They were here in New Zealand from Australia for a few days and managed to get a few members of the gay community to come as guests and witnesses; and that is not to forget the lovely gay taxi driver. They are “VERY impressed with NZ!” I have just heard they had a lovely Thai lunch with the taxi driver before they left a few days after the wedding. I think that gives you a really good understanding of the exceptional women Josie and Kim are.
So it was that we met in the car park off Riccarton Avenue. The Botanic Gardens staff delivered three mobility scooters. One each for the brides (Josie and Kim) and the third one for Kim’s Mum, Mary.
I had the chairs and with the help of the staff we moved everything and everyone to the Azalea and Magnolia Garden. We were of course in our beautiful Botanic Gardens here in Christchurch.
Josie had planned all the little details which included ribbons for the scooters; tumblers and Bailey’s for the toast; and the rings of course.
The story of how Josie and Kim came to be was an interesting one and I was asked to share that with the guests. It seems neither Josie nor Kim were actually looking for a partner. They were both quite happy being single and had anticipated being single for a long time. I love Kim’s saying “The only way to get over someone is to get under someone”. Guess I can share that in this blog. Anyway, the universe had plans for these two and the seeds of love were sown very early on. They are disgustingly honest as they tell me they were to discover that they were equally eccentric and they love each other. Where would be without the internet?
Inside the wedding rings, Josie and Kim have engraved the saying “love conquers all”.
It was very special to have Mary, Kim’s mother present and she did a lovely blessing for the girls.
She was also on the honeymoon.
So it was my first wedding with the bride’s on mobility scooters and Josie and Kim are indeed partners for life – married by me in the Botanic Gardens on Wednesday 21 October 2015. I was so pleased they found and picked me to be their Celebrant - it was very special to be involved.
I wish these two gorgeous women a long and happy life together in Australia. Who knows, if Josie no longer has her six dogs and two donkeys she would move here. That is what she said so she must have really like NZ and are talking about coming back to NZ for a visit - perhaps we will have afternoon tea together because I missed that on the wedding day.
Congratulations Josie and Kim - partners for life.
It saddened me to hear that 17 couples had their gay marriages annulled because legislation was backdated – how mean and nasty was that of the leaders in Australia.
Photos taken on my phone.