As someone remarked at speech time, ‘I have never been to a three-day wedding’. I am sure they are commonplace in India but it was my first also. We arrived at Broken Head, just south of Byron Bay a couple of days before the wedding and settled into one of the beautiful Pavilions that were designed and built for holiday rental and quickly began to party. We were re-acquainted with mutual friends and met more of the bride and groom’s friends.
The setting for the wedding was magnificent – a beautiful house known as Pavilion2 at Broken Head.
The houses are built in an environment that cannot be overdeveloped – an enclave of several houses built ‘pavilion’ style, with outdoor decks linking bedrooms and living rooms. Our friends own Pavilion 2, so if you visit the website you will find all the details on their beautiful house.
When our friend acquired the house the relationship was in early days and little did they know that they would be putting it to the ultimate test, sampling its magic as a wedding venue themselves.
I spoke at the wedding but it was spontaneous and I did not have anything prepared. I got a bit emotional what with the copious champagne I had to consume to help celebrate.
Here is what I should have said, ‘Liz and I have certain things in common, we both write, like to cook, entertain and both like interior design. In fact Michael may have already discovered he has hooked up with a person who may know herself as ‘I am Liz therefore I decorate’.
Liz has a lifetime of riding horses, that interest we do not have in common, although Liz did try to teach me once and the horse threw me, this was at her parents country property where we had a venture of Gourmet Riding Tours together. I know you should get back on a horse when this happens but I had other things to get on with in my life and riding horses was not one of them. When I began my cooking school Liz came regularly and loyally rounded up her friends for classes.
Liz and Michael recently came down to visit us in Tasmania and we got to know him better, we could see that he was very capable of keeping up to Liz and has a variety of virtues to bring to Liz’s table. He can hold a conversation on any topic and has a great deal of specialist knowledge on many subjects not to mention a talent for engineering and architectural design.
But back to our friend Liz, I was always impressed by Liz’s energy and the way she spoke to her children, I remember coming home one day I cannot remember exactly when but Matt was about 3 yrs old and saying to John how beautifully she spoke to them, mind you there may have been times when the children did not encourage such mother love but I never saw it.
Michael is a happy man I can see and he has found all the qualities we know Liz has and John and I wish them a happy marriage, full of adventures and love’.
The exquisite cake was organised as a surprise by Liz’s friend Shannon and made by Brisbane based, Stephanie Fullerton from Stephanie’s Creative Cakes 0417 633613.
The fabulous food was catered by Fig Tree Restaurant at nearby Byron Bay. I know this is a blatant advertisement for my friend’s house as a wedding option but I was so impressed I just had to write about it.