Yesterday I acquired a daughter in law. This was a wedding that had been in preparation for a very long time by people who are details people. Basically, it was perfect.The venue was a large stretch of lawn in a secluded bay. The Weather was sunny, if mildly breezy. The picture postcard Hawaiian sunset appeared on cue, and there was even a tiny shower to provide a rainbow. Of course, table settings, menu, clothes and all that stuff were stunning. I'm sorry I can't tell you what Charmayne wore except that it was white and she looked like everyones idea of what the perfect bride should look like and my daughters went into raptures over her Jimmy Choo shoes. Nick wore a cravat which he managed to tie with help from Youtube. It was a rich, full, wonderful day and there were some highlights:
- My first ever ride in a stretch limo; memorable not so much for the interior decor (chrome and spangles galore and a bar along one entire side) as for the skill of the driver in executing a u-turn on a busy two lane road
- Watching the photographers at work. These guys were a step up from anything I have ever seen in New Zealand, and seeing them photograph the rings before the event was worth about a term in Photography 101.
- Meeting Nick's and Charm's friends. If it's true that you can tell a lot about a person from the company they keep, then we and the Woos have very good cause to relax about our children.
- Seeing my son make his vows. He was only two feet from me, but I could scarcely hear him. He was calm and smiling and focussed. He looked into Charmayne's eyes and with utter confidence and purpose whispered only to her.