She opened the door and I literally felt star struck! Lisa, the beautiful bride, was wearing the most exquisite flower crown, that Rue de Seine dress (OMG-WOW) and she was oh so ready to get hitched. And check out those lads! Russ certainly pampered his boys and shouted them all to a pedicure that morning. This was one bare-footed bridal party that I will never forget!
Lisa and Russ were married on the 7th January at Lisa’s folk’s home- such a precious setting for a couple who cherish home and family as much L&R. It was the most perfect day; the sun was shining, butterflies were flicking through the air, and pops of colour exploded from an exquisite array of blooming flowers.
This was easily one of the most delightful weddings that I have ever been to. Every moment was special and every element crafted with care and a personal ‘homegrown’ touch. Looking out over this simply sweet setup, I couldn't help but fall head over heels in love with the atmosphere that these two love-birds had created-it was only fitting that my heels were quickly removed and I could feel the grass between my toes.
As birds sang sweetly in the trees and bumblebees drizzled over the pretty hand-picked posies, Lisa’s girls approached the aisle with an excitement so raw and natural, you could not deny the overwhelming sense of joy that was felt in that moment.
And then she was there, walking hand in hand with her loving Mum and Dad. There really is nothing better than noticing the look on a Groom’s face when he spots his girl in the distance. Couple that with the look of pride in her parents' eyes and you've got yourself a memory to hold onto forever.
The ceremony was beautiful (if I do say so myself) and I loved being able to play that little part in this huge day. Lisa, Russ, and I hand-crafted their ceremony together and every sacred story, pretty poem, and solemn vow had precious significance to this couple and their families.
The guests had flocked from all over the world to celebrate this one-of-a-kind love. And I've gotta hand it to the Canadians, who were incredibly well represented! Their efforts to soar over to our little corner of the world was amazing and they certainly gave the Kiwis a run for their money on the cricket pitch. It was a catch up of old friends, new friends and a great chance to put a face to the name of people we had heard so much about. Tales were told and stories were shared, and as the chatter took flight into the treetops, the apricot sun began to set.
Lisa and Russ, thank you for the love and happiness that you brought to us all on your magical day.
“if you were with me now
on my favourite beach
we’d watch the distant seismograph
of silver peaks darkening to indigo
and walk on the breakwater
towards the harbour mouth.” -Cilla Mcqueen
The greatest adventure is to live the life that your heart desires. and this is my wish for you. May your road together be lovely and full of adventurous turns and sweetly singing birds. May your photograph albums burst with treasured memories and many wonderful moments captured. And may you live happily ever after, Mr and Mrs Cannings!
It was a pleasure.