Violet and Jimmy got Married!

Time for the obligatory wedding post! I’m *really* not a sentimental or wedding-y person and now that it’s over, I really just want to go back to being a normal, non-stressed out person again… so I’m going to try to get all of the details out in one post so I pretty much never have to talk about it again 😀


Credit and massive thank you to Tobias at Surfaced Studios for the awesome photos!


Venue – Conservatory Gardens

James proposed at the Conservatory Gardens so we decided to have the wedding there too because it was pretty and cost effective. It books out super quickly so if you want to book, get in ASAP. We actually ended up having to change our date a few times even after thinking things were 100% confirmed and telling people to save the date because things kept changing.


Neither of us are big wedding people (and I really hate parties and big social events in general) so we opted to have just immediate family and closest friends there. We also didn’t want to waste a lot of money that could be put towards something like a house deposit later. I really wanted to elope alone but James had always imagined something surrounded by loved ones etc so we went with that.

Big weddings are great for people who are into that kind of thing but it’s just not me. I often felt really uncomfortable and frustrated with people forcefully projecting themselves onto the situation and telling me how I MUST be feeling. “You must be SO excited!” No. I mustn’t be anything and just because my feelings are not the same as your expectations doesn’t mean I am wrong or invalid. Not everybody likes these kinds things and that’s ok!!

I hated pretty much every second of planning it. Even if everything had actually gone to plan I would have hated it. And that’s ok too!

For such a small event, there was a shocking amount of work that went into it. It really wouldn’t have been as much if it was possible to rely on plans which we made but frankly almost everything we actually planned, cared about or put work into had to be moved, cancelled or changed at some point. On top of that, the 9 months we had to put the wedding together included a lot of other real life unavoidable stresses which made things a hundred times worse. I’m sure if this had been something that I had actually been dreaming about since I was a little girl I probably would have had a nervous breakdown over it all at some point.

Luckily it wasn’t and we continued on and made the best of things.


We arrived with Celina and Tobias a bit early so we could take some photos in the garden outside before it started to rain. Obviously this was the first day in ages that it had threatened to rain and it was unseasonably hot haha!

We went back and forth over whether we should bring Lottie as well because dogs are allowed in the garden but last minute decided it would be too crazy trying to look after her. It’s a shame because she would be so cute in the photos but with everything else going on it was just not worth the amount of stress.


Cute photo:


James taking it too far…


Result of tiny pieces of dandelion in my hair and eyes hahaha… I think I should make this my user photo everywhere now XD


My outfit details:

  • Dress – Portmans for ~$160.
  • Petticoat – ebay ~$9
  • Comfy shoes – Rose gold flats from Target ~$7. I added pink ribbon laces
  • Pretty shoes – Pink bow heels from Aliexpress ~$25
  • Jewellery – Leaf bracelet, and another leaf bracelet that I bent into a headband (~$15 each), necklace (~$25) all from Lovisa
  • Engagement and wedding ring – Custom made by Emi at PopRing and designed by us
  • Hair flower – fake flower from Spotlight which I glued a bobby pin to
  • Cardigan – Not pictured. (~$85 of yarn) Designed by me, a billion hours of stressful last minute knitting and finished the day before the wedding because it was very important to me… didn’t get to wear because it was randomly a million degrees that day. Melbourne weather!


I wore the shoes in before the wedding and they were still uncomfortable enough that I ended up wearing the sneakers for everything except photos and the actual ceremony!

The quality was actually really good though especially considering the price. I would definitely repurchase from there but next time I will remember to only buy shoes with ankle straps as I am not coordinated enough to wear plain ones.


The dress was probably the first wedding thing I bought other than ordering the rings. I didn’t want anything too expensive and wedding-y that I couldn’t wear again. I had bought another dress from Valley Girl previously which I was planning to use if I didn’t find anything nice but this one randomly popped out at me with perfect timing.


The original underskirt was really tight and short so I bought some similar fabric and replaced it with a longer gathered underskirt which could flare out easily. I didn’t want to have to be yanking it down all night! I considered cutting the skirt and sleeves a little shorter but I ended up being too worried about other things to have time.

Now that it’s over I’m thinking of cutting it the way I originally had in mind so I can just wear it regularly.


Once we got inside the garden, we set up our snack table at one end. The garden caretaker was so nice! She let us bring some things in early so they didn’t all get rained on and said I looked like the White Queen from Alice in Wonderland.

The upside of the garden is that it is an absolutely beautiful venue and you really don’t need to do any decorating. The downside is that even if there are signs up everywhere saying PRIVATE EVENT and the doors are closed, tourists still try to come inside and look around after it’s closed. It closes at 5:30pm but my Mum had to herd tourists out for at least an hour after that and we kept seeing tourists putting their cameras up to the window to take photos of us which was quite awkward.



I had spent the whole night before and morning making the cake. We considered buying a plain one somewhere and just decorating it ourselves but I couldn’t find anywhere that I liked. Woolworths was out of stock of half of my usual cake making supplies so I used unfamiliar ones, the cakes didn’t rise as much as planned so I ended up stacking 3 of them to get the height!

They were out of my regular marshmallows for the fondant too so poor James had to go out twice to get other ingredients as the fondant failed and turned into a big goopy mess!


The top of the cake was made by gluing some fake flowers from Daiso to a paper plate and sitting it down on top of the cake. The glass platform is from a thrift shop which I usually use to hold make up brushes and the bunting was $2 from Target’s party section.


I shouldn’t have worried or put so much work into the cake as the gardens were so warm that the fondant started melting on one side anyway and after a few minutes it had developed a large tumour on one side hahaha! Everyone pretended not to notice but I was slightly worried that at some point that it would pop and rain the melted icing inside all over the table.


The cake toppers were Sylvanian Family bunnies which then went on their own honeymoon to Japan which you will eventually see when I finish the editing of photos!


The rabbits were an adventure in themselves as I had ordered them off ebay but AusPost lost them half way so they took almost 2 months to arrive from Japan. My Mum bought us some back ups in case they didn’t arrive but they made it the day before the wedding!


Caramel popcorn and my favourite candies!


We had originally picked out our menu very carefully (with much taste testing!) to be delivered through various delivery services but on the day it didn’t end up going as smoothly as that! The place with the vegan food was closed so poor Celina spent ages trying to order from another place… and then after they cancelled her order with no notice, a third place! Some food eventually turned up so that was good.


We had a mixture of Korean, Greek and burgers with other random snacks. All of the paper plates and cutlery was from various $2 shops and the decorations were just random flowers from Spotlight left over from my hair accessories.

The doilies underneath everything were a wedding gift, hand crocheted by Anna who is an absolutely amazing crafter!

It was a nice, casual set up 😀


On the right you can see those green little boxes piled up behind the menu, each one of them has a cactus or succulent for a guest to take home. We chose them because succulents are hard to kill, like our love. HAAAAA!


Thank you extremely confused Deliveroo driver! This poor guy probably thought he was going to get serial killer style murdered delivering food to a creepy park at night XD


Originally our plan was to have the ceremony right at the start and then move on to food, cake, photos etc and ice cream afterwards but our celebrant had been delayed by traffic coming from a very long way so we opted to do the food/cake/photos first while it was still light out.

We took all of our family photos up here on the cute little bridge. It’s over a tiny pond with koi fish in it.

I will post some more detailed shots of the rings next time. So much work went into them I think they deserve their own post!


The ring box was a wedding gift from Kim, it was absolutely perfect!


This is my favourite sign of all time. I know it’s not… but I really feel like it looks like “Don’t poop on the plants” XD


I made James’ boutonnière a few days before out of flowers from my hair accessories and ribbon that matched my sneaker laces. I also made him a fake pocket square which you can see in the other photos. It’s fake because his vest didn’t have a real pocket so it couldn’t fit a whole handkerchief in it… so I folded a piece of fabric up, cut the bottom off and stitched it inside the fake pocket.


So, we did the cake cutting…


… and I stabbed the cake tumour open. It was slightly unsatisfying as nothing actually came out, it was just an air pocket haha!


I didn’t actually eat any of it in the end but apparently it was pretty ok!

During the cake cutting our celebrant Benn arrived and we set up for the actual ceremony. He made it just in time as our time slot at the gardens was about to end and it was getting quite dark!


Finding a celebrant was probably the most difficult part of wedding planning to be honest. We originally interviewed Benn and wanted to book him right then and there but we weren’t able to get the date he was available for to work with the venue so we had to go with someone else.

The other celebrant we booked was not at all professional. He didn’t listen to what we actually wanted and kept pushing for things like romantic sand pouring and a longer ceremony with poetry readings from friends to “make our parents happy”. That is not who we are and people who tell me that I’ll regret doing things a certain way, like they know more about me than I do are just the worst.

We couldn’t find another celebrant who had our day free so we booked him anyway and 2 days before the cut off date to legally file the paper work to get married he pulled out due to family reasons. I wouldn’t normally fault someone for that but I had been trying to contact him for several weeks to confirm our script and he kept putting me off and giving me the run around saying he would phone this weekend… nothing… oh he lost our number but would definitely phone… oh he would email… oh he forgot to email… oh bla bla bla excuse. If he had been honest from the first time I asked to confirm our script or reached out to me at any point I wouldn’t have been nearly as pissed but as it was, we then had only 2 days to desperately scramble to find someone else to perform the ceremony otherwise we would have had to postpone the whole damn thing. Extremely ridiculous! There were a lot of other problems there but ugh moving on.

We were super lucky that Benn was able to step back in and perform the wedding. The garden was able to change our booking to be 30min later than originally planned so we could start late enough for him to get from his previous booking to our location and he was nice enough to take our booking even though it was his birthday!

And married! By the time we did the ceremony it totally dark but the lovely caretaker must have been watching and doing the lighting because when we went to do the kiss it suddenly turned pink! Thank you awesome caretaker!!


This below is the face of someone who knows it won’t be long before she can leave, take off those shoes and go to bed 😀


We signed our documents and packed everything up as we were running way over time by this point. The garden looks so pretty at night!

Lastly we headed over to a post wedding ice cream dessert at Dex2Rose. Everyone seemed to have a decent time and the ice cream there is always good 😀

So there you go, married after 9.5 years. And I can say with certainty that I will only ever do this once because OMG NEVER AGAIN.

Being married is great but seriously… Weddings are the worst.


Thanks again to Celina and Toby for the great photos and video and also for doing all the set up and pack down and driving us etc. And thanks to everyone who came, you guys are the best! 😀

I will edit a vlog… at some point. Maybe. Or not. I don’t know. Weddings >_>



Melbourne Show!

Just after I cut my hair short we went to the Melbourne Show! I love these kinds of things!


Of course the first place we went was the animal farm.

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These baby goats were having a serious throw down hahaha!_1350789 _1350793


And this one spat the hay feed all over me >_>_1350795 _1350800 _1350805 _1350824

Oh yes, I am that person.


As soon as we were finished, we made our way to the dog show! So lovely!_1350843 _1350845 _1350849 _1350854 _1350860 _1350865 _1350876 _1350878 _1350882

Enjoy Celina’s reaction to me telling her a dirty joke 😀

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This overpriced lemonade was also overrated 😀

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Cake show!!

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And of course, obligatory knitting and crochet show…_1350958 _1350961 _1350974

We tried to play some games but they were pretty overpriced as well._1350976

So we played the adult version where James threw $20 at a guy at a shop and “won” me this awesome dog toy!_1350996

Being a grow up is pretty great.

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Alpaca Farm Hunt!

A few years ago when I started getting into spinning I happened upon an ad which was offering free alpaca fiber on a farm up near Mornington. Sounded like a pretty great excuse for a road trip right?

It took us ages to find the actual farm but on the way we happened upon an actual alpaca farm where you could pay to feed them. Omg winner!!_1320145_1320139 _1320143 They were so friendly and cute!
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After all of that we went cheese hunting and found a yummy place to have some lunch!_1320177 _1320181 _1320185 _1320187 _1320189

And the result of that? A bajillion garbage bags of raw fiber!_1320436 _1320438

A good chunk of it was no good for spinning but there was some really nice stuff in there too, totally worth it!_1320440

That kept me spinning for quite a while haha! _1320443

The Melbourne Flower and Garden Show


Back when I had long hair… (doesn’t that feel like an age ago while I wait for it to grow back out?!?!) we went to the Melbourne Garden and Flower show. Actually it’s probably on again soon so maybe we should go again!


This year wasn’t as interesting as the first year. I think the entry fee is quite steep considering it didn’t really include anything and most of the stalls were actually shops. I really dislike events which charge you to shop.


The competition entries of floral arrangements were really amazing to look at though!

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Extremely fun to get macro shots in here!


I love my little clip on glass thing but I wonder when I will want to upgrade to a real macro lens.


I think I want a lens that has macro but is less depth of field-y?

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How cute does Celina look with that short little bob hairstyle? She looks awesome with long hair too but this looks so chic!

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This is pretty much our friendship in a photo:

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The fun part of a flower show is that that they bring the bees too 😀

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There was a display of those squishy bead things you can grow plants in and obviously we spent about 10 minutes just poking our fingers into it because they feel so weird. I wonder if we actually bought some if our stupid plants would stay alive…

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This flower reminds me so much of the petticoat in my dress in the photo below 😀

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I wonder what other kinds of these festivals are around that we haven’t been to yet! Excited to find some more this year!!

Mornington Peninsular Trip!

A long time ago we took a trip to the Mornington Peninsular with Celina and Toby but I never ended up putting the photos up *_*

Obligatory goodbye photo with Lottie!


It was so scenic but WINDY so all of my photos ended up like this…


We were so fancy with our non-alcoholic champagne!
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James cooked up the mother of all steaks from Costco. Seriously this thing was like a kilo of steak *_*_1330256

And yet he still managed to eat the whole thing!

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The next day we spent chilling out. Everyone else got up super early to go see the sunset but I stayed in bed._1330324 _1330366 _1330377

They came home with some flowers which made them waking me up at like 4am slightly more tolerable haha!_1330393 _1330398 _1330402

This is how you should do knitting with breakfast!

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James cooked the entire trip for us and it was awesome!

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The next morning I woke up with a spider bite on one of my eyes so I spend a lot of the day like this…


But it didn’t stop me from knitting so I did some mini projects with my handspun yarn.

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And then it was time to wander off home!_1330607 _1330619 I love this bag from Typo so much but it really doesn’t fit ANYTHING in it >_>
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How cute are these tiny little berry things??


I don’t know what they are but I know I want a garden full of them!


We could hear the little penguins rustling about in their burrows but couldn’t see any._1330691

And on the way home we stopped off at a road stop which was selling beans with salt and butter in a cup and it was the bessssst snack I’ve had in a long time!


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