Yabbaloumba Retreat: Zac and Denni

There’s something about marrying people you know that’s a little bit special.  I love all weddings.  I love watching your faces when couples see each other for the first time in your dresses and suits, I love watching your loved ones watch you and I love all of the pomp and ceremony that a wedding can be.

But this year I got to marry a couple that were a little bit extra special.  Zac and Denny got married at Yabbaloumba Retreat in Cambroon in the Sunshine Coast, Hinterland.  It was beautiful.  A country retreat with real life slip rail fences, a lake and a ranch house fit for the best barn wedding you’ve ever seen.

But the location wasn’t the best thing about this wedding.  Zac was part of a life I lived a long time ago.  Zac was once a student.  He was one of my boys.  In the early years of my other career, I taught in a country town three hours west of Brisbane.  I attached myself to a cohort of students and for five years, they were not just my career, they were my kids.

Ten years later, Zac rings me out of the blue.  “Bauer!  I’m getting married!” And just like that the decision was easy.  I walked in on that wedding day and those boys were mine still.  But this time Zac had bought in an extra and I’m so glad he did.  Denni was the perfect compliment to my not-so-little-kid.

This wedding was an absolute treat.  I really have never been so proud to be involved in a wedding and I was so excited to watch my two worlds’ collide in such a spectacular way.

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