|Gayatri before the service|
Around 11 years ago when we moved to our current home, we also changed congregations or as LDS would say we moved "wards" as we are encouraged to attend the unit of the church in which we geographically live.
Our family quickly became friends with the Caffery's although their children were slightly older. Over time we have shared all sorts of experiences, activities, meals and Holidays. Its one of those friendships that allow you to wander into someone's home unannounced, the best type, where you just feel comfortable putting your feet up on someone else's couch !
This weekend was the wedding of their eldest son Scott, To a beautiful young lady from France, Gayatri. Now if your not a Mormon you may find our weddings very old fashioned ! Think families, a church service, a buffet organised by friends in the church hall, people bringing things and helping out. It's all about the act of getting married not about spending money and having the best. In fact if we were Amish we would raise a barn or two while we were at it !!
In keeping with this simple approach I was asked to be the "wedding photographer"
Now I am under no illusions, I know I only have two qualifications for the job..
1) I own a camera
2) I'm free !
So armed with my trusty compact and my daughters camera too, just in case mine fails ! I set about taking pictures. The plus point is you get to spend a bit of extra quiet time with the Bride and Groom !
|Scotts nephew and niece|
|The happy couple|
It was a wonderful day right up to sweeping the hall floor, I said we all chipped in !!!
It was also fun getting around the language issues as well. Although Gayatri speaks excellent English, of the rest of her family, only her Father does.
Lots of speaking English slow and loud, which is the English way of speaking French !
In a break with normal English tradition guests had been pre-invited to share their talents after the buffet, this produced an hour plus medley of piano playing, dancing, poetry, skits, flutes and singing.
If you would like to see more, all of the photos are available on line as a slide show
It was planned this way to help let all the guests, many who had travelled from other countries, to see the pictures quickly.