I had lots of feedback after the wedding about the story I shared and the way I presented it. It was such a wonderful story I asked permission to share it with you here.
June and Pete’s story.
Two years ago there was a Facebook post that read something like this.
On July 23rd 2008 a Wellington boy and a Christchurch girl met in Cafe Valentino on Colombo Street.
1649 days later (Four and a half years) and approx. 160 flights and hundreds if not thousands of emails, phone calls and texts, the Wellington boy moved to Christchurch. It was a big moment and very sad for him to leave Wellington but the boy and the girl are happy to be together.
Obviously, there’s a little more to this story. What happened in the beginning?
It was all Sally’s idea.
She thought the boy and the girl would like each other.
The boy was working in Christchurch and he called the girl.
The girl booked the restaurant and wore a red coat.
It went well.
The next day the boy went back to Wellington and then the emails started.
In the beginning the boy signed off with just his name, so did the girl.
After just one email the boy then said ‘take care’, the girl said, ‘have a good day’.
Then, the girl started to put a smiley face after her name.
Soon after she signed off with her nickname, the boy said it wasn’t appropriate to use his nickname.
The girl then put a kiss and a cuddle after her name, the boy copied.
Then the boy said, ‘thinking of you’ and the girl said, ‘thinking of you too . . a lot’.
Soon 2 kisses and cuddles appeared after her name.
It took another visit to Christchurch before the boy added an extra kiss and cuddle after his name.
Then the boy said, ‘I love hearing from you’. The girl said, ‘not sure what we've started but it sure feels good’.
The boy signed off, ‘miss you lots’ and the girl replied ‘big hugs and I miss you too’. Then the boy said ‘love and cuddles’.
The girl followed up with ‘Love June’ and the boy said ‘Miss you, Love Pete’. ‘Love Pete’ soon became, ‘Lots of love Pete’.
And then on the 8th October the boy signed off, ‘Love you’ and the very next email the girl said it too.
How long did it take the boy and girl to fall in love?
77 days, 73 emails and 3 weekends.
The emails and weekends went on for another 4 and a bit years.
The girl remembers the tears at the airport when she left Wellington and the tears when the boy left Christchurch. The boy liked the tears because it meant the girl loved him.
The girl also remembers out of respect for her daughters, the boy used to sleep on the couch when he visited until one day her youngest daughter said, ‘Mum it’s Ok for Pete to stay in your room now’.
And the boy remembers when his daughter said, ‘Dad, I like June.
On Christmas Day 2014, a year after the boy moved to Christchurch he asked the girl to marry him.
The girl said yes.
Today June, the girl and Pete, the boy are delighted to share their special day with you.