Today’s story is another local one held at Pizza E vino in High Street Northcote. It had a personal meaning as the restaurant belongs to Lou’s cousin Enzo.
It was a lovely intimate space and a beautiful day in March this year. Lou and Janette spend a lot of time in Melbourne even though they now live in Lake Bolac and they wanted a celebrant who was also local to Northcote. Lou and Janette are a fun couple who are very passionate about everything they do. We had a lot of fun planning their ceremony and it was a pleasure to create a personal story as l had a lot of input from them.
The following are some excerpts:
We begin to know that love is here and now, real and true, the most important thing in our lives. Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. In the art of marriage, the little things are the big things. Always remember, “Relationships are something that must be worked on all the time, not only when they are broken and need to be fixed. Never stop doing the things that brought together in the first place.”
……..From the moment they met they had an instant connection. This couple works well together because they have a similar sense of humour and are willing to weather the challenges of life together.
Janette is the logical sensible one in the relationship and Lou is the loyal determined one! They work well as a team and complement each other nicely.
Lou and Janette just love being together, chatting for hours and sitting on their back veranda overlooking Lake Bolac and enjoying the view together. If fact that is their goal for a happy marriage relaxing in each other’s company and enjoying that view from their back veranda!
The fact that they can communicate about anything is the bedrock behind everything in their relationship.
They both love antique and second hand shops, going on long drives together and just spending time together, comfortable. They laugh a lot together and were “meant to be” like “two peas in a pod”, and they are happy being “two perfectly imperfect people”.
I asked them when they knew they were in love: at first they said we are still questioning that!,, upon reflection they said they don’t question it they just enjoy being together in a very comfortable relationship.
Their role models for a happy marriage are Lou’s parents who have been married for 60 years. His Mum says she loves his father more today than the day she married him.
In Janette’s words:
Lou and I met in outback Australia in Kununurra 2 years ago. Lou tricked me into thinking he was a perfect gentleman. It was a challenge but Lou knew we were meant to be!
We were both fighting for humanitarian rights for the aboriginal people. We are both passionate about aboriginal affairs.
Lou is very loyal, has a high regard for honour, extremely passionate about life, highly protective of those he loves.
Communication gets us through adversary rock solid.
We are getting married because we want people to understand we belong as a couple.
In Lou’s words:
Janette is intelligent, very protective of her children, smart about everything she does.
She is just a logical person who thinks before she acts. Janette sees the good in everything before the bad.
She believes that if you haven’t got anything good to say about someone say nothing at all!
We are strong believers in equal opportunity for everyone. That was our connection and Janette is a very attractive lady!
Why didn’t she run away when she met me? “The heart wants what the heart wants”
Declaration of marriage
………..You have invited us to share in the celebration of your love, a very special love that culminates in your union as husband and wife.
Every experience you ever had, everything you have ever done, everything you have ever learned, has brought you to this moment.
New experiences lie before you with opportunities to grow more deeply in love with each other.
As you walk hand in hand into the future, cherish each moment as a gift to strengthen the bond between you.
May your home bring joy to your family and friends! Let the celebrations begin!