Let me get this out of the way right now. Shortly before the wedding Rich emailed me to say that Helene was nervous about having her photo taken because she’s not photogenic.
I am still laughing at this. Look at her! Look at them! I couldn’t love these people more. Absolute, stone-cold, weapons-grade, world-class diamonds, smashers, legends. All wrapped up a big slice of Gate Street Barn….and a supporting cast of a quite wonderful group of friends and family. Far too many to name, but all of you take a bow. You made Helene and Rich’s day as perfect as a wedding could be.
So it rained. We threw ice-cubes down the vest of rain. I had a superb team of colleagues working alongside me. Lisa from Gate Street, always on point. Always. Cat and her team from the peerless Kalm Kitchen. Utterly incredible food, every single time. Also huge contrats to Cat on her recent engagement! Ridiculously good floristry from Carrie at Topiary Tree. All brilliantly soundtracked by Chris at Chess. Just a massive thank you to all of you.
Rich and I share a deep love of cycling and are both members of the same club (which we didn’t know until after he’d originally enquired). We could (and did) get very nerdy about bikes and hope to get out for a ride together over the coming months. Helene is now also into her bikes having rowed at a very high level previously.
Individually they’re a bit special. Together they’re quite remarkable. Rich is a big man, but just radiates calm and gentleness when he’s around Helene. The way Helene looks at Rich is something to behold. This, people, is what love is all about. A Kiwi married an English girl today and they cemented what will be a very, very special life together.
Rich has an email footer that reads:
Toitu he kianga; whatungarongaro he tangata. This translates as ‘People are transient things but the land endures’. I like to think that it’s love that endures. Love like I witnessed today.
Thank you both so much. This is your story…..