Choosing Equality Friendly Wedding Vendors

Choosing Equality friendly wedding vendors

Authors Cara and Jamie of Brisbane City Celebrants

At Brisbane City Celebrants we are genuinely honoured every time we are chosen as the Celebrant for a same-sex wedding. We understand many of our couples have experienced difficult times and often lack the support of family members so it’s imperative to us that we are part of creating an amazing and memorable wedding day. Sadly we continue to hear stories from our couples alongside regular press reports of same-sex couples being refused service, treated inadequately and being discriminated against. We have written this post to assist couples with choosing equality friendly wedding vendors.

When choosing your wedding vendors you want to be sure you really ‘connect’ with them and that you’re all on the same page when it comes to the role they will be playing on your big day.

This is particularly important for same-sex couples who will likely enjoy a better experience in the lead up to and on the special day, by carefully selecting wedding vendors that are genuinely passionate and supportive of your relationship.

Do your research

Before contacting your potential dream team of suppliers, do your research and read reviews (Google Reviews and Facebook Reviews are a great place to start). No vendor can describe the service you can expect to receive more accurately than their former clients.

Check their website

A quick scan of their home page, and real weddings they have featured on their website will give you an indication of how enthusiastic they are about same-sex weddings.

The wording of their website will also give you a good indication of if they have you in mind as their ideal client, for example, are they talking to brides only, or to brides and grooms and couples in general.

Social Media

Practically every supplier in the wedding industry has a social media presence and following the recent campaign in Australia for marriage equality, equality friendly vendors will likely be proudly displaying their support on their social media pages.

Needless to say if you spot rainbows and wedding images showcasing same-sex couples, you can rest assured they will be delighted to hear from you.

A question to ask your potential wedding vendors:

What experience do you have working with same-sex couples?

While any experience working with same-sex couples is appreciated and reinforces the vendors support of marriage equality, many vendors simply haven’t had the opportunity to work with same-sex couples.

Having done your research, and carefully selected who you would like to contact, by simply engaging in conversation with the right people, you will quickly realise how comfortable or excited they are about potentially being a part of your special day.

 

 

Authors: Cara Hodge & Jamie Eastgate – Brisbane City Celebrants

Creative Team

Photography: Studio Sixty Photography

Celebrant: Jamie Eastgate, Brisbane City Celebrants

Venue: Old Government House

Stylist: Styled Events

Flowers: Kate Dawes Flower Design

Cake: A Little Cake Place

Suits: Wil Valor

Stationery: Paper Love Invites

Affordable Weekday Weddings

Affordable Weekday Weddings

With Brisbane City Celebrants

Brisbane City Celebrants are so excited to share the details of this affordable weekday wedding package!

We are so honoured to be included alongside the quality vendors, all carefully hand picked by the super friendly and ever organised Janette of Olive Rose Events.

Before we go in to all the fab little details, let’s cut to the chase – how much?

For less than $5k you can enjoy a 3 hour wedding package with up to 30 guests on this gorgeous ceremony lawn with a drinks package. Including professional Photography, a Celebrant (that’s us!) an elegant ceremony set up, dedicated wedding coordinator, flowers, cake, hair and make up plus all completely stress-free with every vendor already picked and everything arranged on the day. Literally all you need to do yourselves is pick your outfits and send out invites! How awesome is that!

Packages can be booked through Event Planner Janette who will liaise with all the vendors for you, making planning your wedding a breeze! Here’s a little more on what you can expect to receive:

Venue: Brookwater Golf & Country Club
3 hour wedding service for 30 guests including ceremony lawn, golf course photography, use of decking and a drinks package. Drinks package includes – 1 x punch bowl, water station and 1x glass of bubbles per person.

Wedding Planner / Coordinator: Olive Rose Weddings & Events
Main point of contact, planning and assistance, on the day coordination.

Photographer: Renee Brazel Photography
2 hour photography session.

Ceremony Decor/Styling: Brisbane Wedding Decorators
Provide and set up ceremony decor hire package of your choice from the Endless Love Deluxe Collection.

Celebrant: Brisbane City Celebrants
Choice of 2 amazing Celebrants (Janette’s description, not ours, isn’t she the sweetest!) includes a short and simple marriage ceremony.

Cake: Cake My Day By Jo
Choice of 1 of 2 packages – (1) Naked buttercream cutting cake with cake topper and single colour roses + 2 dozen plain swirl cupcakes in filigree cups with take home stand, or (2) 2 Tier naked cake with fresh roses.

Bouquets: TN Bloom
1 x Large formal bouquet and 3 x baby’s breath bouquets

Hair & Makeup: The Makeup Ladies
H&MU services (Bride only) – Hair up or down style.

If you would like more information on this package, contact Janette at Olive Rose Weddings who would be only to happy to answer all your questions and help with getting your affordable weekday wedding booked.

If you are looking for an affordable Celebrant for your special day, Brisbane City Celebrants offer a legals only marriage option at a reduced fee, which could be a great option.

Contact Brisbane City Celebrants for more information and to confirm availability for your special day.

Gardens Club Wedding

Gardens Club Wedding with Celebrant Jamie Eastgate of Brisbane City Celebrants

Gardens Club Wedding

Such an amazing day for Emily and Jonathan’s summer wedding with Celebrant Jamie Eastgate at The Gardens Club in Brisbane City’s Botanical Gardens.

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Thank you to the happy newlyweds for the 5 star review and kind feedback:

“You were such a pleasure to work with and made the process very easy by sending us the guide to work out our vows and the ceremony run sheet made it easy for us to work out how the ceremony would unfold. 

We had a fantastic wedding! You made the guests laugh and the ceremony took just the right amount of time 🙂 

I have attached a few photos from the wedding and I also left a 5 star review on the Brisbane City Celebrants Facebook page.”

Emily and Jonathan – Gardens Club Wedding

Congratulations to the happy newlyweds and thank you for sharing these amazing photos captured by Mac Loxton Photography from your very special day.

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“Jamie, Thank you so much for being such an easy going, professional Celebrant. You gave us great ideas for the ceremony, which turned out to be contemporary and authentic which was just how we envisioned.” Jono & Emily

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Image taken at The Stamford Plaza Brisbane Hotel

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I love how Mac Loxton has captured the genuine happiness of the newlyweds, what a feast for the eyes these images are!

Congratulations to the happy couple and thank you for choosing me to be your Celebrant at your Gardens Club wedding.

Jamie Eastgate – Brisbane City Celebrants

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If you enjoyed this real wedding feature and are looking for a Celebrant for your Brisbane wedding, Celebrant Jamie Eastgate would love to hear from you. Contact Jamie for more information and to confirm availability for your wedding.

Landing at Dockside Wedding Ceremony

Landing at Dockside Wedding Ceremony

With Jamie Eastgate of Brisbane City Celebrants

Congratulations Jamie on receiving such wonderful feedback from your couples.

Jamie tells us, it seriously makes his day whenever he receives feedback and kind words like this from his couples.

“Thank you so much for everything! We could not have asked for better Celebrant” Jon & Mandy – Landing at Dockside Wedding Ceremony

Jon and Mandy’s special day was beautifully captured by Susie Yang Photographer. Susie captured one of the most stunning images we’ve ever seen of the grooms reaction to his beautiful bride walking down the aisle towards him, a truly gorgeous couple!

What an adorable little ring bearer!

There is no doubt from these stunning images that a great day and night was had by all, congratulations to the happy newly-weds.

If you enjoyed seeing this wedding, you can view more weddings with Jamie here.

If you are looking for a Celebrant for your Landing at Dockside Wedding ceremony, or your wedding elsewhere in Brisbane Jamie Eastgate of Brisbane City Celebrants would love to hear from you, contact Jamie for more information and to confirm availability for your special day.

Customs House Wedding with Celebrant Cara

Customs House Wedding with Celebrant Cara

Cara tells us what a special day it was for Sara and Anthony Customs House wedding, as they became husband and wife surrounded by loved ones and their gorgeous children. Cara was thrilled to see groom Anthony’s kind feedback pop up on their Brisbane City Celebrants Facebook page after the wedding, thank you so much for your kind feedback and congratulations to the happy newly-weds.

Customs House Wedding with Brisbane Celebrant Cara Hodge. Image by Blank Canvas Photography

“Cara was absolutely wonderful to deal with from the beginning. She was very helpful and guided us through the entire process. I highly recommend her for your special day!!!” Anthony & Sara

On a side note how cute are Brisbane City Celebrants bespoke vow cards with the oh so apt ‘LOVE YOU’ message on the reverse, so beautifully captured here by Jon at Blank Canvas Photography.

If you are looking for a Celebrant for your Customs House Wedding, Cara Hodge of Brisbane City Celebrants would love to hear from you.

View more weddings with Celebrant Cara Hodge on the blog here, and contact Cara over at Brisbane City Celebrants for more information and to confirm availability for your Customs House wedding.

PO Cruise Ship Elopement

With Jamie Eastgate of Brisbane City Celebrants

Suzanne and Dean travelled from Dunedin in New Zealand to elope at Portside Wharf with the P&O cruise ship glimmering in the background. Their PO cruise ship elopement was relaxed, short and full of love.

The wedding took place exactly 10 years from the date they became a couple and they opted to exchange surprise gifts to each other, with Dean gifting Suzanne a memory charm bracelet, and explained how each individual charm represented her and their relationship together.

Suzanne gifted Dean a watch with the following vows:

Dean, I give you this watch as a symbol of time

Time we have already had together, 10 years to the day

The “about time” from friends and family that we get married

And more importantly, the time we will have in the future together, forever

I love you

The happy couple kindly shared these photos with Jamie along with the following kind feedback:

“I just wanted to thank you for making our day so special and fun. It was exactly what we wanted.”

Following the ceremony the excited newly weds enjoyed some photos along the wharf with their Photography Camera Boy before jumping on the P&O cruise ship together for a week long celebration.

PO Cruise ship elopement with Brisbane City Celebrants

If you enjoyed hearing about this P&O cruise ship elopement and are looking for a Celebrant for your wedding or elopement in Brisbane, Jamie would love to hear from you contact Celebrant Jamie Eastgate to confirm availability for your special day.

Preston Peak Winery Wedding

 Preston Peak Winery Wedding with Celebrant Jamie Eastgate

Jade and Aaron’s Preston Peak Winery wedding was a day full of happiness, celebration and fun!

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The couple who met while both training for a half iron man, created a day that was truly ‘them’ with their own unique handmade rustic style decorations for both the ceremony and reception, coupled with injecting their fun personalities in to their day with elements like a custom made floral crown for the resident donkey, and a fire pit for guests to gather around over a wine as the sun set.

“Our ceremony was overlooking the Toowoomba Range with a gorgeous arch way we created.

Jamie and Brisbane City Celebrants were just amazing, everyone loved the ceremony and how it was so Aaron and I. Jamie pre wedding was fantastic and available for any questions or help we required.”

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Jade and Aaron wrote personalised wedding vows to each other which they shared for the very first time during their ceremony.

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While the forecast was for a massive amount of rain, unbelievably as Jade arrived with her bridesmaids, the clouds cleared and the sun shone through the dramatic clouds with not a drop of rain to be seen.

 

Preston Peak Winery has a breath taking backdrop and Jade and Aaron raved about the delicious food they all enjoyed. Photographer Tall Timber Studio was on hand to capture all the happiness of the day.

Brides Dress: Pronovias

Floristry: Sweet Moments

Celebrant: Jamie Eastgate of Brisbane City Celebrants

If you enjoyed hearing about this Preston Peak Winery Wedding and are looking for a Celebrant for your wedding in Toowoomba or elsewhere, we would love to hear from you! Contact Brisbane City Celebrants now to confirm availability for your special day.

Stamford Plaza Wedding on a rainy day

Stamford Plaza Brisbane Wedding with Celebrant Jamie Eastgate

Sarah and John planned a garden wedding overlooking the Brisbane river at Brisbane’s Stamford Plaza Hotel. When their big day arrived the rain clouds gathered and their ceremony was moved indoors. As you can see their Stamford Plaza wedding on a rainy day was so full of love and laughter that the rain didn’t dampen their day one little drop!

” I think this photo sums up how much fun and laughter we had on the day! Jamie from Brisbane City Celebrants was amazing! He is so funny, kind and professional. We are really glad we chose Brisbane City Celebrants for our wedding day. I can’t recommend them highly enough, the whole process was very easy. Thank you very much for making our day so special.”

Image by Jenny Cuerel Photography

If you enjoyed hearing about this Stamford Plaza wedding with Celebrant Jamie Eastgate and are looking for a Celebrant for your special day, Jamie would love to hear from you. Contact Celebrant Jamie Eastgate now to confirm availability for your special day.

A love and light filled Brisbane wedding

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

Celebrant Jamie Eastgate of Brisbane City Celebrants

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

Entertainment Baker Boys Band www.bakerboysband.com.au/

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.

Colmslie Beach Reserve Wedding

A Colmslie Beach Reserve wedding photo shoot with Celebrant Jamie Eastgate of Brisbane City Celebrants

Boy are we chuffed to see this shoot featured in the latest edition of Modern Wedding Magazine. Earlier this year I was invited to take part in a greenery inspired photo shoot

The shoot fused a bohemian mix of botanical greenery, recycled wood and intricate lace with a love filled vibe and was quickly snapped up by a variety of publications to be featured, however this one featured in the Modern Wedding Flowers publication, really shines.

The editors from Modern Wedding Magazine thoughtfully ensured that every supplier is not only credited, but that each suppliers work was either individually or collectively  featured, which is a wonderful way to express gratitude to those who gave up their time and contributed their talent to create this inspirational shoot.

View the Botanical Goddess wedding shoot to see more and for a full list of the local wedding vendors that were all a pivotal part of this shoot.

If you enjoyed viewing this Colmslie Beach Reserve wedding photo shoot and you are looking for a Celebrant for your special day, Brisbane Celebrant Jamie Eastgate would love to hear from you. Contact Jamie now to confirm availability for your special day