It was a beautiful clear summers day as we gathered to celebrate Kathy and Aidan’s wedding at Fair Harvest in Margaret River. As a working permaculture farm, Fair Harvest conveys a
genuine south west rural feel with an extra wholesome twist. As guests arrived they took a stroll along the tree lined lane up to the clearing on the hill, overlooking the farm, and surrounded by tall trees of the forest. The path to the ceremonial space was lined with paper flowers, and the ceremony arbor was adorned with colourful paper cranes, shells and flowers. After getting to know Kathy and Aidan as we planned their ceremony I could see why they chose such a place of natural beauty, bathed in peace and simplicity.
There were so many unique moments in this ceremony that reflected the values of the couple, and created a wonderful atmosphere of love and community. By request, my welcome included an acknowledgement of the Aboriginal land on which we were standing – something I was both delighted and humbled to do. The couple read beautiful vows to each other which they were hearing for the first time – I’m fairly confident there was not a dry eye in the place afterwards. And as a beautiful touch, their fur baby Bo-Jangles had the important role of ring bearer. He was indeed a good boy, and super handsome in his fancy bow!
However it was the love notes that brought a next level uniqueness to this beautiful celebration. As guests arrived they were asked to take a paper heart, and write on it just one word as a blessing or wish for the couple. At a special time in the ceremony a basket was placed on the ground in front of the couple. Guests were invited to come forward with their love note and read their word aloud to Kathy and Aidan as they placed the paper heart in the basket. As this process unfolded it became a wonderful time of connection, blessing and community as a myriad of beautiful single words were expressed to the couple.
The warmth of these blessings, and the notes to accompany them, will be a wonderful keepsake as they move on to the next chapter of their lives together.
It was an honour to be a part of this wonderful celebration. Love, joy and peace to Kathy and Aidan into their future together.
Thanks to Kathy and Aidan for allowing me to share some of their photos, captured by Zuzu.