Last Saturday was a pretty emotional day for me. It was on this special day that my little sis married her high school sweetheart! Because I was on maid of honour duties, i don’t have pics of the official proceedings, but this post is a collection of some of my most memorable snapshots from the day.
The morning started with hair and make-up at 4am (sorry, no before and after shots, LOL!), followed by a series of Chinese tradition.
There were boxes of wedding sweets ordered from Vinh Quang Cake Shop, glutinous rice dumplings in a sweet ginger syrup, and lots of betrothal gifts from the groom’s family including a whole roast suckling pig and bundles of other delicacies.

Chinese wedding sweets from Vinh Quang Cake Shop, Cabramatta Sydney

This is us on the way to the groom’s parent’s place for the second part of the tea ceremony –

Bridesmaid and bride in Chinese wedding dress

Then off we went to Fort Street High School, where the newly weds met.
Here is me walking down the aisle and the next pic is of my Dad & sister:

maid in honour walking down the aisle plus bride and father of the bride

It was a ceremony like no other. Absolutely gorgeous in every way; especially the flowers, which the bride did all by herself!
More photos – the bridesmaids and I infront of the stretch Hummer, a shot of my sister & I and one of the boy & I.

bridesmaid infront of hummer limo, bride with maid of honour and sister; and maid of honour with her partner

The night before the big day, the bridesmaids had helped me prepare a selection of sandwiches and some fruit platters for a bridal party picnic after the ceremony. The rain eventually dampened our plans but it was beautiful for the ten or so minutes.

bride and groom's picnic

The reception was held at L’Aqua in Darling Harbour and timed perfectly with the Harbourside Fireworks! It was the closest I’ve ever been to fireworks and I wish I had my camera with me to capture the moment.
This is the wedding cake, which was by Inspired By Michelle Cake Designs. The cake was cleverly designed to match the wedding invitations.

Cake by InspiredByMichelle

Wedding at L'Aqua, Darling Harbour Sydney

And here are a couple of pics of the stunning bride, wearing the Madelyn bridal gown by Maggie Sottero. I love tulle!

christina lam in Maggie Sottero Madelyn tulle bridal gown

bride with canapes

Plus a few more pics of the bridesmaids and I…

bridesmaids

jennifer lam as maid of honour

bridesmaids with lipgloss with lights

Soon, the room started to fill with guests; canapes were circulating and drinks were flowing.

Wedding at L'Aqua, Darling Harbour Sydney - canapes

Guests received bomboniere boxes of Belle Fleur chocolates and were served alternate entrées, mains and desserts.
The bridal party got to make their selections beforehand, so I start with the ‘Truffles of the Sea’, a platter of Sydney rock oysters, smoked salmon, prawns and crab.

Wedding at L'Aqua, Darling Harbour Sydney - entree - truffles of the sea - sydney rock oyster, smoked salmon, prawn and crab

My main course was grilled high country pork loin chop in a hoisin butter sauce, paired with caramelised pineapple and peppered potato plan and brocolini spears. The mahogany coloured sauce was sublime.

Wedding at L'Aqua, Darling Harbour Sydney - main course of grilled high country pork loin chop in hoisin butter sauce, caramelised pineapple and peppered potato flam with broccolinni spears

Dessert was poached pear and vanilla ice cream slice with chocolate sauce. Unfortunately, I had to scoff this down quick to give my speech.

Wedding at L'Aqua, Darling Harbour Sydney - dessert of poached pear and vanilla ice cream slice with chocolate sauce

chocolate truffles at wedding at L'Aqua, Darling Harbour

The bottom tier of the wedding cake was a lusciously moist caramel mud cake. I naturally had extra serves of this :)

wedding cake by Inspired By Michelle Cake Designs

family shots at wedding

Oh, and here’s a progress shot of how cute my kid brother, Bryan, has grown up to be!

jennifer lam and bryan lam

the first dance

Congratulations my dearest sister, Christina and her dashing groom, my new brother, Sunny. I wish you guys the very best happily ever after a girl could ever dream of! xoxo
Bridal gown by Maggie Sottero, bought from
Abbeys Bridal
2nd floor, Dymocks Building, 428 George Street, Sydney, NSW
Phone (02) 9233 5106
Web www.abbeybridal.com.au
Bridesmaids dresses from
Forever New
Web www.forevernew.com.au
Sophie Lau Make Up & Hair
Phone 0449 949 000
Web www.sophielau.com
Vinh Quang Cake Shop
112 Railway Parade, Canley Vale, NSW
Phone (02) 9728 4068
Inspired By Michelle Cake Designs
60 Old Northern Road, Baulkham Hills, NSW
Phone 0437 893 932
Web www.inspired-by-chocolate-and-cakes.com
Belle Fleur
584 Parramatta Road, Petersham, NSW
658 Darling Street, Rozelle, NSW
Web www.bellefleur.com.au
L’Aqua
The Balcony Level, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Park, Sydney, NSW
Phone (02) 9277 6288
Web www.laqua.com.au

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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.
24 comments
Joanne Luu
Joanne Luu

WOW! THAT'S MY HIGH SCHOOL!! And the groom is my friend's brother! WOOW

Spencer @ Moo-Lolly-Bar
Spencer @ Moo-Lolly-Bar

Looks like you guys had a wonderful wedding. I especially like the look of the cake!

Jen
Jen

Thanks Brenda! It was such a relief I could still fit into the dress, LOL! I agree, my sister did well with the finer details! Perfectionism runs in the family, hehe

Jen
Jen

Thanks Ellie :)

Jen
Jen

LOL, it was worth it in the end!! now i'm putting myself on another diet for my Christmas holiday cruise! oh the pain...

Jen
Jen

Thanks! Looking forward to reading about your wedding planning adventures soon? ;)

Jen
Jen

Thanks Bel :)

Jen
Jen

Hehe, my sister will be thrilled to hear that! She's been planning this since a kid!

Jen
Jen

Thank you! Maggie Sottero gowns are so amazing aren't they! Although it does come with a hefty price tag.

Jen
Jen

I love the unique touches to every wedding! This was my first time being part of the bridal party - oh such a blur now!

Jen
Jen

Yea, I believe they renovated recently, quite a spectacular location overall! Cool bathrooms indeed!

Jen
Jen

They had to get special permission and I think insurance or something, but I didn't realise how photogenic their school was! It'll definitely be a memorable location if you do! ;)

Jen
Jen

Forever New dresses are featured quite regularly in bridal mags! Who would've thought aye! Our heels were just Tony Bianco's too. Such a great find!!

Brenda
Brenda

Wow, what an amazing wedding. You all looked absolutely gorgeous. Every little details was just beautiful. Congrats to the newly weds!!

betty
betty

great photos and the bride looks beautiful and you look so great Jen all those weeks of holding back cabra tour food lol =p

Tina@foodboozeshoes
Tina@foodboozeshoes

What gorgeous dresses and wedding overall! Forever New? Impressive :)

angie
angie

Congrats to your sis! =) Beautiful bride and beautiful bridesmaids too. Love the cake and it's simplicity! Maggie Sottero gowns truly are beautiful... don't know if I'll ever be able to settle for second best!

OohLookBel
OohLookBel

The bridesmaids are beautiful (especially the dresses!) and the bride is stunning. What more could you ask for? Congratulations to your sis =)

Lisa (bakebikeblog)
Lisa (bakebikeblog)

oh my goodness - that is one of the most stunning weddings I have ever seen!!!

Gastronomy Gal
Gastronomy Gal

Jen, you look beautiful, and so does your sister. Looks like a gorgeous day. One of my friends is getting married in a Maggie Sottero gown too! Everything looks just spectacular. What a day.

Laura
Laura

Absolutely stunning! I went to L'Aqua a few months back - how spectacular are their bathrooms?! lol

Fiona
Fiona

Wow - they married at their high school.... I met my partner at our school in Newcastle, would be hilarious to get married there!