Wedding Season Springs Up in Tasmania
It appears that spring has finally sprung in Tasmania. I say ‘appears’ because today it feels like spring, but four days ago it hit a winteresque 14 degrees (get on the sun-baking gear, girls!) and I was wishing I had worn a beanie and down-jacket to work. Anyhow, I digress. Spring arriving in Tasmania is fantastic for a number of reasons- the main one being that it is the beginning of wedding season! Being afflicted with highly seasonal weather means that there is a concentration of weddings in the warmer months in Tassie.
James and I have suddenly hit the age where our friends are starting to get married en masse. The merriment of the season is kicking off with my cousin Michael’s wedding to the lovely Jo in December at a gorgeous local winery named Meadowbank Estate. The picturesque vineyard setting will be a gorgeous backdrop to their special day- and, let’s face it, the vineyard’s wine will be pretty enjoyable too…
Following Michael and Jo’s nuptials, we move forward to January where good friends Megan and James are tying the knot at historic house Runnymede and holding their reception at the Cascade Brewery’s amazing visitor’s venue (see image above). Hello to Tasmania’s local beer! Now, I’m not deliberately trying to focus on alcohol, it just seems our friends have good taste in beverages. I’m particularly excited (beside myself, really) to attend this wedding. Our planning processes have pretty much coincided the whole way through, so each of our catch-ups have been peppered with “so, what’s new?” which really means, “what’s the latest progress with your plans?”. I feel somewhat attached to this wedding, so am very much looking forward to January.
After our nuptials in February, we arrive home from our honeymoon and only have to wait until April for the wedding of James’ long time friends (who I now also claim as my own) Rob and Carissa. James went to high school with Rob and Riss who, at the same age as James and I, have been together for a ripe old ten years. This occasion is taking place at Barilla Bay, which is the home of another amazing Tasmanian delicacy – oysters. With only five months up their sleeve to plan this wedding, I was ridiculously amazed when Carissa advised me that it was pretty much all planned. Is this woman a machine? With James acting as a groomsman at this wedding, I fear I’m going to get ridiculously emotional.
It’s going to be an amazing time of year, and I feel very lucky to be able to share the wedding experience with so many wonderful friends.
Let the merriment begin.