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Wedded by three

September 30, 2013
'Hurry up, so I can pick up my glass'

‘Hurry up, my champagne is getting warm in this heat’

*This is a sponsored post, but this really was my wedding day, and it really is my anniversary, and this really is a video of us singing a duet – you’re welcome*

This time three years ago I was ensconced in a gorgeous beachside villa, surrounded by friends and family, getting ready to walk down the aisle and say ‘I do’ to my baby daddy.
We were in tropical Port Douglas, in Far North Queensland, and although rain was predicted nothing could dampen our spirits.

I had an amazing dress. A 1940’s lace wedding dress was found in someone’s garage and I bought it for $80. I took it to a local designer and asked him to help me tailor it to fit my post baby body. He suggested a modest decolletage to hide my monster breast-feeding mams, and a little train ‘for drama’.

He completely took that baby apart and recreated a dress that fit like a glove.

'Breath in' 'I am' 'Oh'

‘Breath in’
‘I am’

My 6 month old baby, my sister-in-law, Bex, my mum and I went to my father and step-mother’s hotel room the morning of the big day.

We drank French champagne while my darling friend, Gab, did my make-up and we giggled for the last hours of me being a bachelorette. It was fitting as Gab was my long standing partner in crime, and had sat with me through a million break-ups and dalliances. Having her tend to me on this day was perfect.

Another dear one, with whom I’d traveled the globe, Kirsten Cox, was shooting the day, so surrounded with my loved ones I was primped and preened until I was ready to see my future husband and our friends at the gorgeous Chapel-by-the-Sea.

ready to get married - Holsby wedding

First comes love, then comes marriage…… oh.

I was nervous walking towards the church. I don’t know why, really. With a child under our belt our union was a fairy done deal.

Maybe I was nervous about walking in heels in front of people. I never did master that. In fact, I still haven’t stitched the hole I tore in the dramatic train that was almost more drama than we paid for.

Bex carried D Man down the aisle, Β and I held my Dad’s hand as I walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of ‘I Was Made For Loving You’ by Kiss, sung by my girlfriend Cass, who has the voice of a dirty, gin-swilling, cigarette-chuffing angel.

I watch the video and you’d think I was walking down the red carpet from the excited way I was greeting every guest. Not quite high fiving each person, but certainly not far off.

'This'll be quick, then we can get to the good bit'

‘This’ll be quick, then we can get to the good bit, get boozy and put lampshades on our heads’

It was everything I’d hoped for. I’ve never been one to begin planning my wedding day in my teens; a horse drawn diamonte studded, pink carriage and 15 bridesmaids all dressed in ball gowns wearing matching tiaras.

No, this intimate affair was ideal for me.

'FOREVER!!!' *maniacal cackle*

*maniacal cackle; minor skid in the undies*

That’s the thing I bloody love about weddings. They’re all so different, and wonderful in their own ways. I once even went to a surprise wedding, where the bride had organised everything unbeknownst to her boyfriend and the groom arrived by boat to a park and was given a suit to don in ten minutes while his guests waited in the midday sun.

That was ballsy. Could have been awkward.

Thankfully, he was blown away in a good way!

Holsby wedding

‘Did you break wind?’

We wrote our own wedding vows, mine were long winded, of course, and during the photos it rained on us newlyweds. They say rain on your wedding day is good luck.

It was blowing a blustery wind and our umbrella… well, you can see what happened.

Holsby wedding

holsby wedding

‘I hope they save us some cocktails. I need to anaesthetise my feet’

The reception was full of laughter and silliness, and lots and lots of food and booze, naturally. I chose a restaurant directly across the road from the chapel so we would waste no time getting down to business.

holsby wedding
Mister H was concerned about his dancing capabilities, so he had suggested we do a first duet in lieu of a first dance. (make sure to watch to 3.35, for a special appearance)

On my third wedding anniversary, I’d like to share this with you guys, and send a little message to my husband.

My love, Holy Shimoly, that few years was a hell of a ride!!!

Happy 3rd Wedding Anniversary.

You keep me on my toes, and you drive me crazy, but I do love you so. It’s been a big, wonderful, crazy, and busy three years, and I look forward to seeing what our future unfolds together. I couldn’t imagine my life without you, and all of your shoes in it, you big stinker.

I love you xxx

holsby wedding

Holsby wedding

A true love story.

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  • Reply Catherine Rodie (@CatherineRodie) September 30, 2013 at 7:56 am

    LOVE your duet!! absolutely brilliant. Happy anniversary! xx

  • Reply ksbeth September 30, 2013 at 8:12 am

    wonderful, wonderful )

  • Reply monk-monk September 30, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Um, if this is an example of a sponsored post, you have nothing to worry about as far as keeping readers. I read it and loved the whole thing. There were no awkwardly placed coke cans anywhere.

    And the photos are breathtaking. I love the one of your son. I love the almost-kissy one towards the end. Happy Anniversary!

    • Reply Keeping Up With The Holsbys September 30, 2013 at 9:13 am

      Look closer in the photos. There’s a BMW πŸ˜‰

      Thanks so much. I think we’ll be going out for dinner. My shout πŸ˜‰

      Sent from my iPhone


  • Reply Dani from Sand Has No Home September 30, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I loved it, I was grinning cheesily all throughout. Um, is cheesily a word?

  • Reply Tara @GlutenFreeHart September 30, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I love everything about this wedding. I LOVED that you walked down the aisle to ‘I was made for loving you’ and that it was delivered by the voice of a dirty gin-swilling cigarette-chuffing angel – golden moments indeed.
    Ahh wedded bliss.. There’s nothing quite like it. Happy Anniversary
    (PS) No Dirty Dancing run and lift in your duet? Disappointed..

    • Reply Keeping Up With The Holsbys September 30, 2013 at 10:42 am

      Funny you should mention it but I do have a photo of us practicing that in the water like Baby and Johnny!!

  • Reply Joyce September 30, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Happy anniversary…I just love the dress! Good find.

  • Reply Zanni Louise September 30, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    You guys are absolutely gorgeous! x

  • Reply Val and John September 30, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    We will never forget that wedding, it was so special to be there and a hoot of a night. You guys rocked!!! Val

  • Reply Grace September 30, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Naw, gorgeous!!! Love, love, love the duet!! And the touchey shot! Perfect!

  • Reply coloursofsunset September 30, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    I want to get drunk and sing karaoke with you.

    was this post sponsored by Baby and Johnny? xox

    • Reply Keeping Up With The Holsbys September 30, 2013 at 4:04 pm

      Ha, any time, sweets. I love me some karaoke!

      Johnny and Baby gave us their blessing. They said ‘nobody puts a Holsby in the corner’.

      Sent from my iPhone


  • Reply Sam Stone @ A Life on Venus September 30, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    so beautiful. your dress is gorgeous.

  • Reply San October 1, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Ohhh hunnies, what a beautiful couple you make and now TWO gorgeous toddlers that are testament to your love for one another. Loved the commentary, adored the captions, didn’t look too closely for “that mark’ but fancy I may have spotted it :o) Heartfelt congrats guys

  • Reply maxabella October 3, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Awesome – you’re as much fun as eva. x

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