David and Michelle put the rock into The Rocks when they got married – a beautiful ring on Michelle’s finger!
Theirs was a small and intimate ceremony with just 17 people present. So the ceremony I wrote for them was very relaxed and informal, and as everyone there knew them both very well, there was a plenty of laughter, nods of agreement, and a few tears too.
And it was a wedding which everyone has been waiting a very long time for! As lifelong friends, it was inevitable that one day they’d get round to getting married. In fact, Michelle told me “You know, I don’t think anyone will believe this is actually going to happen until it does!” But Michelle and Dave both said over their many years together, they have come to realise and accept that life is simply not complete without the other.
Michelle made her entrance to A Thousand Years by Christina Perri, which we joked was around the same time that it’s taken them to get down the aisle! We gathered round in an informal circle to create a very inclusive vibe. A couple of very close friends who were there on the day had an input into the ceremony during the writing process, so for me to share their words with them listening made for some very moving and memorable moments.
I stayed on for a while into the evening as friends arrived for their cocktail party, so I could introduce David’s speech, their first dance, and the cake cutting. I felt like part of the family, which goes to show how warm and welcoming these two are.
And afterwards, some wonderful words from Michelle as they jetted off on honeymoon to Europe:
“Stephen, you were amazing! I just loved, loved, loved the ceremony and everything you did for us on the day/night! Amazing! Thanks again!”
Believe me, the pleasure was all mine. Happy honeymoon Mr and Mrs!
Michelle and David were married at the Harbour Rocks Hotel in Sydney.
Written by Stephen Lee
Marriage Celebrant Sydney