I wanted to share something completely different this morning. Something, that although we haven’t shared anything similar before, is relevant to a wedding blog. Photographer Sandra Henri shared these very special photographs of her grandparents who this year, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
I suppose it touched me because this is what we build by having a wedding, A relationship that stands the test of time, that exists when our grandchildren arrive, that love, that is still as strong as it was on the day we married, showing so clearly sixty years later. A life built together.
Sandra’s grandmother tells their story (in German, Sandra so kindly translated it for us). John and Karla are known by their family as Oma and Opa.
“We met in 1944 in the school holidays as children. Opa was 12 and I was 13 years old. We got along well right from the start. Due to our house being bombed we needed to find somewhere to live, and so moved to East Germany upstairs from Opa’s apartment for 6 months. After the war ended we moved back to West Germany and didn’t see each other for several years. When Opa was a bit older he asked an aunt “which girl should I marry?”. She answered straight away “the only girl for you is Karla”.
“Then at 18 years old Opa managed to move to West Germany too and we met up again. One day we were cleaning up a garden shed for a gentleman we knew and when we’d finished the job we sat together on the garden bench to have a rest and have some grape juice. Opa put his arm around me and asked “would you like to become my wife?”. I answered “yes, but how will we let my mother know?” (as she was not overly happy that as the youngest in the family, I would be the first to marry!). We already got along well as children and realised more and more that we were inseparable. That’s how we got together!”
“On 7.3.52 we were married, I was 21 and Opa was 20. We have been through highs and lows together, which brought us even closer. Both of us kept our own personality throughout our marriage. We accept and respect each other the way we are without trying to change each other. We appreciate each other more and more as we get older and that is like heaven on earth for us. Our faith has also helped us a lot in our marriage, and we’ve experienced His help many times. We’ve been married 60 years and hope we can be together a lot longer.”
Lauren and Rosser married in a three day extravaganza in a little hidden eco sanctuary in Queensland. Together with their families they spent the days decorating and pulling things together to create their own beautiful wedding day. I think when I hear stories of families coming together to almost “build” a wedding, there is a magic to it. That’s what life is all about, isn’t it? Coming together to build relationships, celebrate milestones.
Lauren and Rosser met right across the pond. Lauren explains “We first met when we were living in London through mutual friends. We knew from the start that we were in it for the long haul and our wedding day was a total reflection of the kind of people we are… happy-go-lucky, down to earth, social folk. We chose to include a bicycle theme on the stationery and had some iron bicycles in the reception area as we used to share a bike in London and would often ride to the tube stations with Rosser steering and me pedaling as it was too uncomfortable to steer. The bike belonged to one of the groomsmen and he made the trip from London to the wedding.”
Photos are by Tigs Macallan. I love the way Tigs plays with light and captured the beautiful squinty nose giggles, the sunsets, the moments.
Lauren and Rosser married at Coolabine Ridge Eco Sanctuary . Lauren explains “Hidden deep in Mapleton, QLD, the picturesque Coolabine Ridge Eco Sanctuary was well worth the long drive on a dirt road. The luxurious accommodation at the venue was exactly the place that we could ‘make our own’ for 3 days and made it possible for us to share the event with close friends and family. Acres and acres of manicured grounds and natural bushland was the perfect canvas to create our own setting for our dream wedding. Helen, the owner of the property was fantastic and allowed us to arrange all our own catering and styling for the day. Marcus, the caretaker was a brilliant help and no job was too big for him. We were so lucky with the weather and it was wonderful being able to have our ceremony outdoors and enjoy a reception under the outdoor pavilion. The bonfire set the most inviting atmosphere and being able to stay at the venue meant that we, and our guests were able to celebrate way into the wee hours of the morning!”
Lauren walked down the aisle to “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles played from an ipod. Rosser wore a grey suit from YD.
Lauren and Rosser were married by Geoff Mazlin. Lauren says ” I was really anxious about finding a celebrant and did not have any outstanding referrals and luckily stumbled upon Geoff Mazlin in a Google search. He is such a professional and had so many ‘unique’ ideas for our wedding ceremony to make it special as well as entertaining. He helped us personalize everything and was such a charismatic person – he really has a gift. ”
Of their photographer, Lauren says ” Tigs Macallan is the most beautiful person! She totally managed to capture the vibe of the whole wedding experience for us. She made us feel so comfortable and during the photography session she kept us all well informed and instructed. She was very good at sneaking around unnoticed too and the result is shots of us, friends and family being totally natural which is a wonderful memento of the day. We are so lucky that Tigs was able to do our photography and will treasure the pictures for years and years to come! She is a one of a kind, stunning person!”
Lauren describes the wedding as, “A real working bee wedding! 99% of the wedding was DIY apart from the catering. My mother made the cupcakes and the wedding cake and so many family members were involved with all the planning and preparations for the day. The photos have captured all the details including the flower jars (old jam jars we collected), the table settings, the beautiful vintage crockery that we had scoured op shops for, my grandmother’s fine china tea set, the bicycle theme, the lawn games, the stationary, the little wedding favours with pictures of the bride and groom drawn by my class of Year 2 children (I’m a teacher) the corsages and the bouquets were all DIY. What were we thinking!”
Guests celebrated under the stars and Lauren and Rosser’s first dance was a last minute push. Lauren explains, “We practiced for the first time the night before under the pavilion at the venue without the music and decided that it would have to do… we nearly couldn’t find the song (Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition) when it came to the real deal, but all turned out well in the end. ”
Congratulations Lauren & Rosser! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Tigs Macallan for sharing today’s images.
I never get tired of the beauty of the Glasshouse Mountains and Erin & Michael’s elegant wedding celebration highlighted the beauty of their surroundings matched only by how special their wedding day was.
Erin tells their story. “We met at high school. And first got together at the end of year 12. We went our separate ways a number of times but always came back together. It took 12 years to finally tie the knot.”
Photographs today are by Luke Going Photography. Luke’s taken really interesting captures of Erin & Michael’s day- different perspectives, unusual moments and beautiful imagery.
Michael wore a suit from Myer with shoes he found in an op shop. His groomsmen borrowed their suits.
Erin wore a strapless gown Made by Helen K- Designs of Distinction Sunshine Coast. She added Diva Peeptoes in Fuschia from Betts and Swarovski jewels. Her bridesmaids wore dresses from Review with tulle added underneath and shoes from Wittner . The girls did their own makeup and had their hair styled by Taleah from Bianca’s Hair Studio Caloundra( 07) 5491 1599.)
The wedding was held Weddings at Tiffany’s in Maleny Erin recalls “The groom arrived early for the ceremony at 3pm, but him and his mates had forgotten to have lunch. Weddings at Tiffany’s were kind enough to make him a roast beef sandwich so he didn’t pass out during the ceremony.”
Erin walked down the aisle by herself to “All I Want is You” by Barry Louis Polisar.
Erin and Michael were married by Elaine Hick ((07) 5476 3197 ) and wrote the entire ceremony themselves.
Erin describes the wedding as “A stylish, but relaxed celebration. with beautiful people in an exquisite setting.”
Of their photographer, Erin remarks, “Friendly, easy going, unique, dedicated, unobtrusive. The photos were truly amazing and better than anything we could have hoped for. The album we received really does tell a story and captures some special moments, personality and emotions. I have had a chance to go through them a few times now with different friends and family and I notice something different each time. I am pretty sure I will look back in 5, 10, 15 years etc. and remember it as clearly as I do now because of the way Luke put it together. Michael was never very keen to have a professional ‘photo session’ posing for photos whilst the rest of the reception started drinking and partying. Afterwards he said that it was much more fun and less formal than he imagined. We feel privileged that Luke has put so much time and effort into making our album and photo collection. “
The invitations and stationery were made by Erin’s mother using Cristina Re paper.
Congratulations Erin & Michael! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Luke Going Photography for sharing today’s photographs!
I was so excited in January when the incredibly talented Jen Huang asked me to collaborate with her on a workshop she was holding in Western Australia’s Bunker Bay. We ran a competition for one couple to win a customised inspiration board (see it here) translated into a real life shoot with some of Perth’s most talented wedding vendors. Under the coordination of the brilliant Cathrin of CD Weddings, my custom inspiration board was turned into something incredibly beautiful.
Jen was kind enough to give away this beautifully styled shoot to the lucky couple. Sian & Ross were dreaming of an elegant waterside wedding and together we created an inspiration board for their wedding. Our talented team (coordinated by the lovely Cathrin of CD Weddings) created a beautiful inspiration shoot styled from the board.
The styled shoot and our winning couple Sian and Ross were photographed by Jen and the workshop attendees in between lessons and classes from Jen. The shoot was inspired by my board – a relaxed waterside wedding paying homage to the couple’s love of elegant beauty, Ross’ rowing background, their black and white colour scheme and their dream of a cheese table at their wedding.