Tennis date led to love match
Knowing it took about 15 years for Peter Gerrie to convince Lynne Fisher to marry him, the cheer from their guests when they finally said “I do” was highly appropriate.
Among the 125 guests doing the cheering were their six adult children, who helped organise the wedding and provided the entertainment.
Peter’s father and Lynne’s mother, both aged in their 80s, also agreed, simply telling the newlyweds it was “about time”.
Peter, a youth command police officer, and Lynne, who has run her own retail warehouse at Castle Hill for 24 years, met at the home of a “matchmaking” mutual friend almost 16 years ago.
“I was attracted to Peter’s quiet, gentle way of speaking, and he is very tall,” Lynne says.
When Peter asked her out on their first date, Lynne arrived late at the semi-formal event, wearing her tennis attire.
“I told him I couldn’t come because I had to play tennis, and he said just come after the game,” Lynne says. Although she felt self-conscious, Peter found it attractive that she had arrived in her tennis gear.
“He plays water polo, so we are both interested in sport and keeping fit,” Lynne says. Both also enjoy travel and quality food: “I fancy myself as a home cook, and Peter is a very willing recipe tester.”
Both were divorced when they met.
Lynne’s first marriage had ended seven years earlier, while Peter’s had split 18 months prior. Lynne had three children, Georgina, Thomas and Stephanie, while Peter had three daughters, Emma, Laura and Becky. Peter first asked Lynne to marry him about a year after they met.
“He asked me almost every year after that,” Lynne says. “I had always said no.”
Then Lynne’s ex-husband became ill, and her children went through “the painful, drawn-out death of their father. After he died I decided I cannot waste time or the opportunity to remarry,” she says. “Peter asked again on my birthday last year and I said ‘yes’. He was quite surprised, and just said, ‘well, let’s get a ring’.”
Lynne’s white gold engagement ring has several small diamonds around a large central diamond. “It’s very blingy and sparkly, and the wedding band is also diamondset, making it even more sparkly,” she says.
Choosing historic Galston Community Hall, built in 1892 and updated with a wooden cathedral ceiling and wall of windows overlooking parkland gardens as their wedding venue, Lynne opted for a vintage-style wedding dress. She decided after flipping through dress pattern books at a fabric shop with a friend and finding all her favoured designs were 1950s styles. Another friend told her about Forever Vintage at Five Dock, where she found a rosepink 1950s cocktail dress with a sequined lace bodice overlay and full tulle skirt.
“It had a double petticoat, to make it look like I had a waist,” Lynne jokes. She added a custom-made belt with bow.
Peter’s daughter Emma, a make-up artist, did Lynne’s hair and make-up. Laura, a florist, arranged flowers with help from Becky. Continuing the family affair, Lynne’s daughter Georgina, a singer in Berlin, returned to organise entertainment, singing at the ceremony with Thomas and Stephanie, a musician in Sydney. Lynne’s children also sang a slow version of How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You for the couple’s bridal waltz.
“All six children had a role in the success of the day,” Lynne says. “It was beautiful, just the best wedding. Once we said our I dos, the crowd erupted into the most wonderful clapping and cheering. It was a magical, fantastic day.”
The couple drove north for their honeymoon, when both were injured in a car accident near Coffs Harbour. They continued to Byron Bay days later, to recuperate with help from their children, and have returned to settle at Castle Hill. PHOTOGRAPHER: MEL HAYES PHOTOGRAPHY