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An Open Letter From Your Wedding Vendors

by | Wisdom, Wise Words


Joshua Withers, Joshua Withers, Australia's most rad marriage celebrant
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Dear bride and groom,

Usually when we, the wedding vendors, email you, it’s because we need to confirm something, or we’re chasing up money, or we’re asking for a testimony. So I just wanted to write a different kind of note and say “thank you!”

Thank you for falling in love, and thank you for hosting a party that required our skills, talents and resources. Thank you for giving us some of your money so that we could lead a meaningful life and run a meaningful business. Thank you for clicking on our website and sending us an email to see if we’re available. And thanks for liking us on Facebook and following us on Instagram!

Thanks for telling your friends about us and saying really nice things. Thank you for recognising our passions and our dreams and valuing them so that we could keep on performing them for other people!

But there’s one massive thing I want to recognise: thank you for letting us know your expectations of us so we know we’re creating your wedding! And thank you for meeting our expectations of a business transaction. Thank you for communicating with us because that’s the only way we can do what you want.

But mainly, thanks for falling in love and getting married. We love doing this thing for you!

Thank you for supporting this thing that our partners and family thought we were crazy for starting and thanks for reading that blog post, or ad, or directory listing. It really means the world to us.

Thank you, you’re awesome.

Sincerely, your wedding vendors.

Letter by a wedding celebrant named Josh and feature image by the awesome Tricia King

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Ms Gingham says: Sniff! So sweet.

Joshua Withers is a pretty cool marriage celebrant, according to his local barista and wife. If you click this link the wonders of the Internet will magically transfer you to his own website which even has a photo of him on it!

What Would They Know? The Team at Triple R Luxury Car Hire

by | Transport Wisdom, What Would They Know?, Wisdom


Polka Dot Bride

Triple R Luxury Car Hire What Would They Know? The Team at Triple R Luxury Car Hire

Don’t we all love a touch of luxury? And when this luxury comes in the form of a classic car, and dressed in your beautiful wedding gown, it would be hard to resist the urge to give onlookers just a little bit of a wave with a gloved hand would it not? Triple R Luxury Car Hire take great pride in providing superb service, beautifully maintained vehicles and friendly and efficient chauffeurs. Feel like a princess, be treated like a Queen and step out to your wedding ceremony feeling as if this is just the start of a brilliant day. Now where’s your tiara?

Would you tell us a little about the history of Triple R Luxury Car Hire? Did you always have a passion for classic cars?
The Triple R collection started with my dad Micky Jovanovic the founding and managing director of Triple R and an avid car enthusiast as well. He was working as a wedding photographer in the early 1980’s and he’d turn up to photograph weddings with his 1953 Bentley. Everyone would always make a fuss over it. Before too long he was offering wedding cars as part of his photographic packages. Within a few years there was a fleet of 10 cars and now there are 40.

Triple R Luxury Car Hire 3 What Would They Know? The Team at Triple R Luxury Car Hire

What was the catalyst for hiring out your cars for weddings and events?
Well it was a combination of things – the attention the Bentley received from his photography clients was a big factor, but also an incident that occurred at his own wedding day in 1981 really helped him decide he could offer a better service. He’d hired 2 wedding cars to pick up my mum and her bridal party on the day of their wedding. The lead Rolls Royce never turned up. In those days there were no mobile phones so no body knew what was going on. Thanks to few phone calls to friends and neighbours, they were able to organise some family cars to get my mum to the church and then later transport everyone to the reception. Seeing my mum get stressed on her wedding day made my Dad determined to provide a top class service. In fact, because we do have so many cars in our fleet, there is almost no chance that a bride will be left without a wedding car, even on a rare occasion when a car breaks down.

Do other family members participate in the business?
Throughout our 33 years history a good number of our family have been involved in some way or another. Currently in the office we have Micky, my mum Manuela, my aunt Pia and myself. My brothers and other family members also chauffeur for us. Many of our non-family chauffeurs have been with us for over 10 and some even 20 years. We consider them to be family as they love their jobs and take great pride in creating a special experience for all our brides and grooms.

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Image by Eric Ronald Photography

You have such a magnificent collection of classic European cars – where did you find them?
Many cars were imported from the UK in the 1980’s, others were acquired from classic car collections and fastidious owners who cared for their vehicles with great passion. Some of our rarest and perhaps most valuable vehicles were restored from wrecks found in paddocks and junk yards – if only their original owners could see them now! My dad has a particular interest in restoring cars in deteriorated condition and it gives him great pride when he spends months and sometimes years bringing an abandoned gem back to life. There ‘s a lot of history in our cars and I think people really feel that when they step into one of them.

Why the European Marques – why are they so special?
Nothing exudes more timeless beauty than luxury European marques. The nuts and bolts of these vehicles are meticulously built with the same finesse as their exteriors. Micky’s fascination and interest in the engineering of these vehicles has been translated into the business. Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jaguar and Mercedes…these were the most prestige marques over 60 years ago and they still are today. Their design has not dated over all these years, nor has their promise of luxury.

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Do you restore them yourself?
Yes we do, and yes they are high maintenance! As I have already said, Micky’s passion is restoration and our latest restorations include a stunning 2-tone Jaguar Mk7 Sedan, and an iconic Mercedes 300D. Restoration is a slow process and requires patience. Day to day maintenance however is a full time job for a whole crew. We have mechanics, electricians, panel beaters and upholsterer’s who are not only specialists in their respective fields, but specialists in classic cars. Thanks to the great care and love they bring to their work, our cars are always in top condition.

What was the first car you started with?
Well it was Micky’s 1953 Grey Bentley Dawn (that is still in the fleet today but is Two Tone) that spawned the idea for Triple R. However, it was probably the acquisition of the 1968 Daimler Limo the same car that was used as the Queen’s vehicle during her stays in Melbourne and garaged permanently at Government house, that really saw Triple R becoming the business it is today.

How quickly did your collection grow? Has it taken a lifetime to accumulate the number and variety of cars you have?
The Triple R fleet as it is now has been built over a period of 33 years, but the number of vehicles grew to about 50 in 1998. Some cars have been with us from the very early days, others are more recent additions. Our fleet number has remained constant for the last 15 years at about 40 cars, but as trends and fashions change, so has the fleet. At one stage in the late 1980’s we acquired Lang Hancock’s black Mercedes Grossa Limousine, the same model that drove the Beatles to and from their shows in Melbourne. Even though it was an amazing example of retro chic, it just wasn’t very popular at the time so we replaced it. At one stage, all our cars were white, but more recently black cars have become popular. We now have black, two tone and white vehicles in our range. Some of our favourite cars have been retired to make room for models that are more popular. The business has operated for so long that we can attest to the fact that even cars can come in and out of fashion.

Do you have a favourite?
The 220S Mercedes convertible is one of my favourites for its beauty, rich red leather interior and driving dynamics. It really is a timelessly classic design and a beautiful car to look at and to drive, and there’s nothing quite like a drive with the top down on a nice sunny day.

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What questions should bridal couples ask when considering wedding car hire?
The key things to consider are how many passengers need transportation, the location of the ceremony and reception, and how many hours you need the car for. This will determine how many cars are required and ensure suitable options can be arranged.
The colour and style of car are a big consideration as is choosing cars that will suit the style of wedding.
Our website contains a guide to choosing the perfect wedding cars. The guide includes points of consideration to assist clients with their planning,
The guide can be found here

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Image by Dezine By Mauro

Do you have some tips/advice you can give the bride and groom when planning their car hire?
Always read reviews, view photographs, and of course view the fleet of cars before confirming your booking. A good supplier should always be willing to share this information with you prior to booking. Additionally, always chose a wedding car supplier who is a member of their States’ Wedding Car Association. These considerations will ensure you receive the finest service in the lead up to and on your special day. Triple R Luxury Car Hire is an accredited member of this WCA of Victoria association and we have recently been awarded Winner of the 2014 ABIA Awards (Transport category), as voted by our brides.

How far out from the wedding should they contact you to book transport?
Here at Triple R, we suggest the sooner you enquire the better. During peak wedding periods (Oct-March), we suggest couples enquire at least 6-12 months in advance, as there is greater demand during these times and some vehicles are usually booked up to 12 months in advance. The earlier a client enquires with us, the greater the chances are of your ideal car being available for your wedding date. This advice is especially relevant if you require multiple vehicles on your wedding day.

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Do you offer packages in short and longer hourly increments? Are there any ‘extras’ included in the packages you offer?
All our vehicles come with a 3 hour minimum hire for Weddings, followed by an additional charge for every hour thereafter. All clients are offered use of a ‘Red Carpet’, sparkling wine, chilled water, hand fans for warmer weather, umbrellas, and blankets during cooler months. Triple R tailors all packages especially to each client’s requirements for their special day, ensuring their every need can be accommodated wherever possible.

Do you advise on the cars most suited to particular styles of wedding, or are couples just in awe and choose their favourite dream car?
Yes, every wedding is treated individually. Every effort is made to really understand each client’s needs and the style of their wedding on the day. We want them to choose a car that they love the look of and suggest the correct combinations to ensure that they will look fantastic in their wedding photos. Some clients will have a car that they fall in love with as soon as they see it – others will be keen to hear our input into the car selection. We have an abundance of professional photographs and albums available on our website and in our showroom for our clients’ convenience, showcasing the countless car combinations available, as used in our real weddings we have serviced.

What area of Victoria do you service?
We service mainly the Melbourne metro area and surrounding suburbs as well as the Yarra Valley, Daylesford, Geelong and surrounding suburbs, Dandenong Mountains and also Mornington peninsula.

Any funny stories you can share with us?
One recent memory was providing wedding cars for Paula and Adrian we had so much fun throughout the drives between photo locations around the city. A pet pig even played a role as special guest! The owner was taking a leisurely stroll down Bourke St in the CBD with leash and pig in hand – certainly a one-off experience in my time driving wedding cars, and definitely added to the hilarity of an already fun filled day! We were lucky to get some pictures with the bride with her pig too which was great.

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What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy anything that has an engine and when I can figure out how to incorporate motorbikes into the Triple R business plan, I’ll very happy.
Since I was a kid I’ve always enjoyed drawing and art and having a creative outlet. Over the past 7 years I have grown a strong passion and interest in photography to get my creative fix. I also like spending time with my beautiful girlfriend and exploring the abundance of cultural activities that Melbourne life has to offer.

A big thank you to Alex and the team at Triple R Luxury Care Hire for sharing your story. To find out more about Triple R Luxury Car Hire visit the website.

Team shot by Tania Jovanovic. All other images courtesy of Triple R Luxury Car Hire.

Wedding Ceremony Trends 2015

by | Ceremony Wisdom, Wisdom


BrisCityCelys, Brisbane City Celebrants

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With a huge shift of brides and grooms stepping away from tradition, throwing out the rule book and doing things well and truly their way. We are experiencing an explosion of unique, captivating, personal and fun wedding ceremonies which feel so perfect for each unique couple and also for their guests who are loving the unconventional and personalised touches.

We are so excited for what’s in store for 2015 so here’s our hot tips on emerging 2015 wedding ceremony trends.

Giving Away the giving away

While it is still prevalent for the father of the bride, or mother and father of the bride to walk the bride down the aisle and ‘give them away’, with most coupes having already been an item for some time and usually already living together too, nowadays most couples view this more as the bride’s father or parents giving their blessing.

There is an increase in less traditional and more creative ‘giving away’ alternatives, here are some we have encountered and love!

  • Couple’s child or children walking the bride down the aisle.
  • Bridesmaids linking the bride’s arms and walking her down the aisle.
  • The independent bride walking herself down the aisle.
  • The bride and groom arriving together as pictured below walking down the aisle to the cheers and applause of their guests!

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Best Men and Brides Angels

Many grooms prefer not to distinguish a ‘Best Man’ and instead give all their groomsmen the honour with a team of ‘Best Men’. This is a great way to spread the duties too, you can allocate a ‘Speeches Best Man’, a ‘Ring Security’ Best Man and a ‘Bucks Night’ Best Man, or if you’re game let them all share in the roles!

Some brides are also moving away from the ‘Bridesmaids’ title for their girls, one bride jokingly referred to them as her ‘brideslaves’ in reference to being a self-confessed control freak. Another bride substituted the title for Angels, Emma’s Angels to be precise which they all absolutely loved!

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Unplugged Weddings

While unplugged weddings are no longer a fresh new concept, asking guests to put their cameras and phones down for their ceremony and instead engage and enjoy how the ceremony feels is a rapidly growing trend with 40% of our couples choosing to pull the plug on guests faces hidden behind cameras through the ceremony.

Many wedding photographers are also favouring this concept as they get to capture moments like Mum and Dad’s reactions when their son or daughter is pronounced husband and wife, without a camera or iPad blocking this precious moment. Plus, without 50 cameras or phones being waved in the air or the aisle, all clambering to get a shot, the photographer is less likely to be hindered in capturing those super special once in a lifetime moments.

Social Media Ban

Unplugged or otherwise most of our couples like us to include a pre wedding announcement that no photos are to be uploaded to social media until the professional photographers photos have been shared by the couple.

With all the effort, planning and time that has gone in to create the special day, it makes perfect sense that the first photos that friends see of the day are the jaw dropping beautifully crafted professional ones.

Location Shoot before the ceremony

Traditionally the groom sees the bride for the very first time as she makes her way down the aisle towards him and after the ceremony has taken place, they have photos with family and friends before being whisked off away from the guests for their location shoot.

More and more couples are wanting to stay and celebrate with their loved ones after the ceremony, instead of being whisked away, however they recognise the importance of having those special location photos captured so, along with their photographer they simply meet a couple of hours before the ceremony for these, sometimes their meet will be in the form of a ‘first look’ or a ‘reveal’ or others find a sense of calmness and happiness in getting ready together pre-shoot.

Another benefit to scheduling the location photos before the ceremony is it means the ceremony can take place a little later and you can enjoy the most beautiful picturesque sunset ceremony!

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Less Readings

5 years ago, around 70% of our couples were choosing to include readings in their ceremonies, now that’s down to just 20%. We believe that brides and grooms are choosing to keep their ceremonies simplistic, meaningful and relevant. They are acknowledging that unless there is a reading or quote that is special to them, they don’t want to include readings just for the sake of it.

Those that are including readings are often making them significant and unique by getting really creative and having some of the guests involved in putting the words together, or having their child write some words about their understanding of love.

More Happiness and Beautiful Connections

Brides and grooms are no longer picturing their ceremony as the bit where they will be frozen with nerves, feeling like all eyes are on them wishing it is all over. Far from it! The rise of civil ceremonies and the huge choice of modern Celebrants and Ministers that is now available, has left the nerve wracking sombre ceremonies as a thing of the past.

Couples can now thoroughly enjoy every moment of their ceremony, which can be full of happiness, smiles and even laughter. They can have plenty of input in to the ceremony, and can often proof read and make edits to ensure it reflects them perfectly as a couple and creates the atmosphere they envisage for their day.

We’re also expecting to see an increase of dancing in ceremonies, from the bridemaids dancing their way down the aisle, to flash mob style bridal party exits up the aisle after the ceremony.

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Scrapping of the staged signing photo

With an increasing number of brides and grooms wanting their wedding photos to be captured in a natural journalistic way, more couples are baulking at the idea of a mock signing photo, where they pretend to be signing or pose with the certificate for photos.

Couples are opting instead for say a photo of the bride looking lovingly in to her husbands eyes as he whispers to her how beautiful she looks. Couples are wanting their day to be real not staged and for the photographer to capture that realness and those genuine timeless special moments.

Husband and wife introduction

An increasing number of brides are choosing not to take their new husbands surname for various reasons, so instead of being introduced as Mr and Mrs Smith, they are opting to be introduced instead as ‘Husband and Wife’. Either way it’s such a high point of the ceremony that whichever way this is announced, the guests respond with huge cheers and applause before congratulating the newlyweds with hugs and kisses.

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All images kindly provided by Vellum Studios | Wedding Venue: Eves on the River | Marriage Celebrant: Ciara Hodge of Brisbane City Celebrants

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Ms Gingham says: So many fantastic ideas to think about! I love the giving away alternatives.

Ciara Hodge & Jamie Eastgate of Brisbane City CelebrantsWe are a modern, passionate and enthusiastic team of Brisbane Wedding Celebrants. We love nothing more than seeing our brides and grooms so happy and relaxed throughout their wedding ceremony

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