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What I Wore: 10th Wedding Anniversary

8th July, 2022

Celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary in Italy, I wanted to embrace a look that made a subtle nod to bridal without wearing my wedding dress all over again! So I went for a 60s inspired mini dress with lace feature, which felt modern yet traditional all at the same time. I wore the Valentina dress by J.Andreatta, which featured a beautiful button detail that ran the full length of the dress and a belted waist. It definitely ticked the bridal box but it also felt like something I could wear on another occasion. I felt the dress needed a finishing touch, and as I knew I was keeping my hair quite simple and sleek, I decided a pair of gloves would be the perfect final flourish. It added another layer of polish and sophistication, and I really felt it took the dress in a very classic direction. Plus how many opportunities do you really get to wear gloves these days?

I was truly embracing a very simple, understated approach to this whole outfit so I knew I didn’t want anything too fussy or embellished as far as my shoe choice went. I wore these minimalist white heels to Royal Ascot and knew they would also be perfect to pair with this dress. I thought they added a sleek touch, and was able to complement the dress and really allow it to shine.

Credits: Dress and gloves, J.Andreatta; Shoes, Jimmy Choo

Photography: Ashleigh Larden


Our 10 year wedding anniversary celebration

7th July, 2022

Time flies when you’re having fun, right? That sums up 10 years of marriage for me. Because it truly only feels like yesterday when Luke and I made our vows, and in the decade since, we have been blessed to have such a wonderful marriage, and have built a beautiful life with our girls. Given the last few years we’ve had in the world, it made Luke and I appreciate 10 years together even more, and we wanted to do something special to honour the day. So, what better way to do it than to go to back to where it all happened? Now that international borders have opened up, we decided to make the trip over to Taormina in Sicily where we got married to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. This time around, with Sophia and Grace in tow!

I’ve been going to Taormina with my family since I was kid and it’s a very special place for us all, full of so many wonderful memories. Several years have passed since we were last there (Sophia was a baby the last time!) and it’s still as beautiful as I remember. We decided to honour our wedding day by doing an informal vow renewal and blessing at San Giuseppe church where we got married, followed by lunch at our reception venue, The Grand Hotel Timeo. I can’t tell you how many incredible memories it brought back just being at those places again!

I wanted to embrace a wedding vibe for the day so went for a special ensemble by J.Andreatta in Sydney. I wore the Valentina mini dress from the brand, and loved its nod to the 60s, with the mini hemline and belted waist. Plus I couldn’t resist wearing matching gloves. It was classic, a little nod to old Hollywood glamour and perfect for summer day in Italy. The girls and my nieces wore custom embellished dresses by Santelia Sydney, the deep V back and oversized bow were just perfection.

I can’t really describe the day other than the fact it was truly magical. It was even more special being able to spend it with family and friends. My parents and brother, sister-in-law and nieces and nephew were there, along with my aunty and some other special people in our lives. We had a wonderful long lunch with delicious Italian food and the most amazing cake topped with cream and strawberries. I loved being able to celebrate such an important milestone with my nearest and dearest, and at one of my favourite places on the planet. Plus seeing the girls there, enjoying themselves really brought into focus how far Luke and I had come together, and how many important things had happened in the last 10 years. It also reminded me how thankful I am that our relationship is just as strong, that we’re surrounded by so many amazing people in our lives. I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years brings, and the 10 after that… Hopefully, we’ll be able to do it all again when we celebrate 20 years!

Photography: Ashleigh Larden


Flashback to 10 years ago….


And now…





Fashion, Lifestyle

Travel Photo Diary: Taormina

24th August, 2015
Mazzarò beach.

Mazzarò beach.

Chilling with my girl.

Chilling with my girl.

Bam Bar - best granita's in town!

Bam Bar – best granitas in town!

Beach days.

Beach days.

Mazzarò beach.

Beachside at Mazzarò beach.

Cruising in culottes.

Cruising in culottes.

Taking Sophia to the church where we were married.

Paying a visit to San Giuseppe Church where Luke and I were married.

Taking Sophia to the church where we were married.

Taking Sophia to the church where we were married.


Exploring with Sophia.

Cooling down at a water fountain in the public gardens.

Cooling down at a water fountain in the public gardens.

Family time.

Family time by the pool.

Feeding the fish in Taormina's public gardens.

Feeding the fish in Taormina’s public gardens.

Sunset drinks at The Grand Hotel Timeo.

Sunset drinks at The Grand Hotel Timeo.

After recently spending some time in Sweden for a wedding, we decided to take a side trip to one of my favourite places in the world – Taormina in Italy. It’s actually the first time I’ve been back since Luke and I were married there and this time around we had a special guest in tow, Sophia. It was nice to have some quality family time and enjoy the summer sun. It was particularly special having Sophia there with us as we took her to the church where we were married and the gardens where we had our wedding photos taken. I’ve been spending time in Taormina with my family since I was very little, so it was nice to be able to enjoy it with my own family this time around.

See my favourite things to do and see in Taormina HERE.


Visiting Taormina? Here’s the must-see list I give to my friends

25th March, 2015


Taormina in Italy is without a doubt one of my favourite places in the world. Not only did I used to go there a lot when I was little, it’s also the place where Luke and I got married. I always get asked by my friends what they should see and do when they visit there and I always share the same list with them. If you’re planning a little trip away to enjoy the European summer this year definitely consider adding Taormina to your list – I promise you’ll love it. Here’s the must-see list…

Things to do: 

  • Visit Mazzaro beach and/or Isola Bella Beach.
  • Go to Bam Bar for a granita (an ice drink the Italians eat for breakfast). This is where all the locals go. It’s delicious!
  • Do a boat tour to see the grottos. You can get a boat at Mazzaro beach.
  • Visit the Greek Theatre in town (see if there is a performance you can see at night).
  • Visit the Taormina Public Gardens (Giardino Pubblico). It has stunning views over the bay to Giardini Naxos and Etna.
  • Visit Castelmola, a small town above Taormina. It has incredible views (and visit Bar Turrisi – it’s hilarious!).
  • If you have a few days, do a tour to Mt Etna. (It takes a day and it’s REALLY cold up top so take a jumper!)
  • You can also do the Godfather tour.

Places to eat:

  • Il Delfino Restaurant- it’s on Mazzaro Beach so it’s great for lunch off the beach. Really nice fresh fish!
  • Maffei’s Restaurant. Best food with a lovely courtyard setting.
  • Hotel Timeo (this is where we had our wedding reception) go there for sunset drinks and/or dinner. Delicious food and a stunning setting.
  • Ristorante L’Arco Dei Cappuccini- great food!
  • Ristorante Baronessa- rooftop dining so it has a beautiful view.
  • Granduca Restaurant- great pizza.

Places to drink: 

  • Metropole Hotel- great for sunset drinks.
  • Grand Hotel Timeo – stunning setting for sunset drinks (and try their peach bellini’s!)
  • Morgana Bar- garden bar for after dinner drinks…. and dancing!