Loving the dog ring bearer

With Celebrant Jamie Eastgate – Brisbane City Celebrants

What a fantastic surprise it was having the couples much loved dog Sasha make a very special appearance and be a part of their special day as the dog ring bearer!

The groom organised for the couples dog to be the surprise ring bearer, and when the Best Man pretended to forget the rings, to everyone’s surprise, the groom whistled and their beautiful dog Sasha appeared from around the corner, and with a little help, made her way down the aisle with the rings.

5 STAR CELEBRANT REVIEW

 “Jamie was a great Celebrant for our wedding!

He made personalising our ceremony easy, was super flexible, and offered great advice and support for vow writing.
We had a fun, relaxed ceremony, with lots of laughs which was just perfect.
Jamie was even in on a surprise my husband organised for me, to include our dog in the ceremony, which is one of my favourite memories.
Our guests commented on how good the ceremony was and said it was a real reflection of us as a couple…thanks to Jamie.

Alana and Brett – Sunset Glade, Roma Street Parklands

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What a fantastic surprise it was having the couples much loved dog Sasha make a very special appearance and be a part of their special day… almost stealing the show!

Wishing the happy newlyweds a future reflective of their wedding ceremony; full of love and laughter and happily ever after!

Photography: Kate Cornfoot Photography

Wedding Ceremony Set Up – Brisbane Wedding Decorators

Bride and grooms fur baby – Sasha

Thank you for choosing me to be your Marriage Celebrant for your Roma Street Parklands Wedding and also for taking the time to write such a fantastic review and also for sharing your wedding photos with us, particularly the ones of Sasha the dog ring bearer.

If you enjoyed this post and are a dog loving human, looking for a Celebrant for your special day Jamie Eastgate Brisbane City Celebrants would love to hear form you.

An elegant Lower River Terrace wedding

With Celebrant Jamie Eastgate of Brisbane City Celebrants

At the foot of the soaring Kangaroo Point Cliffs, on the banks of the Brisbane river are the stunning Lower River Terrace wedding lawns, with river view lawns 1 and 2 being the most popular spots, each boasting a stunning river backdrop with the City Botanic Gardens and the sky scrapping CBD visible in the distance.

The couple signed their marriage certificates with Mont Blanc pens provided by Celebrant Jamie Eastgate

Rhonda and Ian thoughtfully created a thoroughly enjoyable day for their guests, even organising a marquee when rain was forecast, so their ceremony could still take place at Lower River Terrace as originally planned. I was so happy to receive the following 5 star review from the happy newlyweds:

“Jamie was very personable and really enthusiastic re our wedding. He delivered a great ceremony and we could tailor it up or down to suit.
Thoroughly recommended.”

Following their ceremony, they made the most of their river side location and joined their guests on board a boat for cocktail hour celebrations with nibbles and drinks, while taking in the spectacular scenery as they cruised the Brisbane river.

The river view sites can be booked through Brisbane City Council, giving you exclusive use of your chosen lawn.

If you enjoyed hearing about this stunning Lower River Terrace wedding with Celebrant Jamie Eastgate and are looking for a Celebrant for your special day, Jamie would love to hear from you. View more Real Weddings with Jamie Eastgate or contact Jamie to confirm availability for your special day.

The couples wedding vendors included:

PHOTOGRAPHY: Nikita Pere
FLORALS: Maison Fleur Floral Design
STYLING: The Styled Group
CELEBRANT: Jamie Eastgate Jamie & Cara – Brisbane City Celebrants 
DRESS: Angela Osagie Bridal
HAIR & MAKEUP: Aneez Aslam 

CAR: Classic Jaguar Hire
BOAT: Brisbane Star Cruises 

Michael and Philip’s Sunshine Coast Wedding

Michael and Philip’s Sunshine Coast wedding with Celebrant Jamie Eastgate of Brisbane City Celebrants was everything dreams are made of!

With groom Michael well known and acclaimed within the Brisbane Wedding community for planning luxurious events, naturally every detail was thoughtfully planned and designed, resulting in a truly beautiful day full of love, happiness and laughter.

This gorgeous wedding was so special to us. Not only was Jamie given the honour of being the Celebrant for the happy couple, as friends of the two grooms we are invited to stay and celebrate as guests.

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Michael and Philip worked with Jamie to design a ceremony that celebrated their love and shared the story of their 13 years together.

Balancing their humour and zest with a meaningful sincere celebration, both the grooms and their guests were laughing out loud one minute, then shedding happy tears the next. Very much the same emotions the guests continued to have later when the epic speeches were delivered over lunch.

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One simple point of difference that contributed to the success of the day, was opting for a morning wedding ceremony, followed directly by a lunch time reception.

The two grooms opted for a mid morning ceremony on a week day which took place at Noosa’s Hidden Grove on the foreshore of Noosa beach. Following the ceremony, instead of the guests being separated from the couple for photos, everyone took a short stroll along the beach to the reception at Sails Noosa where the celebrations began with flowing drinks, canapes and even an oyster bar before guests were seated on long tables decorated with soft pink flowers.

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To the guests surprise they were invited to choose their own entrees and main from the menu. Everyone was in awe at how delicious every dish was! The service from Sails Restaurant was equally exceptional with glasses always staying topped up with champagne.

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After lunch the band began to play and the dance floor instantly filled, with Michael stealing the show (and the mic) to present his own surprise rendition of Nicki Minaj.

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The fun didn’t stop there, when the long lunch reception wrapped up at 4pm, the guests headed off to a nearby venue for the optional after party to continue the celebrations, while the grooms made the most of the golden afternoon light heading off to a quiet beach with their Photographer and Cinematographer for sunset shots with their bridesmaids.

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Congratulations on your marriage Michael and Philip, and to repeat what the grooms said in their speech “Thank you for voting YES”.

If you enjoyed hearing about this stunning Sunshine Coast wedding with Celebrant Jamie Eastgate and are looking for a Celebrant for your special day, Jamie would love to hear from you. View more Real Weddings with Jamie Eastgate or contact Jamie to confirm availability for your special day.

Michael & Philip’s Wedding from Forever Features on Vimeo.

Michael and Philips vendor dream team

Wedding Planning and Concept Design: Michael Taylor Public Relations

Photography: Liz Soda Wedding Photography

Cinematography: Tyrone Forever Features

Marriage Celebrant: Jamie Eastgate Brisbane City Celebrants

Ceremony Location: Hidden Grove, Noosa

Reception Location: Sails Noosa

Ceremony and reception band: Rush Entertainment

Make up: KM Makeup Studios

Suits: Wil Valor

Bridesmaid Dresses: White Runway

Event Styling: Main Event Weddings

Tableware: The Supper Club

Invitations and Menus: September Creative

Accommodation: Fairshore Noosa

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Macarthur Park Wedding Chapel and Gardens Celebrant

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!”

The happy couples Macarthur Park wedding ceremony was filled with happiness and laughter, they were so relaxed as they exchanged vows and tied the knot.

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.