Kaitlyn is sweet, kind, self-less and has an amazing smile that lights up the world. Andrew is soft-spoken, humble and lights up whenever Kaitlyn looks at him. Together they are perfect.
Kaitlyn and Andrew met as many couples do these days, online, via a dating App. Tinder to be specific. After chatting over text and sending a few photographs to each other for around two weeks, they decided that they should meet in person.
Fast forward to 25 November 2022 and here we were in the Cliff Top Garden at Echoes Boutique Hotel and Restaurant, which is perched at the very edge of the Jamison Valley at Echo Point in the Blue Mountains. With a perfect day, the spectacular view as a backdrop, in front of family and friends and with David Sutherland CMC conducting proceedings, Kaitlyn and Andrew were about to profess their love for each other…….again.
At this point, with David’s kind permission, I will share parts of the words he used during the ceremony:
“My name is David Sutherland and I am a civil marriage celebrant, duly authorised by law to solemnise marriage according to law in Australia.
But that’s not what’s important here, because as you must all know, this is not a regular marriage ceremony, it is a re-do, because these two couldn’t wait, a post Covid celebration of a beautiful wedding, that some of you were lucky enough to attend, that happened on October 15, 2020, in the Appalachian Mountains, West Virginia, USA and now celebrated half a world away in the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia.”
Now I have already mentioned that they met on Tinder and after around two weeks went on their first date- now back to David;
“The first date, At Blue Moon cafe. Where Andrew talked incessantly because of nerves, and Kaitlyn listened, smiling inwardly. Neither wanted the date to end, so a walk to the local park, where they chatted into the early hours of the morning.
But nothing marks a memorable date like having to explain to your mother, who was incessantly calling, while you were still on that date, that, yes, you were actually on a date! Kaitlyn obviously found that rather endearing because after a few more dates, the next step was meeting the in-laws.
Most of us know how anxiety producing meeting in-laws, or perspective in-laws can be. Most of us have done it, almost as bad as the first date, but when Kaitlyn met Andrew’s extended family after being surrounded by them for the day, so at ease was she, she texted her mum saying she had met the man she was going to marry. Not quite 2 months into their dating…..
And now, 2 years, 1 month and 10 days later, with their beautiful, almost 1 year old son, Ryan, with them to complete their family, they are including all of us to share in their joy.”
It was a beautiful ceremony!! There was a group photo with the Blue Mountains in all it’s splendour in the background, captured by Ben Pearse Photography and Lightheart Films, before Kaitlyn, Andrew and their wedding party went off for photographs. Meanwhile, guests were treated to refreshments and delectable canapes whilst enjoying great conversation, music and the view.
Soon enough it was time to commence the reception, with personalised introductions for each member of the wedding party, a little fun to break the ice, a wonderful meal, delightful and heart-felt speeches, the cake cutting – which did involve some loving, face cake smashing and then it was time for the first dance.
The first dance, mother son dance and mother daughter dance were all extremely special and meaningful. It was now time to P A R T A Y!!! and boy did they party!!! The boys even lined up and did a “shoey” (for those that don’t know, this is where some form of alcohol is poured into their shoe and they drink it from the shoe – see photographs towards end of this post). A sore head and tired feet. Definitely signs of a brilliant evening.
All too soon, it was time to conclude the celebration. It is easy to see why they fell in love. Their affection and love for each other is so wonderful to witness. They make each other laugh so easily, and are so generous of themselves and their warmth with everyone around them. I loved spending the day with them & their family & friends.
Kaitlyn and Andrew, thank you for allowing me to witness your love and commitment to each other and to provide entertainment and music as your Blue Mountains Wedding MC and Katoomba Wedding DJ. I loved our online catch ups and even more meeting you both in person. Seeing you both looking so happy and in love is a memory I will cherish forever. You have shared so much love and laughter over your years together, and I know there will be many more joyful moments to come. May the years ahead continue to be filled with love and joy!
Bridesmaid/Bridesmen Processional: “Canon in D” by Pachelbel
Brides Processional: “Canon in D” by Pachelbel
Recessional : “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilies
Wedding Party Entry: “Get The Party Started” by Pink
Bride & Groom Entry: “I See Love” by Jonas Blue Feat. Joe Jonas
Cake Cutting: “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” by Human Nature
First Dance: “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” by Elton John
Mother Son Dance: “Just The Way You Are” by Billy Joel
Mother Daughter Dance: “Mother” by Michael Buble
Farewell Dance: “Glad You Came” by The Wanted
Final Farewell: “Down Under” by Men At Work
Other Wedding Professionals
Celebrant: David J Sutherland – Celebrant
Photography: Ben Pearse Photography
Videography: LightHeart Films & Photography
Floral Design: Floral Ink