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My Wedding day!

My Wedding day!

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Oh my gosh, where to begin! This was such a long, beautiful and full on day!

For me, my wedding day started at 6.30am, when my hair dresser and make up artists arrived. I was in bed out cold after finally falling asleep, when I was abruptly woken up by Bella loudly woofing to tell me they had arrived 😛 I was first up for hair as Anna wanted to pin curl mine to make sure all the curls would stay in and do what they were supposed to.

Hair by Anna from Sugar Plumb Boutique

Make up by Tanty Lovell

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After that, I spent the rest of the morning running around in my hello kitty onsie moving chairs and making sure all the decorations were in place 😛 I may have been a little paranoid about it and insist on doing it all myself, but I just couldn’t sit still I was so excited, so I figured I should do something productive. I am so please with the look of the altar, although the fact that the table-cloth on the altar isn’t straight is probably going to haunt and annoy me for the rest of my life. lol.

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Once all my hair and make up was done and it was time to get into my dress, my dog (and flower girl!) Bella did the cutest thing. We laid the hoop out so we could put the dress over it, and Bella decided that was the perfect spot for her to go and lie down. One of my brides maids managed to get this shot quickly on her phone. It was soooo cute! I can’t wait to see the one from the photographer, who also managed to get one from the opposite direction.

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Here is a picture of me in my dress, posing for photo’s just before it was time to head outside to go meet my future husband 🙂 I am still so in love with how everything turned out. My beautiful bouquet from Nic’s Button Buds was the perfect touch of colour that I wanted. My hair was just gorgeous, and the style kept the fact that it was still in fact purple, very subtle.

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Once I was done having all my photo’s taken with the photographer, it was time to head to the altar! Trust me to pick this exact moment to decide I was busting for a wee! lol. With the size that my dress was, it took 3 people to help me go. Lucky I’m not a hugely modest person 😛 Unfortunately, until we get the professional photos back, this is where my photo’s end until after the ceremony. We didn’t want to have ceremony photo’s full of mobile phones, so we made it an unplugged ceremony. My bridesmaids walked in ahead of me, then I walked down the aisle with both of my parents, my dad on one side and my mum on the other. It was a good thing too, because the ground was so uneven I think I would have stacked it if I didn’t have them both to hold me up! We walked in to “sugar” by maroon 5 being played on the acoustic guitar by my dear friend Kara, and it was just perfect. The ceremony was short and sweet, and our vows were super cute. I vowed to “be his puntastic wife, for the rest of his life” and he praised me for being the “magical force that makes food appear”, among other more heart-felt and romantic things. We then said our names and vowed to loved each other always, to the exclusion of all others before exchanging our rings. Then it was time to kiss the bride, and go sign our marriage certificate!

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Then it was all over, and we were officially husband and wife!

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We made our exit dancing down the aisle to boogie wonderland, with our amazing bridal party boogying along behind us.

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As we almost got to the end, the photographer stopped us for a few photo’s, I can’t wait to see what they look like! We were all on such a high and the music was still cranking so I am sure they will be amazing.

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We waited at the top of the aisle for all the guests to come say hello and congratulate us. This was the first time seeing everyone except my bridesmaids for me, so I was super happy to see everyone. I got lost of hugs. Then it was off for photo’s!

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These are two of my favourite group shot of the day so far, because I think they capture our friends and their senses of humor perfectly. The one above is of the entire bridal party pulling “Horse face”, and below making good use of the selfie sticks we had as party favors.

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Whilst we were off having our photo’s done, we had a few different afternoon activities set up. We had a 9 hole mini golf course set up to keep people entertained. Our two friends James and Beck also put on a Swing dance class for all our guests to learn the basics before the reception. We had roaming entrée’s going on for most of this time too.

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Once it was time to enter the marquee for the reception we were introduced as Mr and Mrs Guerra and walked in as they played “Enter the Jungle”. That wasn’t planned by us, but was pretty amazing none the less. We had our friend Tracy as the MC for the evening, and she did a wonderful job. The song was a surprise, and her idea. I was in stitches with laughter by the time we made it to the middle of the room! The next surprise was a rap she did about me now being “Sarah Guerra” (That’s pronounced “g-where-rah”, yes my name now rhymes 😛 ) to the tune of “The real Slim Shady”. This is how it went:

May I have your attention please? May I have your attention please? Its time for a toast, so please stand up. I repeat, its time for a toast so please stand up! (we’re gonna have a problem here)

Well Riccardo Guerra, he’s sitting over there-a. He was a total geek until he met Sarah. Played a lot of games online, and didn’t really care-a. Sucha gaming nerd with too much software-a.

Then Riccardo got to dancing, helped him with romancing. Cut a rug like a thug, and people started glancing.

And then there’s Sarah, wearing her mascara, skin so soft its like she’s made of alo-vera

She’s so tasty, better than Forrero Rochea, Sarah makes other girls feel ugly and dispair-a.

Oh then Tardo met Sarah, with her oh so pretty hair-a, skirts cut up to there-a, nearly see her underware-a!

and its time for a toast, so please stand up, please stand up, please stand up!

Yes Tardo met Sarah, Made her Sarah Guerra, Yes her new names Sarah Guerra, Incase you weren’t aware-a, wont the new Sarah Guerra please stand up, please stand up, please stand up!

Then it was onto our first dance as husband and wife.

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We chose a lovely swing song called “La Vien Rose” by Louis Armstrong, it was so very romantic. Riccardo kept getting his arm stuck on me as I had to have my train hanging off my arm to walk as it was so long. You can watch the video of it below, it’s very cute:

Once we were finished with our first dance, I ran of to change into my second, smaller dress as I couldn’t even sit down in the big one, and they started taking orders and bringing out the main courses.

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The food was delicious and was finished pretty quickly, just in time for the band to get started! We had a band called Lucky 7 playing for us, as they are one of our favourite Adelaide swing bands. We have done a few performance gigs with them over the years as well, so I am sure they have popped up on this blog once or twice in the past. Their first set was all swing music so we could get our dance on before we all got to drunk, then they played some cool part music. We even had a conga line going through the whole marquee at one point!

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Then it was time to cut the cake. We had a little cake and lots of cupcakes, which were made as a wedding present by my very talented friend Alisha!

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Then Tracy had another surprise for us! They got us to sit down back to back, and take off both our shoes. She then asked us a bunch of questions, and we had to answer by holding up one of the shoes. The questions were things like, Who steals all the blankets, who is the bossiest and who said I Love You first. We had quite a few giggles, and it all ended with me throwing my shoe at Riccardo for saying something hilarious but a bit naughty (I don’t actually remember what he said). It was a great game!

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We also had a photo booth there the whole night which turned out to be wonderful, especially since its not actually what we ordered to begin with. When we were first arranging things, we had ordered this cool printer that could pick up photo’s under a certain hashtag on instagram, and then print them out. We had planned this as part of the evening, giving everyone selfie sticks as wedding favours and sending out email instructions prior to the wedding about how to use instagram. We found out two days before the wedding that the printer had been in Melbourne the weekend before, and had been sent back with the wrong parts. Not only that, but the parts were not going to arrive in time for the wedding. I was so cross and demanded they give us something else instead, they said they had a photo booth that we could use instead, but they couldn’t get it there until 2.30pm ON THE DAY. The wedding was at 2. I could have killed someone. So they ended up waiting until the ceremony finished then sneaking around the back to set it up whilst we were having photo’s done. In the end it turned out really well, as we had unlimited photo’s all night, and everyone just went nuts. We got some great shots, and it was really good fun.

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The last little detail that made the day perfection, was the Arabella mermaid ice sculpture I was given as a gift by my grandmother. It was just magical, and let me tell you why. When I was a kid, my Nana used to write stories about all her grand children and we all had a magical creature as our side kicks/special friends. My cousin Kellie had gotten married several years before me, and at her wedding my Nana had arranged for everyone to release butterflies as they were her special creature. At the reception I went up to Nan and told her the butterflies were beautiful, but good luck finding my mermaid Arabella and getting her to come to my wedding. Boy did I swallow my words when I walked into the reception to find a glowing ice sculpture of a mermaid waiting for me next to our table. Below is a picture of me with Arabella just after I found her, and then a picture of me and Riccardo saying goodbye to her once the party was over and we were the last ones (or at least we thought we were, thanks Kenneth for sneaking up and taking the photo) left in the marquee.

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Everything everyone ever said to me about wedding were true, it was a stressful ride to get there, but once we were it was the most beautiful day and was over in a flash. I could not have dreamed it would be so perfect.

I can’t wait to share the official photographs with you all when we get them back! Thanks for reading, I know this was a long one!

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Pre-Wedding Set up, Drama’s and Decorations

Pre-Wedding Set up, Drama’s and Decorations

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The day after my delightful bridal shower, it was time to get our hustle on as it was set up day for the actual wedding its self. I can remember feeling like I was walking around in a bubble, as I couldn’t believe this wedding we had been planning for almost 2 years was finally almost here.

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I don’t think I ever got around to writing much about the details for our wedding, so you guys have no idea what we planned 😛 We had decided that we wanted the whole event to be a big sleep over, with both the reception and the ceremony happening at the same place so no one had to worry about travel in between venues or drink driving.

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There is a place called “The Old House” at the Woodhouse Activity Centre up in the Adelaide hills that I spent a lot of time in as a child, which turned out to be the perfect location. It had dorm rooms that bunked up to 60 people as well as a beautiful outdoor chapel and surrounding gardens, plus enough space to put up a big white marquee. Below is a photo of the chapel, taken from the balcony of  the house.

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As you can see from the photo’s it was the most beautiful setting. The morning of the day before, we enlisted our entire bridal party to come over and start carting things up there and to help with the set up. We opted to do most things ourselves, I had spent the whole week before hand shopping for and crafting all of the decorations. So when it came to the set up, we really had our work cut out for us. I don’t know how I would have gotten everything done in time with out the help and organisation from my brothers girlfriend Amanda, as well as my mother. Who needs a wedding planner when you have family, right?

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It was my job to stay at our house and direct people as to what needed to be picked up and taken where, so by the time I got up there, the marquee had been set up and the dance floor installed. That was when we had our first little hiccup, the hire company had brought the wrong chairs. Looking back on it now, it really wasn’t the end of the world but I thought it was a major disaster at the time.

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I spoke to the manager of the hire company who tried to tell me that we had just picked the wrong ones, and then that we had changed the invoice that many times that we must have changed the chairs too. uurrhhgg. I was so annoyed, because after speaking with Riccardo for like 2 seconds, she agreed that they had sent the wrong chairs and would get the right ones sent up as soon as possible. Then when I discussed it with the moving staff, they had the audacity to ask if they could deliver them the following day. uh, no! That’s our wedding day! We kinda need them! Thankfully, they eventually agreed to drop the right ones off later that afternoon.

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Riccardo really arrived at the right time for that, because he had previously not been at the venue and I literally handed him the phone as he was getting out of the car. He hadn’t been there, because he was picking up our brides maid Robin from the airport. This is of great importance to note, because the photo below is actually of the first time I ever met her! The first time Riccardo had met her IRL was when he got her from the airport an hour previously 😛 Riccardo and Robin have known each other for the better part of a decade, they met playing World of Warcraft and have been involved with each other playing different games online ever since. They had never met before as Robin lives in New Zealand. There is rarely a day where these two don’t chat on Skype, and when Riccardo was picking his “Grooms Nerds”, Robin just had to be there. We were so excited when she said she would fly over for it!

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Now we had our final bridal party member and we were waiting for the lighting to go up in the marquee and the correct chairs to arrive, we had our rehearsal and set up the altar.

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Everyone wore silly hats, it was great!

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That was when I found out about our next little drama. Instead of hiring a traditional photo booth, we had arranged to have this special printer which pulled photo’s off instagram to print out based on our own personal hashtag. They called us when they were supposed to be delivering it to tell us that they had hired it to someone in Melbourne the previous weekend, and they had sent it back with some vital parts missing and they weren’t going to be able to get them back in time. They promised us one of their other premium photo booths at no extra charge instead, but they weren’t going to be able to deliver it until 3pm the following day. The ceremony was at 2pm. I was so cross! But there was nothing I could do about it, so I had a bit of a whinge about it and we moved onto the next task. Once the lights were up and plugged in and the chairs re delivered (thankfully the correct ones this time), it was all hands on deck to get the marquee set up ready for the following day.

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It took us a while, but once it was finished it looked so pretty! I was so proud of our effort, I couldn’t imagine a better setting for our wedding reception.

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I was starting to get super excited by this point, and tired. So very very tired. We were all starving so we ordered some pizza’s from the local pizza shop and had a carpet party whilst we ate.

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Once the food was consumed, I said goodbye to my fiance for the last time (hehe) and he got in his car and went home. He was meeting all the boys at a barber shop in town early the next morning to get ready, and of course we couldn’t spend the night together! 😛 Me and my girls all spent the night in a dorm room together at the venue, and I shared a blow up mattress with my best friend Amanda. Regardless of how tired I was, I was so excited I spent most of the night wide awake tossing and turning or staring at the ceiling. Then all of a sudden 6.30am came around, and it was time to get out of bed and start hair and make up!

Post about the wedding its self to follow soon! ^_^

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Bridal Shower: High Tea at the Intercontinental

Bridal Shower: High Tea at the Intercontinental

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The grand adventure that was my bachelorette party took place about a month before the actual wedding, for rather practical reasons. I didn’t want to be at all hung over for my wedding day, or the time before hand as we were organising most of it ourselves and I had so much to do, plus on the off-chance I managed to damage myself I figured I would need time to recover. I also wanted to do something a little more tame than heavy drinking and strippers, a little closer to the wedding so that my family and friend that were flying over for the wedding could come. Thus my bridal shower was organised.

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Myself, my mum and my Auntie Sharon, who had come down from the gold coast for the wedding.

Again, my delightful bestie came through and organised a lovely lunch for us all, the Thursday before the wedding at the intercontinental hotel. She had these adorable chocolates made for it, and we all had one waiting for us on our plates as we sat down, they were the perfect touch.

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We were all given a glass of champagne to start off with, and then whilst we all chatted they started bringing out trays of delicious finger food.

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As always, I got my own tray of yummies thanks to me being allergic to EVERYTHING. lol. All the cakes they gave me were delicious, I also had a plate of little sandwiches but in my enthusiasm to eat them, I forgot to take a photo 😛

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I had a lovely turn out of twenty or so people, most of which were not able to attend my first party. We had a lovely afternoon of chatting, drinking tea and eating cakes before we all headed home and I started the mad task of packing to get everything up to the wedding venue the next day!

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I think this is the last quiet moment I had until the following Monday, as things got super hectic from this point on!

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My naughty bachelorette party at Madame Josephine’s!

My naughty bachelorette party at Madame Josephine’s!

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It is finally time for post one in the lead up to my fabulous wedding! We had been planning it for so long (almost two years!) that it just kept getting closer and didn’t quite feel real. That slowly started changing when the night of my bachelorette party finally came around! The “night” started super early, as we were having pre drinks at my best friend and maid of honor Amanda’s house.

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I went over around 12.20, and at 1 we had the hair and make up artist for the wedding come around to do our hair and make up trials. We needed to do a test run before the wedding, so we figured what better time than before the bachelorette party!

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We started with the champagne right away, and I was quickly decorated with a tiara, bride to be sash and garter!

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Amanda completely out did herself, and I felt absolutely spoiled rotten. I was so excited when people started to arrive! Amanda had set up a scrap booking area as well as a photo booth, so people could take silly photo’s and then leave me messages.

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It was great fun! I got some beautiful photos with my friends, bridesmaids and family before we all got too drunk and carried away with ourselves.

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The icing on the cake though, was a rather delicious looking man named Wayde from Aussie hunks who was walking around serving us all drinks.

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The result of the afternoon was this beautiful scrapbook for me to keep as a memento 🙂 <3

Six o’clock finally rolled around, and it was time for us to get on a bus to head into town for the next part of our evening adventure – Madame Josephine’s all male strip show!

Fair warning – Full frontal male nudity to follow, so if you are not ok with this please do not continue reading!

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My Hectic Life, an update.

My Hectic Life, an update.

I know I know, my blogging schedule has been TERRIBLE as of late 😛 I am now full swing into studying at TAFE for my Diploma in Human Resource Management, and since I am such a good girl getting all my homework done, I have found that my spare time usually reserved for blogging is now seriously diminishing. The Adelaide Fringe has also started and finished in the past month and a bit, and since I managed to have an artists pass for most of it thanks to teaching at The Swing Sesh, I have been out having fun most nights 😛 (Thanks Luna!)

What can I say, life got busy! So much for my new years resolutions 😛 I’ve decided I am going to try for at least one post a week, maybe two if your lucky. But it would seem that my previous schedule of at least three a week is not quite as attainable as I would have hoped. Oh well.

For the time being, I thought I would give you a quick recap of a few of the things I have been up to lately 🙂

Karen’s Birthday

It was my cousin Karen’s birthday a few weeks back now, and since she hadn’t been in Australia very long Amanda and I took her out for a night on the town. Only after a lovely family dinner first of course, my mum and dad were kind enough to baby sit her little one for the evening 🙂

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We did a bit of cocktail bar hopping, and tried out the new 2KW rooftop bar in the city. It was lovely, and we ran into all these crazies while we were there!

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This is where I am going to end the photo’s, we headed to Zhivago to get our boogie on after this and the night just got messier. We went for pancakes at 6am before crawling our way home. The birthday girl was bless with no hangover the next day, I unfortunately was not so lucky.

Lucky Seven at the Adelaide Art Museum

The Adelaide Art Museum had been running entertainment night’s once a week in their outdoor garden area in build up to the fringe. Naturally when they got to the Swingin’ 20’s, they called us in to come and perform to Lucky Seven, which we tend to do rather often. It also happened to be opening night of the Fringe!

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They had 6 of us teachers all matching and dancing to the band, and as always a few other came along to see the band 🙂

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Mr Tardo did the gig with us as well which was nice, as I quite enjoy performing with him 🙂

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Once that was over we all headed off to the Cranker for…

Mel’s 19th Birthday!

Mel had a group of friends already there, and we turned up a bit late because of the gig. She was already a little bit sozzled, which was fine because she is a hilarious drunk. About an hour after I got there she decided she hated what she was wearing, so i did what any other good friend would do and went to the bathroom and swapped outfits with her 😛

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Once we were done with sitting at the pub for the evening, we decided to go and venture into the Garden of Unearthly Delights. Being opening night, it was packed! So our lovely friend Pete bought us all tickets to go see the late show, so we could skip the line and go straight in.

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The late show was great, but my favorite part was when the host sang Mel a song for her birthday. I was in stitches!

Best Day Ever Bridal fair

Last but not least, I went to another bridal fair finally! I took both my Amanda’s with me, since Amanda (Left) is my maid of honour, and Amanda (Right) is my official organizer of things (She is way more organised and crafty than me 😛 ).

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We wandered around and got lunch, drank champagne, giggled a lot and took a heap of brochures and photo’s of pretty things 😛

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I really quite enjoyed this one as there were a heap of things that caught my eye. My two favourite bits being this beautiful table centre piece and the GIANT light up Love sign ^_^

Our Engagement Party

Our Engagement Party

Although Mr Tardo and I got engaged all the way back in May last year, it was only very recently that we finally managed to throw an engagement party! After much debating on a theme (I wanted to have a zombie apocalypse party, but mother wasn’t so keen), we eventually agreed upon an ice cream party! Mr Tardo was super happy about that because ice cream is pretty much his favorite food 😛

The reason it has taken me so long to write about is because I was waiting to get all the photo’s back! On the night I found out that as a lovely present, my friend Jo had hired a photographer for the night! So I have hundreds of beautiful pictures of the party. I think this one is my favourite:

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Riccardo and I look all lovey, and then there is Katey in the back pulling a silly face 😛 pretty much sums up the whole party 😛 It was such a wonderful night, and i was completely blown away by the amount of love and generosity shown to us by our friends. We truly are very lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful people 🙂 Anyway, there was way to many gorgeous photo’s I wanted to share with you to just have a super long post, so I thought I would make a little slide show album instead. I hope you enjoy looking through them! 🙂

Live in Adelaide and love our photo’s? Our Photographer was Drew from Andrew Dinham Photographyand he was super lovely! I don’t think he missed a single moment through out the night, and the photo’s speak for themselves!

My first experience as a bride to be!

My first experience as a bride to be!

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So with all of this house buying business going on, the fact that Riccardo and I are also engaged (read about it here!) has kinda been put on the back burner and was temporarily forgotten about. We haven’t even had an engagement party yet (we have very busy lives 😛 ). So when I came across an ad for the bay bridal expo I decided that perhaps I should go. Of course, I couldn’t go alone! Something this girly requires a buddy to gas-bag about all the pretty things with. So one phone call to me dear friend Jo ( She is going to be one of my bridesmaids, and I am going to be one of hers!), and I had my expo buddy. I was so excited! She came to pick me up that morning and brought along her gorgeous baby boy Thomas and we headed in together.

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Upon entering they had these cute little signs from the car park saying congratulations and pointing us in the direction of the fair. The first thing we noticed was how many different “Photo Booth” things they had there. It really does seem to be the trendy thing to be doing these days. They do seem pretty cool, but with how many friends I have that are photographers, I really doubt we would need one. Non the less, when we walked in and met a guy who had one set up that we could try out, like we were going to say no 😛 So the three of us jumped in, and here is our photos! (On a side note, isn’t Thomas just the cutest little thing you have ever seen?! I spend the day being rather clucky 😛 )

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Naturally the very next thing that caught my eye was all the gorgeous cakes and treat displays. There were so many gorgeous set ups, so I took a few photos to store for ideas for later. One thing that I was quite disappointed about though, was the amount of cake places that were there that didn’t want to know me the second I asked if they could do anything gluten-free. They were happy to chat with me until I mentioned my dietary requirements (I’m a Glutard. Sigh.), then I got a short “sorry I can’t guarantee gluten-free” before the conversation was abruptly ended. Seriously, you would have thought I just told them I had a communicable disease. O well. Lucky I have a lovely friend who is a chocolatier who is more than up for the challenge 😛

 

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Next it was upstairs to look at some table settings and watch the fashion parade. I found this pretty chandelier table setting which I really enjoyed. I didn’t dare ask how much they were though 😛 I think they would look gorgeous with red and white roses which I *think* is going to be my theme. (I’m being kind to my three besties and letting them all wear red instead of pink… aren’t I awesome? 😛 )

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I also found a wedding ring setting which goes almost perfectly with my engagement ring! It wasn’t overly expensive either which was nice 🙂 I got the guys card as he apparently makes them all himself. He also said that I could come in and he could design one to match my engagement ring perfectly. This one was sort of squared off on the edges, where mine is round. What do you think?

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   Last but not least, I met this fantastic make up artist called Aleisha 🙂 She was really lovely and spent a long time chatting with me about her make up styles. I really don’t want to do my own make up for the wedding, but I have really bad Rosacea so I have been searching for someone who knows how to cover it well without making me look like I have a truck load of make up on. After our chat, I’m pretty sure I will use her as she seemed to know what she was talking about, and I am quite confident she will do a great job.

So that was my first official experience acting like a real bride 😛 To any of my readers who have done this already, I would love to hear about any tips or helpful website you know of too 🙂 Please post them in the comments, I need all the help I can get! 😀