Last Saturday we made the hour long drive out into the country to The Mill @ Malmsbury to watch our friends Lulu and Matt pledge their love for each other officially and forever and ever. Their five year old daughter, the flower girl, was dressed as Belle from Beauty and the Beast and led the bridesmaids down the aisle to My Girl by The Temptations before Lulu came down to At Last by Etta James. Everything was super sweet and lovely, including stories about the long stemmed red rose he bought for her to their first day and an acknowledgement of the privilege they enjoy as a straight couple that they are able to marry and a hope for the future that marriage for all people be recognised as a human right. They were wed with traditional vows and a hand-fasting ceremony before leaping over a broomstick in true celtic style. The bride was about the prettiest thing I've ever seen.
They joined us all upstairs, after heading out to take photos around the old Mill and it's gorgeous grounds, for a cocktail reception, cake and lots of love, laughter and well wishes. We were mostly stuck like glue to the thoughtful activity table they had set up for kids. Although we had lots of adult visiter hoping to poach the party pies and chicken nuggets from the children! And if we weren't drawing or running around trying to keep Violet out of the open fire then we were exploring the ground with her and the troupe of older children who were playing the most delightful games. Apparently there are tiny goblins living in every single tree at the Mill and if you need safe haven from them you'd better leg it to the almighty fairy tree and hope they'll take you in!
Our children were so well behaved, considering. They lasted all the way throughout the day and only fell asleep in the car at 7pm without so much as tantrum or meltdown. Of course, Rob did take Violet outside halfway through the ceremony when it became apparent that "shhhh" is as good as inviting her to shout at the top of her lungs. The more I whispered it to her the more she chattered, and when she loudly let me know that her fruit pouch was finished coincidently just after they said "i do" and were pronounced husband and wife, we knew it was time for her to stretch her legs outside. Luckily everyone seemed to think it was funny rather than rude. I just can't believe the timing, I seriously would have explained 20 times that she wasn't talking about the ceremony when she loudly said "it's finished now!"
What a wonderful day in the countryside!