Our second last day in Bali, and finally to the real business of the wedding of two good people (and friends), Nancy & Jason.
It had been a trying week for them, for as mentioned already Jason was sick earlier in the week. This however was followed by a night at the hospital with Charli (his daughter), and then on the morning of the wedding we received word that Nancy, the bride to be, was now also not in the best of health.
Still, word filtered through that the day was still going ahead, so we all spruced ourselves up and before long we were in a car and on our way to the wedding location. It was during this voyage that I was also able to notice that I wasn’t feeling 100% myself, as pain began to course through my stomach and around my kidneys.
So it was in some pain that we were first able to appreciate the stunning location that was to play host to this big day.
This was Ulawatu’s Semara resort, perhaps recognisable to some as the same venue at which Jennifer Hawkins (an Australian winner of the 2004 Miss Universe pageant), and a wonderful setting for us to celebrate the day.
The weather wasn’t the bright sunny day that it could have been, but given that this was the wet season in the tropics, the fact that it wasn’t raining was good enough!
So the groom arrived and we sat, ready to await the bride, before which came some surprise additional guests, a troop (or as I prefer, barrel) of Monkeys!
There were almost a dozen of these primates that wandered by, and as much of a delight as they were, it wasn’t long before the real star of the day appeared, clad in the most beautiful of wedding gowns.
This scene was made even more gorgeous as she was escorted by their young son Archie, who was looking very dapper himself.
In what felt like a flash, the ceremony came and was celebrated, and the latest newlyweds stood before us. It was a beautiful setting shared with an intimate number of guests.
After a few brief moments to share congratulations, they married couple disappeared for a session of wedding photos, and as the excitement of the moment faded, I began to notice again, the uncomfortable pain that I was feeling.
So by this time I was beginning to fear the very thing that had appeared to go through the wedding family had now struck me, so I began clutching at straws.
Borrowing a room at the resort, I thought I could perhaps sleep it off, but with the way my kidneys felt, sleep was an impossibility. Then eventually, I was sick. I’m not sure anybody really wanted to hear that, but with the aid of a heavy duty painkiller as well, I was eventually able to return to the soiree and even indulge in several beers!
I actually think that (fortunately) I hadn’t succumbed to the same ailment that had been doing the rounds, but a small case of food poisoning from Quiche at lunch!
The term that we coined for this, was “Bounce-backability”, and when I consider how many beers I ultimately consumed, I must have had a bit of this trait.
What followed, was a lovely dinner and some dance floor merriment. Although truth be told, Sarah pulled some moves to plenty of classics, whilst the best I mustered was one slow dance after the bridal dance (I was still slightly wary and ginger after my earlier pains).
I’ll finish our evenin here, letting you enjoy the remainder in pictures. A taste of what followed as the night wore on? Fireworks, a lightning show and for some, even a quick dip!
To Nancy & Jason, our thanks for welcoming us to be a part of this special day.