The wedding day has finally arrived! woohoo!
Trip Start Dec 26, 2009
41Trip End Feb 06, 2010
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Woke up to pouring rain and freezing cold conditions – shame but I am sure that nobody will care as they will be having too much fun at the wedding to worry about the weather.
Bill went to town and got a hair cut and I took up my pants then a taxi ride to the church – the wedding was in a lovely (but freezing) town called Tynemouth. The church was just really quaint and 3 people had video cameras so we could have been off the hook in regards to recording but we are glad we had enough battery power now to film till our hearts content.
All the Gillinder clan were looking very dapper and eager to see their little brother (the last Gillinder kid to get married) get hitched to Sian
Kev looked so grown up and debonair and when Sian arrived on her dads arm, she looked absolutely drop dead gorgeous. Chris looked so nervous and emotional, it was very sweet to witness that side of his personality, his wife Sonia looked like she part of the royal family, she looked so beautiful (photos attached). The service went off without a hitch – they had a quartet playing down the back of the church and they played a beautiful piece that Sian walked down the aisle to. At the end of the service, the quartet surprisingly played Waltzing Matilda – everyone clapped and quite a few of the Aussies had a tear in their eye (including me, it was so spontaneous!) Apparently, before Sian came into the church, she had white wellington boots on (gum boots for Aussies) and she changed them when she got to the back of the church! That would have been great to see! All the Gillinder clan looked so gorgeous in their threads and of course as you know, Bill also looked a million bucks.
After the service, we had to stand around outside while some photos were being taken (the rain had stopped) and I now have been the coldest I have ever been in my life (the record was when we were in Prague in 1999, my bones were even cold!) but today outdid that time by miles. We then had to walk down the road to the reception – we thought we were going to pass out from the cold – we couldn't feel our feet or our hands or even our faces
The reception was down the road in the Grand Hotel, this really old and beautifully restored hotel, with a really big staircase that looked like it belonged in a Gone with the Wind movie.
It is a 2 story building so we stood around in the foyer area having a drink while photos were being taken on those lovely stairs. We then moved upstairs (the mc was an employee of the Grand Hotel and he had a gavel that he kept hitting on the table to get our attention).
The speeches were really good, Chris’s speech was so funny (and very emotional) and he thanked Bill and I for our hospitality when he and Sonia came to Brisbane and we had an afternoon get together for them at our home (we were the only people outside of his family to get a mention) and I started to cry, he is such a lovely person (Bill has video taped it so I can watch without the waterworks) and then Ken (father of the groom) got up and his speech was amazing, we were all on the edge of our seats and listening intently about Kevins life. We also got a mention in his speech when he recounted the times we went up to their farm in Esk and Bill helped Ken build garages and sheds and everyone in the room was looking at us and I was sobbing by now, he said some wonderful things about us and how special and close we are to the Gillinder clan.
The food was great, we met some really interesting people at our table (we didn’t know them before today) and one guy (Kevin) collects old machines like gramophones,old 78 records, old slot machines, peep show machines, and I think he said some were built in the 30’s and many more other types of machines
Dinner was really nice and they didn’t have a traditional wedding cake but a cheese tower – yep, a cheese tower with little "mice" bride & groom on top – throughout the entire day, there were a number of “quirky” things that really made the wedding unique – like the quartet playing Waltzing Matilda and then an mc in a kilt with a gavel and a cheese tower for a wedding cake!
A bit of dancing, more talking, more drinking, more talking, some more dancing then home at 1am – what a fantastic and amazing day – it all went like clockwork, the weather was kinder to us with no rain once the wedding started and family and friends all around us celebrating a special union of two really amazing people – Kevin & Sian – there is no better way to end day 4 in Newcastle!