Our second day at Sydney was the big event – Sam and Kevin’s wedding!
Sam – or “Samansa-sensei,” as her students called her – has been our friend since we first started in Japan! She and Paul came to Tatebayashi together through JET in July 2013 (along with Alan and Naz, hi guys!) I met her a month later when I arrived in August.
Sam is such a stellar person! She was one of my first friends in Japan (and my first Australian one!) and really helped me adjust to living in a foreign country. I didn’t have a job my first year, and it meant a lot to me to have friends other than Paul that I could talk to and travel around with. Thank you so much, Sam! ❤
From helping me study Japanese (I still suck, but I appreciate how patient you were!), to being the loveliest of models (this is still my favourite picture of you), to being the most wonderful travel companion in Thailand – Sam, I’m so glad we ended up in Tatebayashi, Japan together!
Oh, and Kevin’s pretty stellar too! He’s a cool dude and my husband wanted to run away with him, which attests to his coolness; but Sam won in the end.
So! On the morning of the wedding we took a taxi from our hotel to the gorgeous Andrew (Boy) Charlton Poolside Café, which was just across the water from a naval base.
The ceremony was perfect – short and sweet, filled with lovely stories of their relationship, and the whole time the sky was big and blue behind them. It was a small crowd too, which made it intimate and easy to mingle with everyone!
I don’t have many pictures from the wedding, but you can check out Harustudio’s Facebook page to see some amazing photos! Funnily enough, John, the photographer, had also taught in Japan a few years ago. If you happen to need a photographer in Sydney, John’s work is beautiful!
The most exciting thing (besides the wedding, of course, haha) – we got to see our friend Rianna again! She taught with us for two years in Tatebayashi before returning home to California. Her lovely and super cool sister Maya came with her. We ended up hanging out quite a bit while we were in Sydney!
I miss you guys so much!
The food was amazing – paella, canapes (fried zucchini flower stuff with cream cheese, sashimi in a wonton cone, and cake…mmmm…), and of course, lots of champagne!
I had a cute date:
The small crowd meant I got several chances to chat with Sam and Kevin! (I’d had a few glasses of champagne by the time I got to Kevin, can you tell?)
The speeches were lovely; both of Sam’s parents’ speeches made me cry!
After an afternoon of fun, Paul and I headed back to our hotel to rest up a bit before going out again to meet the group for more drinks at Sam and Kevin’s hotel.
Happy wedding, Sam and Kevin! We miss you! I hope we meet again soon. ❤