Tuesday, 23 June 2015

If Not For You - Robert + Linda

Dappled sunlight across a courtyard, the whisper of a breeze through the tall fir trees and the chime of happy voices. This was how Robert and Linda's wedding day began - and it only got better from there.

The elegant formal courtyard at Quat Quatta was the picture-perfect setting for their romantic early autumn wedding, although such was the weather, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was still summer. As guests arrived and began to fill the space, their voices formed a chorus of excited chatter, the volume growing as Linda's arrival drew nearer. Robert, full of nervous anticipation, paced the courtyard, eager to see his best friend and love of his life.

Linda arrived in classic style in a vintage convertible, her proud parents by her side. As her attendants fixed her stunning lace gown and whispered final words of love and luck, the smile on Linda's face only seemed to grow bigger. She exuded a radiance and grace that I had, through each of our encounters, come to know as pure Linda.

Her walk down the aisle on the arm of her Dad to an acoustic cover of George Harrison's If Not for You was greeted with sighs, oohs and aahs by friends and family and several few deep breaths (and perhaps a few tears) from Robert.

This is a couple that holds each other - and those they love - in the highest of regards. Judging by the way their family and friends reacted to the loving glances Robert and Linda shared, the love and regard Robert and Linda have for those around them is very much reciprocated.

Robert and Linda's ceremony was a personal and intimate celebration of the life and love they share, from their first meeting through to travelling the world and achieving major life goals together. Robert's uncle gave a reading composed of song lyrics from two of Robert and Linda's favourite artists and then it was time for the vows.

One of the best pieces of marriage advice I have ever heard is that love is a verb - a doing word. It is a choice you make on a daily basis and something you choose to keep doing. To thrive, love must be present in your actions.

Robert and Linda's vows embodied this philosophy. They spoke of love and appreciation, of acceptance and understanding and of celebrating small moments of intimacy.

Their first kiss as a married couple was long, lingering and seriously sexy - just as it should be!

It was my pleasure to stay on and conduct the formalities at their reception as their MC. It isn't often that I get to see the day unfold from start to finish and it was a delight to hear the touching (and hilarious) speeches given by their family and friends, to see the newlyweds take to the dance floor and to observe the loving glances that passed between the new husband and wife.

Best of all, though, was seeing the joy Robert and Linda so clearly felt reflected on the faces of those they love. Love, in all its forms, has such a powerful, contagious effect and it probably isn't a surprise to learn I didn't so much drive home, as float.

Congratulations again, Robert and Linda. What joy you gave me by inviting me into your lives, sharing your story and letting me share in this most magical of days. I wish you all the love and happiness your hearts desire.

Robert + Linda
Venue: Quat Quatta
Photos: Corey Sleap
Film: Lovely Day Films
Music: The White Tree
Celebrant: Koren Harvey

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