Wedding of Terry & Christina

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A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to be involved with a very special wedding.  It was a military wedding that we thought fit to share on this ANZAC Day, 2013.

This was the wedding of my oldest friend who I met at the tender age of 13 in my first year at Merrimac High School.  We were inseparable in our school years and although we don’t see each other as often now, we have the kind of friendship where time apart means nothing, we always just pick up where we left off.

Terry and Tina met through work as they were both in recruitment. Always a sucker for a man in uniform, Tina couldn’t help herself fall for army man Terry.

The romance blossomed and the got engaged and to her great joy, Tina discovered she was pregnant.  Shortly afterwards, Terry was sent to serve in Afghanistan.  The thing about Tina is that she is one of the most resilient people you will ever come across.  She can deal with anything that is thrown at her and this is one of the traits that makes me admire her so.  She knew this meant that her daughter would be born while her dad was  a million miles away and she soldiered on (pardon the pun).

Terry and Tina’s daughter, Bridie, was born and Daddy Terry watched via a strategically placed computer and skype.  Tina went on to raise her new born without her beloved for months.  She never complained and they emailed and skyped as much as possible until Terry returned home to meet his daughter for the first time.  There are some gorgeous pictures of Bridie meeting her Daddy, it was like she knew him instantly.

Fast forward to April 2013, and the wedding day had arrived. I haven’t yet divulged that Terry is a vintage train enthusiast and wanted to infuse this into their wedding day.  They decided to get married at the Ipswich Turf Club as Tina and Terry chartered a steam train (run by not for profit historical association Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway) that runs from the venue to the tiny Swanbank train station. From there, guests walked down to a picturesque park and watched Terry and Tina say their vows.  It was a beautiful moment and yours truly got to play a special part in the ceremony, reading the much loved Corinthians scripture verse which Tina remembers hanging on her late mothers wall when she was a child.

The party that followed was a fitting celebration of true love with family and friends around the world.  The room was themed in willow green to match Terry’s  uniform and silver lantern centrepieces reminiscent of vintage train stations.

It was a true privilege to be a part of this wedding and I look forward to watching these star-crossed lovers find their happily ever after.

Photo Credits:  Samantha Jane Image, Double Summer Photography & Tim Sherriff Photography



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