Despite all of our differences, love is what we all share. It's the great unifier — our one universal truth. No matter who we are, where we've come from, what we believe, we know this one thing: love is what we're doing right. We have all loved in our lifetimes, and in this moment, we're reminded that the ability to love is the very best part of our humanity.
All of us here today have our own love stories. Some are short, others long. Some are yet unwritten, while others are just getting to the good part. There are chapters in all of our stories that are sad or disappointing — and others that are exciting and full of adventure.
Liz and Nick met in Kalgoorlie. She made the brave call as a graduate speech pathologist to leave the comfort of Perth to join a rural hospital and he had had enough of studying and jumped at the opportunity for a journalism cadetship with the Kalgoorlie Miner. It was at a Kal party though, where they first locked eyes. The spark was immediate, but it was their mutual appreciation and knowledge of the lyrics of Miley Cyrus on the dance floor hours later though, which really lit the flame.
Their first official date was in early 2009 - Mexican at the Corny Cactus. The restaurant didn't survive the great Kalgoorlie earthquake of 2010, but the earth had shaken for Liz and Nick and their love blossomed.....
These two were such an awesome couple to work with. Their ceremony was filled with humour, joy and moments of pure and raw emotion. Their love for each was felt by everyone and all present were asked to stand and support them in their relationship, celebrate their them and nourish their love for one another.
Liz and Nick had decided to marry at Alex Prior Park, a little known green space on the river in Claremont. It was private, shady and not too far from Liz's parents' house where the reception was held later that evening. The ceremony chairs, arbor and tables were provided and styled by Sarah from Heart Strings HIre and Style who always does an amazing job.
I loved that Liz and Nick walked back down the aisle and then we immediately went to the cutting of the cake so the many guests at the ceremony could enjoy that moment and some afternoon tea while the bridal party had some extra photos taken. Liz's mum had made the cake (and the flowers and the bowties) - what an amazing task for the mother of the bride!
Liz's wedding dress was from Karen Willis Holmes, bridesmaids' dresses by Bojena King, makeup and hair by The Pretty Parlour, acoustic music by Helen Shanahan, DJ Willy Slade, lighting by Micktric Events, catering By Word of Mouth Catering, beers from Dalkeith Liquor Barons, wines by Bar Pop, gelato by Gusto Gelato, stationery by Annie P. Paperie, photobooth by The Camera Booth.