Wedding Rings and Canoe Paddles

imageI love a good wedding, and Felicity and Job’s was one of the best. It was a spectacularly beautiful summer’s day as they married in the chapel at Sanctuary Cove. The glorious weather was truly appreciated as the day before had seen a deluge of rain resulting in closed roads due to flooding.


How wonderful to see families and friends come together for such a joyous occasion. The chapel was full of children laughing and smiling, I’m so glad they were included.

It’s such an honour to be invited to a wedding, to share that special time when a couple make their commitment to each other. Felicity and Job had written their own vows and the heartfelt expression of their love for each other, and their hopes for the future, ensured many tears were shed.



Along with the western tradition of exchanging rings Torres Strait Island gifts were presented to the couple by Job’s uncles. A floor mat for their home so that they may rest together, woven baskets to carry food for their present and future families and a canoe, with paddles, for the journey of life and marriage.


As Mr and Mrs Kusu left the chapel they were greeted by a Torres Strait Islander dance and Felicity was presented with a blue and yellow sash, Job’s island colours. They looked strikingly beautiful and proud as they stood on the steps, now husband and wife.



The reception was a sunset cruise on “The Lady” through the calm waters of Sanctuary Cove.



imageWhile the food was great and the company delightful, it was the speeches that I loved. I love the rawness of wedding speeches, made by friends and family unaccustomed to public speaking, with words straight from the heart. There is no doubt that Felicity and Job are well loved and respected. They will be well supported as they journey through life together.

 I value traditions that bring us together to celebrate life, relationships, hope and renewal, they remind us what is truly important.

 Oh and did I mention….. the bride looked exceptionally beautiful.

5 thoughts on “Wedding Rings and Canoe Paddles

  1. Scott 26/01/2015 / 4:15 pm

    beautifully written too I may add.

    • Anne 26/01/2015 / 5:10 pm

      Thank you

  2. Lithia 02/02/2015 / 7:44 am

    Thank you 🙂

    • Anne 02/02/2015 / 9:02 am

      My pleasure. Hope you keep following the blog.

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