Personalised wedding ceremonies Mat and Emma

The following is the first of a series of stories about weddings at which I have officiated.

Mat and Emma were married earlier this year on the stunning property belonging to Mat’s parents in Bunyip State Park in Gembrook.  Over the previous few days it had been quite chilly and even raining, unusual for February.  However on the day the weather was stunning and the wedding was held outside in the beautiful bush/forest setting.  The photographer was in heaven!

Mat and Emma had been together for many years and head three beautiful children who took part in the ceremony.

To personalise their marriage ceremony I asked Mat and Emma to share some of the highlights of their meeting and journey to the time of their marriage.

“We worked together at McDonalds several years ago and Mat’s Mum taught at Emma’s primary school where our mums became good friends, so we have known each other since we were about 9 years old”

Mat used to give Emma a lift home from Macdonald’s he was very shy then!

In Mat’s words:

Emma’s a good looking girl and she is funny.  She was clumsy still is…!

We were working together at McDonalds one day and she slipped on a bun crate, caught her foot in a bucket and head-butted the wall.   Maybe that was all part of the plan to get noticed?

We still have fun together and chat about anything, our relationship is all about sharing.

In Emma’s words:

Mat gave me a wink that day I scooted in on a bun crate!

Mat was a bit daggy but his smiley bubbly personality made me laugh.

He is always the jokester first one up dancing, very layback, always late. Mat is my rock and go to person, all our decisions are made together.

Highlights of their relationship are travelling through Europe together for two years before the children were born and they loved their date nights on Thursday nights. One of these nights Mat organised to go to Crown in the city.  While they were outside enjoying the walk along the river with the gas flames adding atmosphere to the lovely evening, Mat got down on one knee and produced an engagement ring out of his sock!

  • It is 10 years ago today that they celebrated their engagement!  Mat didn’t want a long engagement…wanted to make sure he made right decision!

Now the things they enjoy doing together are watching the kids play basketball and footy on the weekends, quality family time together.

They also enjoy playing cards on Friday nights with friends and their games night dinners on Wednesday nights where they all take turns to cook… such energy 10 adults and 10 kids!

Excerpt from their vows:

You have already given me the two greatest gifts of my life: your love, and our beautiful children.
Today, it is my honour to become your husband.
I promise to continue building our family together,
celebrating our joy, comforting one another in hard times,
and strengthening our family’s future.
I vow to love and cherish you for all the days of my life.

I just spoke to Emma she is still on a high after their wonderful celebration.


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