by pennifold 11 May 2017

Hi everybody, I've missed you all.


Well, what a wedding we had it was THE BEST WEDDING we've ever been to. So much love, fun, laughter, drinking, fun, love, laughter, DRINKING!!!! Did I mention that twice? We had budgeted a set amount for the Alcohol and went way over, gee some of their (Amy and Steve's) friends drink like fish! Never mind, it was our last wedding and it was all worth it.

The Nusa Dua Beach and Spa Resort is an amazing place. The pools, the food, the staff were excellent.
We were very fortunate in that we had a private Palace suite with 2 rooms and our own pool. So the bridesmaids and flowergirls got ready in our room.

Poor old Trev (Father of the Bride) had to get dressed in our dressing room and then vacate whilst everyone else got dressed and had their hair and make up done.

It was stinking hot, perspiration was dripping down me and I hate the heat. Never mind I had a fan and by the time the reception came round it was a fabulous sea breeze. The reception was held near the beachfront.

We got back this morning (Thursday) at 6.20am and then caught a train home to Newcastle and Dana picked us up from the train station.

Dana and her family had been away in America and Hawaii for 3 weeks and then the week at Nusa Dua.

I've got a few photos of the wedding I'll post, but the majority of them are with other friends.

Our oldest friends John and Deirdre (who own the winery up in the Hunter Valley that we go to quite frequently) came and both of them took fabulous pictures too and are presenting us an album as a gift from them.

Trev and I viewed the wedding album by the official photographer last night and it's gorgeous.

Can't thank you all for the wonderful wedding wishes. I've printed them out and will give them to Amy when she, Steve and the girls come back from the rest of their holiday.

It's all go now, I'm up to my eyes in washing, getting mail collected etc. and thinking of next week with babysitting duties etc. Life goes on!
1. Dana (our elder daughter), Natalie (Amy's oldest and best friend) Clare (from Sydney) and Deannie (from Melbourne)
2. All the girls dressed and ready - don't they look gorgeous?
3. Amy, me and Dana (it was blowing a gale by this time)
4. Amy and Steve
5. Delphi helping her mummy put on her shoe
6. Apart from the little girl on the left who is one of Steve's friends from England's daughter, the rest are our grandchildren.
7. Mum, Amy, Steve, Me and Trevor
8. Amy and her sister Dana
9. Dana and her husband Jason
10. Amy and Dana sharing a Champagne
11. Amy's dress from the back
12. Amy with veil on - my fave it's STUNNING!!

As you can see it was a fabulous wedding. Dana sang a great rendition of She's my Soul Sister and made up words for Amy. Steve sang I can't get no Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones as he takes Mick Jagger off to a T and everyone was in stitches.
During my speech I sang "Slipping through my Fingers" by ABBA which brought a lot of tears to the mothers that were there.

All in all it was an amazing wedding and the after parties were great too.

I don't think our next holiday to Italy in September/October will be able to top this holiday off. Love Chris

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by sewmom 13 May 2017

What a beautiful wedding! Congratulations!

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pennifold by pennifold 14 May 2017

Thanks so much, it was that indeed. Love Chris

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by toogie 13 May 2017

Chris, I'm sorry I am so slow commenting, we've got things going on here...anyway, I had looked early on and just now am able to comment.
I can't say enough of how beautiful everyone looks from the children to the grown ups, but the bride outshines them all, as well she should. That gown is exquisite! I have never seen one like it. I love how the back flows. This last photo of Amy is timeless. Of course, Amy herself is always beautiful.
I am so happy to see your mom was able to make the trip, too. These photos will be treasured through the years, knowing she was there to share in this occasion.
The setting for the ceremony was perfect too. I love the water in the background of the two sisters pic. I love water period. In another life I think I could have been a sea creature. Now I am just a creature-lol
After the months, weeks of planning and the excitement of the wedding and party after, it is hard to come down to earth again. But time goes on and I want to wish Amy and Steve and the girls all the best, again. Thank you for including all of us in the happy occasion.-Toogie

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pennifold by pennifold 14 May 2017

Hi Toogie, I know how busy you are and I thank you for taking the time to comment. As you can see from the pictures it was a magical wedding. Everyone had a ball and I'm just so happy to now be back home and into my normal routine. I'm glad everything went so smoothly. Can't wait to see all the pictures once Amy gets back. They leave Bali this evening (Monday and get home tomorrow morning about 6.00am) There is a noise embargo on Sydney airport from midnight till 6.00am! It's a bit ridiculous for an international airport, but there you go. Love Chris

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by sukiranih 13 May 2017

Wonderful photos.... everyone looks gorgeous and so beautifully dressed. The bride looks a dream.

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pennifold by pennifold 13 May 2017

Thanks it was so beautiful and I would loved it to go on and on. ❤️ Chris

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by mariagiannina 12 May 2017

Hi Chris, what lovely wedding photos! You ALL look gorgeous, love the wedding gown, and the bridesmaids and your outfit.
Thanks for showing us.

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pennifold by pennifold 13 May 2017

You're welcome. I think everyone looked fabulous too. ❤️ Chris

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by jrob Moderator 12 May 2017

Gorgeous pictures, Chris. I love your dress!

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pennifold by pennifold 12 May 2017

Thanks Jerrilyn, it was actually a 3 piece suit. Love Chris

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by dailylaundry 11 May 2017

Beautiful pictures, Chris - thank you for sharing with us - it looks as though everything was quite lovely!!! Hugs!!

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pennifold by pennifold 12 May 2017

Hi Laura, yes it was and the memory of it it will remain with me till I die. Love Chris

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by lbrow 11 May 2017

Awesome Chris. Love the pictures . Wonderful memories for all./Lillian

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pennifold by pennifold 12 May 2017

Thanks Miss Lillian, it was a wedding to remember and everyone agreed. Love Chris

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by noah 11 May 2017

Thanks for sharing i love looking at pictures hugs

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pennifold by pennifold 12 May 2017

You are welcome Carolyn, me too! Amy looked radiant and was SO HAPPY! Love Chris

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by shirley124 11 May 2017

Welcome back. Wow! what beautiful photos and memories you have of such a wonderful wedding. Amy looks beautiful in that beautiful dress. It is hard to pick a favourite photo as they are all so lovely. Hugs

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pennifold by pennifold 12 May 2017

HI Shirl, it's so good to be back and it's only a week ago! We were just about to walk out of the room about now - 6.00 which in Bali would be 4.00 as they are 2 hours behind us here on the east coast of Australia.
Amy walked down the aisle with Trev and me towards Steve to the song "At Last" sung by Etta James - it was so appropriate!!!!!

I don't think there is one bad picture of her, they are all gorgeous, but so is she! Love Chris

pennifold by pennifold 12 May 2017

Meant to say that the song At Last was the version sung by Beyonce. Love Chris

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by dec716 edited 11 May 2017

Everyone looks so beautiful/handsome.
Those are the prettiest bridesmaids dresses I have ever seen! Thanks for sharing.

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pennifold by pennifold 12 May 2017

Thank you so much for commenting and I don't even know you! Yes, the dresses were bought from our department store called Myer - the brand was "Seed". They have a flesh coloured lining and the lace top was white. Amy wanted an all white wedding! Love Chris

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by pacmp 11 May 2017

Beautiful! The photos will be treasured, and continue to bring back all the sights and sounds of the fabulous days culminating with the gorgeous event and evening of celebration. May their joy only be magnified even further as they continue their lives together. I am sure that as the little ones continue to grow up far too quickly these girls will remember this day in delight with fantasies of their own wedding days and their photos together. Amy's veil picture will surely be a favorite of all who will see it it is gorgeous. Hope all the memories continue to flood your mind as you make it through the laundry, mail sorting and unpacking of the trip and so grateful all was able to be full enjoyed though it took just a bit longer than had first been planned. Wow it was quite the event. I am sure that the holiday in the fall while not a wedding, it too will have its own special memories that too will bring life long treasured memories to you. I am grateful you are able to enjoy the events as well as sharing in them. Immense thanks. Pam

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pennifold by pennifold 12 May 2017

Thanks Pam for your gorgeous comments. You certainly have a wonderful way with words! I'm a real softie and thought I'd cry when I sang my song, but didn't and that will stay with me for as long as I live. Amy hadn't heard the song, so she was very emotional. Memories are wonderful things to cherish always. Love Chris

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by tuross 11 May 2017

Everyone looks just beautiful (even the men). I love your outfit too. So glad everything went so well and a wonderful time was had by all.
Lynne

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pennifold by pennifold 12 May 2017

Thanks so much Lynne, yes, the men scrubbed up pretty well. Poor Johnny, the littlest guy was soaking through his shirt! Everyone was perspiring!!! Love Chris

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by kustomkuddle 11 May 2017

Welcome back. We missed you! So glad the wedding went off so well and everyone had a great time. Your pictures are gorgeous and such a beautiful family. Debbie

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pennifold by pennifold 12 May 2017

Thanks so much Debbis, so nice of you to comment as you are so new to Cute. We had a lovely week with the family. They are the only ones still there and come home next week. Love Chris

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by irenewayne 11 May 2017

Chris
gorgeous photos & don't you look so elegant. Dresses are lovely & glad all went well & a good time was had by all. Now you can unwind a bit
Irene

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pennifold by pennifold 12 May 2017

Thanks Irene, yes, we are all very pleased with the whole thing. Can't wait now to see the rest of the piccies. Love Chris

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by graceandham 11 May 2017

Wowser! A beautiful bride and two precious little flower girls. I love the silver dress on you! Glad it all happened just right and you got great pictures to remember it by. Put your feet up!

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pennifold by pennifold 12 May 2017

Hi Betsey, yes, she was gorgeous. Ophelie and Delphi made Steve cry when he saw them and then when Amy walked down the aisle more tears!!! My dress was actually a 3 piece pantsuit! I'm just about to go and sit down and have dinner it's 5.45pm Friday evening as I write this reply. Love Chris

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by 02kar Moderator 11 May 2017

Welcome home after the wedding of all weddings! All of you must be filled to the brim with joy. I'm sure it took a lot of planning but so worth it.
Enjoy these wonderful pictures and memories. BTW your fave is my fave too. So beautiful!

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pennifold by pennifold 12 May 2017

Yes, Karen, it took a lot of planning and Amy did most of it. Steve had a hand too, but it was mostly Amy's organisational skills. Love Chris

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by chenille 11 May 2017

These are fantastic pictures! Thanks so much for sharing them with us.
Good to have you back with us.
Hugs, Nadyne

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pennifold by pennifold 12 May 2017

Thanks Nadyne, I'm happy to be back home too. I'm so glad you like the pictures, Amy was a beautiful bride. Love Chris

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by sewdeb 11 May 2017

Oh, Chris, what a magical day - the photos are stunning! I'm so happy that you all had such a marvelous time! Amy made a gorgeous bride and you looked beautiful. I wish the happy couple all the best! Hugs and welcome back! Deb

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pennifold by pennifold 12 May 2017

Thanks so much Deb, yes, we are still viewing piccies from everyone and I can't wait to view the CD that Amy and Steve got with about another 300 on there! So happy to be back home in the cooler weather - we are heading into winter soon. Love Chris

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by crafter2243 Moderator 11 May 2017

Beautiful wedding pictures. Love the back of the dress. Glad everyone had a great time. Best wishes for the new couple.

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crafter2243 by crafter2243 11 May 2017

Actually I loved the whole dress.

pennifold by pennifold 12 May 2017

The dress was gorgeous, wasn't it? We've bought it back with us and will take it to the drycleaners next week. Love Chris

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by dragonflyer 11 May 2017

Gorgeous just doesn't seem to even begin to capture the moments....so glad you were all able to be there and so happy for the new couple...

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pennifold by pennifold 12 May 2017

Thanks so much Kim, we were blessed with a perfect day too, although hot!!! It's funny as when Amy and Steve were pregnant with Ophelie they had the nickname of "Steamy" (Steve and Amy) so it was called the "Steamy lovefest". Love Chris

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by designgirl 11 May 2017

Amy is a beautiful bride. Your outfit is gorgeous, love that colour. Thanks so much for sharing Wishing the bride and groom many,many years of happiness. Hugs and love Lynn

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pennifold by pennifold 12 May 2017

Thanks Lynn, yes, I agree with you. My outfit was silver, 3 piece pantsuit, but the jacket was flying around in the wind, so I had to keep my hand on it! Love Chris

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by gdsteliga 11 May 2017

Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures.
Wishing them many years of happiness.
God bless Doreen

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pennifold by pennifold 12 May 2017

Thanks so much Doreen, I pray for that too. Love Chris

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by basketkase 11 May 2017

Gorgeous family and what a terrific wedding this was.......thanks for sharing, Chris.....

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pennifold by pennifold 12 May 2017

Thanks Vicki, yes it was a fabulous day and evening. I went to bed at midnight couldn't keep my eyes open as we (Trev and I) had been awake since 4.00am!!!! Love Chris

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by lidiad 11 May 2017

Wow, wow, wow! Thank you for posting these pictures, they are wonderful. All of you look great and the pictures show a lot of love and happiness. Congratulations!
Hugs, Lidia

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pennifold by pennifold 12 May 2017

Thanks Lidia, yes, everyone said WOW! Love Chris

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by sdrise 11 May 2017

Welcome back!! I am so happy you had such a wonderful wedding and enjoyed yourselves so much. The pictures are amazing and the dresses are beautiful... The girls are so beautiful! Stunning photos!

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pennifold by pennifold 12 May 2017

Thanks Suzanne, we are very blessed indeed with our girls. Love Chris

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by michemb 11 May 2017

Such lovely photos of what was clearly a beautiful and memorable day. So happy that everything went off so well for you and the family.
hugs
Michelle

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pennifold by pennifold 11 May 2017

Thanks Michelle we were just so thankful for great weather although it was so hot and steamy. As I write this I'm in my winter pj's and it's ☔️ outside and cool. ❤️ Chris

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by marianb 11 May 2017

Wow what a beautiful day, Amy's gown is gorgeous as are the bridesmaids dresses. You and Trev scrub up well to, love the colour of your outfit. Marian

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pennifold by pennifold 11 May 2017

Thanks Marian - I thought the colour went well with my silver hair he he he! Amy's dress was just so delicate and yes the bridesmaids were fab too. ❤️ Chris

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by gerryvb 11 May 2017

wow, these pictures are all gorgeous, you all look so beautiful. It must have been great and impressive. Thank you for posting the wonderful wedding celebration. I think you all have beautiful memories to this day. With love, Gerry

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pennifold by pennifold 11 May 2017

Hello my friend, we didn't scrub up too bad, did we?. As I said it was a very windy afternoon and our hair was flying everywhere, not to mention my jacket. My outfit was light and airy, which made it very comfortable to wear especially in the stifling heat! The memories will last as long as I live. Love Chris

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by airyfairy 11 May 2017

Chris, these pictures have taken my breath away. You all look so gorgeous. I am thrilled for you as I know how much this wedding meant for you. I would have loved to have heard you all sing. Must have been amazing. Love to you and yours. Sarah

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pennifold by pennifold 11 May 2017

You should see the rest of them we have over 300 from the professional photographer. John took stacks of video plus pictures and Deirdre took some gorgeous shots too. I only took shots during the day and a couple early on in the night. It was a superb evening after the heat of the day. Love Chris

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by pennifold 11 May 2017

I forgot this one of the two flower-girls with their Mummy! Love Chris

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Sewmum1 by Sewmum1 11 May 2017

Wow such beautiful photos! Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Everyone's outfits are beautiful. Thank you for sharing such lovely photos

pennifold by pennifold 11 May 2017

To use the vernacular in Australia - "It was bl..dy brilliant". Everyone we spoke to said it was the best. Love Chris

toogie by toogie 13 May 2017

A lovely shot of Amy with her girls.

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