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I simply love every wedding I do. I love the sheer joy of giving every couple the best possible beginning to their married life. I love calming a nervous groom, getting that teary feeling when my beautiful brides arrive, and knowing that no matter what happens over the next half hour, I will make them really, really happy.

Most of the time, everything goes off without a hitch. Perfect. And sometimes, there’s an unexpected moment that makes everyone laugh. It’s never a disaster …

People ask me all the time about the funny things that happen at my weddings.  I thought I’d share a few of my favourite funnies.

Imagine my surprise when a couple forgot to mention that their dog was now their ringbearer! First, I asked the Best Man for the rings, and that was when I was told about the dog. So I called her. She came  –  with only one of the rings tied to her collar! Five minutes of 120 guests checking all over the ground for the rings, laughing the whole time and the ring was found!

Or the time that the bride came down the aisle, looked at her groom and asked him if he had the rings. He didn’t. So back down the aisle she ran, full skirt billowing and made her entrance a second time, music and all, while her groom stared open mouthed. My first runaway bride!

There was the time that a 4 year old flower-girl interrupted me, five minutes into the ceremony, by pulling on my skirt and asking why was I talking into “that thing”? Or the 2 year old who insisted on “up,up,up” while his mum and dad were trying desperately to exchange their rings, and another toddler who did figure of 8’s through his father’s legs as he tried to make his vows.

And the time that it was so incredibly windy that all we could hear while we did the vows, was the crash of glass vases smashing, over and over, whilst we had hair and papers flapping everywhere. Smash … giggle. Crash … laugh … until there were none left.

There have been fathers of the bride that forgot their daughters were waiting to be walked down the aisle. Many, many a time I have marched a dad out of his seat, and back down the aisle to do his duty …

So many rings that wouldn’t slide onto fingers; (yes, I tell every single couple to put Vaseline on the inside, but sometimes they just don’t listen). Rings that have jumped out of boxes, in that slow motion way things happen, when they really, really shouldn’t, as Best Men fumbled. Not to mention many that ended up on the wrong finger instead. Spaghetti straps that have pinged and snapped mid ceremony, and the odd wardrobe malfunction where a strapless gown shifted perilously south!

Ferry foghorns that went off the moment we started the vows. Trains rattling overhead on the Harbour Bridge. Gangs of cockatoos stripping gum trees of their leaves and raining the leftover twigs down over guests. A stryaing dog that joined the wedding party happily ignoring its owner calling its name over and over from a few houses down …

And a Jewish rabbi who began to sing at the wedding he was presiding over, nearby – at exactly the same moment I opened my mouth to welcome everyone. (That was hilarious! The bride was beside herself, giggling – gorgeous girl).

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So what is the moral to all these tales? Is it that bad luck follows me everywhere? Never get married outside? Not at all, it’s much simpler than that.

Not one of these mishaps spoilt any of these couple’s weddings. Not one hissy fit. Not one bridezilla moment or tantrum thrown amongst them all. Lots of happy, laughing, smiling guests. Lots of fabulous, unexpected memories to laugh about for years to come

Your wedding day is a celebration of everything that you love about each other. It is a big day, a beautiful day and you should make the decision to enjoy it. Smile, giggle, laugh, cry happy tears and love every single moment … after all there’s no instant replay.

Photography by Scott Thomas 0414 235 520


Ms Gingham says: “Are you thinking what I’m thinking? That if only Prince Wills had Robyn as his marriage celebrant … that ring would have slid over Katie’s finger without a hitch? Such a small detail … Thanks so much to Robyn Pattison Civil Marriage Celebrant for a very wise and entertaining post!”

Robyn says: I am quite possibly the happiest marriage celebrant in Sydney! Weddings are my thing! Nothing makes me happier than a really happy couple – every time.

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On a sunny Sunday in March I attended The Wine Suites’ Boutique Bridal Show at Manly Wine. There I got to check out this venue for the very first time, meet some lovely wedding professionals (including Kristi Bonnici, who we’ve written about here) and sip on champagne. I know… what a tough job!

Funky, fresh and fabulous is how I would describe The Wine Suites. This is definitely a reception venue for beach-loving couples or for those who want something vibrant and a little bit different from your standard black and white affair. The first thing you notice when you walk into The Wine Suites is how light, open and airy it is. Then that incredible view of Manly Beach will capture your attention. These two elements work well together as the space draws the outside in.  There’s also loads of verandah space for guests to wander out onto to bask in the sunshine and the cool sea breeze. You’ll also notice their playful colour scheme – this space can really pull off a mix of animal prints and florals.

What I also like about The Wine Suites is that you can also have your ceremony on the adjoining terrace. Unfortunately you don’t get an ocean view from here but it still is very pretty and quite intimate. It’s also a really neutral space so you could get creative with your chairs and decorations to inject your personality into it.

Manly Wine is flexible in the way you want to use the space too. You can choose to hire the entire Wine Suites (which sits up to 120 and stands up to 250), or if you’re having a more intimate wedding/reception, you might decide to go with just The Beach Suites (facing onto Manly Beach – sits 40-80 and stands 75-150) or The Terrace Suites (at the rear of The Wine Suites – sits up to 90 and stands up to 150).

As for accommodation, The Sebel is conveniently located right next door. This is perfect for guests coming from far away, and for the bride and groom – imagine waking up to the sun rising over Manly Beach the morning after your wedding!

The team at Manly Wine describes The Wine Suites as being, “A fresh new approach for the modern bride” and that sums up this venue to a T! I think this venue best suits a smaller crowd to keep the space feeling open (plus there will be more room for your guests to party on the dance floor!) I also think it would be the perfect place to wine and dine after a fun, relaxed beach ceremony. For places nearby, check out Manly’s page on Beach Brides.

Images courtesy of Manly Wine

Centrepieces by Wild Lotus

Planks, carpet and ribbons by Funktionality

On the 11th of May, Harpers Bazaar Magazine launched their first ever bridal special at The Wedding List Co flagship store Woollahra. 80 lucky readers, along with industry identities. celebrated the launch of the magazin e- which involved champagne from Moet & Chandon, delicious cake from Sweet Art and the gorgeous designs of Johanna Johnson showcased throughout the evening, including in a special presentation by Edwina McCann, the Harpers Bazaar editor.

Sweet Art created scrumptious cakes to celebrate the occasion.

Amanda Thompson from Harpers Bazaar with Sarah Jenkins of Johanna Johnson

Guest with editor Edwina McCann

Editor Edwina McCann taking guests through the different bridal styles of Johanna Johnson

The Johanna Johnson Team – Jessica Wilson, Nicola Wesseling, model, model, Johanna Johnson, Model, model, Sarah Jenkins, Marita Matheson, Lyndel Dowd

Karaline Loiterton and Alicia Coughlan of The Wedding List Co

Katya Hudson and Tanya Donaldson  from Moet & Chandon

Maggie Hansdorfer, guest, Jess MacDonald

Some of the team from Harpers Bazaar and Sweet Art with Wedding List Co

Johanna Johnson with models, guests

Guests, Johanna Johnson and Karaline Loiterton of The Wedding List Co

Karaline Loiterton, Edwina McCann and Johanna Johnson. Karaline Loiterton welcomes guests

Johanna Johnson, Natalie Mark. Karaline Loiterton

Maggie Hansdorfer, Tim Warrington, Jessica MacDonald. Sarah Jenkins, Natalie Mark

The Wedding List Co team