Friday, 8 June 2007

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Thanks to Clem Mustchin for the following report on the wedding of Richard Smiley. We would like to encourage further amusing reflections from other old boys out there.

Ladies, it is my unfortunate duty to deliver grave tidings from north of the Bombay hills. The Francis Douglas Memorial College Alumni Association’s second most eligible bachelor (Conrad Smith being number one) is eligible no more.

Richard Smiley, medical doctor (Otago University), and Dux of the college in 1996 was married to Anna, his partner of three years, in May. In a beautiful ceremony framed by a crisp yet welcoming Auckland autumn evening, the newlywed couple positively glowed in the presence of many family and friends from both sides of the union, and all parts of the globe. Notable attendees were old boys James Comber, Carl Van Lent and Clem Mustchin (all 1990-1996), and of course Richard’s younger brothers Philip and David.

The venue (a superb choice) was a colonial-cottage style function centre in the heart of Mt Eden. The nuptials were performed outside at twilight, with guests arcing to create a literal man-made amphitheatre.

The ceremony was followed by dinner and drinks, and my suspicions that the venue was perfect were confirmed. Compliments must go to the catering staff – Clare, that was the best meal I’ve had in years! (My mother’s cooking excluded.)

The wedding wrapped up around midnight and an enjoyable evening was had by all. Credit must go to Richard’s parents Ian and Clare, firstly for producing such a fine person as Richard as their eldest child. Secondly for organizing such a fitting and memorable occasion as Richard’s wedding.

In Anna, Richard has found his other half, a partner for life. From everyone associated with FDMC and knows Richard, I wish he and Anna true happiness and a fulfilling life together.

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