Trigger warning: BIG FEELINGS. I met Jessie just over 3 years ago when she married Ben & Jess at their property @thefallsfarm
It was not only the best ceremony I’ve ever witnessed, but the first time I realised what a celebrant can offer a couple; something real, something personal, a memory to continuously fall in love with. Flash forward to November last year and Jessie is eloping with her cheekier half LJ at the Botanic Gardens – in a spot where they regularly met after work when they were first dating. Their union was witnessed by 5 of their closest mates and their dog Kato, before heading off to a private dinner near home with a set menu designed especially for the occasion. This is the second time Jessie blew my mind; this time with what a wedding can be, and that elopements don’t have to be completely removed – they can intimately involve as many loved ones as you like, and have a wee element of indulgence. It was such a perfect evening. My only regret is that I don’t have a photo of me driving Kato home after the ceremony (such a good boy). Jessie & LJ exchanged rings they’d handmade together (excuse me while I sob myself to sleep), and I will always remember LJ saying the words, “I want our life to be like these rings – made together, side by side.” I think the best thing about being a celebrant is that each couple introduces you to a new way of looking at commitment, of a new element that you’d never considered and will forever treasure. These two have moved the earth underneath me and I’ll always be so grateful they chose me to officiate their union. P.s swipe to see when @calika.co
used her stealth photography skills to jump out from behind the bushes the scare the absolute crap out of me.