Photographer at Peter and Helene Meddings’ wedding also takes pictures at 50th anniversary celebrations.JENNA BISHOP February 18, 2014 4:44am
Time stood still at Shepparton’s Peter and Helene Meddings’ wedding anniversary on Saturday when their wedding photographer also took photos of their 50th anniversary celebrations.
A chance meeting with photographer Arnold Gough led to the special and unique feature of their anniversary celebrations.
‘‘We happened to see Arnold down the street one day and Peter commented that it had been nearly 50 years since he took the photos at our wedding,’’ Mrs Meddings said.
‘‘He asked if we were going to have a party and told us if we had a party, he would take the photos.
‘‘He said this was the first wedding anniversary that he’d been to where he took the original wedding photos.’’
The celebration at Tatura’s Hill Top Golf and Country Club was doubly special as the couple’s whole bridal party was also part of the anniversary, with the exception of one person who had a last-minute work commitment.
‘‘Even the lass who sang at our wedding reception was there,’’ Mrs Meddings said.
‘‘It was unbelievable to have everyone there.
‘‘It was very special and unique, it’s not often we all get to be together.’’
Family and friends travelled from across the country to celebrate the special occasion.
The couple said it was wonderful to have support from their family, including their two sons and their partners Stephen and Maria, Brian and Julie; and their grandchildren Aidan, Sarah (dec), Alexandra, Harrison and Paige.
Mrs Meddings said their secret to 50 years of marriage was discussing things and never going to sleep angry.
‘‘We’ve never really had a cross word. If there’s been an argument, we’ll always settle it before we go to bed,’’ she said.
The couple met at one of Shepparton’s Orange Lodge dances when Mrs Meddings was 14 and Mr Meddings was 16.
‘‘His dad and my dad were both lodge members and they decided they would start an old-time dance to teach their sons and daughters to dance,’’ Mrs Meddings said.
At the first dance, a chance encounter with Peter’s sister would set the wheels in motion for the couple.
‘‘I said to her — not knowing she was his sister — that’s a nice boy sitting over there,’’ Mrs Meddings said.
‘‘She replied, ‘Oh yes?’
‘‘The next week, she must have said something to Peter, because he started to ask me to dance.
‘‘It blossomed from there.’’
It was the beginning of a four-year courtship for the couple, who would always meet under the supervision of their parents at the dance.
‘‘We were never allowed out alone, not like nowadays,’’ Mrs Meddings said.
When the relationship progressed, Mr Meddings would ride his bicycle out to Mrs Meddings’ parents’ farm at Mooroopna to spend time with her.
When Mrs Meddings was just 18, Mr Meddings proposed, although the couple waited three years to be married.
‘‘I always wanted to have my 21st birthday single,’’ Mrs Meddings said.
One person has died following a fatal car accident at the intersection of Ford and Grahamvale Rds this morning.
UPDATE: NSW Police have confirmed the body of a Warrnambool woman, 61, who went missing in the Murray River yesterday has been found.
Mark Pacitti was in Tatura on Tuesday to talk about his book Dancing With The Black Dog, which addresses his personal issue with depression.
A Maryborough truck driver who stole a Royal Children's Hospital charity tin at an Echcua service station has received a wholly suspended jail sentence.
Victoria Police family violence adviser Sergeant Margaret Singe has plenty of tips to help victims of domestic violence keep themselves safe.
A woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash at Wyuna yesterday morning.
Canoe polo only made its debut on Lake Nagambie at the weekend - but it could be the venue for the sport's biggest event in 2018.
The enthusiasm and compassion shown from the community has left two executives from American company Grafton Integrated Health Care '‘blown away'.
Police are investigating an accident at Burramboot on the Heathcote-Rochester Rd in which four people were killed last night.
Huge crowds turn out at Cobram for thrills and spills of novel motorsport.
Teenager Rowan Smith took his amateur record to 1-1 after a unanimous points decision on Saturday night.
The fruit industry is becoming weary of being told of huge opportunities in markets in Asia by Australian governments which cannot negotiate free trade agreements to get access.
The plight of Australian prisoners of war will be commemorated next week at a special screening of the powerful film The Railway Man.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.