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Melbourne Part 5: The Wedding

Posted May 17 2012 4:00am

Good morning!

Alright, it’s time for the 5th and final part of my Melbourne trip – the whole reason I went in the first place actually – my friend Cynthia’s wedding. If you’re just catching up, here’s what you missed:

The wedding was on the final Sunday of my trip, and I left Australia first thing in the morning on the Tuesday that followed. The day began early with a knock at the door from the hairdressers, whom Cynthia had booked to come to the house and style our hair.

Note: In case you’re wondering, the vitamin C in the photo above was left over on the table after breakfast. It wasn’t actually part of the preparation!

There were hair pins, curling irons, and blow dryers all over the kitchen table as we got all dolled up. We hired 2 hair dressers and there were 6 of us getting our hair done, so those who weren’t being ‘worked on’ did their makeup and nails.

Cynth and her sister are very talented when it comes to artsy makeup so we had fun checking out the contents of each others’ cosmetic bags. The wedding ceremony was at 3pm, and the hours of the morning flew past. After everyone’s hair and makeup was finished….

… it was time to get dressed! Cynthia picked out some gorgeous midnight blue strapless dresses for us bridesmaids when she was in Singapore. When I received it in the post a few months back, I was thrilled to see that the bust was elasticized (excellent for the not-so-well endowed) and the length was perfect. I’d anticipated having to spend a fortune on alterations but there was absolutely nothing wrong with the dress at all. Each one had a blue sash attached which could be tied and styled in a different way. I chose to do mine up over one arm, but the other bridesmaids opted for both arms, or totally strapless with the sash tied around the bust and to the side.

As for the bride’s dress…. it was absolutely gorgeous! When she initially showed it to me I couldn’t believe how elegant it was. Remember how Kate Middleton had a strapless design with a lace top section and long sleeves?


Cynthia’s dress was sort of similar, but the lace bit was a bolero that she could take off. It was also more fitted through the bottom portion, and she looked absolutely stunning in it.

There were crystals sewn to the bodice, and a gorgeous lace pattern all the way down to the bottom of the dress. There was also a hidden ‘hook’ in the back of the dress for the train to be attached when she wanted to dance. I’m not the type who begins planning their wedding at the age of 2, but all this wedding dress talk got me thinking about what I’d like to have. I seem to have a natural attraction to strapless dresses, so I won’t be surprised if that’s what I end up choosing!

Since I was standing on the altar for the wedding, I don’t have any photos to show you from the ceremony. It was in a Greek church because Cynth’s family is Greek, but the priest agreed to do a large amount of the service in English so we could understand it. After it finished, we had to rush to the site where the wedding photos were to be taken, then to the reception.

Source: The Willows

It was held at a location called The Willows , a venue with lovely Victorian architecture, in-house catering (they’re a restaurant), a courtyard lit by lanterns, and an enclosed conservatory where we ate dinner.

Source: The Willows

Cynthia and her husband did a fantastic job of picking the menu. We enjoyed canapes (the shrimp cocktails were my fave!) and cocktails in a separate room before moving into the conservatory for dinner.

My picks were the snapper green curry as an entree, and the market fresh fish of the day (which happened to be salmon – yesssssssss!!) with roasted fennel, potatoes, and a delicious lemony sauce.

A lot of food indeed, but I think everyone in the bridal party felt pretty hungry after a day of hair, makeup, and looking pretty at the church! Dinner was followed by the bride and groom’s first dance, dessert, and more dancing. Those Greeks really like their dancing! ;) The cake was cut just before we ate dinner, but it wasn’t actually serves because there were already 3 desserts to choose from on the menu. Instead, slices were put in cute little cake boxes and left on a table for guests to take as they left.

Things wrapped up around 11, and by the time we got home, I was pretty much dead on my feet! I don’t think I ever quite fully adjusted to the time difference (14 hours ahead of our Eastern time) so being up till midnight was my record! The next day (my last one) was spent cleaning up, collecting things from the venue, packing, washing hairspray out of my hair, and finally, relaxing. All in all, I had a great time. 10,124.5 miles is a long way to travel for an 11 day holiday (especially when almost 2 of those days are spent in the air) but the opportunity to re-unite with one of my besties for her wedding made it totally worth it.

So tell me…

  • What was the most beautiful wedding you’ve ever been to?
  • If you’re married, what was your wedding dress like? If you could do it all over again, would you choose the same design?
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