I forgot to mention the flowers were delivered by a friend and Kate showed her excitement.
So the photographer who I will introduce to you to was Rebecca Emmerson (her contact details are shown below) and I have also included some photos from her. When Rebecca arrived having never been up Kaituna Valley before, she got her cameras organised and started to capture photos that would tell the story of Kate and Richard's wedding day.
Having the photos before, I believe most photographers organise that first look for the couple and capture that moment. Not sure if either of them had a tear in their eye when they saw each other, maybe the photos will tell us in due course. They seemed to take ages to get everyone organised and off on the tractor and trailer to travel around the property and climb over rocks for group photos.
There was a shower of rain or two and I think they had taken umbrellas with them. Was it good luck or more good planning. I'll give them credit for good planning.
They returned in good spirits but some more tired than others. They hadn't even taken the basket Louise had filled with goodies for them to enjoy. I tried to encourage the girls to eat and instead another glass of bubbly.
The bus arrived; a rush for the toilet; pre-ceremony drinks; flowers to important people. Sarah Leslie the singer arrived. Just after three, I had counted the guests and sent Richard to see that all the important people were present. We checked and decided to proceed.
So I got all the girls outside and went around to the deck and invited the guests to stand. That was the cue for Sarah to sing. In their relaxed manner, when the bridesmaids asked me what the song Sarah would be singing - no one knew. I was happy to assure them that as a professional she would keep singing for however long it was needed.
The girls walked in and that was a proud Mum moment for me as my daughter walked in and sprinkled rose petals. She looked beautiful. It was a bit of a narrow walking space but Denis and Kate achieved it with ease. Richard had asked me should he shake Denis’s hand and I had said that would be nice. Denis took his seat in a hurry and that didn’t happen but in the relaxed manner of the wedding it didn’t matter.
The ceremony chosen was simple and I was pleased I could share a greeting like this: "Good afternoon, my name is Julie Lassen and as I am Kate's auntie and godmother, I am delighted to be here for this ceremony." So I welcomed everyone and thanked Karen and Denis for providing their lovely garden for the ceremony.” Kaituna Valley, Kate's childhood home was the right location for the wedding.
I also said "And we remember those who are no longer with us, in particular we remember Grandma" and invited Kate and Richard to light a candle in remembrance. I was in my presentation zone so I didn't shed any tears.
Richard's son, Brayden had the rings and Frank (the British bulldog) was present but tucked away out of sight for the ceremony, having a rest.
So Kate and Richard shared their vows and I have attached a photo of them. Documents were signed and Richard and Kate were presented as husband and wife and they kissed.
A good luck heart (not what Louise was expecting but happy with it) was presented.
Everyone commented how lovely the ceremony was.
Family photos; shoes changed; drinks and canapés (made by my amazing sister) and very ably served by cousins Terry and Marie. Louise the bridesmaid was doing a great job and a bee sting to her daughters arm didn't faze her. Bridesmaids loaded all their stuff that had been strewn around the lounge into vehicles.
The wedding party were to assemble out at the gate for a few more photos as they waited for the limo. The next thing Kate who had her eyes open told everyone the rain was coming over the hill and very quickly everyone carried chairs to the deck and took down the gazebos. Funny how that happened and how well everyone pitched in to get it done.
The limo arrived late, not that it mattered and we raced to vehicles and headed off as the bus prepared to depart.
We checked into Rydges and not long after getting settled the bus arrived and we found the junior bridesmaid (yes Amelia was on the bus and not very happy) apparently there was not enough seats in the limo for Amelia and Brayden to travel in the limo to town. As my brother and I had paid for the limo as a gift, I knew it had been booked for 8 seats (2 children and 6 adults) it was very disappointing that only a six seater arrived. And in all honesty that was the only thing that went wrong; if you take off the bee sting! It is a test for the business concerned and how to fix the disappointment. I am sure I would be doing something to make amends. Ha-ha it rained but that wasn't a problem either!
Anyway, drinks and we moved up into the area where the reception and dance was to be. In this relaxed plan there were no set tables and the only decoration was a nice bowl with those lovely lilies in them. Simple and nice.
We claimed a table and it was lovely to sit with my nephew and his girlfriend; Cousins Sandy and Warwick; Karen and Denis and the three of us. No head table in sight. There was a wishing well and a guest book and a table with a yummy wedding cake - chocolate decorated with purple and red roses.
We started to wonder when the wedding party was going to join us and they finally did. The Executive Chef, Adam Salter was husband to the Matron of Honour and a great friend of Kate and Richards and I asked if they were going to make an announcement about the Ham, salad and roll buffet. He told me he had been trying to get his table to start. So Louise the bridesmaid was happy to come with Amelia and I and we started everyone eating.
The DJ did well and got everyone dancing after a first dance by Kate and Richard. Brayden did well and seemed to enjoy himself. Frank the dog must have been taken home. The cake was rich but well worth having to finish the evening off. The selfee stick was a hit as it had Kate's camera on it and moved around the tables. I wrote in the guest book and passed that on. We played a guessing game with David trying to guess what James’s girlfriend Clarissa did for a job. I found a couple who wanted my card and I will be marrying them in a couple of years. Remember my blog a couple of years ago about the wedding, I arrived dressed up as a Queen and much to everyone's surprise married Preston and Kerry-anne.
By 11.00 I was on the way to my room to find David and Amelia still awake waiting for me. We had the plan to meet for breakfast in the morning. A good idea to stay the night. The after match function was to be a relaxing day back at KaitunaValley. The Father of the Bride, had written a speech and apparently he shared that with the Bride and Groom on Sunday. Everyone was pretty slow. It is interesting how tiring a wedding can be. On the other hand also amazing how satisfying it can be that it all went so well.
Congratulations Richard and Kate, husband and wife, it was indeed my pleasure to be with you on your wedding day - 7 March 2015.
Couple: Kate dePass and Richard Gent (married)
Celebrant, Aunty and God-mother: Julie Lassen
Venue: Karen and Denis' home and garden, Kaituna Valley
Wedding Party: Richard Gent, Groom; Richard(Rick) Reid, Best man; Hamish Gent, Groomsmen;
Brayden Taylor, Pageboy
Kate de Pass, Bride; Tammy Salter, M.O.H, Louise Ogle, Bridesmaid;
Amelia Kirkness, Junior Bridesmaid
Photographer: Rebecca Emmerson Photographer
Florist: Black Dahlia Designs, Jacquie Eyles
Singer: Sarah Leslie
Make-up: Myf Colvin, Pro Beauty
Hair: Phillipa, Pure Hair