And then there was a wedding….

I’ve been reflecting on what a tremendous year this has been. I could not have imagined at this time last year where I would be typing this post. A year ago, I was happily settled in Auckland, New Zealand, organising to have Sam, the lovable rascal of a beagle to be looked after by my wonderfully accommodating neighbours and planning to head over to Brisbane to see my best friend Bren and her family.

In 2014, I sold the house, said goodbye to the neighbours, rehomed Sam, flew the ditch to Sydney and started a new job in a different industry, which are all made for a head-scratcher of a year. On top of it, the reason for it all, BL, convinced me it was a good, no, actually brilliant idea to get married. Seriously.

Which was why, on an amazingly blue skied day in October, BL and I did just that. We had a small, fun wedding at Zealong Tea Estate, a mere stone’s throw out of Hamilton, New Zealand. We chanced upon Zealong which is famous for their high tea tiffins paired with their locally grown Oolong teas on one of our outings, and immediately knew this was the perfect location. I can’t speak more highly of the staff, especially Dyson, who with Joe, orchestrated the entire day. The incredibly professional and friendly staff made it a relaxed, joy-filled day.

Rev Des Botting, BL’s pastor from when he attended church a while back (whoops, don’t tell the Rev) officiated. Mi gave the reading, QY played emcee (he is so great at this, he’s emceed at three other weddings!), BT  (BL’s twin) was the chauffer/videographer and his son Zach the music man.

For food, we had canapés served on tiers, alternate drops of beef or duck, and a selection of desserts (passionfruit cheesecake, fruit platter fondue, panacotta). We had to cater for several dietary requirements and Zealong couldn’t be more helpful in suggesting options and even creating a dish for the littler ones.

Deborah, the florist, created bursts of colour in the pavilion, the gazebo and the landing with spring flowers. She outdid herself. We had around 25 little jars of posies which the guests took home as a memento of the day. I truly believe you can never have too many flowers at a wedding. Dorin & Jeffery from Studio 81 captured the day, and my friend Michelle made the delicious macarons favours.

Having an intimate wedding meant it was cosy; we got to talk to everyone.  The day flowed; BL and I had a blast. I wished we could have invited more people, but our location simply could not cater for it.

So, here we are. At the end of one glorious, maddening, surprising year. I couldn’t have done it without my wildly supportive (and entertaining) family and friends, and my darling husband BL. Hope you had a memorable year as well, and here’s to a great 2015!

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