Masa was keen to see the Hunter Valley, so we decided on a small tour group so we would all get to enjoy the wine. We visited three boutique wineries and the Smelly Cheese Shop. The wineries were all fabulous, and we bought some wine at all of them. The cheese shop also had some great food, and we left with multiple local cheeses and gelato.
Masa, the first of our overseas guests, arrived on Sunday. I wanted to show her the parts of Sydney she hasn't seen before, so we have embarked on a few epic road trips beginning with the Blue Mountains.
After a bit of a late start, we ended up for lunch in Katoomba, checked out the Paragon Cafe for their chocolate, then went down to the Three Sisters lookout. It was a stunning day after such gloomy weather, and we had a fabulous view over the valley.
We then went on one of the many bushwalks in the area - from the Grand Staircase to the bottom of the cable car back to Echo Point. We stumbled upon another chocolate shop on the way out of Katoomba, then drove home, completely wrecked!
A wonderful way to finish up the Christmas period, with my friends Mel and Keeva's wedding. The weather has been gloomy this week, and was overcast for Mel's wedding on the 27th too, driving us indoors for the ceremony. It was a ceremony with a glorious view though - overlooking the harbour, framed by the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The ceremony was lovely, the reception lots of fun, and we met a bunch of super-nice people. What a fabulous day!
My beautiful friend Mel.
My debonair partner.
Congratulations guys, thank you for including us in your amazing day!
My dear friends Shelley and Rosalie threw me a fabulous bridal shower / hens day on Saturday.
We started with high tea at 3pm at the Park Hyatt in The Rocks. We were given a private room overlooking the water, so we had plenty of space to wander around, and it was quiet so we could chat.
The girls put together an amazing recipe book for me with their favourite vegetarian / dessert recipes and a pic of the two of us. It was so sweet and thoughtful.
After the high tea we kicked on with cocktails at the Blu Horizon Bar, at the Shangri-La Hotel. The girls shouted me numerous cocktails while we sat first in the genie room, and then in lounges overlooking the amazing city view.
Beck and I finished getting ready at her place and caught a cab into the city.
With the youngest party-goer, Chiara. She's a wild one.
Group shot with most of the girls.
With Ro - organiser and book-maker extraordinaire!
Partying on into the night with the new Mrs Johnston.
With my mum and her friends, enjoying their high tea.
I was initially uncertain about having a hens party. The thought of having all of the focus on me is actually quite frightening. I feel a lot of pressure to make sure everyone has a good time and find it hard to just enjoy myself. This time, however, it was a lot of fun, with everyone just so happy for me and looking at me with so much love all day. It was wonderful to be around the women who are closest to me for a day of eating, drinking and much talking. Thanks to all my wonderful ladies who are always there for me.
Somehow I managed to get Alec to agree to a pre-wedding shoot with the dogs. I was super-keen to get some really nice photos of our little family as I have few if any that are really nice quality, and the pooches can't be involved in our wedding at all.
We met our wonderful photographer, Vincent Lai, at Bicentennial Park for an hour of pooch fun.
I just love the photos - here is a small selection of my faves.
Shelley's wedding day - it was hard to beleive the day was actually here! I woke up early - 6am - full of nerves for the bride. We were at the salon by 8am getting our hair done, and I started to feel better once I ate! Everything ran smoothly and it was a lovely day :)
Hair and make-up - done!
Ready to go to the chapel!
Walking down the aisle.
The beautiful bride.
Signing the register.
Entering the reception venue.
Me and Rosalie.
Colour-co-ordinated school friends.
My favourite micro person, Chiara, sporting her new mohawk.
My wonderful fiancee. He was so amazing, taking care of my friends, taking photos for us. Thank you Alec, I can't wait till it's our turn!
The eve before Shelley's wedding. I left work early to get a train to the Vibe Hotel in Milson's Point to assist the bride with her preparations. We had our nails done, then got take-away for a relaxing night in. It was hard to sleep though, I was so nervous for the following day!
Last photo of the couple before they get married!
Look at our pretty nails! No, I wasn't being felt up. Bad angle ...