The Eternity Ring

Well finally after 20 wonderful years of marriage I took the urge to buy my beautiful wife an eternity ring. Yes, I know it is about time! I have never seen such a happy wife!…well she is always happy but now she is completely overjoyed! I really didn’t know how much a woman treasured an eternity ring! She said to me that it is not so much having more diamonds on her finger but what it symbolizes. She wanted to have one of her favourite Bible verses engraved inside of it which is Ecclesiastes 4:12 which says…

‘Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken’.

Just like the eternity ring completes the engagement ring and wedding ring, The rope-makers of the ancient world discovered that a rope made of a single or a double strand of thread could be broken so easily; however, a rope made of three strands was not so easily broken.

The author, Solomon does not want to teach us about ropes; rather, he wants to teach us about marriage. A person by him or herself, without companionship, support, and love, is like a cord of one strand โ€“ they are not very strong. Two people who support and love each other, like a rope of two strands, is stronger. A three-stranded cord, however, is even stronger. In marriage and the family, a three-strand cord is husband and wife and God. This sort of marriage is not easily broken. This sort of marriage can endure the trials of life’s journey.

Isn’t that a wonderful verse!

BTW, all you lovebirds out there whom are getting engaged, if you are looking for a jeweler for that perfect engagement ring, check out Nauthe’s Jewellers in Springwood, The Blue Mountains. They are amazing and great customer service too!

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Ray Wilson - 04/04/2012 - 8:59 am

Truly lovely photo’s Peter, I look forward to seeing the rest of them one day.

A sneak peak… Hannah and Jeffrey

Here are a few favourite images from Hannah and Jeffrey’s wedding that I am currently editing. The wedding was held in the flooded countryside of Blayney, just west of Bathurst. More images coming very soon!

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Brock - 07/03/2012 - 1:23 pm

just beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

Annie Gelhaar - 07/03/2012 - 7:33 pm

Beautiful Peter … just gorgeous

Erin Hollier - 08/03/2012 - 12:02 am

Absolutely perfect! Thank you so much for all you did for these 2 lovebirds ๐Ÿ™‚

Allan & Joan - 09/03/2012 - 9:53 pm

Excellent photos of beautiful people

Adam Cavanagh - 12/03/2012 - 5:15 pm

Love the Bride running to towards the train… beautiful!

Jeffrey and Hannah Reeks - 18/03/2012 - 3:35 am

Thanks so much Peter! Looking forward to seeing the rest!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Paradise (Christmas) Trees

I love my German inheritance from my Dad. So many wonderful traditions started in this beautiful country of his and one of my favourites is the Paradise (Christmas) tree. The earliest accounts of decorating an evergreen tree at Christmas time were recorded in Germany and in Liovonia in the 15th & 16th century.

The main prop of a popular medieval play about Adam and Eve was a fir tree hung with apples (paradise tree) representing the Garden of Eden. The Germans set up a paradise tree in their homes on December 24, the religious feast day of Adam and Eve. They hung wafers on it (symbolizing the host, the Christian sign of redemption); in a later tradition, the wafers were replaced by cookies of various shapes. Candles, too, were often added as the symbol of Christ.

I love this time of the year leading up to Christmas. In fact I love it more than the actual day itself sometimes. Today the local Lion International Winmalee club volunteers were selling Christmas trees. This only happens one day a year so it is a pretty special event. Every year I have driven past these guys and I have always wanted to stop and take some photos but being a wedding photographer I was always too busy heading off to a wedding. Well today I had no wedding, so after having my ‘cafe affair’ with my wife (this is special time out, that my wife and I treasure away from our kids for an hour or two, to have a cappuccino together in one of our favourite cafes up at Springwood) I rushed back home to grab my camera and snapped a few shots. I ended up talking to the guys for a little while. They have been doing this community service since 1986 (funny enough the same year I established my photography business). In their younger days these men would get up very early on a Saturday morning at 4am and drive up to Oberon, a town which is high up in our beautiful Blue Mountains and cut down the pine trees and load the truck and be back down in Winmalee ready to sell that same morning. These old fellas were so devoted to their service to our community. It was so lovely to take time out to talk to them.

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Leah and Adriano Wedding | The All Saints Anglican Church | Upper Orara, Coffs Harbour

I totally love capturing destination weddings around the countryside. I get so excited heading off on a road trip and this time it was to the beautiful Upper Orara, just 20 minutes inland from Coffs Harbour. Sure I have been to Coffs Harbour many times but I had never ventured inland to Upper Orara. It was so beautiful exploring the countryside around there.

Leah and Adriano were married there in one of Coffs Coast’s most beautiful country churches, All Saints Anglican Church where the Uniting Church also meet once a month. So it was a pretty special wedding with two ministers from two different denominations taking part in the ceremony.

Leah and Adriano may have made history as it could be the very last wedding to have taken place in this beautiful 101 year old timber church at its current location in Upper Orara. Sadly the church building is being offered for removal and relocation to another town. The local community are hoping the heritage listing will save it from removal. Here’s hoping!

After the ceremony we drove further inland to some stunning locations including a favourite family swimming spot called the ‘magic pool’! You will see in one of the photos below how magical it is with the amazing shade of blue water. This was a very significant spot for Leah and Adriano as this is where Adriano proposed to Leah.

This was our last stop before heading back to the community hall directly next door to the church. The hall was beautifully decorated to set the scene for a very relaxed reception. I love these kind of receptions where the families do all the organising and catering for it all. There is no pressure on the bride and groom and the guests to have to hurry up and get out of the place like in formal reception venues.

We were very blessed with the weather too as it rained while I was at the bride’s parents’ home but then it stopped and didn’t start to rain again until I was taking the last few shots at the magic pool! How is that for perfect timing. It made for some wonderful photos having the dark clouds hanging over the mountains in the background!

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Nicole Landgrebe - 17/11/2011 - 11:25 pm

Peter, this is gorgeous you have captured their day down to a tee….. but not hard when everything is planned to a tee. What a stunning day…..