Martine is French and she and Marc first met in Cannes, five and a half years ago. They later met up again in London and spent several years together. Last year, on Valentine’s Day, Marc organised a surprise trip to a castle in the beautiful countryside of Devon where Marc proposed to Martine. Here we now were, on the eve to the anniversary of the proposal day, for the weddingMartine and Marc are a beautiful loving couple, and with their little daughter Keira, make a very lovely family. They selected the rooftop of the Park Hyatt Hotel, which is positioned right on Sydney Harbour and commands breathtaking views of both the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, as the location of their wedding ceremony and reception. It was the perfect location for their intimate French-Australian fusion wedding.
Unfortunately with Sydney experiencing one of the wettest February’s for quite some time, it rained on and off throughout the day, but it did not affect the ceremony, reception or diminish the enjoyment of the celebration for any of the 31 invited guests.
The ceremony began with little Keira cutely making her entrance, followed by junior bridesmaid Brooke, bridesmaid Danielle, bridesmaid Kate and pageboy Dean. Martine, who looked fantastic, accompanied by Marc’s mum Hazel then made their way to the ceremony area where Marc and the groomsmen, Mark and Simon were waiting. The ceremony, officiated by Jacinta Gale was a lovely ceremony with Marc getting a little overwhelmed with the love he has for Martine during his promise to her. This of course caused Martine to also get a little emotional – it was certainly a very beautiful moment.
Following the ceremony, guests made their way to the ground floor for pre-dinner drinks and canapes in the Hotel’s Club Bar, whilst Martine and Marc, along with their wedding party had photographs around the Hotel and Harbour. As there was a break in the rain, it presented the perfect opportunity to sneak in a group photo.
When guests returned to the rooftop area, it had been transformed into a beautiful reception area creating a little bit of Paris in Sydney. The Eiffel Tower centrepieces with the Sydney Opera House in the background reflected the French-Australian fusion that Martine and Marc were seeking brilliantly.
Directly after the wedding party were introduced, guests were treated to a scrumptious entrée and delicious main meal, whilst being entertained by Accordionist, Phillippe Wittwer complimenting and enhancing the French feel.
In no time at all, it was time for the speeches. First up grooms man Mark, then Marc’s friend, Melanie, Martine and to end, Marc. The speeches were all unique, moving, comical, heartfelt and entertaining and judging by the their reaction and actions, was enjoyed by all. At the conclusion of the speeches we surprised Martine with many messages from family and friends located all around the world (France, London, Scotland & United States). Hearing these messages and best wishes caused Martine, understandably, to become a little emotional. Knowing that each and everyone of their family and friends cared for them both and only wished them great happiness made them both feel very special.
In keeping with French tradition, a cheese course was then served to complete the meal. It was now time for Martine & Marc’s first dance – another lovely moment to a beautiful French song from Le Roi Soleil. At the conclusion of the dance, guests were surprised when the lovely dancers from Deja Vu Cabaret ran in and performed the Can Can. It was then time to party. A little later in the evening, the dancers performed another routine, Marc danced with his mum and much more partying with nearly all the guests on the dance floor.
Below: View of Sydney by Night from Park Hyatt Rooftop
Below: Martine & Marc’s First Dance
Below: Marc and his Mum, Hazel
Finally, two songs by The Proclaimers (to acknowledge Marc’s Scottish heritage) to end the evening. Everybody was gathered in a circle, dancing and singing, an excerpt of which can been seen in one of the videos below. As the reception ended, guests were then invited to join Martine and Marc in the Club Bar for a few last drinks to complete the celebration of their very special day.
Martine and Marc, thank you for allowing me to be a part of the beginning of your life together as husband and wife. I am certain that every one of your guests, like myself, will treasure the memory of being able to share in your wonderful celebration and the hopes and dreams you both hold for a bright and prosperous future – given your commitment to each other, I am certain that this is assured. Mai amour et la musique de remplir votre vie pour toujours!!!
Songs selected by Bride and Groom;
Bridesmaids Processional: “PM’s Love Theme” by Craig Armstrong
Bride Processional: “PM’s Love Theme” by Craig Armstrong
Register Signing: “You Belong To Me” by Jason Wade, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder
Recessional: “Life With You” by The Proclaimers, “Celebration” by Madonna
Wedding Party Entry: “Hot, Hot, Hot” by Arrow
Bride & Groom Entry: “Lyric Box” by Le Roi Soleil
Cake Cutting Song: “Cut da Ting” by Loxen Morre
Bridal Waltz/First Dance: “Je Fais De Toi Mon Essentiel” by Emmanuel Moire
Last Dances: “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers, “I’m On My Way” by “The Proclaimers”
Other Wedding Professionals
Celebrant: Jacinta Gale – 0422 841 185
Photographer: Jane Allen Photography
Accordionist: Philippe Wittwer
Dancers: Déjà vu Cabaret contact Hayley – 0438 259 697
Cake: Kiss Me Cake
Florist: Blond Flores
Fun On The Dancefloor