When someone tells you that they’re going to build their wedding venue, I reckon it tells you a lot about them – they’re dedicated, passionate and deeply sincere towards the things important to them. And that’s exactly the words (along with many others) that you would use to describe the two amazing people that are Andrew and Erin. Their love and commitment built their relationship and their hands and hearts built their wedding.
Andrew’s dad had been possessed with amazing artisanal skills and it was clear that some of it had rubbed off on Andrew too. Together with the rest of their family and friends, they planned and built the small round structure to fit the 100 or so guests, stone by stone all the way up from the ground. It had been a labour of love with weekend after weekend being spent cutting and laying stone. This doesn’t even include the 5000 or so pavers that had been reclaimed, cleaned and then laid to make the outdoor dance floor.
But nature had less heartwarming plans for their wedding day. It started with oppressive daytime heat, 41°C (106°F for our imperial friends) at around lunchtime and there was expectation of a cool change to come through after the ceremony. But I don’t think any of us could predict how violent it would be – gale force winds howled through the trees, flinging dust and debris all around us and bolts of lightning flashing as a storm approached. But Andrew and Erin weren’t fussed, it was only a minor detail. After 12 years and two beautiful children together, this was simply a day to celebrate with their friends and family and regardless of rain, hail or shine, they were going to be out on that dance floor celebrating.