Wedded weather

by sandy on December 22, 2010

Weddings put life into perspective.

There is the notion of a fresh beginning, the promise of full lives to be lived, and children to complete the circle.

I will not dwell here on the broken promises that the orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa must face so often when their parents are unable to love and care for them until they, too, are able to restart the cycle. In the context of this post, it is too sad to contemplate.

Today, I hope to share with you the great joy the McDonald family, who you may have come to know a little over the last two years, experienced last Saturday when our younger daughter, Cressida married her fiance, Sunny.

Cress, as some of you may know, worked for six months for KAS last year and was responsible for writing our KasKids program. She currently works for Care Australia as their Key Partners Officer. Kalai (who also works part time for KAS) said in her speech, ‘my little sister has a degree in saving the world’. I know there are many of you who would relate to that!

The wedding took place on Sunny’s family farm about an hour north west of Melbourne, and the ceremony was outside. The weather ranted and raged all morning but then miraculously cleared mid-afternoon. The sun broke through the clouds and shone down on them throughout the ceremony. Magic.

This was a community wedding. Everyone had a hand in helping – the flowers, dresses, cakes, music and ceremony all contributed with love. It underlined the power of belonging.

Roger, is as you may also know a poet. Last year, he wrote three volumes of poetry titled ‘Heart Yarns’, all about you and the work you do to warm the children.

He wrote this poem, Wedded Weather, especially for the ceremony, which I hope you will enjoy.

For Cressida and Sunny
Suppose a yearning couple’s dreaming search
For partnership found its perfect ending.
Could this be it? We join in nature’s church—
Sky, hills, gums—a congregation sending
Unvoiced prayers that great loves last, if bending.

This may be one short moment in our lives.
But here we flock, called upon to witness
A vast idea. To see how love contrives
To share itself in metamorphosis,
Gives us each a margin in its richness.

May this happy paddock long engender
the vows that sealed your two souls together.
With successive eighteenths of December,
May you scan ahead your wedded weather,
Sensing love endures . . . endures whatever.

Roger G McDonald

What an uplifting experience to see one’s child filled with joy. It is a true privilege greatly confirmed by this wonderful occasion. Another reason to be deeply grateful for the lives we lead and even more committed to helping those whose possibilities are so thwarted so early on in their lives.

The farm. Our drought has well and truly broken. The ceremony was on the hill where the path is and the reception was a held in a marquee from which this photo was taken.

Walking down a very steep aisle on very high heels!

Proud mother.

Saying their vows with the sun streaming down upon them.

The bridesmaids and Kalai, the maid of honor.

The happy married couple.


Cress and Kalai during the speeches.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Rachel A. December 22, 2010 at 19:42

Congratulations and thank you for the pictures =)!

Enid Shaw December 22, 2010 at 21:37

much happiness to Cress and Sunny

great pics, thanks for sharing

Debbie Posmontier December 23, 2010 at 02:04

Congratulations to all of the McDonald’s…looks like a lovely time was had by all!

susan gillman December 23, 2010 at 06:41

Oh Sandy how beautiful!
Every good wish to Cressida and Sunny for a long and happy futue!

Elaine Jones December 24, 2010 at 15:33

Thank you so much, Sandy, for sharing this happy family occasion with us. I know the whole KAS community will be wishing Sunny and Cress every happiness for their future together.

Andrea Palmatier December 24, 2010 at 21:48

What a beautiful dress, location, wedding… congratulations to Cressida and Sunny, and of course all the McDonald’s! Wishing you much love and happiness.

Mary December 25, 2010 at 09:23

Congratulations! Best wishes to you all!

Michele December 27, 2010 at 17:19

Wishing Cress and Sunny a long and happy life together. Beautiful photos of a beautiful occasion. Thank you for sharing them. x

Jeanne Haessler December 28, 2010 at 04:23

Just got here to read this and I am thrilled it all went off so well and I love the photographs. What a good looking bunch of girls…WOW. I mean girls of ALL ages. Thanks so much for sharing this. Congratulations all round to everyone who helped get this off the ground and made it such a special day!

Carolyn January 13, 2011 at 05:38

Hi Sandy, photos are just beautiful, it looks like a fabulous day. Congtatulations and thank you for sharing :)

Anne Laing July 22, 2011 at 23:53

Oh Sandy, Roger, Cress and Kalai…what an amazing blast from the past…and the words to accompany those incredible pictures have me quite speechless. It was obviously a wonderful day.

Congrats to all of you. From Jim and Anne Laing

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