Gus sponsored Peggy who was born in Hong Kong to obtain a spouse visa to get married in Australia. He hired a migration lawyer to deal with the complicated application, who recommended me to assist with the process. I met with them both when Peggy was in Australia to sign the legal paperwork and to discuss their plans to marry.
They eventually, after the usual 9 to 12 month wait, had a lovely intimate ceremony in my backyard on a beautiful sunny autumn morning last year. Unfortunately the night before I had stumbled at the local shopping strip in Westgarth and had a very painful and swollen left foot. However the show must go on and I strapped it up, iced it and rested as much as I could before the ceremony. I had a sneaking suspicion I had a fracture, but first Gus and Peggy needed me to perform their marriage ceremony, my foot would have to wait!
That afternoon I spent a few hours in the emergency department getting a moon boot and crutches fitted for my broken foot. It was a difficult busy wedding season but all my brides and grooms were very understanding and my husband drove me everywhere!
I have been in touch with Gus and Peggy they are still waiting for a permanent visa in his words:
“Hi Anna hope you’re well, Yes you can definitely publish our story, we’re still in the process of getting a permanent visa. The process is pathetic to be honest and ridiculously expensive. Its been about a year and a half since we applied and our agent says we’re still a long way away from getting an answer. Thank you again for your great service.”
For next week’s story we go to The Melbourne Botanical gardens for Joshua and Queenie’s wedding.