So Ollie & I finally managed to get married – albeit a smaller affair than originally was planned and my family joining from Australia via zoom.
Was it what we had always imagined, no, but it was an incredible alternative.
My favourite parts – to name a few.
My flower crown, formerly my mums veil which was modernised by a friend and incredibly talented milliner Jess Few. It has gone from being a v shaped 80s marvel to a beautiful Aussie inspired eucalyptus and white floral crown and I felt absolutely honoured to have been able to wear a family heirloom and to make it my own!
Walk in music, Men at work, Land down under – a nod to my Aussie contingent watching from afar. This was a total and utter surprise for my husband, who in the rehearsal had heard ‘anything I do I do for you’ by Bryan Adams. I think it was an ideal choice, as in the absence of my father, my dog walked/pulled me down the aisle and anything with a slower beat would have impeded a charging spaniel.
The food! Omg the food! We used Paul Thompson catering and had simple sharing platters of rolled porchetta and rolled sirloin, followed by a pavlova. After starving myself for not 1 but 2 years because of the pandemic this was the holy grail for me. But it didn’t stop there. In the evening the incredibly talented Paul managed to recreate THE menu from Ollie's and my favourite Melbourne restaurant, Chin Chin. It was amazing that we could share our love of Asian fusion food amongst the lucky 30 that were there.
Our photographer, we couldn’t have been luckier to have Camilla on the day, she is effortlessly talented, friendly and puts you at ease from the get-go.
And then you get the photos – she is a lens wizard.
OMG the light! How on earth did she capture that!? The beautiful wooden box with usb stick carved with a feather and stuffed full of prints and dried flowers all of it was just a wonderful surprise one after the other. All I can say is thank you Camilla!
Our wildflower garden, we created this from scratch,after scarifying, sowing, planting bulbs and fending off geese, rabbits and hares from eating EVERYTHING, it all came together.
It was buzzing the day of the wedding and I think everyone sitting in amongst nature on the sunniest dayever was an incredible start to the day and boosted everyone’s mood. Being completely outside it also put everyone at ease after the last year.
HISTORICAL NEWS FLASH – after the wedding a family member managed to pull out an old black and white photo from 1941, where a couple had married in the exact place we did by the pond.
To all of you still planning your weddings, your day will come, it will be beautiful, and it will be memorable!
Hang in there!