The Wedding Part 2

August 27, 2012 | Personal, Wedding

Well, I’m back with the second half of our wedding photos today, I hope you weren’t wedding’d out from the last lot!

These photos are all about the ceremony and reception. We held the ceremony at a little old railway station called Spring Bluff, on a beautifully green patch of lawn just metres away from the track. There was a train scheduled to go through the station 10 minutes into the ceremony (which had me sliiiightly worried), but the driver *bless his heart* instead stopped around the other side of the mountain until he was sure the ceremony would be over. What a nice guy! He then put on a show for us all by driving through and tooting his horn while we were all eating cake and chatting. Couldn’t have worked out better :)

After the ceremony, family photos, cutting the cake (we decided on cutting it early while people were hungry and enjoying a cup of tea), and more photos in a beautiful field with the setting sun, we headed back to my parent’s house for the reception (held in their backyard). Something I hadn’t expected though, was that our 80 guests had been waiting to welcome us, lining the path, armed with confetti they were all too happy to throw at us. It was honestly one of my most favourite parts of the day because it was a surprise from my Mum, and I had no idea it was coming. On a day that you plan for months and months, meticulously, down to every detail.. it was so special that there could still be some surprises!

Anyway, enough talking.. I’m sure you can get the idea from the photos :)

Photographer: Bec Johnson Photography
Ceremony Venue: Spring Bluff Railway Station
Reception Venue: My parent’s backyard, Toowoomba.
Bridal Gown: Made by my wonderful Mum
Bridesmaid Gown: Also made by my wonderful Mum
Cake: Made by my wonderful sister (as was the gelati dessert)
Bouquets & Buttonholes: AD Artistry
Hair & Makeup: Kylie Nolan

The Wedding Part 1

August 21, 2012 | Personal, Wedding

Yes, OUR wedding.. I know it’s be months, but I’m finally sharing some of our beautiful photos with you!

I don’t even know where to begin.. it was absolutely the most beautiful day! I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect wedding.. from the stunning weather (after a full week of cold rain), to the surprise confetti-ing we received as we entered the reception, to celebrating with friends and family we haven’t seen for a while.. It was amazing.

As opposed to doing one giant post with hundreds of photos, I’ve decided to break them into two more manageable parts. First up – the pre-ceremony madness. Dave and I decided to have a ‘first look’ so we could take some photos prior to the ceremony and ultimately spend more time with our guests later. However it didn’t quite go to plan because, as ever the fashionable bride, I was running late. So we literally saw each other, had a few snaps of us seeing each other and then ran to the cars so we could get to the ceremony on time. Madness I tell you. Turned out there was nothing to worry about, I ended up being quite early to the ceremony and got to watch all of our guests arrive from the comfort of the car :)

I think I’ll just let the photos do the talking! They’re all by our wonderful friend and photographer Bec Johnson :)

Part 2 will be the ceremony and reception :)

Location: Toowoomba, QLD, Australia
Photographer: Bec Johnson Photography
Bouquets & Buttonholes: AD Artistry
Hair and Makeup: Kylie Nolan
Dress: Made by my wonderful Mum

Why, Thank You!

July 17, 2012 | Wedding

It seriously took me about 2 and a half months to get my wedding thank you cards sent off.. what a mission! Instead of just buying some cards I decided to hand make them, and for some reason decided it would be a great idea to use my vinyl cutter to cut each one individually.. you know, to make them more personal and that. Phew. I don’t think I’ll be doing that again! With about 50 cards to send.. you can just call me crazy.

I started out by actually cutting each person’s name out of each card, but then my cutter started giving me grief so I switched to just cutting cards that said ‘thank you’. Apologies to anyone reading this that received a card without their names on it.. it turns out I bit off more than I could chew with that one. Not like me at all HA HA.

Here are a couple of photos of the two versions that got sent out.. we put a photo inside the card as well, so it would be seen through the cutouts.

What do you think??

The Honeymoon Part 3

June 11, 2012 | Personal, Wedding

Phew, Monday again already! Did you all have a nice weekend? :)

I’ve got the last installment of the Honeymoon series today.. I hope you haven’t minded me sharing all these photos with you! It’s been really nice (and a little bit sad!) looking back through all our snaps again.. I’d love to go back!

So far you’ve seen the accommodation in Part 1, the island in Part 2, and today.. I’ll share a bit about what we did!

First up – snorkeling! I already admitted that I am a big chicken when it comes to snorkeling, but I’m afraid it doesn’t end there. I’m pretty much just scared of anything to do with the ocean. Lets just go ahead and say I’m an Oceanaphobe. Diving, snorkeling, swimming..  hmm.

Despite all that though, Dave managed to convince me that ‘seeing as we are in the Maldives, you really should just give it a go’. So we signed ourselves up for a snorkel trip out to one of the reefs with a group of other snorkel buddies. So now I can say I’ve snorkeled and survived! If I’m honest – It was pretty amazing.. the water was clear, the fish were bright.. and our guide-lady (bless her heart) didn’t mention the fact that I was being weird and sticking to her like glue.

Dave on the other hand was a fish in a previous life, I’m sure of it. After he’d experienced snorkeling, he decided to go diving and ended up getting his stage 1 certificate.

Meanwhile, I read a book in the hammok on the beach, sipping an iced coffee :)

We also took a private trip out to a litte sandbank in the middle of nowhere, which you might remember from this post. We had the island to ourselves with a picnic breakfast, drinks, chairs and an umbrella. It was pretty much the highlight of our trip :) It was all organised through the resort, so all we had to do was turn up. They had lots of fully-organised trips you could book, and if they were anything like our sand island getaway, they’d be brilliant!

And so marks the end of our honeymoon.. what an incredible trip. Sigh.

If you missed the first two posts I did on the Maldives, you can find Part 1 and Part 2 here.

Loving… KooKoo BirdHouse

June 8, 2012 | Loving..., Personal, Wedding

Before I sign off for the weekend, I wanted to share with you all a very special wedding gift that we received a month or so ago. It was sent to us by some of our lovely German friends who wanted to get us a Cuckoo clock as a reminder of our time spent in Germany. We had no idea it was even coming, so when it arrived we were so excited to open the box and find a beautiful, modern cuckoo clock looking back at us.. but the surprises kept coming!

Where an ordinary cuckoo clock would chime the same cuckoo every hour, this one (the KooKoo BirdHouse) has 12 different real bird recordings stored on it, and every hour a different bird sings out, filling our house with cheerful bird song. It’s so beautiful, I can’t even tell you!

On top of that, they provide several pendulums and birds with the clock in different colours so you can customise the look. I tried to get a video of it singing for you, but my video skills leave a lot to be desired and just didn’t do the birdhouse justice. If you go here you can watch a short installation video that also shows some of the bird songs (around the 1:15 mark). Also available here.

I just had to share it because we both really love hearing the little birds chirping every hour over the usual city noise of Singapore. It makes us happy :)

Have a lovely weekend x