Wednesday, May 04, 2005

A night to celebrate

So we arrived at Churchers @ 7. Dawn drove my parents and me down and in the middle of the car ride, we realized that the hand bouquet wasn't with us. I knew something was clearly missing when we left the house... Good thing Marcus, Chermaine and Zili were still home so they managed to bring it to the venue.

Everything was so perfect. The setting. The music. The people.



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Dad walked me in and we had the celebrant there to perform our ceremony. Darien was so nervous that his hands were wet and his face had this weird look. Haha. We had an "Irish Blessing" read by both Chermaine and James. Its was so beautiful. The pinnacle of it all is when we exchanged personalized vows. Darien said the sweetest words. Although I'm pretty sure that he must have done enough research online cos some of the words used were rather deep. hmmm... Right after, We exchanged rings. Then, we had to sign the deed of promise.... Then everyone was invited to come and congratulate us. We got so much love that night. It was amazing.

The Moroccan Lamps were so beautiful as centrepieces, adorned by the complimenting tealight holders. And we had the best florist in the world. Sebastian, from Flowers Vasette. He managed to arrange our flowers so amazingly and still well within our budget. We ended up with the tropical look.

The entire night was just so ideal. Darien gave a thank you cum welcome speech to everyone. And we started our meals. Food was so so. But the company was great. We went around to chat with all the guests and had a chance to get to know my workmates' partners better.

Bruce gave our first toast, reminding everyone about our shoe throwing fights and our "joyous" noises. And Niraj has this wedding tradition where we have to kiss everytime someone rings the bell... And Yen proposed a YUM SENG to us. To which, Chris, Kinkini's American boyfriend, was rather amused.

Niraj baked our cake and we had "SuperModel" figurines on the cake. The cake was superbly fudgey. Absolutely like a BIG brownie. It was yummylicious. We ended up giving some to the restaurant staff cos they were eyeing it from the time it entered the door.

So the night ended with a dance. A first dance with my husband. It was so personal and private. A couple of sweet words were exchanged. We had a ball. Everyone joined us after that and we had the best of time just slow dancing. A couple of them exchanged partners as the music played and we were going on and mucked around. Bruce had an excellent taste in music!

Next up was the bouquet tossing and Darien had a ball just teasing them. I tried my hardest to be fair but in the end... Dawn caught it! haha.... funnie.... She's going to chapel and she's gonna get married! SOON!!!

We cleared the reception area that night and headed off to Public Bar for drinks and by then we were so knackered. Dad bought everyone a round of drinks and he had a ball of a time just chatting with my friends. By the end of the night, I think he had enough glasses of wine for a good night's rest...

Darien drove him back to the hotel and then headed home to wait for me. We had to drag Dawn back home cos she was quite hammered before we went back home. For a little bit of cuddles and a good night's rest.

Friday, April 01, 2005

Engaged!

I have been contemplating how to write this entry for the whole of last week... And somehow the words that come out never seem to express how i feel inside. It is a mixture of joy, anticipation, hope and a little excitement.

Here's how the story roll...

we drove down to adelaide on Good Friday nite and reached on sat morn. just walked ard the city and had a good dinner at melting pot that nite itself. Darien had this lovely salmon tartare that is simply to die for.... hmmm....

anyway we decided to pop to barossa valley on sunday. went to a couple of cellar doors to taste wine. and since we got there early, we went to quite a number of places before lunch. However, thoughout the drive, he kept asking Dawn which was that stone mansion that she went to before cos he wants to take a look at that. I thought he was just trying to b irritating cos every stone place that he passes by, he would ask her.

Being rather famished, had lunch at this cottage. So rite after lunch, when we got back into the car and i was going to rest my hand on his lap when he started to say that it is ticklish. which is strange cos i normally put my hand there anyway. and i saw a box like thingy in his pocket. strange... i asked him wat it was and he said that it was mints? hmmmm.... sussy. a million things ran through my mind but i thought i would just take it easy.

We drove to the Peter Lehmann estate next and then they decided tht they wanted to walk to the rose garden and take pictures. so off we went and then dawn suddenly said tat she wanted to go back to the car to take her camera casing. so that left me and darien and we started walking up the rose arch. suddenly, he just stopped and took out the ring and it was the one that I saw at EGetal. something that i cannot afford at this point. That was when i started tearing and he asked,"do you want to spend the rest of your life with me. Do you want to marry me?" I'm telling ya, I was so surprised and stumped for awhile. i think i said yes... so he took the ring out and i tried it on. gosh... so pretty. it's a matte white gold band with 13 baby diamonds embedded all ard it.

hugged him so tightly after that. and then he told me that we have to bring the ring back so that they can make a brand new one for me cos EGetal customizes your rings for you and when you place an order, they will take your ring size and you wait about 4 weeks for them to make one for you.

I asked him after that if i said yes and he said that i did say that. I can't stop smiling that day. It was just the best feeling. It felt so special and surreal as Darien NEVER gave a ring to any gal before in his life. Not even the cheesy silver ones. He ever mentioned that he would only give it to his wife to be and so now here we are. Engaged. But without a ring for now...

It was after that that he mentioned that he was lookin for the stone mansion so that he can propose there. but it did work out in the end...

I didn't really like adelaide tt much but it is the place that I will remember for life now. I still can't wipe that smirk off my face now. We are engaged. He is my fiance... hmmm...
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