And now it is January! I realise I have neglected to post anything on this little blog for a solid four months. Hopefully this year brings a lot more diligence on my part in posting little snippets more regularly. Not that it is an excuse, but the primary reason for my blog absence is that I was married late last month. Accordingly, the last few months of 2013 were spent being very busy at work (planning for a three-week period of leave, more than I have ever taken) and very busy at home, making the final arrangements for the wedding.
I will post more pictures from the wedding shortly. But for now, one of my favourites so far is below. It was an amazing day, the best of our lives, and we have spent the past week and a half reliving all of our experiences from the day.
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.
It has been forever since I have updated this little blog of mine. What with work, wedding planning, a little trip overseas to China, family, friends and looking after our home, there is little time left for frivolous, fun things like blogging. But here I am, and with a wedding update no less.
We have come a long way in the last month or two. With roughly a year of planning between our engagement and the wedding, we experienced a bit of a six-monthly lull after all of the big things were locked in but before anything more detailed needed to be attended to.
Most recently, we have:
- finalised the guest list;
- ordered the stationery suite;
- selected and ordered the bridesmaids’ dresses;
- finalised our ceremony program; and
- met with our priest, Father Michael, planned our ceremony together and completed our pre-marriage discussions.
Fingers crossed and touch wood and all the rest, there have been a couple of minor hiccups but nothing has proved particularly stressful so far. It is a bit surreal spending so many hours planning one, albeit very special, day (one of what I hope are many special days) in our lives. So I have enjoyed the way that this time has also focussed our discussions on what life will be like after the wedding, which is so much more important than the wedding itself.
Above: some beautiful work of Poppy’s, our wonderful wedding florist (taken from their Facebook page).
Eating … brunch at Typika in Claremont (above) with Gem after the Zara Bryson car park sale last Saturday. (And drinking coffee from a new local, Milk and Paper, which is nice, but maybe I am a little dark about paying $5 for a 12 ounce cup just because I’m buying it out in the ‘burbs.)
Reading … the New Yorker online, just until my hard copies start making welcome weekly appearances on my desk. If I can’t be in New York City, at least I can read about it on a weekly basis.
Wishing … for a Nespresso machine. And my Mum back from overseas.
Getting … excited and nervous about my next wedding dress appointment. Hopefully my calico is being made as I type, and I will be able to resist talking about it to Mike for the next seven (seven!) months.
What is becoming of me – I am posting pot plant pictures on my blog? I am a garden person? It seems so. In recent weeks, Mike and I have been cultivating a little kitchen garden in the back courtyard, complete with dill, parsley, coriander, basil and chilli, as well as a lemonade lemon and a potted magnolia (which is not for the kitchen, but is beautiful nonetheless). It is so handy having fresh, often-used herbs on hand in our back garden, and all the greenery has warmed up the little outdoor space. I’ve got grand plans for more courtyard landscaping in the future (but not all at once, who knew that gardening is expensive?).
Long in advance, I had planned to take a day of leave today which, with the public holiday yesterday, has meant a lovely (super) long weekend. And just in time, following a particularly stressful couple of working weeks. Highlights of the weekend so far have included Anzac Day breakfast at Hobart Deli (below), a few more wedding tasks ticked off the list, a playful afternoon with my nieces Emily and Lucy, a great gym session (what?) and a little Friday night dinner at Burgermeister (I die for their peanut butter choc shakes). Looking forward to what the next half of this weekend holds.
I know, it’s April! But I missed my chance last month and I like writing up these little posts so let’s for a moment pretend it’s March.
Reading … the most recent edition of Kinfolk magazine (which I can’t seem to find anywhere in Perth, sigh). Constant drool.
Looking … for bridesmaid dresses. Choosing clothes other people have to wear is not at the top of my most favourite things list.
Joining … the gym! It’s time to get healthy and fit (and I’m not going to lie, maybe lose a few). New workout gear (including sneakers with pink shoelaces) hasn’t hurt my motivation.
Loving … the beautiful collection of fonts above (found here), this amazing watch, getting in the mood for winter dressing with The Sart, watching back-to-back old episodes of Silk, and hot cross bun dinners (I realise this last one is entirely inconsistent with the previous point – please don’t judge).