I’ve been looking forward to doing this blog post. My cousin Tahlia and Neil got hitched!
I was so excited about going to this wedding on the weekend. Firstly, because it would be a great chance to catch up with family that is scattered all over Victoria and Australia. Secondly, because it was a wedding. Obviously. I love weddings. I hadn’t seen my cousins for about 2 years and I reckon it’s been about 25 years since I last saw my Uncle, the bride’s Dad. Tahlia and Neil and my Aunt live in Darwin.
It was a very hot Saturday with a good chance of rain. A bit of a worry for a garden wedding. The ceremony took place at the JFK Memorial at Treasury Gardens in Melbourne. The area was beautifully set up with details like little antique bird cages, flowers and large umbrellas and a carpet laid down the aisle. The groom was incredibly nervous and his nervousness just made him all the more adorable. He didn’t have to wait long for his future bride. Tahlia was accompanied by her two bridesmaids and a flower girl. My auntie Michelle walked her down the aisle. They say brides glow on their wedding day, but Tahlia was absolutely radiantly beautiful. The word “stunning” was said a few times.
The ceremony was fun and, at the same time, moving. It was officiated by a very lovely lady, who’s name escapes me. She had the groom relatively relaxed by the time Tahlia met him.
Had to include this one. She was so cute.
Uncle Max. I will say hi to my Mum and Dad for you xx
The Blending of the Sands Ritual. This part of the ceremony involved blending of three different sands to represent the blending of the families, performed by the mothers and the couple.
Neil has a wacky sense of humour.
He actually danced down the aisle after the ceremony.
The immaculate bridal cars.
The rain threatened to come down, but we only got a few drops.
After the ceremony the group photos were taken and then the newly married couple were swept off in the gorgeous black convertible Mustang with their bridal party for photographs around Melbourne. I was so excited to meet George Fragapolous who runs XSiGHT Photography in Darwin. He did an amazing job. At the end of the reception he put on a huge slide show display of the images from the day. I mean massive. He set the projector up on the mezzanine floor and project onto a huge wall on the other side of the room. The guests at the reception were in awe of his work, and the applause after it was finished was very loud and enthusiastic.
The reception was held at Sumac in Shed 14 at the Docklands. Great venue and fantastic food. The band was entertaining, but not as much as the speeches of the best man, father of the bride, mother of the bride, best man and the MC. Not to mention on of the brothers of the bride. Hilarious night. I met some awesome friends and family of the bride and groom that made the night even more enjoyable.
The entire wedding was co-ordinated by the wonderful Valerie De Silva of Together Forever Weddings. This woman is so passionate and driven and absolutely untiring. How she pulled the whole event together with the bride and groom in Darwin was amazing. I would not hesitate in recommending her to any bride and groom planning a wedding. She is a gem. And so nice too.
It was a great day and night. Thank you Tahlia and Neil. It was a pleasure to share your love. And I look forward to the arrival of little Fuji, Nikon, Canon or Olympus down the track. (Neil is so in love with photography he is likely to name his first born after one of the big camera brands, according to his best man.)