042. 28th February 2009. We got married in a fever…
Considering for the preceding three weeks we had rain, much of it heavy, to have the sun finally poke through the clouds on Thursday and the first day without rain. Friday was a bit overcast and the weather prediction for Saturday was scattered showers. Saturday dawned bright and sunny and mid morning some big black cloud rolled across the heavens but kept rolling leaving some puffy wisps drifting across the sky.
The site we chose was at the far end of the beach where it becomes rocky and a large stand of mangroves has taken a foothold. A stretch of about 50 metres along the road had at some point in the past been planted with a line of coral trees.
The trees provided ideal shade for our guests and as the beach sloped gently to the water they had an elevated view of us saying our vows
and the Whitsunday Blue waters, green hills and the marina as a backdrop.
With a few catering and “wedding breakfast” changes it was now all set in concrete.
Donnis was fashionably late and arrived in a sporty Honda accompanied by son Errol. Interestingly Errol had always told us he had a schedule he could not break. He is Qantas pilot. Thursday night there was a tap on my office window and there was Errol! He had re-arranged his schedule and he and wife Nicole flew in to surprise us. It was a huge surprise and was a blessing that Errol was there to give his mum away.
I was also fortunate that my daughters Melissa, Averyl and Shelley and their families were able to join us. My sisters Enid and Sandra and their families were also able to attend. Enid re-arranged her and Ken’s work schedule and took a bus from Noosa to Brisbane Airport and repeated it going home.
Our celebrant was Joy Dobbins who works with Donnis at the Nursing Home. Joy had just completed her training and we were her first solo wedding.
Friends from the motorhome club in Mackay showed up. Another surprise and greatly appreciated by both of us.
Karen Grace convinced us that the sandwiches and coffee should be at her house, high on the hill overlooking the bay. There was more room for guests and as there were more guests than originally planned the extra space was handy. Besides the children could be encouraged to go downstairs to the TV room. Karen was also one of several running around taking photos, contributing about 200 to the pool.
We signed the papers sitting on the balcony with the ocean as a backdrop.
Birgitt had taken some tropical plants from her garden and decorated the balcony and main dining lounge area.
The original plan was “no booze”. We relented and agreed to a little champagne. Donnis bought several bottles and all disappeared. Maria and Keith from Oceanic Insurance Brokers gave us a dozen mixed bottles of wine. There was 20 litres of punch, all of which disappeared. Some people bought a few beers and it seems nobody had a cup of tea or coffee until the guests had left. Then Karen, Tina, Grant, Donnis and myself put our feet up and had a cuppa.
We acknowledge and thank Karen and Tina for the huge effort of planning and catering which went on behind the scenes.
Bronwyn Murphy who lives on Hamilton Island baked and decorated a wonderful wedding cake. It was my favourite too – fruit cake!