Monday, March 7, 2016

Summer Post. Happy Anniversary

This week hubby and l celebrated 32 years of marriage, that's been the easy part after surviving our wedding day:-)
Except for the weather which was  PERFECT (very warm), our wedding day was pretty much a disaster from go to woah....One of my relo's ( lets call her S:-) very kindly offered to drive the bridal party to the gardens at the lake where hubby (to be) and l would take our vows with a celebrant.....
The BIG DAY arrived and l was all ready to go, but more than a little anxious as S still hadn't arrived...To save time Sis and l went out front to wait...Full war paint, BIG hair, bigger dress, and l'd have thought UNMISSABLE :-)....well it WAS the 80's. So imagine my astonishment when finally we see the bridal car driving along the street towards us, all shone up, resplendent in white ribbons.... but then drive straight past us. At the end of the street S turns round and drives back PAST us again.....and just keeps on driving, not even seeing us waving like crazy people from the kerb.......As S explained later, so great was the stress from being late and not being able to find Mum's house we didn't even register..... but at the time we had the problem of HOW were we going to get there....everyone else had left and of course this was pre mobile the end we simply called a taxi....the driver thought it was hilarious but did well not to show it TOO much:-)
 Our ceremony was allotted only 30 minutes as 31 other couples were getting married that day (This fact made headlines in the following Mondays' newspaper) so by the time l arrived (almost an hour late) the celebrant was flapping about like a wild swan.
With only 10 minutes to spare....short and sweaty is how l'd describe the ceremony...hubby jokes (l think) that just before l arrived he and his brother were two seconds from leaving for the pub.
There was S at the gardens....eyes all puffy from crying, l don't think her day was much better than ours. Given it was such a sunny day being married in a public space meant there were gazillions of people milling round, and trying not to get other bridal parties and random people in the photos took forever, but FINALLY we could head off to the reception and hopefully a stiff drink but NO.. were again denied the bridal car, as S in her haste and distress had locked the keys in the car, which meant us all having to squash in with someone else, not easy in huge puff sleeves and layer upon layer of tulle...did l mention it was the 80's haha....for reasons l won't go into here my Mum was distressingly late to the reception and since she was my only parent, speeches couldn't go ahead without her. Which meant bored, restless and HUNGRY guests...The caterers too were NOT HAPPY, main course wasn't even fully served before they decided they were OUT of there...which would have been just fine, had they not taken most of the food with them.... including DESSERT...
Of course nothing TERRIBLE happened and these days it's just another funny family story...but at the time...hmm NOT so much....l've included a wedding pic at the end of the post.

Each year on a warm, sunny day l like to set up outside and take a few photos.... Another Summer and another year can see a couple of my favourite other Summer posts here and here.

The roses are from my neighbour Judy's garden, knowing how much l LOVE pink blooms she often cuts hers to bring over to me....thanks Jude...they're gorgeous.

Hubby bricked up the arbour a few years ago, it's a lovely shady spot, mostly just for the flies and  bees  though......we don't seem to sit out there much:-)

Selina Lake ....Fabulous sheet tepee.

Thought you might like to see the Big hair and Big dress, l cut most of hubby out as he HATES our wedding photo's because of his BIG moustache...Come ON.... it was the 80's....haha!!

Hope you're having an awesome week everyone...thanks so much for stopping by.

Til next time.



  1. Oh my gosh Bron, thank you for the morning laugh! I'm sure it wasn't funny at all during the time but it certainly does make for a good wedding story:) I love your wedding photo and, for it being the 80's, I think your dress was lovely! My MIL was married in the 80's, her dress was very high collared, all the way up around her neck and my FIL wore a powder blue tuxedo, complete with big mustache also:) When Kyran and I got engaged, she asked me if I'd wear her wedding dress...this was in 2009 mind you...I didn't have the heart to say no! Anyway, we ended up running off to Vegas, just the two of us, and had a quickie wedding. I know it upset my MIL but it was the second time around for me and I just wanted to do it and get it over with!!!

    Anyway, Happy Anniversary to you and hubby!!! You were a beautiful bride and I'm sure you're just as beautiful today:) I love your little outdoor space, really love the color on the wall too!

  2. Congratulations! At least you have a very memorable story to go with your wedding! I don't think your dress is bad at all. I've seen horrible 80s dresses and yours is not one of them.
    I love your spot to sit outside. All those patterns are gorgeous. I would be out there all the time. It looks so cute. I hope you are doing a little better and that your heart is on the mends.

  3. Poor S must of been beside herself and could imagine the screen in my mind!. What great memories to laugh about every year since. I'm so sorry to hear about your lose of you Mom. Once never gets over it, my Mom's been gone over 17 years and yet it seems like only yesterday. I often wish I could "smell" her one more time. Congrats on your anniversary and many more happy ones.

  4. I think your wedding photo is lovely, Bron. LOVE your wedding day story!
    What a pretty courtyard you have! Great Boho look that you've decorated it in for a beautiful summer day. Looks like a nice place to relax and enjoy some time outside.

  5. I think your wedding photo is lovely, Bron. LOVE your wedding day story!
    What a pretty courtyard you have! Great Boho look that you've decorated it in for a beautiful summer day. Looks like a nice place to relax and enjoy some time outside.

  6. Wow! That’s really great! Even my parents are also going to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. We have booked one of gorgeous wedding venues Los Angeles for their vow renewal and all of us are very excited for celebrating their 25 years of togetherness.

  7. I love this Post Bron! .... you are very funny!
    Your photos are so pretty! I love the background painted brick colour
    of the Arbour against all your pretty crockery and styling items.
    Michelle x

  8. Such a funny story now but must have been pretty stressful at the time! I remember my 'big hair' with horror now ... what were we thinking!! :)
    I if I had that pretty courtyard I would be there all the time ...
    M x