I am in New Zealand for the wedding of my son to his lovely lady that he has known since they were at school. It has been a convoluted path for both of them over the years, but like all good love stories they have now found each other again.
The wedding morning dawned with the sky bleak and grey and rain pouring down. They say that is a good sign!!!
But the show had to go on…
Friends and family arrived with so much home baked food that it looked as though they could feed hundreds. With umbrellas raised the marquees went up and the bamboo arch (home made by Kerry’s best friend Rachael) was decorated with net, flowers and native greenery also from Rachael’s garden.
At midday Rachael helped Kerry with her make-up and miraculously the rain stopped.
The wedding was in their back garden and it was a small and intimate affair with approx. 40. Kerry’s family and friends congregating from around New Zealand, and on the groom’s side, Jack and I, plus my daughter and partner, 2 grandchildren and a great grand child. We are a small family, but now we have swelled by 40…
The wedding ceremony started at 2pm and the sun came out.
It was a beautiful and happy ceromony. I had to take deep breaths as I gave a reading and welcomed Kerry into our family.
I looked around and saw Rachael with tears in her eyes and Margaret, a long time work colleague, dabbing her eyes too. Margaret made the wedding cake, a delicious carrot cake that was Kerry’s favourite.
The last part of the day Rachael took us down to the beach as the sun set for a photo session.
Then it was back to join the family and friends in the garden to share a traditional home cooked BBQ, sausage, steak, chicken and so many delicious salads. Followed by pavlova, cheesecake and fruit salad.
I am so enjoying family time over here and only have 10 more days before we head back home. I have been disconnected from the computer while over here, but just ducked into the local library to share these few photos from the almost 600 that were taken on the day…
Look forward to connecting with my blogging friends when I get back to Australia.