Victoria Park wedding with the cutest little page boys

With Jamie Eastgate of Brisbane City Celebrants

What a happy day it was for Megan and Hugh’s Victoria Park wedding with their sons perfecting their roles as the cutest little page boys.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The couple opted for an unplugged wedding ceremony to encourage their guests to relax and engage in the ceremony they had put so much thought in to, and what a great decision that was! We love how Freya from Ethereal Photography captured the guests enjoying the ceremony and glowing with love as they watched Megan and Hugh become husband and wife.

Megan and Hugh first met when they were teenagers at an after school job. Hugh left to live in London and they both soon realised they couldn’t be without each other so they reunited and have been together ever since.

Excited to be expecting a baby together, they took a short trip away to Noosa for Hugh’s birthday, Megan recalls feeling very unwell.

Hugh had many ideas about how and where to propose but none of them suited Megan with her all day morning sickness.

The morning of the proposal Hugh had tried a number of times to get Megan to leave the bed of the hotel but nothing was going to budge her.

Hugh couldn’t wait a moment longer and simply dropped to one knee and asked Megan to marry him.

Megan was so surprised and the excitement and love she felt made her forget she felt ill! This also cemented how much Hugh considers his birthday week to be the most important week of the year.

The couple shared surprise vows with each other that they heard for the first time during the ceremony which were both heartfelt and fun.

With a safe delivery of the rings from a very special little ring bearer, Megan and Hugh, said “I Do” and sealed their marriage with a kiss!

We love this gorgeous shot of them stepping in to married life as a family, glowing with happiness!

This cheeky cake topper is everything! “Finally Mr and Mrs”

5 STAR REVIEW Jamie was our Celebrant and we couldn’t have been happier. He was punctual, organised and put us at ease. The step by step process along the way leading up the wedding made this really easy. Would definitely recommend :)”

Congratulations to the happy newlyweds and thank you for choosing Jamie Eastgate from Brisbane City Celebrants for your special day.

Images: Freya – Ethereal Photography

Brides Dress: White Lilly Couture

Florist: The Little Flower Market

Wedding Transport: Limoso

If you enjoyed hearing about this Victoria Park Golf wedding, and are looking for a Celebrant for your Brisbane wedding, Jamie would love to hear from you. Contact Brisbane Celebrant Jamie now to confirm availability for your special day.

Relaxed Eat Streets Wedding

Relaxed Eat Streets Wedding

With Jamie Eastgate of Brisbane City Celebrants

Rachelle and Jamie tell us all about their relaxed Eat Streets wedding, beginning with a relaxed and upbeat ceremony that took place at the adjoining Macarthur Park at Northshore Harbour.

We wanted our wedding day to be young at heart, fun, and relaxed, much like us.

Our ceremony took place on the lawn at Northshore Park near the Northshore Ferry Terminal. We envisioned something simple but beautiful, where the focus was on us and the love we have for each other. We had a wonderful ceremony officiated by Jamie Eastgate Brisbane City Celebrants.

Cara at Brisbane Wedding Decorators created our ceremony setup which was just beautiful, and exactly what I was hoping for. The simple ceremony arbour decor really let the background and the bridal party shine!

Thankfully the weather was sunny and mild, as we didn’t have a wet weather backup plan, and the weather was predicting afternoon showers right up until the day! We had a short and heartfelt ceremony and it was so wonderful to have our families on both sides celebrate together.

Reception

Our reception was held in the beautiful Riverdeck at Eat Street Markets. We have always loved Eat Street Markets for it’s good food and fun atmosphere, so it was perfect for our reception!

Many of our guests had never been there before, so it was a big hit with them!

We had some time between the ceremony and reception for our guests to explore the markets, and then had a variety of platters from the food vendors in the reception area.

We have always loved being outdoors and looking up at the stars, so we chose a silver and navy night sky theme for the wedding.

The Riverdeck had gorgeous wooden tables, decorated with lanterns with pineapples, ferns and fairy lights. It was so quirky and different, we loved it! They also had a beautiful bar in the room wrapped in vines and flowers, and the lanterns on the ceiling gave the room a very special feel.

We had so many people saying ‘congratulations’ and clapping for us as we walked around, even the food vendors in their stalls were yelling out and cheering, and it gave the night such a special feel.

While we were getting our photos done there was a lady who came up to us with her daughter, who wanted to say hi because she thought I was a real princess, so we said hi and had a little chat. It was little moments like that that really made the day feel even more special than it already was!

We had a cocktail reception with share platters from Eat Street Markets vendors, including oysters from Shuck All Oyster Bar, antipasto from Pizza/Pasta, Asian inspired finger foods from Tokyo Tucka, and chicken wings, pork belly and zucchini chips from Poulet and Porc. We also had a number of guests go out and get food that they saw that they couldn’t leave without trying!

 

Cake

The cake was an amazing creation by Karlee’s Cupcakes.

I think people thought we were a bit odd when we mentioned having a navy blue wedding cake, but Karlee has such a unique style, we knew she could pull it off!!

We had a 16 inch navy and white decorated cutting cake with a custom made “Mr & Mrs Parker” cake topper, and white and navy cupcakes for the guests with silver edible glitter.

The cupcakes were a HUGE hit, as we had a little surprise for our guests: anyone who ate the blue cupcakes temporarily had their mouths turn blue! It was all fun and games until my 18-month-old son came up to me with a blue mouth!

Wedding Vendors

Ceremony Styling by Cara at Brisbane Wedding Decorators

Marriage Celebrant Jamie at Brisbane City Celebrants

Photography by Naomi V Photography

Wedding Dress by Wendy Makin Bridal

Hair by Bethany Prickett Makeup Artist

Makeup by Fine Line Beauty by Amy

Cake by Karlee’s Kupcakes

Flowers by Elizabeth Rose Bridal

Reception at The River Deck Eat Street Northshore

If you enjoyed hearing about this relaxed Eat Streets wedding and you are looking for a Celebrant for your special day, Celebrant Jamie Eastgate of Brisbane City Celebrants would love to hear from you. Contact Jamie now to confirm availability for your special day.

Mt Coot-tha Elopements

Mt Coot-tha Elopements

With Celebrant Jamie Eastgate of Brisbane City Celebrants

The Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens boasts a wide variety of lush greenery and botanical goodness, making the gardens an ideal spot for weddings and also doubles as a great spot for post wedding photos. There are 3 ceremony lawns that can be booked through the council for weddings, which now include use of ceremony chairs. As the Mt Coot-tha ceremony lawns, tend to be surplus to the needs of eloping couples, instead, couples are choosing their favourite little spot to arrive at with their 2 witnesses, Photographer and Celebrant to tie the knot in a short, relaxed and stress-free ceremony, often followed by an intimate celebration lunch or dinner at the top of Mt Coot-tha at Summit Restaurant.

Today Celebrant Jamie is sharing some recent Mt Coot-tha elopements with us.

Jen & Ryan

5 STAR REVIEW – “Jamie was very professional and helpful. Assisted us with all our needs and minimised the stress leading up to the eventful day. Highly recommend anyone who is looking for a celebrant who is both mindful and professional with flexibility.” Jen & Ryan

Mt Coot-tha elopement with Celebrant Jamie Eastgate. Images by Blank Canvas Photography

Saskia and James

We chose a small, intimate wedding ceremony to focus solely on us and our relationship. There were a few practical reasons why we decided to have a small, intimate ceremony such as our extended families living in different countries and the sheer cost of a traditional ceremony and reception.

5 STAR REVIEW “Jamie at Brisbane City Celebrants was extremely professional from the moment we first made contact with him about our planned private wedding ceremony. He was very quick to respond to our emails and professional in his communication.

When we met Jamie to discuss what we wanted for our ceremony, he was extremely personable and showed genuine excitement and interest in what we wanted. Jamie also organised all the necessary paperwork for our marriage and was always prompt when sending or receiving anything.
He also supplied us a helpful vow writing worksheet and lots of extra information that really made the entire experience stress-free and easy to manage.

We customised our vows and the ceremony entirely to our own preferences (besides the legally required sections). It was a perfect ceremony that went exactly the way we imagined in no small part to Jamie’s fantastic, beautiful personal service.

We would highly recommend Jamie as a Celebrant for anybody’s future marriage ceremony.” Saskia and James

Having what some might consider a ‘non-traditional’ wedding highlights our unique personalities and traits. A private ceremony appealed to us because we could get married stress-free knowing that the day was relaxed and natural, rather than having to worry about following standard protocol and tradition.

Saskia and James share more on their Mt Coot-tha elopement including their beautiful vows with us on an earlier blog post here. Images by Blank Canvas Photography

Maylea and Fergus

5 STAR REVIEW – “Jamie made us feel relaxed and comfortable. Everything was made simple and stress-free for us – Jamie took care of everything! His easygoing personality helped make our little ceremony perfect – Thankyou Jamie!” Maylea & Fergus

Image: Karley Peters Photography

If you are looking to elope in Brisbane or perhaps even considering your own Mt Coot-tha elopement, Jamie Eastgate from Brisbane City Celebrants would love to hear from you.

Contact Jamie for more information and to confirm availability for your special day.

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

An intimate Brisbane Elopement

An intimate Brisbane Elopement

With Celebrant Jamie Eastgate Brisbane City Celebrants

The adorable Saskia and James are sharing their inspiration for their sweet elopement style wedding ceremony which took place in Brisbane’s Botanical Gardens.

We chose a small, intimate wedding ceremony to focus solely on us and our relationship. There were a few practical reasons why we decided to have a small, intimate ceremony such as our extended families living in different countries and the sheer cost of a traditional ceremony and reception.

The main thing is we believe that everybody’s wedding should be a reflection of their relationship.

This loved up duo arrived together hand in hand.

Our Celebrant Jamie Eastgate was extremely professional from the moment we first made contact with him about our planned private wedding ceremony. Jamie was extremely personable and showed genuine excitement and interest in what we envisioned for our day.

He supplied lots of extra information that really made the entire experience stress-free and easy to manage, including a helpful vow writing worksheet.

Here are the vows we wrote to each other:

James Vows to Saskia

Saskia, I promise that I will be a loving husband to you from this day forth forever. You are a headstrong, determined and inspiring woman who has opened my eyes to the best of this world. Ever since we first met, you have been by my side, as I grow into the man I am on this day, and into the future. I promise to always have you by my side. Together we can accomplish anything, and continue to experience the best of this world through each other. Today, I promise to love, support and respect you for the rest of my life.

Saskia’s vows to James

James, I am so proud to take you as my husband. I love your caring nature, your enthusiasm and your passion. When I’m with you, I can be the person I want to be. Thank you for being who you are. You have helped me become the person I am today. You bring out the best in me, and I cannot imagine my life without you. I promise to always have you by my side; to be with you forever, just as you are. Today, I promise to love, support and respect you for the rest of my life.

A friend and our Photographer were official witnesses which kept our ceremony intimate and relaxed.

Our ceremony was perfect and went exactly the way we imagined!

Having what some might consider a ‘non-traditional’ wedding highlights our unique personalities and traits. A private ceremony appealed to us because we could get married stress-free knowing that the day was relaxed and natural, rather than having to worry about following standard protocol and tradition.

Celebrant Jamie Eastgate Brisbane City Celebrants

Photography Blank Canvas Photography

 

If you are planning a Brisbane elopement or wedding and are looking for a Celebrant for your special day, Celebrant Jamie Eastgate Brisbane City Celebrants would love to hear from you.

Contact Jamie now to confirm availability for your special day.

 

 

Eat Street Markets Wedding

Eat Street Markets Wedding

With Cara Hodge of Brisbane City Celebrants

Lauren and Andy’s wedding which began at Brisbane’s Newstead Rotunda and finished with a vibrant and fun filled Eat Street Markets wedding reception is EVERYTHING!

This easy going couple opted for a simple modern ceremony that not only celebrated their relationship, but was also a celebration of them as a family, so their gorgeous little daughter Bella was as much a part of their day as they were.

The ceremony began with some pre-wedding announcements which provides the guests all the info they need and answers all the common questions, and also sets the tone for the ceremony. This was also a great opportunity to remind guests that they can use the couples wedding hash tag #laurenandandy2018 which is always a great way for your Instagram fam to enjoy all the guests photos.

Their Newstead Rotunda wedding ceremony was timed perfectly, with the rotunda having just been freshly painted and with a brand new roof, in 10 years of weddings in Brisbane I have never seen the rotunda looking this fresh! They were also blessed with a beautiful day!

The couple planned a non-traditional wedding where they put tradition aside and simply did everything their own way, to ensure their guests and them enjoyed every moment of their Newstead rotunda and Eat Street Markets wedding. On arrival, the couples daughter Bella was walking down the long curving aisle, when just past the half way point she spotted Andrew, broke free and excitedly sprinted to the rotunda to wrap her little arms around his legs, much to the amusement of the guests. Meanwhile Lauren followed her bridesmaids down the aisle arriving with her ‘glowing with pride’ Mum.

I love seeing Photographers capture the ceremony from this angle with all the guests looking on in the background which is why I try to deliver much of the ceremony from the side. 

I couldn’t have been happier to receive the following feedback from the happy couple:

“Cara was amazing!

She made the process so easy for the day.

Answered any questions, big or small for us, had advice for the little things and even gave us Honeymoon travel tips.

We couldn’t have chosen a better celebrant for our day! Thank you so much Cara!”

Lauren & Andy – Newstead Rotunda & Eat Street Markets Wedding

FOMO alert! If you’ve enjoyed seeing these gorgeous fun filled images, wait till you see the vibrant reception photos at their alternative wedding venue, Eat Street Markets!

What an incredible day! Special mention to Lauren and Andys dream team of wedding suppliers:

Full wedding featured on Polka Dot Bride Photographer: Cookoo Photography / Bride’s Dress: Angelic Bridal / Alterations: Kaylique Designs / Flowergirl’s Attire: Princessly / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: / Makeup Artist: Her Pearls – Makeup by Kimaea / Hairstylist: A Cut Above Salon Chermside / Flowers: A Rustic Affair / Ceremony Venue: Newstead Park / Reception Venue: Eat Street Markets Northshore / Ceremony Officiant: Cara Hodge Brisbane City Celebrants / Wedding Website: Wix / Wedding Cake: Poppy Pie / Cake Topper: BMCrafts

If you enjoyed hearing about this non-traditional, relaxed and fun filled Newstead Rotunda and Eat Street Markets wedding and are looking for a Celebrant for your special day, Cara Hodge would love to hear from you.

Contact Celebrant Cara today for more information and to check availability.