Jessica & Johno Choose the CRJC Grafton Racecourse as their Venue

On Saturday Jessica & Jono were married at the Grafton Racecourse. The ceremony took place in fine weather on the racecourse lawn. Cocktails & reception folloowed in the permanent marquee. The marquee was magnificently decorated by Carol

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A Racecourse Wedding

_DSC3212Today I performed a delightful ceremony for Jessica & Johnathan. The wedding was held at Grafton Racecourse. I ceremony took place on the large grass area near the permanent marquis. This is a great space with cooling grass & good shade, it is a large area which can accomodate the largest of wedding crowds. The marquis & racecouse buildings offer protection from the weather if needed.

The reception took place in the marquis which was decorated by Carol Davis of Something Special Wedding decorators.

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On the Terrace at Opal Cove Resort

Today I performed a ceremony for Sky & Zayin at Opal Cove Resort Coffs Harbour. This was the first time I used my new Shure microphone and I was very impressed with the clarity. Sky was escorted by her Mother and attended by four bridesmaides in different shades of purple. Sky looked stunning and she and Zayin appeared so happy and so in love. Although there were a few claps of thunder just prior to the ceremony, the rain held off until the formalities were finished and the couple moved inside for photos near the indoor waterfall and garden. The skies then cleared in time for the bride, groom and wedding party to head to the Jetty area at Coffs for the photography session before a reception at Club Coffs.

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Songs for a Naming Day

I was recently asked to provide a list of music & songs that would be suitable for a Child’s Naming Ceremony. After reviewing past ceremonies, discussions with some friends & a little research I have compiled this list of my top 50. I would be grateful for further suggestions.

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All Things Bright and Bautiful  Katherine Jenkins 
Amazed Lonestar 
At Last  Etta James 
Away In A Manger  Casting Crowns
Baby Baby Amy Grant 
Baby Love  Diana Ross and the Supremes 
Beautiful boy  John Lennon 
Beautiful Child  Eurythmics 
Butterfly Delta Goodrem 
Butterfly Kisses  Bob Carlisle 
Close to You  The Carpenters 
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face  Roberta Flack 
For your babies  Simply Red 
Forever Young  Rod Stewart 
Gracie Ben Fold
Gravity Embrace 
Hello My Baby  Ladysmith Black Mambazo 
I knew I loved You  Savage Garden 
In my arms  Plumb 
In My Daughter’s Eyes Martina McBride 
Isn’t she lovely  Stevie Wonder 
L’après-midi d’un faune  Debussy 
Little Ray of Sunshine  Brian Cadd 
Little Star  Madonna.
Lullaby Brahms 
Lullaby from the ‘Dolly’ Suite  Fauré 
Miracle Celine Dion 
Morning has Broken  Cat Stevens 
My Little Girl  Tim McGraw 
Peaceful Face  Hue and Cry 
Pure Lightning Seeds
She Elvis Costello 
She Makes a Sound  Hue and Cry 
Sleeping Child Michael Learns To Rock
Smile Uncle Cracker
Songbird Eva Cassidy 
Sorcerer’s Apprentice  Dukas 
Spring Four Seasons Vivaldi 
Summertime Ella Fitzgerald
Sweetest Little Fellow  Paul Robeson
The day (that you gave me a son) Babyface 
The Power of Love  Frankie
Unto us a child is born Messiah Handel 
Variations on a Nursery Tune  Dohnányi 
Waiting for a Star to Fall Boy Meets Girl
Welcome to the World  Kevin Rudolf 
What A Wonderful World  Nat King Cole 
With Arms Wide Open  Creed
You are the sunshine of my life Stevie Wonder 
You Gotta Be  Des’ree

Certificates racked for a Naming Ceremony

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Beside Broom’s Head Lagoon


The weather was a little threatening, but it was decided that the wedding would proceed at the reserve on the waterfront at Broom’s Head for local couple Susan & Nigel. The bride and groom chose a popular black & white theme. The newly weds included a pouring of sand in the ceremony involving their children in the proceedings. The rain held off but the temperate was a chilly 16 degrees. Lucky the weather the following week was sunny and mild for a Gold Coast honeymoon.


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Two Pipers Piping

The weather was perfect for the June wedding of Nicola & Luke who chose Strontian Park to exchange vows and rings. The park held special childhood memories for Luke and the couple travelled 1200ks from Yepoon in QLD to hold their ceremony there with family and friends before an afternoon tea in the nearby Southgate Hall which was all tizzied up by Carol & Mick from Something Special. After her arrival in a veteran Jaguar, Nicola & her Father, Paul were led to the aisle by Luke’s Father, Ken on bagpipes. Ken & friend John also played bagpipes during the signing of the register. Strontian Park is an excellent venue for an outdoor wedding as the park overlooks the magnificient Clarence River. Ceremonies can take place under the shade of the huge fig trees or the towering Eucalypts.

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Bonville Wedding Expo 2012

Weather once again smiled on the Wedding Expo at the Bonville Golf Resort. This annual event attracted over 40 exhibitors and was well attended by potential brides. “Style Events” the newest planning and decorating service on the Coffs Coast showcased their amazing creativity. There is a magnificent large tree within the rainforest which is a perfect place to hold your ceremony. The function rooms were set up to show couples how spectacular they look when decorated for a wedding. There are many beautiful spots within the grounds for stunning photos and it is a short journey to a nearby beach if you want to include beach shots. Guests of your wedding can be accommodated within the resort and even enjoy a game of golf on the international standard course.

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