Winter High Tea at Petal Met Sugar

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Petal Met Sugar Winter High Tea
Petal Met Sugar Winter High Tea Menu
Petal Met Sugar Winter High Tea Menu
Petal Met Sugar Winter High Tea English Breakfast
Petal Met Sugar Winter High Tea English Breakfast
Petal Met Sugar Winter High Tea Croissant Potato Bun
Petal Met Sugar Winter High Tea Croissant Potato Bun
Petal Met Sugar Winter High Tea
Petal Met Sugar Winter High Tea
Petal Met Sugar Winter High Tea
Petal Met Sugar Winter High Tea Apple Dessert
Petal Met Sugar Florist Cake Shop
Petal Met Sugar Florist Cake Shop
Petal Met Sugar Florist Cake Shop
Petal Met Sugar Florist Cake Shop

Winter High Tea at Petal Met Sugar (available from May to August)
Photos taken by me with my Canon 70D DSLR

After the crazy ups and downs of planning a wedding, I felt really fortunate that the only thing to plan was a lunch for Betty's Birthday.
I've wanted to visit this place for more then a year but was unlucky with my booking. I managed to secure one this year. When I arrived, I could see why you had to book early - there were only about five tables available and all of it was outdoors. Still, it was a beautiful setting, with the Petal Met Sugar floral shop behind us and the Kitchen to the side of us.

We opted with the Sweet & Savoury High Tea Menu, I ordered the English Breakfast tea (a must for me) and Betty the Iced Chocolate infused with Earl Grey tea. The Earl Grey drink came with a giant circular ice cube and it was so refreshing. I was jealous of Betty's choice.
The first things to come out were the Brie & Parmesan Croissant and Potato Bun with scrambled egg. Both very filling and the croissant was melt in your mouth delicious. It was nice to not get the usual salmon and cream cheese sandwiches with crusts cut off.

The Hero of the High Tea then arrived: a four by four perspex box that housed our desserts and some beautiful flowers. The scones' cream and jam came in its own perspex box and just tied everything together nicely. My top pick was the Nuts about Figs dessert, topped with 24k gold leaf.

The company was just as good as it has always been - we talked about family, friends and the little things in life that tie our days together - like discovering that a new filter can really bring our old vacuum to life, what life is like after the wedding, our intention of going back to the gym but never following through, Facebook memes, our hairstyle plans and how annoying it is to meal prep for more than one person.

I wouldn't normally go out to have such a luxurious brunch, but with Betty just having her baby and it being her birthday, I felt we needed to treat ourselves and embrace the weekend. It was nice to talk about our lives uninterrupted and enjoy such a delicious and photogenic High Tea.

And don't worry if you miss out on this year's Winter High Tea, Petal Met Sugar offer different high tea menus throughout the year, keep an eye out on their Facebook and Instagram. However ensure to book it early, the staff are very responsive and helpful.


My Wedding Vows

Monday, August 6, 2018
Wedding Mount Annan Botanical Gardens CeremonyWax Paper Decoration Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Mount Annan Botanical Gardens Ceremony
Wedding Mount Annan Botanical Gardens Ceremony
Wax Paper Decoration Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Mount Annan Botanical Gardens Ceremony
Wedding Mount Annan Botanical Gardens Ceremony
Wedding Mount Annan Botanical Gardens Ceremony
Wedding Mount Annan Botanical Gardens Ceremony
Wedding Mount Annan Botanical Gardens Ceremony

Wedding Dress: Skirt by Jurgita Bridal, Top was handmade, Viel from a friend.
Ceremony Arch Backdrop: Handmade. Followed Tutorial from Style Me Pretty

I started my vows at least three months before the wedding, but the challenge to get them right dawned on me every day. Everyday, I was adding, removing, chopping, thinning or giving more depth, constantly tweaking.
So I did what I did best, and left it alone for some time and went back to it a few days just before the wedding. The pressure to pull the wedding together was already effecting me but the pressure cleared my mind. 
In the end though, all I did was pour my nerdy heart out:

Hai, You and I know we could've crossed paths at least three years earlier. We could've been a couple for much longer. 
But we didn't and we weren't. We met at a time where we were finally ready for each other. 
...... I like to believe that when fate allowed us to meet, it was because it was meant to be. We met so we could guide one another to become even better versions of ourselves right here, right now. 

And we've had three years full of patience, understanding, fun, compassion, adventures, kindness, stubbornness, and most of all, love. 

So Hai, I vow to continue our journey with gusto, like Korra trying to achieve the Avatar state. 
I vow to be as strong as I can be for you, just like a level 20 D&D character. 
I vow, to walk by your side and support you like Pikachu supports Ash.
I vow, to bake you Anzac Cookies more than once a year. 
I vow, to not tell a soul your secret recipe for HFC. 
I vow, to love you more then I love my own iPod. 
I vow to kick anyone's ass if they say your car is anything other then a Jeep. 
And I vow that we will grow together to achieve everything we want in life. We will be the Super Sayan, a Pokemon's final evolution, the Luke Skywalker from Episode 6. 
And we would do it with flair just like One Punch Man's serious moves. 

Thank you for letting me be me and loving me for who I am. I vow to continue to do the same for you. My heart swells with love at the thought of our future together. 

So in saying that Hai, I promise that you will always have my Spider Staff....


I had asked eleven members across the The Battle Crusaders (our D&D group) and our friends to participate with my vows to Hai. In a Lord of The Rings fashion, our friends shouted out things like "And my Fireball, And my Javelin, And my Charm!" and I was really relieved Hai finally got what was going on as his face went from confusion to laughter. I asked him later on that day and he admitted his first thoughts were "Who are these dickheads trying to ruin my wedding?"

Bendooley Estate & The Berkelouw Book Shop

Thursday, May 31, 2018
Bendooley Estate Food Menu
The Berkelouw Book Shop
The Berkelouw Book Shop NSW
The Berkelouw Book Shop NSW
Bendooley Estate Food Cheese Platter
Bendooley Estate Food Menu
Bendooley Estate Food Wood Fire Pizza
Bendooley Estate Food Duck Gnocchi
Bendooley Estate Food Duck Gnocchi
Bendooley Estate Food Sirloin Steak
Bendooley Estate Food Duck Gnocchi
The Berkelouw Book Shop NSW

  Location: Bendooley Estate & The Berkelouw Book Shop
Photos taken by Hai & Nat with a Canon EOS 70D

Happily married and now 31 years old, Hai surprised me with a trip to Bendooley Estate for my birthday.
It was about an hour and 15 minute drive from Hinchinbrook, and I was so excited because at this estate they also housed a Book Barn. A Book Barn! When I heard these words, my eyes lit up. People who have grown up with me knows I love my books and I love to collect.
We headed out on our mini road trip - past tall green trees, rolling hills and dirt roads to reach this immaculate and charming estate with trimmed hedges and timber buildings.

Inside, a huge fireplace fills your eyes as you walk in.With a fire already going, the warmth was so welcoming. In front of the fireplace, tables and chairs were ready to serve lunch. Flanking the restaurant floor were books. To the left, new books hand-picked by the staff. To the right, shelves and shelves of second-hand books - all categorized by genre and author.
Hai drove us there two hours before lunch, so I could spend my morning browsing. I love my husband for being so thoughtful. I spent my full two hours there, and bought my treasures. My favorite find was a book published in 1924, by a British man who travels to China, Japan and Mongolia. The pages are aged, browned and delicate and holds a special place on my bookshelf.

For lunch we sat down and ordered wines, two cheese platter (mossvale blue and gippsland brie) with house-made crackers, seasoned fries (its a huge serving!) margarita wood-fire pizza, black Angus eye fillet beef and duck ragout gnocchi.
We obviously ordered too much but it was my birthday so we indulged. The food was delicious and of high quality and we finally felt like a married couple out on a real fancy lunch.

The weather unfortunately didn't hold up so we couldn't explore the rest of the estate that day but I promised myself to keep visiting so I can discover more of this beautiful place.
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