Sunday, August 23, 2009

Dress Shopping!

First dress shopping adventure with Mum and Michele. We went to Caritas Yu and Evermore, two boutiques in Leichardt.

It was quite a surreal experience, trying on wedding dresses! I wasn't sure if I wanted a really "weddingy" dress, but when I tried on a few, and realised how they are made to make women look so shapely, I totally changed my mind.

I found one I loved in Caritas Yu, but it was a lot more structured than I had originally wanted. I'll keep looking, with that one as my back-up choice if I can't find anything I love more.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Photo Inspiration

Totally loving these photos I found on 100 Layer Cake.

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Where do go for the most romantic holiday of your life? I'd love to go somewhere like the Maldives, but I also really want to go to Africa. I think what we will end up doing is taking a delayed trip to Africa in March or April, and going up north for a few days after the actual wedding.

I booked us three nights at the new Amarna Resort in the Nelson Bay area so we can chill out after the big day and have a much-deserved rest!

Feeling Completely Overwhelmed

I had a slight panic attack today and felt completely overwhelmed by all of the organising I have to get done in only a few short months. I'm taking deep breaths and reminding myself that the important things are already taken care of: groom, venue, photographer. Surely the rest will all fall into place!

The Photographer

Much like the venue, we already had in mind a photographer we wanted to use. Vincent Lai shot our friend Isis' wedding last year and we loved his photos. Vincent also shoots regularly at the Gunners' Barracks so he is well acquainted with our venue.

The Venue

We already knew where we wanted to get married long before Alec proposed. In April we went to the Gunners' Barracks for high tea and fell in love with the venue. So there was no other choice! I love that it's a very intimate venue - we get the whole place to ourselves, it's small and private, and has a private courtyard plus terrace.

The ceremony will take place on the Harbour Lawn as pictured below, which is attached to the venue. Our guests will just have to walk up to the main building then for the reception. I love having everything in one spot too - less hassle for both us and guests.

We left it pretty late, so were lucky they had anything available at all! We're getting married on a Sunday evening, but I think it will be perfect.

The Proposal

The absolute highlight of both Paris and the trip was getting engaged.

Alec went to a lot of effort to create the perfect day for me, and it truly was!

First, Alec booked an amazing hotel for us to stay in for two nights, called Jays Paris. They also upgraded our room for free, which was unexpected! The hotel was made up of only six suites, all of which were individually themed, and extremely luxurious. The service is also what sets Jays apart. We found chocolates on our pillows, fresh fruit left for us in the evening, and the weather report was put under our door each morning! Our suite looked over a private garden, so we could enjoy looking at beautiful flowers every morning.

Since I had fallen sick when we drove through Giverny, we decided to take a day trip back. It was so beautiful - the most amazing day trip. The gardens are just so exquisite I can see how Monet was inspired to create his masterpieces here. Alec told me later he was planning on proposing at the gardens, but the ring was stuck in the bottom of his bag and he couldn't get it out!

Next on my perfect day was chocolate shopping and dessert sampling at Fauchon, a Paris institution that was recommended to me by my dear friend Masa. We spend a few happy hours here buying delightful chocolate and trying more avante guard desserts, like the one below (it looks like any other tart, but believe me when I say I think I found the source of Zumbo's inspiration!)

We decided to go out to dinner somewhere special for our last night in Paris, and went back to the hotel to get changed. I was ready to go and waiting for the taxi in our suite when Alec came around to where I was sitting, dropped to one knee, and presented me with a Tiffany & Co box.

Even though we'd been talking about marriage for a while, nothing prepares you for the moment! I had tears in my eyes as he opened the box, took out the ring and asked me if I would marry him.

Dinner to celebrate was at L'Arpege, a three-Michelin star restaurant that focuses on vegetables. It was the perfect place to celebrate being newly engaged! The food and service was just divine, with friendly people happy to explain every detail about the food, help us chose wine, and accommodate our every eating desire. The food was just exquisite - the best meal of both our lives, with amazing wine to match, chosen by the sommelier. Four hours passed in a flash, and we have never been to a restaurant so lovely before - and doubt we might for a long time again.

This was taken at the end of dinner by our very friendly waiter.

And so it was back to the hotel! The most amazing day every was coming to an end, but the most exciting things are still to follow - planning our wedding with our family and friends, and beginning our life together as a married couple. I can't wait!

At the hotel after dinner - totally blissed out.

My new bling, close up.

Proudly displaying my bling - loving being a newly engaged girl!