new year - new me...

when the clock strikes at midnight and we celebrate the start of a new year we are always banging on about new year resolutions. what are we going to do different. better. what are we going to do more or less of. its a revolving door each and every year and ill admit, i do jump onboard.

but this year, 2018 felt different to me for some reason. perhaps its age. perhaps it was that 2017 was full of life lessons. perhaps its that i feel like 2018 will be full of hope, wonder, joy and prosperity. well - at least thats what im hoping. 

january 1 2018, started off well - i was clear headed (read. not hungover) and we made the most of it by road tripping it down south for a lovely long lunch. our christmas and new years hasn't been the most "restful", to be completely honest, we have worked everyday we could without pissing off our neighbours. 

this being the case, i have some goals (i am not going to call them resolutions because that term is usually short-lived) for 2018 that i am going to write down here, in the space, to keep me accountable.

1. quality over quantity - my mission for 2018 is definitely to consolidate and surround myself with more like minded peeps that enrich my life rather than add drama

2. spend more time in/at/near the ocean (no explanation needed...)

3. finish our friggin renovation 

4. travel to at least one new country this year (this was something i vowed to do every year after i turn 30, visit a country i haven't been to before - in 2017, it was italy) 

5. make the most of long weekends and public holidays by pre-planning trips away or tacking on a few additional days here and there when i have to travel for work and making the most of the places we get to visit  

6. use eye cream religiously 

7. practise self love (slow down a little and go for a walk/pilates or mediate instead of a high-impact, cardio based, loud thumping music f45 class, don't beat yourself up for having a carb heavy, creamy meal instead of a salad, be more mindful and finally be present in the moment) 

8. learn more - i want to spend time learning new skills, be it a short language course, a pottery or art class or a few modules of interior design at university 

9. decide on a chosen career path and set some goals for the next 1,2 and 5 years 

10. purchase another property somewhere (nz, northern nsw or straddy)

just a little fyi peeps - a 2017 study conducted by pilot pen concluded that only 12% of australians stick to their new years resolutions...

so with that in mind; bring on 2018 i say. lets do this damn thang! 

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2017 has been...

if someone could have told us, this exact time a year ago, that 2017 was going to be an incredibly trying year for kurt and i, i honestly wouldn't have believed you. we had just relocated back to the gold coast from a nine month stint of travel and work whilst living in bali (a bucket list item) and we were newly engaged. the world was our oyster and we were trying to find our groove after an interesting career change (read yachting) but we were positive and optimistic. 

one year on, 2017 has been tough to say the least and i am so hoping that 2018 will be bigger and brighter for us. as some of you fly-the-coopers would know, i am usually proactive-ish on keeping you up to date with our adventures, but alas, this year, our "adventures" have consisted of getting married, starting a business and taking on a full scale renovation whilst working full time. 

when i turned 30 in september, while in fiji on a belated honeymoon (i will get around to posting a few snaps of that soon), the unfortunate passing of my nan turned september into a bit of a messy month with plenty of travel back and forth between australia and new zealand to be with family at a very sad time. this being the case, i really wasn't able to take a step back and look at what 30 really looked like. 

what did i want to have achieved by 30? am i close? do i even know what i want out of this first year in my 30's? its suffice to say that there are a lot of looming thoughts floating around my head and i really cannot answer any of my own questions, let alone other peoples. 

two things i do know at this point in time are (relative to being 30 and 2018) i would like to endeavour to visit at least one country per year that i have never visited before every year from now on and two, that 2018 has got to be better than 2017. i mean, it can't be worse. so there it is. 

not to sound underwhelmed but it seems as thought my first goal will soon be achieved by a last minute whirl-wind trip to milan in early december - so bring on all the pizza and pasta i can eat in two days.  

how has 2017 treated you? am i alone on this or has this just been a really disjointed and random year? 




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our nuptials - part three

omg! i know its been forever since i updated this and added part three to our wedding series. life you know, sometime gets in the way. i have to say, excitingly queensland brides featured our big day, which you can perve on here

the food

i like to think of myself as a bit of a foodie. i love to eat as much as i love to cook so food was the one big thing we wanted to get right. kurt being the person he is, allotted one hour for photos and didn’t want to miss out on cocktail hour, where we had a champagne bar and roaming oyster shucker along with hot and cold canapes.

i have been to a lot of weddings and left some still feeling hungry, so that was something i didn’t want at our wedding. we worked with the wonderful team at wine n dine em to offer guests alternate drop of the following; entrée roasted sea scallops and beetroot carpaccio, lime and watercress or apple glazed pork belly with a petite waldorf salad, mains were char grilled beef fillet with heirloom carrots, pea and wild mushroom alternating with ginger glazed atlantic salmon with black sesame, white miso and coconut rice with dessert being a selection of artisan cheeses or a passionfruit parfit cheesecake.

ontop of this, we also had a roast station (roast beef with bread rolls and gourmet spreads), which was served at 11pm. as there are no late-night greasy food options (i.e. no mcdonalds) we felt that it was the responsible thing to do as hosts. you know, to soak up that alcohol.


the drinks

cocktail hour was predominately focused around a champagne bar with the bride and grooms signature drinks also served. hers being a champagne cocktail featuring champagne, a nip of cointreau and fresh muddled lime and his, a dark and stormy (gingerbeer, rum and fresh lime).

from here, there was also a selection of beer and wines to suit the flavors of the food and the time of year (summer). we opted for a zesty new zealand sauvignon blanc and an australian pinot noir for the red wine drinkers and a light and mid-strength beer for the guys (and gals). we also made sure there was a selection of non-alcoholic beverages available and served both still and sparkling water on tables so no one dehydrated.

p.s. i also just noticed there seem to be a lot of photos with me in a drink in my hand... not sure why...


the sweets

our lovely wedding cake and the favours were made by the lovely casey, from i heart cakes on the gold coast and our divine cake topper was from the uber talented jesse from louie luxe. i did find that the wedding favours also served as a bit of a late night treat for those craving a bit of sugar at the end of the evening. 



we wanted something a bit fun with the photobooth so guests to occupy themselves throughout the evening. we chose theme-appropriate props and what can i say, everyone had a blast and its so fun looking back at all the pics from the evening. it really tells a great story of the evening and the shenanigans that were proceeding.



my amazing family managed to pull off the impossible and surprise us with fireworks half way through the reception. it was so magical and such a big surprise. we both had no idea. all i can say was that it topped the whole event off dreamily and i honestly felt like it was all part of an enchanted movie.

all in all, it was the perfect day, in everyway and looking back, i would not change a single thing. i hope you enjoy reading about it and please let me know if you have any questions or comments. 


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our nuptials - part two

well here we are - up to part numero dos (or part two). this is probs my favourite as its all about the clothes, hair, makeup and all the glittery-sparkly, cherries on top of the pie, deets that everyone loves to hear about. 

the dress

i always knew i wasn't a big, puffy dress type of gal. time was a bit against us (read. less than six months) which is like a swear word when you walk into a bridal boutique wanting something a little different. needless to say i was very VERY lucky that the lovely karen willis holmes boutique in paddington had a dress that suited me, my style and vision for the day that was also able to be tailored to what i wanted. after a few fittings (five) it fitted like a glove and i love love loved it.

as we were getting married on the sand, i thought something textured could work - lo and behold we found that the dress i loved had an almost shell like beading to it, which looked a bit much on the coat hanger, but looked fab at the ceremony.

the stylist that kitted up kurt and the boys suggested that i use some of the cutoff material to cover kurt's tie (which was a bit of a big call) so along i went to the tailor and got the tie covered. i showed it to him the morning before the wedding and judging by the reaction, i wasn't expecting him to wear the glittery god-damn thing, but he surprised me on the day - and wore it. pics below. insert smiley face emoji here. 

my beautiful bridesmaids were dressed in simple silk slips by gold coast company silk laundry.


the groom and groomsmen

kurt and his groomsmen were styled and dressed in top to toe topman and we worked with the gorgeous stylists at topman brisbane to get them all looking all dapper. given it was a beach wedding, we opted not to go for full suits and rather something a bit more causal and fun. 


hair, makeup and nails

hair and makeup was something that i really needed to get right. that being said, it was probably the second thing i locked in after the photographer. the amazing husband and wife duo, john and kathy, behind the multi-award winning salon nook, came over to do hair and makeup for the day. #winning!  

i wanted to look like myself on my wedding day, just a slightly more dewy, sculpted and hydrated version. kathy nailed my look to a tee and i must say, mac strobe cream will be you new best friend, if it isn't already. 

with the assistance of some perfectly colour matched clip-in extensions from showpony, my wind swept wavy mane was ready to rock and roll and my hair, i have to say, was exactly exactly how i wanted it. (i heavily advise a makeup and hair trial for you and at least one of your bridesmaids pre-wedding.)

my signature nail colour is red, i wear it practically every day, so i thought why not make it work on the wedding day. zavier my usual nail gal sorted us all out and took extra care to make sure we were primped and perfect. as part of my gift to the girls i face them each a gorgeous robe from posy robes which matched the theme of the whole shebang perfectly. 

getting ready


i am big on scents. i believe they can transform you to a time and place if you think hard enough. working in the beauty industry i read articles and blogs on perfumes and fragrances all. day. long.

when i was younger i used to adopt a bit of a french-chick philosophy and have either a winter and summer signature scent or a day and night specific scent. in my latter years though i have absolutely fallen in love with byredo's gypsy water and i wear it day and night, summer right through to winter.  described as allowing you to tap into your "inner bohemian with this vivacious, woody scent laced with bursts of citrus, incense, pine and orris" its my fav and i layer it literally with the entire collection (body wash, body lotion, hand cream and hair parfume). 

on the day of the wedding we also opted for a signature scent to waft through the reception. the girls at gypsy and pearl candles supplied us with three different sized candles which had the island appropriate coconut and lime scent whic made the evening all the more romantic. 


flowers and styling

after looking at the logistics of the wedding i knew i would need assistance on the day as we were getting ready on one side of the island, the reception was taking place on the opposite side of the island and our ceremony was taking place on a sandbank in the middle of moreton island, which was on another side of the island. help was totes needed.

so here comes emma and the coco and confetti team. i knew i was able to organise a lot of the suppliers in the lead up but i couldn't physically be there on the day so i was on the look out for an on the day coordinator. to my luck emma also provided seperate quotes on our floral requirements as well as the styling elements. after a few emails back and forward we met up for a few coffees, lunches and wines (she is a girl of my own heart) and we were able to create something uber spectacular.

i didn't want to go over to top with flowers, given the time of year (SUMMER and hot as SHIT) flowers on the beach was a bit of a stretch so we opted for a lot of tropical lush greenery, native australian flora and hints of white flowers throughout.

emma created a gorgeous bouquet for me (it wasn't too big or too small) as well as the bridesmaids beautiful individual flower crowns that suited their luxe bohemian beach look. pintrest certainly is a brides little black book for inspiration, so look at creating a board and share it with your vendors. 

the flowers for the reception and ceremony were beyond perfection. from the palm leaves lining the isle to the beautiful arbor and the hanging installation in the marquee, we really loved what the team created and i think the pictures will tell the story a little better than mere words. 

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our nuptials - part one

i am going to start from the start and cover the details. all the glorious details. yes it was six months of manic-craziness but we pulled it off. not just our big fat wedding day, but a memorable weekend that makes me smile every time i think about it.

north stradbroke island was where we chose to wed, not only because of its raw and untouched beauty but the deep connection both kurt and i have with the island. straddie really turned it on and our wee-little festival as some were calling it, went off without a glitch. 

we started the celebrations on the thursday evening with a low-key rehearsal dinner for the bridal party, their partners and our parents. this was a golden opportunity for everyone to meet and mingle over pizza and wines at the straddie hotel and for both kurt and i to thank our bridal party and discuss the weekends agenda. 

friday was d-day for most of our vendors but it was also welcome beach bbq day, hosted by kurt and i. as we opted for a kiddie free wedding day, this was a good opportunity for everyone to meet other wedding guests over some casual drinks on the sand and kick start a beautiful few days of festivities. a big fat thank you to my band of bridesmaids for cooking up a storm pre-bbq and really helping pull it together. 

we had 64 guests all together and while this was not small, it was by no means big. it was the perfect number for us and it was a balanced mix of family and friends - we were honoured to have so many peeps take time out of their hectic schedules to take part of our special day. we had friends that not only symbolised some of the incredible journeys we have been on in the past years as well as family from all walks of life in attendance. 

without further a-do i will get into the deets of everything as the time and energy spent to pull it all off is worth going over, if not for you, for me, when i am looking back in a few years and thinking would't it be lovely to do it all again... 


we went for a luxe island theme that we wanted to filter right through from save the dates right  to the wedding itineraries handed out on the wedding day. we really wanted the local flora and fauna to be featured at the ceremony and reception, so felt it only fitting to continue that through all the stationary. we used sarah and the team from the print fairy for the save the dates, invites, menu cards, wedding signs and even a matching wedding website, which for us was fantastic - we were able to detail accommodation and transport details to guests via this medium. i found the lovely nikole from la bohemme paper on etsy and she was able to whip up the wedding itineraries and custom cocktail cards and a few other bits and bobs that came up last minute. 


venue - ceremony

kurt and i were married in a beautiful yet windy ceremony on a sacred sandbank in the middle of moreton island. we had to obtain special permission to get married here from the local aboriginal community and to their knowledge there hadn't been a wedding on the sandbank for over 100 years. after being turned down three times we were eventually granted permission and it really was a spectacular location. why a sandbank? well there is a certain romance to it. the ever changing, ever shifting, transient nature along with the knowledge that never again will it be the same as it was on that day, made it all the more beautiful. 

given its location and its venerability to weather, guests were only notified the morning of the wedding where they needed to be at what time by a google pin drop. the amazing team from the amity trader made the difficulty of access seem too easy, as boat was the only way of getting to and from - it became a novelty to guests once they realised what was going on. 


venue - reception

we were lucky enough to be able to use kurt's family beach house at stradbroke island as the reception venue. it was essentially a beautifully manicured blank canvass that we were able to ship everything we needed, too. we brought in everything from the lights and marquee to portable powder rooms right down to the cutlery, everything was ferried over by our team of wonderful vendors. (i have linked all suppliers through in this post and the next few for those brides looking for more ideas.)


next up i will go over the hair, makeup, dresses, shoes and flowers - oh and the food - oh the food. as you can see the details were something i really wanted to capture on the day and our beautiful photographers did an amazing job snapping the essence of the finer details. below is a video link to the drone footage of our ceremony shot by the amazing daniel from north head films. let me know what you think. 

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with my one and only, at the one and only....

well we wrapped a pretty manic two weeks of wedding festivities, which some dubbed a wedding festival, we took the chance to take a mini-moon up north to the gorgeous one and only hayman. while we only have a long weekend, it just just the perfect amount of time for us to take a few seconds out and reflect on the wedding that was. (p.s. it was kurt's birthday so what better way to celebrate...?)

i had read a few reviews on the one and only and after chatting to family and friends, decided this would be the spot to take a few days break and i can honestly say, it was amazing. the staff were phenomenal and un-faultable. the food was good, as expected and the facilities great. as you will be able to see from the below, it was a little wet, but that made the lazy sleep-ins even better.

here are a few snaps from our weekend away - i hope you enjoy. nb. there will be an "official" honeymoon later in 2017, we are still deliberating on locations but are thinking of making it a honeymoon/30th birthday celebration, so if you have any suggestions, let us know. 

swim time
rainy pool
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this year got off to a whirl-wind of a start with a trip to singapore - london - dubai straight up, on jan and the momentum honestly has not stopped. work is pretty manic right now, we are in the early stages of getting two business off the ground, we are about to start another renovation and on top of all that, we are getting married in 20 days.

this is the reason its taken me so god damn long to update this blog. one of my new years resolutions was to certainly keep on top of this more however some times, its a bit difficult to be honest.

i will turn 30 this year which is something i am acutely aware of and for some reason, i felt compelled to try and do my best to visit a country i have never been before every year, from now on. i am actually really excited to see which country that will be in 2017. perhaps africa. somewhere in south america or maybe even somewhere closer to home. who knows?

i am going to upload a few travel snaps from the past months adventures, to keep you abreast of where i have been before doing another quick wedding update. i hope you enjoy! 






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a whip around hipster-ville....

yes yes i know that this little blogging bride to be has been very slack of late in the updates. i have a legitimate reason, i promise. i have been travelling for work, so whilst i won’t be able to update you at the moment with the wedding progress, i will update you with a few little snaps from my latest trip to london!

i returned from london at the end of last week in what was a manic twelve day trip to dubai and london. i love my job, i really do, however the travel element was not really factored into our larger plans of organizing a wedding and full scale renovation when we opted to plan a wedding in six months, so these latest travel stints have certainly thrown a spanner in the works.

this being said, i am following my trusty wedding planning guide and seem to still be ticking things off the list (i have also enlisted the services of a wedding stylist/on the day coordinator who is keeping me a little in check as well).

so whilst i technically had five full days in london, three of those were full up with work work so this guide is really an overview of my weekend, the spots we visited and maybe some you may like to check out when your next in good old london-town.

this trip i spent a lot of time in the north part of london; camden, soho, clerkenwall and stoke newington – so i was certainly hanging out with the hipsters, i was in a new neck of the woods.

saturday am

brunch at all press espresso followed by some delectable snacks and vintage shopping at broadway markets (i encourage you to go down some of the cute side alleys as this is where we found some beautiful hand crafted homewares and one of a kind jewelry).

saturday pm

make your way to morty and bobs for the best bloody mary i’ve ever had (it was also my first) and a bite to eat (gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches anyone).

if you are up for a bit of shopping and the thought of oxford circus freaks the living shit out of you, head to kings road off sloane square for some retail therapy.

once you’ve headed home to spruce up, head on out to bistrotheque for dinner (this place is a bit hard to find, but once you do, its uber amazing) before heading into shoreditch for some drinks at one of the many bars or clubs.

sunday am

head to clerkenwall for breakfast at granger and co (australian owned but man they do great coffee) or modern pantry.

from here colombia street flower markets are a beautiful way to spend a lazy sunday before heading into soho for a bite to eat. i found the bus the easiest way to get aroud these parts, its also quite pretty and fab people watching.

sunday pm

soho has many many great restaurants however we opted to dine at mele e pere, a fusion restaurant which serves up a fantastic french/italian menu. the pumpkin gnocchi with black truffle shavings was certainly my pick!

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i am a blogging bride...

the blogging bride. the blushing bride. i am beginning to swish these fun terms around in my mind, similar to swishing around a nice mouthful of fine red wine on a cold winters evening.

its just gone a little over two and a half weeks since kurt and i set a wedding date, which was in fact roughly six months almost to the date, that we will inevitably wed.

this being the case, i thought i might document my journey of pulling a wedding together in five and a half months for those also considering pulling off the “impossible” as many peeps have said to me recently.

before i go into too much detail, i would like to disclose a few things. i have a bit of experience managing and organising events as i worked as a part-time wedding coordinator at a fancy resort whilst at university. this however by no means makes me an expert! the next thing you must know is that i am a typical anal-retentive virgo and like to work with lists, diaries and calendars and i consider myself pretty darn organised.

and so begins this mini-series of the blogging bride (jamee edition) which will be exciting, nerve-wracking and you will probably begin to notice that the closer the wedding gets, the more wine i will consume whilst juggling work, travel, home renovations, exercise and planning a wedding.

pick the date

kurt proposed on august 5, 2016 in bali, the details here on an earlier blog, we moved back to australia on august 28, which was also the date we chose our wedding date. whilst swimming and sipping bintangs and watching the clock to when we needed to jump into a cab enroute to the airport, saturday 25 febuary was decided upon.

get my butt into gear (and shape)

the next thing i did, which some of you may think is weird, was go to the gym and sign up with a personal trainer. with a little under six months, this for me, was crucial as i want to look my best and therefore diet and exercise needs to be high priority.

hair and beauty

as you know, i work for an incredible skincare company, so all things hair and beauty are at the top of my list (always). preparation is crucial for healthy and glowing skin and luscious locks. not only was this week focused around getting a big hair cut and overhauling my haircare regime, i started to lock in my facials for the next few months. i am aiming to get a treatment every three weeks, so this first week i started with a much needed microdermabrasion which will be followed this week by my second treatment, a peel.

another note on this. i have also started to grow out my brows, even more than usual, as i have a particular shape in mind and do need a bit of time to achieve this. rather than usual waxes, i am going to step up the brow-tints and keep them tidy myself in the coming months.


according to wedding website the knot, there are a few crucial things that i should have locked and loaded at this point, but as mentioned, we are only now into week three so there are still a lot of loose ends dangling around.

what i have managed to do at this stage is: chose a location for the ceremony and reception, order save the dates (they are currently at the printer) and choose the wedding stationary, compile a wedding guest list and obtain addresses, i have booked our makeup artist, we have secured our dj for the reception, booked and paid for accommodation for the bridal parties, secured a location for the “recovery brunch”, started feeling out locations for the rehearsal dinner and welcome bbq and this weekend we are meeting with a potential civil celebrant with the view of looking him in asap provided we gel with him at coffee.

obviously there are a lot of other things in the pipeline but at this stage, we are feeling good about it all. calm and somewhat collected. i purchased hello may this week and have been browsing the pages for some inspiration and must admit, this has already come in handy with a fabulous discount code to the print fairy, the spot i am using for the stationary.

let me know if you have pulled together a wedding in six months or less and give me any hints and tips!

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when one door closes...

when one door opens... a great start to any sentence i think. in my dreams the end of that sentence would be pack your bags and go travelling, but in this instance, it ends with another one opens. when one door closes, another one opens, and so begins this little blog update. 

kurt and i left bali roughly a week ago, bound for australia. thats right, we packed our bags, moved out of our villa, had a little mini-vacay and bid farewell to bali as our home (at least for the time being). we can tick that little goodie off the bucket list. live in bali for six months. check check and check. 

bali was a blast at times, a whirlwind of fun, excitement and craziness all in one eight month bundle of shenanigans. we loved it and hated it (sometimes) but would not change a thing about calling bali our home from february - september 2016. 

we are now back on home soil and whilst its not as chaotic as bali, we have a few exciting months ahead of us with a big home renovation, a wedding in feb 2017 scheduled and some fabulous prospects on the job front - all in sight. 

this being the case, we will be doing a lot of travel around this glorious country for the time being so stay tuned for some fun updates about the spots that we will visit between now and our next big adventure. 


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