Steve and Rachelle tied the knot this weekend, resulting in eruptions of laughter and tears. Rachelle was a gorgeous bride and was radiant through the whole day. We thought she may cry down the aisle (as happened in the rehearsal) but she exuded warmth, confidence and happiness the entire day. I've been to several weddings recently with a mix of traditional and less formal ceremonies and want to note the importance of a grand entrance. The anticipation is palpable as all eyes are focused on the bride as she emerges in white. Often it's the first time that all have seen her in this beautiful gown and emotions are running high given the promises/vows that are about to be exchanged. I teared up. So did many others but what I find most telling and often missed by the focus on the bride is the groom's reaction. Steve went from nervous and excited to confident and relaxed with Rachelle by his side. The ceremony was in a park so it could have been a slight bout with hay fever but I think he may have also become a little emotional.
Weather was gorgeous, food was fabulous, the guests had a wonderful time and as always happens, the night seemed to end too quickly. Steve and Rachelle had an equally dramatic exit with a ferried water taxi that picked them up at the reception and took them to the lovely Park Hyatt overlooking Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. They're in Vegas now before chilling on the beaches in Hawaii. May they have a wonderful honeymoon!