Up until a week before the wedding I had never met Ben, in person at least. He has been living in Singapore so Anthea and I caught up with him via Skype. Our first meeting was at the rehearsal. He’d been on the red eye and come straight from the airport with only a few coffees to make up for the lack of sleep. As you can imagine he was a little vague!
So the man I met just before the ceremony came as a bit of a surprise. He was full of (nervous?) energy and he scrubbed up well. The nerves were tested a little when the bridal party got stuck in traffic. (It turns out lots of people go to the zoo during the holidays – who knew!) Luckily their driver knew a few back streets and it wasn’t long before we were ready to go.
As you can see from the photo above the weather was looking a bit ominous and we had the occasional drop. However we didn’t need to worry because the gorgeous Tea Rooms at Gunners’ Barracks have a wet weather option that is almost as stunning as their main venue. As it turned out the weather stayed clear if a little overcast (that’s better for photos anyway right).
Ben’s brother did a great and very expressive reading which had everyone laughing and then Ben’s sister performed a Blessing of the Hands which had more than a few reaching for the tissues. Quite a few of my couples choose to include the Blessing of the Hands reading in their ceremony and I never tire of hearing it.
Anthea had the most stunning dress. I can’t wait to see all the photos from Shane at Oneill Photographics.