A Special Aussie Couple

Table for signing wedding registry at Ian and Lesley's


As our honeymoon sojourn in Paris comes to an end, I realise I haven’t yet posted a little more about our wedding, or our friends who helped make the day so special.

I couldn’t move on to the U.S. without posting a few words about this special Aussie couple. Their names are Ian and Lesley, and they were the first friends Clive and I met as a couple. We were doubly blessed in that they were our next-door neighbours in Sydney, so we were able to get to know each other in a casual, day-to-day way.

Ian and Lesley are true blue, fair dinkum Aussies. They’ve been married for over thirty-seven years and stand as a role model to me and Clive in the way they care about their family — their children are grown, as ours are — the way they travel together throughout Australia and around the world, and the way they live and treat each other and everyone else: with kindness, generosity, and, to use a favourite French expression, ‘joie de vivre,’ joy of life.

with Ian and Lesley on our wedding day

Ian and Lesley, you brought joy to us in so many ways: the great times we shared together (we did put away a few bottles of good Australian and New Zealand wines, didn’t we?), your intelligence and humour, no matter what the subject matter, and your graciousness in offering your home as the setting for our wedding day. I’ll never forget how magical it felt when we walked through the door that afternoon. We thank you for the day and everything you did for us, and we thank you for the priceless gift of your friendship.

Cheers to good friends everywhere. No matter how far away we may be geographically, the flame of friendship burns strong and bright, keeping us all connected.

Candles on our wedding day

2 Responses

  1. Hi Carolyn and Clive,
    This is such a beautiful tribute to your friends!
    You know that friends always finds the paths which lead back to each other.

    I hope that you are enjoying yourselves and that life is great.

    XO from the Paris burbs

  2. Barb, thanks for your wonderful comment. I love your words that friends find the paths which lead back to each other – beautiful and true!

    Hope our paths lead back to you in the near future too 🙂

    Cheers and take care.

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