Karen and Jonathan were married on a stunning Sunday in April at the Alfred Nicholas memorial gardens, on one of the little islands in the middle of the lake. If you haven’t been to these gardens yourself it is definitely worth the drive up to the dandenongs to go and check out this beautiful part of Melbourne.
I have known Jonathan for about 3 years and remember fondly when he told me that he was going to propose to Karen. I remember him showing me the ring and telling me that two of the diamonds in the ring had belonged to his grandmother and that he has designed it himself.
I remember waiting for them to return from their trip to New Zealand and wanting to hear the story of how he proposed, so it was lovely for me to be able to conduct their wedding ceremony.
On the day, Karen arrived at the gardens with her attendants and was walked to the ceremony by both of her parents. Her dress was simply stunning! As part of their ceremony, together Jonathan and Karen planted a tree to represent growth and nurturing. Through this they wanted to express that like a plant a marriage needs to be nurtured and it grows and changes and that it will not be the same as it was yesterday.
They were both so forthcoming with answers to questions that I asked to help them personalise their ceremony so it made my writing an absolute pleasure. They exchanged some lovely personal vows that they had written too.
After the ceremony Karen, Jonathan and their attendants went to have their photos taken by Keith from Blueberry Studio and then everyone met up with them at Yarra Ranges Estate for the reception. This in itself was an amazing location, with beautiful views. They had some great ideas for the reception, they got to show off their love of all things sci-fi with the tables having sci-fi themed names. They had a great idea to hold a quiz where each table had to answer questions about Karen and Jonathan, it was a great way for people on the tables to get to know each other and really got lots of conversations going. It was such a beautiful day, and represented the caring and wonderful people that they are and I felt very honoured to be a part of their day.
Thanks to Keith Anderson from Blueberry Studio for the use of the stunning images.
Check out the stunning Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens on Parks Victoria‘s website.