My (DIY)(Paper) Wedding Bouquet

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Let’s talk bouquets – as I think I have (possibly repeatedly?) mentioned, I made mine, and it was great (the process, I mean, not the bouquet). Not to blow my own horn, but I also think that the bouquet turned out pretty awesome, a fact for which I am thankful. 

At what point in the wedding planning process did I decide to make my own bouquet? I can’t really remember, but I think it was very early on. I had to put up with a lot of doubting Thomases too. “You’ll be so stressed”, they said. “Real flowers are nicer!” “You’re a control freak who is unable to relinquish control over the smallest details of your life and one day you’ll have a breakdown”… You get the picture. Continue reading

Two days in Florence

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Part of our travels last year took us through central Italy, and we were lucky enough to stop in Florence – Firenze – for a couple of days. Both Mario and I had been to Florence before, but we were still pretty excited to visit again. I’m not going to lie, this time we went pretty light on the artistic and historical aspects of the city (of which there are many!), instead choosing to focus on, well, food. And wine. And also some shopping. Hey, we were on holidays ok? Continue reading

Succulovely

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Like the rest of the world, I am having a bit of a love affair with succulents. That’s one good thing that came out of 2016, right?? 

I have been trying my hand at propagating lately (growing new baby succulents from old ones), and it’s so fun – and surprisingly quicker than I expected too. I love putting together little planter collections – I have one at work and a couple at home, so now I have started giving them to people as gifts. I made the one in the photos last year for a friend of mine at work.  Continue reading

Three days on Santorini

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It’s considered to be one of the most romantic places in the world, and it didn’t disappoint – Santorini is incredible. We had three days on the island as part of our honeymoon, and it was just magical.

The best part? Without question, the view. Oh my god, the view. One thing that I just wasn’t expecting was how HIGH the island is along the caldera! One morning we were relaxing in our room when we saw a helicopter fly by… below us. It was amazing.

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A weekend in Hobart

Hellooooo, I am still alive. :) Today I want to share with you one of the many things I have been up to in the last month, namely – visiting Hobart, Tasmania (which is a supremely excellent place).

So, why Hobart? I’m glad you asked! Four of our very dearest friends came up with the amazing (seriously amazing) idea of giving Mario and I a weekend away as a gift for our wedding, and as they are all v. big fans of Tassie, Hobart was their choice of destination. It was a complete surprise for Mario and I, and one that we couldn’t have been happier about. They organised everything – flights, hotel, even a list of places and restaurants to visit. It was excellent in every way. Continue reading

DIY Wedding Reception Flowers

DIY Wedding Reception Flowers

Let’s talk about DIY wedding reception flowers.

For me, the decision to DIY was an easy one – I’d seen my best friend do the flowers for her mum’s wedding, and they looked amazing, plus they were really economical. Anything that saved me money in the wedding planning process was a no brainer. Plus, it was just one more thing that I could exert my ever-increasing need for control over (yes, I know I have a problem).

To help you decide if doing your own wedding reception flowers is a good option for you, I have put together a handy flow chart, with some very important questions. Continue reading

For the rest of my life…

Finally… the part you have been waiting for (and my favourite part) – the ceremony!! 

I hadn’t been nervous at all really during the lead up to the wedding, but once we got in the car to drive to the venue, I felt like I had eaten a live octopus for breakfast. I wasn’t at all nervous about getting married – it was more that I had spent so long planning what the day was going to be like, and it was happening! As Dad pulled the car up to the end of the aisle, I felt the weight of so many eyes on me, and it was one of the more intimidating moments of my life. 

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My beautiful sister was the first to walk down the aisle, looking elegant as always. 

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The morning of…

You may have noticed a little bit of a delay between instalments of the wedding blogathon, sorry about that! I have three very good reasons:

  • I have been busy collecting photos of the day from our guests
  • I have had food poisoning
  • We just got a new kitten (his name is Sirius and he is the sweetest, most gorgeous baby – I’ve got some photos on instagram if you want to check him out) 

See, good reasons, right??

Anyway, thanks for bearing with me. Today I bring to you our preparations on the morning of the wedding. 

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Before the big day…

I hope you don’t mind, but I’m going to drag the wedding recap out a little – it’s just so much fun re-living it all. :)

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The day before the wedding was a hive of activity. We went and met with the staff at the venue, and then started on the reception flowers. I decided to DIY the flowers to save a bit of money, and all up they only cost me around $400 – bargain!  Continue reading