I recently conducted the wedding of Kate and Paul and it was an amazing night!! Kate and Paul are friends with, and were guests at the wedding of Heidi and Alex. They had been talking about getting married and wanted to do things a little differently. They were having their Engagement party and decided that they wanted to surprise their guests by getting married. I was really excited when I got a message from Kate and she explained to me what she had in mind. I thought how wonderful it would be. I was excited to be one of the secret keepers for the event.
Kate and Paul have come a long way from their first face to face meeting where Paul thought it all seemed a bit dodgy and he even wondered if he might be getting jacked with a sock full of batteries. Obviously that wasn’t the case, they both knew that they were quite fond of each other and were keen to impress. On the day of their first proper date, Kate was unable to choose her own attire and requested the help of Heidi. Paul also took the advice of a friend on how to style his hair and what to wear.
From that first meeting they have been almost inseparable. They hated spending time away from each other and they spent many hours in the beginning of their relationship driving between Kilsyth and Fawkner. They were determined to see one another often. They are happiest in each other’s company wether it is playing board games (monopoly so I’m told), going on late night drives to nowhere in particular (mainly ending up at Kmart) or having a night together at the Pancake Parlour. As long as they are together, it doesn’t really matter.
Kate says she loves the way that Paul has always brought out the best in her. He has accepted all of her quirky ways and never once questioned it. When her fears get out of hand or she over reacts, he knows how to calm her down. Kate also said “The thing I probably love the most about him is how he is so considerate and caring. He does all these little things that show me every day how much he cares and loves me. Like in the mornings before he goes to work, he always gives me a goodbye kiss and makes sure that the puppies don’t steal all the doona, no matter how late for work he sometimes is.” Paul loves how Kate keeps him together and grounded. He loves how she always manages make him laugh and lighten his day when she acts all silly. He loves her caring nature and her ability to figure out any problems he might have. But most of all Paul says “I love the way she puts up with my shenanigans.”
Kate and Paul had their wedding at the iconic Bobby McGee’s, which has such a wonderful old school vibe, with all of the ‘diner’ furniture. It is such a fun venue. They invited about 110 people to what the guests thought was their Engagement Party. They thought that it was a great way to make sure that all the people that they wanted to be at their wedding would be there, without all the fuss that sometimes goes along with planning a wedding. Their Parents knew about the plans, and obviously their wedding party, so it was only the guests that were surprised.
What a wonderful fun time! Paul and Kate were there, not long after the first of the guests began arriving. They were all dressed up, but not in their outfits that they were getting married in. The mingled with the crowd for a while and then they snuck out. They went to get changed into their wedding outfits while I made an announcement to the guests that they were in fact going to be married in about 15 minutes time, (which was meet with loud cheering from the guests). I told the guests if anyone in their family or friends group had not yet arrived that they should call them and tell them that something very special was about to happen.
The wedding was really lovely and suited their style, it was a great venue for them and they really did a great job of keeping it a secret, of course there were a few people there that of course were telling people they ‘picked it’ and they ‘knew that this was going to happen’.
I know I say it all the time but it really is true, I feel so very lucky to be a part of the special day of so many lovely people. I get to meet them, get to know quite a bit about them and then be lucky enough to not only be there on their wedding day but help them exchange their vows on one of the happiest days of their lives. Not too shabby a job at all!!
I did ask Heidi and Alex, who is next on their friends list for a wedding? Or baby naming?