Well you might have guessed with a total of zero posts coming your way this past month that I might have been a little distracted – – – well you guessed good. In actual fact I’ve been a whole lot distracted but – – – I have a lovely excuse.
Over a year ago I was asked to help plan and decorate a wedding and well that wedding finally came around last Saturday. So for the past month final planning has been in overdrive and I have been up to my pew ends in fabric and flowers and table settings and a million other little things that go into making a wedding day everything the bride and groom want it to be.
Lets just say I’ve been a little preoccupied! I managed to feed Ethan and Olivia and get them to school most days but that was about it. On the day itself – with three separate areas to decorate and only gaining access to the venue at 7.30am for a 2 o’clock wedding well we were all a tad busy – crazy, chaotic busy – last minute, got it all done by the skin of our teeth kinda busy. Funny at times, heart poundingly frantic at times but we got there.
All I can say is a thousand times thank you to sisters and dear friends and church people who turn up and move furniture and arrange flowers and hang bunting and make punch and wash up and so many other things and just keep going and going until the job is done. Unbelievable what people will give and do.
And I found out this – – – – Rome can be built in a day – just!
The end result – a wedding was had and a beautiful one at that. Magnificent in fact. Was everything exactly perfect and the way I had planned it in my mind – ahhh no. Did it matter – no again. Some things turned out way better than I had imagined and other things well they came together even though I didn’t get to tweek and play with them till they were perfect as I like to do. No time for tweeking – darn it – but lovely anyway – apparently perfection isn’t necessary for a wonderful time to be had. Who new?
The whole day reinforced this to me. The decorating – its important and its so worth the effort because of this – it sets the stage. It says to everyone- this day is something special, this is a day and a place and a moment to stop and take notice and remember and celebrate. A lovingly decorated space – well it has a way of drawing people in, it intrigues and delights and just does the heart good. This as well – it creates the jumping off point for the really important part – the people and the love.
When a group of people gather together who all share a common love and excitement for the couple being wed, when theres clapping and cheering and cake cutting and newlyweds smooching, poems being read, kind words being said, memories being shared, glasses raised, delicious food being shared – its for want of a better word – magical.
The glow of warmth and love, the happiness shared, the sense of celebration – that’s whats remembered. And it goes and happens without every tablecloth being perfectly straight or every cushion and flower placed just so – (which is the only thing I seem to notice in the photos but I’m sharing them anyway !!).
We remember the love.
So this week even though my back is sore and my feet are numb and I can’t get myself off the lounge for very long I can wholeheartedly say love is sweet and decorating Rick and Sues I do’s – best fun ever.
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