I’ve just conducted my first “at home” wedding, which was also the last of the year before the Christmas break. And what a special ceremony to wrap up 2013 with!
In Australia, the great thing about having a civil ceremony is that you can have your wedding absolutely anywhere you’d like. Home is our most personal and comfortable place, where compassion, laughter and love are nurtured and we can truly relax and be ourselves. So what better place to celebrate your close and loving relationship? It brings an extra dimension to your ceremony that you just wouldn’t get elsewhere.
Steve and Halina decided they wanted to marry at home, in their garden, with just their immediate family present. The decorations were out and the champagne chilling in an ice bucket when I arrived. Two musicians were playing, and it was a perfect backdrop to a relaxed and intimate afternoon. The ceremony got underway without any great fanfare and it all blended seamlessly into a family gathering.
Because Steve and Halina had known each other for 20 years, it meant I took a different approach to their ceremony. It was a chance to celebrate the many achievements of their past as well as the strong bond which has grown between them and their respective families. Mum and Dad were finally becoming husband and wife. As Steve’s daughter said, “I have come to realise what Steve and Halina are as a couple and to each other. I have come to see what they have created together and how it is fused into our family.”
It’s always an honour to be asked to marry someone, but to be invited into the family home to do it is even more special. Congratulations Steve and Halina – here’s to another happy 20 years, and more!