Luke and Collette Painter

1 04 2007

This weekend was very special to me. My sister Collette married her partner of seven years, Luke Painter.

I couldn’t be happier for the two of them. 🙂

The wedding was wonderful. Although the weather forced us indoors, the ceremony – held at Twisted Vine in the Dandenongs – was beautiful and brought tears to many eyes (mine included!). I was honoured to deliver a reading (see below). After photos and canapes we headed upstairs for the reception. Immediately the newly married couple performed their fantastic bridal dance (a salsa to U2’s The Sweetest Thing) and shortly after everyone began dancing – a theme that continued through the night.

Food was great, speeches were funny and touching (and definitely emotional; in particular, for me, from Dad), everyone danced all night, a great time was held by all. Simply a wonderful night.

Check out some of the photos I took (I didn’t take many, wanting to enjoy the event first-hand).

To Luke, welcome to the family! I’m looking forward to having you as a brother-in-law. Collette, I’m very proud of the woman you’ve grown into. I wish you a wonderful life together and offer all the support I can give! Congrats to you both. 🙂


The Promise of Marriage
Marriage is a promise of companionship;
Of having someone to share
All of life’s experiences.Marriage does not promise
That there won’t be any rough times;
It simply gives the assurance that there will
Always be someone who cares,
Who will help us through to better times.

Marriage does not promise eternal romance,
Just eternal love and commitment.Marriage can’t prevent disappointents,
Disillusionment or grief,
But it can offer hope, acceptance & comfort

Marriage can’t protect us from making individual choices,
Or shelter us from the world;
But it will help to reassure us
That there is someone by our side
Who truly cares.

When the world hurts us and makes us vulnerable,
Marriage offers the promise that there will
Be someone waiting to listen,
To console and to inspire.

Marriage is the joining of two people
Who share this promise that only marriage can make:
To share the sunshine and the shadows
And to experience a richer,
More fulfilling life because of it.

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