Recently I was asked to help out with all the reception flowers for a friends daughters wedding.....anyone that knows me knows this would be my dream job so it was a definite YES from me! The only problem for me was the wedding was in Melbourne, with no flowers market open to the public...eek!
So, lucky for me a friend of a friend told me about the talented Philomena and Bloombox Co, a few phone calls and I was set my flowers would be ready Thursday afternoon giving me the day to get everything ready and Friday to "play".
First job was to wash and dry all the 'vases' I had collected, lots of recycled glass jars of different shapes and sizes transformed with organza ribbons and rustic string.
So happy with the blooms that Philomena ordered for me, I also sent my trusty helpers off with secateurs in hand to raid some neighbours gardens and they came back with an array of greenery and some fabulous gum nuts that I was able to incorporate into the arrangements.
I was so happy with how it all came together, the venue Gardens House in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne was a perfect backdrop for Brooke and Adam's vintage styled wedding...I loved the mis-match of chairs, fabrics and colours, the festoon lighting, the vintage bar carts....the flowers bought it all together and certainly added the WOW factor!
Congratulations to Brooke and Adam, thank you for letting me be a part of your special day xox
Slowly catching up on life in general after a crazy busy few months...so what have I been up to....well here is a little snapshot to bring you up to date!
Our "baby" turned 18 and we celebrated in style at the gorgeous Aqua Dining restaurant overlooking Sydney Harbour. Her 'bestie' joined us to celebrate the milestone... and of course there was a magnificent cake baked by Taylor for dessert.
More celebrations with a friend's 50th Birthday, the theme HAWAIIAN, the invitation stated "no presents please"....hmmmm....perhaps just a "Hawaiian themed flower decoration" might be nice for the Birthday girl...
And maybe cake???? There always has to be cake...right?!
The weather has been changing slowly, cooler evenings and cold mornings have arrived....along with a few spectacular skies...
BUT still a great time of year when the sun is shinning to enjoy what Sydney has to offer in Autumn...
Last weekend John and I headed north to celebrate a very special occasion...his folks celebrated their 70th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY!
What an achievement, what a special celebration...
70 years of marriage, 840 months of hugs, 3,650 weeks of laughter, 25,550 day of patience, 613,200 hours of love and a lifetime of precious memories! They celebrated at home with a quiet family dinner then headed out the following night for "dinner for two" at the Pier Hotel in Coffs Harbour and an "overnight stay" in one of their newly renovated guest rooms (70 years ago this is where they stayed after they were married....what wonderful memories)
Even the Queen, Governor General, Prime Minister, local and state members sent cards and letters wishing them the best for their 70th Wedding anniversary - a truly special weekend of celebrations!
So there you are, in amongst all this there was a wedding in Melbourne (playing with lots of lovely flowers - stay tuned for a post soon), lots of card making (pics soon I promise) and preparations for a HUGE family reunion at Easter....
Thanks for stopping by and being patient whilst I scrambled to find time....xox
Finally, nearly two months after we flew back into Sydney am I finding the time to blog about the final part of our wonderful family holiday...the Caribbean!
After a wonderful but exhausting, action packed 12 nights in New York we were ready to relax on our cruise. We sailed out of New Jersey (just around the corner from NYC) on a fairly gloomy winters day...bound for sunshine! All aboard the amazing "Anthem of the Seas", one of Royal Caribbeans larger ships and only a few years old. What a beauty, she is 348 m long and has 20 decks with a capacity to keep 4900 passengers happy!
Sailing out of New Jersey we had three days at sea, time to relax and explore this amazing ship...hmmm there may or may not have been an awful lot of yummy food consumed also during this time....this amazing photo was taken from inside the 'North Star' an observation tower which highlights just what an amazing ship it is!
We shared a stateroom with a balcony, we figured we were only going to our room to sleep...actually there was plenty of space for the four of us and surprisingly lots of storage. The beauty of a 12 night cruise is you can unpack then put your suitcases under the beds. The girls double bed sofa was pulled out every night and made up as a bed.
The first stop on our cruise was PUERTO RICO (actually still part of the USA), we arrived in the afternoon and didn't sail again until later that night giving us plenty of time to explore and even sample a few frozen margaritas at a local bar...so much fun!
From here we sailed to the island of ST MAARTEEN ...half French, half Dutch...two countries, one island! We explored ourselves after catching a water taxi from the ship dock into the main beach..then it was time to negotiate a 'deal' on deck chairs and beers...it was a hard day walking from under our umbrella on our deck chair to the oceans edge to dive in after a cold beer LOL...well someone has to do it..right!
Next stop the island of ANTIGUA, I have to say not our favourite...we arrived on a Sunday and sadly everything was closed...we should have negotiated a driver with one of the many that appeared from nowhere once the shop docked and spent the day exploring one of the many beaches (apparently there are over 100 beaches around the island)...still we enjoyed exploring the port town then headed back to ship to enjoy its many facilities (without having to share them).
Next stop BARBADOS (one of our favourites)...we had booked a shore excursion to sail on a catamaran and swim with turtles...as amazing as it sounds! We had a wonderful day, the water was amazing and swimming up close and personal with such majestic creatures like turtles 'in the wild'...well what can I say truly a holiday highlight!
MARTINIQUE was a great port to discover, very French and very local with loads of history.
Turns out its famous for rum and pirates!!!!!
Another day another island...this time the beautiful ST KITTS & NEVIS and another booked shore excursion this time swimming with dolphins!!!!!!
YES there were photos taken of both John and I with the dolphins...but...ahem can't compete with these two pics...couldn't wipe the smiles off their faces!!!
Now I could go on and on about the ship telling you about ALL the amazing restaurants and choices of food, loads of activities, spa, pool area, evening shows, cocktails etc etc but you get the picture we had a FABULOUS time...
Thanks for hanging in there....sorry photo overload!
New York part two..the Brooklyn addition. After an amazing 6 nights in New York City we headed to Brooklyn keen to experience another area, we had booked 6 nights in an apartment which proved to be the perfect base for us to explore.
We really enjoyed seeing New York from "the other side" and it was nice to spread out in an apartment even cook the odd meal and "eat in'. We explored the trendy areas of Dumbo and Williamsburg discovering the famous One Girl Cookies for Instagram worthy coffee and cookies, enjoyed a delicious "Happy Birthday to Taylor" lunch at Atrium Restaurant and of course snapped away at the famous Brooklyn Bridge....
It seems everywhere we went there was a fabulous WALL...just worthy of a photo or two....
We were lucky enough to be on American soil when the famous "super bowl" was being played....not content with just one footy game we decided on a "day of sport" and took ourselves off to a local A-league basketball game at the famous Barclays Centre one of the BROOKLYN NETS, so much fun. Then it was off to shop for supplies then home to the apartment just in time to turn on the TV and tune into an amazing game of American football....with its famous last minute decider. Now we are not usually 'footy fans' but fun to get into the spirit of the local once a year event.
So glad we made the decision to 'change up' our New York visit and stay in Brooklyn as well, it certainly gave us a different perspective. Before we knew it our time was up and we were once again packing our bags this time bound for New Jersey (just around the corner) and the fabulous Royal Carribbean's "Anthem of the Seas", destination...none other than the Caribbean...watch this space!!!
We are just back from our amazing family holiday and I am even more in love with NEW YORK than I was before!!!
We stayed 12 nights in this magical city 'that never sleeps', we walked and walked and explored every inch. Our hotel was fabulous, the Park Lane Hotel a great location opposite Central Park ad next to the Plaza Hotel, it offered lots of extras like $ credit to spend at the hotel each day and "happy hour" every evening as well as spacious rooms (the four of us shared a room) and floor to ceiling windows with spectacular views across the park....
Although content to just immerse ourselves in this magical city there were a few "tourist attractions" to tick off our list and we had a great day visiting Ellis Island and Lady Liberty, took in the spectacular views at Top of the Rock and paid our respects at the 9/11 Memorial.
We were lucky enough to get some tickets to some amazing Broadway shows...Beautiful - Carole King Musical, The Great Comet with the wonderful Josh Groban, Waitress and had a great evening of music at 54 Below.
The weather was very kind to us and although it was at times chilly we were happy to rug up in our coats and scarves and embrace a 'real winter' (quite a novelty to a Sydneysider lol). We had hoped that it would snow at least once during our stay, Taylor and Lilly have never seen snow, how special if the 'first time' was in NYC??!!
The day after we saw this sign our dream came true...snow...powdery, perfect, movie like snow...and we were in Chelsea exploring the The High Line it could not have been any more perfect...the girls reaction was priceless.
Back with more holiday snaps later...too many for one post...
Okay so I know I have been slack with my little' ol' blog but I am about to get slacker...you see one more sleep and we are off on a family holiday, another adventure and I can hardly wait!!!!!
Guess where we are off to???
Be sure to follow me on Instagram for lots of updates...justlikemartha.....I'll be back in a month with lots to tell...bye for now x