Saturday 28th February 2015
Sometimes people in your life come around in circles. What matters is not the years that have passed in between or why, what matters is that your connection remains.
Nicci and I were best friends in High School. We started a love affair with music that saw obsession creep in followed by persistent efforts to help UK bands get promotion in Australia. It all started with wanting to meet Radiohead when they toured Australia in 1998. Nicci was bold and asked EMI for an interview saying we ran a British music Fanzine. Long story short is we got the interview (with Phil Selway) so we started the Fanzine! As 16 year olds we would sit up doing phone interviews with musicians from Travis, Mansun and others...not quite the normal homework. We'd help get them air time, clips played on Rage and genuinely threw ourselves into getting Australia to listen. Nicci is one of the most determined, persistent and big dreamers I know. She showed me that amazing outcomes are possible, the first thing is being crazy enough to believe they are.
Nicci and John make a wonderful partnership, they really compliment each other. Together they created the vision for their day and were very hands on in every aspect. Johns talents as a Cabinet Maker were on display with the beautifully made hexagon boxes that acted as decorations on the tables. They even had cuff links and a charm bracelet made especially in memory of their beloved cat Lewis that they had recently lost. Lewis had traveled continents with Nicci and was a grounding companion to lose.
In between getting ready Nicci and John were at the Mornington Park Pavilion with a few trusted helpers putting on seat covers, tying ribbons, and setting up sound equipment. Plans to do photos before the ceremony changed as set up efforts went double time. Nicci and John probably ended up with less time than some of their guests to get ready! With lippy on it was a ride in the Photographers average chariot to the Pavilion situated on the clifftops at Mornington.
This was a non-traditional wedding. A simple ceremony followed by a relaxed Reception. Not having a knife to cut that cake wasn't a bother. Personal touches like Nicci's Father, Steve singing Dan Fogelberg's 'Run for the Roses' during his speech really made the evening. Steve had been undergoing chemotherapy and made the journey over from Adelaide in between treatments, the effort of singing was quite the task but a seasoned Performer always wins through :)
As with Melbourne weather it changes...quick. We went from being hot setting up to dashing for a quick photo session as the storm front raced across Port Phillip Bay before our eyes. It looked strong and it was! Red on the radar certainly equates to some winds that pack a punch. So as the daylight dimmed and the wind bellowed, windows were shut as decorations went flying. Palm trees swayed as if they were in a cyclone and the rain pelted down. But inside away from the storm the party continued. I guess humans are a bit like animals in a storm, the electricity in the air gets you spirited.
Nicci and John created a lovely relaxed evening that I believe gave them a wonderful send off to where life is going to take them together.
Nicci's dress - Fleurette, Shoes - Irregular Choice, Jewelry - Thomas Sabo, Hair & Make up- Fiona Gledden at Kochou Hair & Makeup. John's Suit - Ted Baker, Tie- Declic, Shoes-Jeff Banks. Celebrant - Trish Guthrie-Jones. Catering- Instant Catering. Reception Items hired from-Wedding Hire Melbourne.