Preston Peak Winery Wedding with Celebrant Jamie Eastgate
With Celebrant Jamie Eastgate of Brisbane City Celebrants
A love and light filled Brisbane wedding
We worked together during our university days at the local cinema. I was intrigued by his unusual surname and wondered if he was related to a girl I went to high school with who had the same last name. It turned out it was his sister! From there, we started talking, and hanging out and the rest is history!
Andy says he knew he loved me when he heard me blowing my nose under the shower water and admired how I always finished everything on my dinner plate (how unromantic is that?)
I knew I loved him when he bought a brand new bed and linen 3 weeks after we met, after I threatened to never stay at his house again after witnessing the state of his old mattress and manky doona!
Our Celebrant Jamie actually shared these corkers during our ceremony much to the amusement of our guests.
On a more sentimental note, we actually both said “the L word” on New Year’s Eve 2006. Ironically we’d both spoken to our friends about divulging how we felt about each other prior to this (without the other knowing) and after we were winding down after a fun night out celebrating, the conversation started and out it came…..
When it came to the proposal, Andy had actually designed and purchased the ring almost 12 months before he proposed.
One night I went to the hairdresser after work and Andy asked me to stop and get some Thai takeaway on the way home. When I got home, I noticed that there weren’t any lights on in the house, but the front door was open. When I got inside, I was amazed to see there was a trail of fairy lights along the floor, that led me out to our back deck.
Here I found Andy waiting for me looking very nervous, he’d decorated our whole deck in candles and lights, the candles spelt ‘MARRY ME’.
He’d pre-prepared a little speech outlining the reasons why I should marry him, why he’d be a good husband and hilariously, the reasons why he’d understand if I said no (e.g. his ear hair). Then he called our pug Baxter over who had the ring on his collar and proposed. I laughed nervously the whole time but of course I said YES!!!
When planning our wedding, the important elements to us were that it was spacious, standing affair, preferably outdoors or with a view and live music. The rest just came together and evolved in to an elegant modern vintage style with bursts of brightly coloured florals.
We hired the 2 lawns at Lower River Terrace in Kangaroo Point, one for the wedding ceremony, the other for cocktail hour drinks, nibbles and lawn games.
Jamie Eastgate from Brisbane City Celebrants performed our ceremony and he was awesome! So helpful both before and on the day. Our 2 dogs Baxter and Ollie joined us for the ceremony and wore suits that perfectly matched Andy’s!
We also had an amazing long table and arbour set up with the most exquisite hanging florals and décor created by Brisbane Wedding Decorators. What I had in my mind and what they created were worlds apart, for all the right reasons.
Brisbane Wedding Decorators made an ‘idea’ into the most beautiful reality – I was so gobsmacked when I saw the tables, chairs, arch and floral work, I couldn’t recommend them more highly! We were so lucky to have their help on our special day.
We celebrated our reception with ‘fork and walk’ style catering at Riverlife beneath a marquee on the Brisbane river.
Following cocktail hour, the tolix style bar tables and stools we hired through Brisbane Wedding Decorators for the post ceremony nibbles and drinks, were relocated to the reception area and decorated with small vases of pink and white blooms. The whole look was candle lit without being too soft. We loved it.
Instead of having a cake, my mum cooked up a storm of her well known favourites (e.g. magic slice, caramel slice) and my best friend Kim made her world famous choc chip cookies for dessert.
We also surprised our guests with Ruby the Red Ice Cream Van who made her arrival at about 9pm. Our guests loved being able to go and get an ‘old school’ ice-cream on the night.
We have so many memorable moments from our day!
- I loved seeing my Dad’s face when he saw me all dressed for the first time;
- Getting goosebumps when we were announced by our Celebrant Jamie Eastgate as husband and wife;
- Seeing Brisbane Wedding Decorators beautiful long table set up in the park;
- Dancing with my dad (it was quite the scene and involved all sorts of shoulder shimmying!);
- Standing at the back of the deck watching all our guests jumping around dancing to the band;
- and the amazing gondola my parents hired to pick us up at the end of the night and take us for a beautiful ride down the river and to our accommodation at Stamford Plaza. We had about an hour, just the two of us on the gondola, watching the city go by – it was our first chance to really ‘catch up’ with one another about the day.
My advice for brides and grooms to be is to spend the time getting your run sheet for the day accurate and detailed.
Give copies to a few trusted friends and your MC. This helped our day run smoothly as the order of events/ timing was knowledge shared and everyone helped keep things going along. Include contact details for key people – it made the world of difference. Oh and eat! Eat breakfast and lunch, and snack where you can. All the adrenaline makes you hungry!
Finally, from the bride’s perspective – pack yourself a pair of those little fold up ballet flats….!
Penny and Andy’s dream team of wedding vendors
Photography Marcus Bell of Studio Impressions
Cocktail hour floral arbour by Brisbane Wedding Decorators
Brides Dress Karen Willis Holmes
Men’s suits George and King
Ice Cream van Ruby the red ice cream van
Wedding Transport The Mini Owners Club
Dogs Suits by Fluppies
If you enjoyed hearing about this love and light filled Brisbane wedding and are looking for a Celebrant for your Brisbane wedding, Jamie would love to hear from you. Contact Brisbane City Celebrants for more information and to confirm availability for your special day.
I was so happy to be asked to be the Macarthur Park Wedding Chapel and Gardens Celebrant for Niki and Darrell’s recent wedding and to receive this glowing 5 STAR REVIEW:
“Jamie was great, from our very first meeting, through to our wedding day and afterwards, enabling us to enjoy our ceremony knowing it was all taken care of – thank you Jamie!”
I was first introduced to this venue located at Brisbane’s South East, last year during my annual Celebrant Training, known as OPD – Ongoing Professional Development which all Celebrants are required to attend to keep us up to date with changes to marriage. As part of our training we were taken on a tour of several wedding venues around the Redlands and I was so impressed to see this lovingly renovated old chapel in addition to the garden wedding ceremony location.
The venue only accepts one booking at a time, which means those opting for a garden ceremony, always have the chapel available as a great wet weather back up option if the need arises so the prospect of rain needn’t dampen anyone’s day.
While the happy couple had a professional photographer on hand, the owners were kind enough to take some great photos of the ceremony, so the newlyweds could re-live their special ceremony while they await their professional images.
Niki and Darrell’s opted for the ceremony gardens with the rainforest backdrop.
Nothing makes me happier than receiving a 5 star review from my happy newly-weds. Thank you so much for your kind feedback!
If you enjoyed this post and you are looking for a Celebrant for your Mcarthur Park wedding, or elsewhere in Brisbane, Jamie Eastgate of Brisbane City Celebrants would love to hear from you. Contact Celebrant Jamie to confirm availability for your special day.
A heartfelt Mt Coot-tha wedding ceremony with Celebrant Jamie Eastgate
The team from White Lace Films did an impeccable job in capturing Maureen and David’s heartfelt ceremony that took place at the Pavilion at Summit Restaurant in Mt Coot-tha. They each wrote the most amazing vows to each other which they shared for the very first time right here – absolute romantics and so perfectly captured.
Congratulations to the happy couple and thank you for choosing me as your Celebrant for your Heartfelt Mt Coot-tha wedding, it really was such a memorable day.
View more on this wedding including all the photos in our blog post here.
If you enjoyed hearing about this heartfelt Mt Coot-tha wedding ceremony and are looking for a Celebrant for your Brisbane wedding, Jamie would love to hear from you.
Contact Brisbane City Celebrants for more information and to confirm availability for your special day.
A stylish same sex Brisbane wedding with Celebrant Jamie Eastgate
With Jamie Eastgate of Brisbane City Celebrants
It was an absolute privilege being the Celebrant for Maureen and David’s intimate and heartfelt Summit Mt Coot-tha wedding.
The happy couple married at Summit Restaurant on the top of Mt Coot-tha on a clear Summers day with sweeping views of Brisbane in the backdrop.
The happy couple enjoyed a first look photo shoot in the Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens with their photographer Jonas Peterson where David walked up to Maureen and they locked eyes as bride and groom for the first time in this intimate setting.
First look shoots are increasingly popular with couples who love the idea of having their location photos take place earlier in the day, so once the ceremony concludes they aren’t separated from their guests and they can get straight in to the celebrations. It’s also great for the guests as it usually means a later ceremony that transitions straight in to the reception with no waiting in between.
The couple wrote thoughtful, heartfelt, emotional and meaningful vows to each other. There were tears, laughter and above all else they both glowed with love!
Congratulations to the happy newlyweds and thank you for choosing me for your Summit Mt Coot-tha wedding.
Jamie Eastgate – Brisbane City Celebrants
If you enjoyed hearing about this heartfelt wedding ceremony and are looking for a Celebrant for your Brisbane wedding, Jamie would love to hear from you. Contact Brisbane City Celebrants for more information and to confirm availability for your special day.
Orleigh park wedding with a dog ring bearer
Needless to say dog loving Celebrant Jamie Eastgate of Brisbane City Celebrants loved being a part of this Orleigh Park wedding with the couples dog Diego playing the very important role of ring bearer for the happy couple.
Bride and Groom: Robyn and Tom
Wedding Ceremony Location: Orleigh Park, West End, Brisbane
Tell us about your ceremony:
We were at a complete loss when it came time to decide on a location for our wedding. While we really liked the greenery of the hinterland, we really wanted somewhere close to the city. Orleigh Park provided the perfect setting with massive trees framing the river setting and just 10 minutes from the city.
We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect and relaxed setting.
South Brisbane Boat Club
Tell us about your reception:
It was really important for us to have the reception as close as possible to the ceremony. The boat hall was in a great location – right on the river and next to our wedding ceremony location, Orleigh Park.
The inside of the hall provided so much character and provided a lovely setting with the windows opened to make the most of the river views. The best thing about the hall is that we were able to do everything the way we wanted.
While it was a bit more work decorating and organising catering, alcohol and the rest, it was definitely worth it!
What we loved:
Neither of us are very traditional which can be a bit of an issue when organising a wedding. So when we started planning we decided not to do anything that made us uncomfortable (the first dance, bouquet throwing and garter toss all ended up getting scrapped).
We loved being able to surprise everyone by making our day uniquely ‘us’. It was great having a relaxed wedding where there was no pressure, instead the focus was on celebrating with family and friends.
Describe your experience with Jamie from Brisbane City Celebrants:
When it came to planning the ceremony, we really didn’t have a clue what we were meant to do. The only thing we were certain of is that we wanted it to be personalised and short. Jamie was great in helping two absolutely clueless (and slightly stressed) newbies create the perfect ceremony.
Being able to choose the wording we wanted along with the guidance of the ceremony run sheet made planning the ceremony far easier than we thought it would be.
Jamie, thank you for all your help in making our wedding day perfect. We were so pleased to be able to do everything our way and I can honestly say ours was the best wedding I have been to so far!
You really helped to take some of the stress out of the day, it was great knowing that everything was taken care of for the ceremony and all we had to do was show up – which was nerve-racking enough!
Tell us about any of your other wedding suppliers that you were impressed with:
Hair and make up – Locks and Lashes
Catering – Wine & Dine ‘m
Ceremony Chair Hire – Brisbane Wedding Decorators
Photography – Dreamlife Photo and Video
Your advice to bride and grooms to be:
Don’t let anyone pressure you in to doing what doesn’t feel right. It’s also very easy to keep pushing out the budget. We decided to make budgeting easier by spending the most money on things that would be seen in our wedding photos later on.
The rest of those smaller details (while nice) probably won’t be remembered by your guests when they go home.
If you enjoyed this real wedding with Jamie Eastgate at Orleigh Park and are looking for a Celebrant for your Brisbane wedding Jamie would love to hear from you. Contact Brisbane City Celebrants now to confirm availability for your special day.
A Stunning Summer Garden Wedding
Nessa and Tyrone wed in a heartfelt wedding ceremony at a private property in Indooroopilly. The property was styled with vibrant cheerful colours and large cushions which created the perfect vibe for relaxed and social celebrations.
As it was a hot summers day, the ceremony took place amongst the shade of a large mango tree, decorated with hanging glass bottles with brightly coloured flowers.
Two excited flower girls led the bride down the aisle to her beaming groom, where they held hands and locked eyes as their ceremony commenced.
Their garden ceremony was meaningful and heartfelt and the couple shared some of the funniest vows I’ve ever heard, before exchanging rings and sealing the deal with their first kiss as husband and wife.
“Thanks a mil Jamie for all you did to make our day perfect!’
Nessa – Garden Wedding with Celebrant Jamie Eastgate
After Carolyn Huygn Photography captured some great shots of the newlyweds around the property, the happy couple then joined their guests at a long table on the deck for delicious food, drinks and an evening of celebrating!
If you enjoyed hearing about this modern, heartfelt wedding ceremony and are looking for a Celebrant for your Brisbane wedding, Jamie would love to hear from you. Contact Brisbane City Celebrants for more information and to confirm availability for your special day.
Topiaries Wedding with Celebrant Jamie
“I just wanted to say a HUGE thank-you again to you for being our celebrant at Topiaries last year. Our day was absolutely perfect, and we couldn’t have done it without you!”
Amy & Nick – Topiaries wedding, Samford
Images by Prue Franzmann Photography
Thank you Amy and Nick for your kind feedback and for sharing these beautiful photos of your wedding with us. I am so happy to hear you had such a great day.
Jamie Eastagte – Brisbane City Celebrants
If you enjoyed this post and are looking for an organised and modern Topiaries wedding Celebrant or Samford wedding Celebrant, Brisbane City Celebrants would love to hear from you, contact us now to confirm availability for your special day.
Victoria Park Golf Club Ceremony
With Celebrant Jamie Eastgate of Brisbane City Celebrants
I was so happy to receive this feedback from Jess and Chris following their Victoria Park Golf Club Ceremony.
“The best in Brisbane hands down! Our wedding day ran so smoothly Jamie really looked after us and helped ease the nerves. Thank you Jamie!”
These love birds enjoyed a simple and meaningful wedding ceremony followed by photos around the golf course, before celebrating the night away with friends and family.
Congratulations to the happy newlyweds and thank you so much for your kind feedback and review. Wishing you every happiness for your future together as husband and wife.
Celebrant Jamie Eastgate of Brisbane City Celebrants
Photography by Etheral Photography
If you enjoyed hearing about this seamless wedding ceremony and are looking for a Celebrant for your Brisbane wedding, Jamie would love to hear from you. Contact Brisbane City Celebrants for more information and to confirm availability for your special day.