Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

WIP it good

Handsome groom? Check. Overseas location? Check. Hang on… what about everything else?

Planning this elopement has made me think about things I’d never before considered; bridal appointments, off-white vs white white, cocktail vs lounge suit, the seven different ways to get to City Hall from our hotel, how I’m going to fit our marriage certificate in a little clutch, something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.

No amount of project management has prepared us for the process of planning a secret elopement.

Working in PR has its advantages; the biggest undoubtedly, has been harnessing the power of the Work in Progress document. So, armed with my Kiki-K stationery and a desire to meticulously plan and efficiently execute, WIP meetings have become a staple of our existence. My top favourite WIP moments from recent months include:
  1. The football WIP - quarter-time, half-time and three quarter-time during all Friday night Essendon and/or Hawthorn games. It's amazing what you can get done in-between sirens.
  2. The in-code WIP on the work phone.
  3. The WIP by stealth - commonly known to my sisters and workmates as me seeking advice on matters under the guise of planning my 30th birthday party.
  4. The offsite WIP, usually held at establishments that serve alcoholic beverages.
  5. The coffee date WIP; my personal favourite.
  6. The public transport WIP, also known as the worst kind of WIP. This method involves talking at a million miles an hour and attempting to unsuccessfully access mobile internet in-between train stations.

Pablo Neruda

I came across the beautiful quote in my Pinterest research. I love it and think it's pretty damn appropriate x

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The secret groom

Today, two colleagues and another mate asked ‘Are you engaged yet?’ It’s been hard keeping this secret, and aside from looking forward to marrying Kate, it’ll be nice to finally be off the hook.

My approach to secret-keeping has been to remain quiet, and to avoid all talk of relationships and weddings. Kate struggles to keep a secret a little more than me, but her ability to evade, talk around, and flat out lie about where she is and what she’s doing, is as impressive as it is disconcerting.

Every so often, for fun, I drop an ever-so-subtle hint, just to see if someone might work it out. To date no one has.

Our approach to elopement planning is as different as our method of secret-keeping, I’m the logistics guy, Kate’s the creative.  It’s been a great time for us, having this thing that nobody else knows about, planning away, and secretly knowing.

Monday, June 17, 2013

My first fitting...

This moment was a little terrifying (no veils thanks) but we got through it, thanks to a calming Bills brunch in Woolhara.

The lace detail in these dresses was stunning. Ultimately, I went for a slightly different dress - still lace - but less structured and more fitting with our elopement plans. Despite my initial reservations, this was an amazing day and an experience that won't be forgotten! x

Sunday, June 16, 2013

A girl needs a couple of good mates to share her secrets with

When we first started putting our elopement plans into place, Adam had a little *chat* with me about keeping our secret firmly that, a secret. I assured him I was capable of the task. Not so, it would seem.

A girl needs a couple of good mates to share her secrets and a WIP document with. 

Both Ads and I are exceptionally blessed to have amazing friends. Pamela Klioufis and Emma Leske are two of the best. Ever. They also happen to be the most efficient and organised people put on this earth.

So introducing the elopement machine....

Pamela Klioufis. Pam has a heart as big as her extended Greek family. She is a hilarious, self-confessed over-orderer with a weakness for dessert, channel and beautiful stationery.

Emma Leske. Our friendship staples have always been Thai takeaway dates, lots of wine and endless chinwags. I loved our time in Japan together and find her incomparable ability to squeeze 75 things into one weekend beyond impressive.

Monday, June 10, 2013

City Hall awaits


We're getting married....

We're getting married... in secret.

Keeping this under wraps is one of the hardest things we've ever had to do, and the bad news is, we've got a few weeks to go still. The good news; we’re getting married, and we couldn’t be more excited.

We’ve chosen San Francisco City Hall as the location for our I do’s. The night we decided to marry (and elope), we sat up until the early hours, excitedly researching locations. As soon as we saw it, that was it. We’re quite taken with the drama and beauty of the City Hall and love how it will contrast with our simple wedding service.

Adam is a lot of things to me; best mate, biggest supporter, harshest critic, sounding board and partner in crime. In a couple of weeks, he’ll also be my husband.

 How we met

It’s not a beautiful love story. Our now nine-year relationship started off as a dance floor pash and dash, but we’ve been inseparable ever since. We've survived Adam teaching me how to drive, and later, how to snowboard, an interstate move, multiple career changes and some very cramped apartments.

On July 22, 2013 we’ll finally, and very happily, lay to rest the question of “When are you guys getting married....?”

Much love, Kate and Adam xo