Monthly Archives: June 2010

suit yourself.

The Groom has had a specific idea in his head about what suit he would like to wear. It had to be a particular shade of grey with pinstripes.

We went to our first formal wear store on Saturday. There was just 1 grey suit. He and his 2 brothers tried it on, and picked the vests & ties. 45 minutes later, he’d put a deposit on it.

Hang on!

Can it really be this easy?! “Don’t you want to go to several other stores and see different styles (and prices)?!” I said panicky.

Apparently it can be this easy for men. I think he might have a look at the factory outlet stores next weekend, but really, it’s done.

I wish I’d taken a photo.

They decided on the the groomsmen having the same vest colour as the suit, and The Groom with an ivory vest, with the same ivory ties for all. They had ties that matched the bridesmaid’s pale creamy pink dresses, but I just can’t put the guys in any kind of pink (disclaimer: this is just my opinion). I wonder if this is too plain. Should we jazz it up with funky ties? I’m not sure. Thoughts?



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flower alternatives.

I admit it. I wasn’t particularly diligent when setting or sticking to a budget. I didn’t really think about how all the little things add up.

Flowers were one area I didn’t want to spend much on. An area I definitely wanted to save money on.

I’m not a massive fan of flowers personally, and wasn’t happy with the thought of spending hundreds on bouquets – I have 5 (fantastic) bridesmaids so we need 6 bouquets and 6 buttonholes!

I was looking for an alternative. Here is some non-floral inspiration, which I love:







Feather Bouquets




Unfortunately, I felt parasols were too daytime for our 5pm ceremony. Handfans didn’t really suit our theming. Feathers went out the window with the original peacock theme. Balloons won’t work if it’s a windy day since it’s an outdoor ceremony on a grassy lawn – I think they’re gorgeous though.

After thinking about so many other options, I have eventually decided on real flowers for the bouquets (I will have glass vases on our reception table for us to put them in). Done!


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show and tell.


We’ve seen our engagement/pre wedding shoot photos and there is a happy lack of cheese!

The shoot was so much fun, but I was so nervous at the start. I was nervous about smiling nicely, looking chubby, having bad photos forever, blah blah etc. Silly fears! Andrew was great of course.

It’s an odd feeling at first, being affectionately intimate in front of a camera. I hope when we see the rest of the photos there aren’t too many stiff embraces! We should be well practised after 7 years…

These 2 are my favourites:


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engagement shoot.

We found our photographer, Andrew Follan, online, and loved his work & blog so much that when we were choosing our venue we called him (before we’d met) while we were there to ensure we picked a date both he & the venue were available – he was the only photographer we met with. Easy decision!

Part of the package is an engagement photo shoot. This is happening today. I can be a massive photo poser in other situations (e.g. when consuming alcohol with friends), but the thought of being the centre of attention with everyone taking photos on the wedding day is quite daunting!

The engagement shoot will be a chance for us to relax in front of the camera, get used to the photographer’s style (, practice my easy-smile (no stunned mullet shots please!) and just have fun.

I love all the photo shoots which are beautifully styled with props like balloons, cupcakes, picnic sets etc – but I think we’ll just do natural. The Centennial Park location will be beautiful enough.

The rain has held off and the sun is out, so here’s to non-cheesy engagement photos!


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137 days + counting.

Hello world!

It has been 1 year since The Proposal, and only 4 1/2 months until The Big Day.

I could have started this blog a year ago, when I started getting really excited and intense about planning, ideas, small details, etc – instead my wonderful Matron of Honour (hereafter referred to as MOH) patiently bore the brunt of it.

I soon got over it all, as one might do when oversaturated with ideas of themes, colours & a million choices.

But when it started getting to 10 months, 8 months, 6 months to go, my excitement was renewed with a vengeance!

So here I am, with the big details planned, about to share the last few months of planning, thinking & organising, before I become a Wife.

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