Denita and Tim's New Hampshire Wedding
My friend, Denita, is one of the most beautiful people in the world. I feel so lucky to call her one of my best friends. De brightens my life, she tends to have that effect on many people, and she always, always makes me laugh. We've helped each other through hard times and danced through the good. I couldn't be happier that she's found the love of her life. Last month, she married him.
I can't quite begin to explain how magical our five days in New Hampshire were. We were so spoilt by De and her now husband, Tim - the man is so friendly, fun and laid-back, it's like he's an Aussie. De's family and a few of her friends made the journey to New Hampshire for the wedding, and we were really well taken care of, staying at Tim's parent's stunning Inn. It was like Switzerland, so lush and clean and green.
Tim and his incredible parents (wow, two of the most lovely people you'll ever meet) showed us around his home town. We went to Waterville Valley, took a boat ride on Squam Lake where we ate Lobster Rolls, had burgers and shakes at a Diner and enjoyed their family's musical talents at their open mic night. We had such a wonderful time, I just want to do it all again.
I know some of you are keen to see Wedding pictures, so I asked De if she would mind me sharing her day with you (not at all!) I thought I would bump this post up the list and show it before my New York City adventures. Don't worry, there are a lot of New York posts to come, and I will most definitely be showing you our New Hampshire Diner experience - that was awesome. But first, the Wedding...
The Day Before
On Friday, the day before the Wedding, all us girls went to get our nails done at the Spa. It was just want we wanted - a little pampering and chatting with mimosas.
Emma, De and I.
That night Tim's parents hosted an open mic night. What seemed like countless family members performed songs and jammed together, it was quite amazing the amount of talent in that room. I could have jumped up and played the recorder (hello grade 3 music class), but I resisted and left it to the professionals. Tim played two songs he wrote for De. It was beyond gorgeous.
Some of the musical action.
De with three of her five bridesmaids. Emma, Harriet and I. We school friends kept pinching ourselves that we were actually there, so far from home, a part of De's Wedding. How special.
That was the night I also ate my first crab cake and deviled egg. I was very excited by this and promptly tracked down those who made these delights to thank them. I don't think they thought I was too odd.
And the rest of the yummy eats... unfortunately I did not snap the hotdogs we ate (quality ones, my friends). My camera was away at that point, but trust me, they were delicious!
The morning of the Wedding was perfect. We buzzed with excitement as we helped arrange flowers in mini vases under a stunning blue sky. The sun got a little too keen later on in the day, but that was ok - we sought refuge under the beautiful big Wedding Tent.
A little Eucalyptus for an Australian touch...
We then headed in to town for our hair appointments. That was fun - watching De get all done up, before having the treatment ourselves. De then went off to get her make-up done while we took turns with our hair. I was thrilled with my hairdresser, she gave my hair body and it lasted - what a miracle (my hair always falls straight and flat, it's incredibly stubborn).
We then headed back to the Inn where we did our make-up and got dressed before heading into De's room for a champagne toast with all the ladies of the family. It was really beautiful. Hot tip: wear waterproof mascara at your friends' Weddings...
For some reason we decided to pose like a 50's girl band. I think it was the dresses (which were from Review, by the way).
All us girls together - Emma (maid of honour), Harriet, De, myself, Mel and De's sister, Taryn (maid of honour).
De looked absolutely stunning. I suppose when you're that happy, excited and full of love, you're going to look amazing. She really did have that Bridal glow.
De and her beautiful mum...
...and her lovely Dad.
And then it was time...
Tim and his amazing mum...
De and Tim had
Vermont Maple Syrup
as their wedding favour, which was such a great idea - this stuff is liquid gold. I was tempted to take a whole case home.
This is as far as my food shots go - the pretty starter salad. What can I say, I was having too much fun to point and shoot. Forgive me. I'll just have to tell you what we ate - we delighted in beautiful Steak and Grilled Salmon, a variety of lovely Vegetables, a Vegan Pasta and more Salad. It was all so fresh and fabulous. For dessert there was White Chocolate Mousse, served in champagne glasses (brilliant!) and garnished with a strawberry. At first I tried to drink it...then I saw the spoon. Awkward.
Emma's toast made me cry. My goodness we're going to miss De...we already are...
Ski bunny cake toppers
, how great are these?! De was an Aerial Skier and Tim was in the US Ski team, so naturally skiing is a big part of their lives.
Their stunning Wedding Cake. It was a Carrot Cake, and the best I've ever eaten. I was seriously in love with that cake, we had a moment (or two)...
I felt so special to be a part of De and Tim's day. Spending the week with their family, seeing it all come together and everyone celebrating...it was like a fairytale. The room really was just filled with love and hope and happiness.
Thanks for the incredible experience and the beautiful memories, De and Tim. Here's to many more special memories you will create together and the wonderful adventures ahead of you.