West End Wedding
Aha! I am finally sitting down to write this post.
The morning of this much anticipated wedding I got up extra early to cook myself a proper breakfast. I knew it was going to be a BIG day and I didn’t finally flop into bed untill midnight.
We started with a ceremony out the back garden of Avid Reader, a fantastic independent bookstore and well loved West End icon. There was a wonderful moment as the bride entered. A collective sigh of “aaawwww” followed by her calling us all “FOOLS!” before bursting into laughter. That set the tone for the whole day. The ceremony was short because we were packed into the space. It started with musician friends, had vows read from iphones, heartfelt stories, lots of mentions of their cats and big frowns at the legally required lines regarding marriage between a man and a women. We cheered, finished out drinks and headed to the reception.
Led by giant balloons we walked through the suburb and then through the local markets. The weather was the best you could hope for with such an outdoorsy event. The reception was held on a big verandah under giant Moreton Bay figs. There was cheese, bloody mary’s, breakfast foods and SEVEN CAKES! I can’t even start to tell you how good everyone looked and the quality of the beards. This photo is just a start. We applied our temporary tattoos, mingled, played in the photo booth and recharged our phones. The speeches were great. There was laughter, there were tears, you know how it goes. My favorite moment being when the father of the groom got Siri to read out half his speech while he went and got a drink.
Stage three was for the young and the restless. We headed back through West End to a super cool bar and even cooler record shop where we could alternate drinking and dancing. The Mouldy Lovers kicked things off and the rest is best summed up in video format.
The thing I loved, loved, so very much about this wedding was how much it was connected to and celebrated their everyday lives. Nothing felt forced or uncomfortable. It was friends and family sharing in the places this relationship is lived out day-to-day. We were all invited inside and we didn’t stop laughing and smiling the whole time we were there.