Yes today (well it was a couple of days ago now), it was a drive into the country, to an historic house, for what, can only be described as a lovely same-sex marriage.
The guests were welcomed by the home owners, Annabel and Peter and I was the last to arrive. Or so I thought! A CPIT Jazz Trio, were, in fact, the last people to arrive. The home to which we were welcomed was a delight.
Back to the Jazz Trio - they really couldn’t use the directions given, as inadequate! As I travelled to the house, I followed them, always allowing plenty of time, to ensure, I would arrive in good time. The directions – at the Dunsandel Pub turn right. A sign says you are heading in the right direction. Stay on that road for a specified number of kilometres. White letter box, with name of farm, on the right. There would be flags placed out. See my photo of the flags – could not be mistaken!
At noon we all waited on the deck for the couple to be driven around by Hugh, one of the guests. I was later to find out Hugh, was the brother, of our hostess.
So we gathered in an outdoor area with a little shelter and the ceremony commenced.
In the ceremony, I of course welcomed everyone, mostly travelling from Hong Kong. I said these words....
“I was asked to share with you the guests, that you are all very special to Pino and Ken, so it is fitting that you share in the celebration of their love.” They were all indeed, lovely people, and so happy to be with our special couple.
“Pino and Ken, you share today the joy of a deep commitment and a sacred trust. You have given each other the most precious gift, the gift of love. Treasure it, nurture it and encourage it, with all the honesty you used in creating it. You are sharing something beautiful.”
I invited Therese, to share a reading and also Hugh. Ladies first! (A beautiful lady who I found out had left her loving husband in Hong Kong). Hugh, was obviously a talented man who did the order of service; he drove the car; he did a reading. I believe, Hugh, had goggled gay wedding readings, and I will endeavour to get that to share with you all, as it was delightful. I also goggled but could not find it!
So we got into the important part of the ceremony, the exchange of rings and vows. Tears glistening, Pino and Ken, exchanged beautiful interwoven rings. That is three rings combined to make one.
The day, although the sun was shining, was cold – so we headed inside to sign the papers and sort the final details. After half a glass of red wine, I went on my way, leaving 11 people to enjoy a special celebratory lunch together.
I snapped photos to share with you – I am blessed to have been with Pino and Ken.
Wishing them a lovely life together.
PS: I am to stay in touch and visit if I go to Hong Kong.