Megan and James elected to have most of their photos taken before the ceremony, which is just as well as it absolutely poured with rain about five minutes after the 'I do's' in Hyde Park in March. I had been watching the radar very carefully and when that cool wind started during the singing, I knew we didn't have long...
The lovely Emma Pointon was behind the camera for this wedding and I thank her for these images from the day. Megan had arranged so many little individual touches, from the straws and personalised paper cups to the programs - everything was absolutely perfect. We asked everyone to put away their cameras and smartphones for the ceremony and it was so nice to be able to look out and see a sea of smiling faces.
I loved how we not only asked the parents for their love and blessings but acknowledged the longevity of their marriages. This is what we said:
"One of the deepest relationships we can acknowledge is the one between caring parents and their loving children. Megan and James would like to take this moment to acknowledge their parents – would you like to stand please? Kevin, you have proudly and with much love, escorted your daughter to stand hand in hand with James today. Megan’s parents Veronica and Kevin, and James’ parents, Marianne and Vince – both couples have been married for around 40 years. During this time, you have raised your families in a sphere of love and respect. This is a priceless legacy that has guided and supported Megan and James in their relationship. For this, and the support and encouragement you have given them, they are deeply grateful. Today is very much a celebration about two families becoming one. And so I ask you all, do you give your love and blessings to Megan and James today?
Parents: we do"
James' sister and her daughters also read the Blessing of the Hands which can be done on its own or sometimes I like to use this just before the vows:
These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever.
These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future.
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other.
These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind.
These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and tears of joy. These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children.
These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one.
These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.
And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.
Megan and James continued their celebrations at Mt Lawley Golf Club. You can see more beautiful images from Emma Pointon on her blog.