Family Blending Ceremony at the Oldest Operating Boathouse in Victoria
Studley Park Boathouse, Kew, 2012
On a beautifully sunny spring afternoon in Melbourne in October this year I had the pleasure of conducting the marriage between Emiko and Peter, incorporating a family blending ceremony. Family and friends gathered on the banks of the Yarra River in Kew where the oldest operating boathouse in Victoria stands – the Studley Park Boathouse. Being only a 10 minute drive from central Melbourne, you could be mistaken from thinking you were somewhere in the country, so natural is the setting with picturesque views of the Yarra River and the perfect setting for their ceremony.
Emiko was given away by her Father, who had flown in from Japan for the special occasion.
Their ceremony acknowledged and celebrated not only the creation of a marriage, but also affirmation of the family union. Emiko and Peter presented each of the children with a commemorative gift to celebrate the special day. At the conclusion of the ceremony, on behalf of their parents, I also presented each of the children with an Appreciation Certificate acknowledging their contribution to the special event.
It’s always tremendously satisfying to receive positive comments following a ceremony, and the following week I received this email from the bride (which had been sent to her from her Father’s friend, who had also attended their ceremony).