A Glass of Bubbles With… Lorraine from Not Quite Nigella!

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We are SO excited to be joined by a blogging superstar today, and to be talking about her very own gorgeous wedding day! The blog Not Quite Nigella is a regular in the day of thousands of Australian and international foodsters, and the lady behind this scrumptious site is Lorraine Elliott, a cake and food enthusiast who believes that cakes belong in an art gallery!

Lorraine also recently had her equally delectable book, Not Quite Nigella, published by Penguin, in which she shares recipes and an insight into blogging for a living, and the difficulties and joys associated with it. A very busy lady!

We sat down and shared a (virtual) glass of bubbles with Lorraine as she shared her memories and advice from her beautiful wedding.

Tell us about your Wedding!

It was held in Sydney on March 4th 2006. We had our ceremony at Christ Church in Lavender Bay which was a beautiful setting that we fell in love with straight away. We ended up getting our photos taken there because our wedding was the last one that Saturday at 4:30pm. I wore a Collette Dinnigan ivory gown and Manolo Blahnik heels. My husband wore a black suit and a cheeky grin! Our reception was at the Gold Room at L’Aqua which was perfect for our needs as it was a relatively small wedding of 65 guests. Our flowers were by Sweet Violets at Mosman, the red velvet cake was by Be Enchanted Cakes and the photographer was Vincent Lai. I had two bridesmaids: my sister and a friend while hubby had his brother as his best man (who made a brilliant speech on the night). It was a perfectly wonderful evening!

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What was your most memorable moment (or moments!)?

There were so many that it’s hard to narrow it down but I think forgetting my underwear at home while dressing at the hotel was memorable-but not in a good way!

If you could change one thing, what would it be?

Apart from remembering underwear? 😉 Hmmm perhaps hiring a videographer to video the wedding. We asked family to do it and for some reason my brother in law pointed the camera to the ceiling after I walked into the church and we didn’t get any of the ceremony 🙁

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Who are your favourite vendors?

I really liked the Dockside Group – they really seemed to understand weddings and the pressures involved. Our stay at the Park Hyatt was also wonderful. In fact most of the vendors were fantastic and I would go with them again.

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What advice do you have for others planning their wedding?

Be organised!  A friend sent me a spreadsheet that allowed me to keep a track of everything and that helped enormously.

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What a gorgeous wedding for a gorgeous couple – we’ve had such fun peeking into Lorraine’s album! If you’d like to follow her fabulous food journey, or pick up a copy of her book, head to her blog, Not Quite Nigella or the Penguin website!

Photography by Vincent Lai

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  • Joanne T Ferguson says:
    June 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    STUNNING all the way through!
    Love how your smile in photos shines your way through!
    Cheers! Joanne

  • Mrs Mulberry says:
    June 25, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Perfect timing for the beautiful post – I have just started devouring Lorraine’s wonderful book and loved the recollection of her wedding day! What a beautiful bride and a stunning wedding…and what a cake!!!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says:
    June 25, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Thank you so much for having me! What a wonderful walk down memory lane! xxx

  • muppy says:
    June 25, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    how wonderful ……

  • My Inner Chick says:
    June 25, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    —Stunning. Beautiful. Elegant. Exquisite.

    you look divine, Lorraine.

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!! <3

  • Red Wine Poached Pears @ Not Quite Nigella says:
    June 26, 2013 at 4:02 am

    […] P.S. I was recently asked to share some pictures from our wedding with the fabulous people at Polka Dot Weddings. If you would like to take a peek you can see our wedding photos here! […]

  • dirtgirl says:
    June 26, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Lovely blog, enjoyed seeing Mrs NQN’s wedding pics. Have followed Lorraine’s blog for ages and was lucky enough to meet her at her recent book launch at Glebe. What a gorgeous character she is and so very down to earth (not to mention beautiful and incredibly young looking)
    Her book is a wonderful read, with lots of laughs (as well as good recipes)

    • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says:
      June 26, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      Hi Lyn/dirtgirl! It was so lovely to meet you in person as I always appreciate your well thought out and helpful comments on the blog! Thanks for coming to Gleebooks on that rainy Monday night! 😀

  • milkteaxx says:
    June 26, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    you looked stunning (as always) NQN! i love the cheeky smile comment about MR NQN! i just finished reading your book too, its so inspiring! thank you!

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says:
    June 26, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Everyone who eats food should read Lorraine’s book. 🙂

  • Michael Toa says:
    June 26, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Aww… You look stunning! Thanks for sharing this with us.
    and the wedding cake looks utterly delicious 🙂

    • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says:
      June 27, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      Thank you Michael! You are so sweet 😀

  • Friday Roundup | Polka Dot Bride says:
    June 28, 2013 at 3:12 pm

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  • Lisa the Gourmet Wog says:
    July 2, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    oh Wowzas. Just WOW. Such understated elegance. Love it

  • Best Of Weddings 2013 - Polka Dot Bride says:
    January 5, 2015 at 11:15 am

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