David and I spent the Sunday after the wedding having breakfast with the friends and family who could make it (some had early flights home), spent time with my oldest NZ friend and her partner (who I went to primary school with), picked up our flowers and left over cake from the venue and then spent sometime by ourselves with a yummy dinner at the hotel we were staying at (I also got told I looked like Anna Paquin. Which is odd as I don't really, but a nice way to end the wedding weekend!).
The next day we drove to Christchurch.
Our view of Christchurch from our hotel room, a gift from friends...
Eating breakfast at Berryfields - one of the places considered for the wedding. Worst-service-ever!!! Very glad we ended up not going here (it was also a little too cheesily decorated for my liking - they had fake flowers on the table when they had a glorious garden out the back filled with roses!). But the food was A-mazing, I'll give it that much.
On Tuesday we made our way happily to Akaroa, a little french settlement on the Banks Peninsula where we stayed for three beautiful days. And this is where we stayed - the French Cottage. It was honestly absolutely stunning and perfect...
Sittiing in the afternoon sun with wine and cheese (more gifts from the wedding)...
My sister, as a wedding present, bought us private cooking classes at the Akaroa Cooking School. It was set up by a husband and wife couple, Lou and Ant and it was such a great experience! As people who cook almost all their own meals (eating out all the time is far too expensive!) it was so good to get some new ideas for the dinner rotation. We smoked salmon (and have since bought a smoker, best-thing-ever!!), made salsa verde (omg the deliciousness!) and cooked scallops. It was a three course menu with wines to match all featuring the amazing seafood of Akaroa.
May have been a bit tipsy at this point. Too much wine/champagne had been drunk.
The main course, the only photo we managed to take of the food - it was far too delicious to not eat straight away!!
Cooking in action - photo taken from the Akaroa Cooking School Facebook page.
Thursday we went out on a dolphin watching cruise and in the afternoon went for a massage. For dinner we had tapas at an Italian restaurant and then lazily wandered on home.
The captains little doggy, he let us know where the dolpins were - seriously!
Friday morning was our last day, David ended up going swimming with the dolphins early in the morning while I slept in. We had a late breakfast over looking the harbour, bought a piece of art work (the start of a new wedding anniversary tradition) and meandered on back up to Christchurch where we were staying the night and then catching a very early plane back to Sydney the next morning.
It was such a great holiday - I feel relaxed just thinking about it. We ate too much good food and drank too much good wine (as you're supposed to right?) and met many amazing and inspirational people.
PS) I did do some outfit shots - but I thought this post was too long to add them, so I'll do them individually.