|Photo taken by Peter Stonerough.|
On Saturday we had our farewell BBQ at a beautiful bush park reserve here in Raglan and surprised our family and friends with a wedding!
We have been thinking about the idea for about 6 months now, but only seriously decided to go ahead with our plans two weeks ago. You know, with all the stress of moving countries, sick kids and injured feet, we figured why not just add to it and organise a wedding too?! Crazy right?!
Si and I have been together for just over 8 years, own a house and have two kids, so really we already felt like an old married couple. We thought however, that it would be nice to make it official. Especially as we are mere moments away from starting our new life over in Australia.
We're not into the whole palaver of the "traditional" wedding, opting instead for a simple, low-key celebration surrounded by those we love. The added surprise element was the perfect way to take the stress and pressure out of the day.
I managed to keep it quiet, only telling 5 people of our plans to marry. Secretly we planned, baked and sewed. My sister helped to make the buntings that lined the wedding circle, that was created by one of my dearest friends, while I baked the gluten-free chocolate wedding cake. It was based on my chocolate love cake recipe here. (I'll be posting the full recipe and instructions as soon as I get our photo's back).
I would have easily got away with not telling both of my parents, had my mum not popped over while I was icing the cake that Saturday morning!
The invites said "you are invited to our fancy farewell BBQ, wear a dress and bring a plate", as people arrived, some commented on how dressed up Si, the kids and I were (I'm not usually one to wear make-up), one even guessed what we were really up to, but only one. Another friend commented "all you need is a celebrant, Emm. You have all your family and friends here, and you're all dressed up", I just laughed saying "yeah, that would be a great idea".
The look on every ones faces when it was announced that they had been invited to a little bit more than just a farewell BBQ, was unforgettable.
The fast and simple little ceremony that proceeded was then followed by beautiful food shared under the shade of the trees, while the kids zoomed around the paths and down the hill on their bikes.
It was quite simply, the perfect day and my perfect wedding. Sweet, simple and fuss-free, just the way I like it.
On a completely and utterly different note, my thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have been affected by the earthquakes in Christchurch. What a harrowing day today has been in NZ. Xx
Update: To see a few photo's from our wedding along with my recipe for gluten-free chocolate wedding cake click here.