Playing … with my new/ old vintage Polaroid camera. Yes the film is expensive but I love every $4 photo that comes out of that thing.
Eating … our bodyweight in cake flavours from Sherbet. It’s a tough job but someone has to make sure we don’t poison our wedding guests. And not a fondant icing cake tower in sight.
Pinning … my little heart out on Pinterest. Who knew it would be such a time sapping, distracting source of amazingness? A must for anyone planning a wedding, a baby, a hair cut, or just about any other kind of person.
Loving … long, messy bobs (post wedding, obviously); skirts that stop just below the knee (so flattering); my very Nordic looking new Swedish Hasbeens; and wintery weekend nights in with my love.
Yep, I am into Other People’s Weddings. I consider myself fully across the intricacies of Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes, Ruffled, Polkadot Bride and Snippet & Ink. I am all over the alternativism of Rock n Roll Bride, Brooklyn Bride and Hello May. I have a bunch of Perth photographers’ websites saved to my favourites, so that I can check in on local weddings from time to time (which helps with identifying suppliers whose work I feel an affinity for).
On my travels through wedding cyberspace, I have come across some nuptials that I return to over and over. The above two, from one of my favourite (Australian) sites, The Lane, are complete winners in my book. The first is an Australian wedding (Gabriel & Brady), the second hails from New York City (Anna & Andrew). I think it was this detail that caught my attention in the first place, how rad to be married in NYC. The thing I love about both of these weddings is that there’s nothing fussy about them, they are not trying too hard, but they are nonetheless both beautifully, elegantly perfect.
Last month I had to travel a couple of times for work, most recently to Sydney and also to China. It was my second trip to China (the first, last year, also for work). This time around was a lot less overwhelming for me, a lot warmer (we were last there during winter), and a lot prettier than I remember it.
We travelled to Guangzhou, in the humid Guangdong province of southern China, and then went by car to Zhongshan. During this trip, we also drove around to Shenzhen, and then crossed the border by car into Hong Kong before flying home from there. A couple of the pictures below show how tropical and green China can be in parts (away from the more dense industrial zones), something that surprised me. My memories of my first trip were of a chilly, grey and thickly polluted city that felt very foreign and far from home. I felt more aware of my surroundings this time around (I guess you always pick up new things when revisiting a place) and more comfortable with my knowledge of local culture and customs.
Contrary to what is implied by the photo of the caged snakes above, we ate really well at most of the places we were taken to while in China. The Guangdong province is known for seafood and mild flavours, and I really enjoyed the whole steamed fish, dumplings and gelatinous desserts especially. And yes, that is the minibar menu from my hotel room, which offered the option of purchasing paper underpants (in female and male versions, helpfully).