Usually for Throwback Thursday I go back to a quilt or group of quilts that I have made but today it is totally self absorbent. Today is our wedding anniversary.
The photos are from my facebook so reduced resolution. They are also scans of the original so sorry for lack of quality.
Fixit Guy and I had met on Groote Eylandt which is in the Gulf of Carpentaria, off the Northern Territory Coast in May 1981. He was a graduate engineer with GEMCo and I went there to teach Gd 2 at the school in the mining town (as opposed to the schools on the Aboriginal settlements)
The A shows Groote Eylandt
We decided to get married when he was notified he was being transferred to Sydney. He was a bush boy - born and brought up in Northern Qld on isolated properties. The idea of moving to the city did NOT fill him with much enthusiasm. The city he was transferred to happened to be the one most of my family were living in so it made planning the wedding so much easier. I resigned my teaching position and followed him back to Sydney.
We had only been in Sydney for a couple of months so didn't have our "own" church. We were married in the chapel that was attached to the Baptist Theological College. At the time my wonderful Dad was the business manager there and he and my Mum lived in a flat (unit/apartment) on the grounds of the college. There was quite a bit of married and single accommodation provided for staff and students at the college.
We asked an very dear friend of my family to officiate at the wedding. He had been our minister when I was baptised as a 13 year old and our families had remained in close contact over the years.
My oldest niece (at the time only) was my flower girl. She was just 7. 2 of my sisters, the 2 closest in age to me, were my other attendants. One of them had a 6 weeks old baby and the other was just pregnant. (another sister and a sister in law were also pregnant... it was quite a year for my family) When choosing outfits we had to make sure that the new mum could safely feed in it and also that it was flexible in design to fit her unpredictable waist line. Initially I had thought I would be teaching on Groote till just 2 weeks before the wedding so had told them to go choose something that they all liked - burgundy would be nice. They ended up buying reddish blouses and then had skirts made. My niece had a dress made in the same fabric as the skirts.
|Patricia, Dorothy and Belinda. My attendants. Our mum's did the flowers from flowers we bought at the Sydney markets. They also did the flowers at the church|
|The necklace I am wearing was worn by my MIL and her mother at their weddings. It is one of my special possessions as I inherited it from Mum when she died.|
|with my darling dad|