Josh & Kate's Wellie Wedding

January 2008, by Tom

Two weddings were more than enough of an excuse to end our travels in frozen Eastern Europe and to return home to sunny Wellington. The second of which, was the Josh Harris and Kate Angus wedding.

I never thought I would see the day when Josh found someone who he could see himself settling down with - and them, with him. Incredible to think he would be one of the first of us boys to tie the knot. He's made the right choice in Kate though - they compliment each other perfectly.

I was both surprised and honoured when Josh asked me to be one of his groomsmen while sinking a few wines at Toast Martinborough many months before the big day. Surprised, as Josh is a well to do businessman these days, far from the days when MegaByte ran out of my parents rumpus room and most of our day was taken up trying out new multiplayer games and drinking beer. I guess the fact that I am a seasoned groomsman helped with his choice.

The wedding day came, and the setting was georgous. Wellington put on some fantastic weather with blue sky and very little wind. Us boys started the day off with a few whiskeys in the morning sun - whetting my appetite for straight whiskey (which I have never fully enjoyed before that morning).

The ceremony at Old St Pauls went stunningly with Kate, the beautiful bride, stealing the show - both in looks and in her humourous vows. I played my part without fault - standing there not looking stupid! Following the ceremony, we had a relaxing photo-shoot at the Embassy Theatre with Champaign and lounging on the couch.

Leaving the Embassy Theatre, amongst cat calls and cheers from passers by, we meandered to the Boat Shed for the final round of celebrations for the wedding - the reception. The perfect venue, with stunning views of the ocean to enjoy the remaining rays of sunshine while sipping cocktails and nibbling on mini burgers, prawns and various other delicious delights.

The night progressed - speeches with an amazing duel timeline slideshow by Lynda Harris, Josh, ad-libbing his misplaced speech with accurate precision. The band, the Noodles took centre stage helping everyone to get their boogie on. Gini and I put our dancing shoes on after dusting them off and shuffled to a few songs, and finally, we all retired around midnight.

A fantastic morning, day and night. Congratulations guys - you both deserve to be extremely happy!

T
A stiff drink before the big day?

A stiff drink before the big day?

Happy and married!

Happy and married!

A short rendezvous with a groomsman - lucky me!

A short rendezvous with a groomsman - lucky me!

Cute NZ architecture can't bet it

Cute NZ architecture can't bet it

Happy to be under the umbrella

Happy to be under the umbrella