My hubby’s version is sooo much better than mine… without a doubt, he’s a much better communicator than me.
What a great day for both me and Steph.
It started ridiculously early for me, only cause I woke up and couldn’t get back to sleep. I turned on the heaters and outside lights, waited for the sun to come up and the hair and makeup lady to arrive.
My bride awoke and jumped in her leggings for the cold and over that, the last dress she would put on as a single girl.
Maggie, the hair and makeup lady, arrived basically right on time. I helped her unload a very large makeup box then a huge suitcase full of tools of the trade. I was immediately put at ease to see Maggie experienced and in control. Many thanks to Maggie, confident, and a job well done.
The 2 girls now set in business I looked at the clock. Just past 7am Aahhh! Photographers coming soon, I’ve got to be ready. My first nerves of the event, I managed to cut myself shaving no less than 3 times.
Charlene and KC, the photographers, arrived a little early. They too put my mind at ease as they set about taking photos of everything, gifts, Steph, me running about etc. Through out the day they never stopped failing to impress me, enthusiasm till the very end. Many thanks to Charlene and KC. A job extremely well done, far surpassed my expectations, excellent work! (Photos not presented to us yet, but should be good)
Barry, the limo driver had reversed down the driveway. Steph and Maggie nearly finished, Charlene and KC clicking away. “Steph look in the driveway” I knew about the limo but it was a surprise to Steph from Mum and Julia (many thanks). The limo met expectations, Barry polite and kind, the car a little luxury for the trip into and away from the city later.
Time to go aaahhh!
Stopped along the way at the florist to pick up the champagne colored bouquet and matching pin for my lapel. Charlene clicking away as we walked down the windy street. Charlene with us clicking in the limo to Julia’s house as we opened the bottle of non-alcoholic champagne.
Stopped at Julia’s and had a little time with her and mum to take photos in Julia’s house. Everyone excited and looking wonderful.
Perfect timing as the 4 of us arrived in the city. Everybody else arrived or arriving looking smart and on time (many thanks)
Up to the registry waiting room, we all talking, cameras clicking, very exciting. The main event only 1 door and minutes away.
I gave Nic and Rafael a camera each and asked them to video the events from opposite corners of the room. And here Steph and I made the mistake of using an unknown camera thinking it would be better. A note for those in the future. Stick with what you know.
The ceremony itself was set in a very nice room and was a blend of the official, and feel good un-official. Very nice, with the obligatory mix up of the rings, so funny. I took that opportunity to say a few words followed by dad.
Car allocations set we convoyed to queens garden for a magic photo shoot. Wind, sunshine, grey skies and even a little rain gave us all conditions for the camera.
Then to the Sheraton hotel, I had made calls earlier to the general manager. We were met and the first of many generous surprises from the Sheraton was to be taken to the Presidential suite for photos. The Presidential suite. Top floor end of the hall, no room number but the title “Presidential suite” photos everywhere, we were King and Queen.
A few more shots in the foyer and it was time to say good bye to the photographers. 4hrs and 6 different locations. Fantastic.
Then to a buffet lunch where the Sheraton gave us all not only a complimentary glass of champagne each but followed up with 2 more bottles. Debra Watts, general manager, of the Sheraton Perth, thank you so much. I can’t say enough. Far exceeded expectations.
To top it off 2 discount cards were offered to me to use which gave me a huge reduction in the final bill. Many thanks Nic and Julia.
Barry had the limo waiting and after a few drop offs we were pulling into our driveway a happily married couple.
That evening we took the ferry to Rottnest Island for our mini-moon. The ferry company gave us a discount and a bottle of wine and chocolates. Many thanks Stacey.
The day was fantastic from start to finish.
Thanks to friends and family who gave generously, drove, took videos and generally just picked things up after me and Steph and made us feel so fantastic on our fantastic day.
For those overseas please hear my speech on you-tube, I tried to mention you all http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsVSmPn78JU
We haven’t got any of the professional photos yet but when I do ill flood your scenes with the most wonderful shots (ha-ha I promise) but until then here are a few un-professional, cheers.
Max and Steph
Max has put in my name but the writing’s really all him. 🙂
Anyhow, here’s a few sneak-peeks that Charlene & KC sent us…