Holly and Simon were married on an amazing Saturday in November, at Ormond Hall in Melbourne. What an amazing venue for a wedding! The hall looked absolutely stunning and was decorated beautifully. Until their wedding I had never conducted a wedding on an elevated stage, let alone in front of such a large group of family and friends. I have known Holly for about 15 years; she is my best friend’s younger sister, so when I was asked to perform the ceremony I was both excited and a little nervous. I was really honoured that she chose me to conduct the ceremony. I love all weddings – in particular the promises shared by the couple. The process of planning the ceremony helps me learn more about each couple. It is always an honour to be asked to conduct a ceremony of someone you know – the words and vows of love exchanged seem to hit closer to home when you know the bride and groom quite well.
There is something unforgettable about every wedding I conduct. I will never forget the moment when Holly walked down the isle with her dad while Bon Iver: Perth played. The emotion felt by all the guests was indescribable – such a beautiful moment. Similarly the emotion that Simon felt when he saw Holly walking down the aisle to a song that obviously meant so much to them was written all over his face, everyone could see it was true love.
Holly and Simon obviously spent a lot of time making this day their own; there were so many special touches reflecting their personal aesthetic. The beautiful handmade order of service booklets that had stunning vintage handkerchiefs attached were particularly unique (see the blog about them here), as well as the handmade cake bags. Everything was stunning and there was so much attention to detail. I have blogged previously about fingerprint trees (see my blog about it here) – Holly and Simon’s wedding was the first time that I got to see a fingerprint tree first hand and contribute to this lovely past time. Holly’s sister Emily made the tree and there were so many positive comments made by all the guests about how wonderful it was.
All the speeches were very lovely and heartfelt, Simon’s speech was fantastic – I haven’t heard many grooms present such an honest, well-prepared speech. There was so much love in the room, for each other and for their family and friends. Holly sang a beautiful version of ‘How sweet it is to be loved by you’ rather than preparing a speech. She has a fantastic voice and it was so well done, she really made it her own, bringing some of the guests to tears.
Thank-you to Mitchell Stafford for the use of the photos from Holly and Simons wonderful day, have a look at his website here, www.mitchellstafford.com.au