Last month I had the privilege of photographing another friend of mine, whom I have known a very long time. The day began at Hotel on Charles, which I hadn’t visited yet, although had admired from the outside. Michael and his groomsmen were preparing for the big day. Michael had chosen the suits himself, he did a great job putting it all together. As it usually is with the boys, preparation for the wedding day is usually a bit more relaxed.
Over at the Bride’s home, things weren’t quite the same…..
Poor Jade was sick and could barely talk, her family had stocked up on Soothers and water to help her through the big day.
Jade’s make up artist was Olivia Jones she did a fantastic job at making the bride, bridesmaids and mother of the bride glamorous.
The ceremony was lovely, and we soon headed out to Evandale for some bridal portraits, thankfully the day was not too cold, and the rain stayed away.
The reception was at the Happy Chef in Longford, it was wonderfully decorated, complete with lolly buffet, photo booth, and suitcase to write the bride and groom a message to read on their first anniversary. All these things were put together by Jade and her mother, they did a fantastic job.
It was such a wonderful day, and I felt lucky to be able to photograph it.
So we have been in our new house for almost two months now and we are loving the extra space. We have also done some major renos in our kitchen. I really wanted to like the kitchen that was in the place but we soon discovered the placement of the dishwasher, lack of bench space and cupboards that dropped wood into everything every time you opened them wasn’t going to work. We also had a limited budget of money left over to play with. We started to enquire about Bunnings kitchens but at the same time I was searching gumtree for second hand kitchens. I spotted a red laminate kitchen that looked as if it would fit in our kitchen. It wasn’t exactly what I had been searching for, but I thought we could make it work.
We went and measured it up and it was going to fit with a few alterations, we bought it and then had to wait for it to be pulled out. In the meantime we had to get our kitchen removed, which thankfully my husband did while my mum, the kids and I went away during the holidays, so I didn’t really have to live without a kitchen at all, my husband did a fantastic job of removing and installing it all himself.
Picked up this dining setting from a buy/swap/sell group for $80!!!!
New pendant light and still testing colours….
Next thing to do is boxing up around the ducting for the rangehood, then hopefully paint (once I decide what I would like) and floors, I can’t wait for floors.
Last month we said goodbye to our home. The home that I brought my youngest home to, the home that was so sunny and warm, and peaceful. It was really quite hard making that final decision to say yes to the offer on our place and to commit to another. We had wanted that home to be ours for a very long time, and really thought it would work with three, and we managed for 4 years, but we were feeling like we needed more space, so we didn’t have to bump into each other all the time, space to store the ever expanding amount of clothes, and toys (Lego) that seems to increase every time I turn around.
As far as distance goes, we haven’t moved far, still out of town, still have countryside views and much needed space. I had also on my wish list for a new home, something retro, something older but with style, I wanted to do a Retro Renovation
So here are a few photos of the inside, sadly after spending weeks of cleaning my house ready for sale, the same hadn’t been done for me, so I have spent the last month cleaning, from top to bottom, grot and grime from the ceiling and walls…
We have already started on the kitchen, there was wall panelling on one wall that had been half painted white….underneath was some lovely retro wallpaper, we have big plans for this room. I really wanted to like the kitchen, but sadly the previous owners put appliances in weird spots, cut up benches and moved what would have been once decorative features and ruined them :/ there are stuck on tiles on the floor that are peeling off already and not enough power points or bench space, I want to give the kitchen a retro look, but I also want the benefits of a newer kitchen that is going to work for us better.
I have since replaced the dining setting with something more retro.
I love this room and the wood fire, which needs a bit of attention as smoke blows out the door all the time, but it is so warm. I love the glass doors and the recessed ceiling, complete with fluorescent lights. My husband hates the panelling, but it doesn’t bother me. I love the book shelves. The beanbag is an original 70’s beanbag (it was my Dad’s). The tv on the mantle hasn’t found a home yet. The tiles around the fire are all broken and need replacing and we are undecided on wall and ceiling colour yet.
I picked up the sideboard from a shop in town that closed down, it fits our new/old decor much better.
I’m looking forward to sharing our projects along the way.