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.
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