Growing up in South-East Asia; specifically, Brunei, Chinese New Year was one of my favourite celebrations. The music, the colours, the lion dances.. I really do love it all! The moment I hear the distinctive drum beats come on while I’m walking around the supermarket (the music is everywhere!) I just can’t help myself and tap my toes as I walk down the aisles. So I was massively excited to be back in Asia again – after all, I moved to Thailand – so my new hubby could experience it for the first time too.
I sold most of my clothes before moving over and had nothing red in my closet! The closest I had to gold was this yellow suspender skirt from Black Milk which I paired with a sheer sleeved tee I’ve had for absolutely ages. And the hair? My co-worker is INCREDIBLE when it comes to braids, and luckily she offered to do mine up in the most intricate style I can even imagine (!) the day before the celebrations. Ugh, she is the best!
It was quite funny – despite my HUGE passion for CNY, we never actually made it to the celebrations! We headed down to look at the decorations – when we took these photos. But on the night I wasn’t feeling terribly well and ended up asleep on the couch at about 9:30. I vaguely remember waking up at midnight to hear the distant sound of fireworks, which put a definite smile on my face. Here’s to next year then, I suppose! ; )
Married? Married?! Yep, you read that right! At the end of December we had what can only be described as a whirlwind wedding. And I really do mean whirlwind! I had already signed my contract for a job I had taken overseas (more on that later) and when we realised due to Visas that my love, Barnaby could only stay with me for three months, we had to act quick. We have been together – and absolutely inseparable for the last 10 years, so basically, that was not going to happen. So the end result was that we had one week to plan our wedding…
My parents were arriving in New Zealand a couple of weeks before were due to fly out, so I sent my Mum an email that said “Pack something nice. We’re getting married. No biggie!” And the ‘no biggie’ became the ongoing joke of the wedding – because there always has to be one, right?! Unfortunately the short notice meant that other people I love; my brother and his wife, for example, weren’t able to attend. I’m still gutted about it – but it means that in the future we will have to recreate it – with more time to plan!
There were some really problems on our hands – the dress, suits, location, food, guests, for starters! And I can’t lie – it was a VERY STRESSFUL week! Barnaby was launching a new website for his work, meaning I had to sort out most of the details. Somehow, somehow I avoided being Bridezilla, apart from one occasion where I yelled at my mother in law the classic line – “WELL, IT’S MY WEDDING!” I’m still really embarrassed about my outburst, to be honest!
I found my dream dress – well, caped romper actually on ASOS, and ordered it straight away. Because it was around the Christmas period I was really worried it wouldn’t arrive in time, so just as a back up I bought a lacey bell-sleeved number from Shopbop – as their packages can get through no matter what! I ended up wearing it the day after the wedding and it was a total beauty too!
As they say – gettin’ hitched doesn’t go without a hitch (or two!) – and my big one was that my shoes broke! The only thing I splurged on for the wedding was my shoes. I opted for a sparkly set of Charlotte Olympias and spent a few days practicing walking in them in the big lead up – because I never wear heels. But on the day… I tried them on, walked a few steps and the straps broke! I was SO gutted. There wasn’t really time to dwell on it though, so I simply ripped the strap off the other shoe too and wore them like that. Unfortunately they were falling off my feet most of the time, so I wore them for the ceremony, for some of the photos, then just spent the rest of the time going barefoot.
So that’s that! I’m now married to my sweetheart and living in Thailand. Life feels pretty darn great right about now. Oh, and in case you were wondering – I totally did the whole ‘something old, something’ thing too. My necklace was blue (and it was my Nana’s, so it’s very, very special), my ring was Barnaby’s great grandmothers (old), something new was my playsuit and my shoes, and my something borrowed was silver nail polish I asked my mother in law to buy. Nailed it!