05 June 2012

a refreshing take on love & weddings

Greetings all,
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

16 comments:

Nellie McCarthy said...

Your trip sounds lovely Posie and the wedding looks beautiful. It must be so hard seeing your mother like that but so wonderful to have such a caring & supportive husband xx

Nellie McCarthy said...

Your trip sounds lovely Posie and the wedding looks beautiful. It must be so hard seeing your mother like that but so wonderful to have such a caring & supportive husband xx

The Accidental Housewife said...

Sweetheart, so sorry to hear about your mum. That must have been really tough. I'm glad you enjoyed the wedding, and I'm glad you had your soldier there to enjoy it with you, and support you when needed it!

Polly said...

It sounds like it was a lovely wedding.

ThePassionateShopper said...

Aw, it's so hard to accept how your mum is going - thinking of you x

Jan-Maree said...

So happy to hear that you enjoyed what sounds like a wonderful event. 8 dozen champagne pashminas! Wonderful. So sorry to hear about your mum. Having watched my mum shrink to a shell of her former self i know something of what it is like to watch a loved one diminish before your eyes when you wish they could just stay the way they were. It hurts. So glad handsome soldier was there. I am sure that just having him there makes just about everything bearable if not better. I thought the word was no more chickens, maybe he should have said no more birds! LOL Good luck with that one handsome soldier! Take care and enjoy your time together.

polkadotpeticoat said...

I bet you looked lovely in your stunning outfit ...what a beautiful setting!

TexWisGirl said...

i bet you looked great in your dress for the wedding. :) glad you are home again. sounds like you have a lot of emotions to deal with.

Becky said...

Oh Posie, I feel your pain whenever you write about your Mum. Life can be so cruel; I am glad you had your dear husband with you this trip. Take care x

Amanda said...

Sounds like a wonderful wedding and trip and so feel for you with your mother, my mothers loss was sudden I think the long goodbye is so much worse. Hugs

alison@thisbloominglife said...

DUCKS? More information please and if they're indian runners I might need to kidnap them! Sorry that Mum continues the decline, it's a (swearword) of a cruel disease.

Tania McCartney said...

I LOVE what you said about watching the groom wait for his bride. I do the same thing!!

Mum on the Run said...

Welcome back.
So glad that the wedding was magical.
But so sorry that your Mum isn't well. Heartbreaking.
Enjoy some time with your family and feathered babes.
:-) xx

jennie said...

I love the Pashmina's on the chairs idea!! It all looks fabulous. What a huge few days for you. I bet you looked fab in your outfit, so great to be able to dress up!! It sounds like everyone was so friendly too!XX

Bree said...

Which vineyard was it at Posie? the Barrell room looks awesome.

Jen R said...

So happy you got to go to the wedding with Hubby...looks beautiful and clever you with your fix it skills on the dress....looks beautiful. So sorry your Mum has regressed so quickly...big hugs xx