Soman + Ingrid

‘Twas a few days before Christmas that I had the honour to marry these two international expat aid workers back on home soil.

I first received the call whilst in the Coles deli section on a lazy Sunday arvo in April.
‘Hi is this Celebrant Jam? This may be a little out of the blue, I’m Soman calling from Jordan and I got your contact from an acquaintance we met in Beirut. We are looking to get married in Melbourne at the end of the year.’
I knew immediately that this one is going to be pretty special.

Through the magic of Skype I had gotten to know Soman and Ingrid and their plans to have an intimate wedding ceremony with their close family and friends in Melbourne at the end of the year before embarking on an epic Italian dolce vita wedding gathering the following year. So for their Melbourne do they had put together a delicious lunch at the gorgeous French Saloon.

At our first video meeting we spoke about what Soman and Ingrid had in mind for their ceremony. They wanted something to possibly involve their loved ones and was really into the idea of a little hands-on ring warming ritual. On the day Soman’s nice Arya did an amazing job taking care of the rings and escorting them around the room for our guests to hold them in their hands and pass on their love and blessings. A truely beautiful moment shared amongst all the people in the room.

Some sweet words from Soman and Ingrid

Celebrant Jam brought a unique and positive energy to our special day. She made things fun and enjoyable and made us feel at ease. We really felt like Jam cared about helping us craft the day just as we wanted it to be. Jam also provided us with different ways of doing things so we could make all our friends and family feel a part of our ceremony - and it was this creativity that made the difference.

Marriage Celebrant: Celebrant Jam
Venue: French Saloon
Photographer: Elsa Campbell
Florist: The Road Stall

Tom + Cip

A pair of high school sweethearts joining their hearts and hands in marriage in spectacular fashion!

These two love birds met and fell in love as sweet 16 year olds riding the daily train to neighbouring high schools. They grew up together and survived the transition from adolescence to adulthood as well as living at opposite ends of the country when Cip moved away for her studies. They stayed true to each other through it all and once reunited they built a wonderful life together surrounded by their loved ones.

Tom and Cip’s wedding day was the perfect occasion for them to bring together all of the things that they love and share it with all of the people that they love in an ultimate celebration of their life and love. Tom and Cip are all about sustainable living and supporting their local community. So they gathered everybody for their wedding ceremony at the rooftop gardens of their local North Fitzroy library, with the after party held at their favourite bar Atticus Finch. They had thoughtfully organised catering to be provided by Melbourne Farmers Markets and put together a set of metallic reusable straws in little canvas pouches as wedding party favours for their guests. You can see their unique little touches throughout the day from the hand drawn signs to the little love hearts carefully carved out from potatoes and stamped on the bonbonniere pouches.

On the day Tom and Cip had assembled a kick ass wedding squad of 7 charming individuals who have been there for them through their daily life. And on their big day their wedding posse was TURNT, with our lady bride’s mates rocking bold red jumpsuits by Melbourne’s Oats the label that perfectly matched the vibrant blooms styled by Honesty Flora.

Our beautiful bride and groom stole the show when they joined their hands at the ceremony, they looked into each other’s eyes and read out their vows declaring their feelings and reasons for loving one another.

Some lovely words from Tom and Cip

“Thank you Jam for your passion and energy! You were warm, relaxed yet proffessional and made the lead-up to our wedding such a breeze. We knew exactly what to expect on the day and you absolutely nailed the ceremony. Thank you for encapsulating our story and putting so much love into the entire process. We couldn't reccomend you highly enough!'“

Marriage Celebrant: Celebrant Jam
Ceremony Venue: Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library
Photographer: Caroline Sada
Flowers: Honesty Flora
Food: Melbourne Farmers Markets
Music: Songbirds
Make up: Viv Roche Makeup
Hair: Steve Mazza & by.RELLA
Cake: Tuileries Cakery
Afterparty: Atticus Finch
DJ at afterparty: My Best Friend's Wedding DJs
Bride wears: Top from Japan and Skirt by Arnsdorf
Groom wears: Hugo Boss
Bride’s Mates wears: OATS the label
Groom’s Entourage wears: Jack London

Photography Caroline Sada

Photography Caroline Sada

Drew + Addie

These two mega babes have the most magnificent megawatt smiles that will shine through even torrential rain during the middle of their wedding ceremony!

I loved meeting Drew and Addie at their home and getting to know them around their kitchen bench. I also had the pleasure to work alongside their dear friend Jess to deliver their wedding ceremony together. We collaborated in bringing together a ceremony that had Drew and Addie’s story told through Jess who was there from the very beginning personally witnessing something special that developed and grew between our two lovers.

On the day of the main event the unpredictable October Melbourne weather forecast was all over the place. The ceremony set up at Butler Lane in Richmond had an indoor wet weather plan in place, however the brooding skies daringly held off all day and even gave us little glimmers of sunshine at times. We triumphantly began our ceremony with Addie making her radiant entrance accompanied by both her parents.

We were about half way through the ceremony right as Drew’s sister was making an emotional reading when the waterworks started. We felt little drops of rain fall upon the crowd and by the time we had gotten some umbrellas up the light drops have gained in strength and volume. I remember looking over to Addie and she decisively signalled for a move inside. It was then all hands on deck with the brilliant staff at the Butler Lane and all the wedding guests swiftly grabbing everything within reach and rushing it out of the sudden torrential downpour. Our awesomely talented photographer Anna Taylor was able to capture all the wonderful wet chaos where our beautiful bride Addie’s signature smile carried the move inside with such grace and spirit!

Once inside we excitedly gathered ourselves and regained our feet quickly to pick things back up from where we left off. The rest of the ceremony had just as much if not more heart as our guests huddled closer together around what has become a more intimate indoor ceremony. And once we finished the ceremony and signing of the legal documents the rain clouds miraculously parted to give us clear skies. Our guests spilled back outside to form a tunnel of love for our glowing newlyweds to joyfully walk out through.

It goes to show that all you really need is love! Through rain or shine, love will come out on top and there’s nothing that could get in the way of a good celebration of love.

Here’s what Drew and Addie said

“Having Jam around on our day was best ever. And in the lead up too. Chilled out. Fun. Professional. 10/10”

Marriage Celebrant: Celebrant JAM
Venue: Butler Lane
Photographer: Anna Taylor
Bride’s Dress: Karen Willis Holmes
Hair: Candi Brown
Make up: Danni McDowell
Suit: Oscar Hunt Tailors

Photography Anna Taylor

Photography Anna Taylor

Nik + Nath

Nik and Nath are equal parts adorable and cool AF!

Their wonderful love story began many moons ago within the wonderful World of Warcraft, a young Nikki from Melbourne met a young Nathan from Christchurch, they joined the guild ‘Shadow of Chaos’ and became forever linked. It took 3 years for them to meet in person and a further 4 years for their friendship to blossom into something more. Once they were sure of their love for each other they moved countries and cities to be together.

As partners in real life they have been there for each other through the ups and downs, all the while having a good old laugh about it. Nik and Nath’s wedding day gathered all their loved ones for a wonderful celebration in honour of their fun filled world.

Some sweet words from Nikki

Having Jam as the celebrant on our wedding day made it feel like it was being officiated by a long time friend. She was professional, detail oriented funny and warm. The narrative Jam created for our ceremony had our guests laughing and 'awwwww'ing throughout, she touched all the important bases from our story and sprinkled it with nerdy nuances that really reflected the people we are. She held our hand through the paperwork process and was totally accommodating at every step. We cannot recommend her enough for a professional but down to earth experience. She gave so much heart and understanding to our wedding day. Thanks girlfriend! <3

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Marriage Celebrant: Celebrant Jam
Venue: Glasshaus Inside
Photographer: Nabeels Camera
Videographer: Icarus Studios

Doug + Ally

A pair of interstate lovebirds based in Perth that decided to gather up all their loved ones to come down to scenic Apollo Bay and see them join their hands in marriage. I first got to know Doug and Ally through a Sunday evening Skype meeting and instantly fell for their love story. 

These two locked eyes across a busy festival crowd at a Groove in the Moo in Bendigo and kept bumping into each other until Ally finally agreed to a kiss and a date with Doug. Needless to say the date went very well, however the very next day Doug had to fly back to work in Darwin. Distance couldn't keep the lovers apart for long, Ally decided to take the plunge to visit Doug in Darwin and it was there that they fell in love. 

Doug and Ally's wedding ceremony was held high up on a hill at the picturesque Cloud Farm property. They were lucky to have enlisted their good friend and photographer Ania from Enriched By Light Photography to capture all the beautiful moments from the day.

A testimonial from the lovebirds,

"My husband and I both wanted a unique celebrant to marry us and we are so glad we were recommended Jam. Coming from Perth, we thought it would be hard to get across who we were and find the right fit. But after one skype date, Jam put us at ease. We had a further two meetings with Jam before the big day, and her individualised style and blog of our meetings felt unique. I dont think any two of her ceremonies would be the same. Jam has a great way with words, and so many people at our wedding commented how wonderful the ceremony was. Thanks for being uber cool Jam. We wont hesitate in recommending you to EVERYONE!! xx"

Photography by Ania

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