I have known Dave since I was a teenager, so it was a huge honour to be asked to help him Get Just Married® to the gorgeous Ksenia.
This was not an easy wedding to organise. Dave and Ksenia were outside of Australia living in St Petersburg, Russia, so the rules for signatures on their Notice of Intended Marriage form were a little different to those for couples completing the paperwork in Australia.
The only people who can witness signatures outside of Australia are:
- an Australian Diplomatic Officer,
- an Australian Consular Officer,
- an employee of the Commonwealth authorized under paragraph 3 (c) of the Consular Fees Act 1955,
- an employee of the Australian Trade Commission authorized under paragraph 3 (d) of the Consular Fees Act 1955
- or a notary public
Dave and Ksenia attempted to have their paperwork completed in St Petersburg a few times. There were frustrations and some tears (from Ksenia), but ultimately they sorted everything with a trip to the Australian Embassy in Moscow for a signature or two.
Back in Australia for their wedding day, things went much smoother. We stood together on a rock platform at Mona Vale Headland (the site of their first date). There were five people present… myself, the bride and groom, plus two witnesses. This time, the sun shone, there were a few tears (from Dave) and the only frustration was forgetting the champagne glasses! That didn’t stop us from celebrating straight from the bottle in true relaxed Vows Now style!
Congratulations Dave and Ksenia. Приветствия к вашему здоровью
“Jo, you were the consummate professional. Punctual, ever helpful, fuss-free, and a major asset when we were struggling with bureaucracy on the other side of the Iron Curtain! We were thrilled in having you officiate our wedding, in such a beautiful place. Thanks also to Paul, who was such a good sport and handy photographer to boot! I don’t intend to ever marry again (as I got it right the first time!) but would heartily recommend Jo as the ideal wedding celebrant.” Dave & Ksenia G.