On Saturday 17th November, Zen’s sister, Lily got married to Simon. What turned out to be a warm sunny day, commenced at 8am with a traditional Chinese tea ceremony at both parents’ residence… then we drove off to St Andrew’s Anglican Church at Summer Hill where they were pronounced husband & wife. The big day ended at Maxims Reception at Bankstown… with live music and a delectable banquet… it was a gorgeous evening indeed.
Congratulations again, Simon & Lily.

Lily and Simon's Wedding, Maxims Reception Bankstown - suckling pig cold dish and fried mantao (buns)

suckling pig cold dish and fried mantao (buns)

Lily and Simon's Wedding, Maxims Reception Bankstown - deep fried crab claws

deep fried crab claws

Lily and Simon's Wedding, Maxims Reception Bankstown - seafood stir-fry with snow peas

seafood stir-fry with snow peas

Lily and Simon's Wedding, Maxims Reception Bankstown - shark's fin crab meat soup

shark’s fin crab meat soup

Lily and Simon's Wedding, Maxims Reception Bankstown - lobster braised ginger shallots

lobster braised ginger shallots

Lily and Simon's Wedding, Maxims Reception Bankstown - deep fried taro duck

deep fried taro duck

Lily and Simon's Wedding, Maxims Reception Bankstown - deep fried taro duck with thick shitake mushroom and coriander sauce

deep fried taro duck with thick shitake mushroom and coriander sauce

Lily and Simon's Wedding, Maxims Reception Bankstown - steamed fish and soya sauce

steamed fish and soya sauce

Lily and Simon's Wedding, Maxims Reception Bankstown - deluxe fried rice

deluxe fried rice

Lily and Simon's Wedding, Maxims Reception Bankstown - fried noodles

fried noodles

Lily and Simon's Wedding, Maxims Reception Bankstown - oranges and rockmelon

oranges and rockmelon

Lily and Simon's Wedding, Maxims Reception Bankstown - peanut cookies and coconut jelly

peanut cookies and coconut jelly

Lily and Simon's Wedding, Maxims Reception Bankstown - red bean soup

red bean soup

Lily and Simon's Wedding - me in dress

me!

Lily and Simon's Wedding - roses

roses

Lily and Simon's Wedding - tea cups after ceremony

tea cups after morning tea ceremony

Lily and Simon's Wedding - Zen's nephews, William and Jacky

Zen’s nephews, William and Jacky

Lily and Simon's Wedding, St Andrew's Anglican Church Summer Hill - stage inside

stage inside the church

Lily and Simon's Wedding, St Andrew's Anglican Church Summer Hill - flower girl and boy

flower girl and boy

Lily and Simon's Wedding, St Andrew's Anglican Church Summer Hill - father walks bride down the aisle

father walks bride down the aisle

Lily and Simon's Wedding, St Andrew's Anglican Church Summer Hill - bride and groom

bride and groom

Lily and Simon's Wedding, St Andrew's Anglican Church Summer Hill - family portrait

family portrait

Lily and Simon's Wedding, Maxims Reception Bankstown - first dance

first dance

Lily and Simon's Wedding, Maxims Reception Bankstown - Zen's niece, Nina

Zen’s niece, Nina

Lily and Simon's Wedding, Maxims Reception Bankstown - Simon's sister and flower girl, Jacinta

Simon’s sister and flower girl, Jacinta

Lily and Simon's Wedding, Maxims Reception Bankstown - the cake!
The big cake!

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.
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  • liv

    Hi there,
    Just wanted to find out from you, do you recommend having weddings @ Maxims? Was the quality of food good? Or are there any other places you might recommend? 🙂 Thanks!!

  • Mongie

    I love your dress, its cute where did you get it from?
    Yeah I want to know if maxim was any good too, my best friend is considering having her wedding there.

  • Jen

    Hi Liv – I thought the food @ Maxims was really good! I was pretty surprised because there were 3 other weddings held there in different rooms on the same night… but every dish was delicious. I especially loved the suckling pig cold dish and the crab claws… ooo, it was nothing like those small cheap ones you find at buffets and fish & chip shops! There were big flakes of crab meat with a hint of braised ginger. mMmMM…
    I’m afraid I don’t have any other places to recommend as I haven’t been to many weddings… (the ones I attended as a little girl don’t count!) I’ll be going to another one tomorrow night, so I’ll let you know if it stands out!
    Hi Mongie – Thank you! The dress is by Wish. It was such a bargain with an extra 25% off from Myer. I couldn’t afford the Alannah Hill dress I wanted since I haven’t been working… hehehe…
    And with Maxims, Simon & Lily’s wedding was pretty self-run… the guys in the band were their friends, etc… food-wise, it was lovely… I was so full towards the end I barely touched the fried rice and noodles (didn’t want to break out of the dress!)… the atmosphere was your typical Chinese wedding with the tables being a little too crowded… but otherwise it’s a pretty good place 🙂