The Hours Before the Wedding…

March 1, 2012

Firstly, thank you so much for all your gorgeous, happy comments on my last post. Our wedding was perfect. I did indeed dance and feast and laugh and cry. I had the best day. I am now a wife. And I have a husband. I know that’s how it works… that’s part of the deal. But it’s still so surreal, I’m finding it hard to believe.

Once I get our Wedding pictures I will eagerly jump to share some with you. But until then, let me share the moments leading up to it.


The hours before the Wedding I spent with my bridesmaids. We had a sleepover at Peta’s house, went out for breakfast at Snow Pony and then had our hair and makeup done. These hours were a gleeful flurry of laughter and nervous excitement. My girls were divine, showering me with love and attention and helping me ease into this incredible day without too many nerves. I will always cherish this time spent with my ladies. My beautiful, shining, warm, funny girls.

Friday night we gathered for dinner at Peta’s house, with Barbecued Salmon and a Pear, Rocket, Honeyed Walnut and Goats Cheese Salad. Thank you, Jeff and Meryl, for having us stay. Your hospitality is incredible.

A Champagne Toast.

After dinner we headed upstairs for some sweets and a movie – Father of the Bride. Early nineties movies are truly the best.

Jess is a star, she made these darling little Strawberry, Mascarpone Tarts with Balsamic Drizzle for us to nibble. Delicious.

Present time! I had already gifted my girls a clutch, which I gave them at our afternoon tea catch up a few months ago. So tonight it was time for something a little sentimental. I gave my gals a little bag of goodies and a card telling them how amazing they are. Because they really are.

I had been searching for floral tea-cup and saucer sets in op shops since last September. I ended up with about seven sets, all quite different – green, classic white, pink and black! This made choosing the perfect one for each girl really fun, matching them with their personalities. I can’t wait to have a tea party together, with all of our pretty teacups. I also included a tiny jar of Bon Maman Cherry Jam, some cupcake paper cups and a little box of organic peppermints. Sweetness.

My mum was a little sad that I wasn’t spending the night at home, but alas, my divine hairdresser was too far from Red Hill. So she put together a little gift pack for me to open with my girls. Of course she did – she’s the best. Included was my Wedding scent, Vera Wang Bouquet, a retro cocktail book and some cute cards. Love you, mum.

It was then time for Cake! A Tasti D’Lite cake made of peanut butter cup, nutella and butter pecan. We’ve fallen a little in love with Tasti D’Lite, ever since our NYC adventures. Peta, thanks for this, you’re fabulous.

Somehow we got ourselves to bed at a respectable hour and I managed to get a good 6-7 hours of sleep, although the extreme butterflies in my stomach woke me many, many times!


In the morning we all piled into one bed and had some special moments of sleepy chatter and giggles. It was my Wedding day. Incredible.

After showering and gathering our goods, we headed out to breakfast, arriving right when Snow Pony were opening and snagging a table out the back. It was warm and wonderful and I remember feeling like I was floating on air, elevated by persistent fluttering butterflies.

Things just got even better when my friend, Adam, surprised me with a visit and flowers! Adam was unable to attend our Wedding, as he was a groomsman in a wedding that same day. The fact that he lives interstate now and I rarely see him made this visit even more special. He’s such a gem.

No-one was surprised by the deliciousness of Snow Pony’s breakfast and coffee. Yeah, that’s pretty expected, pretty stable. Pun completely intended.

Smashed Avocado with Feta and a Poached Egg on Wholegrain Toast for me.


Bircher Muesli


Skim Latte


Smooth and beautiful. To help me be smooth and beautiful also…

It was now time for hair and make-up.

The staff at Minks were terribly accommodating to us babbling, buzzing broads. We sipped Moët, chatted nonstop and set up shop in their salon. Thank you.

My hairdresser, Erin, is….well, she’s a goddess. Incredibly talented. And refreshing and cool and calm and just fabulous. I adore her.

I also adore my bridesmaid, George, who did all of our make-up. She is supremely talented and was just so collected and professional and downright brilliant. I cannot thank her enough for her time, skill, love and support.

George used air-brushing foundation, which was so much fun. It felt like a dream on – so light!

Once we were all jazzed up, we piled into the car and drove to the Wedding venue. Thank you, Jess for driving us and Michael, for making your roomy car available for us girls. That drive down was so much fun. Peta had organised wholegrain salad wraps and little boxes of fruit salad for us to eat on the way, as well as ice-cold water bottles to help us stay hydrated in 37 degree heat. See? I told you. She’s fabulous.

And then it was time…

Heidi xo
  • Emma - Living through our renovations... March 1, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Awww! I loved every word of this post!

    It look me back to the morning of my wedding 🙂

    What a fabulous lead up, can't wait to hear about the day x

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 1, 2012 at 7:38 am

    So very very gorgeous indeed! I can't wait to hear more!!!

  • msihua March 1, 2012 at 7:53 am

    so so so gorgeous!!!! I love the idea of gifts for your bridesmaids!!

  • Leah March 1, 2012 at 10:38 am

    gorgeous xoxo. love your hair Heidi xo

  • jessmac March 1, 2012 at 10:49 am

    What a fun morning – made me SO excited for my own… as if it's still 8 months away, I can't wait! Xo

  • Blithely Unaware March 1, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Oh my god I am smiling from ear to ear… I'm literally bursting… can't WAIT to see your wedding photos.

    So, so happy for you and Ben.


  • Julia @ Boredom Abounds March 1, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    So happy for you – I married my high school sweetheart, too and it was just perfect.

    Love your hair-do, very similar to mine on my wedding day, classic with a bit of a retro flair!

    Can't wait to see pics!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella March 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Ooh what a day! And I can't wait to read about the wedding too 😀 I think you really described it perfectly-like you were "floating on air, elevated by persistent fluttering butterflies." That's how I felt too! 😀

  • CC11 March 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Yay!!! The weirdest thing for me after getting married was circling MRS on forms haha.

    Here's to a lifetime of being Mrs 🙂

  • Kari March 1, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I am usually a quiet reader of your blog but couldn't resist saying congratulations, and that you looked so gorgeous – you are glowing even in these before shots! I hope it was a wonderful day.

  • Heidi March 1, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Emma – awe thank you! so happy you liked reading it 🙂

    Lisa – thanks!

    Msihua – that was so much fun to put together 🙂

    Leah – thanks, lovely Leah 🙂

    Jess – OMG I'm SO excited for your Wedding, lady!!!

    Blithely Unaware – oh thanks, that is so so so lovely I'm so happy you're so happy hehe!

    Julia – oh yay, so lovely to hear! thanks 🙂

    Lorraine – thanks, lovely!

    CC11 – that is seriously what is freaking me out the most!! haha. weird.

    Kari – oh my how sweet, that is so so lovely! thank you 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Michelle Chin March 1, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    i can't wait!

    you remind me of those ladies in the victorian era… must be that updo!

  • Hannah March 1, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Oh no!! I wrote a tremendously long message about how my heart is filled with happiness that you had people to treasure and calm and celebrate you on this day, and how I even feel a little teary at how magical this is, and how much of a princess-queen of all hearts you are… and then my computer did something wrong when I tried to comment!

    So imagine the above, but more wordy 🙂 So happy for you, and cannot wait for the big reveal!

    P.S. I wanted to high-five the air when I saw the Tasti D-Lite cake! Ice cream cake? Like husband, like wife… 😉

  • melbperthgirl March 1, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Heidi, long time reader, first time commenter.

    This post excited me and made me tear up at the same time. I married my high school sweet heart of 14 years just 2 months ago. The most exciting day of my life. I can't wait to see and hear more about yours.

  • Emma Galloway March 1, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Huge congratulations! It was just over 1 year ago that I married my hubby. Even though we've been together for nearly 10 years and have two kids there is still something special about now calling him my husband. Your day sounded perfect (great hair!). All the best for your new lives together xx

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet March 1, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Congratulations again! And welcome to the next stage of your life 😀 So happy for you!

    So impressed that you were still able to take such impressive photos a few hours before your wedding! I really like the idea of the tea sets and I agree your Peta is amazing for organising the salad wraps and the fruit salads ohhh and ice cold water 😉 so thoughtful!

    I can't wait to see your wedding photos!!!!

  • Lisa March 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Such a gorgeous insight! I love the getting ready part of a wedding. You looked gorgeous, just radiant. Can't wait to see more photos.

  • Heidi March 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Michelle – thanks!!! 🙂

    Hannah – totally 😉 this message was insanely divine, I can only imagine the initial one. thanks, gorgeous 🙂

    melbperthgirl – hi, so nice to hear from you! How special, I'm sure your day was just beautiful, congrats! It was so exciting, even after all these years, you're absolutely right!

    Emma – thanks, I loved my hair too hehe. & thanks for your lovely well wishes. Congratulations to you too 🙂

    Daisy – thanks 🙂 my girls and I shared camera duties. we had so many hilarious ones of us just fooling around, I love them!

    Lisa – thank you so much, that's lovely 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Brooke March 3, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    LOVE IT HEIDI! Congratulations! I am so happy for you!

  • Sig March 3, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    What a beautiful start to the day! I love Snow Pony too – it's about 15 mins from me and I've had many a brunch there 🙂 That's actually my go to meal (smashed avocado…drool)

    Your makeup and hair looks lovely! I know how hot it was that day as well so Peta sounds wonderfully organised to have thought of all that!

    Can't wait to hear more!

  • Hannah March 3, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    You are simply glowing!! A huge congratulations & cannot wait to hear more 🙂 🙂 x

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) March 4, 2012 at 1:50 am

    This is the most wonderful preparation for the most wonderful day! You look absolutely stunning, Heidi! 😀

  • Heidi March 4, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Brooke – thanks, Brooke! You must be so excited for you Wedding 🙂

    Sig – Snow Pony is so good! & yes it was so hot, the water was so necessary. She's a gem!

    Hannah – thanks, lovely 🙂

    Kath – awe thank you 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • The InTolerant Chef March 5, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    What a lovely run up to the BIG EVENT! And thoughtful friends and bridesmaids are a true blessing indeed!

  • Ashley March 7, 2012 at 11:33 am

    So hanging out for pictures of the day now! 🙂 You're looking gorgeous getting your hair and make up done… 🙂