Carly and Sam's private residence wedding

When Carly and Sam became engaged, they knew exactly where they wanted to get married and approached a family friend with a large property in Perth's northern suburbs.  The home and expansive lawns and gardens were in a semi-rural setting and the perfect backdrop for such a beautiful wedding.

As a celebrant, I loved that Carly wanted me to say early on in the ceremony that for them, the day was less about the party the dress and the titles of husband and wife and more about the lifelong commitment they were making to each other.  Having said that, it was one hell of a stunning dress and as you can see from the images, one terrific party, with beautiful, individual details.

Carly's Nanna read a poem during the ceremony that she had composed herself and none of us had heard it until she stood up.  It was fantastic, and her rhyming couplets had everyone in stitches.  From the laughs to the tears (I must say I'm a bit partial to a groom that has a little cry of happiness), this ceremony was filled with raw emotion.

Towards the end of the ceremony, I shared the following words with everyone:
Before I pronounce you husband and wife, I have just one more thing I want you to do.  Your wedding day is one that seems to fly.  It’s a day filled with emotion, family and friends, rings and dances.  Many people remember how fleeting their own wedding day was.  So I want you to take a few seconds to look into each other’s eyes.  Think about the happiness that you’re feeling in this place in this moment.  Really let that feeling register in your heart and your mind.  Now I want you to think about your life together in twenty years.  Where are you?  What are you doing?  We all know your visions of the future are not identical but always complementary.  John Lennon once said, ‘a dream you dream alone is only a dream, a dream you dream together, THAT is reality’.  That new reality starts now…

Some of Perth's favourite wedding vendors came on board to make this wedding one to remember.  Flights of Fancy by Kristy styled the event with props from Pretty Willow, blooms from Zinnia Floral Design, lighting by Micktric Events and as always, stunning images by Loren of Nectarine Photography.  If you'd like to see more beautiful photographs from the day, Kristy wrote about this gorgeous wedding on her blog.  Carly and Sam's bridal party photos were taken at nearby Cockman House and the ruins and bushland made a great backdrop for such a beautiful couple, inside and out.