There is some merit to the theory that you can meet the love of your life at a wedding. Rhea and Ben met at a wedding on Hayman Island. They caught one another's eye, however barely spoke. The following year, when Rhea's mum Liz needed a lawyer, Ben came to mind. Rhea contacted Ben to set up a meeting and, when the pair met again, Liz believes she witnessed an undeniable connection. Understandably, she also takes the bulk of the credit for their union!…
Ben and Rhea were married at Carousel by Albert Park Lake. The ceremony was to be held outdoors on the deck, however 43 degree heat necessitated a welcome move indoors. With the comfort of their guests assured, and concerns about the condition of the many hundred David Austin roses put to rest, Ben mingled happily with family and friends awaiting the arrival of his bride. The pre ceremony period was underscored by an impressive performance by Ruby Strings.
Rhea and Ben received the blessing of Rhea's mother and brother, before Liz stepped forward with their adorable five month old son to read a sweet and humorous children's story; The Lovely Dinosaur by Edward Monkton. Rhea and Ben's faces instantly lit up when their little boy was brought forward.
After telling the story of their meeting (the reaction from Ben's business partner and Groomsman Darren was priceless when he learned that Ben hadn't billed his hours of work while representing Rhea's mum!), Ben's friend Richard presented the final reading; 'Union' from The Beginning To End by Robert Fulgham.
Ben and Rhea recited vows they had composed themselves. They were romantic and reflective and were delivered with touching sincerity and a hint of humour.
"..I previously thought that a partner needs to accept you however you are and for whatever you do, but you've shown me that relationships take time, effort and sacrifice, and if you do these things with love and kindness in your heart, the rewards are beyond compare..."
".. I vow to be honest, caring and truthful. I vow to love you for eternity, respecting you, honouring you and growing old with you until we have to carry each other's walking sticks."
Ben and Rhea's introduction for the first time as Mr and Mrs was met with an enormous cheer. As they walked down the aisle, hand in hand, to the tune of Bittersweet Symphony, it was clear that they were a much loved and respected couple - qualities I identified the moment I met them.
Congratulations Rhea and Ben. Your kindness and easy going attitudes made planning and presenting your ceremony so enjoyable. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Have a wonderful life. xx