A boy named Hayden met a girl called Collette.
They played tennis together and then some more tennis and even some more tennis and along the way realised that as well as being a really good tennis match, they were in fact a match made in heaven. Awwh!!! Ok, they didn't really play tennis all the time but for the record, over the past three years, Hayden has only beat Collette once.
On Saturday afternoon we headed to Hobart for Collette and Hayden's engagement party. Yup my little sister is getting married. December 17th to be exact at 12.30 in the Melbourne temple. It was pouring with rain outside but that didn't stop the revellers from having a great time.
Everybody had something to eat for afternoon tea from the beautiful food provided. (is this where I mention my 224 pieces of delectable caramel slice)
The decorations were amazing. Originally it was going to be a garden party outside but the rain wasn't going to let up so it was held in the hall of the Rosny chapel. Here are a few tidbits.
Some pom pom clouds hanging from the ceiling (some of which are now strewn around my house)
All done by the very talented Esther TT.
There was a photo booth set up where you could have some photos taken.
All weekend, Jonty has been calling the day, "Hayden's party'. Sorry Collette. ;)
Or you could just have random ones taken around the room. Thanks Camilla.
After everyone had some eats, we watched a slideshow of the lovely couple. There was some photos of them both as babies and growing up through the years, ones of Hayden on his mission in Japan, those speedoes ;), then ones of them together, going to concerts (Coldplay and Kings of Leon), playing tennis, watching the tennis Australian Open in Melbourne, hanging out having a great time together. The slideshow finished off with them practicing a dance together - you have to see it - it was hilarious!! Don't know why they wouldn 't repeat it live for us!!
And then the speeches got underway from Mum. Mum mentioned that Collette's dog Millie (who has lived with Mum for 2 years now) had a message for Hayden, that she would like to come down and live with them after they are married. We all had a chuckle. She also said that Collette has had Santa for the past 28 yrs so that might not want to stop.
Hayden's Dad, Robbie. Robbie talked about Hayden and his car and about getting pulled over by the cops a bit. He also talked about Hayden being able to accomplish both going on his mission and finishing his medical degree. Hayden I think was able to start his degree and then defer for two years while he went on his mission and then continue when he got back. I don't think they had let people do that before.
And then Hayden. Hayden said he couldn't remember these car and police stories. He also had a message from Millie too - that she enjoyed living with Mum in Bridport.
Hayden and Collette then cut the cake, a yummy caramel mudcake made by Carmen, Hayden's sister-in-law. It was so yummy. There's some perks to being family, as I got to bring some home. ;)
It was lovely to see Collette and Hayden celebrate this day with friends...
Hayden's Uncle, Steve King (standing next to Jess) did a great job as MC too.
Somehow some of these beautiful triangle material decorations that Esther did have made it home to our house too. Sarra wants to hang them in her bedroom.
and family. :)
What I have noticed about these two is the way they love to have a laugh. A sense of humour is so important in a marriage. Their sense of humour is perfectly suited and Hayden will need one as Collette continues to beat him at tennis.