I’m cheating today…reposting some writing I did one year ago…when my brother Michael married a most beautiful woman, Tennelle.
One year on, the words below still define a union most special…even more so as their love grows stronger with each passing day…Happy 1st Anniversary M n T xx
Though NSW has recently endured torrential rain, flash floods, howling winds and king tide surf…I am walking on sunshine.
On Sunday the 10th of June my little brother Michael got married to his fairytale princess, Tennelle…the weather held off as they declared their love for each other in an outdoor service in North Wollongong….
American Novelist Mark Twain said of love
Life is short. Break the rules
Forgive quickly, kiss slowly
The lead up to the big day crept up slowly….Tennelle, Mum and I spent Friday pampering ourselves at a day spa in my home town of Austinmer : Ibah Spa. The spa is located at the top of the street I grew up on as a child. As I drove to the 3pm appointment, I felt a surge of nostalgia….I was home for a wedding, a family wedding, my brother, the little boy with angelic red ringlets, now a grown man was getting married… precious childhood memories came and went as I lay down for my massage and pedicure.
Saturday and my Dad and I did pre-wedding errands. Collecting cakes, flowers and the mini bus that would transport the wedding party.
It was clear that mini bus hire company refused to join the technology revolution…preferring to rely on a computer circa 1985. Minutes felt like hours, and eventually the keys to the mini bus were handed over.
‘You getting married?’ questioned the man responsible for the 1985 style business operations
‘No, not me, my brother’
And perhaps, only in Wollongong would you get this reply: ‘ Whats the wrong with YOU then?’
Jason Donovan sang to Kylie Minogue of Love
Especially for you
I want to tell you, you mean all the world to me
How I’m certain that our love was meant to be
You changed my life
You showed me the way
The Big Day….special is so many ways
An early morning stroll in Austinmer….Passing the beach were Michael and I had learnt to swim, the parks were we had played as children, the corner store were we walked to by mixed lollies, the bus stop we stood at to go to school….
Hair and makeup sessions for Mum and I, at the family home by a local makeup artist. Small talk with Michael and his four grooms men, all childhood friends….friendships that span 25 years….
The outdoor service…my brother looking sharp in a gray suit and bow tie, close by stood four dapper groomsmen and four modern day beauties : the bridesmaids.
And then she appeared…..the bride….breathtakingly beautiful…
The wedding guests beamed, wiped away happy tears as two individuals united by love became man and wife
English Poet and Novelist William Shakespeare said of love
Love is an ever-fixed mark
That can never be shaken
The party that followed was a celebrations of the love shared by Michael and Tennelle.
Family and friends chatted about love, danced to songs about love, listened and gave speeches about love….and ate and drank an array of fine food and drink the couple had chosen…well…because of love.
And when it was all over, and Monday came around, followed by Tuesday, then Wednesday…I felt a bit flat…All the build up, the hype, the preparation, the gossiping was no more…
But the memories sustain me…..they are as precious as gold
The beautiful bride, Tennelle….simply stunning.
The couple being serenaded by their friend Mikaela to ‘ At Last’ by Etta James, as they took to the dance floor
My brothers speech …where he declared that their first meeting in a Wollongong Bar was , in his words almost ‘ an epic fail’
But most of all…..
The loving gaze shared by Michael and Tennelle as they stood before their wedding guests, before the celebrant started official proceedings…Not a word yet spoken…The look of love was there for all to see.