Brunch and Gifts after the Wedding

March 21, 2012

Thank you, dearly, for all your lovely comments on my Wedding post. I feel so loved up right now, it’s all a bit much. I am incredibly touched, there were so many sweet compliments about our day. I am just so thrilled that you all seemed to enjoy the pictures, the little glimpse into our day. And your well-wishes have just been beautiful, thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Now how about some Brunch?

With a large number of overseas guests, Ben and I jumped at the inspiration from my beautiful friend and bridesmaid, Denita’s, Wedding, and decided to put on a brunch the morning after the Wedding. A lovely way to continue to celebrations in a casual atmosphere, we thought. With lots of coffee.

Brunch started at 10am, with our close friends and family moseying in at varying paces, reaching for the orange juice or coffee (or champagne for those feeling particularly spritely). The weather was kind, and allowed us to relax outside and reminisce on the intensely fabulous events of the previous day.

We kept the eats pretty simple…

Red Hill Muesli (link) with Milk and Strawberries.

Slow-Cooked Pork Rolls.

Mum decided the best way to feed a crowd would be with Overnight Pork, a beloved recipe in our household. Naturally we all agreed. Plus, this was easy to have done beforehand – understandably we wanted minimal preparation involved after the Wedding. We picked up an order of Peninsula Baker Boys Ciabatta Rolls and Rocket in the morning, and then reheated the pork. The rolls came together very easily, with a plethora of my parent’s homemade Chutneys (including Quince and Apple) and some Bone Suckin’ BBQ Sauce for guests to add as they desired.

And for something sweet, mum’s Orange Almond Cakes. Along with the cakes for the Wedding, mum and Phyllis made 150 mini cakes for guests to take home! These were the leftovers. Yep, I told you, my parents, family and friends are incredible.

It was lovely relaxing and chatting with everyone, after such a whirlwind of a day.

Just chilling out…leaning. One day I’ll be as cool as this guy.

And this one too.


After our friends and family left, Ben and I exchanged Wedding gifts. This was something we wanted to do since we first started planning our Wedding – to get each other a little something. And, well, that little something turned into quite a big something, but we really felt like splurging. We checked with mum that we hadn’t both the same idea (it’s happened before, folks), and we kept our gifts a surprise until this moment.

Ben went first…

He surprised me with an Antique Clock. It’s German and completely and utterly divine. I adore everything about it.

Then it was my turn…

I bought Ben a Spit. An entirely massive Spit. He was in shock.

I think he still is.

I foresee many, many kebabs in our future.


Have I mentioned how spoilt I feel? Our dream Wedding and then a lovely Brunch… Ben and I have been constantly surrounded by loved ones, showered with hugs and kisses and such dear, genuine well-wishes. We’re feeling like the luckiest newlyweds in the world.

I’m looking forward to these next few months, when we can take a step back and marvel at all the merriness that has happened. Maybe with a kebab in hand… And conducted by the metronome of my beautiful clock, we’ll ponder the future…each tick, tock a punctuated, gleeful tribute to the beautiful moments in life that we get to spend together. As husband and wife.

Heidi xo

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  • Michelle Chin March 21, 2012 at 8:08 am

    the brunch looks really simple but lovely. 🙂

  • Blithely Unaware March 21, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Heidi, this looks SO perfect. LOVE the pork rolls… you've ignited a flame in me to slow cook pork on the weekend – there is nothing better! LOVING the spit you gave Ben and what a gorgeous clock he gifted you.



  • Sydney Shop Girl March 21, 2012 at 10:17 am

    What a perfect and beautiful day!

    SSG xxx

  • Lisa March 21, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    How awesome are your presents to each other?
    I love the "morning after" brunch. Every one that I have been to has just been a joy, full of super happy relaxed people. Even the one where we had all got hideously sunburnt at the wedding was full of happy relaxed (if red) people. And what a lovely menu.
    It really does sound like the perfect wedding all around.

  • Leah March 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Looks so perfect in every way. You looked gorgeous on your wedding day Heidi, so happy and relaxed, just stunning 🙂

  • Not Quite Nigella March 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Oh my goodness a spit! What a great present and I bet he was so happy with it 🙂 I love the bone suckin sauce-so good! 😀

  • Heidi March 21, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Michelle – thank you – "simple but lovely", how nice 🙂

    Blithely Unaware – thanks, lady 🙂 slow cooked pork is truly amazing. best.

    SSG – thanks, lovely!

    Lisa – awe thanks. sunburn doesn't sound fun, pro things! But you're right, morning after brunches are always a winner in my books!

    Leah – *blush* thanks, lovely 🙂

    Lorraine – it's a recent discovery! USA goodness 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Jacqui March 22, 2012 at 8:55 am

    beautiful wedding!your blog inspires me!:)
    all the best to you and hubby!

  • Ashley March 22, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Haha, awesome idea. Instead of the fun all ending, just extend it on to the next day 😀 Love your gifts too each other, I'm currently struggling with what to get Brad for our upcoming anniversary! Expecting some kebab blog posts soon!

  • Hannah March 22, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Oh, what wonderful gifts! I love the idea of the clock ticking through your lives together, and all the wonderful moments you're sure to have. What a blissful way to continue celebrating your love alongside those you love too. Happiness. xo

  • Hannah March 22, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Oh this is looks like a perfect way to continue the celebrations!! All your posts are such joy to read, you have such a lovely way of writing 🙂 xx

  • Iron Chef Shellie March 22, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Too cute as always Heidi!! xoxo

  • March 23, 2012 at 9:52 am

    What a beautiful day. I hope one day to find a partner and be as happy as you two are!

  • Heidi March 23, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Jacqui – awe thank you, that's lovely!

    Ashley – yesss!! We hope to try it out next weekend!

    Hannah – much happiness 🙂 thanks, lovely.

    Hannah – oh thank you, that's so so sweet, v nice to hear 🙂

    Michele – thanks, lady!

    wewentforawalk – thanks, we're very lucky!! I hope you find this same happiness soon 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • msihua March 24, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    All I can think of is happy thoughts and love 🙂 xoxo

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet March 26, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Ohh such a lovely idea a brunch the next day 🙂 you're really luck Heidi all your family and friends are so supportive!

    I can't wait to read and follow your future adventures with Ben through your blog 😀

  • Heidi March 26, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    msihua – awe yay! 🙂

    Daisy – thanks, lovely. & yes we're so lucky for all the support!

    Heidi xo

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