Carl and I consider ourselves very fortunate to have kept in touch with a lot of our friends from school. One of them fell in love with a beautiful girl who’s become a very good friend and it doesn’t seem that long ago that we were celebrating their wedding. Donna and I were pregnant with our first children at the same time with their daughter, Hannah, being born a few months after Archie.
Time marches on at a frightening pace and little Hannah is now all grown up. Yesterday we had the pleasure of attending her wedding. But that’s not quite technically correct because Hannah actually married her husband in a private ceremony attended by only immediate family a few months ago. So yesterday’s ‘wedding’ was more the wedding reception with many family and friends offering best wishes to the extremely happy couple.
Hannah is a beautiful young girl who loves people and works with disadvantaged children. She’s not big on a fuss and prefers not to be the centre of attention which is why she chose to marry in front of such a small audience. That wedding was at 6am on a cliff overlooking the ocean and they were joined as husband and wife as the sun rose over the water. She wore a $40.00 dress she had bought from the markets and saved the wedding dress she had ordered interstate for yesterday’s event.
Yesterday’s wedding reception was held in a rural part of Sydney giving the occasion very much a country feel and the guests enjoyed an afternoon tea in a very cute old church hall.
Moving on to the food, I knew it would be good. Both of Hannah’s parents have an artistic flare and are excellent cooks and over the years we have had many incredible meals in their home. At one party they taught me how to white-cook chicken.
The wedding catering was done by De’lish in Lindfield with a few extra bits and pieces contributed by others, the least of these certainly not being the croque-en-bouche wedding cake made by Adriano Zumbo. I loved the transparent butterflies attached to the sides of the three croque-en-bouche. The father of the bride told me he paid an extra $20.00 for each butterfly. For those of you unfamiliar with Australian Masterchef, the producers cruelly made the contestants replicate this French wedding cake complete with the butterflies and there were many tears. The butterflies are made out of isomalt which is apparently a substitute sugar.
For an afternoon tea, the variety and amount of food was extremely generous. I was glad I didn’t have lunch and when we arrived home I didn’t need any dinner either.
The wedding reception was meant to finish at 7pm but we were having such a wonderful time celebrating the new couple and catching up with the mother and father of the bride and all their friends and family that we didn’t leave until the sun had well and truly set.
The day was exactly what the bride wanted; a casual, simple and elegant wedding with not only family and friends in attendance but also the children she works with.
It was a very beautiful, emotionally moving, and wonderful day.
May Hannah and Luke have every happiness.
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