Monday, March 16, 2015

Three courses full

Mr Rosanna and I had a wedding last Friday night venturing south of the Yarra.  I've been to a number of different weddings in the past including a couple of stand up weddings and one held on New Year's Day although this was the first one I've been to on a Friday night, which was a bit tricky.  It's great having flexible employers who allow you to work from home.  It was the wedding of an older couple who also had adult children - both sides of whom spoke at the reception.  It's lovely to see that love can bloom again, as it can at any age.

Seaview Room Brighton Savoy image via Venue Mob
I loved the bride's beautiful sleeveless Carla Zampatti wedding dress (above) which was a little vintage-inspired with a lace overlay and tulle rosette at the front with a split and small train at the back.  Her daughter looked just as stunning in a strapless black dress fittingly by Zampatti's daughter Bianca Spender (also a fashion designer).  Needless to say the wedding reception was a very cultured and sophisticated affair at the Brighton Savoy where Mr R and I also stayed the night.

The next morning we slept in and decided to go to the Middle Brighton Baths cafe for breakfast (instead of the Brighton Schoolhouse which was also close by).  While the food was OK, the scenery was spectacular.  The baths themselves are housed in a beautiful Art Deco building with a private beach and swimming area (complete with shark netting) just for members only, which can be viewed from inside the cafe (above) - we spied a few hardcore swimmers probably training for the upcoming Iron Man Asia Pacific event.  Lots of people were out cycling, running, walking their dogs and enjoying the morning sunshine.  It is a different feeling being by the beach - it was fantastic to walk along the pier all the way out to the rocks and back and a great way to start the weekend.

It was just as well the morning was relaxing as the drive back to Rosanna dealing with Melbourne Grand Prix traffic was no fun at all.  We weren't feeling terribly zen by the time we got home!  It was a busy weekend in that we had a long planned dinner party on Saturday night catching up with some of my old work friends Georgia and Kath (and our partners) although luckily this was local.  Georgia and her husband had gone to a lot of effort with a delicious Greek slow cooked lamb and pomegranate salad (Hellenic Republic's Cypriot grain salad recipe) for dinner followed by this amazing double chocolate berry pavlova dessert (below) from the What Katie Ate book (and blog of the same name).

I tell you it's a good thing I exercise as I don't often have three course meals for dinner especially two nights in row!  There's a huge amount on this coming weekend as well as some other local happenings so I'll be back tomorrow.

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