Thursday, December 22, 2011

A boy and a girl's wedding...

PHOTO BY POP PHOTOGRAPHY For more amazing photos of the wedding taken by Pop Photography, click here.

Last Saturday Simon, Flynn and I were at the Melbourne Temple for Collette and Hayden's wedding. We knew it was going to be a scorcher and already at 12 pm it was 35 degrees.

Luckily Jess had organised this amazing spread for everyone afterwards to get us through until the reception a bit later in the day. Kyle was setting it up before the wedding. There was nothing Jess had not thought of. We even had little handheld fans each to chase away the heat. Seriously Jess is going to be my wedding planner for my kids. :)

Our two little supervisors making everything was done according to Jess' instructions.

The wedding ceremony itself was absolutely beautiful. I could not picture anything else more perfect, except my own wedding  nearly 12 years ago, of course. ;) The wedding was supposed to be at 12.30pm but we didn't get started until about 1 pm because we were waiting for Hayden's brother, Tristan, his wife Carmen and Hayden's sister Courtney. Their plane was ready for take-off at 6am and everyone was seated on the plane and then they announced that the captain was sick and the flight was cancelled. They scrambled to get on another flight and made it, only a little late. Poor guys must have been so stressed.

Here we are after the ceremony waiting for the couple to come outside.

Maddy and her niece Olive

Hayden's sister-in-law Carmen with his parents Jenny and Rob

 It was lovely to have President Prebble come over for the day, just like he was able to with Jessica's wedding. It meant so much for them to have Pres Prebble there especially as he has been there for them since Nev died nearly ten years ago and went to uni with Collette. It was beautiful having him be there and I can appreciate the effort coming over and back to Melbourne in one day.

 Introducing Mr and Mrs Bell..

Then we started all the family shots.
 Tristan, Carmen, Rob, Jenny, Courtney (holding baby Olive), Alice and Maddy

 Uncle and Aunty
 cousins, Nicholas and Campbell King

 the proud parents
 Not quite ready...
 That's better...

 Mum and her girls

After the wedding, Collette and Hayden went and had photos taken with the amazingly talented Julia Turner from Pop Photography. I would have loved to steal all her shots - they are so beautiful but you can go here to view a sample.

The reception was held at the Quaff on Toorak Rd, the same place Jess had her reception and because it was so good, we got to go back again. :)

 Jess' table decorations

 A window Jess did up with all the guest's names written on it.

 welcoming the bride and groom

 Flynn attacking Hayden's soft drink
 Collette's bouquet, made by Jess
 Speech time...

 Hayden read Collette this amazing poem he had made up. It was SO funny and clever all about their journey together to arrive at the day of their wedding. He had made up the poem because Mum is always using poems in her speeches so he had one of his own up his sleeve. I love how you can see here in the pic that he had it written out on the back of an envelope. It even rhymed and had a joke in there about taking his time to be ready to get married.

 The two baby cousins, Bastian and Flynn also had a lovely day playing together. They were so cute.

I loved everything about the day, the fact that when the wedding sealer was 'reading out the vows' Collette said yes, before she was supposed to (we all giggled). I loved that the wedding sealer announced that their wedding was not just til death but would go on forever, binding them together on earth and in heaven. I loved that President Prebble was there in Nev's place but that I could still feel Nev in the room in the same spot as I felt him at Jessica's wedding. I loved that after the reception, Simon, Flynn and I escorted Collette and Hayden to their hotel because we had GPS in our car and their hire car didn't and when we found the hotel, I randomly yelled out the window, "have a good night". 

But most of all I loved that throughout the day, I got to see this - these two only had eyes for each other. 

Congratulations to a beautiful couple. I couldn't be more prouder of my little sister.
PS happy honeymooning in Fiji and Merry Christmas. xx


melandpeter said...

Great post Simone! I've been hanging out for this :-) It really was just the best day. xxx

The Kings said...

Haha! You crack me up Simone. It's hard to believe they are actually married. What a great day- looked amazing. Jess is awesome! Collette looked gorgeous and Hayden scrubbed up alright himself :)

Chelsea Parsons said...

yaaaaay, so happy to hear all about it from you Simone. Collette looked gorgeous x

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