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Sunday, April 1, 2012

A Weekend in Wellington and a Wedding

As I think I may have mentioned once or twice, friends of ours got married in Wellington last weekend, and we were among the very fortunate guests to share this fantastic day.
My little sister The Stitchbird and her family live in Wellington, too, so it was a great opportunity to spend some time with them as well. 

She has a stall at the Frank Kitts Market in the central city so we went along on Saturday morning before the wedding, because we are market connoisseurs, naturally!
She is the Toy Boy's Wellington outlet, too!
Our friends wedding was held at Zealandia in Karori, which is a beautiful predator fenced bird sanctuary.  The groom calls himself a twitcher (with a wicked little smile on his face ;)) - which means that he loves to see and catalogue birds, and the colour scheme for the whole day was based on our beautiful native bird, the Tui - he has richly coloured blue/black/green feathers on his wings, and a white bobble at his throat.
They are among the cheekiest of all the cheeky birds in the New Zealand bush, and have the most amazing song - they actually have two voice boxes which they alternate and use as their own symphony!
The wedding was an exquisite affair, complete with a sting quartet in the garden before the ceremony
The couple are so delighted with one another that their joy becomes quite infectious!  The vows brought tears to the eyes of most of the group - it was a real privilege to be there to see them made.
 Once again, apologies for the awful photo - I only took my phone, and not my camera!  However, happy faces are always a pleasure to look at, right?
You can't see the bride's jewellery in this shot, but they're lovely Erinite and Indicolite Swarovski Crystals very simply done.  They reflect the colours in her accessories and in the groom's outfit.
Arohanui, Janet and Ken!
Sunday was spent helping my sister at the Craftea Market at the Mirimar School Hall.  This is a really cool little market which is held quarterly - well worth a visit if you're in Wellington when it's on.  
I found some really gorgeous little fabric brooches for gifts.
We had a break in the middle of the day and went into the central city to the Farmers Market - the weather was glorious for the whole weekend and as their slogan says "You can't beat Wellington on a good day!"
Green and Red Broccoflower
My brother-in-law took us with him to buy their weeks produce - the choices were fresh, varied and colourful!  The market is held on the waterfront and there was even a small fishing boat pulled up selling fish directly from the boat - trimmed and filleted right there and then to your instructions.  
There's something very jewel-like about fresh vegetables in the sunshine!

Food stalls from all corners of the world were really tempting, too, and we had delicious indian roti rolls.

There was only one flower seller that I saw, but don't you love the colour of these?
I've come home quite inspired and renewed and ready to create!

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