Single white rose for Mum

A white rose laying on the vacant chair was a poignant tribute for the bride’s late mother at a recent wedding on Fraser Island.

Marriage celebrant David Proctor said it was not uncommon for couples to honour deceased relatives or close friends at wedding ceremonies.

He said one bride recently placed a single white rose on the chair on which her mother, who died six months ago, would have been seated.

The couple also had a photo of her on the register signing table.

During the service David explained to guests the significance of the chair and rose.

To include such a tribute in a wedding ceremony was a personal choice, he said.

“Some couples will but others won’t even entertain the idea. One bride said she couldn’t because she feared she’d be overcome with emotion. Each to their own.”

When couples want to include a tribute for deceased relatives or friends, David offers to recite the poem below by an unknown author.

[sh size=”1″]Roses from Heaven[/sh]

If roses grow in heaven
Lord pick a bunch for us
Place them in our loved one’s arms
And tell them they’re from us
Tell them we love them and miss them
And when they turn to smile
Place a kiss upon their cheek
And hold them for a while
Because remembering them is easy
We do it every day
But there’s an ache within our hearts
Because we’re missing them today.

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Mary River Parklands top choice for weddings

By Jocelyn Watts

Natural terracing, winding pathways, gardens and the glorious royal palms of Mary River Parklands combine to create a superb setting for weddings.

Marriage celebrant David Proctor rated the parklands, created as part of Maryborough’s urban renewal project, as the most popular outdoor location for weddings in the Heritage City.

Nipping at its heels in the popularity stakes is nearby Queens Park with its bush chapel and historic rotunda appealing to many bride and grooms.

“There are lots of spots in Queens Park where people choose to marry but the bush chapel and rotunda are the most popular. Although I have to say, Mary River Parklands gets the edge over Queens Park,” David said.

“The terracing goes right down to the water’s edge but I don’t recommend getting too close because from the lowest level all you see of the river is the muddy water. There’s also a danger that if the ring is dropped it may fall through the cracks of the timber wharf.”

Mary River Parklands and Queens Park are both within easy walking distance of the Wharf Street precinct where the heritage buildings serve wonderfully as backdrops in bridal party photography.

David said some couples chose Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens but Furber Park, despite its attractive natural surroundings, wasn’t popular.

“Couples don’t seem interested in Furber Park, perhaps because older people may find it difficult walking to the ceremony.”

Maryborough’s old churches were perennial favourites.

Murray & Natalia chose Maryborough waterfront locations for their wedding photography.

At Hervey Bay, the Matthew Flinders Lookout at Dayman Point, botanic gardens and long stretch of beaches from Point Vernon to Urangan offer numerous options for couples choosing the area for their nuptials.

On Fraser Island, Kingfisher Bay Resort and Village is the No. 1 spot, where saying “I do” against a brilliant sunset adds to the romance of weddings.

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