Today was the big wedding day between Declan’s mum, Andrea, and Kent (an American). The wedding was set to start at 6pm, with the buns boys having to get ready by 2pm so we had quite a bit of time in the morning to see more of SB.
Started off with breakfast at the Finch & Fork – the hotel’s restaurant – we sat with Declan’s uncle and grandpa and I can say I learnt a lot about world politics haha For breakfast I had the most amazing homemade granola – yet another reason to come back to SB one day to re-experience it! I cannot even begin to describe the crunchiness of it! Delicious!
Headed to Macy’s to check out some deals and ended up getting 30% off because a) I’m an international visitor and thus instantly get 10% off and b) signing up for a loyalty card saves another 20%!. I had accidently discovered a hidden Fossil wallet which was priced at $55 but I got it for 40 – and it’s real leather! Bargain hunting! Caught a trolley bus down to the waterfront but went the wrong way so we ended up paying a dollar instead of 50 cents! Had lunch at Chipotle again where the boys left me to go prepare for the wedding and I continued walking around being a tourist – bought a nice wedding gift and wandered through the stores again.
Spent most of the afternoon getting ready for the wedding, I was quite excited as it was only the second wedding I’ve attended in my lifetime! It was a small ceremony with close family and friends, with Australians and Americans mixing in a party of about 40. I was quite amusingly listed on the list of guests as ‘Lara Bester – Declan’s girlfriend’. Since Declan was best man and had wedding duties to do I wandered around mixing in with the family. When people asked me who I was I would just say “I’m Declan’s girlfriend’ – and since Declan had already told everyone that I was there they instantly knew that I was Lara – the midget South African whose going out with Declan hahah
Andrea looked absolutely beautiful in her wedding dress and I have to admit I almost cried at least 3 times! Each guest got to release a monarch butterfly – symbolic of all the travel across oceans and deserts Andrea and Kent have had to do over the last 2 years to spend time together – it really was a beautiful ceremony.
Received many compliments on my dress which was a nice end to the day – definitely recycling this dress for grad ball next year (super prepared!). Declan and I did make quite the attractive couple – and I was super tall in my 14cm heels – the things I have to do to fit in in the land of giant Honybuns!
After great speeches and celebrations finally got to bed close to 2am!
Fantastic experience getting to meet the whole family and look like some Bond couple at the wedding – Declan did look like he stepped out of a James Bond film!
That’s a wrap! Bester out!