I want to tell you all about our awesome winter vacation, during which we traveled far and saw amazing things, but, first, let me tell you about our wedding.
Rusty and I have been engaged for nearly a year. We didn’t plan on having such a long engagement, but moving to Australia put a bit of a cramp in our plans to get married in the Catholic Church. Getting married in the Catholic Church is a bit of a lengthy process, and we didn’t have time to complete the process in the United States before we left. Because of that, we opted to wait until we got to Australia to start the process. We’ve been meeting and preparing with Father Doug at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Randwick, Australia, for the past few months, and we finally finished all of our preparation and paperwork last Thursday. Yes, just last Thursday!
When Father Doug called me at work and told me that he received all of the paperwork from the diocese and that our preparation was finished, we went ahead and planned the ceremony for the following Saturday. Planning a wedding in 48 hours is pretty crazy! It was a bit stressful, but it was fun, too.
Rusty and I got up early on Saturday so that we could head up to Randwick, which is about a 45-minute walk from our apartment. Unfortunately, we were met with a minor obstacle–our fridge had apparently died overnight. It’s not a terribly big deal, as we bought the fridge for only $20 from the previous tenants, but it was certainly an inconvenience. I had a hair appointment in Randwick at 10:30, so I headed up there, and Rusty stayed back to deal with the fridge. In the end, it worked out perfectly. I had time to get my hair dyed, cut, and styled, and then I went and got my nails done too before meeting Rusty for lunch. Rusty was a little nervous about the day, only because so many things had to happen at so many precise times, so he liked being home and being able to keep busy by dealing with the fridge, doing laundry, washing dishes, etc.
When we met up for lunch, we were both refreshed from our respective stress-curing measures.
We finished getting ready and headed to the church. There was another (HUGE) wedding in the church before ours, so we hung out in the church’s office and took some pictures around the church.
We had a very, very small ceremony. It was just us, Father Doug, and a couple who are friends with Father Doug and were willing to be our witnesses. Their names are Gai and Michael Brydon, and we made them our Matron of Honour and Best Man.
Because it was just the five of us, we had our ceremony at the small side altar in the church instead of at the main altar. It was much cozier.
Our first reading was from the Book of Genesis and read by Gai.
“God said, ‘Let us make man in our own image, in the
likeness of ourselves, and let them be masters of the fish of
the sea, the birds of heaven, the cattle, all of the wild beasts and
all the reptiles that crawl upon the earth.
God created man in the image of himself in the image of
God he created him, male and female he created them. God
blessed them, saying to them, ‘Be fruitful, multiply, fill the
earth and conquer it. Be masters of the fish of the sea, the
birds of heaven and all living animals on the earth.’ God saw
all that he had made, and indeed it was very good.”
Our second reading was also from Genesis. Michael read the second reading.
“The Lord said this, ‘It is not good that the man should be
alone. I will make him a helpmate.’ So from the soil the
Lord fashioned all the wild beasts and all the birds of
heaven. These he brought to the man to see what he would
call them; each one was to bear the name the man would
give it. The man gave names to all the cattle, all the birds of
heaven and all the wild beasts. But no helpmate suitable for
man was found for him. So the Lord God made man fall into
a deep sleep. And while he slept, he took one of his ribs and
enclosed it in flesh. The Lord God built the rib he had taken
from the man into a woman, and brought her to the man.
The man exclaimed:
‘This at least is bone from my bones and flesh from my
flesh! This is to be called woman, for this was taken
This is why a man leaves his father and mother and joins
himself to his wife, and they become one body.
Our gospel reading was brief but beautiful.
“A lawyer, to disconcert Jesus, put a question, ‘Master, which
is the greatest commandment of the Law?’ Jesus said, ‘You
must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all
your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and
first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love
your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments
hang the whole Law, and the Prophets also.”
Father Doug’s homily reminded us to love each other and take care of each other. He reminded us that God is in love and especially the love we share with others.
He then performed the Rite of Marriage.
He reminded us of the importance of our vows, and then we said them to each other.
He blessed our rings, and we exchanged them.
Then, it was time for the kissing! We’re good at this part. 🙂
Father Doug has us read the Prayers of the Faithful. That our love may be patient and gentle. That we may pray together in joy and sorrow. That God will bless our daily work. That God’s peace may dwell in our home.
Father Doug gave a final nuptial blessing, and we were done!
Husband and wife!
After the wedding, we breathed a huge sigh of relief! It was finally done! Despite the fact that it was one of the smallest weddings ever to happen, and despite the fact that we were both going into the wedding with no qualms or reservations, it was still stressful, and we were still nervous all day. To finally be done was glorious! Beer helped. 🙂
We didn’t have a fancy cake, but we wanted to have desserts, of course. We picked up the following pastries at a local cake shop.
So far, being married has been delicious and relaxing. I can’t wait to see how awesome the future is!