M + B wanted a relaxed and informal ceremony to compliment their Long Chim Perth courtyard lunch; to celebrate in style with good food, great friends and family.
This is how we made it happen.
Couple's Portraits before the ceremony
Photographer Kat from Red Eclectic and I met M + B at their CBD hotel, where they were getting ready together.
We signed the final pre-ceremony legal document and I went on to Long Chim to set up the space for the ceremony.
Meanwhile, photographer Kat walked with M + B through the CBD streets from their hotel to Long Chim, getting their portraits on the way.
Having their couple's portraits done before the ceremony meant that straight after the ceremony they could immediately celebrate with their best people, without having to leave for photos.
Enter the space together
Coming into the ceremony space together helped to calm any nerves. The guests were all cheering and clapping which set the celebratory tone of the ceremony from the beginning.
You can see from the delighted faces how fun it can be to come into your ceremony space as a couple!
They chose a favourite song to come in to - "You Make Loving Fun" by Fleetwood Mac. But to be honest, the sound of their people cheering them on was so loud it nearly drowned out the music...
A short, but meaningful ceremony
Look, we've all been at weddings where the ceremony is waaaay too long.
My ceremonies don't go for a set amount of time. I work with my couples to make sure they are just the right length. There's no padding! I question everything my couples want to include to check it is absolutely lighting them up - if not, it doesn't deserve to be part of their ceremony.
All the feels - laughter and tears - are welcome in my ceremonies.
Drinks handed out during the signing
Signing the marriage paperwork is an important legal requirement for marriage ceremonies, but it can turn into dead time for the waiting guests.
If possible, I suggest getting drinks in the hands of your guests while the signing is happening, ready for a toast as soon as you're legally wed.
Toast and speeches straight after the ceremony
A toast can be the perfect way to transition between the ceremony and the reception.
A family member stepped up to propose a toast to the newlyweds straight after the ceremony.
The couple responded with their speeches, and that was all the formality done before the 'reception'.
They are married, formalities done, couple's photos done...
nothing left to do now except celebrate with their best people and enjoy the excellent lunch served cocktail-style at Long Chim.
M + B said:
"We were looking for someone to help us celebrate in style with good food, great friends and family. We wanted a relaxed and informal ceremony to compliment our Long Chim courtyard lunch.
Sally pulled it all together perfectly from start to finish. The challenge was we were in Sydney organising a Perth wedding. Sally made the process very easy and supported us the whole way. Our day was smooth and exactly like we'd hoped.
She is a wonderful celebrant and delightful person. We loved Sally's mindful and socially conscious approach and it's a pleasure to provide our recommendation. Thanks Sally for helping to make our day memorable, we feel lucky that you were a part of it."
All photos on this post by Kat from Red Eclectic.