Straddie’s in his Heart – Beach Themed Marriage

James and Cherry wanted a wedding that was special for them so we went to Staddie (that’s North Stradbroke Island, Queensland for those from interstate).IMG_7448 (2)

While family and close friends made up the guest list, this only added to the joy of the day. The weather was perfect, no rain, little wind, white sand and blue, blue ocean, what more could you want.

This young couple come from very different worlds, James with his Irish heritage, and Cherry from Hainan Island, South China, so the ceremony had to reflect their union.

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Coincidence can be funny, but in this case it turned out to be just the thing to tie the beach theme together for this couple. Having a sand ceremony allowed James and Cherry to symbolically join their lives together. The heart jar was from Hainan Island, South China, Cherry’s birthplace, the black and white sands from Straddie where James spent many enjoyable holidays. And the red sand to seal their love and passion.


I can’t forget the Beach Wedding a poem with sentiments of

`And just as there will never be a morning without this ocean’s flow,
So there will never be a day without your love for one other’

expressed their future together and the circle of love made up of shells where they exchanged their vows, just topped their commitment. Everyone got involved at the end of the ceremony, casting stones with their blessings into the ocean, element of fun to set James and Cherry on married journey.IMG_7479

After the ceremony I was to find out that Patti, James mum, was married on the same beach. What a wonderful way to welcome a new Bride into Australian traditions.

Symbolism and traditions can add that special meaning to your ceremony and my aim, as your celebrant, is to make sure Your Special Day is Your Way, no matter what your wish may be.

You can email me at or phone 0418 722 396 to talk about your ideas and how I can assist you for your special day.