If you have followed us for a while you may have seen this beautiful family when we photographed them at Toonumbar Dam back in June 2009………
Well a few weeks ago Tracey, Garnett, Garnett Jnr & beautiful baby Noah became the Donnelly family at the Ballina Lighthouse in front of much of their family & community. On this day the sky looked as though the clouds were painted onto it & had been gently brushed across the whole expanse. The trees & the grass seemed to whisper a gentle blessing & it was just warm enough to feel on the back of your throat.
I think any wedding is an achievement, while loving someone is an honour & having someone love you is a blessing but the overwhelming impact from this day was one of a celebration of something wonderful & deeply beautiful. There was no doubt that a great accomplishment was made.
They must have lost count of the number of hospital visits & hours of lost sleep they have endured with little Garnet’s illness, wondering where it would all lead. There were tears, certainly, but only tears of pride & of joy. There was more laughter though & more smiling, the type where you find yourself smiling until the corners of your face start to go slightly numb.
While I am at it there was also lots of Lynx, lots of tattoos, lots of frangipani’s, lots of Panama Hats & lots of thongs & diamantes……….there were 11 attendants ! On each side ! I am not sure if she was having a lend of me but I was told by an Aunty that this was a relatively small wedding party……..!!
After all the speeches, heartfelt & beautiful I left still smiling & thinking, believing, knowing that life is there for the taking & that only if you stopped loving & learning would it wear you down……..& there is no substitute for family. xoxo