As March turned into April, things really started to get exciting for us, as our wedding was fast approaching. With Easter already behind us, it was time for both us and the autumn weather to really get serious. Turns out April ended up being the hottest on record in Australia…so there’s that. Needless to say, we persevered and it eventually started to feel like my favourite time of year again.
Early in the month we had our second wedding for the year, my old high school friend Vincent and his lovely bride, Chi. We headed to the Yarra Valley for the gorgeous outdoor ceremony, it was such a bright and sunny day. In between the ceremony and reception Jordan and I decided to head to Chadstone to pick out our wedding bands. We didn’t really have any definitive plans in mind for them, but nevertheless we found something we were happy with reasonably quickly. Another thing to add to the list of things falling into place…
Later that afternoon we headed to the reception. This was legitimately the biggest wedding reception I have ever been to – there were 50 tables of roughly 10 people on each of them – you do the math! As for the food, course after course of Vietnamese seafood dishes just kept coming out, including abalone, soft shell and some kind of fish broth. The crowd favourite was definitely the lobster which we couldn’t believe we all got! The food was still coming out after the bride and groom had left, it was nuts! All up we had a great night catching up with old friends, it’s not often I get to see my old high school buddies so it was a lovely blast from the past.
Day light savings ended in April, I honestly didn’t even feel the extra hour of sleep which was a little disappointing. It took a little while to get used to driving home from work in the dark, particularly as I started driving to some different stores which meant getting lost in the dark! It’s not so bad when you get to witness beautiful dusk skies like the above though. I find in my daily commute that it’s often easier to take the back way instead of the freeway, so I often find myself stumbling upon tiny little country towns and beautiful hilly terrain. The dirt roads I could certainly do without (as could my car) but I wouldn’t trade it for crawling home on the freeway every day for the world.
Jordan and I chose not to have hens and bucks nights so instead, our bridal party treated us to lunch in the city. It was a nice way for our families to get to know each other and it was a beautiful way to spend a Sunday afternoon. We ate at a small restaurant at South Wharf by the water and the above gin cocktail went down a real treat.
On the 25th of April, Jordan and I woke up at the crack of 3:30am and headed down to the army base for the Anzac Day dawn service. Last years service was held inside, so I was pleasantly surprised when this one was outside. I think it’s a lot more meaningful when you can see the dark skies and can hear the wind rustling in the trees.
After the service, we headed down the road to a nearby town for the Anzac Day parade Jordan and his comrades would be marching in. The other partners and I snagged prime positions for the parade and then the service. I felt so very proud.
One Friday night Jordan and our friends James and Stef headed to a restaurant called Ichi Ni Nana Izakaya in Fitzroy. There we indulged in some delicious and beautifully arranged Japanese dishes.
The above pictures were taken from Stef’s Instagram account, make sure you check her out @theusual_foodie
I had the Lavender Blossom cocktail which was really nice, I think I’d like to experiment with making my own cocktails at home, you know, really branch out!
Right at the end of the month, the women from our church kindly offered to throw me a kitchen tea. The above outfit is what I wore, I felt super girly and special so I naturally I went for an all pink look!
We had a lovely lunch and everybody prepared a different dish to share. I was also presented with a basket full of spices and a scrapbook of handwritten recipes and advice for how to have a successful and Godly marriage. It was really quite moving and I must admit, I did shed a little tear. I am so grateful for these lovely women, thank you for caring for me so much.
I couldn’t think of a better way to end the month of April.
Only one month to go until the wedding!