Week 12 of 52 (2022) Ancestors – Joined Together

Week 12 (22-28 Mar) prompt is Joined Together

Well this one was pretty much a no brainer this week as I recently had the pleasure of watching my first born marry the love of his life.

Jaidyn Thomas Payne and Claire Cassandra Gurney were married at the Old Stone House in Bungendore on Friday 18 February 2022.

Having met through a friend, Maddie (one of the bridesmaids) they became official with a midnight New Years Eve kiss in 2018.

By November that year they were living together in Wentworth Falls, a beautiful little town in the Blue Mountains near Sydney.  Jaidyn was working at Coles in Katoomba and studying with Macquarie University while Claire was also studying and working in Richmond at a before/after school center.

As a result of the devastating NSW fires over Christmas of 2019/2020, Jaidyn and Claire moved to Nowra to live with us in April 2020. Not long after moving in Jaidyn had a brush with illness which was luckily ‘cured’ quickly.

While visiting Canberra for a weekend, Jaidyn popped the question and they became officially engaged on 1 August 2020. 

In order to take up the opportunity of becoming a nurse, Jaidyn and Claire moved to Canberra in November 2020 living in Isabella Plains.  Claire was working as a medical receptionist and Jaidyn eventually got a full-time position with The Butcher Shop at Erindale Shopping Center.  Deciding to swap to Occupational Therapy, Claire started with Canberra University in February 2021. They moved to Crace in July 2021.  

Having decided that they were going to stay in the area they purchased their first house on 20 September 2021 in Braidwood and moved in to 2/205 Wallace Street on 16 October 2021. Due to COVID-19, this was the first time Jaidyn had actually seen his future home.  Claire endured two weeks of lock-down just to have an inspection of the home before they purchased it.

Originally the wedding was set for 22 November 2021 but once again due to COVID-19 restrictions the date was moved to 18 February 2022. 

So on the beautiful sunny Friday morning, Jaidyn and the beautifully pregnant Claire said I do in front of family and friends at the Old Stone House in Bungendore.   I was honored to be asked to do a reading during the ceremony and selected the following poem by Wilferd Arlan Peterson.

The reception was held at the Norton Road Winery in Wamboin not far from the Old Stone House. 

In July 2022, Jaidyn and Claire will be joined together again by the birth of their first child!

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I have been researching my family history since 2009. I am interested it the family names Shingles, McEwan, Snowdon & Witt around Gippsland and Wodonga areas of Victoria, Australia

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