Three Goulburn Valley brides tell us how they shared their special day with the special young people in their life, and give advice on how to keep children entertained and engaged.By Laura Griffin
Kate and Gerard Montgomery
Kate and Gerard Montgomery said the best part of their January 14 wedding was having their children share it.
“It wouldn’t have been my wedding without them,” Kate said.
She said their two children, Montana, 16 months old and Mason, 11, were the centre of their family.
“The whole day was about symbolising our family unit,” she said.
They got married at their family home in Toolamba.
The Montgomerys celebrated the children’s naming ceremony as part of the wedding; they named the children’s godparents and Mason’s surname was changed to reflect the new grouping.
“We come from different families and the whole wedding was really about embedding for our children that we are all one family.”
Mason gave his mum away.
Kate said even though her father had passed away, Mason was exactly who she needed by her side.
“It was beautiful, especially because it had been he and I for so long,” she said.
She said Montana was a cute and well-behaved flower girl. Kate said she and her husband had no expectations of what their young daughter would do on the day.
“We were prepared to let her do what she wanted to do,” Kate said.
“The only thing Montana did was say was, ‘Ah oh’ really loudly at the ‘I do’ part.
“That got a good laugh.”
Photos by Lisa Nardella Photography.
Kate said the children had a ball throughout the day.
She said it was important to talk to their son about how he wanted to be involved and to respect his decisions.
“My son did a reading at the ceremony and gave a speech at the reception with the best man and maid of honour,” she said.
Kate said their planning made it an enjoyable day for the whole family.
She organised the dress fittings so Montana only had to go once and had people to help her look after the children throughout the preparations.
A friend’s mum was organised to pick up Montana early from the reception, which was at The Vault in Shepparton.
Paul and Kristy Iskov
Paul and Kristy Iskov said they would not have had their wedding without their three-year-old son Hunter because he was part of the family they were celebrating.
“Before we got married, Hunter was saying that he was getting married; it was his wedding too,” Kristy said.
Hunter and his cousin Tahlia Woodland, 6, were pageboy and flower girl.
Kristy said the pair looked and behaved beautifully.
“They held hands and walked down the aisle, and then they danced and spoke to everyone.”
“The kids were the life of the party.”
Kristy said local band Indecision playing The Wiggles’ song Rock- A-Bye Your Bear for the children did not work out exactly as they had planned.
“The kids were too shy, so the band got Paul and me to dance.
“When they realised I knew all the words, they made me get up and sing.”
The couple had their wedding ceremony and reception at their rural property in Strathmerton on November 26 last year.
Photos by Dale Wright Portrait Maker.
Josie and Mark Spencer
Josie and Mark Spencer also had a great experience sharing their May wedding day with younger family members.
They were married at St Brendan’s Catholic Church in Shepparton and had their reception at Riviera Receptions in Mooroopna.
Josie said her nephews, Lachlan, 3, and Joshua, 5, were keen to join their parents in the bridal party as pageboys.
“The boys looked gorgeous in their suits, which were exactly the same as the groomsmens’ suits,” she said.
Josie said Paul Jerome from Talisman Menswear in Mooroopna was great with them.
She said the boys behaved brilliantly throughout the preparations, including showing her the walks they had been practising, and on the wedding day.
She advised dressing children as late as possible and keeping them entertained.
“And let them be kids; let them do more than just the formal things,” she said.
Photos by Ginger and Mint Photography.
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