A BELDON couple have celebrated their 500th wedding just a month ahead of their 35th anniversary.
Civil celebrant Julie Chesson and her husband Keith, who is a sound technician, oversaw their 500th wedding ceremony on January 20 at The Vines Resort in the Swan Valley.
The milestone precedes their own 35th anniversary, which they will celebrate on February 20.
After being made redundant eight years ago, Mrs Chesson decided to become a celebrant and set up her business, A Love Story by Julie Chesson.
“My husband does every wedding with me – it’s really special being able to do it together,” she said.
“We love what we do – it’s such a beautiful thing to be able to spend the happiest time with couples.
“We loved everything about our wedding day and that’s what we want for our couples.
“Every single wedding is different.”
Mrs Chesson’s mother Gwen Bradbury contacted Community News about the milestones, saying her daughter had earned recognition for her efforts.
“She puts everything into it – she is a very hard worker,” she said.
Photographer Hugh Buttsworth, of Stellar Visions Photography, agreed after photographing the Chessons at Heathridge residents Suzanne and Mark Lenihan’s wedding.
“Julie and Keith always put in 110 per cent for every wedding, and I am sure there are 500 couples out there very glad to have been married by Julie,” he said.
Mrs Chesson said she also did naming and commitment ceremonies, renewal of vows and funerals, so she often got to know couples well as they went through those stages of life.
The couple, who have three children and six grandchildren, have set up a chapel in their former games room where they can host ceremonies with up to 12 guests.