Sunday 31 August 2008

Cairns, Australia - Day Five


was so beautiful, held on a beach under palm trees. Honestly, we could have been on some tropical Island somewhere in the South Pacific.

My brother Phillip and his new wife Nik (Nicole) are one of the nicest couples I know. They both have really dry, wacky senses of humour. All those sayings like, "salt of the earth", "what you see is was you get" "straight as the day was long" etc etc apply to these two. I love them so much!

My new sister-in-law blew us away. She is a tomboy, I have never seen her in a dress, with a hair do or with make up and look what she walked down the sandy beach path in . . . a vision in white, the veil, diamantes, hair and make up. She looked so gorgeous. True to herself under that gorgeous bride doll dress she had on a pair of silvery grey jandal/thongs/flip flops!!!! I did laugh when I saw them peeking out!!!!

The ceremony was beautiful, very personal and meaningful with humour thrown in!

Introducing in this photo, Nicole and Phillip , the newly wed bride and groom, with their 18 month old daughter Georgia Mary and our 14 year old nephew Taila. Oh and under that gorgeous dress is a 4 month pregnant tummy. We do things back to front in our family on occasion!!!

Here's the Princess, Taila and me holding Georgia Mary!!! Because I know you will all scrutinise this photo (well I would!) I have to say it is a foul photo of me. The heat made Mum and I blow up so much regardless of the huge amounts of water we drank. The Chinese Cheongsam dress ($30 at an Op/Thrift shop) acted like a tourniquet around my arms!!! It was a beautiful fit two days prior to the wedding. Natasha if you are looking at this you will see I am wearing the Prom hair clip you made!!!!

the Princess took this photo of Georgia Mary, Gorgeous!!!!

The reception (photo taken by 5 yr old Princess) was further down the beach. Such a magnificent setting.

Tables beautifully set, fabulous food, lots of seafood. The Princess filled her plate with her two faves, 6 huge pieces of fresh pineapple and a pile of shaved Parmesan cheese!!!

Beautiful wines, lots of bubbles and a nice selection of good New Zealand wines. A nice touch!

And at the end of it all, one completely exhausted little girl!!!

Thanks for all the lovely comments I have been getting about our holiday posts!!!

It was sad to come home to wet Auckland but really good to sleep in our own beds, the Princess and I had been sleeping on a swag, you Aussie girls will know what I am talking about!!!

The Princess immediately got an ear infection the minute we got home and a tropical skin infection on a grazed knee. Tom our Korean home stay son broke his ankle at soccer and is in plaster for 6 weeks. Between those two we spent all last weekend at medical centres or hospitals.

I now have a chest infection . . . I tell you!!!!

Otherwise all good here, happy and motivated!!!!



LiLi M. said...

Beautifull wedding! Good luck to the couple and their kid(s)! Hope you are all getting well soon!

Natasha Burns said...

You all looked so lovely and what fun having it at the beach!

Hey I see a little miss who outshone the bride, is that allowed?!!! And she has a hot little mama too!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Rachael, WOW what a beautiful setting for a beautiful bride and family. Just gorgeous and you are a doll!!!!
Congrats to the happy couple!
Hugs, Celestina
la rea rose

Sugar Bear said...

What a beautiful location for a wedding. Such beautiful photos and a beautiful family. I hope everyone is on the mend!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

What a beautiful wedding. I wish them much love and happiness in all the years to come!

Beth Leintz said...

What a beautiful wedding! And you do NOT look "foul" or "fowl"- pretty and exotic dress.

Hope everyone is feeling better at your house.

I do have to ask- what is a swag?

Aimz said...

oh man I was hoping you didn't have what I've just had - isn't it awful? Rachael - a couple of tips warm lemon juice with honey works wonders and some of the echinacea and garlic tablets by healtheries are awesome!
btw beautiful wedding and I love the dress you're wearing :-)

Unknown said...

OH Rachael! What gorgeous pictures! I Love ALL the dresses! The princess is gorgeous! And I think you look fabulous! What a wonderful place to get married!

I feel so bad about the injuries and illnesses! I sure hope you all feel better soon!

Love you,

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

That wedding looked like the perfect end to a wonderful stay in Cairns - what a beautiful location.

Back to reality now you poor thing. Hope all the sickies recover quickly and look after yourself too.

Siobhan said...

WOW, what a beautiful wedding!!!

Lori said...

what a gorgeous wedding, you would never know that the bride is a tomboy, she looks like a vision of feminine sorry to hear about the illnesses and injuries...when it rains it pours it seems...we have been sick here too...i hope all of you are on the mend soon!!!

Charmingdesigns said...

Love all your photos! Laurie

kari and kijsa said...

Stunning!! now hope you get well soon!
Happy Labor Day! Thank you for all your prayers and encouragement!

kari & kijsa

Brittany said...

Oh that was a beautiful wedding!! You all looked just gorgeous!! The Princess proved that she is not only beautiful in front of the camera, but does a great job behind it as well!!

I do hope you all feel better soon!!

Pineapple Villa said...

Love the photos - i do love a good wedding! Thought you all looked lovely and i hope you are feeling better very soon - Mel xxx

Peta said...

Rachael, everything looks so gorgeous, love the pretty dresses! Peta xx

Anonymous said...

Beautiful wedding picts. I love to see these type of picts! GREAT deal on the Chinese dress! And finally, GET well soon!

Muriel said...

Hope you get well soon Rachael!
Beautiful wedding!

CIELO said...

Hi Rachael... the House in the Roses is having a Window Party this Friday, and wish you could participate.... only thing you need to do is show us your favorite window of your home.... it promises to be fun! come see!



Shannon said...

Everything looked so beautiful! The bride's dress was really pretty!

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

Oh that wedding looks so beautiful! The children all look adorable in their sweet dresses. I think you looked smashing in your dress! Nothing like a good night's sleep in ones own bed! LOL! Welcome home....


P.S. - your package went out today!

Betty said...

What a beautiful wedding. Your dress is gorgeous and you are so pretty!!

rochambeau said...

How exciting Rachael!! Thanks for sharing the beautiful wedding. Love makes me smile!!


Sherry said...

What a beautiful setting for a wedding and the bride's dress was gorgeous!!!! I laughed that you do things back to front but really -- I think however we do what we love with whom we love is all that matters!

I loved your dress and seeing all the family photos -- including a zonked out princess. Sorry about the ear infection -- hope she's feeling better soon!! ♥

The Old Painted Cottage said...

What a beautiful wedding. Hope you're feeling better.