Bust a Move, Thai takeaway and footy finals: the wedding that was

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Tomorrow is our seventh wedding anniversary.  We are flying to Sydney this morning for 24 hours of kid-free shenanigans.  The only bits of Sydney that Mr Styling You has previously seen are the airport, a conference centre in Parramatta and the highway that goes to Newcastle.

We have on our agenda: lunch with friends at The Winery in Surry Hills, some city shopping, drinks at The Opera Bar with St Murphy and breakfast on Sunday with the Woogs.

Which all sounds very lovely to me.  Some romance, some friends, some drinkies.

Then Mr SY informed me that the Wallabies* and the Broncos** would be playing at the same time on Saturday evening and we would need to find a sportsbar or be back in our hotel room for kick-off.

Which really took me back … to our wedding.

This photo from our wedding day looks all lovely and romantic but if you zoom on my husband's face, that is not a smile. It's a snarl. Basically all our guests were up at the reception's pre-drinks have a bloody good time. Yes, this was the last formal photo taken!

This photo from our wedding day looks all lovely and romantic but if you click on it to enlarge, you’ll see that’s not a smile on my husband’s face. It’s a snarl. Basically all our guests were up at the reception’s pre-drinks having a bloody good time and he wanted part of that. Yes, this was the last formal photo taken. Photo: Images by Lou O’Brien

Apparently my then 7-year-old daughter was over it too ...

Apparently my then 7-year-old daughter was over it too … Photo: Images by Lou O’Brien

We had opted for a lunch time wedding, naively stupidly thinking that this would actually cut down on our drinks’ bill. I vaguely remember signing the credit card bill at the end of the reception, congratulating ourselves on having such tea-totalling friends and family (not!), who incidentally were now stumbling across the street and upstairs into a bar for some dancing.

As you do. At 5pm in the afternoon.

We had forewarned the bar of our impending arrival but I fear even they were not prepared for what unfolded.  Dutifully handing the DJ our mixed CD of 80s and 90s music (no such thing as those new-fangled iPod thingies), we got down to the business of what could be loosely termed, the bridal waltz … to Young MC’s Bust a Move.

By about 7pm and plenty more bad dancing later, we managed to walk down the stairs, cross the road, order some Thai takeaway and be up in our hotel room WATCHING THE FOOTY by 7.30pm. Two games, simultaneously screening on the two TVs in the room.

It must be love, mustn’t it?

We were still eating the cake two years later!

We were still eating the cake two years later. Photo: Images by Lou O’Brien

* The Wallabies is a team of Australian rugby players, some quite cute, who are playing in the World Cup in New Zealand. I have heard of some men who have booked trips to NZ, not to watch the Wallabies in a football stadium, but just in the local pubs.

** The Broncos use a similar-shaped ball but play a game called rugby league – they are Brisbane’s home team. Grown men will cry when captain Darren Lockyer plays his last game. Apparently.

Did you watch football on your wedding day?  What did you dance to for your bridal waltz? 

 
PS. I’m having a bloggie break until Tuesday … and my regular Saturday blogging tips post will be back next week.
 

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  1. congratulations Nikki and Kester, haven’t the years flown by.

    it was a wonderful wedding. I have to admit to drinking one or two more glasses of bubbles than i normally would – then and now I blame it on the goreous weather, the venue and the wonderful atmosphere you guys created.

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  2. Aw, congratulations and happy anniversary. Hope you are well into enjoying your lovely celebration. How cute was your cake? We didn’t have a cake. We eloped. We did have the penthouse at Raes on Wategos at Byron, so I can’t really complain. 😉

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  3. The bride walks down just to start the wedding
    And there’s one more girl you won’t be getting
    So you start thinkin, then you start blinkin
    A bride maid looks and thinks that you’re winkin
    She thinks you’re kinda cute so she winks back
    And now you’re feelin really fine cus the girl is stacked
    Reception’s jumpin, bass is pumpin
    Look at the girl and your heart starts thumpin
    Says she wants to dance to a different groove
    Now you know what to do g, bust a move

    OMG, LOVE it. Congrats. x

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  4. OMG I am so excited to meet Mr Styling You!! In preperation I even watched some of an AFL game last night so I could ask him some poignant questions as well, instead of him just having to listen to us do girly-gossip the whole time.

    I am nervous about wardrobe though. I had planned on a tight white T to show off my fabulous tan but found a big dirty stain on it this morning. Had to call my mum to ask how to get it out.

    See you at Opera Bar my sweet for some footy and fashion talk.

    xoxoxoxo

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  5. Happy wedding anniversary Nikki. I remember your wedding well – it’s still my favourite wedding, and the cake…!!! No football for our wedding but I have a video of me in labour telling Finn to hurry up because the footy was starting at 4.30 – he was born at 4.10 and his first job as a newborn was to watch the footy with daddy (I think he did this even before he had a feed!)

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  6. oh so familiar, first night of honeymoon 22 years ago husband had to go to Pink Floyd concert with brother, apparently they were never going to be back in australia. I stayed home and packed !!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Your post definitely takes me back to my own wedding day – the ceremony was to start about 20 minutes after the West Coast Eagles finished playing in the preliminary final. The only stress of my whole wedding day was that they were going to lose because then everyone would have been in a very bad mood!!
    Luckily they won and a few people even came to the church straight from the game still dressed in their supporters jerseys with suit jackets over the top (much to the chagrin of their partners!)

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      Love it! We didn’t know whether the Lions were going to be playing a day or night game until the week before. But a TV had been put on standby if needed for the reception! Ended up a night game thank goodness!!

      1. Classic – we were the other way around – I was praying it would be a day game so that the entire reception (180 people!) wouldn’t be huddled around the tv in the bar that night!

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  8. Hilarious! I know that feeling Nicky! Have a wonderful weekend in Sydney, i hope the broncos and wallabies do really well, there may be something in it for you, otherwise you can do your own ‘bust a move’ dance moves.

    On 20/9 we will be married for 8 years and on our wedding night Mr Nutshell RAN into our hotel suite and turned on the tv, stripped down to his undies, threw himself on the bed and watched….. ENGLISH FOOTBALL! #serial

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  9. Happy Anniversary!! I hope you have a wonderful dsy today and that you enjoy your time away.
    How funny that the photographer captured hubby wishing he was a the bar with the rest of the guests.
    We danced our wedding dance to Chad Croger & Santana then I danced all night and hubby didn’t really dance at all. my anniversary is coming up soon too, I can’t believe how many years it’s been!

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  10. Happy anniversary to you both – what stunning pics (and that cake is to die for!).

    We too had a footy involved wedding but I am a massive League lover so it was of my doing. We chose to get married the long weekend in October on the Saturday, the day before the NRL grand final, so that we could host a recovery/Grand Final BBQ with all our family & friends the next day. And in a nice little twist of fate the team who were crowned Premiers shared the same colours as our bridal party 🙂

    Enjoy your special 24hrs of kid free time!

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  11. Happy Anniversary Nikki. thanks for sharing your wedding memories.

    a billion years ago I went to a wedding in New Mexico USA and the baseball whatever all important game was on, and on the bridal table there was little tv’s for them to watch the game….

    I was too busy dancing to the love shack to care.

    Have a wonderful time away – one consolation is those boys look pretty damn fine running around in the field in their tight jerseys and shorts…

    The all blacks slaughtered Japan last night. the wallabies better watch out 😉

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