Last weekend was magical. Romantic. And very, very special as we exchanged our wedding vows before our closest family and friends in tropical Port Douglas. Today, my dear readers, I am going to share some of the moments-in-time from our special day with you and plus a recipe for a tasty alcohol-free mojito from our reception.
For those of you wondering, yes, I will be changing my name – in fact Wholesome Cook’s brand new look reflects this already! There are a few things still being ironed out as we speak, but I’d like to hear what do you think?
It’s such a cliché but I am going to say it anyway: our wedding day could not have been made more beautiful nor special. We felt truly blessed by the 21 of our closest family and friends who gathered at St Mary’s by The Sea in Port Douglas to witness our becoming husband and wife. We made sure to pause often and let every moment sink in. I had decided to let it all go on the day, relinquish all control and not stress about matters beyond my control… We were there as one, and our loved ones were there with us. Nothing else, no matter how big or small a distraction, would take that away from us.
I might have instagrammed a little something or other but for the most part having the phone off, meant the pleasure of enjoying the day to its fullest was all ours. Besides we had another, gorgeous I might add, husband and wife team attending our special day as the event photographers; Corne and Lara flew in especially from the Gold Coast to capture the most beautiful of our days’ memories.
The service at Zinc, our late lunch reception venue, was outstanding, not to mention the food which has prepared with the greatest care and catered for a wide range of tastes and allergies too! The restaurant’s attention to detail was closely matched by Candace and Tamika from Floral Edge who put together the most beautiful bridal bouquets and cute vintage bottle centrepieces for our day. Our fabulous gluten- dairy- and low sugar wedding cake and cupcakes were made by the lovely Roberta Dana from Port Douglas Cupcake Cafe. After her husband was diagnosed with those intolerances and diabetes, she began offering allergy-friendly and low sugar cakes for weddings too. No wonder she was my first and only choice when it came to our cake!
The children, including three of our pastors’ boys had a ball too. Their table featured theme-coloured Lego pieces in a big bowl, a Polaroid I Spy game, touchable bubble mixture, and like any decent kids’ party, some fabulous activity packs. It kept the little ones busy and having fun.
As for the virgin Mojiotos, they were a welcome refreshment on our arrival at Zinc. We chose them because the standard version is our favourite drink and we share many good memories of the drink the world over. I thought I’d share the recipe with you too. Cheers!
Hope you like the new name and Wholesome Cook’s look too?
- 1 lime cut into small wedges
- 1/2 tablespoon natvia or unrefined sugar
- 2 cups crushed ice
- 1 cup plain water
- large handful of mint leaves
- soda water to top
- Squeeze limes into the shaker, placing the whole wedges into the shaker as well. Add natvia or sugar and stir. Add mint, ice and water. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds or so.
- Pour contents into a tall glass and top with soda water. Add a straw and sip to enjoy.