About 2 months ago, I had just emailed Pete and Marina to check up some details about their album when Marina replied with a very sad message. Pete’s father Iain was in hospital after having suffered a sudden and significant heart attack. There was nothing which could be done and it was simply at the stage where the family would have a day or so to say goodbye to him. I’d met Iain a couple of times, once at Pete and Marina’s wedding and previously at Pete’s brother Mel and Alex’s Melbourne Wedding. Each time, Iain simply stole the show. He was a man with a huge personality and Pete said of my photos “They are priceless and will be passed onto future generations when they try to understand why they always want to be centre of attention.” Iain wasn’t an attention seeker though, he just was the kind of person that you gravitated towards because he had a knowing smile and you knew that a joke was coming up. It was an honour to meet him the times I did.
It’s kinda hard for me to think about Pete and Marina’s wedding without thinking about Iain. Even though I barely knew him, I knew he played such a significant role in the way that his two sons turned out and that in itself is a beautiful thing to reflect on. Pete is the kind of man that I think the world needs more of – genuine, caring and loving, able to be himself at all times (and he has a dog named after the singer of my favourite band!). I see time after time that people attract partners who share those traits and Marina does that and more. In fact, I stayed in Pete and Marina’s house the night of their wedding – along with a whole bunch of their friends who had all made it back there for the afterparty with the newlywed couple. At one stage, both of them, perhaps slightly inebriated, gave me a giant hug outside and told me how great it was that I had been there. That warmed my heart on a cool night and at about 3.30am, my head hit the pillow in their spare room with Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” still belting through the stereo in the lounge. There were a few people still drinking and dancing and even with the noise and my tiredness, I could but help go to sleep thinking how gloriously happy I was about these two beautiful people marrying each other.