Final 'I do' for Bendigo marriage celebrant

BENDIGO civil marriage celebrant Bob Hollis performed his final wedding today. 

Mr Hollis has married more than 1000 couples during his 40 years as a celebrant and today wished newly weds Greg Humphrey and Pamela Rowe a lifetime of happiness together.

Mr Humphrey and Ms Rowe wed in their Bendigo backyard this afternoon, surrounded by a small group of family and friends. 

Mr Hollis said he was feeling "a bit ambivalent" but at 81-years-of-age it was time to retire.

"I've enjoyed the position as civil celebrant but at my age I'd like to go on a high rather than miss a rehearsal or even worse miss a wedding," he said.

"I've been doing it for about 40 years. 

"When I was clerk of courts at various places I was the registrar of marriages which includes other things but I was doing ceremonies ... I've never kept count but it would be 1000 plus marriages." 

Mr Hollis said the one wedding that stood out in his mind was between leather-clad bikies. 

"Everyone was in leathers, black leathers, including the bride who for the top part of her body had a mesh top without a bra," he said. 

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