I work freelance for a business that’s located walking distance from where I live. A few weeks ago I invited the director of the company and his partner to dinner. We had a lovely night as the director’s partner and I discovered we had a lot in common with both of us having a nursing background and both raising teenagers and both having daughters graduating from school in just a few days and much more besides.
Over the dinner table we were able to talk about formals and formal dresses and graduation ceremonies and getting your driver’s licence and that dreaded event called ‘schoolies’ and tears and tantrums and the stress of exams and it was like sitting across from someone walking exactly the same path. It was a wonderful evening that couldn’t have gone any better.
Last week that couple became engaged and announced it to us on Monday morning. Everyone who knows them is super-excited for them. One of the partners in the business, a bachelor, wanted to express his congratulations by having some drinks on Friday night for all staff (plus the freelancer!) and he, the bachelor, would provide all the catering. (This is not a food-related business!)
The drinks were held in the office and the director/bachelor doing the catering had his challenges as the kitchen is tiny and not fully equipped as there’s no oven. But with a large non-stick electric frying pan he managed to create a great range of canapes.
I managed to attend the party in between dropping Alfie at Sea Scouts and then having to leave early to collect him from Sea Scouts so wasn’t there to witness all of the food but I just wanted to show you how this small office celebrated the exciting news of a well-suited couple announcing their engagement.
I have to apologise for the shoddy images. The bachelor/director is a generous and warm soul but he turns into Gordon Ramsay in the kitchen. I had to steer well clear of his special space so could only photograph the canapes as they were on the move from the kitchen to the boardroom.
The flowers came from floral craftsman, Matt Bisaro. Stunning!
And that was a lovely start to my weekend.