Respect, love and animals – what more could you want from a Healesville Sanctuary wedding? 

When nature and animal lovers, Michael and Katie said “I Do” on 22nd February, the sun was shining on their Healesville Sanctuary wedding and the connection between the two was much like watching a romantic movie. 

The level of respect this couple has for each other, their loved ones, and their surroundings was evident.  To honour the traditional owners of the land, the music played through the ceremony of this Healesville Sanctuary wedding included ‘Dindi’ playing the didgeridoo.

Their stunning blush pink colour palette carried through the entire bridal party, which consisted of three bridesmaids, three groomsmen and two gorgeous flower girls.  Katie stood apart, however, and was the very definition of a glowing bride.

Healesville Sanctuary Wedding Ceremony

The bride and her bridesmaids all wore divine flower crowns hand-crafted by Liz at Forget-Me-Not-Floret in Mt Evelyn, and Felicity at C.A.K Events created the stunning wedding cake.

I felt absolutely blessed to be chosen to bring this couple together in marriage, and help them celebrate their love in a unique and very Australian way.

Everything about Michael and Katie’s Healesville Sanctuary wedding was a reflection of their wonderful personalities.  Their relationship has a foundation of respect, love and humour, and both have a practical nature that shines through.  While they are passionate and embrace life, they do it in their day-to-day – they don’t need big romantic gestures or decrees.

Healesville Sanctuary Wedding

The reading they chose for their ceremony says it all, and I hope that more couples embrace the ‘fair dinkum’ approach to their weddings and marriages.

Fair Dinkum Love

Fair dinkum love isn’t about bringing in a dozen red roses.

It’s about bringing in the washing.

It’s not about standing next to your partner

because they look good on your arm.

It’s about standing by them even when they look foolish.

Fair dinkum love isn’t about stiff posture and smart clothes.

It’s about wrestling on the couch in your tracksuit.

It’s not about oysters and candle-lit dinners.

It’s about bringing home Chinese when your partner’s had a busy day.

Fair dinkum love isn’t about exciting getaways and fancy resorts.

It’s about being totally content sleeping-in together at home.

It’s not about gym membership and facelifts.

It’s about growing old and fat together.

Fair dinkum love is not about romance or image or success.

Fair dinkum love is about two average people

adoring and accepting each other for why they are.


Katie and Michael have a love that is true to this reading.  They have the respectful, down-to-earth approach that a strong marriage needs, and the humour that it thrives on when life throws all its weird and wonderful events in their path.

I thank this lovely couple for allowing me the honour of being their celebrant, and wish them best wishes for the road ahead.

If you want your ceremony to be as special and unique as you are, get in touch via the Julie Byrne Celebrant website, and I will help you create a ceremony that is your own brand of fair dinkum.

Healesville Sanctuary Wedding
Healesville Sanctuary Wedding Ceremony
Healesville Sanctuary Wedding