Shopping Basket
Your Basket is Empty
There was an error with PayPalClick here to try again
CelebrateThank you for your business!You should receive an order confirmation from Paypal shortly.Exit Shopping Basket

jaya bargwanna civil celebrant newcastle hunter valley port stephens nsw




Posted on 7 December, 2019 at 3:30

How did you first meet?

Matt and I met at the field of dreams (aka Lydon oval). At the time, my younger brother Raj, was playing in the under 19s team. Matt was one of the scary first grade boys. Middle of winter, dressed in a short dress, I was freezing my butt off while watching Raj play. A cute guy came over, offered me a jacket (which I graciously accepted) and then walked away. I later found out that it was a toss up between offering me that jacket, or the ‘stripper blanket’ as a laugh for the boys. If he chose the blanket, I don’t think I’d be filling this out.

Was it LOVE at first site? - Or did someone need a little persuasion?

So far from it! I mean, I thought he was cute – but he didn’t even say two peeps to me. For about 6 months there was the occasional ‘Hi’, ‘Bye’ or ‘been surfin’ lately?’ but that’s it. Then, fast forward another 6 months, there was a cheeky ‘add friend on fb’, then, a few months later we started bumping into each other at different pubs and our chats evolved to more than just ‘hi and bye’. Slow and steady wins the race, right?

What did you do for your FIRST DATE?

I don’t really know when things went from being pals to a first date. The first time we hung out, we went and got a coffee and watched Surfest. It was pissing down rain and I nearly bailed, but my mum convinced me to go and boy am I glad I did. From there, we caught up for a stroll along the beach (not sunset, don’t worry) and watched Surfest again. A huge storm came over so I offered to drive Matt back to his car, we sat there for ages, talking about anything and everything. Then, just like that, he slapped me on the shoulder, said ‘See ya mate’ and got out of the car. Friendzoned.

One of our first date-dates was at New Shanghai. I have no idea what I ordered, but Matt got crab. He had only ever had soft shell crab before so had no clue what he was doing. Anyway, long story short, he ate a big chunk of the shell, and swallowed it, because he was trying to impress. Unfortunately for him, his mate told me anyway.

Where was your FIRST SMOOCH?

On the front step of my grandmother’s house, where I was living at the time. I was out with my friends, and Matt with his. Yet, all of a sudden, his mates had all gone home and he was there alone. I was ready to head home and he asked if he could catch a cab with me and then get his mum to pick him up from my place. I guess you could say we’re still waiting for his mum to come and get him.

When did you realise / what made you realise that they were THE ONE?

A couple of weeks before we started hanging out, I started my pharmacy degree and I remember saying to some friends – I am definitely going to stay single, I’m way too busy for someone at the moment. Well, then enters Matt. From our first hang I knew that I liked his company. He was an instant best friend. But, there was so much more to him. There was no single ah-huh moment for me. I just couldn’t get enough of his company and I still can’t.

Proposal story - please!

Matt had these incredible plans to do it while we were surfing in Coolangatta. But, for the first time in the dozens that we had been up there, it was 4ft and there was no romantic mal riding to be done. So, he went for a spur of the moment alternative. Let’s not go into detail on this one. It was very ‘Matt’ and I loved it.


Nearly seven years in the making. In this time, we have done so much together. Here’s a couple of highlights; graduated and got my first real job, moved in together, moved house, travelled a shit-load, quit our jobs and travelled the world, new jobs, got married, had the most beautiful daughter with another one on the way and we’ve both got plenty of premature grey hairs (him, more than me – but when we started dating neither of us had any!). But the most remarkable thing, in that time; our love has only gotten bigger and better.

What do you LOVE most about your partner?

How do I choose just one thing? He’s my biggest support and my best pal. He can make me laugh even when I’m furious (but don’t tell him that).

What's your partner's most annoying habit? (only one - no lists please hehe).

He steals all the blankets. All the time.

What would your partner say is YOUR WORST habit?

If he has a pimple or a blackhead, I will find it and I will pop it. I even have a popping face and sometimes make sound effects.

What's your partner's BEST PHYSICAL feature? (ok, you can have a list here)

Have you seen his eyes? And that smile. And the way his smile lights up his whole face, and his eyes. He’s pretty easy on the eyes.

What are your pet names for each other?

99% of the time I’ll call him Bargy (but so do lots of people) – then, there’s Barget, Jamon, Bargy bear, Honey, Bunny, Booface, Honey Bunny Booface or whatever comes to mind at the time.

Do you have a FUNNY story I can share?

When we first started dating, way back when, we tried to keep it a secret because Matt played soccer with my brother and we wanted to be discreet just in case we didn’t like each other all that much. After a few months, we got spotted leaving a pub together and rumours started circulating. But, once it came out that we had been dating for a while nobody gave my brother a hard time. I guess that’s not really a ‘haha’ funny story, more of a wow, that’s kind of strange/funny story to think back on.

Describe your LOVER in three words.

Loyal, fun, compassionate

Describe YOURSELF in three words.

Energetic, loving, hilarious

Describe your RELATIONSHIP in three words.

The best, ever.

How do you feel MARRIAGE will change your relationship?

We’ve been married for nearly three years now (time flies!) but at the time, I was just so damn excited to be sharing the same last name. I had always felt the commitment, but marriage felt like a step towards becoming a grown up. Spoiler alert - totally don’t feel like a grown up, since being married.

What are your favourite things to do together?

Before we had our little one, we bought a van – created a little home on wheels and travelled up and down the coast surfing, camping and having a good ol’ time. We love surfing, playing soccer (up the thistles!) and if someone was to stalk us, we consistently frequent the same watering holes.

Since our baby girl Mali, we love our morning walks, coffee dates, hanging at the beach and family adventure dates.

Where was your first / best HOLIDAY together?

Our first holiday was to Coolongatta, and together we’ve been there upwards of twenty times since. We’ve surfed in the Philippines, watched Barcelona play in Barcelona, Hiked through Hawaii on our honeymoon and sipped cocktails in Melbourne. But, our best holiday (yet) was in 2016 when we travelled around Europe for nearly four months. We started out in Greece and Croatia – sunning ourselves and drinking way too much, followed by 6 weeks driving through Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. We then spent time surfing in Hossegor before making way over to Iceland. We spent 101 days living in each others pockets and didn’t go a single day sober. It was one of the best time of our lives.

Do you have seedlings? - tell me ALL about them.

We have a crazy, energetic and super-sweet firecracker of a daughter – Mali. She is 15 months, going on 13. We have so much fun as a family and our days are spent at the beach, drinking copious amounts of caffeine (because what’s sleep) and having dance-offs around the house. We are expecting our second Bargwanna junior sometime around March/April (aka peak wedding season) this year.

How about FUR (feather / scaled / finned) children?

Sadly, none.

What's your favourite SNACK?

I love a good gin and tonic. Or a dry martini – that comes with an olive garnish, so that’s a snack, right? But, I guess you could throw in a cheese plate and that would do quite nicely.

Favourite FLICK?

I actually don’t enjoy movies. I have the attention span of a small child. On the rare occasion, you’ll catch me watching a sit-com or tv show – but it’s generally limited to one episode, maybe two – but only if they’re short.

Best MEMORY together.

It’s impossible to pick just one. The morning of our wedding was pretty special. We spent the night before, at home, just the two of us (and champagne). In the morning we headed to the beach – we were planning on surfing, but I hurt my neck in the surf the day before so thought a swim was a good option instead. I loved the anticipation that we were about to get married.

Then, of course, the first moment we held our daughter together. There’s no words for that kind of thing.

Anything else you'd like to SHARE? (PS. if you've haven't realised I LOVE stories)

I’m a hopeless romantic (which is why I’m totally suited in indulging in other people’s love stories) and Matt is about as cool as they come. He’s the salt to my pepper and together we have one hell of a time. Oh, also, I could count the number of fights we’ve had on one hand.


Categories: None

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.


Reply ikaicijahega
23:21 on 2 March, 2020 
The collaterals [URL= - generic verapamil at walmart[/URL - [URL= - v excel information[/URL - [URL= - buy kamagra effervescent[/URL - [URL= - best price cialis flavored[/URL - [URL= - malegra online uk[/URL - [URL= - zudena[/URL - [URL= - cefadroxil[/URL - [URL= - glucophage without dr prescription[/URL - glucophage anorexia; multiple, verapamil from india v excel kamagra effervescent generic cheapest cialis flavored malegra zudena buy in canada online cefadroxil cheapest glucophage moderate verapamil uk v excel kamagra effervescent generic cialis flavored uk cialis flavored online canada malegra zudena online cefadroxil online glucophage generic glucophage persuasion, albuminuria, whereas 2-3.
Reply ITKvcsSywd
0:47 on 15 March, 2020 
Reply dNgpcetWmyfLzF
15:49 on 17 April, 2020 
Reply off white
8:43 on 18 August, 2020 
I am commenting to let you know of the notable discovery our child encountered reading through your blog. She figured out several issues, with the inclusion of what it is like to possess an amazing giving mood to get the mediocre ones completely learn about several problematic things. You really surpassed my desires. I appreciate you for offering such useful, healthy, edifying and fun tips on your topic to Ethel.
off white
Reply golden goose
0:37 on 20 August, 2020 
I must show thanks to the writer for rescuing me from this type of trouble. After researching throughout the the net and getting recommendations which are not helpful, I believed my life was well over. Existing minus the approaches to the difficulties you have resolved by means of your short article is a crucial case, as well as the ones that would have in a negative way affected my career if I hadn't discovered your site. Your good understanding and kindness in playing with almost everything was priceless. I don't know what I would've done if I hadn't come upon such a subject like this. I'm able to at this moment look forward to my future. Thanks so much for the reliable and amazing guide. I won't think twice to suggest the sites to anyone who requires guidelines about this subject matter.
golden goose
Reply yeezy boost
15:53 on 21 August, 2020 
I actually wanted to compose a brief word to say thanks to you for all the awesome tricks you are posting on this site. My considerable internet lookup has at the end been honored with incredibly good know-how to share with my friends. I 'd tell you that most of us visitors actually are very much lucky to dwell in a very good network with so many special individuals with valuable strategies. I feel truly fortunate to have discovered your entire web page and look forward to tons of more cool times reading here. Thanks a lot once again for everything.
yeezy boost
Reply supreme
17:09 on 3 September, 2020 
Hi there! I simply wish to give an enormous thumbs up for the great data you have got right here on this post. I will be coming again to your weblog for more soon.
Reply yeezy 500 blush
21:34 on 3 September, 2020 
Spot on with this write-up, I really suppose this website wants much more consideration. I?ll most likely be once more to learn rather more, thanks for that info.
yeezy 500 blush
Reply moncler
19:27 on 5 September, 2020 
It?s laborious to find knowledgeable folks on this subject, but you sound like you recognize what you?re speaking about! Thanks
Reply goyard bags
4:15 on 6 September, 2020 
Once I initially commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a remark is added I get four emails with the same comment. Is there any method you'll be able to remove me from that service? Thanks!
goyard bags
Reply golden goose shoes
21:41 on 7 September, 2020 
Oh my goodness! an incredible article dude. Thank you However I am experiencing concern with ur rss . Don?t know why Unable to subscribe to it. Is there anyone getting an identical rss drawback? Anybody who knows kindly respond. Thnkx
golden goose shoes
Reply lebron james shoes
6:44 on 8 September, 2020 
There's noticeably a bundle to learn about this. I assume you made certain nice points in options also.
lebron james shoes
Reply curry 7 sour patch
21:26 on 9 September, 2020 
There are some interesting closing dates in this article but I don?t know if I see all of them heart to heart. There is some validity however I will take maintain opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we wish more! Added to FeedBurner as properly
curry 7 sour patch
Reply yeezy boost 350 v2
6:28 on 10 September, 2020 
There are certainly lots of details like that to take into consideration. That may be a nice point to deliver up. I offer the ideas above as normal inspiration but clearly there are questions like the one you carry up where crucial factor shall be working in trustworthy good faith. I don?t know if greatest practices have emerged round things like that, however I am sure that your job is clearly recognized as a good game. Both girls and boys really feel the affect of only a second?s pleasure, for the rest of their lives.
yeezy boost 350 v2
Reply kyrie 6
2:26 on 12 September, 2020 
The subsequent time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as a lot as this one. I mean, I know it was my option to read, but I really thought youd have something fascinating to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about one thing that you could possibly fix if you happen to werent too busy searching for attention.
kyrie 6
Reply balenciaga shoes
15:52 on 12 September, 2020 
This really answered my problem, thanks!
balenciaga shoes
Reply curry shoes
16:54 on 14 September, 2020 
An attention-grabbing dialogue is worth comment. I think that you should write extra on this matter, it may not be a taboo topic but usually people are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers
curry shoes
Reply cheap jordans
21:44 on 14 September, 2020 
After study just a few of the blog posts in your web site now, and I actually like your manner of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark website record and will probably be checking back soon. Pls check out my site as effectively and let me know what you think.
cheap jordans
Reply jordan retro
19:26 on 16 September, 2020 
This is the correct weblog for anyone who desires to find out about this topic. You understand a lot its virtually laborious to argue with you (not that I truly would want?HaHa). You undoubtedly put a brand new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Great stuff, just great!
jordan retro
Reply jordan shoes
4:22 on 17 September, 2020 
There are certainly quite a lot of details like that to take into consideration. That is a great level to deliver up. I supply the thoughts above as normal inspiration but clearly there are questions just like the one you deliver up where a very powerful factor will probably be working in sincere good faith. I don?t know if best practices have emerged around things like that, however I'm sure that your job is clearly identified as a good game. Both boys and girls feel the influence of just a moment?s pleasure, for the remainder of their lives.
jordan shoes

kids at weddings

young celebrant, newcastle celebrant, hunter valley celebrant, modern celebrant, fun celebrant, wedding, marriage

Kids at Weddings

Photo: Keegan Cronin

If I had a cent for every time I got asked for my two cents on kids at weddings I would be slightly less poor. But in all seriousness, this is SUCH a personal decision. Four years ago, when I was in the height of wedding planning the answer was an easy no. Fast forward to the now and the tables have turned.

It’s not an easy decision, or one that should be made for any other reason except the preference of the people getting married (but hey, that’s my stance of 99% of wedding related things).

But, what I have done is broken down some of the considerations, tips and tricks to help you make an informed decision and also a little bit of a guide of things you can do to make it easier on yourselves.

Before we jump in, I want to preface this with; just because you welcome kids to a ceremony doesn’t mean you have to include them for the reception and vice versa. Your day, your way.

It’s a NO from me – or five reasons why kids at your wedding might not be your jam.

1. The idea of kids screaming or running around during your vows makes your skin crawl

2. If you invited everyone’s kids to your wedding, you’d be way over budget

3. Your wedding isn’t a child-friendly affair – champagne, candles, drunk guests and a banging d-floor might not make the perfect mix for little ones hanging around

4. You’d like your friends and family to have a night off and give them the opportunity to let their hair down

5. You simply don’t want children there. There’s no single reason, you just don’t want it.

… on the flip side …

I can’t imagine getting married without the little loves – or five reasons why kids at weddings rule

1. There’s nothing cuter than watching the little ones in your life break it down on the d-floor.

2. Photos. See above.

3. Those unscripted moments. The innocent comments, the ooooh’s and aaaah’s. These inbetweeners than add to the magic of the moment.

4. You just simply can’t imagine celebrating such a milestone without some of your favourite little people.

5. Have you ever seen the excitement on a child’s face during a first dance? For them, it’s a real life fairytale and all their dreams come true.

6. You don’t need a reason. If you’d like the little ones there, invite them along. Then, it’s up to the individual parents to decide if they want to bring them.

Next week on the blog;

Ok, so we’ve decided to include kids on our guest list – what can we do to keep them entertained AND make sure we/their parents have a kick-ass time.