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