It may have been Nicole’s amazing red dress that initially caught James’ attention, but it was the hours spent talking to Nicole (while she ignored all the work colleagues she was actually out with) that captured his heart. Nicole and James connected straight away, a true case of love at first site.
For Nicole and James, their wedding was going to be the first time some of their family met. See, Nicole is German and some of her family members were travelling to Australia especially for the wedding.
They wished to keep things simple with a ceremony that not only showed off our beautiful country (the view from the balcony at the Newport Mirage Hotel does a pretty good job of this), but also told their story and felt warm and welcoming for all their guests.
In particular, Nicole mentioned that she might like me to welcome her family in German as part of the ceremony. She later said not to worry as she felt it was too much trouble to ask me to speak in another language. I went along with her, but immediately hatched a plan to surprise Nicole, James and all their guests on the day.
So with some coaching over Skype from my German brother-in-law and lots and lots of practice, I learned a few lines which I included in the introduction to their ceremony. The look on Nicole’s face when I welcomed her family in German was priceless. I could tell how much it meant to her and she even said I did a good job (she was probably just being polite). It was hard to tell if the cheers and applause from the guests were from amusement (at my terrible pronunciation) or delight at what I’d said. Probably a bit of both. And that’s just fine with me.