I always witness a little miracle when a wedding ceremony starts, the weather becomes “just right”. Goldilocks would be proud. It was on a hot Summer day in January on the upper level of the Brisbane Powerhouse that I witnessed the temperature drop a few degrees, the shade covered everything we needed it to cover so that we could celebrate Andrew and Cassie conquering the great divide to get married!
I asked Cassie and Andrew to say a few words as well!
When we first met Josh we knew that he would deliver the relaxed and snappy, but warm ceremony we were hoping for. He was always friendly and offered the ideas, inspiration and support that are so valuable when planning a wedding. Josh was happy for us to construct our own ceremony but delivered it in his own natural style which worked well. Our ceremony had the relaxed atmosphere we’d hoped for that set the tone for our reception with some guests commenting that it was refreshing to have a ‘short and sweet’ ceremony.
I’m so lucky that I get to marry all of the coolest people!
In the ceremony one of Cassie’s bridesmaids, Caitlin, quoted Anna Karenina:
Having embarked on marriage he saw at every step that it was not at all what he had imagined. At every step he experienced what a man experiences when, after admiring the smooth, happy motion of a boat on a lake, he finds himself sitting in it himself. He found that it was not enough to sit quietly without rocking the boat, that he had constantly to consider what to do next, that not for a moment must he forget what course to steer or that there was water under his feet, that he had to row, much as it hurt his unaccustomed hands, that it was pleasant enough to look at it from the shore, but very hard, though very delightful, to sail it.
The question of ‘why marry?’ is often asked in modern times, and every individual has a different answer for or against the cause. Cassie and Andrew value marriage as ”a deeply personal commitment to another [person] and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family… [Marriage] fulfills yearnings for security… and connection that express our common humanity… and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition”