For some reason I’m fiercely patriotic when it comes to South Australia. I suspect it’s borne out of living overseas for so long and copping shit from other Aussie ex-pats when they found out I was from Adelaide (look who’s laughing now Eastern States!).
The vast majority of Emily and Dean’s guests were not from SA so when the Barossa Valley and Grand Cru Estate decided to deliver us a perfect Autumn day for the wedding there was a huge part of me that swelled with pride. The outdoor ceremony by the lake was beautiful but the real highlight was the canapes, drinks, outdoor games and speeches that all took place outdoors under the shade of some tree as the sun headed down towards the horizon. This was a very relaxed, very informal but very perfect way to enjoy a wedding. At the reception there were no set seats, you could sit where you liked and with whomever you pleased, it was a great way of doing it and it meant everyone felt free to roam around and mix with as many people as possible.
When they time came for me to leave I went to say goodbye to Emily, she insisted I sit down at her table and enjoy some food, so for the last 10 minutes of the night I sat next to the bride and chatted with her friends like we’d all known each other for years, like I was one of the gang. And tells you all you need to know about Emily and Dean.