When I first met Anya and Sunny, I could feel how much in love they were. The way they held each others hands, touched each other on the arms and face, and the way they looked into each others eyes was something to behold. I was so excited when they chose me to be their Marriage Celebrant. As time went on, I got to know them and their story of how they came to be. Anya and Sunny’s parents had been friends for a long time, when one night over dinner, Anya and Sunny’s worlds collided. Six years on, to the day, they were saying “I do” and I was saying the words “I now pronounce you Husband and Wife”.
When I was writing their ceremony, I asked them what marriage meant to them. Sunny’s response was simple yet perfect. Sunny believed that marriage meant waking up next to Anya everyday and spending the rest his life with her. Anya told me that Sunny was her butter to her popcorn – truly a perfect match. They both value their family and wanted them included in the ceremony. Anya and Sunny are very multicultural, with origins from the Ukraine and Sri Lanka. They wanted to acknowledge these cultures by including them in the ceremony; this was very exciting for me to be a part of.
The day arrived and Walkabout Creek was a buzz with nerves, excitement, and wedding fun. When the ceremony began, I asked all parents to come forward for a parent blessing. Secondly, Sunny’s father did a traditional hand tying, with a special jug and water to bless the hands once tied. Thirdly, when I pronounced them as Husband and Wife, Sunny and Anya took their first steps together onto a special rug, called a Rushnyk.
Special mention must go to both Anya and Sunny for writing their own vows and keeping them a secret till the actual ceremony – this is one of my favourite things as a Celebrant. The look they both had when hearing them for the first time was priceless. My favourite line out of their vows was something Anya said to Sunny:
“I feel like I can conquer the world with one hand, as long as you’re holding the other”.
I have wonderful memories of this ceremony, and this is also due to working with Anna Osetroff – Wedding Photographer and her partner. They were so easy to work with, and their photo’s of Anya and Sunny’s Wedding are amazing! Here is some lovely words that she said about me:
“We loved working with Annie Grace at Sunny and Anya’s Walkabout Creek Wedding! Hope to work with you again soon Annie :)” Anna Osetroff – Wedding Photographer