I had the privilege of photographing a 50th wedding anniversary luncheon in the Central Coast a few weeks ago, I’ve just finished editing them. It was extra special and meaningful to me as the couple happen to be my lovely grandparents 🙂 Get this: both sets of grandparents have now been married for 50 years, how wonderful is that? In this day and age it is such a rare occurrence and I’m proud to say that I have positive examples on both sides of the family.
It was a lovely day, we were all up at Umina at the time, so we started the day with our family friends making a pancake breakfast for Nan and Pa and decorating our communal eating area in gold. The actual function was held at a club not far from the caravan park.
It was a great opportunity to catch up with those I hadn’t seen in a long time, which proved to challenge my multi tasking skills, as I was also supposed to be snapping away! Speeches were given, I took part in a quiz segment directed at Nan and Pa by all the grandkids (ten of us, the range beginning from me at 22, down to the youngest, aged 6). We got some interesting answers to our questions! My two Aunties and Mum each said a few words, two out of the three ended up in tears despite their resolve not to! And yes, my mother was one of said two!
One of my favourite photos from the day was not the most perfect one, it was one taken of Mum giving her speech and losing it as she said the words ‘You can’t choose your parents, but sometimes they choose you’. Mum was lucky enough to be adopted by my grandparents at birth.
Like I said, the image is far from being perfect–but I love the emotion in it! I was bawling my eyes out too by this stage (as were many people in the room) so I found it extremely difficult to keep the camera steady!! None of us see Pa cry very often, I think that made it worse! It’s days like this one that remind me of how important family is.
The grandkids quiz time^ Mum took my camera for these.
Bridal Party today: 11/1/2014