Author Archive for David Thorburn

It just rained and rained

Well that is a possibility at any outdoor wedding. The chances of rain affecting your ceremony is relatively small. But with most weddings on North Stradbroke a back up venue is always on the back burner. Generally the reception venue will be the option of first choice. Otherwise a home rented for the couples overnight accommodation can be used. Where…

Maree and John had a problem

Maree and John have been previously married and both have children. The oldest son of John, 14 year old Bobby,  disapproved of his father’s marriage to Maree. The couple wanted Bobby to be a part of the wedding and it was suggested that he take a lead in the ceremony. After consultation with Maree, John and  myself  he was asked…

The lost beach

A couple booked South Gorge for their May wedding. We met the day before at the Gorge for a quick ceremony run-thru and descending the stairs we found a two meter drop onto bedrock. A big South Easterly had removed all the sand off shore and we looked upon  a barren and desolate landscape incapable of access. So we diverted…

How long is a ceremony

The average ceremony lasts between 7 and 9 minutes; that is from the bride’s entrance to the signing of documents. This all depends of course on what is in there ceremony content but generally there is a standard format that most couples wish to follow. Time can be extended by extra readings, a music recital, an added special ceremony or…

Music at a beach wedding

Just about every ceremony, it seems,  there is music. It shows just how important music is in our lives. How music can inspire, emote and bring lack memories of people places and times. So music is of significance and can be highly emotional at a beach wedding. Tips: have the music downloaded in a device that has it’s own volume…

What could I expect at a beach wedding? – wind

Beach weddings at their best are truly amazing. White sand, crystal clear water, bubbling surf, magnificent rock cliffs,  photogenic driftwood, privacy, shady walkways onto beach, whales dolphins and other marine life on display, the list goes on. This is the true unspoiled beauty of North Stradbroke Island. But being on an island  things can sometimes work a little differently to…

Photographers

Most wedding use professional photographers or friends or relatives who understand photography. In the majority the photographer is a paid professional and for that reason assume that they know their stuff. I’ve seen hundreds of photographers at work and they are capable of turning any situation into something beautiful and spectacular. Some ask for certain situations to take photos but…

What a Celebrant does

Often I am contacted by a future bride or groom who ask general questions but many times I read between the lines. The concept of marriage creates visions of bridesmaids, best man, flowers, suits, gowns, seat placements at reception, invitations, makeup  etc. and the amount of stress that these issues make, especially for prospective brides, can pressurize to a point…