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His hello was the end of her endings
Her laugh was their first step down the aisle
His hand would be hers to hold forever
His forever was as simple as her smile
He said she was what was missing
She said instantly she knew
She was a question to be answered
And his answer was “I do”

 

I absolutely love this poem that Carrie wrote for her friends on their wedding day in Sex and the City. It was no question that I would use it as one of the readings at my own wedding.

My husband and I are not particularly religious. My mum’s side of the family is and while I was growing up, I always thought that I would be married in a church. While we were planning our wedding, I wasn’t sure how to introduce this poem to our reverend at the church where we were married. During one of our meetings at our home, I decided to just show her the poem along with another one that I had decided on. I hadn’t yet fessed up that I hadn’t chosen any religious readings and there were not going to be any hymns so I was a little nervous of her reaction. She read it and thought it was beautiful and asked where it came from – to my horror! I said I just came across it on the internet…. It just slipped out! Does that make me a bad person? To make my little fib even worse, she then asked if she could make a copy to keep and show other couples for ideas for their readings….. So I said yes. What else could I say? It is a beautiful poem, but I just didn’t feel right telling her it was from an episode of Sex and the City.

After this little mishap, our new puppy who was quietly lying on his bed decided to start humping his bed. Karma? I hope she didn’t notice, although I think she did and chose to ignore it and be polite.

The Karma did turn up on our wedding day though. Paintings from an exhibition held inside the church, that were supposed to have been moved to another location for our ceremony were in fact not moved when I turned up. In my hazy marital bliss I did not actually realize that they were still there until about half way through the ceremony. This is when our reverend decided to make a sales pitch to our guests telling them to take a look at all the beautiful paintings around the room. They might even like to purchase one after the ceremony! Are you serious? Can you imagine! At this point, I looked around the church and finally noticed that these paintings were everywhere! It was such a beautiful church, but it was covered up with these not so beautiful (hideous actually) paintings. I couldn’t believe it. Our photographer did an amazing job in hiding most of the paintings in our photos. All except for the massive portrait of Jesus, dead (can I say that? Sorry…) centre of the altar. Extremely hard to miss. Extremely awful. Jesus has now been tagged in all of these photos on Facebook. That’s how obvious he was!

Anyway, a year and a half later, my husband and I are very much happily ever after. So I can now only hope that my bad karma has all been used up!

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Urban Artistry are amazing photographers. We used this company on our wedding day. I just wanted to give a special shout-out to Richard who shot our wedding and thank him once again for such an amazing job. All the staff were extremely helpful and really fun to work with.

I remember our first appointment with Richard. He was so passionate about his work and talked us through what we would be doing on our day, what sort of look we were after and suggestions on where we could go and what we could do. We were so excited and when we told him we were definitely going to book with him, he seemed genuinely excited to share in our wedding day. After booking our photographer it really started to sink in that we were getting married! I think it was because we had been talking about the day and what we wanted and what we could do. It was funny because my husband didn’t really want to go and couldn’t be bothered trekking through the traffic after work for our appointment. On our way home, my husband and I could not stop gushing about how wonderful everyone was and how excited we were for the day.

It’s so hard to choose a photographer. The pricing is so similar and you really want the memories from your wedding day to be amazing and well, memorable.
A friend from work recommended Urban Artistry to us. His sister used them and he showed me a few of their pictures. I looked at a lot of photographers and was blown away by the beauty of the photographs and by how unique they were.

Their non album packages range from $1500 to $2400. The most popular album packages range from $3200 and $3700. You don’t have to decide what package you want until after your wedding day. So you can look at what you can afford after the big (and very expensive) day and decide then.

I would recommend getting an album. I know so many brides that have opted for the non album package meaning to make one themselves – it never happens!
We went ahead with the package for $3200. This included unlimited photos, groom’s preparation, bride’s preparation, ceremony, traditional family photos, unlimited locations, a mock cake cutting and even a framed photo. We also ordered a DVD with all our photo’s from our album on it. All the photos taken were developed and put in a special box to keep and they were also put on a CD. The album cover we chose was black leather and inside all our photos were airbrushed and set in a beautiful ivory classic matt style and a few of the pages were in a full-page magazine style. The album also came in a special bo to keep.

Urban Artistry also have an Oxfam Australia Offer where a $100 donation can be donated to Oxfam Australia and in return you will receive a CD with very high-resolution and colour correction files of all your wedding images. This will enable you to print all your wedding photos as big as a large poster size. You will also be helping to end poverty in developing countries.

I found that the team at our appointments and also on our wedding day made us feel extremely comfortable. The atmosphere was casual and relaxed and I found myself thinking, why aren’t I nervous? I never got nervous! They were punctual at each location and made everyone feel extremely comfortable and never missed a shot. We never had to re-do anything. By the end of the day I think we had it down pat. Smile, Look at each other, Kiss. Everyone loved our photographer and when we saw the photo’s a few weeks after the wedding we were ecstatic. So many of our friends have asked for the name of our photographer or have told me that they will definitely use them when they get married. I cannot rave about them enough.

Here is my favourite photo which we had framed.


Here is another one of my favourites. This was shot on the tram tracks in the middle of Collins Street. I don’t know anyone else that has these sorts of photos and I really like the idea of not having the usual shots seen in most wedding albums.

We also arranged our thankyou cards with Urban Artistry. The photo was put in a black card where we wrote on the opposite side of the photo a note in silver pen to each individual guest to thank them for their gift and sharing in our day.


The team of photographers at Urban Artistry have 25 combined years of photojournalistic experience and technique. On their website their aim is to record a moment as it happens or to have the ability to pre-empt what is about to happen and document these important moments. Spontaneous wedding photos are as exciting as they are memorable. These moments and memories will be cherished not only by us but by the generations to follow.

Weddings are just one of the things that Urban Artistry are committed to. They are also experienced with photography for family, Baby, Children, Pregnancy, Glamour and Portfolio. When we decide to have children I will definitely be getting pregnancy portraits then babies, children and family portraits. When you go into their studio, you can just see their imaginations run wild and there are so many special and unique portraits displayed on their walls.

Urban Artistry Photography
www.urbanartistry.com.au

74 Johnston St
Collingwood 3066
Phone: 9416 5076

By Appointment:
Tuesday to Thursday 10am to 7.30pm;
Friday 10am to 4.00pm;
Saturday 10am to 2pm

Happy Snapping!

Love Kirst xx

*Apologies about the quality of photo’s. These were downloaded from Facebook and lost the quality in the process.*

I do, I do, I do, I do, I do….

I love a wedding – especially when it happens to such great people. My best friend Tegan got married on the weekend to the love of her life, Simon… and I was a bridesmaid! – head bridesmaid actually. If you want to get technical, it’s matron of honour – but I think this makes me sound old and chubby. So I’m sticking with head bridesmaid – or chief kahuna as I’ve heard other head bridesmaids referred to as. Tegan was also a bridesmaid at my wedding, so I understand and feel privileged to be part of their wedding day. 

The Happy Couple

 

We all woke up insanely early on Saturday morning and were poked, prodded and made up by the hairdresser and make-up artist.
The videographer was hilarious and made us pose and do all kinds of crazy things while we were getting ready and throughout the day and night, so I’m excited to see how that turns out. 

The wedding ceremony and cocktail reception were held at Mandala Wines in Dixons Creek in the Yarra Valley.
It was a beautiful ceremony held outside in front of the vineyard.
The reception was so much fun and the band were amazing. We danced on the checker-board dance floor under the retro coloured lights and did not stop laughing all night. 

My husband’s highlight of the night was when a woman came up to him at the reception and told him he looked exactly like Sam Worthington. Her husband said that she was going on about it all night and was asking everyone if they had seen the guy that looked like Sam Worthington yet! Well, I do think my husband is a spunk and he was pretty chuffed indeed! 

After the reception we made our way back to the rooms most of the guests were staying at. We had booked out the entire place so we created our own party in a few of the adjoining rooms. I hit the wall around 2am, however the bride and groom partied on until 5am. I have no idea how they kept going for so long but am glad to hear that they enjoyed themselves. 

The Wedding Party

 

 

I was also asked to do a speech at the reception. I wrote it and re-wrote it until I thought I had the perfect speech. I was quite confident that there might be a few tears – and there was!
When I was writing the speech I had to laugh and think of all the other speeches written before a wedding. It’s always a given that the bride will look stunning, the groom will look handsome, the bridesmaids will look fantastic and the groomsmen have scrubbed up well. We just know that this is what everyone will look like on the day. They did – thank god! So I didn’t have to re-write my speech at the last minute! 

The bride wore an ivory wedding dress with embroidery, crystal and beading detail. The dress had a sweetheart neckline and pinched skirt with lace. Ah-maz-ing! Tegan looked absolutely stunning in her gorgeous wedding dress. The bridesmaids wore beautiful knee length dresses with a V-neck and satin braided belt. The colour was called dusty lavender and they were divine. The Groom and Groomsmen wore a silvery coloured suit with black shirts and black thongs. I think we were a pretty attractive wedding party. 

It reminded me a lot of when Tegan and I used to play dress-ups when we were little. We were 5 or 6 years old and I remember Tegan wearing a beautiful white wedding dress made of silk with lace arms and strappy shoes with a little heel. She had a veil and some strategically placed lipstick of course!
Ever the trend setter, I was wearing a Mickey Mouse T-Shirt, Green Ra-Ra skirt, mighty ducks socks pulled up to my knees and Tegan’s Mum’s grey ankle boots where the heel kept getting stuck in the decking! 

Tegan & Kirsten

 

My bridesmaids shoes were amazing and sky high – we all referred to them as the hooker heels. So I came prepared and took a pair of thongs with me. No bare-foot skanky bridesmaid here!
During the ceremony we had to walk on grass and found it extremely hard to walk and stand still in one spot as we kept sinking into the ground. I lasted in my hooker heels for the ceremony, photo’s and about half of the reception, then my poor little feet couldn’t handle it anymore and I changed into my flats. 

T & S Wedding

 

I have known Tegan for just over 22 years. We met at 3 year old kinder, and we must have made some kind of impression on each other, but I can’t really remember it! We went through kindergarten, primary school, part of high school, and played netball and softball together. We even sung in the Victorian Children’s choir together with Darryl Cotton. Intense! Growing up, we always had a love/hate relationship. Like most kids we had a fight every other week, but made up again in time to go to Rollerama together on a Friday night! 

Tegan is not only my best friend, but she is basically my sister. We have shared many laughs together, cried many tears together and have gotten very drunk together. I will never forget the feeling of Tegan’s room spinning one New Year’s Eve when we were about 14 years old after one too many raspberry UDL’s. Oops – don’t tell our parents! 

The first time I heard about Simon was almost 7 years ago. Tegan and I were sitting on her bed gossiping about boys and she told me about this guy she had met at a party the night before. She told me he was totally hot and that she couldn’t wait to see him again.
When I finally met Simon, I could tell that they were smitten with each other. I had never seen Tegan like this before. In the past she had been very blaze about boys. She certainly kept them keen and treated them mean. But when I saw her with Simon it was different and I remember thinking to myself that I thought she had found, ‘the one!’ 

About 6 years later, I received a phone call from Tegan telling me she was engaged! We were screaming and jumping up and down on the phone together. I was absolutely thrilled for her. My best friend couldn’t have found a nicer guy, if I went and picked him out myself. 

The Kiss

 

Tegan and Simon, I am ecstatic for both of you. You truly complement one another and you are clearly very much in love. Love after all, doesn’t make the world go around… Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. And it’s a wonderful thing when two people who were made for each other manage to fall in love. I wish for them a wonderful life together filled with health, happiness and love. 

Have fun on your honeymoon in Fiji. Bon Voyage! 

Love Kirst xx

Hens Day Extravaganza!

We celebrated my best friends hens day on the weekend. I am ‘head bridesmaid’ (maid-of-honour was fine – but I’m married, so it’s supposed to be matron-of-honour – eww – I think I’ll stick with head bridesmaid!) so it was a big deal and very important that the bride-to-be had a fantastic day/night. 

When I asked BTB (Bride-to-be) what she would like to do on her hens day she quickly confirmed that she would like to go to the races. I asked her when she was thinking of having her hens day – she said in March. I asked her if she would like a marquee – she said yes. I asked her if she wanted to share this marquee or if she wanted to have her own – she said she would prefer her own. So I set off on a mission to find a racecourse who would provide all these things. Do you think I could find one? No. I cruised the net and rang all the major race courses and even the ones in the country. Apparently there are not a lot of race meetings in March. Damn! I quickly came to the conclusion that a marquee was out of the question. So I started looking for the next best thing. I found that Caulfield Racecourse had a race meeting two weeks before the wedding – Thouroughbred Cup Day. They also had a restaurant that provided a carvery luncheon – with dessert (very important!), entry to the racecourse, race guide and the table was also held all day so that we had somewhere to leave our things while we went outside to cheer the horses on and place our bets. All this for $50!! Entry to the racecourse is $30 alone, so this was well worth it! The food was delicious and the atmosphere was really fun. 

BTB + Me

 

My sister and I made the invitations ourselves. We used a picture of Dita Von Tesse and replaced her face with the BTB’s. We included information about the day then saved them on a disk and had them printed on photos. So cheap (10 cents per copy!!) and easy. They turned out really well. We then sent them out and waited for everyone to RSVP and transfer their payments. I don’t think anyone really appreciates an RSVP date until they organise something with a deadline. After endless messages and follow ups I managed to confirm final numbers and payments 2 weeks before the day – two weeks after the RSVP date. Never mind, it was all arranged in time… just! 

Hens Day invitations

 

The two other bridesmaids and I exchanged numbers and email addresses so we could bounce ideas off each other for what to do after the races.
BTB already knew everything we were up to during the day, so we decided to surprise her later that night. I suggested this fantastic place called ‘The Riva’ in St. Kilda. It is a gorgeous bar located on the marina. There is a dining area where you can have a meal and a bar area where we can carve up the dance floor later on in the night. There is also an outside deck where fairy lights have been hung between palm trees in front of the beach. It was just gorgeous and the perfect place to keep celebrating. Everyone had a ball and really enjoyed themselves. 

We also organised games and the usual hens day accessories for the day.
– BTB and bridesmaid flashing sashes. A girl I didn’t even know pinched my sash at the bar. When I asked her for it back she ran away and
disappeared for the rest of the night!
– Veil with condoms attached
– Shot glass with light up penis
– Penis dummy necklace
– Hottie whistle – blow when you see a hottie
– Penis straws
– Singlet with lifesaver lollies strategically sewn on – BTB was made to ask the guys to bite them off with their teeth!
– Finally, the Pièce de résistance – a blow up doll, with 7 inch penis (according to the box). Hilarious! The bouncer at the racecourse didn’t think so. After 20 seconds of BTB posing with the blow-up doll, he confiscated it from us! We weren’t the only ones not happy about it – the whole racecourse were booing him! 

We also got a deck of ‘dare’ cards. They were a hit and everyone got involved with them throughout the day. 

Dare Cards

 

Here are a few of my favourites: 

– Ask a guy to take his shirt off and flex his muscles – the Mother of the groom got on this one and the guy in question removed not only his top, but his pants too and struck a pose for my camera! 

The guy asked to flex his muscles!?

 

– Write your name in lipstick across a guy’s chest – a friend agreed to this bet. The first guy she asked had a really hairy chest (and I mean hairy!) so she told him she had come to the wrong group and asked someone else! The next guy ripped his shirt off and away she went. She then returned the favour later to a Bucks party when they wrote their name in lipstick across her chest! 

Writing name in Lipstick

 

– Ask a guy with a ponytail why he hasn’t had a haircut in years – BTB did this, and this guy did not find it funny at all! Has nobody told him that a guy with long hair is so 1998. If looks could kill…. 

Guy with ponytail and no sense of humour

 

– Drink from a strangers drink without permission – it really is amazing what you can get away with when you are wearing a veil! 

Drink from a stranger's drink without permission

 

I also have to give a shout out to BTB’s work friend. She is in her late 30’s and had a 40 year old man on one side and a 26 year old on the other side, both trying to pick her up! What a cougar – you go girl! 

Overall we had a fantastic day with great company and lots of dancing and laughs! Now, I’m really looking forward to the wedding in two weeks time! 

Love Kirst xx

Secret Shoe Business…

A friend of mine used to work in Box Hill and introduced me to this amazing shoe shop a couple of years ago. I thought I would pass on this little discovery to the rest of you. There is a little shoe shop located in Box Hill called L & L Shoes. Heard of it? If you have stumbled across this place before you will understand that this place is a shoe shoppers delight.

The shop doesn’t look like much from the outside, but when you walk in you can see it is jam-packed with heels, pumps, platforms, sandals, flats from brands like Tony Bianco, Therapy, RMK and even Doc Martins  etc. The list is endless and equally fabulous!

I have purchased many shoes in my time. Some of them my husband knows about and some of them I hope he doesn’t  know about! I have found some amazing bargains and quite a few ‘what was I thinking??’ moments. I am an impulse buyer and can’t help myself. If I have to have something – I have to have it NOW and then regret it later! 
I have never had a moment I’d rather forget at L & L shoes and find they stock great quality and affordable shoes. The last pair from here that I was lucky enough to have purchased for me by my best friend were bridesmaids shoes for her wedding. Extremely proud to be head bridesmaid and very excited to wear these shoes. They are ba-na-nas! (I just hope I don’t fall over!) They are by Therapy and were only $50! Yes, only $50! The Therapy website where you can buy them directly were $70. Bargain – check!

Bridesmaids Shoes - Therapy

I absolutely love a bargain and you will definitely find one (or three) here. Shoe shopping is the best shopping and will always make you feel a million bucks. A shoe will always fit no matter what sort of day you are having. So – check it out!

L & L Shoes
20 – 22 Market Street
Box Hill, VIC. 3128
Phone: 03 9890 3944
Fax: 03 9890 3944

Love Kirst xx

Tied up in Braids

I am L-O-V-I-N-G the braid in a major way. I loved it so much that I had all my bridesmaids at my wedding wear a braided hairstyle. The style was based on Jessica Alba’s hairstyle. Since I got married a heap of my school friends have made their bridesmaids wear a braid as well. I’m so glad I got married before them so I could be the first one!

Ever since I first saw Ever After with Drew Barrymore I would sit in front of my mirror for hours trying to perfect the braided look. I’m still not very good at it and usually need someone else to do it for me!

Tied Up in Braids

The braid really makes a statement – it’s something different and you can work it anyway you want. You can wear braids in different ways to create different styles including bohemian, hippy, preppy, pretty, sophisticated, elegant or even rocker-chick.

Love Kirst xx

Wedding Bells

I received an unexpected phone call yesterday with some fabulous news. Two of our good friends, Kath and Shaun are engaged to be married!

The reason this news is so unexpected is because these two people have been together for 11 years and have 4 gorgeous children together – aged 8, 5, 3 and 1.

Kath had always said that she would know if Shaun was going to propose. With 4 kids it’s harder to get away with planning a romantic rendezvous without thinking that something must be up. Shaun cooked an Aussie BBQ breakfast yesterday on Australia day for Kath and their kids. Just before they started eating Kath went to the kitchen to finish serving their meals when Shaun called out that he had a question to ask her. Kath thought to herself, here we go… what is it this time… another car or a boat? She turned around to find Shaun on bended knee with a ring box held up for her. She was speechless and definitely had no idea that this was actually happening! He asked her to marry him and obviously she said yes! They then started making their phone calls letting everyone know that they were finally heading down the aisle.

Their eldest daughter, Kiah who is also my husbands god-daughter and was flower girl in our wedding is really excited about her parents getting married. She said to me yesterday that she was just so shocked but couldn’t wait to go back to school and tell all her friends and teachers that her Mum and Dad are getting married. She also told her Mum where they could go shopping for the wedding as she has been a flower girl in two weddings already and hopes to be one again for her parent’s wedding. I think we might have a little wedding planner on our hands.
I asked Riley, their second eldest boy what he thought about his parents getting married. He said he was really happy but didn’t like weddings because he didn’t like to see people kissing – it’s yuck!
The other two kids, Tyler and Beau aren’t old enough to really understand what’s happening yet but will have an idea when the wedding happens within the next year or two.

Oh, and we can’t forget the ring – It is a yellow gold band with 4 diamonds on either side of the band that sweep up to 5 larger diamonds in the middle – 1 diamond for Shaun and the other 4 diamonds for their kids.

I am absolutely thrilled for their family and can’t wait to carve up the dance floor at their wedding!

Love Kirst xx