05 June 2012
a refreshing take on love & weddings
Just took an unintentional bloggie break, which did include a family trip to Brisbane for a beautiful wedding & some internet issues. It appears i'm back on line so, hello!!
One of my husband's soldiers was marrying his beautiful & patient girlfriend of 10 years. It was pouring with rain, however, it didn't hamper the atmosphere. What i love about weddings most - at the ceremony - is watching the groom, waiting for his bride. It was such an honour to witness their marriage, very formal yet incredibly relaxed. It truly was all about the love. I knew how this bride felt, she just wanted to get married to her handsome soldier - fidgeting, looking around, smiling, tears, breathing in the moment, then letting out the loudest 'i do' ever!!
The bride had organised the entire event while her groom was deployed & no detail was missed (she's a designer too, we notice everything) & i knew it would be a magical event starting with the stunning invitations. The groom was instructed to bring 8 dozen champagne pashminas home from Afghanistan for the chairs - aren't they beautiful?? He was also meant to ask his father to make a speech, he forget . . . his father threw together a heartfelt speech in a few minutes!! I do like a groom who isn't fussing about flowers, food or fonts.
The reception was incredible, delicious food & fantastic company, in the barrel room of a vineyard. I really enjoyed finally meeting my husband's work mates, some had wives (with 4 children), some had lived in Canberra, some were freshly engaged - there were PLENTY of conversation starters. I was seated in the middle of 5 soldiers (husband on my right) & on the same long table as the bridal party (we're so A list). Everyone relished the fine dining & amazing wines.
The whole event had a classic vintage feel . . . handmade, pretty, whimsical with flower girls tossing petals & page boys in kilts. Above all, every single guest was made to feel incredibly welcome & comfortable, no expense was spared.
So we clocked up 3000km on the new car, not bad for it's first week, cruising up to Brisbane with a niece & nephew collected from boarding school, they were our babysitters. It rained the entire weekend, so we actually left early, returned our babysitters to their parents & then all headed out to dinner, with my parents. That was tough, my mother is very childlike in her Alzheimer's now, clinging to my father, giggling, she was our family matriarch . . . i don't think i'll ever get used to this. I'm so glad my husband was there to help me be brave & let me cry myself to sleep at the motel that night. It's certainly left me drained this week, so we're hanging out at home, raising chicks & ducklings (yes DUCKS!!) & a movie at the cinema - The 5 Year Engagement - i loved it!! Love Posie