When Trevor Rice (a Melbourne Marriage Celebrant) proposed to his partner of 25 years on Christmas night 2017, he didn’t realise that he’d have two ceremonies. His partner Eddie being of Chinese extraction wanted to hold the legal marriage on an auspicious day and sent a friend to Hong Kong to choose several prosperous days in June and July.
The decision was to hold the legal ceremony at home on June 20, with close family and of course the fur babies, Olly and Coco. Once the ceremony was over and everyone spilled into the street for group photos and other shots in the local park, before retiring to a local Richmond restaurant for lunch.
The second ceremony was going to be held at the Hotel Windsor where Eddie had worked for 25 years and it was held on July 14, Bastille Day. Prior to the ceremony a photo shoot was held in the nearby gardens and public buildings. This larger ceremony enabled family, ex and current work mates and friends to storm the Windsor to eat, drink, dance and generally have a good time. Purposely formalities were kept to a minimum, in order for everyone to feel relaxed.
The staff were amazing as they encouraged us to make a surprise entrance and walk in through the guests rather than enter from the foyer. Surprises continued as the first dance occurred immediately after the ceremony, then the guests were encouraged to dance prior to canapes being served. Dinner was a buffet and everyone enjoyed the food immensely. After speeches the night raced on with more and more dancing which continued until after 11.
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