As of five weeks ago today, something really special happened. After 10 years of relationship-ing and 18 months of planning, Rhett and I wedded on Saturday, the 16th of December in front of our most beloved family and friends.
At the risk of sounding too cliche, I feel overwhelmingly blessed to now be able to call my long-time best friend, confidant and love, my husband. It is not everyday that somebody chooses you to be their forever. A commitment and gesture that makes my heart flutter even to this day. And needless to say, I’ve been feeling wonderful and lucky and happy ever since.
With that being said, this wouldn’t be a very interesting post if that’s all I had to share. Life’s rarely that simple, weddings even more so. And whilst I can honestly say that the 16th of December was one of the best days of my life, I can’t say that it didn’t come wrought with its fair share of challenges.
In fact, one of these challenges actually saw my husband-to-be sitting in a hospital emergency room, 8 hours out from our ceremony, attached to an IV-drip with a cocktail of pills in hand. Which, even now, I find simply ridiculous.
Rhett had woken up, the morning of our wedding, with a bad case of food poisoning.
I promise to love you, unconditionally. To support you, devotedly. To always work on giving you my best self for you and our future family. And to never take you for granted, counting every day spent with you as another one of life’s blessings.
I cannot justify with mere words just how low my gut sank when he first told me. Having just woken up myself, highly strung, somewhat nervous and completely incapable of controlling my emotions, I began to panic. The sheer idea of Rhett not being able to attend our wedding, the one we had both invested so, so, so much time and money into was just … overwhelming and difficult to comprehend.
I am sure everybody reading this is aware of the wedding industry’s strict no refund policy, regardless of extenuating circumstance. So it goes without saying, we were off to a seemingly rough start.
I promise you all my care, support and energy. I promise you the admiration and respect that you deserve. I promise to try to complement you as well you do me. I will always be grateful of the positive changes in my life because of your presence in it.
Fast forward 3 hours and the good doctors in the emergency department were able to land him right back on his feet. And before I knew it, Rhett was out of the hospital, greeting his groomsmen and dressed, smiling for the cameras by 12 pm. The relief I felt was palpable, undulated. We had dodged a very expensive bullet. Thank goodness.
Now, with all that behind us, I wanted to give a quick shout out to that cutie-patootie husband of mine. Because throughout the whole ordeal, Rhett remained eerily calm, steadfast in his reassurances to me that everything would be fine – that he would be fine – and optimistic to a fault despite his obvious discomfort.
How I got so lucky, I have no idea.
And to my husband, thank you for being you. Always striving to give me your all, even on the days you are feeling low, if only just to see me smile.
I suppose in hindsight, that was the greatest challenge Rhett and I faced that day. The one that, should it have escalated, sought the heaviest consequence. However, as I previously mentioned, that was not the only ‘situation’ we faced.
Where would I be without you? You are my best friend, my true life partner. You always bring out the best in me and I can honestly say that I would not be who I am today, if I didn’t have you by my side.
What followed was a bit of a nightmare. A nightmare I honestly hadn’t given much thought until I found myself up against 35 kph northeasterly winds. Whipping strands of hair into my face, my eyes, my mouth. Threatening to violently send my flower crown across the Pacific Ocean and scandalously expose my bridesmaid’s undergarments to all my family and friends.
But worst of all, it made coherently reciting my vows very difficult (even seeing my Maid of Honor physically pinning my hair back with her hands whilst I spoke) and being ‘in the moment’ with Rhett damn near impossible.
I found it all pretty stressful.
Thankfully, as the minutes passed, I eventually got over it. Mentally lumping the gale force winds with Rhett’s hospitalization as stories that we would (and had already started to) laugh about. Because love isn’t perfect and our wedding day was certainly not going to reflect anything different.
I am sure you already know this. But you are my life, my soul, my heart. You are the happiness in my morning and the only strength I need to get through a difficult day. I am your biggest fan and standing up here today, I am thrilled to know that you seem to like me a lot too.
Continuing from the ceremony was an incredible evening. Upon reflection, I could not have asked for a better day; everything ran smoothly, all our vendors were phenomenal, there was not a single family drama (or none of which we were made aware of) and all our loved ones seemed to be enjoying themselves.
So on that happy note, I thought I’d share a few of my fondest memories, starting with one of my favourites: the laughs that came when Lauren Anne, our photographer, magically managed to shuffle all nine of our bridal party into a tiny 2 by 2 gelato parlour in search of the perfect candid shot.
Even sitting here now, months later, I am still drooling over the mango sorbet I had at Popolo Artisan Gelateria. It was absolutely yum, yum, yum! So should anybody be lucky enough to find themselves in the Newcastle Hunter Street area, I would highly recommend dropping in.
I’d like to give thanks to the groomsmen. What a great looking group. I couldn’t have picked a better bunch of guys to share this day with. Thanks for a great game of golf on Thursday, despite the 40-degree heat, your perseverance to power through the sun stroke was greatly appreciated.
I also simply cannot emphasise just how much I adored all the floral arrangements at our ceremony and reception. They were just … incredibly beautiful. I was super happy, super impressed. Our wedding designers, Peonies Boutique Weddings, completely blew away my expectations. From our arbor, to our centrepieces, to our bridal table arrangement, to our bouquets, etc. etc. they were all just wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. I loved it all.
I promise to laugh at your jokes, even when they aren’t funny. To spot big trees with you and gasp at their enormity. To always let you do the reverse parallel parking. And to go bush-walking with you whenever you feel like undertaking wildlife photography.
But if I had to choose my fondest memory from from the 16th of December, I would absolutely have to pick the entire hour Rhett and I spent together at Merewether Beach. Hands down. And despite typically not being the most openly intimate couple, I had a really great time playing quite the opposite. And just between you and me, I am fairly certain Rhett didn’t mind it too much either.
Thank you for agreeing to finance this horrendously expensive dinner, turning a blind eye to the price tag attached to this dress and for happily participating in the too-high PDA requirements of today.
It goes without saying that Rhett and I had a really wonderful day and looking back, I am filled with nothing but pride and happiness and gratitude and absolutely zero regrets. So on that note, I am going to finish off this little fairytale here.
I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post and thank you to all who have joined me on my wander up memory lane. And to those who I am yet to catch up with in twenty-eighteen, I hope you are all enjoying a great start to the new year!
I want to personally thank everybody that made the effort to share this special day with Rhett and myself. You have all touched us both deeply and today would not have been so great if it weren’t for all the faces here in this room.
Designer: Peonies Boutique Weddings
Brides Dress: Judy Copley Couture
Brides Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Bridesmaid Dress: Zimmermann
Groomsmen Suit: Joe Black
Makeup: Ilona Kish Makeup Artist
Hair: Chic Artistry
Celebrant: Wed by Kez
Band: Uptown Band
Cake: Vyja Menghi
Ceremony: Fort Scratchley
Reception: Merewether Surfhouse
Photographer: Lauren Anne Photography
Videographer: Design Patrol Films
Photo booth: Creative Photo booth
Tiffany Chair Hire: Exotic Lily Event Hire
Photoshoot Locations: Popolo Artisan Gelateria/ Hello Naomi and Merewether Beach