A cherished celebrant

By Bride and Groom 23 June 2017

In a cheeky twist, Sharne Milne and David Murray were legally married in secret the day prior to their “wedding”, allowing their best friend to act as celebrant on their special day. 

The couple kicked tradition to the curb in a variety of ways with their nuptials on October 15, 2016 – which enabled them to have the wedding day of their dreams, and one that suited them perfectly.

“When planning the wedding, David and I decided that we wanted the ceremony different and not the ‘traditional wedding’,” Sharne said. 

“We didn’t want to pay so much money (for a professional celebrant) for someone to not fully know us and our relationship.

“We couldn’t have asked for a more special thing (with friend Bridie McCormick as the celebrant).”

The bride herself wowed her guests in a gorgeous ensemble, which again rewrote the wedding day rules. 

After struggling to find a dress that fully represented her personality, Sharne found a two-piece design that truly captured her heart. 

She went to her dressmaker, design in tow, who created a delicate lace crop top and full skirt for Sharne.

Even the bridesmaids had their own wedding day twist; wearing the colour white and a style of their own choice to reflect their individual personalities.

“I always wanted them to choose their own dress and white fitted perfectly with that,” Sharne said. 

“Honestly, I couldn’t have been happier with what they chose.” 

There was nary a three-course meal for guests either, with the couple opting for delicious wood-fired pizzas instead. 

While a naked cake was on hand for the traditional cake-cutting tradition; the couple also treated their guests to dessert pizzas – providing another refreshing break from the norm.  

Photography: Shelly Price Photography 

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