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14 December 2011

Tuggeranong Homestead hosts the happiest wedding, and we get my favourite photo for the year

Hello, and welcome
     Last month it was my great pleasure to join in the joy of Rebecca and Scott's wedding. I love this photo Rebecca sent me. It instantly became my favourite photo for 2011. 
     I started this post pre-Christmas, and I'm glad to be finishing it before this year finishes, as I head to a midnight picnic to watch the fireworks with my husband David. 
     I wish you all the very best for 2012. 
My favourite wedding photo of 2011 from hundreds collected throughout this year.
This photo of Scott and Rebecca being presented to their guests as newlyweds, reminds me completely of just why I enjoy my job so much. I think the beautiful bride and handsome groom look like models on a wedding website!
     Scott and Rebecca were married at the recently refurbished Tuggeranong Homestead.   After the ceremony, I spent some time talking with Neil, our host. He has done wonderful things with this historic Canberra asset. 
     There's a new pergola for ceremonies, and close to this, is a large building like a shearing shed, set up for the celebrations to follow. Neil and his team have been meticulous with the restorations and the new gardens are a lovely enhancement to this unique place. It has the friendly feel of a country setting but it's right in the suburbs, across the road from Calwell shops. 
     I'm so glad that the old Homestead has been rejuvenated as I've had several weddings there over the years and, though it was always a good venue, it had potential to be so much more. 
     You could also consider having a winter wedding inside the historic building. I've been to a winter wedding there, with fires burning in the old fireplaces, and it all worked very well. 
     While I was still wandering around taking some photos to let you know about this excellent venue, I had a couple of barbecued prawn kebabs. Yum! The other pre-reception food coming around with the drinks looked delicious and the serves were very generous. 
     If you book Tuggeranong Homestead for your wedding, the cafe will be closed and you'll have the place all to yourself. What a convenient venue for locals to 'escape to the country' and 'get away from it all', so close to home! What a memorable venue for sharing with interstate visitors, our easy-going Canberra 'city in the country' lifestyle. 
     There are more photos in the slideshow to the right of this blog post. Don't you just love the Tuggeranong Homestead post in the photo on the right?

Lee and Colin married in the Heart Garden
     My last wedding for the year was last week, when Lee and Colin married in my beautiful romantic Heart Garden. (Available free of charge for small weekday weddings, since we have no registry office weddings in the ACT.)
     The wedding of Colin and Lee was another very joyful event. In all the cool weather we've had in Canberra this December, we got a glorious summer day. 
     From this wedding I have many memories of sunshine and laughter to bring to a close another wonderful year for me as a civil marriage celebrant.

     Thank you for visiting my blog. I'm thrilled to know I've had over 22,000 page views of my 56 posts, even though I'm writing for a small, select, mostly local population. It makes me feel like we're having a two-way conversation. 
     If you have any questions, please put them in the comment area below, and I'll answer them as soon as I return from holiday for my first 2012 wedding on Friday January 20.
     
Farewell to 2011, and to newlyweds Colin and Lee
as they leave the Heart Garden to begin married life together.
     
If you would like me to be your celebrant, please phone me (from January 20) any day between 9am and 9pm on my mobile 0406 376 375. Or email me. I'll be checking my emails every few days (when my ship's in port) and text messages will reach me. I would love to be your celebrant on your wedding day as you too, make happiest memories to last you a lifetime.

Till next time
Sincerely
Michele