The Wedding of Bonni Elizabeth Hall & Andrew James Bromage

About Us

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds
Or bends with the remover to remove
O, no! It is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests, and is never shaken,
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
    If this be error, and upon me proved,
    I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Sonnet 116, William Shakespeare

Andrew

Andrew James Bromage was born on Sunday, 29 July, 1973, in Box Hill, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He is the second of three sons of Alan and Lynette Bromage. (Note that the name Bromage rhymes with homage, being a variation of Bromwich).

Andrew is a graduate of Luther College, Croydon, Victoria, and holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) from the University of Melbourne.

Andrew is a programmer, system administrator, Information Technology professional, and all-around computer geek. He also works with Bonni on various freelance web-based projects.

Bonni

Bonni Elizabeth Hall was born on Wednesday, 27 May 1964, in New York City, New York, United States of America. The only child of a career sergeant in the United States Air Force and his homemaker wife, Bonni has lived and visited all over the United States and also Europe.

She is formally educated in Fine and Applied Art and Design, with a particular interest in art history. She has worked as a floral designer, a wedding consultant, a support technician, an assistant system administrator, and a few other odd jobs she doesn't really care to mention. She has, for some time, done web design and digital art on a freelance basis and is a general, all-purpose internet professional and computer geek. She is currently a full-time mother to Zoë Elizabeth Bromage and Miranda Joy Bromage.

Meeting and Courtship

Andrew and Bonni met on the internet in November of 1994 and struck up a friendship which, over a period of months and then years, deepened into an abiding love and commitment to each other. They first met in person in February 1997, when Bonni visited Melbourne for three weeks.

Their relationship was often difficult for many reasons, not the least of which was being on opposite sides of the world. There were many obstacles to overcome, many rocky roads to travel, and many times when it seemed there would be no light at the end of the tunnel.

Thankfully, with perserverence, luck, and considerable blessings, Andrew and Bonni were finally able to announce their engagement on the auspicious and significant date 1 April 1998 (yes, April Fool's Day, and yes, it was most certainly deliberate) and begin planning for her immigration to Australia and their marriage.

Bonni arrived in Melbourne on 10 February 1999, and she and Andrew were finally wed on Easter Sunday, 4 April 1999, the most holy day on the Christian calender. The ceremony was emotional, moving, and profoundly spiritual, a wonderful public celebration of the love, friendship, and commitment which had grown for so many years and which continues to deepen and mature.

For a longer, far more detailed, and rather more emotional account of their meeting and courtship, please see the discussion of love on Bonni's Personal Pages.

Still Going Strong

We're still happily married. We still make each other laugh, we still fancy each other, and we still enjoy each other's company, and, remarkably, even after all these years, we still constantly find things to talk about. Life is good.