, Sam, the proud father of the bride, spoke from the heart and conveyed how he was feeling. This was followed by equally lovely words from Best Man, Greg.

Time for the luscious Dessert before a surprise speech from Kylie’s youngest sister Carina, then an amazing speech from Ryan. The cutting of the cake and it was time for Kylie and Ryan’s very first dance as husband and wife. This choreographed dance to one of their favourite songs, “Always” by Bon Jovi, ended with a spectacular dip and kiss – just magic!! The wedding party, then guests joined them shortly afterwards as they all began to dance the night away to a selection of mainly classic old and new rock music (Kylie & Ryan are very much into Rock Music) and a dance number every now and then, with many accompanied by the video clip on the big screen. One only needs to look at the photographs below to see that Kylie and Ryan had an absolute ball!! Before what seemed like no time at all, it was time for the Bouquet Toss, an emotional father daughter dance, the farewell circle and it was time for Kylie & Ryan to begin their honeymoon and their new married life.

This wedding was everything that Kylie and Ryan wanted, it was romantic, it was elegant and it was fun. The choice of location, of a secluded country estate,  surrounded by Kylie & Ryan’s nearest and dearest family and friends enhanced the celebration. Everyone had a wonderful time celebrating their special day. Dreams were realised and life long memories were created that will be forever cherished! It was such a great personal pleasure to be their Southern Highlands Wedding DJ & MC.

Kylie and Ryan, I know that your love for each other will continue to grow with each passing day. I know that one day when you start a family, your child/ren will be showered with an abundance of love.  I often struggle to find the words to convey just how grateful I am for the awesome couples who entrust me with their amazing wedding day, but I feel we connected instantly the very first time we met, and as I got to know you both better, you genuinely touched my heart. You are extremely generous individuals, sweet and such fun. I was so very honoured by your complete trust and faith in me. May love, laughter and (rock) music continue to fill your lives forever!!

Kylie’s Dad, Sam

Best Man, Greg

Kylie’s sister, Carina

Kylie dancing with her Dad, Sam

Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment


Songs selected by Bride and Groom;

Wedding Party Entry: “Are You Going My Way” by Lenny Kravitz

Bride & Groom Entry: “My Sacrifice” by Creed

Cake Cutting Song: “City Of Blinding Light” by U2

Bridal Waltz/First Dance: “Always” by Bon Jovi

Father Daughter Dance: “Private Emotion” by Ricky Martin

Bouquet Toss: “Simply Irresistible” by Robert Palmer

Farewell Circle/Cirle Of Love: “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” by Iron & Wine, ” Let’s Get Lost” by Beck & Bat For Lashes

Final Farewell Song: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What A Wonderful World” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole


Other Wedding Professionals

Photographer: MMG Photo Cinema

Floral Designer: Affair With George

Cake Designer: Celebration Cakes

Stylist: Decorative Events


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Professional Photos of Sam & Marty’s Wedding (Samantha & Martin Andrew) | Peppers Craigieburn, Bowral, Southern Highlands

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On 22 October last year I was extremely honoured to be a part of Sam and Marty’s amazing wedding day at Peppers Craigieburn, in Bowral, Southern Highlands. I loved and enjoyed every single moment of their day and it was so very beautifully captured by one of Sydney’s most talented photographers, Matt Johnson. Matt’s wedding work has been featured in numerous wedding magazines and blogs including Style Me Pretty, Wedding, 100 Layer Cake, Wedding Style Guide and The Knot.

Matt kindly promised to provide some of his images from the wonderful day for me to share on this Blog. Well you cannot imagine my excitement when he made available so many beautiful images that it was a tough job to narrow it down and just select a handful, so I apologise in advance for the vast number of photos in this post. No wait…I don’t, they need to be seen. Thank you very much Matt, your work is truly exceptional – the photographs transported me back and allowed me to relive Sam and Marty’s magnificent wedding all over again!! Enjoy this fabulous pictorial of Sam and Marty’s wedding.

All photographs by Matt Johnson: Matt Johnson

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