FOR newly accredited local celebrant Janelle Reeve, her first official wedding ceremony was a very special family affair.
Known more for her nearly 30 years as a local primary school teacher, it was fitting Ms Reeve (nee Twyford) was the celebrant at her nephew’s wedding on the Sunshine Coast last month.
According to husband Peter Reeve, Ms Reeve was looking for a change in life and after 12 months of study she achieved her accreditation.
Nephew Justin is the son of Christine and Colin Smith of Caloundra, Queensland, and grandson of John and Joan Reeve of Tathra.
Under bright blue skies by the Noosa River in Tewantin Ms Reeve made her debut as a celebrant.
The ceremony was followed by a sunset river cruise while the bridal party had photos and the reception was held at the River Deck Noosa Marina.
It was a memorable and joyful occasion, not just for the bride and groom, but for Ms Reeve as well.
Justin and his wife Annika could not have asked for a better way to begin their married life together.
“Aunty Nel was an amazing celebrant,” Mr Smith said.
“It was as if she had been doing it for years! She is a very loving and energetic person and set the mood perfectly for what was a beautiful ceremony.
“She brought humour, warmth and love to the day, which was noticed by all who attended.”
Marrying a family member, as the first client in Ms Reeve’s newly chosen field, was a bonus and brought to the occasion a level of intimacy and familiarity.
Ms Reeve’s next wedding will be closer to home.
She will officiate at the wedding of John Howard and Kerry Johnson at Tathra Beach in late November.
Her newly acquired skills mean she is also accredited to conduct funeral services.
Ms Reeve is currently teaching at Candelo and Bemboka Public Schools.
Her family said she will be very surprised about this article, as it was written without her knowledge.
Sister-in-law Christine Smith said she wanted to do something for Ms Reeve to recognise and thank her for the wonderful way she conducted her son’s wedding.