Standing Still While Moving Forward

Standing still while moving forward. That’s how our lives are feeling right now. I’m getting a lot of questions at the moment regarding how we’re travelling and if we’ve sold our house yet, so I guess it’s time for a blog post!

Nope, no and not even close is the answer to “Have you sold your house yet?”, and you know what? I don’t care. Don’t get me wrong I do care, and I used to care too much, but that just stressed me out, so I’m just letting the universe do its thing and we’ll sell when the right person presents themselves and throws us a wad of cold hard, or something like that. You see that’s how the universe works. We manifest what we want with love, and then the kicker is letting that go so it can be made a reality. Constantly stressing about what’s going to happen is kind of like placing an order at a restaurant and then calling the waiter back over 50 times to see how your meal is going. If you keep asking, it’s not gonna happen. The universe ain’t got time for that. Let it do its shit, ffs (said to myself haha).

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Funny story though. Last week we kind of realised we needed some back-up if we don’t happen to sell the house before move date. It was kind of like an “oh shit” moment. So I asked the universe for the money we needed just in case and ‘poof’, the bank deemed fit to lend it to us (despite already being loaned money for the renovation, which of course we spent on the renovation – makes sense). So that’s one problem solved. We absolutely WILL be moving on December 31st. Awesome.

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With all this in mind, looking at real estate in Dunedin is killing me. In the last few weeks we’ve seen a number of properties that would have been damn near perfect for us, only to also watch them get sold to someone else. Again, trying not to worry about this. Something freakin excellent will magically appear exactly when it’s supposed to. The upside is though that we’re learning lots about the area we want to live. Where the sun is, where the views are, and where the crazy people live (thanks to Kev’s friend who’s husband is a cop in Dunedin for that morsel of helpful information).

Today we booked our dates for our house to be packed up. Shit just got real. Never mind the minefield of logistics that packing up all your worldly possessions on the last week of the school year entails, I’m excited!!! We’re doing this! This has been 5 years in the making, and it’s drawing so close I can taste it. Still there’s so much left to do and our calendar for the rest of the year is jam packed, and I’m yet to add a farewell party for us and a birthday part(ies) for Emma. My head might explode. At least Kev will be around to help out though, as he finished up at his job on Wednesday so he has two months of holidays from now. Looking forward to a few days of hanging out together and maybe even some golf.

Then there’s Christmas. Fuck, don’t get me started on that. It’s too far away. Let’s discuss that at a later date, when we’re hopefully not standing still while moving forward anymore.

For now, who wants to buy a house?

Standing Still

Wondering WTF I’m on about? Check out this earlier post: https://indigoimages.co.nz/new-zealand/move-date/

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Stormy Beach Wedding – The Spit, Main Beach

Jess and Trent came up to the Gold Coast to get married, have a holiday with their family and mates, and just generally chill. Well, that’s exactly what happened. In true Qld fashion, it belted down, but boy was it a spectacular location shoot! Mansions, balcony ceremony, drinks and sandy barefoot walks on the beach during kick-ass storms. We did it all, and it was awesome. Here is the short and sweet stormy beach wedding of Jess and Trent.

Creds:

Flowers: Eden the Flower Shop

Hair & Make-up: Touchup Team

Celebrant: Kylie Belford

 

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We have a Date!

So, we have a date for the big move, finally! In true fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants style, we’ve decided the best date to emigrate to a new country is new years eve! We fly into our new home of Dunedin on December 31st this year. We’ll have no car, no household items and pretty much just a few suitcases when we step off the plane. Winging it. Yep.

By the most amazing co-incidence, I managed to contact the one property owner on bookabach.co.nz (for those playing at home, a bach, said batch, is a holiday home or small dwelling in kiwiland) that has also decided to emigrate across the ditch next year from Australia. You see we need somewhere to stay for about a month while we wait for our household goods to arrive and be cleared by customs. So basically we needed a home away from home that the kids will be comfortable in to get them semi-settled into Dunedin life. Of course it’s a holiday home, but hey, it’s the holidays. So stoked we found that place.

We’ll spend our first week there walking into places like car dealerships and haggling for a car and driving it off the lot that afternoon, then trying to get a phone plan, some doonas (sorry, quilts) because it’s still only around 10 degrees at night during summer and figuring out where everything is. Kev hopefully will start work the second week of January, so that leaves me and the kids to hopefully get some time to explore in between things like buying new school uniforms and possibly doing some things at our new home if we’ve purchased one by then.

Every now and then the reality of ‘oh shit, we’re actually doing this’ sets in and I go through a myriad of emotions. Fear, anger (for being fearful), excitement, joy, and then that adrenalin rush that you get when you do something and you have no idea if it’s going to work out or not. Except I do know it will work out. The universe works in mysterious ways, but it always answers. So, I keep putting it out there, and know it will deliver. No idea how, where or when, but it will, and usually in the most unexpected and spectacular way. Cheers universe. You’re awesome.

So right now the race is on to finish this house and sell it. The endless list of painting jobs that I haven’t got to has finally prompted Kev to get some quotes to have someone else do it. Note: I literally haven’t got to them, this is not because I’m lazy, we’re run off our feet here. Meanwhile, we are having quotes for moving overseas, taking pets to vets for vaccinations, trying to de-clutter the house and get that stuff into storage then clean the house and stage it for sale (thank god for Ikea and Kmart); all while our year 12 student sits his core skills test, our 8 year old competes and wins dance comps, plays cello on assembly and has a swimming block at school this week; and our 7 year old tries to keep up by constantly requesting play-dates with his friends. Pass.the.scotch.

But things aren’t going to slow down. We have a date. We’re on the countdown now. Less than 4 months to go. We are now moving at breakneck speed towards our new home, and we couldn’t be happier.

Let’s do this shit NZ.

 

Move date for Dunedin, NZ

Here are some photos I took on the iPhone whilst in Dunedin for their wedding expo a few weeks ago. Note our travel lion Leo made the trip with us. He enjoyed the harbour views whilst searching for real estate lol.

 

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Clint & Karla’s Colourful Waterside Wedding

As with a lot of my lovely clients, Karla and Clint just wanted a laid back wedding with their family and friends that incorporated the stuff that makes them happy. For Karla, that was their family and their brand new home, and for Clint, it was the waterside. So they combined the two and voila, a fun, joy-filled, sunlit, water-surrounded day ensued!

We began the day at St Margaret’s chapel outside the Arts Centre in Bundall on the Gold Coast. It’s the cutest little chapel, and I love the old school feel of it – no literally, it feels like an old turn-of-the-century school. The guests all piled in and we had a beautiful intimate service that suited Karla and Clint perfectly.

After the ceremony, drinks were served in the gardens where the gorgeous cake was cut and speeches were made. It was a nice change to an evening reception and I loved being able to shoot in the afternoon light, so much nicer!!!

Location photos took place at Bum’s Bay on the Spit in Main Beach, perfect for our photos with its mix of greenery and water views (which our couple loved). Honestly nothing beats a beautiful sunny afternoon for golden hour photos. Just magnificent!

Roll on to the waterside reception. Actually, make that boat on to the waterside reception. We took a ride in Clint’s banana boat as the sun set (just magic) along the Gold Coast waterways and arrived at their home-made reception via the canal. I love a bit of something different so I was keen as!

These guys were lovely. Such fun and just nice people. My people. Awesome.

Creds:

Dress and hair accessory: White Lily Couture

Flowers: Gypsy and Bloom – ahmazing!!!!!

Hair: Bella Boutique Bridal

Make-up: HL Beauty

Grooms Suit: Politix

Celebrant: Lisa Knell – Custom Ceremonies

Chapel: St Margarets, The Arts Centre Bundall

Cake: Sugar Lily cakes

 

Main Beach Location photos

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Megan and Steve’s Romantic Brisbane River Wedding

So I have been a bit busy of late, what with trying to renovate a house and clean it up for sale whilst working full time, chasing after 3 kids and playing taxi driver. It’s been hectic and I’m sorry, but hey it’s better late than never right?

I shot this fantastic, romantic and utterly brilliant Brisbane River wedding in November (where the hell did that 7 months just go!). Megan and Steve are lovely, laid back people who just wanted to get married down by the river and hang with their friends and family. So, they did just that. I was so chuffed to be able to capture this special day for them, and my god the locations down at Riverlife Kangaroo Point are awesome! Brisbane city skyline against dramatic rock faces, lush trees and the beautiful Brisbane River. What’s not to love!?

Megan wore the most amazing Theia dress covered in sequins, just stunning with a touch of vintage. #perfect I loved the little organic touches throughout the day too, with native flowers, kraft invites, and timber additions to the old boathouse reception setting. This wedding was my kind of shindig. The sort of celebration that makes me want to do my own wedding all over again so I can get dressed up and not have a satin dress or roses (yep, that’s what was trending 10 years ago), and for god’s sake not shoot on the beach with a cranky and rather underwhelming photographer! Anywho, here is the Brisbane River Wedding of Megan and Steve….

Dress: ‘Lilia’ by Theia Couture

Flowers: Flowers on the Park in Bulimba

Bride’s Shoes: Forever Soles

Hair: B Hair Bulimba

Make-up: Latonas Makeup

Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein

Groom’s Shoes: Windsor Smith

Venue: Riverlife Kangaroo Point

Celebrant: Jamie Eastlake – Brisbane City Celebrants

Bridesmaid’s Dress: Cue

 

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