Yes indeed, every wedding is unique. Not only two unique individuals but the choices they make and the guests they invite. Some weddings are similar but always different because of the unique couple and the unique guests.
One wedding recently, was unique on many levels.
Joanna and David chose to marry at the little Chapel in Ferrymead Heritage Park. If you have been there you know it has its own unique character. Everyone arrived and was greeted warmly by the couple. A friend had been instructed to take photos and at every wedding there is someone in the family that has a flash camera and snaps away making sure everyone gets in the photos. I helped put on the buttonholes and made sure the happy couple were indeed happy and ready. That meant I just stood there in the shade of a tree as the 10th of May was a classic autumn day with the sun shining.
When all the guests had assembled everyone went into the Church and I asked them to stand and then in walked the parents and Joanna and David. Standing at the front of the Church I delivered a brief ceremony and placed the vows strategically for Joanna and David to be able to read them.
I would like to share what they said as it was unique to them:
Life is about the journey, not the destination.
Walk beside me on our journey, and I shall never leave your side.
When I cannot be there in body, I will be there in spirit.
And always, know that you hold my heart.
Life is not a place we’ll reach,
but the road which we together stride
We will walk together, ever side by side.
United in spirit even when apart.
And know that you forever bear my heart.
At the end of the ceremony I was able to get everyone to say three cheers and they did that with great gusto and I am sure my happy couple were feeling suitably blessed.
What happened next was the guests went and got on the tram; we signed the papers and they also got on the tram and away they went! I was instructed to head to the hall and I found a very dear friend called Alex, who was laying out drinks and food ready for the guests to enjoy when the tram ride was over. They had lovely little plates as favours and mine sits beside my computer – very handy for those little things. I also was given a plate of food (most unexpected) with the most amazing samosa (I think that’s what you call it and will always wonder who made it). Then I was off home and the guests were still travelling around on the tram.
So my reflections! A unique couple who had their own unique ceremony. They worked to a budget, something they could afford. They dressed in clothing that was right for them. David had made his coat – a long white coat and he had done a great job (check it out in the photos). For Joanna a crochet jumper and gypsy skirt. I believe I heard Joanna say she took two years to crochet her top. So that had special significance for her to be wearing something she made on her wedding day. The tram ride added another dimension to their unique day. They choose me not the cheapest celebrant! Why me? I think it was because they felt comfortable I would let them do it their way and they did!
Wishing you a long and happy life together as husband and wife, David and Joanna.
Postscript: Joanna and David told me all the food, including the amazing samosa, was by Lotus Heart Restaurant. They also thanked me “for making our day, ours”. It was my pleasure.