Last week Dave and I were married 21 years.
Reflecting on where on earth the last year went took me back to December 2015.
A year ago we celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary with a ceremony on our little property. With us were close friends and family and neighbours who we love. It couldn’t have been a more perfect thing. I would say that it took me a year to do anything with these photos because it made me miss everyone too much!!
Dave singing to me as I walked “down the aisle” (“What I have to Offer” – Eels)
My favourite celebrant Jill Harper (who over the last 8 years I had the privilege of working LOTS with)
Our fabulous kids and Aggie being part of it with us.
Sarah making me look a little less normal!
Having dear friends like Susan help me with all the flowers and we must not forget my darling girlfriends for giving me a “hens night”.
Oscar playing the guitar for Dave’s song.
Mum, Sarah and my other beautiful friends helping with the food.
Remi directing everyone in their cars.
Alison snapping the pics.
I always wanted to have a real little wedding of our own, with vows written to each other and things said that was just about us. I knew the exact spot…. even when a huge tree fell down behind it! So we mowed, got rid of jack jumper nests, made the stick backdrop. Dave chopped up birch trees for the food table and sanded a long plank of wood for hours for the cheese. We got new rings to replace the original $90 one I lost. I found a dress from Hello Gorgeous Vintage made in 1975. I even bought the awesome pews from a brides Dad because they were perfect! The yummiest of breads from Lili at Apiece . I want to do it all over again.
21 years is a lot! I’m so grateful in that time that Dave has let me be ME. That we have changed together, that we have given each other space to change and love what the other has changed into. Yep, life comes with lots of jumbled up knots but together we have always somehow untangled the knots and worked pretty well together. We have 4 amazing kids to have along on the journey and I’m looking forward to what each new year brings.