Saturday 23 October 2015
The mines in Koodaideri Western Australia may not be the most expected place to meet the love of your life but for these two it most certainly was. After Carrie carried out the simple gesture of folding some washing for Quintin he gave her a bottle of Vodka to say thanks. With a cheeky drink first by herself, Carrie then thought she better go say thanks herself...ice broken!
Carrie & Quintins Wedding day was a relaxed affair with the couple & their families all getting ready together. This may have made things hectic at times but it also meant there were plenty of hands to help. Quintin arrived at Carrie's Parents house with speaker on shoulder 'Going to the Chapel' jangling for all to hear. One excited Groom who was instead greeted by his Mother in Law :) The day started with music, family and laughter and ended much the same. In between it all the bubbly Carrie and Quintin tied the knot.
Walking down the Isle to Renee Geyer 'It only happens when I look at you' Carrie glowed and Quintin was clearly taken. Despite an excited Dog crashing the ceremony, Sandbar Beach Cafe was the perfect setting. I had assumed that being from New Zealand Quintin wouldn't feel the cold much but it turns out living in WA soon makes Melbourne weather fresh. With a strong bayside breeze it was a quick stroll for photos then onto the warmth of Reception.
Carrie & Quintin were surrounded by longtime and strong friendships which made speeches build like an emotional crescendo. This soon peaked with the spontaneous gathering of Quintin's Maori family & friends to perform the Haka as a reflection of them holding the couple in high regard. The Haka is performed for someone who the Iwi (country) or family consider that the person they are acknowledging holds mana (power), by the way of achievement and contribution to either their Iwi, family, friends or people around them that are very important. To have the Haka performed for selected persons is considered prestigious and rightly so. Never before has my whole body been covered in goosebumps at a Wedding, but that moment sure did it. The raw emotion and ceremonial purpose was intense and a privilege to witness. Quintins' Father also gave a humbling speech in Maroi recognising the past and future connections in the room. Emotional stuff all round!!
With the cutting of the twin coloured cake (choc caramel mud for Quintins' view of himself as a 'honey brown' Maori & white choc mud for Carrie) the dance floor was open for business! Thank you for having me along for the ride guys! It is clear to see the appreciation you have for each other and fun that will surround you in life x
Carrrie's Dress: custom design by Rossana Ford Bridal. Hair: Sophie Knox Carrie, friend Carly Lawrence for Bridesmaids. Make up: Sophie Knox. Jeweler: Her Mothers Pearls, Carries ring from Fine Autumn Jewellery, Brighton. Shoes: Chi-Chi Wedges by Nude Footwear. Flowers: Jess Klimeki from Soulfull Bloom. Quinten wore: Country Road, 'Chuck Taylor' & a special bone carving from his Nanna Olive received for his 18th. Bridesmaids and Groomsmen: Various.
Venue: Sandbar Beach Cafe. Celebrant: The lovely Linda Hammil Music: DJ Masters. Transport: Boys travelled in Limo by Amazing Limos. Cake: Monica Krotifil from the Cupcake Emporium. Event Styling by Sandbar Cafe & Bluegem Events