Afternoon Tea with My Bridesmaids

November 8, 2011

We enjoyed some glorious sunshine over the weekend in Melbourne, what a treat. And look at that, it continued on to yesterday, didn’t it? Complete sunshine divinity. Ahhhh breathe it in.

Saturday morning, after a trip to the Red Hill Market, Ben and I had a meeting at our Wedding venue. An eager and assured sun, rolling green hills and a vibrant sky allowed for supreme daydreaming, as we prayed for similar weather for our day in three months time.

Afterwards we had a lovely lunch at Shop Ate before heading home to get ready for a special event: I was having my bridesmaids over for afternoon tea. Thanks to my parent’s who let me use their home in Red Hill for this meeting!

My girls and I had a few details to discuss – hair, earrings, shoes… you know, all the important things. Because my Maid of Honour is, in fact, a man (my brother Jackson) he is not privy to such matters and hence was not required on this day. He was the first person I wanted up there with me, I had no doubt about that. But today, it was just me and my girls.

I gave my lovely ladies little clutches, which I imagined them to use on the day and beyond. They’re the perfect size, in my opinion. And, well, rather cute (link).

As we chatted Wedding details and the girls read their letters we had a little snack…what catch up at Red Hill does not involve food?

I picked up some Canelés at the market earlier that morning – these little French cakes are now most definitely a favourite of mine.

We also delighted in Fresh Red Hill Delgroso Apples – so sweet and crisp, the best. Local love, people.

Plus a little Roasted Macadamia love, from our favourite pesto man, Paul.

Gin and Tonics were planned (is there a better sunshine drink? I think not), yet were swiftly replaced by something special…

Ben surprised us with a bottle of Moët to kick of the celebrations.

He’s a keeper that boy, forever making it hard to contain how much I love him.

De, one of my bridesmaids, lives in the USA so we skyped with her during our afternoon tea. She’ll be over just before the Wedding and we cannot wait to have her here (we miss you De!). Apparently it’s snowing where she is. From sunshine to snow…

We had a lovely time chatting all things Wedding and getting so ridiculously excited for all the celebrations that are ahead of us. I feel so lucky to have these amazing ladies around me.

Thank you, lovelies. You bring me so much sunshine, I feel very spoilt. I love you.

Heidi xo
  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 8, 2011 at 7:45 am

    how very delightful! My brother was one of my 'bridesmaids' too – and I just LOVED Having him a part of our bridal party 🙂 I will haev to post some photos as we have quite a funny set of him playing around with the 'parasols' 🙂

  • denitapreston November 8, 2011 at 7:46 am

    I SOOOOOOO wish I could've been there! Let me tell you all – even from the skype webcam the whole scene was picturesque! (Would we expect anything less?) Banging my head against the wall knowing that I'm missing out on the most special occassion of the most beautiful friend. But Heidi, know that I was thinking of you from afar! And even made myself a cocktail (not quite to the calibre of Moet Champagne) to celebrate with you all.

    Can't wait for the festivities next year! Lots and lots of love and hugs,
    De xxx

    PS. WE are the spoilt ones!

  • Kenneth November 8, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Heidi & Ben, good documentary of your lovely journey. And surely canele is as lovely as the 2 of you.


  • Leah November 8, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Im excited for your wedding too LOL! I can't wait to see more posts about wedding stuff xo

  • Michelle Chin November 8, 2011 at 9:50 am

    snowing? but i thought it was pretty hot not too long ago in the states…. weird.

  • CC11 November 8, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Aw what lucky bridesmaids – I'd love a canele!

  • Iron Chef Shellie November 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    awww what a perfect sounding day. You def have a keeper!

  • Lisa November 8, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Ahh all the pre-wedding stuff. Ive loved that as a bridesmaid. Sounds like a really gorgeous day, I'm sure your wedding will be stunning.

  • Hannah November 8, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, heart-soaring. Is it a wonder we all cherish you so, Heidi? xo

  • Heidi November 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Lisa – oh how fun, I bet the pics are hilarious 🙂

    De – you're too sweet, stop it. seriously, stop. no don't 🙂 you're great, miss you gorgeous lady. So pleased you made a cocktail too. I hate that it kept breaking up, damn skype. bring on february!! love love and more xo

    Kenneth – awe thank you, how sweet 🙂

    Leah – I can't wait to post more! Struggling to post about non-food and travel things, need to find my style!

    Michelle – well it is November now! They're in Utah too, near the mountains, so definitely snow town 🙂

    CC11 – I wish I could send you one!

    Michele – indeed 🙂

    Lisa – thanks, lovely 🙂

    Hannah – oh! you're so sweet, so much love from you, lady. You're amazing.

    Heidi xo

  • Blithely Unaware November 8, 2011 at 7:36 pm


    I cannot WAIT to see more wedding stuff from you, it's killing me not indulging in more details.. Hope you reveal more as time goes on!!!!!


  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella November 8, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    What a fun day! And please keep coming with the wedding stuff, I love weddings and hearing all about them! 😀 I've noticed that caneles seem to be a real thing in Victoria but not so much here. Which is a shame we don't have them much because they're delicious when done well! 🙂

  • chutneyandspice November 8, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    what a lovely post, you are all so excited I think! It bought back so many memories. One piece of advice – plan a bridesmaids get together or something fun for a couple of weeks after the big day, as when it is all over, or when you get back from honeymoon, real life seems a bit boring after all the planning and the fun. I love those clutches, lucky girls.

  • Heidi November 9, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Blithely Unaware – oh I so want to! I just need to find my feet with it all, find my voice 😉 haha you get me… I'm just not used to writing about it.

    Lorraine – how strange that it's only really a Victoria thing – what a real shame!!! Get on it, people, get on it!

    chutneyandspice – that is such great advice, thank you!!! You're so right, of course. Brilliant 🙂 I will definitely do that, thank you!

    Heidi xo

  • The InTolerant Chef November 9, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    What a lovely afternoon, and definitely gin and tonic worthy. I hope you pinned down lots of details for your wedding 🙂

  • msihua November 9, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Wow! You are such a good bride and friend! I won't have much of any entourage.. just me and my BFF, and that's it! Tralalalaaaaa

  • Heidi November 10, 2011 at 7:00 am

    InTolerant Chef – yes we did!

    Msihua – that sounds perfect 🙂

    Heidi xo