It was a Sunday afternoon. I was invited to a family bbq at Tukus. I was about to meet his Mum, brothers and grandparents for the first time. We weren’t officially in a relationship yet. But it felt only natural.
When I walked through the door the first person I noticed was Emily, giving me a massive smile. And though I hadn’t felt very nervous to begin with, the warmth she radiated towards me put me at ease.
You see, my sister Nat and I had grown up around Emily and her sisters Laura and Alex. We played netball together for many years. Had flying fox dates at her parents house. Went to the same school. And now here we were. She had been dating Rangi, Tukus older brother, for years.
The bbq went swimmingly and it felt so natural and easy to talk to everyone. I instantly felt welcome. At the end of the month Tuku and I were together. And so began many bbq’s and family gatherings.
Rangi and Emily fell in love in high school. Together, they are an absolutely perfect match. They are such fun-loving, adventurous, and easygoing people. So happy. So loving. Their wedding day was a perfect reflection of who they are, from emilys handmade flower creations right down to their barefoot ceremony on the beach and dancing down the aisle. Bribie Island put on a lovely sunny day for the pair and an amazing sunset at the end. The reception took place at Blue Anchorage. It was such a pleasure to be a part of this happiness-infused celebration, doing what I love to do.
Much love and appreciation,