Shelley and Latif met over a cup of coffee which quickly became dinner and before long each knew the other was 'the one'. When I met them both, they had decided to marry in Winter, with Latif's family joining them from the UK and were on the lookout for a ceremony location.
Linton and Kay Galleries in Brookfield Place is the most stunning location and yippee, Shelley and Latif were their first wedding ceremony! Events Coordinator Leah Gorman could not have been more attentive and the ceremony area was absolutely stunning with artwork by Melissa Egan and Bec Juniper on display. Some photos had been taken earlier in the day by the extraordinarily talented Keegan Wong, to allow a 5.00pm ceremony, followed by champagne in the gallery and a short walk to Andaluz Bar down the road for a tapas style 'after party'.
With an indoor venue, it was so nice to be able to conduct the ceremony without a microphone. I called everyone together and then one by one, asked each of the bridesmaids and groomsmen to join us at the front. Each bridesmaid wore a beautiful evening gown of their choice and Shelley and Latif were so relaxed and so obviously in love. Shelley's neices were so gorgeous as little flower girls and Shelley was an absolute vision in her gown from Bridal by Aubrey Rose as she joined us on the arm of her father, Gary. Latif couldn't resist sneaking a quick kiss from his bride before we even started the ceremony (yay!)
Shelley and Latif chose two readings, including Union by Robert Fulghumi. Shelley's sister (and bridesmaid) Belinda was full of love and emotion (yes and a few tears of happiness) as she shared these words with the bride and groom and their guests. It's one of my favourites:
You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment.
At some point, you decided to marry.
From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way.
All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks - all those sentences that began with “When we’re married” and continued with “I will and you will and we will”- those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe”- and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart.
All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding.
The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “ You know all those things we’ve promised and hoped and dreamed- well, I meant it all, every word.”
Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another- acquaintance, friend, companion, lover and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years.
Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you.
For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this is my husband, this is my wife.
In a surprise (for them), we asked the two mothers, Hilary and Barbara, to come forward and witness the paperwork for the ceremony. It was a lovely moment for the two mums, being able to perform such an important and special role.
Shelley and Latif came to me via Fran and Dave, who I married last Winter at Eco Beach in Broome. I wish you both every happiness and a wonderful life together.
Thank you to the very clever Keegan Wong for the photos. I had so many difficulties choosing images for this blogpost. Please have a look at all of Keegan's photos from the day on his website or Facebook page.