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Mr Valentine brings vow factor to day of romance​

Published date: Thursday, 14 February 2019

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When it comes to tales of romance, this one is hard to beat. An Illawarra man will marry the love of his life overlooking Sydney Harbour on Valentine’s Day. And here’s the clincher, his name is Matthew Valentine.

Mr Valentine and his fiancé, Francesca Versoza (soon to be Mrs Valentine) will be among 40 couples tying the knot in Valentine’s Day ceremonies conducted by the NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages.

Attorney General Mark Speakman said the Registry will again be conducting outdoor weddings on Valentine’s Day, with eight couples to tie the knot at Sydney’s iconic Observatory Hill Rotunda.

“In 2018, the Registry conducted Valentine’s Day weddings on ferries and while this year’s ceremonies will be on dry land the harbour views will be just as spectacular,” Mr Speakman said.

“Observatory Hill has long been a romance hot spot and was once Sydney’s most important location for star gazing.

“I’m sure couples are over the moon to have secured the location for a Valentine’s Day wedding that doesn’t carry an astronomical price tag.”

Births Deaths and Marriages Registrar Amanda Ianna said Valentine’s Day is the Registry’s busiest day of the year for weddings.

“In addition to the Observatory Hill weddings, couples will also be getting married in our beautifully renovated ceremony registry rooms in Chippendale and Parramatta and at a hotel near the beach in Wollongong, where four couples will take their vows,” Ms Ianna said.

Registry wedding packages start from $433 which includes the standard marriage certificate.

The Observatory Hill package is exclusive to Valentine’s Day and costs $788.

To find out more call 13 77 88 or visit www.bdm.nsw.gov.au