You know I won't be putting up all the family photos here. I was not able to take the usual photos( being the Groom's Mother ), so only have a few I took when I could sneak the camera out of my bag. There was of course an official photographer. I would like to share some of the parts that made it an unforgettably wonderful 2 days.
The bride made wedding favours for the lady guests herself, a pair of wine glass identifiers and the men got 3 Makana chocolates.
Here are mine up close.
I got the hairdresser to take a photo of her work on my hair. The flower indicates the colour I was wearing.
I also had my make up done by a professional - a first for me. Really pampered!
The food served was very yummy. Firstly drinks ( including lots of water on such a hot day ) and different canapés were brought out while guests were mingling and family photos were being taken, then later inside in the air conditioned restaurant this was the menu from which the guest could choose.
I had the Kikorangi ( cheese ) , caramelised pear and walnut tart with petite salad,(very very nice, ) followed by the Fish . I loved the grispy sticky rice balls with it.
For dessert it was an easy decision as I love lemon puddings, so had the Lemon Trio ( a tiny cheese cake; a brulee and best of all a lemon / lime sorbet .( we all want the recipe for that! )
During the proceedings both the Mothers were given a lovely bouquet of flowers. Here are mine.
The following day we had a big BBQ at our place - that's why I was toiling to get the garden looking neat and tidy. I did dessert and extra salads but for the main eating we called in these guys. Big Smoke BBQ
They cooked chicken, steak and a selection of sausages and prepared 3 different salads. It was all set out on trestles in the shed (to the left). I didn't get the opportunity to count how many folk finally turned up ( as I was busy ) but it was probably 70 - 80. ranging in age from 79 to lots of babies ( who all behaved wonderfully despite the heat ) We had a baby corner on rugs and quilts under a big tree.
There were trees and big umbrellas on the deck out to the right of this photo.
My banner got hung on the clothes line along with balloons - but the heat popped them within an hour.
The porterloo didn't get a lot of use as toilet # 3 but for peace of mind it was worth having it. Country water supplies have been known to fail in the past especially when folk get impatient.( not this time )
What a busy but wonderful time we have all had. Folk from 9 countries of the world travelled to be with our young ones on their special day. They have some awesome friends. Nothing really went wrong, the weather was too kind, everyone was happy, the planning had been amazing.We are very blessed and we get along with the new in- laws very, very easily and have become good friends over the past couple of years. Maybe I will share some more photos when I get some.
Probably we will get back to normal work tomorrow - a bit of a come down after such excitement.
We wouldn't mind some serious rain now. We actually got 1 1/4 mls last night but the wind today as long since dried that up. So glad it kept the wind till today!