Alex + Nick - Flowerdale Estate 2020
A snippet from their ceremony...
It was fair to say that Alex had an interesting first impression when she met Nick whilst working at Ashburton Pool. She can recall he was always hand-balling new membership sign ups and never really engaged in conversation, and for such a talkative person like Alex, Nick was not very appealing. Alex does remember one conversation where Nick expressed his hate for cats. Alex quickly decided that he was not her kind of human!
Luckily a mutual friend Todd, celebrated his birthday at the National in Richmond and for this next bit I am literally going to go on and quote Alex - "Nick had smuggled in a bottle of whiskey (Johnny walker red label, he is very clearly the classy type!). After discovering the bottle was Nick’s, forgetting who 'Nick' was, I tried to persuade the person minding it for him to just let me steal it, he would never know. After many failed attempts it was decided that asking Nick was the way forward. So, Nick comes over and says I can have some but only if I let him buy me a drink and we all know how the rest of the story goes: Girl lets boy buy her drink, boy doesn’t leave girl alone thinking he owns her attention for the rest of the night, girl amuses the idea, boy attempts to kiss girl 3 times (or more) unsuccessfully, girl gets tired of him embarrassing himself and gives in to boy."
When I arrived at Flowerdale for Nick and Alex's wedding it was obvious that it was going to be a 'SWEAT OUT!' (if that is even a word). The weather gods cooked up tropical weather, rain followed by the stickiest humid conditions I think I have ever officiated a wedding in.
All good for Nick, he spends most of his life living in Singapore, but for the rest of us, I can recall family members joking and heckling from the crowd that we were sitting in a human 'HOT HOUSE'. The marquee as much as it served a purpose for the rain to not fall on us mid ceremony, it also provided the best conditions for fainting guests!
So I do remember half way through the ceremony having to pause and offer everyone an 'add break' to get a quick drink from the refreshments station!
No one was going down under my watch.
It was all worth the wait. We regrouped and got them both married.
From the pics you get a feeling that the bigger bride tribe, the more fun to be had! With four Girls, four guys... there wasn't a dull moment when they headed off for a few shots before returning to the reception.
Flowerdale is such a fantastic venue. If you love a farm, laid back setting you are in the right place. There are numerous spots to get married on site - on the lawn (which always seems to be so luscious and green), under a huge oak tree or by the dam, they are ALL perfect!
Maria and her team look after every detail. I have, on many occasions been witness to Maria picking her own rose petals from the garden to add to the aisle. Her attention to detail suits me to a T.
Being one of their preferred suppliers is humbling as it truly is the most stunning property in Strath Creek. I love driving out to visit and being involved in all the hype on a wedding day. Check it out, I know you will LOVE it too!
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