Sharon & Gregory
Historic Ascot House Wedding
8 December 2012
As the bride and groom gazed lovingly into each other's eyes, Wendy Dalton, the
Celebrant, made her welcome speech before inviting me to say my piece. Not
being very eloquent when it comes to public speaking, I nervously stood up and
took a few steps forward before I battled against the wind to make myself
heard. This was what I said, as loudly as I could:
She now belongs to you…
Be kind to my lass. Take good care of her,
for I still love her too…
My daughter always--- yes, I know.
My daughter, but soon to be your wife.
I knew she’d have to go some day.
I don’t complain. That’s Life.
The only thing that matters is that she is going to be ---
loved and happy.
That is all that really counts with me…
So upon this day of days when hearts are in a whirl ---
I want to say just this once more:
Be good to her, my girl.
Next on the agenda was the exchanging of vows, followed by the wedding rings business before Greg's mum, Margaret, recited this poem:
You've vowed today to be a loving wife.
Always remember this, my dear,
for marriage is for life...
The first bright flush of happiness
is bound to fade away...
But never forget the pledge you made
upon your wedding day.
There are times when men need understanding.
That's the test.
So learn to speak the wise and kindly word,
and do your best ---
to make your home a centre of contentment, peace and joy ---
to which his heart will always turn...
Be good to him, my boy.
~ PATIENCE STRONG ~
Once the marriage
documentation was completed, Mr & Mrs Greg & Sharon Minnis were
presented to a round of applause. We then wandered over to the front garden for
a photo session as the gusty wind blew. Photo session over, we re-grouped and
mingled in the Tuscan-inspired courtyard while sipping champagne and enjoying
the super yummy canapés of prawn dumplings, crispy flathead tails, summer rolls
and various delicious fare. By 12.30pm, we were seated in the intimate
Chandelier Room to raise our glasses a few minutes later in a toast to the
bride and groom after the cake cutting ceremony. We then sat down to savour an
entree of delicious Greek Lamb Salad before the bridal waltz to the song, "Come
What May". Guests joined the bridal couple on the dance floor and soon we were
grooving to specially selected songs played by the attending DJ during the
first dance session before sitting down to enjoy the main course of Mushroom
Eye Fillet Steak or Baked Atlantic Salmon with all the trimmings. We returned
to the dance floor for a bit more dancing in an attempt to allow the main
course to settle. While the guests danced, Sharon did a disappearing act but
soon rejoined us wearing a different outfit. We returned to our respective
seats as the desserts were being served. I was thinking to myself that I
couldn't possibly fit another thing in when a tantalizing Tasting Trio of Crème
Brûlée, Warm Hazelnut & Caramel Pudding and Mango Ice Cream appeared before
me. One small mouthful led to another and it wasn't long before the super
delicious trio joined the eye fillet steak in my tummy!
Greg's dad, Graham, did a splendid job as M.C., first calling on Wayne, then
Trevor and followed by Andrea to make their respective speeches. As promised,
Wayne did a great job in his humorous account of a few of Sharon's escapades
during her younger years without causing any great embarrassment, much to
Sharon's relief. Trevor started by commenting that his 16-year friendship with
Greg is longer than most relationships he's had, before continuing on to tell
us how the happy couple first met almost five years ago. Unaware that she would
be called upon to make a speech, Andrea kept her cool and made a short and
sweet impromptu speech. Good job, girl! Graham then took over the microphone
and recounted how he spent 7 hours during a roadtrip singing nursery rhymes to
a cranky toddler in a vain attempt to get him to sleep. He continued on with a
few more recollections that had Greg turning red with embarrassment before
handing the microphone over for the groom's input. Greg expressed his thanks to
everyone from bridesmaid to parents for their support and participation and to
the guests for their attendance. A greatly relieved Greg was quick to hand the
microphone back to his dad before hurrying back to his bride's side.
Wedding cake and coffee were served before the removing of the garter tradition
was carried out, followed by the single ladies eagerly waiting to catch the
bouquet. It was then time for the reception to end with a last dance before the
departure of the newlyweds. The wedding guests went their separate ways while a
few of us - Wayne's brother, Kerry and his wife, Louise, Simon and Andrea,
Wayne and myself met up with the newlyweds at the North Suburban Sports Club
for "winding down" drinkies. A perfect end to an almost perfect wedding day.
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