Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Wedding








Dave and I went to my big brothers engagement party on the weekend, only it turned out to be his wedding.

What a deliriously delightful surprise it was to see he and his fiance walking hand in hand down the little local path way that usually takes us to the beach.

A small, humble gathering of friends and family (only forty guests) made the event intimate, relaxed and so very special. Never before have I witnessed the tenderness that was evident between Nell (the new sister i'm adding to my collection) and her family. A sprawling collection of people filled with obvious love and respect for each other. Their hugs were huge and lingering, their faces soft and sincere.

In the eyes of my own parents I saw the happiest kind of tears. The kind they had been hoping to cry for their son, and now they have. With joy and pride and contentment they watched Jonno commit to love and cherish, for better or worse.

 There were tears, hugs, kisses, speeches and toasts. Stories of years gone by and hopes (for grand-babies and cousins) for the future.

I can't express the pride I felt to see my brother take the hand of his lover, for the rest of his life.

Now, and only now, our family is complete.*

Welcome Nell, we love you.



*with the exception of many, many more babies. No pressure Jonno and Nell, but you know- procreate. 

36 comments:

  1. What a beautiful surprise!
    The happiness beams from these photos. BTW did you take all the photos in this post? What a gift you have given your brother and sister in law if you did :)

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    1. It was the best surprise!

      YEs, I took the snaps- they did have a photographer but these are just my little ones :)

      xo em

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    2. Well I think you did a mighty fine job :) I think you captured the love perfectly :) Well done!

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  2. Nell is a blessed one too - to join such a loving, beautiful and creative family. But I agree Em, those kids of yours need cousins!

    AMAZING shots....so much love x

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  3. Lovely! And hello Miss Em...how beautiful do you look?! x

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  4. stunning photos and i was going to say the same as tracey, how beautiful you look Em, you are glowing!

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  5. Congratulations all around! What a fabulous surprise too - I love it when couples do this. And how lucky are they to have had you take all these beautiful photos of their special day. Mel x

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  6. The love you feel for them pours from your magnificent photos! All so very beautiful. Love is so grand!! :) x

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  7. What a wonderful, beautiful wedding. And I'm so blown away by your beautiful photos, simply stunning!

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  8. Oh Em ... you can see the happiness in your photos - just beautiful!

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  9. I love everything about this post x

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  10. Gorgeous photos Em
    I love exciting surprises like this

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  11. Love this Em. What a beautiful bride x

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  12. love this surprise wedding..gorgeous photos Em! xx

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  13. So much love... gorgeous photos, Em.
    Ronnie xo

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  14. Great .... great .... GREEEEAAAATTT shots!! Really and truly!! They will probably use all of yours for their album!!

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  15. What a lovely surprise! I love the wonderfully awesome shots you took! Looks like it was a perfect day for a wedding! xo

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  16. this is lovely! looks like a fairy tale...
    love your necklace

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  17. Wow, these photos are beautiful! The ceremony looks so intimate!

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  18. Em, these are such wonderful images! You have captured a love-filled, joyous day. Congratulations to the newly weds!
    xo

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  19. So you didn't know? My sister and her now husband did this at her engagement party...only we as the immediate family knew...the other guests didn't! It was wonderful! Congratulations to your brother and his beautiful bride xx

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  20. Gah! I'm crying! Big sloppy drippy tears - what an amazingly beautiful, natural and loving wedding. Congrats to your whole family!

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  21. ah such a perfect wedding - what a wonderful,wonderful surprise for you all. goosepimples at those gorgeous images - taken with lots of love! congratulations Hx

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  22. Beautiful photos, if you took these Em you are a true professional! My 8 year wedding anniversary today, so extra nice seeing this post today. We had 48 guests and agree small weddings are simple & intimate. Best wishes to your brother and his beaming wife! x

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  23. Wow, these photos are just gorgeous. Maybe you could be a wedding photographer, you know, in your spare time ;-)

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  24. Oh what a surprise! You can just feel the love in your photos, beautiful!

    xo

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  25. Magic photos Em! Sounds like you're all blessed to have each other x

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  26. oh my goodness, i actually have tears dripping onto the keyboard as i type! That is just so beautiful!!!! you got me and i dont even have the excuse of being pregnant! were you in bits? these pictures, oh boy they are stunning! xxx

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  27. what a stunning couple, they look so very loved up. You captured it very well I think :)sarah

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  28. Beautiful photos - what a lovely wedding! xx

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em