I present to you one beautiful bride, and declare my bias straight away because she is my daughter.
After all the planning, the logistics of getting a wedding party, dresses, table decs, luggage, travel cot and pram, boxes of cakes, those bloody DIY lollipop bouquets, and the geriatric rellies, from BrisVegas to Townsville, and then across to Magnetic Island, the day itself was perfect. Fun, exciting, beautiful and full of lots of love and happiness, and we want to thank all the people on the side lines who made it all so special for us all, because I sometimes find, that boring as Oscar speeches can be, not enough people say thank you anymore.
First up – The award for Costume Drama goes to:
Thank you, Eileen Kirby, the Australian designer who made the dress, the staff of Pink Mint at Chermside, and their amazing alteration seamstress who took just enough up at the front to accommodate Amie’s shoes and the potential tripping hazard when walking along the pontoons/getting on and off a boat!
And now I will stand on a table so you can look at me some more!!
It’s sensational isn’t it? She really was a princess.
For Hair and Makeup:
Thank you to the Napoleon Perdis staff at Chermside for teaching Amie to be her own makeup artist! And Linda and the girls at Katrina’s Beauty Works, Victoria Point for mine and Amie’s manicures before we set off (they lasted a long, long time after the wedding), and Orly Australia for creating the perfect Tiffany Blue polish for the bridesmaids (Gumdrop)!
Thanks Jill Cox, one of the first friends we made when we arrived in Australia over seven years ago. As a hairdresser and a wedding guest she proved indispensable, plus she knew exactly what the Smother of the Bride (me) needed……mainly in the form of take away Champagne Cocktails from the resort bar. Really good friends always know instinctively what you need don’t you think?
Thank you to the Virgin Airline crew and passengers on the flight up for the round of applause for the wedding couple, and Virgin admin when we got home again for refunding the $40 excess baggage fee and giving us an extra $10 for the delay in boarding and not then having time to get milk for the baby on the return flight. As for the obnoxious Townsville Virgin check in staff who caused such a shemozzle at the end of such a wonderful experience with their rudeness, inflexibility and jobs-worth attitudes, well, you too can get a mention. Yes, actually, since you insisted on asking, we were sure that we’d flown with Virgin a mere six days before hand, and yes we were sure that we had exactly the same amount of luggage, packed exactly the same way (and incidentally, weighing less because there were no longer any lollipop bouquets in it on the way back), and actually, despite your insistence that we “wouldn’t get a refund even if we did complain to Virgin”, we did (see above), and, this one is just priceless, apparently “Brisbane aren’t doing it right if they didn’t charge you on the way out, we are actually following the rules”. Well, bully for you, and wow, little old Townsville airport staff are in the right and Brisbane, (which incidentally has just come out as the number one airport in the entire country), are doing it ‘wrong’. No, I think you’ll find that Brisbane are absolutely wonderful and had the common sense to take into account that I had no suitcase, and neither did my Mother-in-Law, and my allowance was in a shared case with the Big Fella, and the babies case wasn’t exactly huge.
I don’t take up much room honest!
She gave us the option of taking 4 kilos out (of what I don’t know) and spreading it, (God knows where when we were already limited with options and had packed the same stuff in the same cases as we’d left with), to other luggage. We had three elderly passengers with us, were also juggling a travel cot and a pushchair that still had to get checked in at the other end of the airport, and a hungry one year old. Thanks, thanks a lot, you were the most un-Australian Australians that I’ve ever met, and apparently gave the newly-weds the same crappy experience at their check in for the flight back as well. But, lets finish this little saga with a well-deserved and sincere thank you to the Brisbane Airport café staff who filled Kai’s bottle with milk for free when we got home, nice to know humanity abounds in such a huge and busy international airport that cope with a queue of ten people in less than 40 minutes (take note Townsville).
Champagne Cocktails Ahoy Darlings!!
Thank you Peppers Blue on Blue Resort and staff – The wonderful Jacquie who made sure that arrangements were all in place and seamless even though everything had to be organised by e-mail and phone before we got there and her partner gave Amie a lift from her apartment up the hill so that she didn’t have to totter down to the boat and have everyone see her before the ceremony. . It was a leap of faith because we couldn’t really find any reviews of weddings held there and had no way of visiting the resort first to check it out. Nelly Bay was a fantastic location to just hop off the ferry and walk over to our accommodation, and as a base to explore the island from afterwards. Catering was fabulous at the reception and the wonderful Brenda worked so hard to look after our fairly rowdy wedding party at the evening do, and thankyou to the bar staff for keeping the cocktails flowing.
Many thanks to the owner and crew of the Providence sailing ship, it was a dream boat in every sense of the word and we can’t think of a better way that our daughter could have arrived for her wedding on the marina deck. Out of sheer good luck we discovered our apartment looked right out on the marina she sailed out from and I watched from the balcony as I got her baby son dressed and ready for the ceremony. Both her and her Dad, the bridesmaids and her friends who took photos for us, had a wonderful time and she seemed incredibly relaxed on arrival (though that could of course have been the champers?!) We were all so jealous of Amie’s trip that we booked the Sunset Cruise a few nights later and Lindsay (the owner) went out and bought Kai a life jacket so he could go with us. It was a magical family evening with the newlyweds.
Thank you Lynda Ross. Like everyone else at the location, the celebrant had never actually met the bride and groom, but this consummate professional, like everyone else up there, went above and beyond our expectations. She picked up the cake boxes in Townsville and met us at the airport with them, and also made a little certificate for Kai to give his Mum and Dad marking their union and gave him a teddy so that the day was about him as well. She is a beautiful person who clearly does this because she loves it and not just because it’s a job. We can’t thank you enough Linda.
I’ve been asking Amie for the name of the cake maker for weeks, but thanks to Lynda Ross I now have the details and Janines Cake Art is no longer the anonymous recipient! Janine, we’d like to publically thank you. My God, those red velvet cupcakes were magnificent, and as you can see it was stunning to look at and survived the ferry trip over to the island! I can confirm that they were still as good for several breakfasts, days later, when we were eating up the left overs!!
Particularly enjoyed by the brides ‘little’ brother……
Location, location, location:
Thankyou Magnetic Island (or Maggie now we know you better), you were fabulous! From the bus drivers to the IGA staff, and the island kids on their way to school, it was a very friendly and laid back location, and we loved it. We all had a wonderful holiday there, there are twenty gorgeous and deserted bays and beaches, fantastic bars at both Picnic Bay and Horseshoe Bay and the ‘young folks’ particularly enjoyed the Full Moon party the night before the wedding! The views were stunning (especially when we realised that the Rainbow Warrior was moored just off Nelly Bay) and the Rock Wallabies delightful. I really didn’t want to leave, and we’ll definitely be back for another holiday!
Thank you to my nephew Luke who managed to not drop the ring through the decking, thank you to my own boy Ryan for heroically holding two broken wires together to play the wedding music for the arrival of the bride, and thankyou to our little Grandson Kai for being such a well behaved little bobbie dazzler.
Same, same but different – My best work xx
This award was indisputable. Thank you Candice and Nicole Benn for sharing the day with us and taking all the photos that we couldn’t, and for being such great friends to Amie.
Supporting Actors and Actresses:
And last but not least, the crazy ladies who were the bridesmaids; Kris, Natasha and Kirsty, you looked beautiful. Thank you to the rellies who travelled the 11,000 miles from the UK to be there, and everyone else who attended. We couldn’t have wished for a better day that not only suited the personalities of the couple themselves, but was filled with so much happiness, love and laughter, and you all made that possible.
Even though some of you were so easily distracted by a stingray in the marina….
So let’s raise our glasses one more time, to thank you all and toast the happy couple, cheers!!!
Because Nothings Real Without It…..Take it away Rebecca!! xxxx