The wedding of Jane and Trevor happened in the beautiful front garden of Jane’s parents house at Burbank in Queensland. They live on a five acre property so there was room aplenty and, in fact, several different locations were discussed for the ceremony, including during the week some indoor options if it rained.
They decided not to share their vows with each other beforehand (many couples do). Trevor let me in on a secret – he was going to sing his vows – the only people who knew these were his groomsmen, myself and the guitarist/musician. So, when it came time for the vows I introduced Trevor to say his. To Janes absolute surprise, and probably everyone there, he began singing, accompanied by the guitarist. The words were meaningful but also funny. There was much laughter as Trevor continued singing. I must say he has an excellent voice and thoroughly entertained everyone. The surprising finale came with the singing of the last chorus; the groomsmen reached behind them and grabbed musical instruments, like maracas, shakers etc and enthusiastically joined in with Trevor; singing the playing. There was great applause after the song and Jane just had this beaming smile all over her face. She then said her vows and it started pouring with rain. I told everyone that we would vacate and resume the wedding out the back under cover and 10 minutes later they were able to exchange rings, do their compulsory vows and I was able to pronounce them husband and wife.
As a celebrant, Trevor is the only person that I have witnessed that has sung the vows but I think surprises and something different can make a ceremony special. (In the next blog I will talk about my wedding with Trish).