Blessings for a Marriage
by James Dillet Freeman and adapted by Mandy and Nicholas to be read by Sally on their wedding day
May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring, and may life grant you patience, tolerance, and understanding.
May you always need one another – not so much to fill your emptiness as to help you know your fullness.
May you need one another, but not out of weakness.
May you want one another, but not out of lack.
May you entice one another, but not compel one another.
May you embrace one another, but not encircle one another.
May you succeed in all important ways with one another, and not fail in the little graces.
May you look for things to praise, often say, “I love you!” and take no notice of small faults.
If you have quarrels that push you apart, may you both have good sense enough to take the first step back.
May you enter into the mystery that is the awareness of one another’s presence – no more physical than spiritual, warm and near when you are side by side, and warm and near when you are in separate rooms or even distant cities.
May you have happiness, and may you find it in making one another happy.
May you have love, and may you find it in loving one another.
How did you both meet? Tell us your love story.
We were both living in Mackay when we met through mutual friends and began chatting to one another on social media, when Nick built up enough courage to ask me on our first date. Our first date was to the cinema followed by an amazing Italian meal at a local restaurant. We have promised one another that we will go back there on the anniversary of our first date each year. Both of us were so nervous to meet one another in person, but just over a year later we were engaged to be married.
Why did you decide to have your wedding in Central Queensland and why are you glad you did?
We have resided in Mackay for most of our lives and wanted to be married close to home. Many of our family, friends and loved ones also reside in Mackay. After visiting a number of locations we chose Broken River Mountain Resort nestled amongst Eungella National Park after making a visit to Broken River Mountain Resort and due to our shared love of the area. Choosing this location gave us and most of our guests the convenience of being a short distance from home, but also granted us a private getaway where we could all be together for the weekend.
What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome in planning your wedding in Central Queensland.
Planning our wedding in Central Queensland didn’t present us with any obstacles. Thankfully, the internet enabled us to access everything we wanted or needed when we were unable to find it locally.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress.
When I started looking for my wedding dress I knew what I was looking for. I had a mind full of inspiration after we had chosen our location and after some searching I found it online. I fell in love with the delicate French eyelash lace capped sleeves and feminine silhouette.
Our favourite detail of the wedding was:
Our wedding was full of details and it’s impossible for us to choose a favourite!
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding?
There were approximately 50 people in attendance at our wedding including the two of us.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony?
Nick’s sister read a piece by James Dillet Freeman that we had adapted. We have had the reading printed and we can’t wait to have it framed and display it in our home.
What advice do you have for couples currently planning a wedding?
It is an obvious piece of advice, but don’t be afraid to do things your own way. Our guest list was the biggest obstacle we had to overcome in planning our wedding. We knew that we wanted a small and intimate wedding and our chosen reception venue’s seating restrictions kept us on track. If you want or need to restrict your guest list, consider having a large engagement party. It will give you the opportunity to include everyone. If you feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start when planning your wedding, start with the location. Our location was the catalyst in helping us make many decisions. Gather anything that inspires you. It’s a great way to plan and to communicate your vision to suppliers. Give yourself plenty of time to plan your wedding, so you can get to know and secure suppliers. Ask for and accept help. My talented and dedicated mum spent countless hours helping us create our vision, including making and installing our ceiling draping and so much more. We are so grateful to have had her help. Invest in a professional photographer to capture your day. The day passes by so quickly and it’s lovely to have it documented in photographs that you can look at for years to come.
Mackay Wedding Photographer: House of Lucie
| Ceremony and reception venue: Broken River Mountain Resort
| Celebrant: Rhonda Hall
| Florist: Starcut Flowers
| Decorator: Mother of the Bride | Cake: Family friend | Bridal dress: Grace Loves Lace
| Bridesmaid dresses: Hills In Hollywood | Makeup: Beauty Worx
| Suits: Roger David