Jude’s First Trip to NZ: Week 3

Our third week in NZ was the most exciting one as it was the week of Abby and Brad’s wedding. Early in the week Jude and I hung out at home crawling around,

IMG_0201and making big messes,

IMG_0203Aunt Faith was home with us most days.

IMG_0240So Jude practiced climbing up the big stairs with her (he made it all the way up!),

IMG_0244and made more messes.

IMG_0220Abby came over one afternoon and we chatted about the wedding and let Jude roll around in the dried flowers that would be thrown at her and Brad after they said their vows.

IMG_0274Brad also came round and gave us a preview of his speech.

IMG_0270We watched some beautiful sunsets from the house,

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IMG_0336The day before the wedding was the rehearsal and set-up. So we went along to watch/help-out.

IMG_9941Jude slept through the rehearsal,

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IMG_9946The morning of the wedding Jude finally met Aunt Pearl and her boyfriend Brad. 

IMG_0304He got two new outfits from them – an ‘ABCD’ (modeled on ACDC) shirt and a batman onesie – so cute!

IMG_0309And then it all started  – Abby and her bridesmaids arrived and they began getting ready.

IMG_9948We sat back and watched.

IMG_9963The wedding was amazing. Abby looked so beautiful and Brad so handsome. I didn’t bring my camera so will have to wait to post more on it until once I get my hands on some photos.

The next morning we were predictably all pretty tired.

IMG_0333So after a leisurely brunch we decided to let Jude entertain us by playing a game Taiwanese play with their babies once they start crawling. The game is placing a bunch of different objects around the room in a circle. Each object is meant to represent a different occupation and you place the baby in the middle and whichever object he crawls to is meant to be his future occupation.

IMG_0339so what did Jude crawl to? The pirate doll! We are so proud.

IMG_0342We took advantage of having all 5 NZ Aunties in one place (+ Grandma) and took some photos.

IMG_0365And then sadly it was time to say goodbye.

IMG_0371We sure do miss everyone. Thank you for a wonderful three weeks!

A Week in New Zealand

After our holiday in the States I flew over to New Zealand for our dear friends Brigette and Christoph’s wedding. I spent a week there and in addition to the wedding, I was able to catch up with family and a few friends. I flew into Auckland, and spent my first night catching up with Luke’s family.  The next day I flew down to Queenstown, rented a car and drove to Naseby, where I rang in the New Year with our friends, Aimee and Hamish and their almost 2 year-old daughter, Ava.

IMG_3277After Naseby I headed to Wanaka, hung out and had a yummy pizza dinner with our friends, Simon and Alex.

IMG_4731And finally onto Queenstown, where the wedding was being held. I arrived a few days before the wedding to hang out with Brigette and Christoph and help out with whatever needed to be done. They a picked a beautiful venue called, The Canyons Lodge, for their ceremony and reception. It’s the kind of place though that is weather dependent and the days leading up to the wedding were unseasonably cold and wet. We even woke up to snow on the mountains one morning!

IMG_3304The night before the wedding the soon to be Mr and Mrs held a BBQ at the venue for the family. The rain had stopped but it was pretty chilly.

IMG_3312And on the morning of the wedding it was slightly warmer and overcast but  while we were getting our hair and makeup done the clouds parted ways and opened up to the most beautiful blue skies and sunshine. We were thrilled!

IMG_3327After hair and makeup, we went back to the lodge for the finishing touches.

IMG_3350I helped Brigette put on her exquisite gown and poured her a glass of bubbles to calm her nerves.

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We kept peeking out the window checking out the guests as they arrived.

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The ceremony was simply beautiful – almost everyone was in tears. After mingling with the guests for a bit and family photos, the new Mr. and Mrs. scooted off with their photographer for a photo session atop a mountain. And before we all knew it, the newlyweds were back and we were sitting down to dinner.

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They did such a good job with the decor. There were so many little personal touches everywhere.

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Including this clever photo booth.

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The food was incredible. Everyone was ohhing and mmming over each course.

IMG_3367Especially the desserts!

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Christoph’s Mom and Sister made the wedding cake, a German Tree Cake. It is a new favorite of mine.  I am desperate to Germany so I can taste it again.

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As the night wore on there was drinking, dancing, and more celebrating. I was so honored to be apart of their special day.

IMG_3358After Queenstown I flew back up to Auckland for one more night with Luke’s family before flying back to Taipei. I managed to squeeze in a  stop at the supermarket to bring back some of our NZ faves.

IMG_3431It was a quick but really good trip  – my last solo adventure before the baby comes!