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Who: Jeni Galbraith & Jacinta Leong.
When: 12 February 2005.
Venue: Mercure Sydney Airport --
Ceremony in the State Room, Reception
in the Premier Room.
Hen's night: Family and friends shared a
Thai meal at Sumalee Restaurant, The
Bank Hotel, Newtown, where the
couple had been introduced to each
other by Janet Parkins, 2 years earlier.
Outfits: Jeni's suit from Myer Store. Her
"something old, borrowed and blue"
was a silver protection star with a
turquoise centre, belonging to her mum,
Pam. Jacinta's silk top and pants set
from Vietnam. Her "something old and
borrowed" was a gold bracelet
which had been a gift from her
grandmother Wai Chun, to
Jacinta's mum, Judy.
Rings: Matching 18ct white gold
bands -- understated and functional.
Ceremony: 85 guests flew and
drove in from Cairns, Townsville,
Bundaberg, Ipswich, the Gold
Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne,
Wollongong, Sydney, Adelaide and
Hobart. Ushers handed them each a
rose quartz bead, which was to be
held through the ceremony to absorb
"positive vibes" from the guests. Jeni and
her attendants, sister Sharyn, and brother-
in-law Alex waited at the front of the
room. Flower girl Lily, ring bearer Mikey,
Jacinta and her parents Joe and Judy,
sister Alana and close friends Michael &
Craig, made their way into the room and
took their places at the front with Jeni.
During the 40 minute ceremony, four
readings were delivered by Sharyn,
Alana, Craig and Joe & Judy. Jeni &
Jacinta composed their own vows, and
memorised them, to recite before their
guests. Officiated by Civil Celebrant Dare
Kavanagh, a candle lighting ceremony
symbolized the uniting of the two
families. After the Wedding Certificate
was signed, a receiving line allowed the
newly weds to collect the rose quartz
kicked off with
Jacinta & Jeni,
their parents and attendants entering the
room to Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She
Lovely". A three course meal was
enjoyed by all. MC Tony Johnston
presided over the speeches and
"telegrams" (text messages, letters and
emails from those absent. A furphy
telegram read, "Dear Jeni & Jacinta, I
would have liked to have attended your
wedding, but I wasn't invited. The
Honorable John Howard".) Jeni chose the
wedding cake -- caramel with white
chocolate icing. From the moment DJ
Justin McCauley started the music for
bridal waltz, the dance floor was live.
Mikey, 4 & Lily, 2 were repeatedly
instructed to stop stealing the show. The
evening ended with an "arch for
farewell", as the couple made a midnight
exit. But a weekend was made of it. Over
Photos: Fiora Sacco
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