This past weekend I had the honor of attending a wedding between two people I have had the pleasure of getting to know here in Brisbane. These two lovebirds are such beautiful people and I was so pleased to get to witness them start their new adventure of marriage.
I am not sure what it is about weddings that make my tear ducts malfunction but I cannot remember a single wedding I have attended that I haven’t at least teared up during the ceremony. My tear ducts start to go wacky usually around the time of the vows. HOLY MOLY those vows are serious:
I, Abby, take you, Alex, to be my wedded husband, and I do promise and covenant before God and these witnesses, to be your loving and faithful wife, in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health, as long as we both shall live.
I always knew that these were big things to promise to another person but I really understand them so much better since saying these words to Alex back in December. I get chocked up now hearing those words being exchanged between other people because it reminds me how important those promises are that I made to Alex.
This gorgeous couple got married on top of Mount Tamborine, at a vineyard called Cedar Creek Estate. It was an intimate wedding and a really fun reception. My eyes got watery, my heart got full, and I learned some new things about Australian wedding traditions. For example:
- Signing the wedding certificate at the ceremony- I liked this they usually have a designated table for the bride and groom to sit at while they sign their marriage certificate, followed by the best man and maid of honor.
- Nutbush- basically a dance that everyone seems to know (kind of like the cupid shuffle in the US) and it is AWESOME! Have a look here: Nutbush Dance Moves
- Eagle Rock- Apparently calls for guy to pull down their pants (undies still on folks) and dance around- pretty hilarious
Soraya looked breathtaking in a lace dress for the ceremony and even surprised us all with a wardrobe change during the reception. She is one of the most kind and genuine people I have been able to call a friend and her new husband Tom not surprisingly, loves her A LOT. It was very evident as she walked towards him down the aisle. Tom is old friends with my husband and such a wonderful person. These two will have a marriage full of love and I am very thankful Alex and I get to be a part of their lives.
Speaking of that LOVE word that is the most important thing to remember about weddings- the love! It is not about the flowers or the dress (although I do love a good wedding dress) its not even about where the wedding takes place- it is about the love two people promise to each other no matter what life brings their way.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Marriage is so fun and mine has been filled with tons of laughter, yummy food, new adventures and of course so much love. I thought I loved Alex back on December 28, 2014 but that love doesn’t compare to now. I am blessed enough to fall more in love with him everyday- as I am writing this blog he is downstairs making me dinner! He isn’t perfect that is for sure and he does get under my skin but I like it that way because how boring would it be if we agreed on everything, or if I didn’t get to complain about him bugging me with his freezing hands. Seriously, they are icicles!