chocolatesuze & noods' lollipop wedding part 1

1 April 2010, 03:41

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Ready for a whole load of wedding photos? Here we go! Considering Noods and I had been engaged for about 2 years you would think we would be able to spread out the wedding planning. But after booking the ceremony and reception venue early we kinda left everything else till 1 month prior to the set date. Um. Being super laid back doesn’t quite work when you are planning a wedding for more than 175 people!

Our photos were taken by the awesome Trish (and Joel) from Tealilyphotography and all photos in my next few posts will be from them unless otherwise credited. Noods and I had based the date of our wedding around when Trish would be free because we knew we just had to have them for our photographers! Have a look at her portfolio she is super talented and she loves what she does which always shines through in her photos. We also chose February over September because I didn’t want to be cold and knew we would both be busy with work at that time of year.


I deliberately chose to have our wedding in the afternoon because I knew I didn’t want to wake up at the crack of dawn to do hair and makeup haha I value my sleep! Hair and makeup was done at Lattouf Hair Spa (Shop 4034, Level 4 Westfield Parramatta) for myself and my 2 bridesmaids ($460). The staff are super lovely and actually listened to what I wanted and tried different hairstyles until I was happy. I had done a hair and makeup trial at another place which I refuse to name as it was cheap but quickly realised cheap=nasty haha so yeah Lattouf was recommended by a friend and their gallery of photos was reassuring. We were greeted with a bottle of champagne which was a nice touch and got the morning kick started with a bang!


You can’t see me but I’m sneakily drinking my champers while the lady takes our pic hehe also, meet my bridesmaids! lols you will see Shez later on but Helen my maid of honour will be blurry cos she wants to remain anonymous


In need of lunch that wouldn’t kill our makeup we opted for nuggets. Funnily enough Noods and his groomsmen ate nuggets for their lunch too. And a box of cookies.


After deciding that we would go all out with a candy theme for our wedding i decided to not have any fresh flowers and instead ordered different sized lollipops for the bouquets for the girls, boutonnieres for the guys (pins from Riot! $8, superglue $2), extra ones for table decorations at wedding and some super ginormous ones to put in pots for decoration down the aisle. Certain candy stores were charging such exorbitant prices on lollipops that I ordered the lollipops straight from manufacturer Walker’s Candy in Perth as the bulk prices and shipping would cost me less than buying from the store. i posted about them here where I bought 178 lollipops ($618.20 incl shipping) and they actually found the post and sent me over another box of lollipops for free woohoo sweeeet :D I was worried lollipops might melt so i bought some spray lacquer (krylon spray crystal clear glaze $32.95 from Eckersley’s)


While waiting for the lacquer to dry why not check Twitter


Hello mother! After getting her hair and makeup done my mum arrives first at my house to help me with my dress. I bought my dress from Brides In Love (30 Toohey Rd, Wetherill Park) off the rack for $600. Alterations were another $175 and i got a free veil and handbag thrown in the deal. After visiting every single bridal dress store in Wetherill Park I was feeling discouraged because dresses were so expensive and i couldn’t find one that I super liked. Jana took one look at me and straight away picked this dress and I was over the moon with happiness haha while it helps to have some idea of what kind of dress you want sometimes the dress you think would look good on you doesn’t actually suit you so it helps to get an opinion and to try dresses in other styles and colour. And yes there is a difference between pearl, cream and ivory haha


Attempting to wedge veil into my hair. Our colour scheme was rainbow so the bridesmaids dresses are purple and green (Myer, $180 reduced to $95) and groomsmen had red and blue ties


Tying ribbon (Reject shop $4.95/10m roll) to ends of lollipop sticks to make it easier to hold. Looked pretty in the morning but after clutching at it all day the ribbon was all scrunched up. Side note: to anyone else try maybe using a cloth or satin ribbon instead of the plastic-y type.


Hello father! My dad arrives to take us to the ceremony in his shiny car but first a shot of him helping me put on my necklace (Thomas Sabo, $105 for gummy bear pendant, chain and pendant holder), earrings are white gold hoops from my new mother in law Mrs Wong, and lols notice the Snoopy on my dad’s watch?


Hoho my sneakers! i bought a pair of white sneakers from Kmart ($15) and the awesome Mikey customised them for me. i didn’t want to chance falling over in heels and sneakers have always stuck in my mind since the first time I ever watched Father of the Bride heh heh


Couldn’t decide if I should change the laces to white but decided i wanted some colour. Pink is awesome.


Meanwhile the boys are at Pullman’s Hotel (Olympic Boulevard , Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush Bay) getting ready- we scored the suite as a bonus gift from our dinner reception. The boys had hired suits from Spurling Parramatta (1/85-93 Victoria Rd, Parramatta), $648 for the 3 of them. i had gone with them when they tried on the suits and oh boy was it painful! It’s like minding a 10 year old who can’t stop fidgeting and walking around!


Adjusting the lollipop boutonniere.



Oh dear. Such posers hehe


Mmm nommy



Groomsmen guarding groom guarding lollipop.


The boys had arrived early at Eryldene Historic House and Garden (17 McIntosh St, Gordon) to set up the chairs and organise the decorations


(Photo from Connie) Lollipop garden all set! Giant lollipops were placed in a pipe which my dad had cemented into a pot and placed in a shiny box to line the aisle


Blue steel!


Haha i can see Noods standing unhappily in Josh’s sunnies lol it was really really hot that day. But we weren’t about to complain because if it had rained we would have had to hire a marquee which would be $$$! We had waited all year for the week’s forecast and luckily it was perfect weather. Uh a little hot. But perfect.


Hai Will. Like the groomsmen’s 8-bit ties? i bought them from Think Geek, US$14.99


We arrive and hide behind a hedge to spy on the guests before the ceremony starts…

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chocolatesuze & noods' lollipop wedding part 2

5 April 2010, 02:01

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So after setting up the chairs and greeting the guests the boys took a second to channel their inner bsb…


The slow chords of Pachelbel’s Canon In D begins and the bridesmaids enter the garden


(Photo from Jodie) Woohoo my turn!



(Photo from Karen) Girls: practice walking around in your wedding dress! i totally forgot i had to go up 2 steps and nearly stacked it right about here haha


(Photo from Connie) Luckily my fail-safe non-trip sneakers saved me and i made it up to the grass and then…


(Photo from Jen) WHEEEEEE and then our Canon D song rips into a rock riff and it’s time to rock on down the aisle!


Thanks Billy!



(Photos from Melissa that i turned into a dodgy gif) Heh heh i’d only told my dad that we’d be dancing down the aisle about 2mins before the ceremony started! 3 steps to the right, pause, 3 steps to the left pause and repeat!


Made it to our ‘altar’ in one piece without any wardrobe malfunctions lol our awesome celebrant was Renee who knew Noods from working with him previously and did an awesome speech incorporating all our quirks from guitar hero jokes to a whole bunch of food references



Passing my bouquet to Helen who later tells me holding 2 lollipop bouquets were heavy hahaha oops


Why hello there. Nice to see you…


I Noods take you Suze to be my lawfully wedded wife
Through good times and through bad times,
For richer, for poorer and when the fridge runs dry

I’ll always stand by your food blogging endeavors
and do my best to put food on the table when you are unable to score any freebies

I promise to sit by you through dinner
Even if you cook eggplant when I want chicken
And skipping the entrée so you can have dessert

I promise to be with you always,
To care for you, to be faithful and to love you Til infinity and beyond
I give you this ring as a symbol of my love


Noods: “Psst quick which hand is it!”




I Suze take you Noods to be my lawfully wedded husband
Through sunny days and rainy days
For richer, for poorer and when you buy me the wrong type of chocolate

You are the sprinkles on my donuts,
The maple syrup on my pancakes,
The butter on my toast
And the icing on my cake

I promise to not laugh too loudly when Penrith lose
Even when they lose spectacularly
And to not ask questions in the 79th minute
Or cheer for the opposing team

I promise to be with you always
To care for you, to be faithful and to love you Til infinity and beyond
I give you this ring as a symbol of my love


(Video by Billy



You may now kiss the bride… WHISTLES




Signing the register. i nearly signed in the wrong place that’s why we’re laughing haha (Also, people who are getting married make sure you lodge your marriage declaration thing with your celebrant or whomever 1 month prior to getting married).


Wheee bubbles! Our walk out song was Sunshine Lollipops and Rainbows Everything that’s wonderful is what I feel when we’re together!


Da bridal party


(Photo from Melissa) Yes i strapped my iphone to my leg… only managed to tweet during the car ride there haha i am fail


(Photo from Carly) Fairy floss dude from (The Fudge Shop, $305 for 500 serves of fairy floss with 1 operator and 3 hours service)


Mmm sweet sweet candy :D

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chocolatesuze & noods' lollipop wedding part 3

6 April 2010, 21:06

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HAI!


Hello family


More family


And more family


High school peeps


Des comp peeps


Nutrition peeps


Random Blowup


HEH HEH food bloggers from behind!


Oh so cute Maeve! Hope you shared the lollipop with mum!



Now now boys no need to fight


(Photo from Bel) Krispy kreme donuts from the brother unit, kueh from Alice and Subway from ex boss Emil


Our awesome helpers thanks so much Joel, Alvin, Sean and Sam!


And then photo time in the gardens


Hehe Trish likes taking photos with doors



NOODS WORE MISMATCHING SOCKS! LOOK LOOK!


Hohoho awesomeness


<3



SQUISH


Best photo EVER!

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chocolatesuze & noods' tea ceremony

11 April 2010, 19:34

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After taking photos at the gardens we arrive at Rhodes Phoenix (Level 5 Rhodes Shopping Center, 1 Rider Blvde Rhodes) for the tea ceremony. Lols i got my cheongsam from Paddy’s woot only $50 hehe usually the tea ceremony is done at the beginning of the day but i knew i wanted as much sleep as possible so i scheduled it at the restaurant 1 hour before our dinner reception. According to wiki the tea ceremony is to “connect large families on wedding days. Older relations so introduced would give a red envelope to the matrimonial couple while the couple would be expected to give a red envelope to younger, unmarried relations.”


Ima little teapot short and stout here is my handle here is my spout


Poh Poh and Gung Gung


Hullo parental units


Mmm moolah


Hullo Mrs Wong


And repeat with the rest of the rellies. YUM CHAAAAA!


Hullo brother


Happy baby!



Tee hee

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chocolatesuze & noods' reception at Rhodes Phoenix

14 April 2010, 03:24

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It’s candy time! So after the tea ceremony i changed back into my wedding dress while sending the super freaking awesome food bloggers to help set up the candy buffet. Woohoo checkout mah candy bar! The idea was for guests to help themselves and fill up the cardboard noodle boxes (from Sydney Packaging) using metal scoops ($2each) with whatever candy they wanted to take home for their bonbonniere. The glass jars were from Reject Store (approx $8each) and i spent $100-$200 buying candy in 2kg bulk bags from Campbells Cash & Carry (you need to be a member) and by the end of the night there was seriously nothing left for me to eat!


Mini lollipops in makeshift vase for my ‘flower decorations’ (thanks mother!)


Restaurant innards at Rhodes Phoenix (Level 5 Rhodes Shopping Center, 1 Rider Blvde Rhodes)


Our awesome MC’s Jess and Baz


We duck back outside for our ‘formal entrance’ which uh wasn’t very formal since we played oompa loompa songs as we walked in..



CHEEEESE!


Heh i got mobbed by the aunties


And it’s speech time hullo dad! Bwahaha the Pringles is because of this post


And a speech from my mother in law!


(Photo from Connie) We are powered by energy drinks hehe



Da family. And i did a dress change (Calabro Formal Wear Parramatta, $295) whee i like pink!




Heh heh did ya like Noods’ awesome slideshow? He made it in the week leading up to the wedding with large amounts of cussing because he had to learn how to use the program from scratch haha


We didn’t really have time to eat much but look food!


More food!



And then it’s time for Josh and Will’s speech…


(Thanks Simon for the video)


BWHAHAHAHA oh Jason you should wear skirts more often hahahahahaa


LOL Will, Jase & Josh you guys were awesome! i heard the boys made Noods go home early just so they could stay back and rehearse haha the skit was gold!


I LOVED watching people scoop their candy! What shall it be? Redskins, Fantales, Sherbies, Gummy bears, Strawberries & Cream, Pineapples or Jaffas?


Uni girls look happy with their candy lol


Bowl of candy!


Helen’s speech made me all gooey inside naw i <3 you!


Awesome cake made by Amie! 3 tiered cake of fudgey chocolatey goodness topped with giant 4” gummy bears (US$9.95) from Vat19.com



Giant knife!


Ok ok a nicer pic


<3



We didn’t want to do the traditional linking arms and drink wine so we ate the gummy bears haha Noods took a ginormous bite forgetting that he was supposed to do a thank you speech next


And as is Malaysian tradition, a toast by Grand Uncle- Yaaaaaaam sinnnng!


One more time! YAAAAAAAAM SIIIINGGGGG!


Time for the bouquet toss! i didn’t want to injure anyone so opted for tying ribbons to my lollipop bouquet



Only 1 ribbon was actually tied to the lollipops and the rest of the ribbons i held in my hand


(Photo from Mig) Ready girls?


And the winner is my bridesmaid Shez bwahahaha i swear i didn’t rig it!


(Photo from Melissa) Noods refused to do a dance so i made him do a conga line


(Photo from Mig) i was pretty surprised that we managed to get majority of people to join the conga line haha


Attempting to make our way thru the london bridge of humans


Thanks to our amazing photographers Trish & Joel you guys were freaking awesome!


Lastly, thanks to everyone for all your well wishes! We had a blast and hope you enjoyed reading about it!

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