Vows in a vineyard
Back in May, you would have seen on Instagram that I was in Adelaide for the weekend. It was weird because the last time I was there, I was six years old! It was for my brother, Robert's wedding and now I have more photos, I can do a post :)
Firstly my sister-n-law, Laura, isn't into any traditional wedding things/events, so one weekend her sisters Tania and Annette were in our area for a girly day of shopping and surprised her with an informal bridal brunch at Bam Bam Bakehouse. She may have freaked out about Annette's cute bridal bunting but was a bit more relaxed when the next surprise was just mum and I coming, and it was still low key. Donnah was doing a beach swimming race, but luckily surprised us all and made it in the end :) Robert still had a proper bucks and had a golf day with his friends.
Then on May 13, after 10 years together, Robert and Laura made it official in their own version of an elopement, an immediate family only wedding. Prior to the day, no one knew where exactly we would be going; we all met bright and early and boarded the wedding bus to our destinations. The ceremony was held at Beresford Winery in McLaren Flat. We enjoyed a light morning tea, which was greatly appreciated as no one had time for breakfast (my inner pig sighs) and then the ceremony began. The vows were hilarious and everything was very true to their style. After the ceremony, we toasted with the winery's sparkling shiraz and snacked some more. The ceremony was held at the estate's new Pavillion, which was the first wedding they held and a great option for smaller weddings. They had a nice fire going which matched perfectly with the scenery outside and the Australian flowers in the bridal bouquet. South Australia is known to be annoyingly cold all the time, and luckily for us, it was a perfect crisp day!
We always joke about how in some of Donnah and Maiko's wedding photos, Robert looks like the groom; so they decided to do some with Maiko as the groom -it was pretty funny!
After some mingling, we all boarded the bus again to be taken to the Pike & Joyce Winery, in the Adelaide Hills for a celebratory lunch. The food was amazing! Robert and Laura put together the flowers for the table and now have some funny stories of doing them on the side of the highway! Robert made the stands out of wood from cut down trees in our Mum's backyard. The same wood was cut into round magnets that were attached to handmade place settings, and behind each name was a personal note. The other highlight was when the celebration cake came out, we all spontaneously sang happy birthday! We didn't have the venue booked out just for us and they provided nothing extra, along with the fact that there were diners that stayed longer than us... The day before they rang Laura and started interogating her about the specifics of the lunch, and that if it was a wedding and there would be extra charges. Firstly, they never asked in the beginning and they provided nothing to warrant extra charges, so it was a welcomed surprise to Robert and Laura that we all sang. Frankly, it was quite rude to try that on without reason!
After lunch, we all headed back to the hotel to toast some more, and all the sisters did their speeches :) Apparently, Donnah and I completely roasted Robert, but we were holding back LMAO!! He is the golden child after all...giggles! Also only he would happen to get our parents in the same room after 23 years! Then for dinner, we continued on and found a funky Japanese restaurant (only in Adelaide would you be able to rock up with that many people with no booking and still get seated at prime dining time). The next day most of us had breakfast together and spent the day around Adelaide before we caught our flights back home.