Let's see how good I am at condensing a whole (big) day into a few paragraphs!
The whole event happened on Rodd Island which is near Leichhardt for anyone from Sydney. It's managed by NSW National Parks and there are no ferries or pubic transport to get there so water taxis were the only option. While certainly not cheap, they were definitely punctual!
The thing about having it on an island with no function centre or restaurant is that you have to supply everything. Chairs, tables, cooking equipment, food, drinks, staff, everything. And to make it more exciting, you only get the island for the day so you can't drop it off the night before to make things a bit easier. With everything arriving that morning, I just had to hope that everyone turned up on time because it was now out of my hands and when I didn't receive any phone calls while I was getting ready, I knew that everything was going to be fine.
Lachlan dashed off to the the wharf to meet the caterers, drinks delivery and wait staff who were arriving at 10.30am and did some of the set up. A friend of a friend was my 'day of' coordinator and along with her boyfriend, got there at 8am when the tables and chairs arrived. I honestly could not have done it without her, it was so nice knowing she would be there in the morning to make sure everything was set up as well as being the go to person for the wait staff we hired. As this was all new for her (she's looking into a career change), she did the whole thing for free in order to get experience and I still can't believe how lucky we were to have her help
Everything arrived to the island on time, the guests got there by midday and I arrived by 12.30 and it was time to begin! We wrote our own vows and ceremony script and I had been a bit worried that it wasn't going to be long enough since we kept it pretty simple (no readings or symbolic gestures). I think it was just the right amount of time as standing in front of a lots of people can be a bit nerve racking even if they are your friends and family.
I can't believe I haven't mentioned this yet: the weather! As I said yesterday, I was obsessed with the weather forecast and honestly, it was the most perfect sunny beautiful day with not a could in the sky. In fact, it was almost too sunny .Every time we visited the island it was always overcast and we didn't realise just how exposed it was. In the lead up I had been so worried that we would need umbrellas to deal with rain that I hadn't even thought that maybe we would need them for shade. Luckily there were gazebos with tables and chairs where people sat and I bought a huge pump pack of sun screen which people were very grateful for.
After a bit of table moving so they were in the shade, it was time for food. Oh the food! People still bring up how good it was which makes me so happy as good food and booze were important to us and we didn't want anyone to leave hungry. The Commons restaurant in Darlinghurst came through with the goods and it was so much better than we could have expected. In fact one friend said that his only complaint about our wedding was that he wasn't warned that there were two courses and that he was almost too full for the main course. For dessert, we had tubs of Messina gelato served in cones which seemed to be a big hit (even if the dry ice did make them almost completely solid!)
It was just a really awesome day and there were times where we just stood back and said 'I cannot believe how smoothly this day is going!' We had obviously put a lot of work into the planning but it was just such a relief that everything came together so well. It was almost like a mini holiday (our invites had a holiday theme too), a chance for everyone to hang out on an island on a sunny day, eat good food and drink nice beer and wine and hang out with people which was exactly what we had wanted.
After getting some help with packing up (that always takes longer than you expect), we all got on the water taxi and headed back to the mainland. Those who were still standing joined us at a bar in Glebe, our old neighbourhood, and we continued to party until 2am.
Basically it was the best day we could have hoped for.
(all photos taken by my friend Cassandra Sutton from Loop the Loop Photography. Please don't reproduce without permission).