Firstly apologies for being a little quiet of late but i do have a good excuse..i hosted a wedding..at our house!! It was only a pre wedding (my hubby's sister is getting married in Croatia in July so they were having a small ceremony and reception for close family that couldn't make it to the big bash) but this didn't dampen my spirits..i excitedly flew into stylist mode (any excuse!) and mocked up table configurations and colour themes before Jo could ask.."what are hydrangea's?"...

I raided a close friends basement who would rival Megan Mortons propery for her tableware and enlisted Runnerbean catering to do the food and fetch me some flowers and i am pleased to say the wedding went off without a hitch (pardon the pun;) and within a very conservative budget..may i mention that the initial brief from Jo and Josko (the couple getting hitched) was that they just wanted a backyard BBQ...no no no it is a pre wedding after all!!

We are truly blessed to have such a beautiful view of Palm Beach and Pittwater..hence the reason why Jo and Josko wanted to hold the pre wedding here

Our living room had to be cleared out to make room for the tables (20 adults and 8 children)..lets just say it was a good excuse to give the house a good spring clean..all hands were required on deck!

The tables went in; of course my Moroccan pom pom placemats were used;)

All parties have to have a theme... so we went with Morocco meets Hampton's..my one regret for the styling was not having larger tablecloths!! When we layed our sisal rugs down we discovered a large paint stain in the middle of one which had been covered up by the kids craft table..until now! so luckily i had some of my Moroccan rugs with me (being a rug dealer comes in handy...at times!!) it was official that this Azilal rug was off the market;)

The table was finally set and ready for action, for napkins i alternated Walter G hand printed linen napkins with Country Road turquoise ones so that it wasn't too matchy matchy..table flowers were white hydrangeas which were cut off their stem so that they sat in a low white ceramic vase; i then alternated single white David Austin rose in mini glass bottles

I also cut some green hydrangeas from our garden..mental note must plant more hydrangeas

 

The flower of choice was of course peonies but we just missed out on the season so pink roses was our back up

A close up of the stunning David Austin Roses..as close as we could get to the Peonie...what i didn't count on when i volunteered to do the bouquets were the thorns!! These roses in particular are full of them; i didn't have time to de thorn them so i thought wrapping them in plastic then foil and then covering them in a palm leaf secured with lots of brown string would do the trick...

 They were looking ok at the start of the wedding..the palm leaf seemed to be doing the trick..

Jo the stunning bride also had these roses in her hair..Justine at Studio Q at Bilgola did her beautiful chignon, Jo's dress was from Zimmerman (from their bridesmaid collection!) as she is wearing the proper gown in Croatia..remember its just a pre wedding;)

 

The procession begins down Pacific Rd to the Bible Garden where the wedding ceremony is held..Gigi and Ella were the bridesmaids and insisted that they carry baskets..thankfully protected their fingers from the rose thorns!

Here comes the bride...the dresses were bought at Zara on sale for $40..and yes they will be wearing them again at the Croatia wedding!

If you haven't visited the Bible Garden as yet..do it! Its a public garden that overlooks Palm Beach, the garden takes bookings through pittwater council for your wedding ceremony

Jo and her beloved Father (Frank) his suit was also picked up at Zara a few days before;)

Me and the girls...oh and the girls shoes are also from Zara;) 

My nephew Leo is the ring bearer..

Jo and Josko after the ceremony..there is a cute shed in the bible garden that makes for a perfect photo op

Then off to Whale Beach for the obligatory beach photo shoot

Mike managed snap the newlyweds with a rainbow behind them!!

We also got some snaps at Jonah's which is where they stayed on their wedding night

Let the reception begin!! notice Jo's bouquet looking a little worse for wear;(

Guests were served raspberry daiquiris (thank god for the thermomix) on arrival and the party favours were strawberry jams which i also whipped up in the thermomix (Jo and Josko met at a dinner party where they argued over Jam;)

The BBQ is served!;) guests were served canapés as an entree 

We were entertained by a local singer Deb Tennant who coincidentally also sold my husband our Thermomix (yes the Northern Beaches is a very small world!)

You can't have a BBQ without a Pavlova for dessert..this was accompanied by local homemade hokey pocket ice-cream from Herfords chemist (yes the Avalon chemist makes their own ice cream)

Jo and I dancing up a storm on the dance floor..i am wearing a Collete Dinnigan dress 

The next day..everything goes back to normal..well kind of..i decide its time for a re org of the furniture so decide to move the dining table into the living room and now that i have kept the Azilal Rug put it to use under the table (covering up the stain on the sisal rug and giving the moroccan rug more width)

Am kind of happy with the new look..that stunning painting is by George Raftopoulos

Then we moved the kids craft table (an old Mongolian door made into a table); laid down a Moroccan wedding blanket as a rug and added some Moroccan pouffes to the previous dining room space..all in all everyone is happy with the new spaces..the house is cleaner...Jo Jo and Josko were over the moon happy with their BBQ wedding..next stop Croatia;) xx

 

Firstly apologies for being a little quiet of late but i do have a good excuse..i hosted a wedding..at our house!! It was only a pre wedding (my hubby's sister is getting married in Croatia in July so they were having a small ceremony and reception for close family that couldn't make it to the big bash) but this didn't dampen my spirits..i excitedly flew into stylist mode (any excuse!) and mocked up table configurations and colour themes before Jo could ask.."what are hydrangea's?"...

I raided a close friends basement who would rival Megan Mortons propery for her tableware and enlisted Runnerbean catering to do the food and fetch me some flowers and i am pleased to say the wedding went off without a hitch (pardon the pun;) and within a very conservative budget..may i mention that the initial brief from Jo and Josko (the couple getting hitched) was that they just wanted a backyard BBQ...no no no it is a pre wedding after all!!

We are truly blessed to have such a beautiful view of Palm Beach and Pittwater..hence the reason why Jo and Josko wanted to hold the pre wedding here

Our living room had to be cleared out to make room for the tables (20 adults and 8 children)..lets just say it was a good excuse to give the house a good spring clean..all hands were required on deck!

The tables went in; of course my Moroccan pom pom placemats were used;)

All parties have to have a theme... so we went with Morocco meets Hampton's..my one regret for the styling was not having larger tablecloths!! When we layed our sisal rugs down we discovered a large paint stain in the middle of one which had been covered up by the kids craft table..until now! so luckily i had some of my Moroccan rugs with me (being a rug dealer comes in handy...at times!!) it was official that this Azilal rug was off the market;)

The table was finally set and ready for action, for napkins i alternated Walter G hand printed linen napkins with Country Road turquoise ones so that it wasn't too matchy matchy..table flowers were white hydrangeas which were cut off their stem so that they sat in a low white ceramic vase; i then alternated single white David Austin rose in mini glass bottles

I also cut some green hydrangeas from our garden..mental note must plant more hydrangeas

 

The flower of choice was of course peonies but we just missed out on the season so pink roses was our back up

A close up of the stunning David Austin Roses..as close as we could get to the Peonie...what i didn't count on when i volunteered to do the bouquets were the thorns!! These roses in particular are full of them; i didn't have time to de thorn them so i thought wrapping them in plastic then foil and then covering them in a palm leaf secured with lots of brown string would do the trick...

 They were looking ok at the start of the wedding..the palm leaf seemed to be doing the trick..

Jo the stunning bride also had these roses in her hair..Justine at Studio Q at Bilgola did her beautiful chignon, Jo's dress was from Zimmerman (from their bridesmaid collection!) as she is wearing the proper gown in Croatia..remember its just a pre wedding;)

 

The procession begins down Pacific Rd to the Bible Garden where the wedding ceremony is held..Gigi and Ella were the bridesmaids and insisted that they carry baskets..thankfully protected their fingers from the rose thorns!

Here comes the bride...the dresses were bought at Zara on sale for $40..and yes they will be wearing them again at the Croatia wedding!

If you haven't visited the Bible Garden as yet..do it! Its a public garden that overlooks Palm Beach, the garden takes bookings through pittwater council for your wedding ceremony

Jo and her beloved Father (Frank) his suit was also picked up at Zara a few days before;)

Me and the girls...oh and the girls shoes are also from Zara;) 

My nephew Leo is the ring bearer..

Jo and Josko after the ceremony..there is a cute shed in the bible garden that makes for a perfect photo op

Then off to Whale Beach for the obligatory beach photo shoot

Mike managed snap the newlyweds with a rainbow behind them!!

We also got some snaps at Jonah's which is where they stayed on their wedding night

Let the reception begin!! notice Jo's bouquet looking a little worse for wear;(

Guests were served raspberry daiquiris (thank god for the thermomix) on arrival and the party favours were strawberry jams which i also whipped up in the thermomix (Jo and Josko met at a dinner party where they argued over Jam;)

The BBQ is served!;) guests were served canapés as an entree 

We were entertained by a local singer Deb Tennant who coincidentally also sold my husband our Thermomix (yes the Northern Beaches is a very small world!)

You can't have a BBQ without a Pavlova for dessert..this was accompanied by local homemade hokey pocket ice-cream from Herfords chemist (yes the Avalon chemist makes their own ice cream)

Jo and I dancing up a storm on the dance floor..i am wearing a Collete Dinnigan dress 

The next day..everything goes back to normal..well kind of..i decide its time for a re org of the furniture so decide to move the dining table into the living room and now that i have kept the Azilal Rug put it to use under the table (covering up the stain on the sisal rug and giving the moroccan rug more width)

Am kind of happy with the new look..that stunning painting is by George Raftopoulos

Then we moved the kids craft table (an old Mongolian door made into a table); laid down a Moroccan wedding blanket as a rug and added some Moroccan pouffes to the previous dining room space..all in all everyone is happy with the new spaces..the house is cleaner...Jo Jo and Josko were over the moon happy with their BBQ wedding..next stop Croatia;) xx