Friday, November 19, 2010

Dunlop Volleys YEWWW!

Last night was my first indoor netball game of the season. Last week was our first official game but I had already planned Matt's birthday dinner before I was told we were starting up again.

Now just to clarify, we aren't professionals, we just play for fun and to hopefully gain some healthy exercise in the process.

We did pretty good, even though it was just 5 a side our fifth player had to sit out and for the first half I had to defend for two positions. That was hard! At half time Laura and I swapped and she rocked it! The goal shooter she was up against was rather large so kinda had that as an advantage against Laura as she was also taller than her but Laura was all over that sh*t. I swear, best defence I had ever seen.

We lost 8-11 but it was a really good game. I like it when we go up against other teams with similar experience to us, its more fun. Its less fun when your up against a super good team that used to play rep and flog you in 2 seconds flat.

Keen for next week! :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Celebrant Meeting

When it comes to this wedding planning business, Matt and I have noooo idea. Everyone asks us "Haven't you been to other weddings?" Well yes but of the three that I had been to, one was my parents when I was a baby and the other two I was flower girl for. Pretty sure the only wedding Matt has been to he was about 12 maybe even younger. So we really don't have anything to refer back to. Dont get me wrong there is plenty of help around whether it be from family, our neighbour, online blogs etc or from magazines. We just cant draw back from our own experiences of actually being at a wedding.

So when we finally got around to thinking about a celebrant we've decided to meet up with a few of them so that we could get a feel for how they work and if we felt comfortable with them.

We met with the first celebrant last night. She was one of the options mainly because she lives just up the road from us and she made the effort to call me (multiple times).

She was really lovely, she said that because the wedding was about us she would leave most of the things for us to pick out and then she'd word and format everything so it all ties in properly. She showed us her PA and told us examples of readings and her ceremonies, went through all the legal stuff etc and you could tell that she was really passionate about what she does.

Only downside was, she could talk the roof off a house. We got there at 6:30pm and didn't leave till 9:30pm. She just talked and talked and talked about random stuff all the while Matt was squeezing my hand in an attempt to make me find an exit strategy.

So I think we'll give her about a 7 out of 10. We did really like her at first and we did feel comfortable talking to her but we dont want every meeting to be as long as that one was.

I'm currently in the throws of organising a meeting with another celebrant, I already really like this guy from his website so hopefully we wont have to continue looking after his meeting.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Venue

We've chosen to have both the ceremony and reception at Cypress Lakes Resort up in the Hunter Valley. It was only the second place we looked at and I fell in love. Matt wasn't convinced with the price so to please him, we looked at as many othe wedding venues in the Hunter Valley area that I could handle.

I got over it fairly quickly. There was one other place that I was keen on but they already had too many weddings booked in for October next year, so they made that decision for us.

Matt should be calling up the Wedding Coordinator to let her know that we will definitely be booking them. I'm excited!

On another note, I have also booked in with a designer to talk about getting my dress made and set up a meeting with a celebrant. The ball is rolling! :)


Thursday, November 4, 2010

E Party

So mine and Matt's engagement party was on the weekend and WOW! It was better than my 21st! It was just an afternoon backyard gathering, but all the important people were there and made it the best afternoon/night.

We had all the typical things:


A lolly bar with chocolate fountain



Clothes line guest book with polaroid photos



Fake moustaches on sticks



And goon.


That's right, GOON!* Amongst that there was also way too much food, plenty of non goon alcohol, pom poms, lots of wonderful people and of course us, the lovers!


In the beginning I was trying so hard to get everything organised, pumping out food ect that I stressed myself out super bad. One of my old friends who I hadn't seen in a while turned up and I got so overwhelmed by everything that I teared up and had an emotional moment. Pretty sure I freaked her out a little coz I was so stressed, so at that moment I told myself to stop stressing and left everything up to my sisters. And boy they did an excellent job! I cant thank them enough for all the help they gave me. Honestly the best sisters in the world!


Other than my mini meltdown, everything went smoothly. The chocolate fountain got knocked over because Jack, our dog, pulled the extension cord while playing fetch. So the lolly bar went out of action as it got smothered in chocolate, but it was actually a good thing because all the kiddies were hyped up on soo much sugar.


And after all the olds left, we kicked on. Everyone was overly happy on goon and passion pop. I was dragged out to say a speech which didn't end up happening coz no one would be quiet so in the end our good friend said "This is taking too long, so I'm just going to say congratulations to the happy couple. It's about time!" and Matt jumped in and said "To my future wife!" which made my friends all go "awwwww!". Then we drank some more! We progressed on to a night on the town and got back home at about 1am which we then passed out.


Matt pulled up okay but I woke up feeling sick as a dog, it was worth it though. I hope the wedding will be as fun as our engagement party was. The only thing I regret is not getting enough photos together with Matt and our guests. But that will be something we wont forget at the wedding.



*Matt was in charge of alcohol and decided Fruity Lexia goon and Passion Pop was a good wine. *facepalm*