So it’s been almost a year since we got married, but I lost this blog post when I upgraded my website. Here it is again :)
Suz and I decided that an overseas wedding would suit us best, being the high flyers that we are, so we jumped on a ferry with a few mates and went across to Stradbroke Island. Stradbroke does have the wonderful effect of transporting you a million miles away from the headspace you occupy on the mainland, so although it was only a few kilometres from shore, we could have been on a deserted island in the middle of the Coral Sea.
We didn’t want the glamour and bright lights of a big wedding, we wanted something defined by simplicity, love, commitment and friendship. So we did away with the reception, we did away with shoes, we shrunk the guest list (that was the hardest part) and if we coudn’t make a decoration then we didn’t have it there. We signed our vows on top of three cartons of beer covered in a sheet. We exchanged rings we bought at the West End Markets the day before, and we ate food and drank punch prepared by the guests. It was the best day of our lives.
Our families were with us in spirit, and via their lovely messages and sentiments sent across cyberspace. Suzy’s uncle and cousins made it over from Perth, and her folks watched their precious only daughter get married via Skype on an iPad. Which I imagine is an incredibly hard thing to do, but they gave us their love and support along the whole journey. My sister and Suzy’s brother made surprise appearances (well, nearly) from across the world, both I think on a very specific mission to elicit as many tears as possible from their siblings. Mission accomplished. Mission additionally accomplished by the presence of our friends whose efforts, generosity and love simply blew us away.
The ceremony lasted 20 minutes and then we drank, talked and toasted the world on the beach for another couple of hours. Not a long time, but moments that will replay in my mind for eternity, and moments that we hope will sit with our friends and family who were there for a very long time. Less is more sometimes I guess, and on the 9th of November we feel like we got blessed with the most possible.
Words can’t do justice to the spot we got married in. A paperbark forest next to one of the most beautiful beaches in the country… we were spoiled. Have a look at these photographs and I’m sure you’ll agree with me. Many thanks to our good buddies Roger Rail and Gav Hodges for taking on the wedding photography duties for the day, fantastic job!
For a similar sized wedding, check out Sarah and Pete’s awesome wedding in Fremantle, WA.